Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Today in Comics History: Don Ho is invented

Today, won't you please raise your glass of fresh-squeezed pineapple juice in a hearty salute to our fiftieth and islandest state, Hawaii, which became a state on this very date in 1959, fifty-four years ago today! (Or, as we like to say on the Big Island, Hau'oli la Ho'omana'o!)

"Aloha...Hawaii!" A DC PSA comic from Wonder Woman (1942 series) #113 (April 1960), script by Jack Schiff, pencils and inks by Bernard Baily, letters by Ira Schnapp

This comic points out several notable Hawaiians, but it's left off a lot of my personal favorites: comic book artist Steve Leialoha, actor Keanu Reeves, Battlestar Galactica's origin Athena Maren Jensen, musician Pete Wentz, famous police detective Chang Apana (and his fictional version Charlie Chan), singer Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, surfer guru Duke Kahanamoku, journalist Jeff Chang, Superboy from that run of issues where he lived in Hawaii, G.I. Joe's Torpedo, Namor nemesis Llyra...and let's not forget literature's most important characters to originate from Hawaii:

Page from Lilo & Stitch graphic novel, creators unknown*

So here's to Lilo & Stitch and all our other good friends on the islands of Hawaii! Mahalo nui loa na ho'olaule'a me la kaua!

*No scripter or artist credits are given on any of the recent run of Disney's graphic novel versions of their or Pixar's movies. For shame, Disney.

1 comment:

Blam said...

For some reason the last panel of that PSA reminds me of Legion tryouts. "I'm sorry, but Legion by-laws prohibit members with the same powers, so we can only choose one Surfer Boy."