Saturday, March 04, 2017

Today in Comics History: Rock star Flea phones megaproducer Rick Rubin to break him out of jail


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #12 (September 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils and inks by Emma Vieceli, colors by Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee and Robbie Robbins

Today in Comics History: Rock star Flea discovers his head is filled with eggs


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #12 (September 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils and inks by Emma Vieceli, colors by Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee and Robbie Robbins

Today in Comics History: Marty leaves her waiting all night


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #11 (August 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcello Ferreira and Athila Fabbio, inks by Marcello Ferreira, Athila Fabbio, and Toni Doya, colors by Jose Luis Rioz, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: 1990s Superboy becomes a drag racing delinquent


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #8 (May 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcello Ferreira and Athila Fabbio, inks by Marcello Ferreira, Athila Fabbio, and Toni Doya, colors by Diego Rodriguez and Esther Sanz, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: Well, um...let's just assume this makes sense in context


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #9 (June 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcello Ferreira and Athila Fabbio, inks by Marcello Ferreira, Athila Fabbio, and Toni Doya, colors by Diego Rodriguez and Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee

365 Days of Defiance, Day 63: Three Simple Rules for Punching a Nazi

Daredevil battles Hitler! That's Bart Hill, the Golden Age Daredevil (aka Doubledare, Reddevil, and Death-Defying 'Devil), not Matt Murdock, the Silver Age and beyond Daredevil. I mean, not that Matt Murdock wouldn't punch Hitler, but I just can't see him doing it. (Neither can he! BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!)


Panels from "Fighting Hitler and His Jungle Hordes" in Daredevil Comics #1 (Lev Gleason, July 1941), script and art by Charles Biro (?)

Daredevil is captured, but luckily he has friends. With an elephant. Even Deadpool hasn't tried that trick!


Then Hitler gets his mustache shot off.


So, if'n you're gonna punch a Nazi: 1) Do it hard. 2) Do it with an elephant. 3) Shoot his mustache off!

Today in Comics History: Paul Levitz begins his successful second career as a doctor


Panel from "Barbara Gordon...Murderess!" in Detective Comics (1937 series) #497 (December 1980), script by Cary Burkett, pencils by Jose Delbo, inks by Joe Giella, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by Milt Snapinn

Friday, March 03, 2017

Today in Comics History: Western Union stock market prices continue to rise


Panel from Back to the Future #10 (July 2016); story by John Barber and Bob Gale; script by John Barber; pencils by Marcelo Ferreira andÁthila Fabbio; inks by Marcelo Ferreira, Áthila Fabbio and Toni Doya; colors by Jose Luis Rio and Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: Chris gets irony for his birthday



Panels from The Draft one-shot (July 1988), script by Mark Gruenwald and Fabian Nicieza; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by (inhale) Kyle Baker, Mike Gustovich, Klaus Janson, Lee Weeks, and Keith Williams (exhale); colors by Michael Higgins; letters by Jim Novak

365 Days of Defiance, Day 62: Stand in the place where you live





from The Avengers (2012), written and directed by Joss Whedon

9,200.

Today in Comics History: Oedipal scene re-rerun


Panel from Back to the Future #6 (March 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcelo Ferreira, inks by Marcelo Ferreira and Áthila Fabbio, colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: Battleship moves to space E-5


Panel from Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority #3 (October 2000), script by Mark Millar, pencils by John McCrea, inks by James Hodgkins, colors by Ian Hannin, letters by Bill O'Neil

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Today in newuniversal History: Not everybody makes it out alive of Day 1




Panels from newuniversal #3 (April 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

That wraps this up: there's not many more March 2 timed and dated panels in the newuniversal comics, and to be fair, there's not that many newuniversal comics left anyway. After a six-issue miniseries and a small handle of one- (and two-) shots, the line dwindles away and the story has no conclusion. Compared to the original New Universe, the newuniverse has a pretty short life.

See? I told you that without Kickers, Inc., a New Universe is just not worth it.

Today in newuniversal History: Security guards can't get Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter to run on their system


Panel from newuniversal #2 (March 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: They preempted Judge Judy for this


Panel from newuniversal #2 (March 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Inspector Javert IV vows to hunt down John Tenson for the theft of a notepad and pen


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Bullet time is invented


Panels from newuniversal #2 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

365 Days of Defiance, Day 61: The drink you drown your troubles in is the trouble you're in now

Sometimes the act of defiance that matters most in your life is not against a supervillain or an oppressive political regime, but against a literal demon! Oh, wait, a figurative demon. A demon...in a bottle! And you know what they say about bottles: phenomenal cosmic powers...itty bitty living space! Also: you can return 'em for a deposit at Safeway.


Panels from Iron Man (1968 series) #128 (November 1979); co-plot and script by David Michelinie; breakdowns by John Romita, Jr.; co-plot and finishes by Bob Layton; colors by Bob Sharen; letters by John Costanza

It's dressed up with all the wordy melodrama of a '69 Stan Lee-scripted Silver Surfer saga, and it's one of the classic important stories that probably would have benefitted from 2000s' style decompression, because it all happens and is resolved so very fast, but the fight of Tony stark against alcoholism still remains a powerful storyline, one that hasn't been retconned away and which still influences the Tony of today in virtually every story: a man who loves analytical thought, tempted by something that makes him lose it.


The comic basically breezes over this torment in a handful of pages. Tony's battle with alcoholism would return, though, most notably when he passes the armor to James Rhodes. For the moment, however, this is one of the most triumphant moments in the Marvel Universe: a little story about a victory as vital as chasing away Galactus.


You go, Tony...GOOD GRAVY WHERE DO YOU GET AN ORANGE SUIT?!?


Anyway, the sun's exploding.



Resources about alcoholism:

Today in newuniversal History: Birth of a comics line doomed to early cancellation







Panels from newuniversal #2-6 (March-July 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton;
and from newuniversal: Shockfront #1 (July 2008), script by Warren Ellis, pencils by Steve Kurth, inks by Andrew Hennessy, colors by Chris Chuckry, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: The phrase "She doesn't like nice guys!" is born


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Drinks drunk heavily despite oversized training bar


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Earth-555 doctors successfully implant POV camera

Today, March 2, 2006, at 06:49 Universal Time, the mysterious White Event changes the history of Earth-555, ushering in the Warren Ellis-created and reimagined newuniverse. (As opposed to Earth-148611, where a White Event on July 22, 1986 begins Jim Shooter's New Universe. You can tell the difference because one is in lower case, and doesn't have Kickers, Inc.

Over the next 24 hours I'll pinpoint some of the timed events that take place that day.


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

(This panel is the only one in newuniversal that has a discrepancy between local and Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). I've chosen to pin it to the UTC time listed here rather than EST. All other dual times listed in the series are consistent with each other.)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Today (February 29, actually) in Comics History: Canadian content enforced by law into New Universe


Panel from Psi-Force #21 (July 1988), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Ron Lim, inks by Mike Witherby, colors by Nelson Yomtov, letters by Rick Parker

Today in Comics History: Duck is amuck


Cover of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v4 #6 [#42] (March 1944), pencils and inks by Walt Kelly

365 Days of Defiance, Day 60: So shines an act of kindness in a weary world

Grant Morrison, dastard that he is, has put Shiloh Norman, the astonishing Mister Miracle, smack into the creamy center nougat of hopelessness: the living hell of Darkseid's long-sought-after Anti-Life Equation. It is fear, anger, failure. It is everything that makes up despair (or, as it's pronounced in the Marvel Universe, D'Spayre.) Also, it's raining. Mister Miracle doesn't have a chance.


