Saturday, October 06, 2012

Horrifying Halloween Same Story, Different Cover: Got myself a crying, talking, sleeping, walking, killing doll


Left: Black Magic v.1 (Prize Comics) #1 (October-November 1950), pencils and inks by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Right: Black Magic v.2 (DC) #8 (February-March 1975), pencils and inks by Jerry Grandenetti

(Click picture to cabbage patch-size)



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 280


Panel from Batman: The Order of Beasts one-shot (September 2004), script and painted art by Eddie Campbell, co-scipted by Daren White, letters by Michael Evans



Hellmouth: Hanna-Barbera, Night 6


Cover of Scooby-Doo (Gold Key 1970 series) #22 (December 1973), pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle


Another spine-tingling Countdown to Halloween site to visit: Who Is Afraid of...Mrs. Lovett? (Me, I'm only afraid of Lyle Lovett.) The Divine Mrs. L is posting and counting down 31 Horror Films definitely off the beaten path, complete with images of vintage movie posters. Spooky cool! (And don't forget to check out the whole graveyard of ghoulish Countdown to Halloween features!)


Friday, October 05, 2012

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 279


Panels from Batman: Hong Kong graphic novel (August 2003), script by Doug Moench, painted art by Tony Wong, letters by Kurt Hathaway



Today in Comics History: During-dinner telemarketing is invented


Panel from Batman #407 (May 1987), script by Frank Miller, pencils and inks by David Mazzucchelli, colors by Richmond Lewis, letters by Todd Klein



Hellmouth: Hanna-Barbera, Night 5


Cover of Yogi Bear (1992 Harvey series) #2 (January 1993)


Another spine-tingling Countdown to Halloween site to visit: Caffeinated Joe! He'll keep you awake all night...with horror! That's talkin' incisive episode recaps of the classic Friday the 13th TV series and creepy-gruesome movie clips! (Plus, Joe's a F.O.A....that's Friend of Aquaman, which means Joe's all right by me! (And don't forget to check out the whole graveyard of ghoulish Countdown to Halloween features!)


Thursday, October 04, 2012

Today in Comics History: That time Captain America died (#2 of a series)


Panel from Captain America and Bucky #627 (April 2012), co-plot by Ed Brubaker, co-plot and script by James Asmus; pencils, inks, and colors by Francesco Francavilla; letters by Joe Caramagna



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 278


Panels from Detective Comics #839 (February 2008), script by Paul Dini, pencils by Ryan Benjamin and Don Kramer, inks by Saleem Crawford and Wayne Faucher, colors by John Kalisz, letters by John J. Hill



Today in Comics History: Batman begins his extensive bullet collection


Panel from "Bullet-Hole Club" in World's Finest Comics #50 (February-March 1951), script by David Vern, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris



Hellmouth: Hanna-Barbera, Night 4


Cover of The Funky Phantom #2 (June 1972)


Another spine-tingling Countdown to Halloween site to visit: Wonderful Wonderblog, where Erick is posting 31 Halloween t-shirts! Plus Halloween videos! Monsters! Toys and other good stuff! Arroooo! (And don't forget to check out the whole graveyard of ghoulish Countdown to Halloween features!)


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Things in Comic Books That Are Not Other Things, Part 239

Donald Duck is Not Thor.



Panel from "The Village Blacksmith" in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #239 (August 1960),
script, pencils, and inks by Carl Barks; letters by Garé Barks


Next time on Things in Comic Books That Are Not Other Things: Daredevil is Not Little Lulu!


366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 277


Panel from Detective Comics #786 (November 2003), script by Ed Brubaker, pencils by Patrick Zircher, inks by Aaron Sowd and Steve Bird, colors by Jason Wright, separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by Todd Klein



Today in Comics History: Reed Richards discovers the great mint flavor in new Wrigley Doublemint Gum


Panels from Startling Stories: Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules #1 (March 2003), script and layouts by James Sturm, pencils and inks by Guy Davis, colors by Michael Vrana, letters by Paul Tutrone



Hellmouth: Hanna-Barbera, Night 3


Cover of The Flintstones (1977 Marvel series) #7 (October 1978)


Another spine-tingling Countdown to Halloween site to visit: pal Andrew's Armagideon Time! Every night Awful Andrew spotlights another spooky tune (you'll get to listen to a lot of great music!) accompanied by his usual fine essays of eeeeeeevil! (Note: Andrew himself, nor his blog, are actually technically evil.)

(And don't forget to check out the whole graveyard of ghoulish Countdown to Halloween features!)


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Today in Comics History: The first test of the Cone of Silence is a dismal failure


Panel from Batman #407 (May 1987), script by Frank Miller, pencils and inks by David Mazzucchelli, colors by Richmond Lewis, letters by Todd Klein



Today in Comics History: The Best Jack the Ripper Walking Tour Ever


Panels from Thunderbolts #167 (February 2012), script by Jeff Parker, pencils and inks by Declan Shalvey, colors by Frank Martin, letters by Joe Sabino



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 276


Panel from Batman #407 (May 1987), script by Frank Miller, pencils and inks by David Mazzucchelli, colors by Richmond Lewis, letters by Todd Klein



Hellmouth: Hanna-Barbera, Night 2


Cover of Magilla Gorilla #9


Another spine-tingling Countdown to Halloween site to visit: John Rozum.com! John's counting down 31 macabre movies beginning with The Innkeepers, the trailer of which, as you may remember, pal Dorian and I skewered in his "In a World" over at (postmodernbarney.com) in February! (John R. was kinder to it than I was.)



A big little stuffed thank you to John R. for settin' up the whole Countdown shebang! Please check out this year's spooky offerings in the whole graveyard of ghoulish Countdown to Halloween features!)


Monday, October 01, 2012

BEST CAPTCHA EVER.




366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 275


Panel from Robin #82 (November 2000), script by Chuck Dixon, pencils by Pete Woods, inks by Jesse Delperdang, colors by Noelle Giddings, separations by Jamison, letters by Willie Schubert



Love me like a rock

Hey look! The current issue of Revolution Art is all about Ben Grimm!



I sure hope they cover that one time he said




Today in Comics History: The word "waugh" is invented


Panel from The Unwritten #35.5 (Late May 2012), plot by Peter Gross, script by Mike Carey, pencils and inks by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein



Today in Comics History: I begin working for Prime Minister George Orwell


Page from The Unwritten #35.5 (Late May 2012), plot by Peter Gross, script by Mike Carey, pencils and inks by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein



Hellmouth: Hanna-Barbara, Night 1

Welcome to 2012's Halloween Countdown! In the past we've traveled during this sinister month to Duckburg and Riverdale, two of the deadliest October vacation destinations on Earth (after Detroit). This year, let's head to another calamitous cartoon civilization, where ursine predators lurk in the woods ready to steal your pic-a-nic baskets and your lives, where savage cavemen abuse their prehistoric animal comrades all in the name of it being a living, and where I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids. (Needless to say, although we'll be tip-toeing nervously through all of the Hanna-Barbera shared universe, Hellmouth: Hanna-Barbera really oughta be subtitled "Thank Goodness for Scooby-Doo".

As usual, I'll be joining the blogosphere-wide Countdown to Halloween 2012 with a daily dose of Hanna horror and Barbera beastliness. But don't forget to check into Countdown to Halloween to peruse pernicious posts from across the evilnet! I'll be giving you links to some of my favorites, but I won't be able to cover 'em all, so check out the whole cauldron fulla fun at Countdown to Halloween 2012!

But that's not all, my ghosties and ghoulies! Throughout the entire month of October there'll be Halloween-themed Tens of a Kind; Same Story, Different Covers; Saturday Morning Cartoons; 366 Days with the Undead Alfred Pennyworth, and the proverbian monstrous more! So don't panic, be manic as we Countdown to Halloween! It'll be boo-tiful!


Cover of Scooby-Doo (1997 series) #68 (March 2003), art by David Hunt and Joe Staton



Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ten of a Kind: All-Canadian Comics, with No Wolverine!*



















*Except this one:




Hey, want some real Canadian content? Then scoot on over to Kate Beaton's Hark, a Vagrant Canadian Stereotype Comics!

(More Ten of a Kind here.)


Today in Comics History: Stephen Fry auditions to read the Harry Potter books


Panel from The Unwritten #35.5 (Late May 2012), plot by Peter Gross, script by Mike Carey, pencils and inks by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein



366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 274


Page from Nightwing #91 (May 2004), script by Devin Grayson, pencils by Patrick Zircher, inks by Andy Owens, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by Clem Robins