Saturday, February 16, 2013

Psylocke Psaturday #5: Psome Expopsition

Oh, for Pete's sake, George Roussos, can't you even keep Betsy's hair color consistent from one panel to the next?

Panels from Captain Britain v.1 #21 (March 2, 1977), script by Gary Friedrich, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Fred Kida, colors by George Roussos, letters by Irving Watanabe

Also: nice horizontal dive, Cap!

Today in Comics History: The contract is signed to produce Don't Trust the Blue B---- in Apartment 23

Panel from X-Statix #10 (June 2003), script by Peter Milligan, pencils and inks by Philip Bond, colors by Laura Allred, letters by Nate Piekos

Today in Comics History: Dan Dreiberg can't have his meat if he doesn't finish his pudding

Panel from Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 (August 2012), script by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Joe Kubert, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Nick Napolitano

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 47

House ad for Suicide Squad #1 (May 1987); printed in Secret Origins v.2 #14 (May 1987)
Pencils by Luke McDonnell, inks by Karl Kesel

Friday, February 15, 2013

A memo from the desk of the Batman

Science Says You Can't Spell 'You're"

This was originally going to be a post about today's strange meteor falling on Russia, bringing with it a strange visitor from another world...but I got a little hung up on the spelling instead.

Panel from "Science Says Your [sic] Wrong If You Believe That..." in Strange Adventures #23 (August 1952); script, pencils, inks and letters by Mort Drucker

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 46

House ad for Batwoman #1; printed in Batman: Orphans #2 (Late February 2011)
Art by J. H. Williams III

Well, she wasn't quite back yet. Batwoman's series was announced at least twice, but then its premiere was delayed until September 2011's New 52 launch. But her series was worth the wait; it's one of my faves out of the initial fifty-two DC relaunch books.

Today in Comics History: Catwoman found Valentine's Day very moving

Panel from Batman: Dark Victory #5 (June 2000), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils and inks by Tim Sale, colors by Gregory Wright, color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Richard Starkings

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Today in Comics History: Batman has a date...with crime

Page from Batman: Dark Victory #5 (June 2000), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils and inks by Tim Sale, colors by Gregory Wright, color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Richard Starkings

Although it's been said many times, many ways

A Valentine Day sentiment for all of you from all of me and Doop!

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 45

House ad for National's Romance Group of comics; printed in Heart Throbs #75 (December 1961-January 1962)
Falling in Love #31 (December 1959) cover: pencils by John Romita Sr. (?), inks by Bernard Sachs (?)
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

Today in Comics History: Superman is victimized by Photoshop

Panel from Superman #706 (February 2011), script by G. Willow Wilson, pencils and inks by Amilcar Pinna, colors by Rod Reis, letters by John J. Hill

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bewitched, Bothered and [REDACTED]

So, in today's hard-hitting, espionage-flavored, Hawkeye-and-Black-Widow-stuffed first issue of the new Secret Avengers title, Agent Phil "I'm Not Dead" Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.* uses the carrot and the stick by offering Jeremy and Scarlett Clint and Natasha a chance to handle a very, very personal case if they sign up for this super-secret strike force. So what is that case?

Panels from Secret Avengers v.2 #1 (April 2013), script by Nick Spencer, pencils and inks by Luke Ross, colors by Matthew Wilson, letters by Clayton Cowles

Hmmmm. "REDACTED." I guess that means they aren't going to tell us/make us wait for the annual/haven't any idea what it is/are settling up a guest appearance by Wolverine, who seldom appears in comic books these days.

On the other hand, since it's REDACTED, that means I can substitute any li'l thing at all in my mind that I want to be a case that Hawkguy and BW are eager to attack. And here it is:

Oh, like you wouldn't buy that crossover.

