Saturday, July 11, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 192: Darth Vader versus 2,000 Flushes


Panel from Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1 (January 2011), script by Haden Blackman, pencils by Rick Leonardi, inks by Daniel Green, colors by Wes Dzioba, letters by Michael Heisler

Friday, July 10, 2015

Quite possibly the greatest opening panels of any comic story, ever

DOOMLORD! Cosmic warrior of one thousand deaths...


Panels from "Doomlord" in Eagle Annual 1986 [#28] (1986), creators uncredited

...is too busy to help the police in their enquiries.


So, everyone: Doomlord!


Doomlord, won't you?


365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 191: Let us never speak of this again


Panels from Star Wars Weekly #110 (Marvel UK; April 2, 1980), script by Chris Claremont, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Gene Day, letters by Jean Simek

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Here in my comics I feel safest of all

For sanity's sake, I'm staying away from social media until San Diego Comic-Con is over (because long story, no time to tell it here), so in the meantime, please enjoy, from the pages of Britain's Eagle Annual, synth pop sensation Gary Numan!


"Personalities with a Plus!" from Eagle Annual 1983 [#25] (1983)


Mister Gary Numan also appears in comics in Joseph Michael Linser's Crypt of Dawn #4, which, due to the fact that I have taste, I do not own.


Cover of Crypt of Dawn #4 (June 1998), painted art by Joseph Michael Linsner

But I found it on the internet for you anyway.


Gary Numan pin-up from Crypt of Dawn #4 (June 1998), painted art by Greg Williams

And Dawn appeared on the cover of Gary Numan's 1997 album...um, Dawn!


(The UK version of the album is titled Sacrifice and has an entirely different cover, for British people of discerning taste.)



Still, I'll give Gary Numan's Dawn this: As a comic book tie-in CD, it's no Songs of the Witchblade.




Happy arbitrary birthday, Captain Tootsie!

Yes, today it's the arbitrarily-decided-by-this-blog Canonical Birthday of Captain Tootsie, the sugar-soaked superhero rocketed to earth from the planet Fudge-El when all its inhabitants died of diabetes. Happy birthday, Captain Tootsie!


"Captain Tootsie and the Mysterious Plan" from World's Finest Comics #41 (July-August 1949), by C. C. Beck

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 190: "Open the blast doors!"


Panels from Star Wars: Tag & Bink Are Dead #1 (October 2001), script by Kevin Rubio, pencils by Lucas Marangon, inks by Howard Shum, colors by Michelle Madsen, letters by Steve Dutro

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Freddie Mercury will save every one of us

I'm off social media until San Diego Comic-Con is over, so in the meantime, please enjoy, from the pages of Britain's Eagle Annual, rock sensation Freddie Mercury!


"Personalities with a Plus!" from Eagle Annual 1983 [#25] (1983)



Tomorrow: Gary Numan! And s'more surprises.

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 189: Works every time.


Panels from Lando #1 (September 2015), script by Charles Soule, pencils and inks by Alex Maleev, colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Joe Caramagna

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Today in Comics History: You wouldn't say that if you knew the Gherkin was coming.


Panels from The Dreaming #6 (November 1996); script by Peter Hogan; pencils, inks, and letters by Steve Parkhouse; colors by Daniel Vozzo

Seriously, though: we're remembering today the people of London, the victims and those affected by the 7/7 terrorist bombings ten years ago today. Our thoughts are always with you.

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 188: Rum, Midi-chlorians, and the Force Choke Hold


Panels from Star Wars: Empire #35 (August 2005), script by John Jackson Miller, pencils and inks by Brian Ching, colors by Michael Atiyeh, letters by Michael David Thomas

Huh! Well, that's pretty much that, huh? That's the last we'll ever see of Captain Dennings. He won't be popping up again…









Oh, wait. Here he is.


The moral of the story? Sometimes Lord Vader changes his mind. At least, you'd better hope he does.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Today in Comics History: And later, he played bass for Zeppelin.


Panel from "Were You Born in July" in Amazing Man Comics #14 (July 1940), pencils and inks by Joseph A. Kaliff

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 187: In hyperspace, no one can hear you scream


Panels from Star Wars #27 (1998 Dark Horse series) (February 2001), script by Doug Petrie, pencils by Randy Green, inks by Andy Owens, colors by Dave McCaig, letters by Annie Parkhouse

Sunday, July 05, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 186: Previously: on Marvel's Star Wars...


Panels from Star Wars (1977 Marvel series) #45 (March 1981), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Gene Day, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by John Costanza