Saturday, October 24, 2009

Separated at Birth, Special Mike Sterling Edition: He Came in Through the Bathroom Window

HOS #92/Saga of the Swamp Thing #33
L: House of Secrets #92 (June-July 1971), art by Bernie Wrightson
R: Saga of the Swamp Thing #33 (February 1985), art by John Totleben and Tatjana Wood
(Click picture to Adrienne Barbeau-size)

No discussion of House of Secrets #92 is complete without a look at The Nine Billion Copies of House of Secrets #92 of Mike Sterling, not to mention (via Mike's excellent blog, Progressive Ruin), Team Smithy's parody cover. It's a switcharoo!

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 297

UFF #37
Panel from Ultimate Fantastic Four #37 (February 2007), script by Mike Carey, art by Pascual Ferry, colors by Justin Ponsor, letters by Randy Gentile



Saturday Morning Cartoon: "Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party"


"Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party" (1933), directed by Dave Fleischer, featuring the voice of Mae Questel as Betty


Friday, October 23, 2009

I told her no no no no no hey!

Remember: No means no.


Whether you're a woman...

Iron Man #92

...or an ape.

Iron Man #92
Panels from Iron Man #92 (October 1975), script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by George Tuska, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Al Wenzel, letters by Dave Hunt



365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 296

Silver Surfer #5
Splash (literally!) panel from Silver Surfer #5 (April 1969), script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Sal Buscema, letters by Sam Rosen



R.I.P. (Rest in Pies), Soupy Sales

The Soupy Sales Comic Book
Soupy Sales
1926-2009



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Let's Rap with Cap: Good Manners

Let's Rap with Cap!

If you must inconvenience anyone, it's good manners to apologize to them.

Captain America #146-147



Always offer to teach others: sharing your knowledge is just plain good etiquette—and fun, too!

Captain America #146-147



Proper phone etiquette: If your phone call interrupts a date, keep your conversation brief and to the point. Also, it's polite to inform her when you're on the phone!

Captain America #146-147



If someone is interested in a new experience, always welcome them to try it out.

Captain America #146-147



Can't remember a person's name? It's acceptable to address them casually until you remember it.

Captain America #146-147



Gambling: it's just plain wrong.

Captain America #146-147



Always say "please" and "thank you."

Captain America #146-147



Don't exclude others from activities! Be sure to involve everyone in what's going on!

Captain America #146-147



And perhaps most important: never, never let The Kingpin use a salon hair dryer. This isn't exactly "proper etiquette"...but it's a darn good idea under any circumstances.

Captain America #146-147
Panels from Captain America #146 and 147 (February and March 1972), script by Gary Friedrich, pencils by Sal Buscema, inks by John Verpoorten, letters by Sam Rosen



365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 295

MTIO A #2
Panel from Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2 (1977), script and breakdowns by Jim Starlin, finishes and inks by Joe Rubinstein, colors by Petra Goldberg, letters by Annette Kawecki



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Uatu, p.i.

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365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 294

MTIO #1
Panels from Marvel Two-in-One #1 (January 1974), script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Joe Sinnott, colors by George Roussos, letters by Jean Izzo



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Because sometimes you just have to post Ben Grimm discovering that the man behind the curtain is actually a baby Watcher.

Freakshow #3

Two-page spread from The Thing: Freakshow #3 (October 2002), script by Geoff Johns, pencils by Scott Kolins, inks by Andy Lanning and Doug Hazlewood, colors by David Self, letters by Randy Gentile
Click panel to Huggies-Overnight-size



365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 293

UFF #41
Panel from Ultimate Fantastic Four #41 (June 2007), script by Mike Carey, pencils by Mark Brooks and Scott Kolins, inks by Scott Kolins and Jaime Mendoza, colors by Andrew Crossley and Wil Quintana, letters by Rus Wooton



Monday, October 19, 2009

Sick bull, in his fuzzy blue pyjamas, sick bull, better bring him chicken noodle soup...

Hi hi hiCHOO! (sniff) It's me, folks, the under-the-weather Bully the High-Temperature Little Stuffed bull, apologizing to you goo healthy folks that I don't have a proper post tonight, I mean, what I'm feel as under the flu bug as Mister Peter Parker did...

ASM #121
Panels from Amazing Spider-Man #121 (June 1973), script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by John Romita Sr. and Tony Mortellaro, color by David Hunt, letters by Artie Simek

What's more, when you have a cold, try not to hang around people who are showing off their giant snowball collection:

ASM #121

...especially when what the doctor (Strange, Richards, or Connors) receommends is heading straight home to bed and take some speed! Wait, no, I think I've misread that panel:

ASM #121


Because who knows: after you down your two or three bottles of Narcoleptussin-R, the sure cure for cough and colds, you may be called on to run some errands. Especially when you might be called upon to save Miss Gwen Stacy when she apparently has slipped on some slick ice while climbing around on the Brooklyn Bridge. That'll teach you to wear those big spiked Jimmy Choos, Gwendy!

ASM #121


Hopefully your mind will be clear and sharp enough to do this:

What If? 24
Panels from What If? #24 (December 1980), script by Tony Isabella, breakdowns by Gil Kane, finishes and inks by Frank Giacoia, with Carl Gafford, Peter Poplaski, Ron Zalme, and Joe Albelo, colors by Carl Gafford, and letters by Tom Orzechowski


Here's a helpful hint: if you didn't hear a "snap," you're in like flynn.

What If? #24


Now, make sure she takes you home and tucks you into bed, and brings you some of Aunt Stacy's Chicken Noodle Soup. By which I mean, plenty of hugs and kisses. Because half the fun of having a cold is giving it to someone you love right? cough, cough


365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 292

BP #27

Panels from Black Panther #27 (June 2007), script by Reginald Hudlin, pencils by Francis Portela, inks by Victor Olazaba, colors by Val Staples, letters by Cory Petit
(Click picture to big-hand-on-the-twelve-size.)



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ten of a Kind: We will rock you





















(More Ten of a Kind here.)