Saturday, June 14, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 14

Panels from Batman: Detective #27 graphic novel (December 2003), script by Michael Uslan, pencils and inks by Peter Snejbjerg, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Kurt Hathaway

Today in Comics History: Underwhelming superhero with world's stupidest birthmark is born

Panels from the Flag's origin story in Our Flag Comics #2 (October 1941), pencils by Harry Anderson

Then, twenty-one years later...


Man, Lincoln there looks like he's about to hand down the death sentence, doesn't he? Luckily, Flag McFlagg not his real name knows what to do with this amazing new superpower: financially benefit himself! Oh, wait, no, fight crime.

Thus began the popular criminal custom of burning the American flag.

Friday, June 13, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 13

Panel from Batman #459 (February 1991), script by Alan Grant, pencils by Norm Breyfogle, inks by Steve Mitchell, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Todd Klein

Thursday, June 12, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 12

Pages from Batman #622 (February 2004), script by Brian Azzarello, pencils and inks by Eduardo Risso, colors by Patricia Mulvihill, letters by Clem Robins

Today in Comics History: Just another day at the First National Bank of San Simian

Panel from Angel and the Ape (1991 series) #1 (April 1991), script and pencils by Phil Foglio, inks by Keith Wilson, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by John Workman

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 11

Panels from Batman and the Outsiders (1983 series) #1 (August 1983); script by Mike W. Barr;
pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo

Here's my problem with the New 52 art style


Panel from Batman Eternal #5 (July 2014), co-plot by Scott Snyder, co-plot and script by James Tynion IV, pencils and inks by Andy Clarke, colors by Kevin Senft, letters by Nick J. Napolitano

Today in Comics History: It's Rabbit Season Duck Season

Panel from Ambush Bug #3 (August 1985), plot and pencils by Keith Giffen, script by Robert Fleming, inks by Bob Oksner, colors by Tony Tollin, letters by John Costanza

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 10

Panels from Batman Confidential #42 (May 2010); script, pencils, and inks by Sam Kieth; colors by Jose Villarrubia and Sam Kieth; letters by Sal Cipriano


Today in Comics History: Jimmy Olsen discovers the terrifying future fate of his beautiful, beautiful red hair

Panels from "The Mystery of Convict 313!" in Jimmy Olsen #75 (March 1964), script by Leo Dorfman, pencils and inks by John Forte

Today in Comics History: Man jumps to conclusions after reading blank newspaper

Panel from "Dial...City Morgue!" in Strange Tales #4 (December 1951), pencils and inks by Sol Brodsky

Monday, June 09, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 9

Panel from Batman #644 (Late October 2005), script by Bill Willingham, pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli, inks by Sandra Hope, colors by Jason Wright, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Today in Comics History: Robin instantly snaps into immediate action, 17 days later

Panel from the Robin story "The Parking Lot Bandit Strikes Again!" in Detective Comics #451 (September 1975), script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Al Milgrom, inks by Terry Austin

So long, Rik.

Rick: I feel sorry for you, you zeros! You nobodies! What's going to live on after you die? I'll tell you — nothing! That's what! [struggling to hang himself] Oh, this is pathetic!
[he gives up trying to hang himself, then sees a jar of pills and attempts to overdose]
Neil: [upon seeing Rick eating the pills] Vyv, Vyv — er, can you, like, actually kill yourself with laxative pills?
Vyvyan: I don't know, Neil, but I'm going to stay and find out!
Neil: I think I'm going up to my room for a bit!
[Rick swallows pills in front of Neil as he leaves]
Rick: This house will become a shrine, and punks and skins and rastas will all gather round and hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader. And all the grown-ups will say, "But why are the kids crying?" And the kids will say, "Haven't you heard? Rick is dead! The People's Poet is dead!"
[Vyvyan crouches down to watch Rick's rear as he talks]
Rick: And then one particularly sensitive and articulate teenager will say, "Other kids, do you understand nothing? How can Rick be dead when we still have his poems?" And then another kid will say... [he then farts loudly and realises what he's been taking]

Rik Mayall

Sunday, June 08, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 8

Panel from Batman: Cacophony #3 (March 2009), script by Kevin Smith, pencils by Walt Flanagan, inks by Sandra Hope, colors by Guy Major, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Today in Comics History: A German man looks into the window of "Sausages, Coils, Steins and Armadillos 'R' Us"

Panel from "For Services Rendered!" in Yellow Claw #1 (October 1956), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Werner Roth