Wednesday, June 26, 2024

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley 2024: Hand over those three rocks, lady


Long-time readers of this blog will know that pretty much everytime June 26 rolls around, I commemorate the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne by showing off panels of that iconic origin of Batman, because it's been portrayed in comic books two or three times.


from "The Batman Wars Against the Dirigible of Doom" in Detective Comics (1937 series) #33 (DC, November 1939), script by Bill Finger, figure pencils and inks by Bob Kane, background pencils and letters by Sheldon Moldoff

However, this year let's mix it up a little bit and show a happier ending to that trip through Crime Alley:


Nancy (United Feature Syndicate, October 10, 1953), by Ernie Bushmiller

I'm pretty sure Sluggo still got shot, but still...

Today in Comics History, June 26, 1903: Massive debt undertaken to decorate aft end of ship


from "Most Dangerous Passage" in True Comics #65 (Parents' Magazine Press, October 1947), creators uncredited and unknown

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Today in Comics History, June 25: Hoberman has been poked; had his dog shot; is bugged


from "The Sins of the Father..." in Action Comics Weekly #606 (DC, June 28, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 25, 8:07 AM Pacific/10:07 AM Central: A tiny gnome is kicking Rafael's shins


from "The Sins of the Father..." in Action Comics Weekly #606 (DC, June 28, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 25, 7:30 AM Pacific/9:30 Central: Mysterious package makes second appearance in comics within two weeks


from "If That Mockingbird Don't Sing..." in Action Comics Weekly #605 (DC, June 21, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

And now, the exciting recap:


from "The Sins of the Father..." in Action Comics Weekly #606 (DC, June 28, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Wait, the handwriting on the package changed!

Today in Comics History, June 25, 9:05 AM: Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building


from "If That Mockingbird Don't Sing..." in Action Comics Weekly #605 (DC, June 21, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 25, 12:41 AM: Yep, let's paint our super-secret stealth spy plane tomato red


from "If That Mockingbird Don't Sing..." in Action Comics Weekly #605 (DC, June 21, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, 10:36 PM Pacific/June 25, 12:36 AM Central: Cops give bad news to Han Solo


from "Haunts of the Very Rich" in Action Comics Weekly #604 (DC, June 14, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 25, 12:33 AM: Tonight, on Jackass...


from "Haunts of the Very Rich" in Action Comics Weekly #604 (DC, June 14, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, 10:29 PM Pacific/June 25, 12:29 AM Central: Wow, that musta been some kind of magic trick


from "If That Mockingbird Don't Sing..." in Action Comics Weekly #605 (DC, June 21, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 25, 12:26 AM: Artificial method to jump-start a Crisis on Infinite Earths is discovered


from "If That Mockingbird Don't Sing..." in Action Comics Weekly #605 (DC, June 21, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Monday, June 24, 2024

Today in Comics History, June 24, 11:58 PM: This is the weirdest Columbo ever


from "Haunts of the Very Rich" in Action Comics Weekly #604 (DC, June 14, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, 11:45 PM: It's hard to know who to root for here, the guy with a skullface and lobotomy or the one in his footie pajamas


from "Haunts of the Very Rich" in Action Comics Weekly #604 (DC, June 14, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, 11:17 PM: Amazon.com deliveries get more and more complicated


from "Haunts of the Very Rich" in Action Comics Weekly #604 (DC, June 14, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, Midsummer Night: Who's the special guest at the barbecue? It's Agatha all along


from The Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985 series) #3 (Marvel, December 1985), script by Steve Englehart, pencils by Richard Howell, inks by Jim Mooney, colors by Janet "JayJay" Jackson, letters by Lois Buhalis

Today in Comics History, June 24, 3:03 PM: We have always spied in the castle


from "Haunts of the Very Rich" in Action Comics Weekly #604 (DC, June 14, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, 2:25 PM: Livin' in a box / Livin' in a Barney's box

Well, whaddaya know? It was called "Haunts of the Very Rich!"


from "Haunts of the Very Rich" in Action Comics Weekly #604 (DC, June 14, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, 12:24 PM Pacific (2:24 PM Central): How very disarming, Mister Bond


from "Spread Your Broken Wings and Learn to Fly" in Action Comics Weekly #603 (DC, June 7, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Aw, what do you wanna bet the next story won't even be called "Haunts of the Very Rich"?

Today in Comics History, June 24, 2:00 PM: Noooooobody expects Barney's...oh wait, yeah, you're on the list.


from "Spread Your Broken Wings and Learn to Fly" in Action Comics Weekly #603 (DC, June 7, 1988), script by Martin Pasko, pencils and inks by Dan Spiegle, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Carrie Spiegle

Today in Comics History, June 24, 1947: Alien geese prepare to invade Earth


from UFO Flying Saucers #1 (Western/Gold Key, October 1968), script by Leo Dorfman, pencils and inks by Joe Certa

Today in Comics History, June 24, 1898: Doctor shoots to kill


"Army Doc" from M.D> (1955 series) #5 (EC, December 1956), creators uncredited and unknown

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Today in Comics History, June 22: Happy birthday, Jae Lee!

