Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today in Comics History: The day Lois got shot in the head


Panel from "Dead Men Do Tell Tales!" in Superman Family #220 (July 1982), script by Tamsyn O'Flynn, pencils by Bob Oksner, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by John Costanza



Same Story, Different Cover: Nothing can stop the Juggern...hey, all-you-can-eat buffet!


Top left: [Uncanny] X-Men v.1 #12 (July 1965), pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Frank Giacoia
Top right: [Uncanny] X-Men v.1 #13 (September 1965), , pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott
Bottom: [Uncanny] X-Men v.1 #67 (December 1970), reprinting X-Men #12-13, pencils by Marie Severin, inks by Joe Sinnott

(Click picture to juggersize)



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 140


Panels from Batman and Robin v.2 #8 (June 2012), script by Peter J. Tomasi, pencils by Patrick Gleason, inks by Mick Gray, colors by John Kalisz and Guy Major, letters by Pat Brosseau



Today in Comics History: Lois gets an extremely sharp-banged haircut


Panel from "Dead Men Do Tell Tales!" in Superman Family #220 (July 1982), script by Tamsyn O'Flynn, pencils by Bob Oksner, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by John Costanza



Today in Comics History: Some crooks set themselves up to be captured by Superman


Panel from "Dead Men Do Tell Tales!" in Superman Family #220 (July 1982), script by Tamsyn O'Flynn, pencils by Bob Oksner, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by John Costanza



Friday, May 18, 2012

And now, Indian Superman.

You're welcome!


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366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 139


Panels from Batman #230 (March 1971), script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano, letters by John Costanza



Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Moment of DC Animated Universe Awesome: Needs Salt

Another Moment of DC Animated Universe Awesomeness from the comics:



Panels from Superman Adventures #6 (April 1997), script by Scott McCloud, pencils by Rick Burchett, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Marie Severin, letters by L. Lois Buhalis



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 138


Panel from "Batman, Baby-Sitter!" in Batman #93 (August 1955), script by Bill Finger, pencils by Dick Sprang , inks by Charles Paris, letters by Pat Gordon



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Just in case you were wondering how Captain America feels about communists


Panel from Captain America Comics #76 (May 1954), pencils and inks by John Romita



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 137


Panels from Batman v.2 #8 (June 2012), script by Scott Snyder, pencils by Greg Capullo, inks by Jonathan Glapion, colors by FCO Plascencia, letters by Richard Starkings



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thank you for finishing that sentence, Batman


Panel from Batman #250 (July 1973), script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Dick Giordano



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 136


Panel from Batman #190 (March 1967), script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Joe Giella, letters by Gaspar Saladino



Monday, May 14, 2012

My Little Real Live Pony

You can't have read comics from a certain period and not be aware of the "sell stuff to get cool prizes" ads that populated comic books:


Comic book ads circa 1976-1978


Yes, all sorts of riches beyond the dreams of boys and girls could be had by selling greeting cards or address labels or garden seeds: bikes, sports equipment, guitars, watches, radios, cameras, and the 1968 Presidency. But quite possibly the most extraordinary prizes you could get would be had by selling, door-to-door (or, conning your gramma into buying the whole lot) easy-to-use, fragrant, delicious Cloverine Salve, the all-purpose petroleum lubricant for protecting skin, leather (which, for cows, is skin) and (apparently) cotton balls!


Ad from Batman #90 (March 1955)


Yes, you could be the first in your neighborhood to get this junk keen stuff! Because when you sold Cloverine (in the easy-to-open and complicated-to-close tin), you could earn such amazing booty as a dolly, a light-up bunny, and...

A REAL LIVE PONY



Imagine the shrieks of joy echoing through the household as your real live pony drops through the mail slot and clops through your home, surprising Mom as she's dishing up a typical 1950s breakfast of toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, donuts, coffee, juice, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Wheat Krispies, and Uranium-240! Just picture riding to school on your own real live pony! Consider that you live in a three-floor walk-up in downtown Canarsie before you order this thing! What's more...you can fight a gorilla with it! (Actual pitting of gorilla versus pony is not recommended; see your local animal care laws and statutes; gambling upon outcome of gorilla versus pony fight not legal in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.)



Yes, once again, it's

A REAL LIVE PONY



Also, you could get The Bible, which would eliminate your need to steal one from a hotel. Cloverine Salve can save you from the burning fires of Hell!



All this and a bucket of oats could be yours by selling non-greasy, camphory, slick, delicious Cloverine Salve! It's a medical ointment and a koala aphrodisiac!



And, wouldja believe, that Cloverine is still available today, in our fast-paced world of fax machines, digital calculators, and anti-gravity trams?



Yep, Cloverine is sold today on Amazon.com. And you know what that means...Jeff Bezos has all the free ponies in the world!

Also, Cloverine would like to remind you



Surrrrre you are, guys. Let's just see how many of those ponies are still alive before you make that claim, okay?


366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 135


Panels from "The New Batman!" in Batman #94 (September 1955), scripter unknown, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Stan Kaye, letters by Pat Gordon



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ten of a Kind: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Martha Clark Kent























(More Ten of a Kind here.)


366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 134


Panels from Batman: Dark Victory #8 (July 2000), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils and inks by Tim Sale, colors by Gregory Wright, separations by Heroic Age, letters by Richard Starkings



Today in Comics History: Ma Joker gets a visit from her prodigal son


Splash page from Batman: Dark Victory #8 (July 2000), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils and inks by Tim Sale, colors by Gregory Wright, separations by Heroic Age, letters by Richard Starkings