*Surely Hawkeye Incessantly Eats Little Donuts

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 44

House ad for DC Special #3 (April-June 1969) and The Flash #187 (April-May 1969);
printed in Falling in Love #106 (April 1969)
Comic cover art: DC Special #3: pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Nick Cardy, letters by Gaspar Saladino (?);
Flash #187: pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito, letters by Gaspar Saladino
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Today in Comics History: The invention of using a newspaper as a coaster

Panel from Cyberella #2 (October 1996), script by Howard Chaykin, pencils and inks by Don Cameron, colors by Nathan Eyring, letters by Ken Bruzenak

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fudge Judge 2: The Fudgening

He's back from his first amazing appearance...The Sensational Character Find of 1961! By popular demand*, once again I bring you, straight from the Court of Chocolate and the Tribunal of Toffee, that Lord Chief Justice of Lusciousness, the Deputy of Deliciousness...the man or woman we all call...




Tootsie Roll Fudge ads from Batman #150 and 151 (September and November 1962) and The Brave and the Bold #45 (December 1962-January 1963)

Coming next time: Fudge Judge, Jury and Executioner!

*No one has actually demanded this.

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 43

House ad for Aquaman #39 (May-June 1968); printed in Wolder Woman v.1 #176 (May-June 1968)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Nick Cardy
Ad: plot suggested by Phil Yeh; pencils, inks and letters by Murray Boltinoff

Today in Comics History: Commissioner Gordon turns left; dooms The Doctor; causes the Titanic to crash on Buckingham Palace

Panel from Batman #404 (February 1987), script by Frank Miller, pencils and inks by David Mazzucchelli, colors by Richmond Lewis, letters by Todd Klein

Please celebrate today by drawing Daniel Day-Lewis.

Happy birthday, Abe! I got you a new axe to split rails with. Careful, that thing's sharp. And heavy. Uh oh, look out, Tommy Lee Jones!

Advertising page for Art Instruction, Inc. from House of Mystery #73 (April 1958)

Here: I have drawn Daniel Day-Lewis. I drew him with his shirt off.

Cover of Classics Illustrated #142 (January 1958), painting by Gerald McCann

I just wanted to draw Daniel Day-Lewis with his shirt off. Is that so wrong?!?

(When you have finished drawing Mister Day-Lewis, please give the two extra coupons to friends. Extra bonus if one of your friends is Sally Field.)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Brush your teeth with an Indian's head!

Go it! I dares ya!

Ad for the (oh, dear) "Injun Kap" on tubes of Kolynos toothpaste from Detective Comics #146 (April 1949)

Perhaps more entertaining than brushing your teeth with an Indian's head (and certainly more politically correct) is a large series of Kolynos advertisement comic strips that one of my favorite artists, Frank Robbins, did in the 1950s. Check 'em out here!

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 42

House ad for Batman #10 (April-May 1942) and the Fleischer Superman cartoons; printed in Detective Comics #61 (March 1942)
Comic book cover art for Batman #10: pencils by Fred Ray, inks by Jerry Robinson
Ad artist and designer unknown

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ten Twelve of a Kind: The Twelve Comics of Hercules

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 41

House ad for Showcase #100 (May 1978); printed in Batman #299 (May 1978)
Comic cover art: pencils by Joe Staton, inks by Dick Giordano

Today in Comics History: Well, she's no Lori Lemaris...

Today in comics history, on February 10 of the sixteenth year after a Kryptonite rocket crashed and ruined about four hundred linear yards of prime Kansas farmland as sure as if the earth had been burned and salted, a parable, or fable, or perhaps Suparable, is about to take place in the very classrooms of Smallville High, home of the undefeated football team the Fighting Luthors. While Young Joker chortles in the foreground (seriously, purple and green?), Young Crystal of the Inhumans lets a worried teen Clark Kent in on a practical joke they're about to play on one of their teachers.

