Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today in Comics History: Free Thor with every purchase


Panels from Thor: Season One graphic novel (October 2013), script by Matthew Sturges, pencils and inks by Pepe Larraz, colors by Wil Quintana, letters by Cory Petit

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

You could have one more page of Batman adventures, or you could have this

So, this is what passed for "humor" in the Golden Age:


"Kafloppos" from Batman #33 (February-March 1946), pencils and inks by Jack Callahan

Oh, the hilarity.

Please write to DC Comics and demand they bring back a murderous, vengeful Curly Kafloppo in the New 52! You know you want it!

Paper Doll Month, Day 16: Dress Misty for Me




Paper doll pages from [Meet] Misty #6 (Marvel/Star Comics, October 1986); script, pencils, and inks by Trina Robbins, letters by L. Lois Buhalis

Monday, September 15, 2014

If I Ran DC Comics


Scooby-Doo: Futures End #1 (one-shot) (November 2014), incorporating cover art from Scooby-Doo #113 (December 2006), art by Scott McRae and Robert W. Pope

And here's the variant lenticular version!:


Today in Comics History: Batman progressively walks closer to you until you can see he's carrying FOR PETE'S SAKE BATMAN PUT THAT THING DOWN

Yes, today, September 15, is when a phone vote to assassinate a comic book icon determined the fate of Batman comic books forever. Don't ask who it is that killed Jason Todd: as Mick Jagger sang, "after all it was you and me."




"Some Will Die" ads from DC comics cover dated September-December 1988, pencils by Jim Aparo

Yep, this happened:


Page from Batman #428 (Winter 1988), script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo, colors by Adrienne Roy

And not this...


Alternate art from Batman #428, script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo

(Here's a color version of that alternate history:)


Panel from Batman Annual #25 (May 2006), script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by John Costanza

All because of this:


House ad from Batman #427 (December 1988), art by Jim Aparo

Yep, Jason Todd died today. Ignore the fact that it says something different on his death certificate. They're always pullin' that stunt over at the Gotham City coroner's department.


Panel from Batman Annual #25 (May 2006), script by Judd Winick, pencils by Shane Davis, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by Travis Lanham

So, in conclusion...we have no one to blame but ourselves for not spending 50¢ to prevent the creation of Red Hood and the Outlaws.



Assistant Editor's note from Batman #428


Bonus: J. L. Bell has some great commentary on Robin and the death of Jason Todd (click on other inks to explore lots of additional Robin posts), and no conversation about the crowbar-beatin', big explosion death of Jason is complete without Mike Sterling's iconic animated gif seen at the bottom of the post here.

Paper Doll Month, Day 15: Les belles de domaine de ressorts

"Patty & Selma's Fascinatin' Fashions!" from Simpsons Comics #2 (January 1994), artist unknown
(Click picture to DMV-line-size)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ten of a Kind: Got myself a crying, talking, sleeping, walking, paper doll










(Click wide images to super-size. More Ten of a Kind here.)

Paper Doll Month, Day 14: Take my hand






Katchoo and Francine paper dolls and fashions from Strangers in Paradise #28-30 (November 1999-February 2000), pencils and inks by Terry Moore

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 13: Marvel really needs to resurrect this feature for Wolverine and Iron Man



"Kathy's Cut-Ups!" and "Look at Liz!" from Kathy #6 (Marvel, August 1960), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Stan Goldberg

Friday, September 12, 2014

Today in Comics History: Don Blake's cane has a pretty good monthly minutes plan


Panel from Thor: Season One graphic novel (October 2013), script by Matthew Sturges, pencils and inks by Pepe Larraz, colors by Wil Quintana, letters by Cory Petit

Paper Doll Month, Day 12: Wait, isn't Tyrolea where Dr. Doom comes from?


"Tillie Cutouts: Tyrolean Outfit" from Four Color #237 [Tillie the Toiler] (July 1949), pencils and inks by Jack Callahan

Thursday, September 11, 2014

At 13th Dimension: Spider-Man's Screwiest Spider-Verses debuts!


Tonight over at 13th Dimension, my pal John begins a series of posts about Spider-Man's Screwiest Spider-Verses...weird and wacky alternate versions of Spider-Man we probably won't be seeing in the new Spider-Verse crossover event (darn it). Although Spider-Verse promises every Spider-Man known to man...I bet pal John's come up with a few more! (I helped.)

Here's a web-slinger we can only hope we'll see: Rick Geary's Spider-Man! Here's a sneak preev:


Page from Spider-Man: Chase for the Blue Tiger (1995), written and illustrated by Rick Geary

Whoa, what the Sam Scratch is that crazy silver coin right in the middle of the page? You'll just have to head over to 13th Dimension for Spider-Man's Screwiest Spider-Verses to find out! A splendid time is guaranteed for all!*

*Guarantee does not apply to Green Goblin.

Paper Doll Month, Day 11: I wish they all could be color paper dolls

"Is This Max... or Mo?" from California Girls #1 (Eclipse, June 1987); script, pencils, inks (and colors?) by Trina Robbins; letters by L. Lois Buhalis
(Click picture to Golden State-size)