Saturday, June 15, 2013

Psylocke Psaturday #16: It's a nice day for a purple wedding

Since today is the anniversary of Jean Grey and Scott Summers's wedding, let's go out of chronology this Psaturday and take a peek at Psylocke's appearance at the Wedding of the Century until Storm got married to Black Panther which had about the exact same eventual happy result.

Two-page from X-Men (1991 series) #30 (March 1994), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Matt Ryan, colors by Joe Rosas, letters by Bill Oakley

Can you spot her? Here she is!


365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 166: That's what I was telling him, Babs

House ad for Superman #279 (September 1974); printed in Detective Comics #442 (August-September 1974)
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Here's the Dynamic Cover of that issue:

Cover of Superman (1939 series) #279 (September 1974), pencils and inks by Nick Cardy

Today in Comics History: Another happy Marvel Universe marriage that will last forever

All-New X-Men #7 places this as the date...

Panel from All-New X-Men #7 (April 2013), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils and inks by David Marquez, colors by Marte Gracia, letters by Cory Petit

...that this event took place:

Cover of X-Men (1991 series) #30 (March 1994); pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Matt Ryan, both of whom are pictured somewhere on this cover (right-hand back rows?) along with Fabian Nicieza

(Click picture to bridezilla-size)

Not pictured: perennial bridesmaid Emma Frost.

Yes, it's a date for dresses straight out of the late 1980s:

Panel from X-Men (1991 series) #30 (March 1994), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Matt Ryan, colors by Joe Rosas, letters by Bill Oakley

...and for allegorical lessons on how to tie bow ties:

Scott was so grateful that Charles Xavier tied his bow tie for him, that right there and then Cyclops vowed to never kill Professor X.

Happy Nineteenth Anniversary, you crazy kids!

Hey, wait, in 1994, June 15 was on a Wednesday BENDIS YOU LAZY RESEARCHER

A late addition!: Now, I can't figure out why this comment showed up in my email but not in the comments for this post, but observant commented OTL said:
But... didn't Scott and Jean get married in the winter? There was snow on the ground around the mansion, but Storm used her powers to make it, like, 70 degrees there so the wedding would have nice weather. (I'm not misremembering this, am I?) So... yeah, that's definitely some lazy research there...
Huh, yeah, you're right, OTL! The story in X-Men #30 takes place in January!

So, thank you, OTL! With your eagle-eyed help, we can yet again see that Brian Bendis could have done the proper research, but he just didn't care.

Today in Comics History: Disney's live-action remake of TaleSpin is not a success

Panel from Doc Savage (1975 black-and-white series) #5 (July 1976), script by Doug Moench, pencils and inks by Tony DeZuniga, letters by Irving Watanabe

Remember: it's all based on characters created by Rudyard Kipling:

Bear Attack! Month, Day 15: Able to bodyslam tall grizzlies with a single bound

Panels from the Superman Sunday comic strip (December 10, 1939), art by Joe Shuster

Friday, June 14, 2013

Today in Comics History: Greg Rucka's Renee Montoya/Crispus Allen slash fiction has a fundamental flaw at the heart of its premise

Opening page from Gotham Central #24 (December 2004), script by Greg Rucka, pencils by Michael Lark, inks by Stefano Gaudiano, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Clem Robins

Today in Comics History: Captain Scott arrives at the South Pole slightly off schedule

Panel from Doc Savage (1975 black-and-white series) #5 (July 1976), script by Doug Moench, pencils and inks by Tony DeZuniga, letters by Irving Watanabe

This event was the inspiration for the epic motion picture Scott of the Sahara:

The Fall of Metropolis: Apocalypse Literature and Man of Steel

Below you'll find an image from the current movie Man of Steel, and below that, a photograph taken the day of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City.

I saw Man of Steel in the theatre today...or more accurately, about three-quarters of it. The memories that the first image above brought to my mind of the events of the second disturbed me to such a great degree that, for the first time in my life, I left a film before it had ended. (And I sat through Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes in its entirety, folks.)

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 165: Gee, what a real swell guy

House ad for Jimmy Olsen #95 (September 1966); printed in Batman #183 (August 1966)
Comic cover art: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

Bear Attack! Month, Day 14: Batteries > Bears

Ray-O-Vac battery ad from Detective Comics #156 (February 1950), creators unknown

Thursday, June 13, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 164: A Life More Olsen

House ad for Jimmy Olsen #104 (September 1967); printed in Batman #194 (August 1967)
Comic cover art: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein, letters by Ira Schnapp
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

Wait, what's this? Huh, it looks like the word WEIRDeST has been pasted on top of this ad!:

Hmm, I wonder what the word underneath it was before they posted "weirdest" on top. I'm going to make an educated guess, actually: because turning into a turtle or a witch doctor or Elastic Lad is just another day in the life of James Susan Olsen, I'm guessing it was probably this:

Tomorrow: Even more Olsen!

Bear Attack! Month, Day 13: For Wolverine, diplomacy fails yet again

Panels from Wolverine (1982 limited series) #1 (September 1982), script by Chris Claremont, breakdowns by Frank Miller, finishes by Joe Rubinstein, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Tom Orzechowski


Today in Comics History: Following a terrible mishap with spilled red ink, the tiny golf pencil is invented

Cover of Sgt. Rock #372 (January 1983), pencils and inks by Joe Kubert

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today in Comics History: Mrs. van Dell begins to regret naming her son "Strangler"

Panel from "The Flying City Room" in Big Town #2 (February 1951), script by France Herron, pencils and inks by Dan Barry

Today in Comics History: Titles for this series of panels from Batman: Orphans become increasingly difficult to write

Panel from Batman: Orphans #1 (Early February 2011), script by Eddie Berganza, pencils by Carlo Barberi, inks by Juan Vlasco, colors by Chuck Pires, letters by John E. Workman, Jr.

Today in Comics History: Despite serious architectural subsidence, the Vandermeer ball goes on

Panels from Batman #272 (February 1976), script by David Vern, pencils by José Luis Garcia-López, inks by Ernie Chan

The Uncanny Prescience of Jason Todd

Panels from Batman #370 (April 1984), script by Doug Moench, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Alfredo Alcala, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Ben Oda

Today in Comics History: Slumping otters make the news

Panel from Animal Man (2011 series) #20 (July 2013), script by Jeff Lemire, pencils and inks by John Paul Leon, colors by Lovern Kindzierski, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Today in Comics History: Pickpockets stalk the gold mine camp

Panel from Doc Savage (1975 black-and-white series) #5 (July 1976), script by Doug Moench, pencils and inks by Tony DeZuniga, letters by Irving Watanabe

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 163: Collect 'Em All

House ad for Batman #327 and Superman #351 (both September 1980);
printed in World's Finest Comics #264 (August-September 1980)
Comic cover art: Batman #327: pencils and inks by Joe Kubert, colors by Tatjana Wood
Superman #315: pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Dick Giordano

Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

(Click picture to 8-more-pages-size)

Bear Attack! Month, Day 12: Manhunter's Martian Mitts Maul Monstrous Man-Bear

Panels from "The Last Days of J'onn J'onzz" in Detective Comics #306 (August 1962), script by Jack Miller (?), pencils and inks by Joe Certa

And now, the Three Greatest Lines of the Entire Silver Age!:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Batman Did It First: You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

Hey, I bet you remember this exciting action sequence from the worst James Bond movie, Octopussy Moonraker, in which 007 is trapped in one of NASA's high-speed G-force test centrifuges, in which the astronauts not only train but they also mix their delicious, cold refreshing Tang. How will James get out, how will he get out?

Oh. He used a gadget. Cheatypants. James Bond is a big cheatypants!

Well, that was pretty impressive, Mr. Simon Templar, but I think that you know what we say around here: Batman Did It First! And he did it in this story entitled "Batman Pounds a Beat!" Not to be confused with the tale of financial espionage and how Bruce Wayne supported the United Kingdom's move from cash sterling to the euro, entitled "Batman Beats the Pound!"

Panels from "Batman Pounds a Beat!" in Batman #77 (June-July 1953), Batman and Robin figure pencils by Bob Kane, other pencils by Lew Schwartz, inks by Charles Paris

Whoa, mama! Batman did that in 1953, and James Bond didn't do that until 1979. Later if you watched it on the ABC Sunday Night Movie! In fact, since Ian Fleming published the book of Moonraker in 1954, maybe he stole the idea from Batman! Huh? Huh? Did you ever think of that? Fleming, ya rotten bat-plagiarist! Except the novel Moonraker had nothing to do with the movie and is in fact the only James Bond novel which takes place entirely in England, without a single scene in any exotic locale such as Hong Kong, Jamaica, or Gotham City. So I guess we can't pin this crime on Ian Fleming. (Darnit!) And the novel has been reprinted many, many more times than the Batman story.

Why, you might even say that Batman is...too hot to handle!


Play us off, Dame Shirley!

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 162: It'll Never Last

House ad for Lois Lane #86 (October 1968); printed in Teen Titans (1966 series) #17 (September-October 1968)
Comic cover art: pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Al Plastino

Bear Attack! Month, Day 11: Jack Nicklaus Attacks!

Panels from "Assignment: How I Spent My Summer Vacation" in Archie at Riverdale High #94 (December 1983), script by Rich Margopoulos, pencils by Stan Goldberg, inks by Rich Lapick, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

Monday, June 10, 2013

I was going to do a big post for you tonight...

...but my copy of The Ditko Public Service Package arrived today!

You can order yourself up a copy here!

Today in Comics History: Jane gathers more to talk about with her therapist

Panel from "The Wild One" in Young Lovers #17 (Charlton, December 1956), pencils by Bill Molno (?), inks by Sal Trapani (?)

Today in Comics History: Ellie Marsten does not enjoy Fifty Shades of Grey

Panel from Sandman (1989 series) #1 (January 1989), script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Sam Kieth, inks by Mike Dringenberg, colors by Robbie Busch, letters by Todd Klein

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 161: Today in 1969, DC totally gives up on attracting the female audience

House ad for Swing with Scooter #20 (August-September 1969)
and Jimmy Olsen #122 (September 1969); printed in Batman #214 (August 1969)

Comic cover art: Swing with Scooter #20: pencils and inks by Henry Scarpelli
Jimmy Olsen #122: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Neal Adams

Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Bear Attack! Month, Day 10: Next up on PBS: Ken Burns's Animal Civil War

Panel from "George Washington's Teeth!" in Herbie #8 (March 1965), script by Shane O'Shea, pencils and inks by Ogden Whitney, letters by Ed Hamilton

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Ten of a Kind: Hangin' Out in the 3-1-3

(More Ten of a Kind here.)