Saturday, November 16, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 320: It's like the Triple-Stuff Oreo of comic books

House ad for Batman/Hellboy/Starman #1 (January 1999); printed in Batman/Scarecrow 3-D one-shot (December 1998)
Ad art: pencils and inks by Mike Mignola, colors by Matt Hollingsworth

Friday, November 15, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 319: Put on your 3-D glasses now!

House ad for Showcase #97 [Power Girl] (February 1978); printed in Batman #296 (February 1978)
Ad art from the cover of Showcase #97: pencils by Joe Staton, inks by Joe Orlando; ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today in Comics History, November 14: Flyers go unnoticed

from Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (Oni, February 2009); script, pencils, inks and letters by Bryan Lee O'Malley


And now it's time for yet another edition of the very popular feature here on Comics Oughta Be Fun! that I like to call


Panel from "Way-Out Day in Wishbone City!" in Detective Comics #340 (May 1967), script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Sid Greene

As we all know, when Ralph Dibny, the famous Elongated Man, smells a mystery, his nose twitches!

But when you're a flexible fellow backed by the amazing cleaning bending power of Gingold™, you have to expect that some day your wife is just going to grab your nose and twist it! But that only makes us proclaim





365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 318: Batman versus The Guy With 1,000 Fonts

House ad for Batman #198 (February 1968); printed in Teen Titans #13 (January-February 1968)
Comic cover art: pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Murphy Anderson, colors by Jack Adler, letters by Gaspar Saladino (frame); pencils by Bob Kane, inks by Charles Paris (inset)
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Today in Comics History, November 14, 1954: Dell finally ceases publication of Bloody Killer Maniac Vampire Throat-Rippers from Hell

"A Dell Pledge to Parents" from Dell Comics cover-dated September 1955

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to Randi!

Bully says: My bestest pal John asked me if he could post on my blog to wish my other bestest pal Randi a happy birthday! So, take it away, John!

Happy birthday to Randi, Queen of my Heart, who makes me feel like I'm flying whenever I'm with you!

Today in Comics History, November 13, 1945: The Spirit offers a scathing critique of the textiles industry

from "Fan Mail" in The Spirit Section (Register and Tribune Syndicate, January 1, 1950), script by Jules Feiffer, pencils and inks by Will Eisner, letters by Abe Kanegson

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 317: I remain uncertain whether these are new or not

House ad for Binky's Buddies #1 (January-February 1969) and Date with Debbi #1 (January-February 1969);
printed in Wonder Woman #180 (January-February 1969)
Comic cover art: Binky's Buddies #: pencils and inks by Bob Oksner
Date with Debbi #1: pencils and inks by Samm Schwartz
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Today in Comics History, November 13: Giant sideburns are introduced to Lily Dale, New York

from "19th Century StormWatch" in All Star Western (2001 series) #18 (May 2013), script by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, pencils and inks by Staz Johnson, colors by Rob Schwager, letters by Rob Leigh

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In which Bully spots mistakes about otters in comic books

If you've ever read any DC Silver Age comics, you may remember, especially in the books of science-based heroes like The Flash and The Atom, one-page "fun facts of science" features that purport to edutain you even before that word was invented. F'r instance:

"It's a Small World" from The Atom (1962 series) #17 (February-March 1965), script by Julius Schwartz, pencils by Morris Waldinger, inks by Tom Nicolosi

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 316: Could it be...Aunt Harriet?!?!

House ad for Batman #208 (January-February 1969); printed in Date with Debbi #1 (January-February 1969)
Comic cover art: pencils and inks by Nick Cardy, letters by Gaspar Saladino
Ad designed and lettered by Gaspar Saladino

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day: For once Lois Lane has the right idea...

Please remember and salute your veterans today! And take them to a movie, or out to lunch at a fancy diner, or wherever it is that Lois is taking them.

cover of Superman (1939 series) #29 (DC, July 1944), pencils by Wayne Boring, inks by George Roussos (?)

Also, please try to ignore the looming giant figure of Superman on the horizon.

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 315: Veterans' Day: Heroes to remember

house ad for Boy Commandos #1 (DC, Winter 1942); printed in World's Finest Comics #29 (July-August 1947)
Comic cover art: pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Simon

And that "new 'surprise feature' that'll have you cheering for more and more"? Well, your mileage may vary, because it's the debut story of Liberty Belle...

from "[For Freedom... For Justice... For America]" in Boy Commandos #1 (DC, Winter 1942), script by Don Cameron, pencils and inks by Chuck Winter

...the heroine who keeps lotsa stuff in her pockets!

Please, do keep cheering for more and more!

Today in Comics History: The year is 1987, and NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes...oh, wait, wrong comic book.

Panel from "Starlord First House: Earth!" in Marvel Preview #4 (January 1976),
script by Steve Englehart, pencils and inks by Steve Gan

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Today in Comics History: Jon Osterman finally works up the nerve

Panel from Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1 (October 2012), script by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and inks by Adam Hughes, colors by Laura Martin, letters by Steve Wands

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 314: Superman Understands Phrases Entertain and Relax

House ad for Superman #193 (January-February 1967); printed in Detective Comics #359 (January 1967)
Comic cover art: pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein, letters by Ira Schnapp
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp