Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Today in Comics History, Mardi Gras: That's the Knight That the Lights Went Out in NOLA

Let's celebrate Mardi Gras with the least likely character ever to wind up in New Orleans during this bacchanalian festival: the true man out of time, Captain America The Shining Knight! He's really only there for the Dixieland jazz.

from "Mystery of the Clowning Criminals" in Leading Comics #2 (DC/World's Best Comics, Spring 1942), script by Mort Weisinger (?), pencils and inks by Creig Flessel

Today in Comics History, Mardi Gras: Vision would like to encounter these things called "beignets"

from The Vision and the Scarle Witch (1985 series) #9 (Marvel, June 1986), script by Steve Englehart, pencils by Richard Howell, inks by Frank Springer, colors by Adam Philips, letters by Bill Oakley

Moral of the comic: You just can't keep Vision away from them crawdaddy sammiches!

Today in Comics History, Mardi Gras: Happy Mardi Gras!

I have lots of beads, so you know what you have to trade me for them...candy!

from Super DC Calendar 1976 (DC, 1975)

What, what else would be worth these cool beads?

Monday, February 12, 2024

Today in Comics History, February 12, 1967: The magical whimsy of Cicely once again irritates Dr. Joel Fleischman

from "The UFOs Arctic Assault" in UFO Flying Saucers #3 (Western/Gold Key, November 1972), pencils (and inks?) by Luis Dominguez, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Sunday, February 11, 2024

What's Bully Reading? 2024 #16: Batman, Incorporated, Volume 1: Demon Star by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham

One of the best and most fun comics of the New 52, and really the only Leviathan storyline you ever needed.

I'm also snacking on pigs in a blanket. I declare this day a success!

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Today in Comics History, February 6: Happy birthday, Rick Astley!

Born on this day in 1966: singer/songwriter Rick Astley ("Never Gonna Give You Up," "Together Forever," "Whenever You Need Somebody," "Take Me to Your Heart," "Hold Me in Your Arms" and many more)!

But did you know that Rick Astley was one of the hundreds of guests at the wedding of Deadpool? Can you find him? Click the wide-screen cover below to zero in on him!

cover of Deadpool (2013 series) #27 (Marvel, June 2014), pencils and inks by Scott Koblish, colors by Val Staples
(Click picture to Billboard #1 Hit-size)

Happy birthday, Rick!

Monday, February 05, 2024

Today in Comics History, February 5: Happy birthday, William S. Burroughs!

Born on this day in 1914: Beat writer and artist William S. Burroughs (Junkie, Queer, Naked Lunch (I can think of two things wrong with that title), The London Trilogy, The Red Night Trilogy and more), who, along with Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and others, built the tropes, literature, and ideas of the Beat Generation. Without which we wouldn't have had the Beatles. Reminder to myself: must double check this possible fact in my research.

Perhaps most notably, The Beat Generation battled Generation X! I mean literally! Burroughs is the rectangular-spectacled chap in the fourth and sixth panel. Guess his agent didn't deal with Marvel as well as Ginsberg's and Keruoac's!

from "Generation X vs. The Beat Generation" in Generation X Underground #1 one-shot (Marvel, May 1998), by Jim Mahfood

Today in Comics History, February 5: Happy birthday, Corinna Bechko!

Born on this day: comics writer Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy, Angel Season 11, Invisible Republic, Heathentown, Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm, Green Lantern: Earth One and lots more)!

from Batman: Black and White (2021 series) #2 (DC, March 2021)

A couple of Corinna's nature essays that accompanied the series Invisible Republic:

from Invisible Republic #3 and 9 (Image, May 2015 and February 2016), by Corinna Bechko

Happy birthday, Ms. Bechko!

Sunday, February 04, 2024

Today in Comics History, February 4: Happy birthday, Norman Wisdom!

Born on this day in 1915, prolific English actor, comedian, musician and singer Norman Wisdom (On the Beat, A Stitch in Time, What's Good for the Goose, Coronation Street and many, many more)! He was a major star in, of all places, Albania, where his Mr Pitkin films wre phenonally popular and he was made an honorary citizen of Tirana, Albania's capital.

masthead from Radio Fun #1039 (Amalgamated UK, 6 September 1958)

Also: British comic book star of his own strip feature!

from Radio Fun #1039; creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, February 4: Happy birthday, Nigel Bruce!

Born on this day in 1895: stage and screen actor Nigel Bruce of The Scarlet Pimpernel, She, Under Two Flags, Kidnapped, Lassie Come Home, The Two Mrs. Carrolls and more, but especially as the lovable and bumbling version of Doctor John H. Watson in each of the fourteen Fox and Universal Sherlock Holmes pictures starring Basil Rathbone!

from "Clodumbo" in MAD #156 (January 1973), script by Lou Silverstone, pencils and inks by Angelo Torres

Nigel Bruce appeared in Lassie Come Home with Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowell, and since I once met Roddy McDowell ar a convention, I'm only one Kevin Bacon away from Nigel! (And only three, via Hillbillys in a Haunted House, from Ferlin Husky!)

from "Elizabeth Taylor" in Famous Stars #5 (Ziff-Davis, Winter 1951), creators uncredited and unknown

Happy birthday, Nigel Bruce!

from Dressed to Kill (Universal, 1946), starring here Nigel Bruce and Topsy Glyn, written by Frank Gruber and Leonard Lee, directed by Roy William Neill

Today in Comics History, February 4, 1981: Being a plant psychologist bores doctor to narcolepsy

from "Dig the Plant, Man!" in Secrets of Haunted House #43 (DC, December 1981), plot and pencils by Rodin Rodriguez, script by Robin Snyder, inks by Andy Mushynsky, colors by Jerry Serpe, letters by Pierre Bernard Jr.

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!

Friday, February 02, 2024

Today in Comics History, February 2, Groundhog Day: Okay, I just give up on trying to figure out how to backwards-ize Bizarro-speak

from "Puzzle of the Wild World!" in Action Comics #388 (DC/National, May 1970), script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Roussos, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, February 2, 2022: Gift of a check suddenly tremendously ages Aunt Petunia Grimm since Fantastic Four #238

from Clobberin' Time #3 (Marvel, July 2023), story and art by Steve Skroce, colors by Bryan Calenza, letters by Joe Sabino