Saturday, October 29, 2011

Same Story, Different Cover: So this is the reason Metrocards went up to $2.25

L: Tales of Suspense #22 (October 1961), pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko
R: Monsters on the Prowl #18 (August 1972), pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Vince Colletta

(Click picture to Take the A Train-size)

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 302

Panel from Marvel Super-Heroes Special #15 (October 1993), script by Walt Simonson, pencils by Joe Barney, inks by Frank Turner, colors by Sarra Mossoff, letters by John Costanza

Stan Lee Saturdays #15: Well, that explains the multiple Deadpool titles too

Panel from What If? v.1 #19 (February 1980), script by Peter Gillis, pencils by Pat Broderick, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Roger Slifer, letters by Tom Orzechowski

Duckburg: Hellmouth (Day 29)

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #98 (November 1948), pencils by Walt Kelly, inks by Walt Kelly, Carl Buettner, and George Ward

Friday, October 28, 2011

All of the other jailbirds used to laugh and call him names

Panel from "The Conquest of Superman!" in Action Comics #277 (June 1961), script by Bill Finger, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by John Forte

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 301

Panel from Thor #276 (October 1978), script by Roy Thomas, breakdowns by John Buscema, finishes by Tom Palmer, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Joe Rosen

Hellcow Week, Day 5: Milking This Character for One Final Day

When we last saw her (yesterday), Hellcow had returned to life to face off against the Merc with a Monthly Comic or Two, Deadpool! Which begs the musical will the 'Pool survive?

Panels from Deadpool Team-Up #885 (April 2011), script by Rick Spears, pencils and inks by Phillip Bond, colors by Dan Brown, letters by Jeff Eckleberry

Special Hellcow Bonus! Altho' it's general convention wisdom that you don't get an entry in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Handbook unless you've made at least three appearances in Marvel Comics, check out all these entries for Hellcow in the OHOTMU!

"Vampires" entry from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe v.1 #14 (March 1984), text by Mark Gruenwald, pencils by Kyle Baker, inks by Joe Rubinstein, colors by Andy Yanchus

Half-page from Marvel Legacy: The 1970s Handbook one-shot (2006)

Half-page from Marvel Pets Handbook one-shot (2009)

Duckburg: Hellmouth (Day 28)

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #628 (September 1998), pencils and inks by Daan Jippes, colors by Gary Leach

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Even dirty lowdown criminals have patriotic standards

Crooks hate Nazis and Communists! Both in the Marvel Universe...

Panels from Thor #358 (August 1985), script, pencils, and inks by Walt Simonson; colors by Christie Scheele; letters by John Workman, Jr.

And on Crossover-Earth...

Panels from Batman/Captain America one-shot (December 1996), script, pencils, inks, and letters by John Byrne; colors by Patricia Mulvihill; separations by Jamison

The enemy of my enemy may not be my friend, but I bet they'll help us punch out Hitler together. Hey, it worked for the American colonies and France, huh?

I have no idea why this trope seems to occur in the work of writer/penciller/inker combo personality-types.

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 300

Cover of Marvel Fanfare #34 (July 1987), pencils and inks by Charles Vess

Hellcow Week, Day 4: Do the walk, do the talk, don't be fool, call the school

Three dozen years after her previous and only appearance (aka four-and-a-half months Marvel Universe time), Hellcow at long last returned in the pages of Deadpool Team-Up! (Well, where else?)

Panels from Deadpool Team-Up #885 (April 2011), script by Rick Spears, pencils and inks by Phillip Bond, colors by Dan Brown*, letters by Jeff Eckleberry

Oh no! Will Deadpool escape? (Yes.) Tune in tomorrow for the answer! (Yes, he will escape.)

*How does he find time to color comics between his research and writing all those Tom Hanks Mystery Conspiracy Therapy novels?

Duckburg: Hellmouth (Day 27)

Huey, Dewey, and Louis: Junior Woodchucks #71 (December 1981), pencils and inks by Kay Wright (?)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Had you wondered who's been digging under Broadway?

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority is building a brand-new subway line along the East Side of Manhattan! Believe me, if you lived here, you'd know how much we need this to get to the uncharted regions of the Upper East Side. So even though it won't be open until the year 2072 (actual Bully estimate), they've already started promoting it in advertisements on the current, old, boring subway:

They're even including photographs of the work in progress! Gosh, it's cool to see all these underground excavations into the bedrock of Manhattan Island.

