Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 19: I Know Why the Caged Bear Springs

Panels from "Pincus Popnecker, Private Eye!" in Herbie #12 (September 1965), plot by Richard Roesberg, script by Shane O'Shea, pencils and inks by Ogden Whitney, letters by Ed Hamilton

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 18: Bear baiting: a popular WWII-era exhibition sport

Panels from the Wonder Woman story "Wanted by Hitler, Dead or Alive" in Comic Cavalcade #2 (Spring 1943), script by William Moulton Marston, pencils and inks by Frank Godwin

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 17: ROBOBEAR SMASH!

Panels from The Incredible Hulk (2011 series) #10 (August 2012), script by Jason Aaron, pencils and inks by Tom Raney, colors by Frank Martin, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kim Thompson is right, as usual

In all the hoopla-stravanga over the twenty-fifth anniversary of a movie that, let's face it, just hasn't aged very well, let's look at the words of the late great Kim Thompson about Batman '89 over in Amazing Heroes, The Comics Journal's superhero-lovin' kid brother. Take especial note of the prophetic last para:

Part of "Editorial" from Amazing Heroes #162 (April 1989), written by Kim Thompson

Ah, Kim, we miss and need you more than ever.

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 16: The ASPCA vs. Batman, Case Evidence #440

Panels from "Ghost Mountain Midnight!" in Detective Comics #440 (April-May 1974), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils by Sal Amendola, inks by Dick Giordano, letters by Milt Snapinn ?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1992: Random tech words slung together in a letter on a comic book's intro page don't really have to make any sense at all because I'm betting no one has ever read them

intro page from Digitek #2 (Marvel UK, January 1993), script by John Tomlinson and Andy Lanning

And keep in mind: that's just trying to sum up issue #1.

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 15: Aw Yeah Bear Attack!

Panels from "Never Bring a Gun to a Pie Fight" in Aw Yeah Comics! #5 (December 2012), script by Marc "Brother Bear" Hammond, art by Scoot McMahon

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Zen of Batman: Experience

from Batman "Tut's Case Is Shut" (January 4, 1968), written by Robert C. Dennis and Earl Barret; directed by Larry Peerce

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 14: 365 Days 1 Day of KirbyBears

Panels from Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #8 (August 1973), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks and letters by Mike Royer, colors by Jerry Serpe (?)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ten of a Kind: Bear Attack!

(More covers than you can (sigh)..."bear" and here. And there's more Ten of a Kind here.)

Bear Attack! Month 2014, Day 13: Bi-Polar Bear

Panels from "Shako!" in 2000 AD #20 (July 9, 1977), script by Pat Mills and John Wagner, pencils and inks by Ramon Sola, letters by Jack Potter

I could devote the entire rest of the month to the gruesome bear attacks of the black-humored feature Shako, which ran for 16 installments in the early issues of 2000 AD. In the words of the feature's slogan: "Shako hates mankind, and what Shako hates, Shako destroys!" Which, you have to admit, is certainly a better slogan than "smarter than the average bear." Yep, I could just post any random panel from a Shako story to fulfill the requirements of Bear Attack! Month, but let's just indulge with a couple more that cement Shako's position as the killer Incredible Hulk of the bears:

Not to mention this tagline: the only bear on the CIA death list!

Shako, won't you?