Born on this day: comics artist Jae Lee (Red Sonja, Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Darkwing Duck: Negaduck, Wolverine, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, Django/Zorro and many more)!


from Marvel Knights Sketchbook one-shot (Marvel/Wizard, August 1998), art by Jae Lee

Happy birthday, Jae!


from Battlestar Galactica 1999 Tour Book one-shot (Realm, May 1999), art by Jae Lee

Today in Comics History, June 22, 1956: Tim Hunter proudly strolls through the woods, happy that his creator isn't a terf


from The Dreaming (1996 series) #19 (DC/Vertigo, December 1997), script by Caitlín Kiernan, pencils and inks by Matt Brooker, colors and color separations by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

This post was suggested by faithful reader and frequent commenter Blam, who's provided a lot of date references in comics that I'll spotlight throughout 2023 in this series. Thanks, Blam!

Today in Comics History, June 22, 1938: America's race relation problems are solved by hitting


from "Best Fights of the Century" in Daredevil Comics #68 (Lev Gleason, November 1950), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, June 22: Well, that'll happen when your mortal enemy is the Sun


from "Fiend of Midnight" in Adventures into the Unknown #33 (ACG, July 1952), pencils and inks by Paul Gattuso

This post was suggested by faithful reader and frequent commenter Blam, who's provided a lot of date references in comics that I'll spotlight throughout 2024 in this series. Thanks, Blam!

Today in Comics History, June 22: Small town deals with mass amnesia the true American Way: by merchandising it



from Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #1 (Marvel, April 2023), script by John Jennings, art by Valentine De Landro, colors by Matt Milla, letters by Joe Sabino

Friday, June 21, 2024

Today in Comics History, June 21, 1989: Oh, like you've never counted down to a big movie


from Realworlds: Batman one-shot (DC, May 2000), script by Christopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski, pencils by Marshall Rogers, inks by John Cebollero, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Bob Lappan

And that poster was, of course:


Today in Comics History, June 21, 2003: Then again, he's never seen Supertrain


from Miracleman (1985 series) #24 (Eclipse, June 1993), script by Neil Gaiman, pencils and inks by Mark Buckingham, colors by Matt Brooker as D'Israeli, letters by Wayne Truman

Poor Young Miracleman! History has changed so dramatically they probably never even invented cable.

Now let's look at that same scene, completely redrawn in the Mighty Marvel Manner!


from Miracleman by Gaiman and Buckingham: The Silver Age (2022 series) #2 (Marvel, January 2023), script by Neil Gaiman, new pencils and inks by Mark Buckingham, new colors by Jordie Bellaire, new letters by Todd Klein

Yeah, I don't get the point of doing it that way, either.

Today in Comics History, June 21, First Day of Summer: Superman orders you to break chains or you lose at summer


"Super Strength: Rules for Summer Living" from Superman (1940 series) #5 (DC/Superman Inc., Summer 1940), script by Jerry Siegel, Superman= inset by Joe Shuster, pencils and inks by Dennis Neville (?)

Today in Comics History, June 21, 1952: Willie Mays performs such awesome baseball feats that mere artwork cannot portray it


from "Say Hey Kid in Action" in The Amazing Willie Mays one-shot (Eastern Color, September 1954), creators uncredited and unknown

Rest in peace, Willie Mays.

(Don't worry fans, there's many more panels to come from this same comic!)

Today in Comics History, June 21, 1805: River turns into M. F. Enterprises's Captain Marvel


from Manifest Destiny #42 (Image, March 2020), script by Chris Dingess, pencils and inks by Matthew Roberts, colors by Owen Gieni, letters by Pat Brosseau

Today in Comics History, June 21, 1950: Goodyear Blimp springs a leak and goes zooming across night sky


from "The 1950 Hamilton Air Force Base, California Case" in Weird Science-Fantasy (1954 series) #26 (EC, December 1954), script by Al Feldstein, pencils and inks by George Evans, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Jim Wroten

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

The May 1968 2024 Calendar for This Menacing Year

I'm afraid to let you know that as the year goes on, it just keeps on getting even more menacing. By the beginning of November 2024 I will probably be announcing this blog to you over a megaphone as we're all paraded through teh streets on our way to re-education and attitude adjustment, and by the end of the year I promise I'll chisel it into any the rock that hasn't melted from the nuclear fire.

