Saturday, October 09, 2010

Same Story, Different Cover: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Skeletons

Chamber of Darkness #7/Giant-Size Chillers #3

L: Men's Adventures #26 (March 1954), art by Russ Heath
R: Chamber of Chills #20 (January 1976), reprinting "Midnight in the Morgue" from Men's Adventures #26, Ron Wilson and Dan Adkins

(Click picture to Quincy, M.E.-size)


And hey, Men's Adventures #26 featured the debut of Ken Hale, Gorilla-Man of the Agents of Atlas!


365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 282

Avengers Annual #8
Panels from Avengers Annual #8 (1978), script by Roger Slifer, pencils by George Pérez, inks by Ricardo Villamonte, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Elaine Heinl



Saturday Morning Cartoon: The Super 6


The Super 6 (1966) opening, produced by DePatie-Freleng, opening theme by Gary Lewis and the Playboys



Riverdale: Hellmouth (Day 9)

Archie & Friends #135
Archie & Friends #135 (November 2009), art by Fernando Ruiz



Friday, October 08, 2010

Also, there will be time travel!

Doctor Who Season Six Spoilers


Lot of exciting news coming out of New York Comic-Con! Jimmy Olsen's getting his own series...The Avengers movie will feature Stephen Fry as Jarvis...Stan Lee to invent a personal superhero character for every American citizen...but I've followed with most interest the news coming out of the BBC panels, where we're hearing hints of stuff that might be coming up on Torchwood (John Barrowman will kiss someone pretty!) and Primeval (CGI animators will continue to get work!). And then there's the flagstone and cornership of the BBC merchandising department—boy, did we learn some surprises about its upcoming episodes from series Executive Producer Stephen "Grand" Moffat! I know what you're thinking. "Did he broadcast six seasons or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But don't proceed unless you want to know secrets of the upcoming series! Yep, as our old pal Bob the Dalek screeches above: SPOILER WARNING! Do not read further if you do not want to know certain plot elements of the next series of Doctor Who!




Okay, ready?

Rose is back!

And, she's doing The Sex with the Doctor!

The Doctor and Rose


Say, did anybody else hear that? It sounded like the heads of a million fanboys exploding.

Oh! And also, Daleks will be in the new season! But don't give away that shocking surprise!


365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 281

UXM #50
Panel from [Uncanny] X-Men #50 (November 1968), script by Arnold Drake, pencils by Werner Roth, inks by John Verpoorten, letter by Herb Cooper



Riverdale: Hellmouth (Day 8)

Life with Archie #39
Life with Archie #133 (May 1973)



Thursday, October 07, 2010

Professor X is a Jerk!: Compulsory Clambake

Professor X is a Jerk

The universe is in danger! Sentinels are attacking! Apocalypse is apocalyptin'! Magneto's hoardes are on their way to pillage, burn and plunder! So what does the most brilliant mutant mind in the universe, Professor Charles J. (for "Jerk") Xavier command his students?

X-Men #8
Panel from X-Men #8 (May 1992), plot, pencils, and inks by Jim Lee, script by Scott Lobdell, more inks by Art Thibert, colors by Joe Rosas, letters by Tom Orzechowski


Why, it's a MANDATORY PICNIC!

When they returned, of course, the X-Mansion had been completely destroyed by Juggernaut and the Blob. They ripped up Jubilee's closetful of yellow trench coats! They sat on Cyclops's extra ruby quartz glasses! They put Nair in Beast's shampoo bottles! They danced with jing-tinglers tied to their heels! They whammed their who-whonkers! (And I think we all know how painful that can be.) They even scratched up all of Wolverine's Debbie Gibson albums!

Also, Jean got killed again.

But no, the X-Men had to go have a picnic because Professor X said so.

Whatta jerk.


