Saturday, July 27, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 208: Sure, Hope never got an Oscar, but did Sir Laurence Olivier ever have his own comic book?


House ad for The Adventures of Bob Hope #80 (April-May 1963); printed in Sugar & Spike #46 (April-May 1963)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Mort Drucker
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 27: Unfortunately, with radar, we can now get The Nashville Network


"Captain Tootsie and the Radar Rescue," from Batman #69 (February-March 1952)

Captain Tootsie Saturday Special Bonus!: They're giving away live puppy dogs! Have you no shame, Captain Tootsie?


Tootsie ad from Adventure Comics #183 (December 1952)


from the Columbia Daily Spectator, April 15, 1952

Friday, July 26, 2013

Today in Comics History: The killer plants slowly strangle Betty while Bert pushes her into their clutches


Panel from "The Wild One" in Young Lovers #17 (Charlton, December 1956), creators unknown

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 207: Scorpios are pretty cool. See, I'm a Sag. / So they say. I'm a butterfly, I like to play.


House ad for World's Finest Comics #160 (September 1966); printed in Batman #184 (September 1966)
Comic cover art: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein, letters by Ira Schnapp
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 26: Never trust a man in a green suit


"Captain Tootsie Nabs Counterfeiter," from Whip Wilson #9 (April 1950), by Bill Schreiber

Today in Comics History: Daniel, Josh, Laura, and Carys immediately go on the dole


Panels 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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 206: Super-Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves


House ad for World's Finest Comics #169 (September 1967); printed in Detective Comics #367 (September 1967)
Comic cover art: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 25: In which Fatty is an idiot


"Captain Tootsie and the Bumbershoot Jump!" from World's Finest Comics #14 (Summer 1944), by Rod Reed and C. C. Beck

And now, the basic story behind every single Captain Tootsie adventure:


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 205: Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a super-match


House ad for Showcase #85 [Firehair] and Adventure Comics #384 [Supergirl] (both September 1969); printed in Teen Titans #23 (September-October 1969)
Comic cover art: Showcase #85: pencils and inks by Joe Kubert; Adventure #384: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

A good cover deserves a second look. Here's Adventure #384 again:


But, y'know, it doesn't seem quite right. Oh wait! Here, I fixed it:


Captain Tootsie Month, Day 24: Guest-starring Golden Age Bully from Earth-2


"Captain Tootsie and the Wolf Hunt," from World's Finest Comics #23 (July-August 1946), by C. C. beck and Peter Constanza


6,100

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today in Comics History: The Crosshawk is invented


Splash panel from World's Finest Comics #157 (May 1966), script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein

But don't place the blame for this vandalism, despite the circumstantial evidence, on the Super-Sons! No, I think we all know who the real vandal is:



365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 204: Why I wish I lived in 1970 and had a buck twenty-five


House ad for Super DC Giant #S-17 [Love 1970] and S-16 [The Best of the Brave and the Bold] (both September-October 1970); printed in World's Finest Comics #196 (September 1970)
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino


Today in Comics History: Tiny army men invade Robert Kanigher's typewriter


Cover of Our Army at War [Sgt. Rock] #278 (March 1975), pencils and inks by Joe Kubert

Today in Comics History: Harry Truman's mail-order pies arrive


Panel from Meta-4 #3 (April 1991), script by Stefan Petrucha, pencils by Ian Gibson, inks by Joe Staton, colors by Julia Lacquement, letters by Pat Owsley

Today in Comics History: Giitoy Saohn and Monote Thn Plom


Panel from "The Tick-Tock Traps of the Time Commander" in The Brave and the Bold #59 (April-May 1965), script by Bob Haney, pencils by Ramona Fradon, inks by Charles Paris

Say, where is Green Lantern?

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 23: Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice and Captain Tootsie and Fatso Go Canoeing


"Captain Tootsie Braves Raging Torrent," from All-American Western #116 (October-November 1950), by Bill Schreiber

What teenage girl says the phrase "saved us from certain destruction"?

Today in Comics History: Green Arrow hitches a ride with U.S. Army; takes them all out to see strippers


Panels from Arrow #4 (October 2012), script by Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, pencils and inks by Eric Nguyen, colors by David Lopez and Santi Casas, letters by Wes Abbott

Monday, July 22, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 203: Well, that's why Wonder Woman's comic always gets cancelled...

...we need to hire Billie Jean King to edit it!


House ad for Wonder Woman (1942 series) #1 (Summer 1942); printed in Superman (1939 series) #18 (September-October 1942)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Harry G. Peter

Today in Comics History: J. Jonah Jameson fails to notice his Post-It™ note contains Spider-Man's secret identity


Title page of Amazing Spider-Man #600 (September 2009)

Cover portion of Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek


Captain Tootsie Month, Day 22: Puma lynching party


"Captain Tootsie Bags Mountain Lion" from All-American Western #123 (December 1951-January 1952), by Bill Schreiber

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ten of a Kind: All the old paintings on the tomb / They do the sand dance, don'cha know?












(More Ten of a Kind here.)

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 202: "My middle name is Walter. Named for my aunt. The 'G' is silent."


House ad for The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis #2 (July-August 1960); printed in Lois Lane #18 (July 1960)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Bob Oksner

Dig that ginchy bathing suit!


Today in Comics History: Green Lantern becomes filthy rich investing in the stock market


Panel from "The Tick-Tock Traps of the Time Commander" in The Brave and the Bold #59 (April-May 1965), script by Bob Haney, pencils by Ramona Fradon, inks by Charles Paris

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 21: Wouldn't it have made more sense to replace the rope, then carry on with the show?


"Captain Tootsie in The Show Must Go On!" from World's Finest Comics #46 (June-July 1950), bi Bill Schreiber

Sadly, the Farrell Sisters appear to be fictional, or I'd be regaling you here with a YouTube clip of their exciting highwire antics. So let's watch this one again.