Saturday, December 21, 2013

Psylocke Psaturday #24: Betsy wishes you a Merry X-Mas


Subscription house ad header from Uncanny X-Men #255 (Mid-December 1989)

Today in Comics History: zMail is invented


Panels from Hellblazer #214 (January 2006), script by Mike Carey, pencils and inks by Leonardo Manco, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 355: In space, no one can hear Superman being a jerk


House ad for Lois Lane #81 (February 1968); printed in Detective Comics #372 (February 1968)
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino


Cover of Lois Lane #81, pencils and inks by Neal Adams, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Wha...this can't be? It surely must be some sort of mistake or misinterpretation!

Well, yes.


Panels from "No Witnesses in Outer Space!" in Lois Lane #81, script by Leo Dorfman, pencils and inks by Kurt Schaffenberger

A Four Color Christmas, Day 21: Scary Zombie Santa wishes you a deadly merry Christmas


Cover of Four Color #91 [Santa Claus Funnies] (December 1945), painted cover by Arthur E. Jameson (?)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Henry Boltinoff Does Not Want You to Die This Christmas, Day Five


"Have a Durable Christmas" PSA from Justice League of America (1960 series) #51 (February 1967); written, pencilled, inked, and lettered by Henry Boltinoff

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 354: Heroes with A-peel



House ads for Showcase #77 [Angel and the Ape] (September 1968); printed in (top) The Brave and the Bold #78 (June-July 1968); (bottom) Wonder Woman (1942 series) #176 (May-June 1968)
Ads designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino



House ad for Angel and the Ape (1968 series) #1 (November-December 1968);
printed in Wonder Woman (1942 series) #179 (November-December 1968)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Bob Oksner
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino



House ad for Angel and the Ape (1968 series) #2 (January-February 1969);
printed in Wonder Woman (1942 series) #180 (January-February 1969)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Bob Oksner
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino



House ad for Angel and the Ape (1991 limited series) #1 (March 1991);
printed in [Batman:] Legends of the Dark Knight #15 (February 1991)
Ad art: pencils by Phil Foglio, inks by Keith Wilson, colors by Tom Ziuko


See also.

Today in Comics History: Two-Face's giant coin is placed on display in Boston Courthouse


Panels from Spitfire and the Troubleshooters #6 (March 1987), script by Gerry Conway and Cary Bates, pencils by Vince Giarrano, inks by Tony DeZuniga, colors by John Wellington, letters by Rick Parker

A Four Color Christmas, Day 20: Oh, you never will believe where those Keebler cookies come from


Cover of Four Color #1062 [Walt Scott's Christmas Stories] (December 1959), painted cover by Walt Scott

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Henry Boltinoff Does Not Want You to Die This Christmas, Day Four


"Have a Durable Christmas" PSA from The Brave and the Bold #70 (February-March 1967); written, pencilled, inked, and lettered by Henry Boltinoff

Today in Comics History: Large bales of tobacco are flown into Boston to greet Margaret Thatcher


Panel from Spitfire and the Troubleshooters #6 (March 1987), script by Gerry Conway and Cary Bates, pencils by Vince Giarrano, inks by Tony DeZuniga, colors by John Wellington, letters by Rick Parker

Today in Comics History: Hawkeye finally figures out how to run his new-fangled electronics...

...get a nine-year-old to do it for him.



Panels from Hawkguy Hawkeye (2012 series) #6 (February 2013), script by Matt Fraction, pencils and inks by David Aja, colors by Matt Hollingsworth, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 353: For all of you Captain Compass fans out there


House ad for Detective Comics #500 (March 1981); printed in Detective Comics #499 (February 1981)

Cover of Detective Comics #500 (March 1981); pencils and inks by Dick Giordano,; Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Walt Simonson,Tom Yeates, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and Bob Smith
(Click picture to detectivize)


Here's 'Tec 500's text page, featuring a look at the jam cover in progress!


A Four Color Christmas, Day 19: Either that logo follows Santa around, or the monkey is breaking the fourth wall

Here's the flip-book back cover of Four Color #259, of which we saw the front cover yesterday!


Cover of Four Color #259 [Santa and the Angel] (December 1949), pencils and inks by Morris Gollub

What, no Christmas Zebra?



