Saturday, January 21, 2012

Same Story, Different Cover: First appearance in comics, Dan DiDio

L: World's Finest #176 (June 1968), pencils and inks by Neal Adams
R: World's Finest #302 (April 1984), pencils by Ed Hannigan, inks by Klaus Janson
(Click picture to Frank Miller's-ego-lets-him-think-he-did-this-first-size)

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 21

Panels from The Batman Strikes! #15 (January 2006), script by Matthew K. Manning, pencils and inks by Wes Craig, colors by Heroic Age, letters by Travis Lanham

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Zen of Batman: Being Cool and Staying in School

From Batman: "The Joker Goes to School" (March 2, 1966), written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr.; directed by Murray Golden

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 20

Screen shot of Alan Napier as Alfred, from Batman "True or False Face," broadcast March 9, 1966, script by Stephen Kandel, directed by William Graham

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Things Bully Got for Christmas: Chocolate Milk

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 19

Panels from Batman Chronicles #14 (Fall 1998), script by Lisa Klink, pencils by David Boller, inks by Aaron Sowd, colors by Noelle Giddings, letters by Albert DeGuzman

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bully has gone dark in protest of SOAP.

But seriously, folks.

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 18

Panels from Gotham City Sirens #16 (November 2010), script by Peter Calloway, pencils by Andres Guinaldo, inks by Javier Bergantiño, colors by Jonathan D. Smith, letters by Travis Lanham

Today in Comics History, January 18: Emma Frost visits her sister; fails to sell any Mutant Scout cookies

from Generation X (1994 series) #49 (Marvel, March 1999), script by Jay Faerber, pencils by Terry Dodson, inks by Rachel Dodson, colors by Felix Serrano, letters by Richard Starkings

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Things Bully Got for Christmas: Stonehenge

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 17

Panels from Batman: The Dark Knight #1 (March 1986), script and pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Klaus Janson, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today in Comics History: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." (Martin Luther King, Jr., letter from Birmingham jail, April 16, 1963)

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. While it's a matter of concern on each and every day, today is an especially important day to reflect and act on human and racial rights. Seriously, folks, this is still a major concern today. Don't just analyze the concept as it applies to mutants in the Marvel Universe...

...rather, consider, discuss, and act to work to end the ways intolerance and prejudice affects our little four-color hobby. Yes, we have come a long way in civil rights for many groups since Dr. King's work in the 1960s, and the works of those who followed him, but there's still a lot of prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion in today's society.

Or, as "The Man" so eloquently put it:

Stan's Soapbox
"Stan's Soapbox" from Marvel comics cover-dated December 1968

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 16

Via the miracle of email, pal "Mighty" Mike Sterling asked me
Would you like a screenshot from the Justice League cartoon featuring Alfred about to go mano-a-hawko with a Thanagarian?

Screen shot from Justice League, "Starcrossed, Part 3," written by Rich Fogel & Dwayne McDuffie, directed by Butch Lukic), original air date May 29, 2004

Thanks, Mike! (Now I gotta find a panel of Swamp Thing and Alfred palling around together...)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ten of a Kind: Straight Outta Vitruvia

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 15

Panel from Nightwing: Alfred's Return one-shot (July 1995), script by Alan Grant, pencils and inks by Dick Giordano, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Albert DeGuzman