Saturday, July 05, 2014

Comics News for July 5, 2014

Xomics News: Green Arrow Alleges American Public Is Stupid; Sub-Mariner Wows in Drawing Room Comedy; Comics Double Entendre Temporarily Distracts Fans from Joker's Boner

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 5: Toonces, no!

Inside cover gag strip from Felix the Cat (Dell 1948 series) #27 (October-November 1949), scripter and artist unknown

Friday, July 04, 2014

Today in Comics History: Ma Bell's "Reach Out and Murder Someone" promotion is surprisingly popular

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

Correct and Incorrect Flag Display Etiquette in a Comic Book Universe

Correct flag display in a comic book universe:

Incorrect flag display in a comic book universe:

Do not leap through flag.

Do not shoot flag.

Do not set flag on fire.

I said, do not set flag on fire.

What did I just tell you?!?

Do not erect any flags higher than the American flag.

If you win a a big comic book crossover battle,
don't use the flag to be a total dick about it.

Do not use the flag as a cheap variant cover stunt.

What will happen if you use incorrect flag display in a comic book universe:

This guy will get pissed at you.

Today in Comics History: Crimson Dynamo successfully prevents Peter Parker from romance*

Panels from Marvel Team-Up Annual #2 (1979), script by Chris Claremont, breakdowns by Sal Buscema, finishes by Jack Abel, colors by Roger Slifer, letters by Joe Rosen

*There's a much more succinct phrase for the same thing, but I'm not allowed to use it.

Today in Comics History: HULK SMASH GEORGE THIRD!

Variant cover of Indestructible Hulk #11 (September 2013), art by Michael Del Mundo

At 13th Dimension: Captain America Scares the Pants Off Us

It's the Fourth of July, and you know what that posts about Captain America! Which this year, take the form of something my star-spangled pal John wrote over at 13th Dimension: "Captain America Scares the Pants Off Us!" Yep, it's the true tale of how Cap uses both fear and hope to convince Bucky...and invest in America's future against the Axis powers.

Even so, seems to me that John left out this terribly frightening moment from that ish of Captain America:

Panels from "The Crocodile Strikes!" in Captain America Comics (October 1942); script by Stan Lee (?), pencils by Al Avison, inks by Syd Shores


76 of a Kind: Ev'ry time that flag's unfurled / They're coming to America

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Bear Attack! Month 2014: I Just Wanna Be Your Deady Bear

What's more patriotic on the Fourth of July than to post panels of a United States President bravely fighting a wild bear? Answer: a undead zombie President punching out a bear in a zoo! It's Roosevelticious!

Panels from "We Fought a Zoo" in Deadpool (2013 series) #2 (January 2013), script by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, pencils and inks by Tony Moore, colors by Val Staples, letters by Joe Sabino

Hey, this also counts as an arrooo in comics!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Today in Comics History: Batman picks Spider-Man's pocket

Panels from Detective Comics #543 (October 1984), script by Doug Moench, pencils by Gene Colan, inks by Alfredo Alcala, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Ben Oda

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 3: Na na na na na na na na Bat-Bear

Panels from Batman '66 (digital series) #18 (March 2014), script by Jeff Parker, pencils and inks by Ted Naifeh, colors by Tony AviƱa, letters by Wes Abbott

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 2: They got Bill Sienkiewicz in just to draw that one sound effect

Panels from Uncanny X-Force (2013 series) #27 (August 2013), script by Sam Humphries, pencils by Adrian Alphona, inks by dexter Soy, colors by Chris Sotomayor and David Curiel, letters by Cory Petit

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hey, it's my birthday today! I am six. Which is a very good age to be.

I had birthday pies!...

...and luckily not one of those newfangled tricked-out cakes.

Panels from Batman #321 (March 1980), script by Len Wein, pencils by Walt Simonson, inks by Dick Giordano, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Ben Oda

And I got all sorts of cool presents!

Lookit all the cool Marvel action figures I got! You can bet I'm gonna take these out of their mint packaging an' play with them!

And I got a sweet, sweet ride! Courtesy of my good pals at Zipcar. Road trip, here I come!

If you're wondering what you can get me, all I'm asking for my birthday from you, the reader, is forgiveness for being so off schedule with my 365 Days of KirbyTech feature.

Today in Comics History: The Forbidden Temple is finally open to the public. For an entrance fee.

Splash page from Trillium #1 (October 2013); script, pencils, and inks by Jeff Lemire, colors by José Villarrubia, letters by Carlos M. Mangual

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 1: Wonder Woman's Fighting Bare Bear

Hello and welcome to July, faithful readers! And just in case you've been wondering what we've got bruin up for you this's a return of Bear Attack! Month with, as Marvel Now! would say, All-New Bears and All-New Attacks! Kicking off thirty days of ursine unruliness is The Girl with the Tiara all the way from Themyscira (hey, that rhymes!)...the all-new Wonder Woman!

Panels from Wonder Woman (2011 series) #27 (March 2014), script by Brian Azzarello, pencils and inks by Cliff Chiang, colors by Matthew Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Be sure to join us each day this month as...Bears Attack!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ten of a Kind: How Many Tickles Does It Take to Make an Octopus Giggle?*

In salute of the late great Paul, the World Cup-predicting octopus...'s Ten of a Kind comic book covers featuring Octopi! (Octopusses? Octopolis? Octopotamous?)

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

*Ten tickles.