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Henry Boltinoff Does Not Want You to Die This Christmas, Day Three


"Have a Durable Christmas" PSA from Action Comics #346 (February 1967); written, pencilled, inked, and lettered by Henry Boltinoff

Today in Comics History: Someone misses Dr. Druid, for the first and last time ever



Panels from Hawkguy Hawkeye (2012 series) #6 (February 2013), script by Matt Fraction, pencils and inks by David Aja, colors by Matt Hollingsworth, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 352: Neil Gaiman Wants You to Die This Christmas


House ad for "Death Month" (November-December 1993); printed in Sandman Mystery Theatre #10 (January 1994)

A Four Color Christmas, Day 18: Closer than my peeps you are to me, baby


Cover of Four Color #259 [Santa and the Angel] (December 1949), pencils and inks by Morris Gollub

What's this? "Turn to back cover?" Well, I will! Tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Today in Comics History: Rasputin dies infamously, giving Chris Claremont inspiration for another ethnic character name


Panel from "The Principle," in Time Warp one-shot (May 2013); script by Dan Abnett; pencils, inks, and colors by I. N. J. Culbard, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Henry Boltinoff Does Not Want You to Die This Christmas, Day Two


"Have a Durable Christmas" PSA from Batman #189 (February 1967); written, pencilled, inked, and lettered by Henry Boltinoff

Today in Comics History: Hawkeye invests heavily in the wrong media format again*


Panels from Hawkguy Hawkeye (2012 series) #6 (February 2013), script by Matt Fraction, pencils and inks by David Aja, colors by Matt Hollingsworth, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

*Well, I'm not gonna make fun of him. Because so did I.

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 351: Here, have some Big Red Cheese with your Christmas dinner

Chosen from among all others by the mightiest spirits of the Yule...Santa! Holly! Angels! Zebra!* Artificial tree! Merry!...Billy Batson and his mentor, Mentor, travel the highways and byways of the land on a never ending mission: to right wrongs, to develop understanding, and to seek justice for all!

In Christmastimes of dire need, young Billy has been granted the power by the holiday spirits to summon awesome seasonal forces at the utterance of a single word!:


A word which transforms him, in a flash, into that merriest of holiday beings...

Christmas Marvel!


House ad for Shazam (1973 series); printed in Justice League of America (1960 series) #103 (December 1972)
Ad art: pencils and inks by C. C. Beck

*Yes, the Christmas Zebra. Beloved striped equid of popular Christmas lore. What, you wanna argue with Christmas Marvel about it?


A Four Color Christmas, Day 17: The agony of de feet


Cover of Four Color #1054 [Huckleberry Hound's Winter Fun] (December 1959), pencils and inks by Harvey Eisenberg

Monday, December 16, 2013

Henry Boltinoff Does Not Want You to Die This Christmas, Day One


"Have a Durable Christmas" PSA from The Atom #29 (February-March 1967); written, pencilled, inked, and lettered by Henry Boltinoff

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 350: Worlds will live, worlds will die...

...but hey, we're okay here on Earth-Prime, right?

It began with a year-long saga into the Watcher of Earth-1, the Monitor (he had to be color-corrected before you could use him, I think) peering into the lives of the DC heroes and villains, past and present, on Earths-1, 2, 3, X, 5, 6, S, Q, C, C-Minus, Earth-Haney, Earth-162 (home of Superman-Red/Superman-Blue), Earth-12 (home of the Inferior Five), Earth-29 (home of Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Bob Hope), and Earth-616, (home of the...hey, wait a minute!):


Panels from DC Comics Presents #78 (February 1985); script by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Dave Hunt, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by Ben Oda




Today in Comics History: Cafeteria Lady's grandson is born. Also: Young Albino Murderer murders twenty in their sleep.


Panels from The Bellybuttons, V.5: One Hell of a Couple (2011), script by Maryse Dubuc; pencils, inks, and colors by Marc Delafontaine

Today in Comics History: Hawkeye realizes he can just go buy some more Band-Aids™


Panels from Hawkguy Hawkeye (2012 series) #6 (February 2013), script by Matt Fraction, pencils and inks by David Aja, colors by Matt Hollingsworth, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

A Four Color Christmas, Day 16: Feliz Navidad, Americanos


Cover of Four Color #867 [Santa Claus Funnies] (December 1957), painted art by unknown

Allegedly, this painting of old Saint Nick is a swipe of a photograph of Fidel Castro. I couldn't find the exact photograph, so I had to make do in the Bully Photoshop Labs with making you this:


On the other hand, I imagine Castro would not have been flattered by the comparison, judging from the official position of the Cuban government on Santa Claus:

Front page headline from The Miami News, November 15, 1959
(Click picture to Double Corona-size)

Sunday, December 15, 2013