Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ten of a Kind: There's yet one good in ten*





















More Ten of a Kind here.

See also.




Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare!





*All's Well that Ends Well, Act 1, Scene 3


Fezzes are cool!



B.A.R.D.I.S.

Are you ready?


365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 113


Panel from Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comic Magazine #10 (November 2001), by a whole lotta guys



Friday, April 22, 2011

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 112


Panel from Thor #168 (September 1969), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta and George Klein



Great Moments in Comic Book History: Victor von Doom's action figures are no longer mint


Panel from What If? v.1 #6 (December 1977), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Rick Hoberg, inks by Sam Grainger, colors by Phil Rachelson, letters by Joe Rosen

Thursday, April 21, 2011

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 111


Panels from The Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular #2 (September 1991), script by Michael Gallagher, pencils (and inks?) by Kieron Dwyer, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by Ken Lopez



Great Moments in Comic Book History: Johnny Storm gets the lyrics to "The Wall" wrong


Panel from Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1 (October 2005), script by Mark Millar, pencils and inks by Jae Lee, colors by June Chung, letters by Chris Eliopoulos



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen...Mister Buck Owens!

Hey, everybody! Let's get our our crayons again because this time we're gonna color country music superstar and legend Buck Owens!


From Hee Haw #1 (July 1970), art by Frank Roberge


What? There was a comic book based on Hee Haw? The CBS (then syndicated for two decades) down-home country comedy variety hour set in the fictional Kornfield Kounty? Why, yes. And not just for one issue, but for seven...bringing us country-fried comic book comedy from the good ol' boys at Charlton Comics. (oh, c'mon—who else woulda published this?)

But 'round about now you may be having some problems coloring Buck Owens because you don't know what he looks like in real life. Well, let me help you little 'uns there. Right here's a gen-u-ine photgraphical picture of Mister Buck Owens in all his sartorial splendor, so you can see him in real life an' all. It's straight out of the comical book, too! (Okay, I promise to stop talking like this.)



So get out your grey, black, and white crayons, and get to work? What's that? My goodness, I never heard so much squawkin' from y'all since the chickens got ahold of the truck keys and headed on down to the Country Roadhouse Bar. (No, seriously, I will stop talking cornpone any minute now, promise.) Well, for those of you who have those new-fangled color tellyvisions and comic books, here's the way Mr. Owens oughter be colored, just like he is in this here cartoon. Ladies and gentlemen...Buck Owens!



Yup, that's about the type of humor you're gonna get on Hee Haw, broad, slapstick, and...dare I say it...corny. Take it away, Hee Hawwers!

(Click picture to farm-subsid-size)


Yup. That..............'s about the size of that. Still, it's easy to mock Hee Haw because of its redneck country humor. Go ahead! I'll be right here while you do!:



Um, yeah. Grant Morrison, this ain't. But Hee Haw the comic book has a certain goofy charm, and while you can poke fun at the TV show, you can't fault it for one of its great achievements: long before CMT or The Nashville Network and way before American Idol, it brought the great stars of country/western music to your television once in a week. And I do mean great stars:

Johnny Cash! (video opens in a new window)



Tanya Tucker (14 years old in this appearance!)



Charley Pride!



Kenny Rogers!



Chet Atkins!



Dolly Parton!



Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson!


And of course...ladies and gentlemen...Mister Buck Owens!



365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 110


Panel from Thor v.2 #31 (January 2001), script by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by Wes Abbott and Richard Starkings



Great Moments in Comic Book History: Hulk Needs Sunglasses


Page from Marvel Universe: The End #2 (June 2003), script and pencils by Jim Starlin, inks by Al Milgrom, colors by Christie Scheele, letters by Cory Petit



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Big-Ass Book of Asgard

Hey! Didja get your copy of the Thor Omnibus by Walt Simonson yet? I've been waiting for this book to be published ever since I first saw it in an ish of Journey Into Mystery!


Panel from Journey into Mystery #504 (December 1996), script by Tom DeFalco, pencils and inks by "Deodato Studios," colors by Marie Javins, letters by Jon Babcock


Well, they certainly gave it a fancier cover than the first volume in the series:


Panel from Journey into Mystery #510 (July 1997), script by Tom DeFalco, pencils and inks by "Deodato Studios," colors by Marie Javins, letters by John Costanza


But, you know, realistic depictions of book volumes isn't exactly what we come to the art of Mike Deodato and his Sussudio Studio for, is it? It's usually something more like



Ah, Mike Deodato and Studio. If we can't say anything else about you, it's this: you drew comics during the Nineties.

Anyway, pick these up! Thus speaketh Odin Bully!




365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 109


Panel from Thor: Godstorm #2 (December 2001), script by Kurt Busiek, pencils by Steve Rude, inks by Mike Royer, colors by Greg Wright, letters by John Costanza



Great Moments in Comic Book History: The little-known airplane scene from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes


Panel from Dennis the Menace Giant #6 (Summer 1958), script by Fred Toole, art by Al Wiseman



Monday, April 18, 2011

A Very Ben Grimm Passover Special

The Thing and all his Jewish pals want to wish you a happy, joyful, and clobberin' Passover!



"Twisted Toyfare Theatre" from Toyfare #94 (June 2005)



The definition of irony


Panel from Thor #153 (June 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Artie Simek



365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 108


Panels from Warriors Three #2 (February 2011), script by Bill Willingham, pencils by Neil Edwards, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Fabio D'Auria, letters by Clayton Cowles



Great Moments in Comic Book History: First appearance of Pac-Man


New Terrytoons with Mighty Mouse #48 (November 1977)



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ten of a Kind: Feared by the bad, loved by the good





















(More Ten of a Kind here.)


365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 107


Panels from Thor v.2 #12 (June 1999), script by Dan Jurgens, pencils by John Romita Jr., inks by Klaus Janson, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by Richard Starkings and Wes Abbott