Saturday, April 23, 2016


366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 114: Two brave super-heroes died to bring us today's post

What? There's more of Merry Marie Severin Week? Why, yes!

We've seen through the past few days how The Mellifluous One has caricatured The Jolly One in The Four-Color One (Not Brand Echh, that is). But how does she portray J. Jonah Jameson straight — that is, in an ordinary, non-Earth-665 way? Like say, the Earth-616 JJJ? Well, wonder no more, oh woeful wonderer!

Panels from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #48 (November 1980), script by Roger Stern, pencils by Marie Severin, inks by Bruce Patterson, colors by Ben Sean, letters by Rick Parker

Plus, bonus Peter Parker Beefcake panels! Who says this isn't the Bountiful Bully Age of Giving the People What They Want?

And Marie's Peter Parker looks light he fits right into the John Romita Sr. Universe.

Which isn't a world away from the way she portrayed him in the parodic peripheries of Not Brand Echh:

Panels from "The Wedding of Spidey-Man, Or...With This Ring, I Thee Web" in Not Brand Echh #6 (February 1968), script by Gary Friedrich, pencils and inks (and colors?) by Marie Severin, letters by Al Kurzrok

Say, whodaya think Porter Pancakes was getting married to?

And of course, it all ended in tears:

Still, coulda been worse, depending on who you got married to, Spidey.

Panel from What If? (1977 series) #34 (August 1982), script by Mike Carlin, pencils by Ron Zalme, inks by Brett Breeding

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fun with Comics Newspapers: I WANT OLSEN IN MY OFFICE RIGHT NOW


Today in Comics History, April 22, 2011: River Song makes Steven Moffat's plot even more impenetrable

from Doctor Who Event 2015: The Four Doctors #3 (September 2015), script by Paul Cornell, pencils and inks by Neil Edwards, colors by Ivan Nunes, letters by Robbie Robbins

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 113: The real reason Martin and Lewis split up

Majestic Marie Severin week continues apace, with this, the weirdest of all the Marvel/DC crossovers!

Panels from "Fame Is a Cross-Eyed Blind Date With B-a-a-a-d Breath" in Not Brand Echh #11 (December 1968), script by Arnold Drake, pencils (and colors?) by Marie Severin, inks by John Tartaglione, letters by Joe Rosen

Actually, that bottom page is a mildly edited correction panel printed in NBE #13, with Marvel apologizing that it had fouled up the original attempt at printing a photograph of Spider-Man (it was too dark and reproduced as a muddy black blob). Yep, that's Rascally Roy Thomas in those far-famed togs — but I suppose you read that bit already.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today in Comics History, April 21: "Dishwashing liquid lovingly depicted?" I don't know, you make up your own caption; I'm too broken up about Prince.

from Venom: Seed of Darkness #-1 one-shot (Marvel July 1997), script by Len Kaminski, pencils by James Fry, inks by Chris Ivy, colors by Tom Smith, letters by Jim Novak

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called life

Page from Prince: Prince: Alter Ego one-shot (Piranha Press/DC, 1991), script by Dwayne McDuffie, pencils by Denys Cowan, inks by Kent Williams, colors by Noelle Giddings, letters by Robert Lappan

I am yours now and u are mine
And together we'll love through all
Space and time, so don't cry
One day all seven will die

Prince (1958-2016)

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 112: Quality, value, style, service, selection, convenience, economy, savings, performance, experience, hospitality, low rates, friendly service, name brands, easy terms, affordable prices, money-back guarantee

Continuing Magnificent Marie Severin Week with a peek (once again) at the real inspiration for Mad Men's Don Draper, J. Jawbone Junkton!

Panels from "It's a Mad, Mad Ave!" in Not Brand Echh #11 (December 1968), script by Stu Schwartzberg, pencils and inks (and colors?) by Marie Severin, letters by Jean Izzo

Let's hope Stan 'n the Marvel Bullpen got a whole truckload of all these fine products absolutely free for their Madison Avenue-style unpaid placement in this li'l four-color spoof comic!:

Go out and BUY ALL THIS STUFF TODAY! Or, in 1968, as applicable.

The internet in one panel

Panel from Batman and Robin Eternal #9 (February 2016), story by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder, script by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, pencils and inks by Roge Antonio, colors by Allen Passalaqua, letters by Saida Temofonte

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 111: Will you surrender to me, Marie?

Yesterday I highlighted a rare-as-a-Wolverine-appearance (in Wonder Woman) J. Jonah Jameson portrayal by Jack Kirby — but with the caveat that, since it was a background appearance in Not Brand Echh after all, it mighta been one of Marie Severin's classic caricatures. So why not spend the rest of the week focusing in on the Divine Ms. M.S.'s depiction of the greatest newspaperman ever (who doesn't appear in Superman comics), J. Jawbone Junkton!

Panels from "Peter Pooper vs. Gnatman and Rotten" in Not Brand Echh #2 (September 1967), script by Stan Lee, pencils (and colors?) by Marie Severin, inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Al Kurzrok

Tomorrow: more marvelous Marie!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 110: Not Brand Ecchymosis

Last week I asked you the musical question (minus the music): Did Jack Kirby ever draw J. Jonah Jameson? Well, Bully-fan Carousin' Chris K. suggested one I'd missed from the pages of the ultimate Marvel mag of the 1960s, that scion of satire and paragon of parody, Not Brand Echh!

Panel from "The Origin of Sore, Son of Shmodin" in Not Brand Echh #3 (October 1967), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Artie Simek

As Chris humbly suggests, that might actually be Magnificent Marie Severin chipping in on the background characters there, as she's definitely the doyenne of drollery when it comes to Not Brand Ecch caricature! But until definitely proven otherwise, let's declare this a Kirby JJJ and of course, there must be feasting and celebration! Let us party with pizza!

(What? You bring the pizza, I'm runnin' the blog here.)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today in Comics History, April 18, 1938: A little less talk, a little more Action

from "Emmett Brown Visits the Future" in Back to the Future (2015 series) #4 (IDW, January 2016), story by Bob Gale and Erik Burnham, script by Bob Gale, pencils and inks by Erik Evensen, colors by Jose Luis Rio, letter by Shawn Lee

So which easily-obtainable, high-increase-in-investment resource did Doc bring back from 1938? Well, whaddaya think?

Well...wouldn't you?

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 109: Zing!

Panel from Amazing Spider-Man #670 (Late November 2011), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Humberto Ramos, inks by Victor Olazaba, colors by Edgar Delgado, letters by Joe Caramagna

Sunday, April 17, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 108: Jonah and the Muffins

Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #105 (June 1981), script by Tom DeFalco, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Diana Albers