Thursday, February 06, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 37: Fantasyland


Panels from Spider-Man/Deadpool #13 (March 2017); script by Joe Kelly; pencils by Ed McGuinness; inks by Ed McGuinness, John Dell, and Mark Morales; colors by Jason Keith; letters by Joe Sabino

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 36: A Green Lantern and a talking cartoon dog walked into a bar and Walter Cronkite is there


Panel from Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound Special #1 (one-shot) (December 2018), script by Mark Russell, pencils by Rick Leonardi, inks by Dan Green, colors by Steve Buccellato, letters by Wes Abbott

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Today in Comics History: Reggie notes that Archie doesn't like coconuts, which eventually leads to him being murdered by the Riddler


Panels from Archie Meets Batman '66 #2 (October 2018), script by Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci, pencils by Dan Parent, inks by J. Bone, colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, letters by Jack Morelli

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 35: Uh, what's in the bottle, Tony? Beside a demon.


Panels from Contest of Champions #10 (September 2016), script by Al Ewing, pencils and inks by Rhoald Marcellius, colors by Andrew Crossley, letters by Joe Sabino

Monday, February 03, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 34: With great mushrooms there must come great hallucinations


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (2015 series) #1.3 (April 2016), script by Jose Molina, pencils and inks by Simone Bianchi, colors by Israel Silva and Java Tartaglia, letters by Joe Caramagna

Sunday, February 02, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 33: Everybody's a critic


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (2015 series) #31 (October 2017), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Stuart Immonen, inks by Wade Von Grawbadger, colors by Marte Gracia, letters by Joe Caramagna

Saturday, February 01, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 32*: With great power comes great lecturing other people


Panels from Spider-Man & the X-Men #1 (February 2015), script by Elliott Kalan, pencils and inks by Marco Failla, colors by Ian Herring, letters by Clayton Cowles

*Oh no! Now I have to actually start calculating what day of the year it is!

I'm pretty sure this is hanging up in the Batcave next to the Pirelli Calendar

Look, I'll admit it: you can't you use this calendar to tell the proper dates of February 2020 (it's for 2019, oddly enough, even though it was published in 2014). But you can put it up and have cheesecake! Yay! Who doesn't love cheesecake?


Cover of Detective Comics (2011 series) #32 (August 2014); pencils, inks, and colors by Ant Lucia

The 1992 2020 Marvel Age Calendar: In February it will be / A Rick Jones month-long bad joke spree

"The 1992 Marvel Age Calendar: January" from Marvel Age #110 (March 1992);
by Mike Lackey and Darren Auck
(Click picture to Leap Day-size)

By the way, I made a Photoshop edit to this calendar to correct an error. Can you spot where I made it? Here the original panel as a hint:


Friday, January 31, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 31: Kurt Wagner, Plagiarist


Panel from Uncanny X-Men (1963 series) #188 (December 1984), script by Chris Claremont, breakdowns by John Romita, Jr., finishes by Dan Green, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Tom Orzechowski

Thursday, January 30, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 30: Even Harvey Dent here agrees


Back cover of Marvel Treasury Edition #1 [The Spectacular Spider-Man] (September 1974), pencils and inks by John Romita, Sr.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 29: Walking Tall


Panel from "Marvelpocalypse Now!" in Marvel: Now What? one-shot (December 2013), script by Elliot Kalan; pencils, inks, and colors by Jacob Chabot; letter by Clayton Cowles

Today in Comics History,: Alan Moore attempts to stump Jess Nevins


Panel from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #3 (October 2018), script by Alan Moore, pencils and inks by Kevin O'Neill, colors by Ben Dimagmaliw, letters by Todd Klein

No, of course Alan Moore didn't make it up.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 28: Steve Jobs, the Spectacular Spider-Man


Panel from Amazing Spider-Man (2015 series) #1 (December 2015), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli, inks by Cam Smith, colors by Marte Gracia, letters by Joe Caramagna

Today in Comics History: Reading in the nude becomes popular, except upon Naugahyde


Panels from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #2 (June 2018), script by Alan Moore, pencils and inks by Kevin O'Neill, colors by Ben Dimagmaliw, letters by Todd Klein


Monday, January 27, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 27: So...pretty much just like our universe, huh?


Panels from What If? (1977 series) #19 (February 1980), script by Peter Gillis, pencils by Pat Broderick, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Roger Slifer, letters by Tom Orzechowski

Sunday, January 26, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 26: With ultimate power there must come ultimate responsibility


Panel from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2011 series) #4 (January 2012), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by Sara Pichelli, colors by Justin Ponsor, letters by Cory Petit

Saturday, January 25, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 25: With brothers and sisters comes family responsibility


Panels from Shazam! (2019 series) #1 (February 2019), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Dale Eaglesham, colors by Mike Atiyeh, letters by Rob Leigh

Friday, January 24, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 24: Peter Parker, the Spare-Tire Spider-Man


Panel from Universe X: Spidey #1 one-shot (January 2001); co-plot by Alex Ross; co-plot and script by Jim Krueger; pencils by Jackson Guice; inks by John Romita, Al Milgrom (tho' I bet he wishes he hadn't) and John Stanisci; colors by Nick Bell; letters by Todd Klein

Thursday, January 23, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 23: Who's That Girl

Oh no! Spider-Gwen is in trouble! And for once it's not because she can't decide what to title her comic book. No, The Divine Ms. S. is having problems with her powers (well, ain't that just the Parker Stacy luck!) It's fortunate she has as her pal the local science prodigy, Reed Richards (no, no that one) builds her a couple power bands (©1969 Rick Jones & Mar-Vell) that provide her with the oomph she needs to take a bite out of crime.


Panels from Spider-Gwen (December 2015 series) #11 (June 2016), co-plot by Dennis Hopeless and Robbie Thompson, co-plot and script by Jason Latour, pencils and inks by Bengal, colors by Rico Renzi, letters by Clayton Cowles

Do you know what comes with phenomenal cosmic power?!?


That's right! You know the drill:


Less dramatic, but also of note: Gwen's Earth-65 gets the best fast-food mascots.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 22: P = re2


Panels from "Twain & Einstein" in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 (March 2009); script, pencils, inks, an letters by Michael Kupperman

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 21: Oh shut up, Gwen


Panels from Spider-Man: Death and Destiny #1 (August 2000), script and pencils by Lee Weeks; inks by Richard Case and Robert Campanella; colors by Steve Buccellato; letters by Paul Tutrone

Today in Comics History: Joker is three weeks behind Ned Flanders in doing his taxes





Panel from "The Joker's Millions!" in Detective Comics #180 (February 1952), script by David Vern (?), pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris

Joker pays his taxes on January 31? He must be registered as a self-employed Clown of Crime.


Oh, I see, they're fictional taxes. Man, Gotham City is weird. Mind you, when this story was written and published, the United States Tax Day was actually March 15. I remember this actual fact because it was the key clue in figuring out an Ellery Queen story in which "all the evidence has been lain before you." yeah, including quaint antiquated tax deadlines. (It's the March story in Mister Queen's delightful Calendar of Crime, and I recommend it with only that one slight tax-deadline hesitation.)

Here's some other stuff Joker does in the couple weeks between today and the end of the month:

Paints a monkey's face and locks him up with Batman!:


Turns Batman and Robin into ushers!:


Attends a swanky cabaret where the posh entertainment is a panda!:


Breaks the boundaries of the Scott McCloud-designated comics panel border!:


So if you think you've got a couple rough weeks comin' up: consider the Joker. Won't you?

Monday, January 20, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 20: How do you know that Batman is an atheist?

How can you not? He won't shut up about it.


Panels from Batman #470 (October 1991), script by Alan Grant, pencils by Norm Breyfogle, inks by Rick Burchett, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Todd Klein

Sunday, January 19, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 19: Spider-Man suddenly wakes up in the MCU

Q: What's wrong with this picture?


Panel from Secret War #4 (May 2005), script by Brian Michael Bendis, painted art by Gabriele Dell'Otto, letters by Cory Petit

A: Spider-Man doesn't have a wife, silly! At least...I don't remember him ever having one.

Say, does it smell like sulphur around here?

Today in Comics History: Carter delivers the mail


Panel from Doomsday Clock #10 (July 2019), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

Saturday, January 18, 2020

365 Days of Power and Responsibility, Day 18: SOME PIG

Well, I never said 365 Days in a row.

One of the things I was doing when my head burst into flame last year (and I think we all know how painful that can be) was collecting usages of the phrase "With great power, there must come great responsibility" from those comicky books we love so much. Even though I hadn't posted any of 'em since (gulp) a year and a day ago, I've still been clipping them out them and thus reducing the value of my collection, but I've also been considering how widespread the phrase is. As you might've seen that far in 2019, it's not just restricted to Spider-Man comics. It has become a genuinely rubber-stamped TV Trope, even though I can't clip out segments from TV. Believe me, I've tried, and it's not gonna happen with these kiddie safety scissors.

A good hero learns that with great power comes great responsibility. But...did you also know this:


Panels from "Boared Again!" in Spider-Man Annual (2019 series) #1 (August 2019), script by Jason Latour, pencils and inks by David Lafuente, colors bgy Rico Renzi, letters by Joe Caramagna

So if a pig can remember it — sorta — you can remember it. And thanks for being patient!