Saturday, April 02, 2016

Today in Comics History: The City Bugle turned into Craigslist so gradually we didn't even notice


Cover of Henchmen, Inc. #1 (Monkeybrain, April 2014); cover art by Garrett Warren

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 93: This Thing I Believe


Panel from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #20 (January 1965), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Steve Ditko, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Sam Rosen

Friday, April 01, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 92: Foiled again!



Panels from The Pulse #9 (July 2005), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils by Michael Lark, inks by Stefano Gaudiano, colors by Pete Pantazis, letters by Cory Petit

Today in Comics History: That's Slick Willie for you, always with the smooth talk


Panel from Deadpool (1997 series) #9 (October 1997), script by Joe Kelly, pencils by Ed McGuinness and Shannon Denton, inks by Nathan Massengill, colors by Chris Sotomayor, color enhancement by Digital Chameleon, letters by Richard Starkings and Albert Deschesne

Today in Comics History: A harmless little April Fool's prank goes horribly, horribly wrong

So, what could possibly happen when Jules and Verne Brown decide to play a little gentle April Fool's Day trick on their dad, "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski "Doc" Emmett Brown, who just so happens to have invented the time machine and knows a thing or two about thinking fourth dimensionally, huh? Pretty innocent, right? What's the worst that could happen?


Panels from Back to the Future (1991 Harvey series) #4 (June 1992), story by Peyton Reed and Mark Cowen; adapted by Dwayne McDuffie; penciks, inks, colors, and letters by Nelson Dewey

Well, this is what happened. Are we all laughing now, Jules and Verne? Is it oh so funny that the fabric of time and space got pretty much destroyed, huh? Is it just a harmless prank for you to enjoy anymore? Are you not entertained?




Why don't they look? Why don't they look?!?


Panels from Age of Ultron #10 (August 2013), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by oh, take your pick, colors by Paul Mounts and Richard Isanove, letters by Cory Petit

So, if the next time machine I stop happens to be yours...don't tell me that you were speeding a little, only breaking the law a little...only doing something a little bit wrong, save that for somebody else, brother! Because I've seen too many "little bit" follies, and they end up a little bit dead! Now I'm gonna grab me a little bit of lunch!

Also: DON'T DATE ROBOTS!

The MAD 1960 2016 calendar for Awful April!


"The MAD 1960 Calendar: April" from MAD #52 (January 1960), script by Larry Siegel, art by Kelly Freas

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today in Comics History: Netflix's Punisher spin-off debuts; cancelled


Splash page from Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe one-shot (July 1989), script and pencils by Fred Hembeck, inks by Joe Staton, colors by Steve Mellor, letters by Rick Parker

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 91: No good deed goes unpunished


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man #176 (January 1978), script by Len Wein, breakdowns by Ross Andru, inks by Tony DeZuniga, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Joe Rosen

A.F.B.t.* (Away from Blog) (temporarily*)


My point (and I do have one): Fear not, gentle reader, I've not forgotten this blog nor all of you Bully-Boosters out there in the Great Outside World. Unexpected and unplanned-for life events are right now preventing yours little stuffed truly from posting daily to this blog, but I'll be back pretty soon, as promised General Douglas MacArthur, Mister Arnold Terminator, and them wild-eyed boys that had been away. (You know the ones.)

When I come back I'll flood you with lots of long-awaited J. Jonah Jamesons, and more good stuff. In the meantime, more than ever, be good to yourselves and be good to each other. I little stuffed love each and every one of you.

Happy birthday to my pal John!

(...who helps me out with this here comic book blog, but you don't hear me complaining about that). May your day be full of presents, friends, cake, fun, and pic-a-nic baskets, John!


Cover of Yogi Bear's Birthday Party one-shot (Federal Comics, 1980)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Today in Comics History: Invention of the internet. Two minutes later, invention of the troll.


Panels from Venom: Seed of Darkness #-1 (one-shot) (July 1997), script by Len Kaminski, pencils by James Fry, inks by Chris Ivy, colors by Tom Smith, letters by Jim Novak

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 90: I wonder how often that Spider-embossed paper jams the printer


Panels from Spider-Man Unmasked one-shot (December 1996), exact creators unknown


"Hymn to Her" by The Pretenders (1986)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 89: Jonah is attacked by a Twizzlers commercial


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man #30 (November 1965); plot, pencils, and inks Steve Ditko; script by Stan Lee; colors by Stan Goldberg; letters by Artie Simek


Monday, March 28, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 88: The Idiot's Lantern


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (October 2015); script by Dan Slott, pencils by Adam Kubert; inks by John Dell, Andrew Hennessey, and Mark Morales; colors by Justin Ponsor; letters by Vic Caramagna

Sunday, March 27, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 87: Jonah's new cigar lighter irks him


Panel from Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964 series) #1 (September 1964), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Steve Ditko, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Sam Rosen