Monday, June 17, 2024

Remembering Artist Wally Wood

Remembering artist Wally Wood (June 17, 1927 - November 2, 1981) with a couple of covers from September, 1951...Prison Break! and Strange Worlds!


Odd that these two covers for two different companies look like bookends....



Prison Break! #1 and Strange Worlds #4 (September, 1951) 


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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Fathers Day Superboy

It can be a little rough for anyone that's lost a father on Father's Day, and Superboy is no exception, wanting to see dad one more time.

But, he had two occasions where the ghost of Jor-El visited him (sadly, not a real ghost, but trickery by dastardly villains, in Superboy #20 of June-July, 1962 by with cover by Win Mortimer, and this villain in Superboy #78 of January, 1960, with cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye).

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Remembering Artist Neal Adams

Remembering artist Neal Adams on his birthday (June 15, 1941 - April 28, 2022) with a couple of his most famous covers from his Green Lantern run with Denny O'Neil, Green Lantern #85 and #86, (August-September and October-November, 1971), with Green Arrow being confronted with his ward's drug problem..  


This was a big moment, not only for Speedy, but for comics in general, changing the dynamic of the kid partner forever...  

...these stories have been reprinted many times, with Neal providing even more raw emotion on the covers, but provided a wonderful window into the times they were made. 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Remembering Artist George Perez Batman

Remembering artist George Perez (June 9, 1954 - May 6, 2022) with a character he didn't work with, and one that he did incredible work with.


While George Perez only did a few pages of interior work on Batman #400 (incredible, and likely to receive coverage at some point), he did get to do some exemplary Batman covers related to Dick Grayson (covering his time as Robin in "Year Three", as well as Nightwing, and introducing Tim Drake to readers in the expanded "A Lonely Place Of Dying" working in New Titans issues, which George did draw).

As always, letting his art speak for him....


Batman #436 and #437 (Early and Late August, 1989)

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Batman #438 and #439 (Early and Late September, 1989)

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Batman #440 and New Titans #60 (October and November, 1989)

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Batman #441 and New Titans #61 (November and December, 1989)

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Batman #442 (December, 1989)

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Celebrating Artist Rick Hoberg

Celebrating the birthday of artist and animator Rick Hoberg (June 7, 1952) with a look at his four covers for the last four issues of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!


A fun look at funny animal characters, deftly drawn, on the fringes of the DC Universe, as you can see with the involvement of Changeling (formerly and later Beast Boy) and Gorilla Grodd.



Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #17 and #18 (July and August, 1983)

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Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #19 and #20 (September and November, 1983)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Switching To Adventure Comics

Before an alien ever helped Metropolis, or a bat protected Gotham, there were comics.  But, even the stalwart Adventure Comics was not that to begin with.


Adventure Comics started as New Comics in December, 1935, going under that title until New Comics #14 (March, 1937, though the cover said New Adventure), then being New Adventure Comics from #15 to #31, before settling on Adventure Comics with #32 (November, 1938), going from light comedy to kids adventures to full fledged adventures!


New Comics #1 and #14 (December, 1935 and March, 1937)

Covers by Vincent Sullivan and Whitney Ellsworth




New Adventure Comics #15 and #31 (May, 1937 and October, 1938)

Covers by Craig Fessel



Adventure Comics #32 and #503 (November, 1938 and September, 1983)

Covers by Craig Fessel and Ross Andru/Joe Rubinstein




Along the way, it debuted series like Sandman, Hourman, Starman, the Legion of Super-Heroes, and carried AquamanJohnny Quick, Superboy, BizarroSupergirl, Zatanna, the JSA, Dial H for Hero and more! 

A fine title, loved by fans!  To give you an idea of how long this title was around, when #32 hit the stands, it was there with Action Comics #6 (so Superman and Lois were around, but not Luthor) and Detective Comics #21 (pre-dated Batman!).


Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Official True Crime Cases Comics

As the super hero craze started to wind down at Timely (the comic company that was soon to be Marvel), familiar faces started to disappear to be replaced by the current fad...

...here, for two issues, Official True Crime Cases Comics, taking over the numbering from Sub-Mariner, with cover art by Syd Shores and Vince Alascia...then the title would change again to All True Crime Cases Comics, all from a much simpler time. 



Official True Crime Cases Comics #24 and #25 (Fall and Winter, 1947)

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Monday, May 27, 2024

For Memorial Day

Remembering our soldiers who had given their all for our country on Memorial Day...