Naw, forget all that: I'm an optimistic bull, so for the moment let's look on the bright side of life. After all, look at America's favorite teen sixty-five years running: Superboy! He's certainly going to have a great May, including May the 4th (looks at calendar), uh, maybe not that day. Well, by the 31st he will probably have had a great month and OH CUT THAT OUT CALENDAR.


cover of Superboy (1949 series) #165 (DC/National, May 1970), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Speaking of cutting-out: you can cut that cover of Giant Superboy #165 and hang it on your wall to use as a calendar for May 2024, or, if you like your comic book heroes smaller, younger, and loving root beer, there's no other option than to use this 1968 Dennis the Menace calendar, which works perfectly for 2024! Whoda thunkit?

"May 1968" from Dennis the Menace Giant #51 [Dennis the Menace Christmas Special] (Hallden/Fawcett, Winter 1967), creators unidentified and unknown
(Click picture to Mr. Wilson's back surgery bill-size)

Dennis, you scamp! That's as delightful as it was the day you did that to Charles Xavier and Niles Caulder!

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Anyway, Here's WonderWalpurgis Night: Ocean's 666


It's late and I don't have a lot of Walpurgis Night jokes left so, so goodnight, folks.


from Silver: Of Treasures and Thieves (Abrams, October 2022), by Stephan Franck

Anyway, Here's WonderWalpurgis Eve: Dirty, Hairy


Hey, just what does Walpurgis Eve have against guys named Carl? Granted, unlike our first one, this one's spelled with a K (thus making him one of the most evil Carls). 'Tis Walpurgis Eve in the little Balkan town of Supersticia, and Karl has completely neglected all his pre-Walpurgis Night duties: he hasn't done his Walpurgis Eve shopping or gift wrapping, he hasn't put up the Walpurgis Night lights on his house, and he certainly didn't get out his LPs with the Walpurgis Eve Carols. No, our Karl has been too busy creepily lusting after the beautious maiden (yeah, she wishes!) Bertha, but Karl has two deep Forehead Lines of Doom™. Bertha is an honor student in phrenology (and her parents have the bumper sticker to prove it), so of course she rejects the only slightly-more-horrible-than-normal-for-these-type-of-comics Karl in favor or...eh, just about anybody else. Luckily, Karl has a plan: he would become a Men's Rights Activist.


from "The Demons of Walpurgis Mountain" in The Beyond #5 (Ace, July 1951), pencils by Mike Sekowsky




Anyway, Here's WonderWalpurgis Night: The Red Shoe Die-ries


BAFFLING MYSTERIES! It's pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Mysteries...that are baffling! That is, strange, unsolvable, and perplexing, not in the muting sound definition of the word. Well, I s'pose you could nail a few hundred copies of this comic up to the walls eight or ten deep and it would help to baffle the sounds...of the screams of terror from people reading Baffling Mysteries!

Submitted for your approval: a ballerina who's seen Black Swan one too many times. Nothing can stop her as she pirouettes into murder!


from "Doom Dancer" in Baffling Mysteries #21 (Ace, July 1954), pencils and inks by Jim McLaughlin, with Leroy lettering




Anyway, Here's WonderWalpurgis Eve: The Witches Gonna Getcha If You Don't Watch Out


It's the last night of the month...haunted by fiendish witches, hellish demons and scary supernatural beasts! No, no, sit down, October...we're talkin' about the final day of April: Walpurgis Eve! Admittedly, I thought it said Walgreen's Purchase Eve and I went out and bought a bag of overpriced energy drinks and some Band-Aids, but it's actually the night before the Feast Day of Saint Walpurga, patron saint of rabies. Oh, I'm sorry, I'll read that again: against rabies. So if you happen to be cuddling in a box full of rats, just whip off a quick prayer to Saint W., and she'll fix you up faster than you can say "foaming at the mouth!"

W. also legendarily (but again, don't they all) protected early German Christians from witchcraft, bklack magic, and pesky ring-around-the-collar, so it makes sense all the Minerva McGonagalls and Wanda Maximovas and Sabrina Spellmans (Spellmen?) and Broom Hildas haunt the night. And then with the rising dawn, just like at the end of Fantasia, Saint Walpurga comes out and beats 'em all to a pulp with, I dunno, probably a crucifix made out of the bones of Jesus, the Oxford Unabridged Bible, and a hound dawg dunked in holy water. Say! I do believe I have just created a 1990s Image Bad Girl comic.

Another Fascinating Bully Factoid!: the Church of Satan was founded on Walpurgis Eve in 1966 and founder Anton LaVey states (pictured, right) in The Satanic Bible that besides his own birthday (June 66th), Walpurgisnacht ranks as an important Satanic holiday, along with Halloween, International Witches' Day (November 16), Arbor Day, Election Day, and the entirety of Monster Mash Week. But we here (we = me) at Comics Oughta Be Fun celebrate Walpurgis Eve in the usual innovative way: through comic books! Also, we're having candy corn! Are you scared yet?


from "Walpurgis!" in Witches Tales #18 (Harvey, April 1953), pencils and inks by Howard Nostrand, letters by Ben Oda

Well! This guy looks like fun! Wonder what his whole deal is?