Saturday, July 14, 2012

Same Story, Different Cover: Hellboy, no!


Left: Tales to Astonish #25 (November 1961), pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Dick Ayers, colors by Stan Goldberg
Right: Weird Wonder Tales #17 (August 1976), pencils by Larry Lieber, inks by Frank Giacoia

(Click picture to high-def-size)



366 jours avec Alfred Pennyworth, Jour cent quatre-vingt-seize

In celebration of Bastille Day Alfred's gone continental today! Bonjour, M. Pennyworth!



Pages de "Les 'Souris' Dansent" dans Batman Poche #44 (3e trimestre 1982), le scénario par Bob Rozakis et Roy Thomas, crayonné par José Luis Garcia-Lopez, encrage par Frank McLaughlin, coloration par Adrienne Roy


And a special merci to Bully-Buddy Brian for providing the French Batman comics to scan! Vous êtes merveilleux, Brian!




Today in Comics History: Family game night finally ends; Batman wins "Operation"


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Friday, July 13, 2012

Today in Comics History: If you know what's good for you, don't appear on Roy Raymond's TV show today

Why not? Well, first of all, Alicia Masters is appearing on it in reverse drag:


Panels from "The Unlucky Guest Stars!" in Detective Comics #217 (March 1955), pencils and inks by Ruben Moreira


All's well, until under a full moon, the villainous Purple Man is run over by a purple car going "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" at him.



As Dostoevsky might say: "Things keep occurin'!"



TMZ is quick to leap upon the muckraking bandwagon, and thousands of internet commenters strike out against TV Detective Roy Raymond! Not pictured: Comic book Guy going "Worst...show...ever."



We then go on to prove that like Friday nights in 2012, Friday nights in 1955 was the TV Graveyard for About-to-Be-Cancelled Series. "There's a two-headed carp on TV!" was not a call to watch in the fifties.



And hey, wouldn't most viewers have seen that weird-ass multi-colored South American plant like this?:



Well, here's Roy himself to wrap it all up with a cleverly detected ending!:



Okay, uh...Huh?!?


Hey hey hey, it's Friday the Thirteenth!





And I'm gonna sing a song for you
And Bill's gonna show you a thing or two



You'll have some fun now
With me and all the gang



Learning from each other
While we do our thang



Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time



Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time
Hey, hey, hey!



This is Bill Cosby coming out with music and fun
If you're not careful, you may learn something before it's done!
Hey, hey, hey!



Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time
Na, na, na
Gonna have a good time


Panels from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids #8 (August 1975), script by Paul Newman, pencils and inks by Win Mortimer





366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 195




Later...


Panels from "Batcave Action Playset" in Tiny Titans #3 (June 2008), script, pencils, inks, colors and letters by Art Baltazar; co-scripted by Franco Aureliani:



Today in Comics History: Batman has fewer regrets than Frank Sinatra


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Thursday, July 12, 2012

The City of Tomorrow

Still too much real-life commotion to give you a full post tonight, folks, but in the meantime here's a gorgeous flyover of Metropolis! (Wow, they sure devote lots of lucrative waterfront property to parkland in Metropolis, don't they?)


Panel from "Man of Steel Versus Man of Metal" from World's Finest Comics #6 (Summer 1942), script by Jerry Siegel, pencils and inks by John Sikela



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 194



Ah, another Elseworlds. Well, there's not much this story can do to surprise me.



!

Okay, that surprised me.

Panels from Batman/Demon: A Tragedy one-shot (2000), script by Alan Grant; pencils, inks, and colors by Jim Murray; letters by Clem Robins



Today in Comics History: The Collapse of Batman


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Today in Comics History: Robin fails Feminism 101


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Today in Comics History: Batman taunts a spider


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 193

An Alfred sequence too good to limit it to just a panel or two!:



Panels from "The Duped Domestics!" in Batman #22 (April-May 1944), script by Alvin Schwartz, pencils by Bob Kane, inks by Jerry Robinson, letters by George Roussos


Incidentally, that's Catwoman in disguise. D'oh!


Today in Comics History: Batman decides to change everyone's superhero name


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo


Today in Comics History: The first Batman/Spider-Man crossover comic is released; isn't as exciting as we'd hoped


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Today in Comics History: Green Arrow discovers the best way to ship his junk


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Today in Comics History: The day Batman hung out on Bruce Wayne's balcony and nobody noticed


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Today in Comics History: Warwick Davis is hired to direct the Justice League movie


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Today in Comics History: The day Wayne Manor turned into a soap opera


Panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 192


Panels from Detective Comics Annual #7 (1994), script by Chuck Dixon, pencils and inks by Quique Alcatena, colors by David Horning, letters by Richard Starkings



Today in Comics History: The birthday of everyone's favorite superheroine*, Halo!


Panels from "Fallen Angel" in Secret Origins v.2 #6 (September 1986), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Dick Giordano, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Duncan Andrews


*Yes she is and don't you deny it.


Today in Comics History: Batman Begins...to cosplay Professor Xavier


Splash panel from The Brave and the Bold v.1 #100 (February-March 1972), script by Bob Haney; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo



Today in Comics History: Superman answers a trivia question about today's entry in "Today in Comics History"


Panel from The Kingdom #1 (February 1999), script by Mark Waid, pencils and inks by Ariel Olivetti, colors by John Kalisz, separations by Chris Chuckry, letters by Phil Felix



Monday, July 09, 2012

Fun with Multiple Covers and Animated gifs




366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 191


Panels from Batman: The Dark Knight v.1 #3 (August 2011), script and pencils by David Finch, inks by Scott Williams and Richard Friend, colors by Alex Sinclair and Pete Pantazis, letters by Dave Sharpe



Today in Comics History: The All-Superman 3D Movie Projector is invented


Panels from The Kingdom #1 (February 1999), script by Mark Waid, pencils and inks by Ariel Olivetti, colors by John Kalisz, separations by Chris Chuckry, letters by Phil Felix



Sunday, July 08, 2012

Bully's Sunday Round-Up over at Unseen Films

Before you go to bed, have you turned off the television? Laid out your Monday outfit? Put the cat out? Then, you're ready, just before you crawl into bed with a good book, a glass of milk, and two or three cupcakes, to click here and check out my guest post over at pal DB's blog Unseen Films!



Okay, you can have four cupcakes if you really want.


Ten of a Kind: Upside down you're turning me























Extra bonus: Peter Parker in Escherland!


Left: Two-page spread from Amazing Spider-Man #655 (April 2011), script by Dan Slott, pencils and inks by Marcos Martin, colors by Muntsa Vicente, letters by Joe Caramagna

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(More Ten of a Kind here.)