...with this cover by Joe Kubert to Our Army At War #202 (February, 1969) featuring a final fate for Sgt. Rock, being mourned by Easy Company.


Friday, May 24, 2024

Judge Joker And His Jury

What happens when criminals take over the government?  


Why, you have events like this in Gotham, where the Joker is both judge and jury, holding trial over Batman!



The Joker Jury!

Here, in Batman #163 (May, 1964) by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris, Joker's attempted crime was stopped by the Gotham Fire Department, but gets free thanks to the Department of Public Works.  This helps Joker on a crime spree using city services, with the Sanitation Department, Department of Roads and Highways, leading Batman and Robin to his castle trap...which puts the Dynamic Duo in front of Judge Joker and his Joker Jury (Joker's henchmen acting like their boss).  Of course Batman can't get a fair trial under this system, and he is found guilty.  With a little trickery and help from Robin, they get free to stop Joker from robbing a Batman themed charity event, in this, the last regular Batman story before Batman's "New Look: debuts!

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Monster Crime Comics


An expensive book for the time (a whole fifteen cents), Monster Crime Comics #1 (October, 1952) was a rarity at the time, with 52 pages for its one and only issue from Hillman (who published comics from 1940 to 1953).  

Sadly, it was just inventory crime stories, slapped with a slightly horrific cover, to try to use up some inventory stories as the Comic Code Authority approached....

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Celebrating Artist Jim Silke

Celebrating the birthday of artist Jim Silke (May 19, 1939), usually known for his pin-up work....


...but here, with his covers to the Xena: Warrior Princess Vs. Callisto three issue mini-series for Topps.



Xena: Warrior Princess Vs. Callisto #1 and #2 (February and March, 1998)

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Xena: Warrior Princess Vs. Callisto #3 (April, 1998)

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother's Day With Robin

Robin (Damian Wayne) was trying to be a good friend to Superboy (Jon Kent), as their dads, Batman and Superman are friends, but things got problematic when Damian's mother, Talia Al Ghul came around....trying to kill reporter Lois Lane (who was Jon' mother).


Oh, how difficult Mother's Day can be for some, as shown in the Parent Trap, in Super Sons #13 and #14 (April and May, 2018), first cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and second cover by Jorge Jimenez (with both variant covers by Dustin Nguyen, with stories by Peter J. Tomasi, Carlo Barberi and Art Thibert.



Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Celebrating Artist Michael T. Gilbert

Celebrating artist Michael T. Gilbert on his birthday (May 7, 1951) by bringing out his friends.


Michael was the creator of Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster, and over the years, he met a few other characters, like Airboy and his cast of characters in Airboy and Mr. Monster #1 (August, 1987 for Eclipse), as well as a giant dinosaur (here, named Gorzilla) as well as Atomic Boy in Mr. Monster vs Gorzilla (July, 1998 for Image).


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Criminal Superman

Superman...a criminal?  Say it ain't so!


Yet, here he is...accused of killing Lex Luthor.


How did the heroic Superman find himself in this situation?



Action Comics #318 (November, 1964)

Starting off with "The Death Of Luthor!" by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein.  To be fair, it starts on Earth, where prisoner Lex Luthor escapes prison...and heads to a rocket launch, to end up on the planet Lexor, where Luthor is considered a hero, and is under a red sun. While there, he marries a native woman, Ardora, whom he had known before.  


Superman, getting a spaceship to follow Luthor, does, ending up on Lexor (where the red sun makes him powerless). There, after chasing down Luthor, the two fight...with Superman seemingly killing Luthor.  The local establishment take Superman into custody, where he is to be tried for murder.


Action Comics #319 (December, 1964)

Picking up where the last issue left off, "The Condemned Superman!" by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein.  On trial, it goes badly for Superman.  Superman escapes jail before a verdict is rendered, with the man of steel finding one of Luthor's secret laboratories, therein he finds proof of a formula that Luthor invented that a person could take to simulate death.  

Going on that theory, Superman tries to revive Luthor...and is successful.  Luthor faked his death to get the authorities to sentence Superman to death.  Though this clears Superman, the Lexorians do not believe Luthor to be guilty.  Superman leaves Lexor, banished, while Luthor stays there with his new wife.    


Friday, April 26, 2024

Sugar And Spike Get In A Jam

As talking babies tend to do...

...Sugar Plumm and Spike Wilson find themselves in a jam, on these two classic covers (Sugar & Spike #4 of October-November, 1956 and Sugar & Spike #22 of April-May, 1959) with art by strip creator, Sheldon Meyer.


