Saturday, April 18, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 108: Just Another Manic Monday

Panels from Droids (Dark Horse 1995 limited series) #5 (September 1995), script by Jan Strnad, pencils by Bill Hughes, inks by Keith Williams and Rich Perrotta, colors by Chris Chalenor, letters by Steve Dutro

Friday, April 17, 2015

Today in Comics History, April 17, 1953: Aquaman successfully lobbies to name a new planet

from "Planetary Names" in Showcase #19 (DC, March 1959), creators unknown

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 107: Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions

Panels from Darth Vader #4 (June 2015), script by Kieron Gillen, pencils and inks by Salvador Larocca, colors by Edgar Delgado, letters by Joe Caramagna

Today in Comics History, April 17, 1990: The Punisher's new contact lenses aren't working at all

from Double Edge: Alpha one-shot (Marvel/Marvel Edge, August 1995), script by Larry Hama, breakdowns by Kerry Gammill, finishes by Tom Palmer, colors by Christie Scheele and Ian Loughlin, letters by Jack Morelli


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Today in Comics History, April 16: Happy Birthday, Simon Grimshaw! Wait, your favorite book is Atlas Shrugged? Well, the heck with ya, then.

from Nowhere Men #1 (Image, November 2012), script by Eric Stephenson, pencils and inks by Nate Bellegarde, colors by Jordie Bellaire, letters by Fonografiks

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 106: Regrets, I've had a few

Panels from "The Day After the Death Star" in Star Wars Weekly (Marvel UK series) #97 (January 2, 1980), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Gene Day, colors by Howard Bender, letters by Irv Watanabe

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Don't frowny face, back ACE!

When you're at your local comic book shop today (and say hi to your friendly neighborhood comic book clerk!), there may be a lot of stuff to pick up on this new comics Wednesday, but lemme tell you something: you don't need to buy duplicates of Convergence: Ambush Bug vs. Heckler #1 just so you can bag 'n' board 'em. (Leave that to me so my copies will be worth more later.) And instead of a second copy of Wolverine: Still Dead #18, why not pick up a copy of the second issue of ACE magazine, the new monthly periodical devoted to contemporary comics, creators, and characters! ACE is edited by Jon. B. Cooke of Comic Book Artist and Comic Book Creator, so it, like Rex the Wonder Dog, has a great pedigree.

ACE #2, on sale today, features a whole galore-load of cool articles, interviews, features, spotlights and a nifty price guide in the back. Why, here's the ACE website itself to tell us all about its contents. Take it away, ACE website!
ACE #2’s top features are “The Age of Ultron is NOW!” as ACE looks at the new Avengers movie every which way, including a behind-the-scenes report on the sequel, as well as a talk with Ultron creator, Rascally Roy Thomas! Plus we examine Free Comic Book Day and this year’s offerings, and the best (and most collectible) FCBD issues of the past. Additional features include in-depth interviews with Chip Zdarksy (Sex Criminals artist and writer of Howard the Duck), and comics legend Howard Chaykin (Satellite Sam, Black Kiss); a dossier on Marvel’s "Merc with a Mouth," the dastardly Deadpool; chat with indy cartoonist Lucy Knisley; take a tour of DC’s new L.A. digs; look over the new Dark Circle Comics line-up; and celebrate the 100th anniversary of famed Superman editor Mort Weisinger’s birth. Oh, and there’s reviews of the titles you may have overlooked and sneak peeks at cool stuff to look out for!

I'd buy issue #2, on sale today, even if it didn't have a fantastic article by my very bestest pal John DiBello, on everybody's favorite Ryan Reynolds costly character, Deadpool!

I helped with the research by reading all the Deadpool comic books, but John got the byline on the article. That's okay. He gave me a box of cookies for helping.

So be sure to pick up a copy, and then bury your nose in it.

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 105: Whoops

Panels from Star Wars: Rebellion #16 (August 2008), script by Rob Williams, pencils and inks by Dustin Weaver, colors by Wil Glass, letters by Michael Heisler

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Today in Comics History, April 14, 1865: Aside from that, yes, actually, Mrs. Lincoln did enjoy the play

Today in comic books, and, for that matter, real life:

from "News Snapshots: Past and Present" in It Really Happened #10 (Pines, August 1947), creators unknown

Yes, it's It Really Happened, the comic book where it really happened! As opposed to the comic book Jack Kirby's We Wish It Happened!:

from The New Gods (1971 series) #1 (DC, February 1971), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by John Costanza

And if you think that's impressive, just imagine what Vince Coletta erased!

Anyway, Lincoln was relaxing at the theatre, and on with the show! Say, I wonder what Lincoln was enjoying so much?

from (top to bottom) It Really Happened #10; the Marvo the Magician story in Lightning Comics (1940 series) v.2 #1 (Ace, June 1941), creators unknown; "The Super Stunt-Man!" in Superman (1939 series) #26 (DC, January 1944), script by Bill Finger, pencils by Joe Shuster and Ira Yarbrough, inks by George Roussos (?); from "Vaudeville Section" in Fat and Slat #4 (EC, Spring 1948), script and art by Ed Wheelan

Yes, that's how it really happened.


Naw, I'm jus' foolin' ya. Here's how it actually "went down," as the kids say today.

So. That happened.

Then, today tomorrow and twelve days from now in comics history, this happened:

Hmm. I think I prefer my version better. Sorry, Mr. Lincoln!

More President Lincoln getting assassinated comics here. So many there ought be an entire tab on TV Tropes for this.

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 104: Vader's really enjoying his new high-def widescreen TV

Two-page spread from Star Wars: Rebellion #4 (July 2006), script by Rob Williams, pencils and inks by Brandon Badeaux, colors by Wil Glass, letters by Michael Heisler
(Click picture to Super Star Destroyer-size)

Monday, April 13, 2015

365 Days of Star Wars Comics, Day 103: Wait 'til your father gets home

Cover of Star Wars (1977 Marvel series) #92 (February 1985), pencils by Cynthia Martin, inks by Bill Sienkiewicz

Sunday, April 12, 2015