Thursday, August 21, 2014

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 21: No one would have believed in the last years of the twentieth century...

...that superhuman affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No-one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they snuck out of Commissioner Gordon's office.



Panels from Detective Comics #715 (November 1997), script by Chuck Dixon, pencils by Graham Nolan, inks by Eduardo Barreto, colors by Gloria Vasquez, letters by John Costanza

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At 13th Dimension: 13 Dimensions of Multiversity: DC Worlds We Want Brought Back!

Today, Grant Morrison hijacked your mind and took you on a escapade around various worlds of the DC multiverse in the first issue of The Multiversity! (Aw, he's always doin' that.) And of course you all know what that means: online comments complaining that the comic book is too hard to understand. Also: another article by my bestest pal John over at 13th Dimension! Storrison's morey Morrison's story takes us to Earths 7, 8, and 23, brings back Captain Carrot (the Sensational New Character Find of 1982!) with an all-new look, President Calvin Ellis (Superman of Earth-23), and Lord Volt and Lady Quark! Not to mention Aquawoman of Earth-11 and comic book fan Red Racer of Earth-36!

John's 13th Dimension article covers the 13 DC Earths we'd like brought back in Multiversity, and it's a baker's dozen whoopie-dooper of some choices! But (as always), I wonder why John didn't include this Earth?:

The Earth of cancelled comic book characters,
where Animal Man met Angel Love!


Panels from Animal Man (1988 series) #24 (August 1967); script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Chas Truog, inks by Doug Hazlewood, colors by Tatjana Wood, letters by John Costanza

YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT ANGEL LOVE


Once again, that's 13 Dimensions of Multiversity over at 13th Dimension! And remember, when traveling from one Earth to the other, always remove bottles of liquid larger than 3 ounces from your carry-on bags! (Because Aquaman loves that stuff.)

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 20: Young Bruce needs more practice at this


Panels from Batman #592 (August 2001), script by Ed Brubaker, pencils by Scott McDaniel, inks by Karl Story, colors by Roberta Tewes, color separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by John Costanza

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Entire Silver Age in One Comics Panel


Panel from "The Forbidden Box!" in Lois Lane #37 (November 1962), script by Leo Dorfman (?), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 19: Batman really hates second-hand smoke


Panels from Batman: Arkham Unhinged #45 (digital comic, October 2012), script by Karen Travis, pencils and inks by Riccardo Buchielli, colors by Alejandro Sanchez, letters by Travis Lanham

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today in Comics History: Marvel's adaptation of The Crucible does not have enough Spider-Man in it


Panels from Marvel Team-Up #43 (March 1976), script by Bill Mantlo, breakdowns by Sal Buscema, finishes and backgrounds by Mike Esposito and Dave Hunt, colors by Janice Cohen, letters by Karen Mantlo

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 18: Waddle I do when you are far away?



Panels from Batman #627 (Early July 2004), script by Judd Winick, pencils by Dustin Nguyen, inks by Richard Friend, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by Clem Robins

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ten of a Kind: I'm Not Dead Yet












(More Ten of a Kind here.)

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 17: Bullock Says: Batman Oughta Be Fun!



Panels from Detective Comics #651 (Early October 1992), script by Chuck Dixon, pencils by Graham Nolan, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Glenn Whitmore, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History: Satana causes a car accident by wearing a skintight bodysuit while hitchhiking, again


Splash page from Marvel Premiere #27 [Satana] (December 1975), script by Chris Claremont, pencils and inks by "The Tribe" (a group of Filipino artists that included Tony DeZuniga, Yong Montano, and Ernie Chan, among others), letters by Pablo Marcos, colors by Janice Cohen

But say, what day did that fatal story take place, Essential Marvel Horror, Volume 1?


Splash page from the Satana story "Deathsong," re-printed in black-and-white in Essential Marvel Horror v.1 (2006)

Which only goes to prove: this sort of thing happens to Satana at least twice a year.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Today in Comics History: Punisher farts in court


Panel from Punisher: The Trial of the Punisher #2 (December 2013), script by Marc Guggenheim, pencils and inks by Mico Suayan, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Cory Petit

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 16: What's black and yellow and gone when you look twice?


Panel from Batman/Riddler: The Riddle Factory one-shot (1995), script by Matt Wagner, pencils and inks by Dave Taylor, colors by Linda Medley, letters by Bill Oakley

Friday, August 15, 2014

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 15: He wasn't even there in the first place!


Panels from Batman #548 (November 1997), script by Doug Moench, pencils by Kelley Jones, inks by John Beatty, colors by Greg Wright, letters by Todd Klein

Today in Comics History: Matt Murdock walks into completely wrong courtroom; everybody thinks it's funny to not tell him


Panel from Punisher: The Trial of the Punisher #2 (December 2013), script by Marc Guggenheim, pencils and inks by Mico Suayan, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Cory Petit