Thursday, April 25, 2024

Flash In Crisis

Flash disappeared during the Crisis On Infinite Earths...but, where did he go?


These two issues explained what happened to Barry Allen...





Flash #350 (October, 1985)

First, the end of an era.  

The last issue of the Flash since the start of the Silver Age, by Cary Bates, Carmine Infantino and Frank McLaughlin (with cover inked by Klaus Janson).  Here, Barry Allen finally ends his trial for the murder of the Reverse Flash, fights the Rogues one more time, deals with Abra Kadabra...and gets a Silver Age happy ending, as Iris Allen, thought dead for 75 issues, was really rescued by her future parents (well, her parents, who lived in the future, Eric and Fran Russell).  

But, all this foreshadowed something ominous....


Crisis On Infinite Earths #8 (November, 1985)

After a few issues, where readers see Barry in the 30th Century, living his best life with Iris, the Crisis comes to his time, and Flash starts appearing to heroes, warning them of the Crisis.  

This issue, by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Jerry Ordway, along with all the other dimensional confusion and hero gathering, has Flash, in the headquarters of the Anti-Monitor in the anti-matter universe, dealing with Psycho Pirate and the Weaponers of Qward, with Barry realizing that to help save the multiverse, he has to destroy the Anti-Monitor's Anit-Matter Cannon..


....and, as his speed increases, he travels through time (mostly back, a little forward) to deliver warnings to the heroes (and, had other circumstances not happened, a hint of how to bring him back....).

An incredible moment in comics (even with all the updates and changes that have happened since...), with the loss of the character that so visually started DC's Silver Age.


Why talk about this today?  Well, on the CW Flash TV series, this was the date the Flash disappeared according to the Central City Citizen...and read here for a little history of the Crisis On Infinite Earths. as well as here, for a little on the Flash of Two Worlds which kicked off Flash's place with the multiple Earths, as well as how Flash got to now here.


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

National Picnic Day

Celebrating National Picnic Day, and what better way than a quick peek into Jellystone Park, the home of Hanna Barbera's Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo, who usually spend their days looking for a picnic basket, much to the consternation of park Ranger Smith.


Along with all his animated success, Yogi Bear had a comic book that lasted for 42 issues at Gold Key (even if the first three issues were under their Four Color title), with the series ending in October, 1970.


Covers above are from Yogi Bear #32 and #35 (April, 1968 and January, 1969), and the second batch of covers from Yogi Bear #34 and #42 (October, 1968 and October, 1970), with surprisingly few covers with picnic baskets.


Friday, April 19, 2024

Reggie And Me On The Beach

A little fun on the beach...well, fun on the beach for Reggie Mantle, as he insults Archie Andrews in front of Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge on these two covers for Reggie And Me (#74 and #90, October, 1974 and September, 1976).

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Happy Anniversary Mustang

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Ford Mustang that debuted at the New York's World's Fair on April 17, 1964 with this photo cover to Archie #443 (January, 1996, with art by Bill Golliher), as Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica get ready to leave school in style, all under the watchful eye of Miss Grundy and Principal Weatherbee.

 

Happy Birthday Actress Jennifer Garner

A happy birthday to actress Jennifer Garner (April 17, 1972) with this issue of Mad Magazine (#441, May, 2004) with a cover for their parody of her spy series, Alias.



Monday, April 15, 2024

Tax Day 2024

In space, no one can hear you scream....but they sure want you to pay your taxes.


These intrepid astronauts thought they had a windfall, but the IRS was there...on this cover to Archie's Mad House #31 (February, 1964) by Samm Schwartz.


Sunday, April 14, 2024

Happy Birthday Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar

A happy birthday to Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar (April 14, 1977) with this cover to Mad Magazine #367 (March, 1998) by Mort Drucker...


...as Buffy spikes a vampire version of Alfred E. Neuman.


Friday, April 12, 2024

Celebrating Artist Amanda Conner

Celebrating the birthday of artist Amanda Conner (April 12, 1967)...but which series to choose...Harley Quinn or Power Girl?


Well, no sense making a choice, as their was a 6 issue mini-series featuring both Harley Quinn and Power Girl, which included Vartox!



Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1 and #2 (August and September, 2015)

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Harley Quinn and Power Girl #3 and #4 (October and November, 2015)

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Harley Quinn and Power Girl #5 and #6 (January, 2016)

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