Saturday, August 23, 2014

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 23: I'm glad that DC has forgotten the subplot that Barbara Gordon was afraid of black people

Panels from "The Attack of the Annihilator!" in Detective Comics #508 (November 1981), script by Cary Burkett, plot assist by Wendy Beraud, pencils by Jose Delbo, inks by Joe Giella, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by John Costanza

Friday, August 22, 2014

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 22: Batman's just mad he didn't get an offer to huddle under the umbrella

Panels from Batman Eternal #14 (September 2014); script by James Tynion IV; story by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV; contributing writers John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley; pencils and inks by Jason Fabok, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Carlos M. Mangual

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 21: No one would have believed in the last years of the twentieth century...

...that superhuman affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No-one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they snuck out of Commissioner Gordon's office.

Panels from Detective Comics #715 (November 1997), script by Chuck Dixon, pencils by Graham Nolan, inks by Eduardo Barreto, colors by Gloria Vasquez, letters by John Costanza

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At 13th Dimension: 13 Dimensions of Multiversity: DC Worlds We Want Brought Back!

Today, Grant Morrison hijacked your mind and took you on a escapade around various worlds of the DC multiverse in the first issue of The Multiversity! (Aw, he's always doin' that.) And of course you all know what that means: online comments complaining that the comic book is too hard to understand. Also: another article by my bestest pal John over at 13th Dimension! Storrison's morey Morrison's story takes us to Earths 7, 8, and 23, brings back Captain Carrot (the Sensational New Character Find of 1982!) with an all-new look, President Calvin Ellis (Superman of Earth-23), and Lord Volt and Lady Quark! Not to mention Aquawoman of Earth-11 and comic book fan Red Racer of Earth-36!

John's 13th Dimension article covers the 13 DC Earths we'd like brought back in Multiversity, and it's a baker's dozen whoopie-dooper of some choices! But (as always), I wonder why John didn't include this Earth?:

The Earth of cancelled comic book characters,
where Animal Man met Angel Love!

Panels from Animal Man (1988 series) #24 (August 1967); script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Chas Truog, inks by Doug Hazlewood, colors by Tatjana Wood, letters by John Costanza


Once again, that's 13 Dimensions of Multiversity over at 13th Dimension! And remember, when traveling from one Earth to the other, always remove bottles of liquid larger than 3 ounces from your carry-on bags! (Because Aquaman loves that stuff.)

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 20: Young Bruce needs more practice at this

Panels from Batman #592 (August 2001), script by Ed Brubaker, pencils by Scott McDaniel, inks by Karl Story, colors by Roberta Tewes, color separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by John Costanza

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Entire Silver Age in One Comics Panel

Panel from "The Forbidden Box!" in Lois Lane #37 (November 1962), script by Leo Dorfman (?), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein

Believe me when I say that this was The Greatest Lois Lane Story Ever.

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 19: Batman really hates second-hand smoke

Panels from Batman: Arkham Unhinged #45 (digital comic, October 2012), script by Karen Travis, pencils and inks by Riccardo Buchielli, colors by Alejandro Sanchez, letters by Travis Lanham

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today in Comics History, August 18, 1692: Marvel's adaptation of The Crucible does not have enough Spider-Man in it

from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #43 (Marvel, March 1976), script by Bill Mantlo, breakdowns by Sal Buscema, finishes and backgrounds by Mike Esposito and Dave Hunt, colors by Janice Cohen, letters by Karen Mantlo

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 18: Waddle I do when you are far away?

Panels from Batman #627 (Early July 2004), script by Judd Winick, pencils by Dustin Nguyen, inks by Richard Friend, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by Clem Robins

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ten of a Kind: I'm Not Dead Yet

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

Batman's Great Escapes Month, Day 17: Bullock Says: Batman Oughta Be Fun!

Panels from Detective Comics #651 (Early October 1992), script by Chuck Dixon, pencils by Graham Nolan, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Glenn Whitmore, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, August 17, 1975: Satana causes a car accident by wearing a skintight bodysuit while hitchhiking, again

from Marvel Premiere #27 [Satana] (Marvel, December 1975), script by Chris Claremont, pencils and inks by "The Tribe" (a group of Filipino artists that included Tony DeZuniga, Yong Montano, and Ernie Chan, among others), letters by Pablo Marcos, colors by Janice Cohen

But say, what day did that fatal story take place, Essential Marvel Horror, Volume 1?

from "Deathsong," re-printed in black-and-white in Essential Marvel Horror v.1 (Marvel, 2006)

Which only goes to prove: this sort of thing happens to Satana at least twice a year.