Mind you, do you think there's any chance they might tunnel into some weird area that contains monsters, aliens, or other such scary beasties? Knowing the weirdness magnet that Manhattan seems to be, I'm guessing that they will indeed come into contact with some uncanny and fantastic scientific mystery.

Don't panic, though. I'm pretty sure that's somebody's arrived who well-capable of handling it.

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 299

Panel from Fear Itself #7 (December 2011), script by Matt Fraction; pencils by Stuart Immonen; inks by Wade Von Grawbadger and Dexter Vines; colors by Laura Martin, Justin Ponsor, and Matt Milla; letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Hellcow Week, Day 3: The bull is a vampire, sent to drain

Today: not a Bessie the Hellcow story, but a tale from the Marvel Atlas Age of Comics which has a similar bite to it!

Panels from "The Man Who Cried Vampire" in Strange Tales #21 (August 1953),
pencils and inks by Joe Maneely

Duckburg: Hellmouth (Day 26)

Donald Duck Adventures #38 (June 1996), pencils and inks by William Van Horn, colors by Gary Leach

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some people call him the space cowboy

Remember earlier tonight when I asked you to look at this comic book cover and ID the figure behind the Justice League Quarterly logo?

cover of Justice League Quarterly #1 (DC, Winter 1990), pencils by Adam Hughes, inks by Chris Sprouse

Did you answer...Batman? Did you?

Oddly enough, you'd be wrong!

from Back Issue! #2 (TwoMorrows, February 2004)

Why, it's The Joker!

You've gotta love Adam Hughes. He pencils an entire head for a joke that will never be seen by the public.

Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants That Justice League Logo?

Hey, it's one of those Justice League covers from the 1990s that features everybody on the team looking up at us! (We must be tall!) And AH!: it's by the ever-talented Adam Hughes, so feast your ganders and gape at this!

Justice League Quarterly #1 (Winter 1990), pencils by Adam Hughes, inks by Chris Sprouse

Now, take a good look at the cover. You can probably name most of the heroes pictured here, with the possible exception of some of the members of the Conglomerate, which consisted of Booster Gold, Echo, Vapor, Maxi-Man, and Reverb...I'll let you figger out which is which.

Here's my question: can you name the figure located behind the JLQ logo?

Answer later tonight at 11:59 PM!

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 298

Panel from Journey Into Mystery #124 (January 1966), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Artie Simek

Hellcow Week, Day 2: Can you steak my heart?

Panels from Giant-Size Man-Thing* #5 (August 1975), script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Frank Brunner, inks by Tom Palmer, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Annette Kawecki

*giggle giggle

Duckburg: Hellmouth (Day 25)

Donald Duck [and Friends] #332 (October 2005), pencils by César Ferioli Pelaez, colors by Susan Kolberg

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bizarro Back Issues: Commissioner Gordon vs. the Space Alien!

Yep, Batman, that's pretty much the same reaction that I had upon reading The Brave and the Bold #139, a tale that teams-up Batman the Caped Crusader with Hawkman the Winged Avenger in order to save Commissioner James Gordon from being assassinated by a bounty hunter! It's excitement and adventure all around. It's also the story of the time that the time that Jim Gordon shot down a space alien in cold green blood. Read my pal John's take on this ever-classic tale over at ComicsAlliance!

365 Days with the Warriors Three, Day 297

Panels from Thor #450 (August 1992), co-plot and script by Tom DeFalco, co-plot and pencils by Ron Frenz, inks by Al Milgrom, colors by Mike Thomas and Rob Tokar, letters by Rick Parker

Hellcow Week, Day 1: If I was your vampire, certain as the moo

The Mid-Day Matinee this week, all week: Hellcow! If DC's favorite animal is monkeys, then the Marvel Universe loves cows! Bova, the nanny of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch! (Ah, so she's to blame for how they turned out!) Those Skrulls that were turned into cows! And.....and....okay, and some other cows! But my favorite cow of the Marvel Universe has only made appearances in two stories (the last one only last year). Even so, I predict fame and a movie deal in her future! Prepare to meat meet Bessie...Hellcow!

Panels from Giant-Size Man-Thing* #5 (August 1975), script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Frank Brunner, inks by Tom Palmer, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Annette Kawecki

*tee hee