Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 23: Pancakes: The Quicker-Getter-Upper




Panels from Nova (2016 series) #2 (February 2016); script by Sean Ryan, pencils and inks by Cory Smith, colors by David Curiel, letters by Albert Deschesne

Today in Comics History: The crew of the NSEA Protector gives up, surrenders


Panels from Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #3 (March 2015), script by Eric Burnham, pencils and inks by Nacho Arranz, colors by Esther Sanz, letters by Gilberto Lazcano

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 205: Jonah needs a vacation from his vacation


Panels from Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #110 (January 1986), script by Peter David, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by "The Marvel Bullpen" (which explains the dramatic ink differences between the top panels and the bottom two), colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Friday, July 22, 2016

Today in Comics History: Justice League arrives for Batman's surprise birthday party, but it isn't his birthday



Panels from Justice League of America (2015 series) #1 (August 2015), script and pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Daniel Henriques with Wade von Grawbadger and Andrew Currie, colors by Alex Sinclair with Jeromy Cox, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 22: Shoot that pancake arrow through my heart



Inside-cover gag cartoon from Four Color #457 (March 1953) [Daffy Duck]; pencils and inks by Phil de Lara

UGH DAFFY'S TONGUE in that last panel. Put that thing away, Daffy!

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 204: I'd recognize Chris Claremont's prose anywhere, even if it's not in Tom Orzechowski's lettering



Panels from "Fast Descent Into Hell!" in Marvel Fanfare (1982 series) #1 (March 1982); script by Chris Claremont; pencils, inks, and colors by Michael Golden; letters by Jim Novak

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 21: Deathstroke: Not Such a Bad Guy After All



Panels from Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 (December 2014); script by Art Baltazar and Franco; pencils, inks, colors, and letters by Art Baltazar

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 203: Oh mein Papa

Please join me today in wishing a happy 117th birthday to an American giant of literature, Ernest Hemingway! He's a pretty big deal, but did he ever get his picture in Marvel Comics, did he? Have you ever seen his picture in a Marvel comic? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture in Marvel Comics?

Still, J. Jonah Jameson seems to like him.


Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #122 (October 1982), script by J. M. Dematteis, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen

So, if we can take anything from all this, it's that Ernest Hemingway has never had his picture in Marvel Comics.


Panels from Wolverine (1988 series) #35 (January 1991), script by Larry Hama, pencils by Marc Silvestri, inks by Dan Green, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Pat Brosseau

Oh. Never mind.

Today in Comics History: Betty Brant demands publication of Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen, and Silk comic books


Panel from Year in Review: Spider-Man one-shot (February 2000), text by Frank Dunkerley, designed by John Roshell and Eric Eng Wong

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 20: Wake up Maggie I think I got pancakes to feed to you


An issue of Bart Simpson, a comic that usually features the antis of America's favorite li'l mischief maker (sorry, Dennis the Menace), occasionally takes some time-outs to spotlight other members of the Simpson clan, like this short story featuring baby Maggie, the infant savant of the cast. And whaddaya know, it's about pancakes!


Panels from "Maggie's Pancakes" in Bart Simpson #81 (March 2013); script, pencils, and inks by Carol Lay, colors by Art Villanueva, letters by Karen Bates

I kinda wish I could reprint the entire short story here, because it's a phantasmagorical psychedelic wonderland of Maggie's imagination, inspired by the circle shape of her pancakes. Here's a few choice panels.



So, pancakes, won't you? They're not only a part of this complete breakfast, they're also a springboard to adventure and excitement!


366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 202: Then there was the time the Lizard strapped JJJ into a big piece of KirbyTech


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #192 (May 1979), script by Marv Wolfman, breakdowns by Keith Pollard, finishes by Jim Mooney, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Diana Albers

Today in Comics History: Squirrel Girl finally finds a way to write off her purchase of the Back to the Future DVD on her taxes

Squirrel Girl has disappeared! Her friend Nancy Whitehead (who is a redhead) is looking for her. And since she's not the Unfindable Squirrel Girl, there's an obvious clue right in front of Nancy's nose:


Panels from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (December 2015 series) #2 (January 2016), script by Ryan North, pencils and inks by Erica Henderson, color by Rico Renzi, letters by Clayton Cowles

Meanwhile Thenwhile, back on July 20, 1962, Squirrel Girl is hiding a secret message to the future! (uture uture uture)


Well, that was easy!

Not quite as easy: Nancy finding a way to go back in ti...oh, here's Dictor Doom and his patented Time Platform™. Well, that also was easy!


Panels from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (December 2015 series) #3 (February 2016), script by Ryan North, pencils and inks by Erica Henderson, color by Rico Renzi, letters by Travis Lanham

You can pick up the story again on July 28th! Bring your nuts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 19: Pancakes are a legend of the west



"The Big Pay-Off" in Maverick #9 (Dell, March-April 1960); pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle


366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 201: That's certainly a better kiss than yesterday's entry


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man #648 (January 2011), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Humberto Ramos, inks by Carlos Cuevas, colors by Edgar Delgado, letters by Joe Caramagna

Today in Comics History: That's the Night That They Shot Ol' Brucie Down


Panels from Civil War II #3 (September 2016), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by David Marquez and Olivier Coipel, colors by Justin Ponsor, letters by Clayton Cowles

Today in Comics History: Apparently zero news happened on this day in comics history*


Pin-up page from Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift Director's Cut one-shot (January 2008)

*Except this.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 18: DC Comics: Where every page featuring pancakes is accompanied by a shot of Starfire topless



Panels from Starfire (2015 series) #8 (March 2016); script by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, pencils by Emanuela Lupacchino, pencil assists by Mirco Pierfederici, inks by Ray McCarthy, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Tom Napolitano

And...


Panels from Starfire #9 (April 2016); script by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, pencils and inks by Elsa Charretier, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Tom Napolitano

Hello, Google searchers!

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 200: I just want your extra time and your kiss


Yesterday: J. Jonah Jameson had a heart attack and died!

Eh, I'm just foolin' ya. I (and Marvel) wouldn't do that to our favorite grumpy newspaperman. No, he survived...thanks to The Amazing Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation of Peter Parker!


Splash page from Amazing Spider-Man #547 (March 2008), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Steve McNiven, inks by Dexter Vines, colors by Morry Hollowell, letters by Cory Petit

And eventually he got better. And they all lived grumpily ever after.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 17: ¿Dónde están todos los panqueques?



Panels from Spider-Man & Araña Special: The Hunter Revealed one-shot (May 2006); script by Tania Del Rio, pencils by Jonboy Meyers, inks by Jim Royal and Mark Irwin, colors by Debora Carita, Letters by Randy Gentile

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 199: Because you demanded it

As a build-up to our sensational two hundredth entry of 366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, here's the JJJ scene most Marvel fans most requested! Because...you...demanded it!



Panels from Amazing Spider-Man #546 (February 2008), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Steve McNiven, inks by Dexter Vines, colors by Morry Hollowell, letters by Cory Petit