Panel from Fallen Son: The Death Of Captain America #2 (June 2007), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils by Ed McGuinness, inks by Dexter Vines, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Panel from Marvel Two-in-One #13 (January 1976), script by Roger Slifer and Len Wein, plot by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Ron Wilson, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Petra Goldberg, letters by Joe Rosen
Here's a fair warning to those ordinary civilians of the Marvel Universe. Sure, Spidey's a friendly guy who'll wave at you as he swings over Manhattan, and Captain America will stop and shake your hand and remind you that folks like you are the real hero. Even The Thing will shoot back a gruff but charmingly witty rejoinder if you remind him about that time Terrax punched him through the Chrysler Building.
But never, ever, even dare to tell Namor the Sub-Mariner no shirt, no service...
All comics panels in this post are from Namor, The Sub-Mariner #3 (June 1990), script and pencils by John Byrne, inks by Bob Wiacek, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Ken Lopez
Because he'll give you the Atlantean Withering Gaze of Utter Disdain.
So, remember. Don't do that thing.
And say hey, true bullievers, what magazine is that nurse reading anyway? Could it be the hot-off-the-newsstand latest issue of J. Jonah Jameson's Now (cover story: 'Spider-Man, His Makeup and Hairdo Tips: Are They Threat or Menace?")? Well, whatever the magazine is, let's take a little closer gander at its pages:
Hmmm, just who are those two guys spotlighted in the mag? Sadly, we never find out, as the Marvel Implosion of 1990 cancelled the debut issue Wisecracking Sassy Nurse #1 before it even came off the presses. (And she was dressing down Wolverine for eating a ham without a fork and knife in the first issue, too!) So, in the words of that Tootsie Pop narrator, "the world may never know."
But here's my guess...could it be...Namor inker Bob Wiacek and writer/penciller John Byrne (seen here in photos from the ComicVine.com entries on Wiacek and Byrne?:
Honestly, that's just a guess. I really don't know. And short of venturing into the wild, untamed territory of the Byrne Robotics Forum and posing a question for "JB" (remember, it's rude to answer the question before Mister B. gets a chance to!), I'm probably not gonna know.
But I like to think that in a word where Norse gods walk the earth and intelligent robots get to marry hot Balkan chicks who later go nutzoid and remake the world in the image of an issue of What If?, that maybe there are magazines that celebrate that cadre of creators at Marvels Comics who portray our amazing, uncanny, incredible, invincible, and fantastic heroes.
All the same, if Byrne and Wiacek walk into her hospital, they darn well better be wearing shirts.
Bonjour from Brooklyn, my home town! Here we are in beautiful Park Slope, my own stompin' grounds (please do not stomp after ten PM), and I'm out and about to Bergen Street (just off Flatbush Avenue, take the 2 train to Bergen Street and look for the giant cow statue outside Pintchik Hardware), making a voyage to the new comic book and graphic novel shop in the neighborhood, Bergen Street Comics. Come along with me, woncha? (C'mon! I'll buy you an issue of Action Philosophers, 'kay?)
Bergen Street Comics is run by friendly, amiable Brooklyn locals Tom and Amy Adams, who greeted me with a smile and a cheerful hello as I strolled in through the door. And it's not like they knew I was a celebrity or nothin'...I coulda been any little stuffed bull wandering into the shop! We didn't get a chance to go to their opening party the evening before, but Amy told us it had been a roaring success with lots of people and a good deal of celebration. Way to go, guys!
It's a gorgeous space...bright and airy but also warm and cozy, well-stocked but not overcrowded. The store is "L" shaped which allows a nice open space towards the back, and the walls have original artwork by the rotating current exhibiting artist. There's a wide range of recent floppies, both superhero and indies, against the back wall in an wide rack, and apparently even this space will be expanded in the not-too-distant future.
But where I was really impressed with Bergen Street is their very strong selection of graphic novels, displayed prominently not only on a large release table:
...but also in extensive subject sections around the store that'll appeal to your interests in any type or category of graphic novels. Say that you like Ed McBain or Len Deighton? Well, they've got crime graphic novels for you, bub!:
In addition to well-rounded subject sections, lots and lots of indie graphic novels by Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, Oni, Drawn + Quarterly, First Second, more publishers large and small, lotsa manga, and large shelves of DC/MarvelBergen Street is also a very kid-friendly shop, with all-ages graphic novels located close to the ground (hooray on behalf of us short beings!) and right in front of the register.
You know me: I can't step hoof inside a good shop without digging into my change purse, so I picked up a stack of cool stuff and trotted off to the register. Tom rang us up and chatted with us cheerfully. I think I've discovered my new LCS!
Bergen Street Comics will be doing signings and other events, plus participating in Free Comic Book Day, but don't wait for a special occasion to visitif you're in the New York/Brooklyn area, it's well worth a visit. It's very cheering to see beautifully laid-out and well-managed shops like Bergen Street, Rocketship and Desert Island in Brooklyn, and I wish them well and hope they thrive. I do stump for Amazon a bit in this blog, but don't think I only shop by internet...you oughta always support your local comic book store! Drop by, say hi to Tom and Amy Adams, pick up a few fun comics and GNs, and tell 'em a little stuffed bull sent ya!