Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Month of... Board Games! Day 27: Brand New '64 Dodge the Dalek

Hey, remember that old Dalek Game?

No, no, not that one...this one, the extremely retro simple-to-learn, impossible-to-master Daleks Computer Game! And I think it would look...a little something like this:

"The New Daleks" by Bob Arning (1985), based on "Daleks" by Johan Strandberg (1984), based on "Robots" by Ken Arnold (late 1970s)

You can play a Flash-based version of the Daleks Game here.

Or, play this version from the very first Doctor Who-related annual! You don't even need a computer! Well, except to read this post and print the game board.

"Dodge the Dalek" from The Dalek Book (1964); creator unknown (possibly David Whitaker)
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A Month of... Board Games! Day 26: Oh shoot! Isn't Sonja cute, cute, cute!

"Li'l Sonja's Quest of Doom" from Li'l Sonja #1 one-shot (January 2014); script by Roger Langridge, art by Andrew Elder
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A Month of... Board Games! Day 25: Pretty fly for a white guy

British comics weeklies have frequently been editor-in-chiefed by an increasingly bizarre and out-of-this-world assortment of strange and unusual beings who have certain benefits (over, say, Paul Levitz or Carmine Infantino), not only by their distinctive personalities but by their being complete fiction (like, say, Stan Lee or Jim Shooter). We saw that Agent 21 runs the vast TV Century 21 empire, just as today Daniel Craig is the true mastermind behind Marie Claire and British Vogue. Or consider Tharg, the long-suffering (as in, he'll make you suffer for a long time) editor or 2000 AD, which recently celebrated its 2000th issue by allowing Tharg to eat both a celebration cake made of polystyrene cups and Halo Jones.

Panel from "Vector 13: Case 10: Case Closed?" in 2000 AD Prog 1302 (4 March 1997), script by David Bishop, pencils and inks by Simon Davis

Like the chiller hosts of DC books of yore like House of Secrets, Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion, and Alfred Pennyworth's Stories of Ruined Roasts, the Legion of Fictional Brit Comics Editors frequently starred in their own stories or series. Max the Computer, a super-advanced artificial intelligence that runs Maxwell Tower and used its hidden floor to enact Spectre-like retribution upon scum, nogoodniks, and just-all-out British-style bastards. Created by "Ian Holland" (the powerhouse scripting team of Alan Grant and John Wagner) and artist by José Ortiz, Max's "The Thirteenth Floor" series premiered in the wonderfully-named British comics weekly Scream! and later moved to the long-running Eagle series when the two comics merged.

Panels from "The Thirteenth Floor" in Eagle #128 (Magazines Ltd., 1 September 1984), script by Ian Holland (Alan Grant/John Wagner), pencils and inks by José Ortiz

Here's a board game from an Eagle Annual introduced by Max that features not only a justifiable hideous retribution but also a slightly more intricate and strategy-based turn system than the usual Candyland/Parcheesi clones I've been showing you throughout this series. Can you escape...The Spider & Fly Game?!? (A: No. No, you cannot.)

"The Spider & Fly Game" from Eagle Annual 1987 (IPC Magazines Ltd., 1986); creators unknown
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Being turned into a fly and eaten by a bloodthirsty spider...well, that is absolutely more chilling that any old dumb Penance Stare.

Today in Comics History: Observing real teens in action, Jubilee vows: "Father, I shall become a mall rat."

Panels from "Scottie Dog" in Gotham Academy #14 (March 2016); script by Hope Larson; pencils, inks, and colors by Kris Mukai; letters by Steve Wands

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Today in Comics History: Frontier Ben and May Parker welcome Frontier Peter Parker

Panel from Back to the Future #5 (February 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber and Erik Burnham, pencils and inks by Marcelo Ferreira, colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: The Three Halloween Ghosts manage to do it all in one night. Also, one week early.

Panel from Back to the Future #2 (November 2015), story by Bob Gale and John Barber, script by John Barber, pencils and inks by Marcelo Ferreira, colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Monday, October 24, 2016

Today in Comics History: Major change to timeline causes that one guy to carry more blueprints and papers

Also: Doc Brown rebuilds his house in a day. He is a genius!

Several pages later, after some time travel tomfoolery:

Panels from Back to the Future #2 (November 2015), story by Bob Gale and John Barber, script by John Barber, pencils and inks by Marcelo Ferreira, colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: Test flight for the Hindenburg crashes on Wall Street, causes Depression

Panels from The Black Monday Murders #1 (August 2016), script by Jonathan Hickman, pencils and inks by Tomm Coker, colors by Michael Garland, letters by Rus Wooten

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Today in Comics History Future: Even in the 31st century, no one wants to buy Vision's baseball card collection

Panels from All-New All-Different Avengers #13 (October 2016), script by Mark Waid, pencils and inks by Adam Kubert, colors by Sonia Oback, letters by Cory Petit

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Notes from the Tin Dispatch Box of John H. Watson, MD

Panels from Sherlock Holmes: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution #1 (August 2015), based on the novel by Nicholas Meyer, script by David Tipton and Scott Tipton, pencils and inks by Ron Joseph, colors by Jordi Escuin, letters by Deron Bennett;
and from Angel Love #1 (August 1986); script and pencils by Barbara Slate, inks by John William Lopez, colors by Bob LeRose, letters by Bill Yoshida

Monday, October 10, 2016

Today in Comics History: Lame follow-up to Dark Reign is published

Page from Daily Bugle #3 (February 1997); script by Paul Grist; pencils by Karl Kerschl; inks by Greg Adams, Al Milgrom, and Chris Ivy; letters by Sue Crespi and John Constanza

Saturday, October 08, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 282/Today in Comics History: This could never happen in these enlightened times

Page from Daily Bugle #1 (December 1996), script by Paul Grist, pencils by Karl Kerschl, inks by Greg Adams, letters by Jim Novak

Speaking of pretty good, often-overlooked J. Jonah Jameson stories, the 1996 miniseries The Daily Bugle is a lovely short series focusing on the journalists of that fine metropolitan newspaper, with nary an appearance by our friendly neighborhood web-slinger. It's about as real as Marvel Comics get, including that issue of Punisher: War Journal where Frank had to wait in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles for a whole issue.

Cover of Daily Bugle #1 (December 1996), pencils by Karl Kerschl, inks by Greg Adams

Like your local newspaper somewhere back in the twentieth century, the whole series is in glorious black and white, which gives it a cool-real noir look. And the script's by Paul Grist — I like his comics artwork a lot, especially Doctor Who and St. Swithin's Day, as well as being the writer and artist on the absolutely wonderful Jack Staff. Artwork here is by Karl Kerschl and Greg Adams:

As far as I know, The Daily Bugle #1-3 have never been collected into a trade, and I'm not sure if they're currently on Marvel Unlimited. But this little stuffed comics guy gives the miniseries two hooves up, and they're well worth hunting down in the back issue boxes of your local comic book shop. Tell 'em J. Jonah Jameson sent you, and also demand photographs of Spider-Man!