365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 280

Cap #228
Panel from Captain America #228 (December 1978), script by Roger McKenzie, breakdowns by Sal Buscema, finishes by Mike Esposito and John Tartaglione, colors by George Roussos, letters by Diana Albers



Riverdale: Hellmouth (Day 7)

Jughead #80
Archie's Pal Jughead #80 (January 1962)



Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Bully's Sketchbook: Roger Langridge

Mr. Roger Langridge! He's one of my favorite comics writers and artists. I remember his work first catching my attention in one of the old Amzing Heroes swimsuit specials. Did he draw Wolverine with water wings? Thor in a thong? No! His contribution was the cast of the much-beloved (by me 'n' others) BBC 1950s cult classic radio program The Goon Show at the beach!:

The Goon Show by Roger Langridge

"FamousPeopleGoonHoliday" by Roger Langridge, from Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special #1 (1990)

You can catch Roger Langridge currently writing and drawing issues of the relentlessly delightful The Muppet Show comic book from BOOM!, or, as Mister L. himself describes it: "currently drawing pigs in wigs and socks with ping pong balls glued to them to earn a crust."

So, y'know, if he can draw felt frogs and plush pigs...surely he can draw a little stuffed bull, can't he?

A: Yes he can.

Bully, by Roger Langridge


Thank you very much for the sketch, Roger Langridge!

If you wanna see more of the work and art of Roger (and why wouldn't ya?), book yourself a room at The Hotel Fred, Roger's blog named after his sad-sack, lovelorn comic character Fred the Clown. Or, buy his stuff...you know you want it!




Roger Langridge: he's great, and he makes me look great.


365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 279

New X-Men #155
Panel from X-Men #155 (June 2004), script by Chuck Austen, pencils by Salvador Larroca, inks by Danny Miki, colors by Udon Studio, letters by Rus Wooton



Riverdale: Hellmouth (Day 6)

Life with Archie #39
Life with Archie #39 (July 1965)



Tuesday, October 05, 2010

L'essence Jameson

J. Jonah Jameson!




But what do we really know about him, anyway? Huh?

So here you go: everything you need to know about J. Jonah Jameson in just a handful of non-sequential panels, jumbled together to tell one sorta-continuous-meta-saga! (For best results, read panels aloud in the voice of J. K. Simmons.)


Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson
Spidey Super Stories J. Jonah Jameson

All panels are from issues of Spidey-Super Stories. And they really happened! (On Earth-57780.)

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 278

Avengers #167
Splash page from Avengers #460 (January 1978), co-plot and script by Jim Shooter, co-plot by Roger Stern, pencils by George Pérez, inks by Pablo Marcos, colors by Phil Rachelson, letters by Joe Rosen



Riverdale: Hellmouth (Day 5)

Archie's Mad House #15
Archie's Mad House #62 (October 1961)



Monday, October 04, 2010

Monday Night Murals: Chicken running in my death trap

Say, where are all the Titans and the Teen Titans and Little Red Riding Hood rushing to?

Titans/Teen Titans/Vigilante

Titans #12-13, Vigilante #5-6, Teen Titans #70 (June-July 2009), art by Andrew Robinson and Greg Digenti
(Click picture to .50-caliber-size)


Are they...
  1. They're trying to avoid being simultaneously shot by the Tetradecagonean, the DC Universe assassin who can shoot fourteen targets at once
  2. Dick Greyson has a new costume and they're hurrying to see it
  3. Dick Greyson has a new costume designed by George Pérez and they're running away as fast as they can
  4. Sprinting to get out of another DC crossover story, little knowing they've played right into Dan DiDio's hands
  5. Their cartoon show is on
  6. The killer called Honey Bun is back and deadlier than ever
  7. ...say, why is Flash in the middle of this chase?
  8. Running away from, or towards, a kiss from Michael Caine
  9. Rushing to get to the end of the story before Vigilante's comic is cancelled (again)


There are no wrong answers.


365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 277

UXM #460
Panels from Uncanny X-Men #460 (JAugust 2005), script by who else but Chris Claremont, pencils by Tom Raney, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Gina Going, letters by Rus Wooton



Riverdale: Hellmouth (Day 4)

Sabrina #62
Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch #62 (September 1980), art by Stan Goldberg

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Ten of a Kind: Milk does a comic good





















(More Ten of a Kind here.)


365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 276

X-Men #9
Panel from X-Men #9 (June 1992), co-plot and script by Scott Lobdell, co-plot, pencils and inks by Jim Lee, more inks by Art Thibert, colors by Joe Rosas, letters by Tom Orzechowski



Sunday Morning Silents: The Burstrup Homes Murder Case (1911)


The Burstrup Homes Murder Case (1911), directed by Alice Guy Blache



Riverdale: Hellmouth (Day 3)

Betty & Veronica #77
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #77 (May 1962)