Saturday, July 13, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 194: Wow, Wednesday Addams grew up hot

House ad for Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 (September-October 1971); printed in Detective Comics #413 (July 1971)
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 13: That zebra costume didn't help Red at all

"Captain Tootsie Captures Red the Terror!" from World's Finest Comics #18 (Summer 1945), by C. C. Beck and Peter Constanza

Here's your extra Saturday Tootsie Bonus page! Please chew it carefully!

"Captain Tootsie Wants You to Try All Tootsie Candies," advertisement from Big Town #10 (October 1951

Friday, July 12, 2013

Today in Comics History: New York Chronicle introduces color photographs on front page

Panel from Doc Savage Annual #1 (January 1989), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils by Gabriel Morrissette, inks by Rick Magyar, colors by Anthony Tollin, letters by Bob Pinaha

Also: Jimmy Carter and Manuel Noriega become time travelers, apparently:


Panel from "The Anatomy of a Hero" in Sesame Street #1 (July 2013), script by Jason M. Burns, pencils and inks by Amy Mebberson, colors by Dustin Evans, letters by Deron Bennett

Today in Comics History: Tesla Tararova begins her My Little Pony fan fiction

Panel from Winter Soldier #18 (July 2013); script by Jason Latour; pencils, inks, and colors by Nic Klein; letters by Joe Caramagna

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 193: Who knows what evil lurks six hundred feet high over the el tracks?

House ad for The Shadow #1 (October-November 1973); printed in Weird Worlds (1972 DC series) #7 (October 1973)
Ad art taken from the cover of The Shadow #1 (October-November 1973), pencils and inks by Michael W. Kaluta

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 12: Captain Tootsie in Walking Tall

"Captain Tootsie Shows 'Em How to Walk on Stilts," from All-American Western #119 (April-May 1951), by Bill Schreiber

Thursday, July 11, 2013

America, Heck Yeah!

Yep, I prob'bly shoulda put up this post last Thursday, on Independence Day. But I have a very, very good reason why that didn't happen: I hadn't written it yet.

So now let's take a look back to the world of America immediately post-9/11 and see how we coped with our new uncertainty on the world stage and the sudden surge in paranoia-fueled patriotism, but most important, how you could fight al-Qaeda by buying action figures. Because if you don't continue with your hobby, the terrorists will have won. Just in one single issue of the late Wizard's late ToyFare magazine, there's so much flag-waving that your head will explode with six red stripes, seven red stripes, and and a heckuva lotta stars. First up: in the words of Graham "Suggs" McPherson: I'm sailing across the sea to see my Uncle Sam.

from ToyFare #56 (April 2002)

"He comes with two extra hands." I'm pretty sure I don't remember that about the mythical spirit of our country, and that it hasn't been previously featured in any of the history or guidebooks about Uncle Sam...

Huh. I stand corrected.

Here's an ad in the same issue by the manufacturer of that Uncle Sam figure. Well, it's a decent-looking figure and proceeds went to good causes, so I'll refrain from making fun by guessing how many of those 1,776 figures are still in the warehouse. The usage of Comics Sans, however, warrants a proper guffaw. "Guffaw!"

In case you prefer your Uncle Sam to be copyrighted by a major entertainment conglomerate, here's a competing figure of the Earth-X DC Comics hero version of U.S. No sign of his secondary mutation of two extra hands, but check out that snazzy star-spangled waistcoat he's sportin'. Fresh duds, Sam!

But hey, what if you want your fervent love-it-or-leave it for your country in anthropomorphic funny animal form complete with ripped abs and blasted delts? Well, in 2002, Toyfare has you covered. Oh boy do they have you covered.

IT'S A FREAKIN' KICK-ASSIN' EAGLE. WITH MUSCLES. Also, fingers. But at least he only comes with one set of hands.

So, from sea to shining sea, Toyfare has you covered for all your jingoistic opportunistic proud-to-be-American action figures needs. What do you have to add to that, Twisted ToyFare Theater?

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 192: Most violent episode of Sesame Street, ever

House ad for Deadshot limited series (1988); printed in Detective Comics #591 (October 1988)
Ad art from the covers of Deadshot 1-4, pencils and inks by Luke McDonnell

Today in Comics History: Rorschach forgets to take his umbrella; vows war on crime

Panels from Before Watchmen: Rorschach #3 and 4 (January 2013 and April 2013), script by Brian Azzarello, pencils and inks by Lee Bermejo, colors by Barbara Ciardo, letters by Rob Leigh

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 11: That's right, send the kids onto the highway to stop traffic

"Captain Tootsie in Emergency Landing" printed in Detective Comics #172 (June 1951), by Bill Schreiber

Today in Comics History: She-Loki has birthday; vows to get herself a man

Panel from "Pity Poor Pisces..." in Sweethearts (Charlton 1954 series) #116 (May 1971), pencils by Art Cappello, inks by Charles Nicholas, with Keuffel & Esser Leroy lettering

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today in Comics History Future: The world ends just as sidewalks finally get those safety rails

Panel from "Sorcerers of Space!" in Mystery in Space #39 (August-September 1957), script by John Broome, pencils by Sid Greene, inks by Joe Giella

Comics News for July 10, 2013

Crook has no time to act only time to talk about it, insurance salesman turns really aggressive, superman snaps neck for charity in new film

Today in Comics History: The Spirit reveals at least one of his invisible girlfriends

Panel from "Fan Mail" in The Spirit Section (January 1, 1950); script, pencils, and inks by Will Eisner, letters by Abe Kanegson

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 191: Fanboys everywhere protest the omission of the Guardian and Bumblebee

House ad for The New Teen Titans debut in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980);
printed in Detective Comics #495 (October 1980)

Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino (?)
And I don't know who drew those heads of Cyborg and Starfire, but it doesn't look like George Perez...

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 10: In which Captain Tootsie enjoys hanging around half-naked boys maybe a little too much

"Captain Tootsie and his Vacation-Time Pals" from World's Finest Comics #53 (August-September 1951), by C. C. beck

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 190: Comics once were fun!

House ad for Blue Devil #1 (June 1984); printed in World's Finest Comics #309 (June 1984)
Ad art: pencils by Paris Cullins, inker unknown

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 9: Happy Birthday, Captain Tootsie

"Captain Tootsie and the Mysterious Plan" from World's Finest Comics #41 (July-August 1949), by C. C. beck

Captain Tootsie has never had an official birthday, but since I'm running this strip on this day I hereby declare July 9 is Captain Tootsie's birthday! Take that, internet and comics cultural historians of the future...a little stuffed bull invented a birthday on the internet so it will someday become fact!

(You know, you kids really ought to eat some lettuce sometime.)

Monday, July 08, 2013

Today in Comics History: The word "forsooth" is invented

Panel from the Green Arrow story "The Diary of a Desperado" in Adventure Comics #145 (October 1949), script by Otto Binder, pencils and inks by George Papp

Today in Comics History: Exciting spy/action adventure momentarily slows down for extended exposition

Panels from "The Man From L.E.G.I.O.N. '007: The Spy Who Fragged Me" in L.E.G.I.O.N. '95 Annual #5 (1995), script by Tom Peyer, pencils by Mike McKone, inks by Wayne Faucher, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by John Workman

Today in Comics History: Black Baron loses lucrative pizza endorsement deal and chance to appear in Peanuts alongside Snoopy

Panel from the Green Arrow story "The Diary of a Desperado" in Adventure Comics #145 (October 1949), script by Otto Binder, pencils and inks by George Papp

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 189: People in the comic, hot hot hot

House ad for Showcase #1 [Fireman Farrell] (March-April 1956); printed in Detective Comics #229 (March 1956)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by John Prentice
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

The first three issues of Showcase faithfully pretended to print printed themed stories based on readers' demands:

Until they pretty much threw up their hands and said "the heck with it" by issue #4...

...thank goodness.

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 8: The only way these criminals could be less obvious is if they were wearing Beagle Boy outfits

"Captain Tootsie Traps Jewel Thieves" from World's Finest Comics #48 (October-November 1950), by Bill Schreiber

Sunday, July 07, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 188: Truly, truly, truly outrageous

House ad for Jemm, Son of Saturn #1 (September 1984); printed in World's Finest Comics #307 (September 1984)
Ad art: pencils by Gene Colan, inks by Klaus Janson

Today in Comics History: New low-interest loans open retail opportunities for the small businessman in Times Square

Panel from Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2 (November 2012), script by Brian Azzarello, pencils and inks by Lee Bermejo, colors by Barbara Ciardo, letters by Rob Leigh

Today in Comics History: Nick Fury and His Mooing Commandos move in on Hitler

Panel from All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes #5 (December 2011), script by Paul Jenkins, pencils and inks by Carmine DiGiandomenico, colors by Andy Troy, letters by Dave Lanphear

Today in Comics History: Thomas Edison invents the .avi

Panels from Wonder Woman (1987 series) #129 (January 1998); script, pencils, inks, and letters by John Byrne; colors by Patricia Mulvihill

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 7: I'd arrest a clown anyway just to be safe

"Captain Tootsie Traps the Circus Culprit," printed in Wonder Woman #30 (July-August 1948), by C. C. Beck