Friday, January 01, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 1: Every day means the turn of a page / Yesterday’s papers are such bad news

Welcome to brand-spankin'-new 2016, and a fresh-off-the-press 366 Days with...! Yes, it's the year that gives you an extra year bonus, almost as if it knew we were a little strapped for dimes even tho' we'd been saving them up to buy that Giant-Size Foggy Nelson #4 back issue we've had our beady little black button eyes on.

This year, all year: 366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson! (Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.) Yes, one of Marvel's most dynamic and entertaining supporting characters — he's been around since the very early days of the Marvel Age, appearing in Spider-Man's second appearance and bedeviling our web-slinging pal (and his amazing friends) for years and years! Yes, J. Jonah Jameson, your friendly neighborhood newspaper editor-in-chief (and occasional Hizzoner of New York City) with the flattop and the Hitler 'stache! i honestly believe that there is no other supporting character who has made as many appearances in Marvel comics, so if this really gets rolling, we may be running into 2017 and beyond with no end in sight. Plus: looks like we'll get lots of appearances along the way by Daily Bugle stalwarts Robbie Robertson, Betty Brant, Glory Grant, the occasional Earth-7840 J. Jonah Jackass, and plenty of examples of that ever-popular trope, Newspapers Don't Look Like That!

Let's kick off a year and a day hangin' with Mister J. by recapping his very first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #1. The one, the only, the original...J. Jonah Jameson!

Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #1 (March 1963), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Steve Ditko, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Jon D'Agostino

Special clip-n-save New Year's Day bonus panel: a Spider-Man wanted poster! Make dozens of copies and pin 'em to your friendly neighborhood telephone poles! Who knows — you might be the one to bring in the dangerous threat and/or menace!

Tomorrow: more JJJ! (repeat 365 times)


-- MrJM said...

A great way for folks under 30 to learn that there were once things called "newspapers".

-- MrJM

Blam said...

Huh. I forgot that back in 1962 you could only take photos in black-and-white-and-blue.