Saturday, November 16, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 320: It's like the Triple-Stuff Oreo of comic books


House ad for Batman/Hellboy/Starman #1 (January 1999); printed in Batman/Scarecrow 3-D one-shot (December 1998)
Ad art: pencils and inks by Mike Mignola, colors by Matt Hollingsworth

Friday, November 15, 2013

Comic Book Winona Ryder!


Comic Book Winona Ryder!



Panels from Alien Resurrection #1 (top) and #2 (bottom) (October-November 1997), script by Jim Vance, pencils and inks by Eduardo Risso, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Gary Fields



Comic Book Winona Ryder!


Panels from Aliens vs. Predator vs. The Terminator #1, (April 2000), script by Mark Schultz, pencils by Mel Rubi, inks by Christopher Ivy, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Pat Brosseau



Comic Book Winona Ryder!




Panels from Bram Stoker's Dracula #1 (top and middle) and #2 (bottom) (October-November 1992), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Mike Mignola, inks by John Nyberg, colors by Mark Chiarello, letters by John Costanza



Comic Book Winona Ryder!




Panels from Beetlejuice #1 (October 1991), script by Angelo DeCesare, pencils by Ernie Colon, inks by Frank Hill, colors by "In Color," letters by Jorge Pacheco



Comic Book Winona Ryder!


Panel from Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #1 (January 2013), plot by Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson, script by Mike Johnson, pencils and inks by Davie Messina, ink assist by Marina Castelvetro, colors by Claudia Scarletgothica*, letters by Chris Mowry



We're mad about Comic Book Winona Ryder!





Panels from Mad (top to bottom) #304 (script by Dick DeBartolo, art by Angelo Torres), 319 (script by Dick DeBartolo, art by Mort Drucker), 368 (script by Dick DeBartolo, art by Mort Drucker), and 442 (script by Jeff Kruse, art by Rich Tulka)



Comic Book Winona Ryder!



Panels from A Scanner Darkly (July 2006), based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, written for the screen and directed by Richard Linklater



Comic Book Winona Ryder!



Panels from Foolkiller (1990 series) #6 (April 1991), script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Joe Brozowski [as J.J. Birch], inks by Vince Giarrano, colors by Greg Wright, letters by Phil Felix


*I know! Claudia Scarletgothica! I woulda paid good money to see Winona Ryder play a film character called Claudia Scarletgothica. Claudia Scarletgothica!

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 319: Put on your 3-D glasses now!


House ad for Showcase #97 [Power Girl] (February 1978); printed in Batman #296 (February 1978)
Ad art from the cover of Showcase #97: pencils by Joe Staton, inks by Joe Orlando; ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today in Comics History: Flyers go unnoticed


Panels from Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe (February 2009); script, pencils, inks and letters by Bryan Lee O'Malley

AW GEEZ, DON'T DO THAT, RALPH DIBNY!

And now it's time for yet another edition of the very popular feature here on Comics Oughta Be Fun! that I like to call

AW GEEZ, DON'T DO THAT RALPH DIBNY!


Panel from "Way-Out Day in Wishbone City!" in Detective Comics #340 (May 1967), script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Sid Greene

As we all know, when Ralph Dibny, the famous Elongated Man, smells a mystery, his nose twitches!


But when you're a flexible fellow backed by the amazing cleaning bending power of Gingold™, you have to expect that some day your wife is just going to grab your nose and twist it! But that only makes us proclaim

AW GEEZ, DON'T DO THAT RALPH DIBNY!

NO NO NO

PLEASE MAKE IT STOP

GEEZ, DON'T DO THAT, RALPH!


365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 318: Batman versus The Guy With 1,000 Fonts


House ad for Batman #198 (February 1968); printed in Teen Titans #13 (January-February 1968)
Comic cover art: pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson, colors by Jack Adler, letters by Gaspar Saladino (frame); pencils by Bob Kane, inks by Charles Paris (inset)
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Today in Comics History: Dell finally ceases publication of Bloody Killer Maniac Vampire Throat-Rippers from Hell


"A Dell Pledge to Parents" from Marge's Tubby #13 (September 1955)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to Randi!

Bully says: My bestest pal John asked me if he could post on my blog to wish my other bestest pal Randi a happy birthday! So, take it away, John!

Happy birthday to Randi, Queen of my Heart, who makes me feel like I'm flying whenever I'm with you!





Today in Comics History: The Spirit offers a scathing critique of the textiles industry


Panel from "Fan Mail" in The Spirit Section (January 1, 1950); script, pencils, and inks by Will Eisner, letters by Abe Kanegson

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 317: I remain uncertain whether these are new or not


House ad for Binky's Buddies #1 (January-February 1969) and Date with Debbi #1 (January-February 1969);
printed in Wonder Woman #180 (January-February 1969)
Comic cover art: Binky's Buddies #: pencils and inks by Bob Oksner
Date with Debbi #1: pencils and inks by Samm Schwartz
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Today in Comics History: Giant sideburns are introduced to Lily Dale, New York


Panel from All Star Western #18 (May 2013), script by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, pencils and inks by Moritat, colors by Mike Atiyeh, letters by Rob Leigh

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In which Bully spots mistakes about otters in comic books

If you've ever read any DC Silver Age comics, you may remember, especially in the books of science-based heroes like The Flash and The Atom, one-page "fun facts of science" features that purport to edutain you even before that word was invented. F'r instance:


"It's a Small World" from The Atom (1962 series) #17 (February-March 1965), script by Julius Schwartz, pencils by Morris Waldinger, inks by Tom Nicolosi

Aside from the embarrassing misspelling of the word "beetle," can you spot another error on this page? Well, I certainly did.


Yep! If I know a thing or two about a thing or two, I know about otters, and that ain't a sea otter. That there is a river otter. I'm pretty sure the artist use photo references of the wrong otter for this strip. Here's some river otters:




And here are proper sea otters.



Sea otters are much cuter and fuzzier (they have a thick layer of fur to keep them warm in the water). You often see them hanging out together or in groups:



And they are famous for sleeping while holding hands so they don't float away alone. Sea otters are smart.


And why do I know so much about otters? because one of my best pals is Shelly the Little (Sea) Otter Puppet! She does not hang around in the sea much, though, preferring more esoteric places like the donut shop at Harrods.


Like most otters, though, Shelly is very fond of fish, which makes shopping for her birthday pretty easy!



We like hanging out together a lot, which is why I could immediately tell that wasn't a sea otter in the comic book. You owe us a panel of a true sea otter when you reprint that comic, DC!



So: sea otters, won't you?!?



365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 316: Could it be...Aunt Harriet?!?!


House ad for Batman #208 (January-February 1969); printed in Date with Debbi #1 (January-February 1969)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Nick Cardy, letters by Gaspar Saladino
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino