Saturday, October 01, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 275: "Martha?" WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME

Panels from Spider-Woman (1999 series — you know, the Martha "Mattie" Franklin Spider-Woman, the one everybody forgot about) #3 (September 1999), script by John Byrne, pencils by Bart Sears, inks by Randy Elliott and Raymond Kryssing, colors by Mike Atiyeh, letters by Liz Agraphiotis

Today in Comics History, October 1, 1993: Andy Warhol guest-stars on The Love Boat*

from Miracleman #19 (Eclipse, November 1990), cover art by Dave McKean, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mark Buckingham, inks and colors by Sam Parsons, letters by Wayne Truman

*He really did!:

from The Love Boat: "Picture from the Past" (season 9, episode 3) (Aaron Spelling Productions, October 12, 1985); guest starring Milton Berle, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Andy Griffith, and Andy Warhol as himself

The MAD 1960 2016 calendar for 'Orrible October!

"The MAD 1960 Calendar: October" from MAD #52 (January 1960), script by Larry Siegel, art by Wally Wood

Friday, September 30, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 274: The Ballad of Iron Jonah

And now, quite possibly the greatest comic strip of all time! Take that, Krazy Kat! Get outta here, Pogo! No time for you, U.S. Acres! Yes, it's the Sensational Character Find of February 2014...Iron Jonah!

The Amazing Spider-Man newspaper comic strip (King Features Syndicate, 2014), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Larry Lieber, inks by Alex Saviuk

Of course, Iron Jonah is an immediate hit with the general public (if not The Beat*)

Look out, Spider-Man! You've got Iron Jonah on your tail! And that's about as unappetizing as it sounds!

Unlike any of Tony Stark's armored suits, however, this one malfunctions! And Jonah didn't save the receipt, so he can't even get store credit back for it! Curse these restrictive retailing regulations!

So everybody forgives Jonah, and another subplot about Robbie Robertson is tied up in the most bromatic way possible.

This fantastic storyline was never adapted into the regular Marvel Comic Books, because J. Scott Campbell refused to draw a sexy cover of bare-midriff J. Jonah Jameson.

Iron Jonah, won't you?

(A hooves-up salute to my very good pal, the mighty Chris Sims, who first brought the Invincible Iron Jonah to my attention in this fine article from Comics Alliance!)

*I meant the English Beat, but if you wanna take that as referring to Heidi MacDonald, that works too.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Today in Comics History, September 29: Somebody's parents are killed; Batman watches it on TV

from Batman and Robin Eternal #18 (DC, April 2016), story by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder, script by Ed Brisson, pencils by Scot Eaton, inks by Wayne Faucher, colors by Allen Passalaqua (pages 1-16); Gabe Eltaeb (pages 17-20), letters by Saida Temofonte

Maybe I worked too long in publishing, but naming a character Harper Row? You might as well call her Farrar S. Giroux or Bobbs Merrill.

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 273: Peter Parker does not trust the Ayatollah Khomeini

Panels from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #56 (July 1981), script by Roger Stern, layouts by Jim Shooter (!!!), finishes by Jim Mooney, colors by Bob Sharen and George Roussos, letters by Janice Chiang

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 272: You can read it in the Sunday papers

Panel from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #18 (November 1964); plot, pencils, and inks by Steve Ditko, script by Stan Lee; colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Sam Rosen

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Today in Comics History, Tuesday the 27th: Peter Parker has an existential crisis

from Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999 series) #21 (Marvel, September 2000), script by Paul Jenkins, pencils by Mark Buckingham, inks by Dan Green and Rodney Ramos, colors by Joe Rosas, letters by Troy Peteri

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 271: Someday maybe Jonah will win the fight / And that cat will stay out for the night

Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #103 (December 1971), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Artie Simek

Monday, September 26, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 270: Bad touch, Jonah! Bad touch!

Panels from Giant-Size Super Heroes #1 (June 1974), script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Linda Lessmann, letters by John Costanza

Sunday, September 25, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 269: And now, a dramatic reading by J. Jonah Jameson

Panels from Marvel Team-Up #114 (February 1982), co-plot and breakdowns by Herb Trimpe, co-plot and script by J. M. DeMatteis, finishes by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers