Resurrecting a Mighty Bully Feature of the not-so-distant past in order to celebrate, nay, laud the most fun comic cover of the week!
Left: Fantastic Four v.1 #109 (April 1971); pencils by John Buscema, inks by Joe Sinnott, letters by Sam Rosen
Right: FF v.2 #7 (July 2013); pencils and inks by Michael Allred, colors by Laura Allred (the signature reads "All Red Loves Buscema." Well, who doesn't?)
It may not look like it, but yes, that's actually Hawkeye and Black Widow in the panels below. This is the period of the Avengers when Clint had become Goliath and Natasha had become Super-Cocktail-Waitress-Woman. Anyway, the Black Widow has something to say, and by George, she's gonna say it!
Panels from Avengers v.1 #76 (May 1970), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Tom Palmer, letters by Sam Rosen
Yes, yes, but what is she going to say? For the benefits of those of you who are missing the next page in your Avengers comic book, here's a few of my suggestions as to Natasha Romanoff's very difficult, very next words!
Maybe she needs to speak the ultimate truth at the heart of the Marvel Universe:
Perhaps she's about to break the hearts of Hawkeye and most of the male population with a startling announcement!
Or perhaps just possibly she's hinting at the very first Marvel/DC crossover event.
Hey, why don't you try one? Go ahead, it'll be fine! I'll hold your ice cream cone while you're working on it. (Extra bonus points for mentioning "moose and squirrel!")
Panel from Wolverine and the X-Men #29 (July 2013), script by Jason Aaron, pencils and inks by Ramón Pérez, colors by Laura Martin, letters by Joe Caramagna
Hey, this one isn't really comics history, because it takes place today! Yep, today, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Wolverine and his students buried a time capsule on the grounds of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. This event was mandatory, which meant that none of them were able to duck out down to Salem Center for new comic book day. Hey, Quentin Quire needs that copy of Red Hood and the Outlaws #20, Logan! Geez.
On the other hand, since this scene is happening twenty-five years in the future, perhaps this post should be titled "Tomorrow in Comics History." Wait, on the other other hand, (as Arex might say) this scene takes place twenty-five years in the future but it's an event that happened today, so logically it should be "Yesterday in Comics History." On the other other other hand...
Ow. My little stuffed brain hurts. I bet Wolverine understands time travel a lot better.
Panels from Age of Ultron #8 (July 2013), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by Brandon Peterson, colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Cory Petit
Panel from "Made of Wood, Part 3" in Detective Comics #786 (November 2003), script by Ed Brubaker, pencils by Patrick Zircher, inks by Aaron Sowd and Steve Bird, colors by Jason Wright, color separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by Todd Klein
House ad for 80-Page Giant Magazine #G-73 [aka Batman #223] (July-August 1970);
printed in Teen Titans v.1 #28 (July-August 1970)
Comic cover art: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino