Saturday, September 17, 2011

Same Story, Different Cover: Burn baby burn, burn that mama down

L: Marvel Team-Up #109 (September 1981), cover art by John Romita, Jr. and Bob Wiacek
R: Marvel Tales #232 (Mid-December 1989), reprinting Marvel Team-Up #109, cover art by Todd McFarlane
(Click picture to I Will Surviveasize)

By the way, those caption boxes you can't read on Marvel Tales #232?:
She's a mutant! He's a non-mutant! Would you like to be a mutant too? ... When Spidey, Paladin, and Dazzler team up, it's just got to be a...Critical Mess! (Whoops...we meant mass!)

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 260

Panel from Thor #194 (December 1971), script by Gerry Conway, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Sal Buscema, letters by Artie Simek

Friday, September 16, 2011

Darkseid is miffed

Panel from Super Powers v.1 #5 (November 1984), plot and pencils by Jack Kirby, script by Joey Cavalieri, inks by Greg Theakston, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Ben Oda

He's had a bad week. But it's Friday! (Hope you're happy your week's over, too!)

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 259

Panels from Siege: Embedded #2 (April 2010), script by Brian Reed, pencils and inks by Chris Samnee, colors by Matt Wilson, letters by Rus Wooton

Comics Within Comics Week, Day 5: Be Sub-Conscious

Panel from Incredible Hercules #121 (November 2008), script by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, pencils and inks by Clayton Henry, colors by Guru eFX, letters by Joe Caramagna

Cover of Sub-Mariner #1 (May 1968), art by John Buscema and Sol Brodsky

The New DCU: There'll Be Some Changes Made

Consternation, uproar! The New DC is barely half a crisis into its new life, and already startling and controversial changes are being made that the fans are up in arms over! And aside from Rob Liefeld's return, many of these dubious changes involve the physical appearances of the DC Comics characters we've all come to know and love except Lobo. Unless you've had your head under an Earth-2 over the past couple days, you know that that Amanda "The Wall" Waller... now played by Beyonce!

Green Arrow no longer sports his luxurious blonde mustache and goatee!

Violating years of continuity, our beloved Batgirl is no longer Asian nor blonde!

And Superman no longer has a yellow belt! (Why did Superman wear a yellow belt, anyway?*)

But wouldja believe...there's more? (There is!) Here now, for the very first time: the most startling physical changes to classic characters in the new DC Universe!

Alfred the Butler: fat again

Aquaman: now has webbed toes

Jimmy Olsen: round as a Weeble

Starfire: now even bustier

Black Lightning: now Caucasian

Despero: now has only two eyes, plus monocle

Batman: real ears are now tall and pointy to match mask

Lois Lane: vestigial tail

Deathstroke: blind in different eye

Mr. Mind: now a beautiful butterfly

Dex-Starr: neutered

Guy Gardner: neutered

Black Canary: luxurious blonde mustache and goatee

Darkseid: combover

*To keep his blue pants up.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 258

Panel from Incredible Hulk #102 (April 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Gary Friedrich and Marie Severin, , inks by George Tuska, letters by Artie Simek

Comics Within Comics Week, Day 4: Punch Hitler for Me

Panel from Invaders #5 (March 1976), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Rich Buckler and Dick Ayers, inks by Jim Mooney, colors by Phil Rachelson, letters by John Costanza

Held by Toro: Marvel Mystery Comics #4 (February 1940), cover art by Alex Schomburg

Held by Bucky: Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), cover art by Jack Kirby

On table: Young Allies #1 (Summer 1941), cover art by Jack Kirby and Syd Shores

There's no direct analogues to these panels in Captain America Comics #1, I'm sorry to say.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What If...DC Comics Revamped The Kingpin?!?


365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 257

Pin-up from Marvel Fanfare #13 (March 1984), by Charles Vess

Comics Within Comics Week, Day 3: Rule of Acquisition #137: Board 'em and bag 'em.

Panels from Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #2 (January 1997), script by Chris Cooper, pencils by Chris Renaud, inks by Andy Lanning, colors by Kevin Somers, letters by Jim Novak

Cover of [Uncanny] X-Men #1 (September 1963), cover art by Jack Kirby

from Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #2

Cover of Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939), cover art by Frank R. Paul

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Because Sometimes You Have to Post Katie Power Kicking Ass

...and dispatching a villain that Thor and Beta Ray Bill couldn't:

Panels from Thor #363 (January 1986), script, pencils, and inks by Walt Simonson; colors by Christie Scheele, letters by John Workman, Jr.

I'm thinking the only reason Marvel didn't have Power Pack participate in Fear Itself is that if they did, the villains would be defeated and the story would be over in half an issue.

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 256

Panel from Avengers #310 (Mid-November 1989), script by John Byrne, pencils by Paul Ryan, inks by Tom Palmer, colors by Christie Scheele, letters by Bill Oakley

Comics Within Comics Week, Day 2: I Never Meta Avenger I Didn't Like

Pages 5-6 from "The Revengers!" in Not Brand Echh #12 (February 1969), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Tom Sutton (page 5) and John Buscema (page 6), inks by Tom Sutton (page 5) and George Klein (page 6), letters by Jean Izzo

Cover of Not Brand Echh #12 (February 1969), cover art by Marie Severin

Sorry; these comics don't count. (They don't read or write, either.)

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Zen of Batman: Decency

From Batman: "The Ogg Couple" (December 21, 1967), script by Stanford Sherman

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 255

Panel from Captain America & Thor!: Avengers one-shot (September 2011), script by Fred Van Lente, pencils by Ron Lim, inks by Don Ho, colors by John Rauch, letters by Joe Caramagna

Comics Within Comics Week, Day 1: It's Modelin' Time!

The Mid-Day Matinee this week, all week: Comics Within Comics! Every now and then you spot a comic book character actually reading a comic book...but it's usually, in fact often, a fictional comic. (Aren't they all?) Let's instead look at those meta-riffic occasions when a comic book character is reading a comic book that we own...which must mean that we are all in the same universe! Or, we are all made of stars, depending on which Moby song you listen to. Fold back the cover, cut out the coupon, and check out, all this week, Comics Within Comics!

Page from Modeling with Millie #54 (June 1967), script by Gary Friedrich, pencils and inks by Ogden Whitney, letters by Tony Ferme

Cover of Fantastic Four #63 (June 1967), cover art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

"Don't gimme no lips."