Panels from Seven Soliders: Mister Miracle #3 (March 2006), script by Grant Morrison, pencils and inks by Freddie E. Williams II, colors by Dave McCaig, letters by Phil Balsman

Although, take note: this scene occurs in number three into a four issue miniseries. Even Grant Morrison, five-dimension imp that he is, is not immune from the beating rhythm of a story arc. Nmely: it's always darkest before the dawn, or, as it's pronounced in the DC Universe, an ass-whuppin'.


But at the eleventh hour (or, as we pronounce it, page 21 of a 22 page story) comes a tiny sliver of hope. You can also pronounce it "humanity."


Go get 'em, Shilo.

Today (February 29, actually) in Comics History: The day Roger Bochs's pencil cup melted

There is no February 29 this year, and I for one heartily argue that I paid for a full calendar and I'm gonna celebrate February 29th! So all of my February 29 Todays in Comics History shall be posted on February 28th! Who says this isn't the Bedazzling Age of Bully Bountifulness?


Splash panel from Alpha Flight (1983 series) #11 (June 1984); script, pencils, and inks by John Byrne, colors by Andy Yanchus, letters by Michael Higgins

Today in Comics History: The JLA claims Nebraska through the cunning use of flags


Nebraska variant cover of Justice League of America (2013 series) #1 (April 2013), pencils and inks by David Finch

Also today: Bully reuses a joke from December 7.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 59: If I Could Turn Back Time

Get a load of this guy:


Panels from Silver Surfer (1968 series) #6 (June 1969), script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Sal Buscema, colors by Bill Everett (?), letters by Artie Simek

That's the evil Overlord, lord of over pretty much everything. The omnipotent mutant — no, not Wolverine — conquered earth, and probably Mars and Vulcan and Tattooine, and now he's after Zenn-La. But not if Zenn-La's Favorite Son (six years running beginning in ZY 62,901), the Silver Surfer, can stop it!


Incidentally, did we mention he had destroyed Earth? Whoa, that's likely to put a crimp in the monthly publishing plans of Marvel Comics. "Good news, Stan! We're way ahead on Silver Surfer." "Excelsior! What's the bad news?" "All the other books are cancelled."


This of course, paints a terrible direction for the timeline of Earth-616, wiping out and invalidating all those future histories of 616 like Spider-Man 2099. On the other hand, it has wiped out and invalidated future histories like Ravage 2099. Hmmm. Six'a one, half dozen of another. Oh, and meanwhile! Silver Surfer has been captured. GOOD ONE NORRIN.


Here's the thing about Silver Surfer: he just won't give up. I could take pretty much any issue of his book, especially the original 18-issue '68 series, and quote panels from it for 365 Days of Defiance. He may angst more than anyone else in the 616 except a Claremont character, but buy golly, he gets the job done. But how's he gonna succeed this time, considering he can't call for a Marvel Team-Up?


Never give up! Never surrender! That would be the Surfer's credo, if he wasn't so pure enough to not steal it from Commander Peter Quincy Taggart and the brave crew of the NSEA Protector, who have a machine that can send them thirteen seconds in the past HEY WAIT ONE SECOND THERE


The Surfer is attempting time travel, in the "other direction," to go back in time and get a couple humpback whales, and hit Overlord with them!


Actually, he's going to prevent the Overlord from being born by squishing the giant space-spider that bit him! More or less. The moral of the story is the Silver Surfer will do anything at all to stop your evil plans, including rebooting history. What a badass!


Consider this: the moment at which the Overlord was actually born became the alternate timeline of Earth-6966, in which, to quote the cover of a popular X-Men comic book, everybody dies. (You heard me: even Squirrel Girl.) It's not until the Silver Surfer goes back and diverts this universe that it branches off properly into what is always and (very nearly) forever Earth-616. Those of you who are students of Roy Thomas's history textbook What If? will understand the cosmic importance of the Surfer's actions: so determined to resist against the ultimate dictator, he changed time and space itself and saved every one of us. And reminded us that even if you can't travel in time or even if you're not wearing little silver underpants, we are all the agents of change in our multiverse. Please stand up against the space or Earth-based tyrant of your choice today, everybody!