Saturday, October 08, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 282/Today in Comics History, October 8, 1996: This could never happen in these enlightened times

from Daily Bugle #1 (Marvel, December 1996), script by Paul Grist, pencils by Karl Kerschl, inks by Greg Adams, letters by Jim Novak

Speaking of pretty good, often-overlooked J. Jonah Jameson stories, the 1996 miniseries The Daily Bugle is a lovely short series focusing on the journalists of that fine metropolitan newspaper, with nary an appearance by our friendly neighborhood web-slinger. It's about as real as Marvel Comics get, including that issue of Punisher: War Journal where Frank had to wait in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles for a whole issue.

cover of Daily Bugle #1 (Marvel, December 1996), pencils by Karl Kerschl, inks by Greg Adams

Like your local newspaper somewhere back in the twentieth century, the whole series is in glorious black and white, which gives it a cool-real noir look. And the script's by Paul Grist — I like his comics artwork a lot, especially Doctor Who and St. Swithin's Day, as well as being the writer and artist on the absolutely wonderful Jack Staff. Artwork here is by Karl Kerschl and Greg Adams:

As far as I know, The Daily Bugle #1-3 have never been collected into a trade, and I'm not sure if they're currently on Marvel Unlimited. But this little stuffed comics guy gives the miniseries two hooves up, and they're well worth hunting down in the back issue boxes of your local comic book shop. Tell 'em J. Jonah Jameson sent you, and also demand photographs of Spider-Man!

Friday, October 07, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 281: I Want My J-TV

Panels from Daredevil (1964 series) #17 (June 1966), script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Romita, Sr., inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Sam Rosen

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Today in Comics History, October 6, 1989: Clark Kent wins a Cable Ace Award for his self-insertion fan fiction

from Superman (1987 series) #79 (DC, July 1993), script and pencils by Dan Jurgens, inks by Brett Breeding, colors by Glenn Whitmore, letters by John Costanza

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 280: Green Journalism

"What If the Incredible Hulk Had Been Bitten by a Radioactive Spider?" from Wha...Huh? one-shot (2005), script by Mark Waid and Tom Peyer, pencils and inks by Jim Mahfood, colors by Shaughn Struble, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 279: Spider-Man plays with his Marvel Action Figures

Splash page from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #55 (March 1977), script by Bill Mantlo, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Dave Hunt, colors by George Roussos, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 278: Ain't I a Stinker

Panels from Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964 series) #4 (November 1967), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Larry Lieber, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Stan Goldberg (?), letters by Jerry Feldmann

Monday, October 03, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 277: To Kiss a Spider-Man! Wait, that's not right

Well, he's no Iron Jonah, but here comes the Spider-Slayer! Which, hey, never actually ever slayed any spiders, but they're workin' on it.

Cover of Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #58 (March 1968), pencils and inks by John Romita, Sr., letters by Sam Rosen

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Today in Comics History, October 2, 1979: The Pope disappoints crowd by only playing songs off his newest album

from The Life of Pope John Paul II #1 one-shot (Marvel, January 1983), script by Steven Grant, pencils by John Tartaglione, inks by Joe Sinnott, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Jim Novak

Today in Comics History, October 2, 1982: Commissioner of Highways declares "In the future, we will always need roads!"

from "When Marty Met Emmett" in Back to the Future (2015 series) #1 (IDW, October 2015), script by Bob Gale and John Barber, pencils by Brent Schoonover, inks by David Witt, colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, letters by Shawn Lee

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 276: Justice, Like Lightning, From Another Universe...

Young Justice! Not to be confused with the excellent '80s band Lone Justice.

Yes, Young Justice, the Justice League of Tomorrow! Until their book was cancelled and replaced with all those unimpressive Teen Titans redux titles, but hey, it was fun while it lasted. But what's it doing in this feature? Why, it's because it features of the very few Eath-DC appearances of our Mustacheoed Maverick of Media Muckraking, J. Jonah Jameson! (The extra "J" is for "Justice!")

Panels from Young Justice (1998 series) #18 (March 2000), script by Peter David, pencils by Todd Nauck, inks by Lary Stucker, colors by Jason Wright, color separations by Digital Chameleon, letters:\ by Ken Lopez

Also, I've thrown in a bonus guest appearance there at the bottom of one of the Presidents in Comic Books! And Chelsea Clinton, who one day will probably be another President after she pilots the space shuttle into a time vortex and marries Wesley Crusher.