Saturday, June 21, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 21

Pages from Superman: Speeding Bullets one-shot (1993), script by J. M. DeMatteis, pencils and inks by Eduardo Barreto, colors by Les Dorscheid

Psylocke Psaturday is Back!: Okay, who ordered a ninja in a swimsuit?

We pretty much haven't seen hide nor purple hair of Psylocke for the past six months since she went through the Deux Ex Machina Siege Perilous, until she (literally) washes up on the shores of Uncanny X-Men #255 with that most conveeeeeeeenient of comic book maladies, amnesia.

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #255 (Mid-December 1989), script by Chris Claremont, pencils by Marc Silvestri, inks by Dan Green, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Michael Heisler

Luckily all that sea water hadn't washed the beautiful purple shade out of her hair, which, we should remind you here, is dyed. Anyway, say goodbye to that version of Psylocke forever, or at least as forever as you can get in a Claremont comic without her angsting about it for a page every other issue. Now and forever — she is Lady Mandarin! Which, actually, was really just a preemptive attempt by Marvel to keep CBS from capitalizing on their popular weekly tie-in TV series The Mandarin (starring Lee van Cleef) by creating a female-fronted spin-off. Eh, who am I kidding...Marvel would never use that cheesy an excuse to create a character.

Cover of Uncanny X-Men #256 (Late December 1989), pencils by Jim Lee, inks by Scott Williams

Friday, June 20, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 20

Pages from Justice League (2011 series) #25 (January 2014); script by Geoff Johns; pencils by Doug Mahnke; inks by Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne, and Doug Mahnke; colors by Gabe Eltaeb, Tony Avina, and Rod Reis; letters by Nick J. Napolitano

Today in Comics History, June 20, 2012: The only happy marriage left in the Marvel Universe

house ad for Astonishing X-Men (2004 series) #51 (Marvel, August 2012), pencils and inks by Dustin Weaver, colors by Rachelle Rosenberg

Thursday, June 19, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 19

Panels from Smallville: Season 11 #24 (digital comic, November 2012),script by Bryan Q. Miller, pencils by Kevin West, inks by Marc Deering, colors by Wendy Broome and Carrie Strachan, letters by Saida Temofonte

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 18

Panels from Detective Comics #853 (April 2009), script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Scott Williams, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 17

Page from World's Finest Comics #288 (February 1983), script by Mike W. Barr and Marv Wolfman, pencils and inks by Adrian Gonzales, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Andy Kubert

Monday, June 16, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 16

Panels from "Berlin Batman" in The Batman Chronicles #11 (Winter 1988); script, pencils, and inks by Paul Pope, colors by Ted McKeever, letters by Ken Lopez

Sunday, June 15, 2014

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 15

Cover of Batman Black and White (2013 series) #1 (November 2013), pencils and inks by Marc Silvestri, colors by...oh wait, never mind.

Today in Comics History, June 15: Black Baron returns from relaxing week-long vacation

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