Panels from "The Old Maid of Smallville!" in Superboy v.1 #83 (September 1960), script by Jerry Siegel, pencils and inks by Al Plastino

Why, those little rapscallions...making fun of their elders. As Clark says, "don't make fun at someone who isn't beautiful, because Superboy will crush you into tiny cubes." Or something like that. Anyway, we've all known kids like this, who give the word bully a bad name, and they're about to learn a lesson. A...Super-Lesson.

So what is Clark about to do? Take these two punks around the world to show that the myriad views and perceptions of human beauty? Take them forward to the 30th Century and show them that in the world of the Legion of Super-Heroes, no one judges another by their physical looks anymore (which explains how Chuck Taine got married to two hotties at once)? Take them to an abandoned cave outside Smallville and seal them inside a cave until they have to resort to cannibalism? Lead them down Crime Alley ten minutes before Zorro gets out? No, actually...none of these. Superboy chooses to make his teacher more conventionally "beautiful" rather than teach his classmates to have more acceptance and less cruelty to those not like them. Nice going, Clarkie. You should be ashamed of yourself. And for that time you set Lex's hair on fire. His beautiful, luxurious hair! No wonder your real parents sent you away, you Kryptonian jerk.

Anyway: Superboy's first step in turning a "dud" into a dream is to force her into an unwanted wet-tee-shirt contest.

Didn't Ma Kent warn Superboy against reading the clothing tags on women's' outfits? It's only polite, and more to the point, it's the sort of thing you don't do in Kansas. I think it's actually on their state flag.

So her clothes shrink and as everyone knows today, smaller clothing = more attractive. If you read the minutes of the Justice League of America members' meetings (held 22,300 miles above the earth), you can actually see Hawkman having a problem trying to put down on paper the actual sound of Wonder Woman punching Superman when she found out about this story.

Then, it's time to muss up her hair! Because, of course, there are no more hairpins left in Smallville so this dramatic change could never be reversed. This is probably the reason why Jonathan Kent eventually gave up farming and opened a general store in town: the county-wide demand for hairpins, not to mention the Kryptonite-spawned monsters that periodically tore up his land and ate his cows. With relish.

Superboy then finds it necessary to go to the moon—bwah-ha-ha-ha—to get crystal to make—heh ehh haw haw haw!—contact lenses in her exact prescription BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Then he breaks her glasses. Well that certainly is dedication to truth, justice, the American Way and vandalism, Kal. Why don't you just fly back in time and prevent her parents from having such an "ugly" child? I mean, nothing went the least bit wrong when you tried to prevent the birth of Hitler, right? Remember that? (see SUPERMAN AND THE HIDEOUS NAZI-EARTH FUTURE HISTORY GONE WRONG #1-12.)

Thus Superboy invents the contact lens, conveniently forgetting they were first invented by Leonardo da Vinci and made practical by scientists in 1801 and 1887. I bet he had this sort of discussion with Lois all the time when they were married. "Look, Clark, Perry gave us this beautiful Waring blender for our wedding. Say, did you know bandleader Fred Waring invented this?" "No, Lois, I did." Looks like the only things Superboy actually invented were hair loss and being a butthead.

"Oh, Superboy, I can get those repaired at Clem Hayseed's Opticians in Smallville..." "Nope! I've burned them away into dust! Done the same thing with your old-fashioned support undergarments, too!"

Then, something happens with a robot or an alien or somebody; I dunno, at this point I'm just waiting for the end where Pa Kent paddles Clark with an iron bar for being such a super-jerk. Needless to say, an electrocution death is waiting for someone. Later, the young son of this robot or alien will take a solemn vow to fight crime after a giant pocket calculator crashes through his window. "That's it," he vows grimly. "I shall become...a Brainiac!"

Later, Superboy sets up his teacher on a blind date with Saxton Hale, manliest man of all time...who is, for some reason, cosplaying as...well, Jimmy Olsen, I guess. Look, I didn't write the thing, I just read it, okay?

So, let's all celebrate February 10, the day that Superboy was a complete jerk. Well, February 10th: one of the three-hundred sixty-five days of the year he was, at least.