Saturday, November 12, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 317: GET YER HOT NEWS HERE!

"Bullpen Bits #22", script and art by Chris Giarrusso; printed in Marvel Comics cover-dated November 1999;
this is from Slingers #12.

Friday, November 11, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 316: Welcome to America

Panels from "Mindstorm!" in Marvel Super-Heroes (1990 series) #4 (December 1990), script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Don Perlin, inks by Frank Springer, colors by Renee Witterstaetter, letters by Rick Parker

Thursday, November 10, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 315: A Modern Parable

Panels from "The Day of Doom" in Spidey Super Stories #9 (June 1975), script by Jean Thomas, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Mike Esposito and Tony Mortellaro, letters by Artie Simek

So who was the scorpion and who was the frog after all?

The Belle Stars, "The Snake" (1983)

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 314: coulda been worse*

Panels from Vote Loki #1 (August 2016), script by Christopher Hastings, pencils and inks by Langdon Foss, colors by Chris Chuckry, letters by Travis Lanham

* (sobbing) No it couldn't! (bawling tears) NO IT COULDN'T!


Panel from FF (2013 series) #21 (January 2014), story by Matt Fraction and Lee Allred, script by Lee Allred, pencils and inks by Michael Allred, colors by Laura Allred, letters by Clayton Cowles

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 313: And now, a look at the pajamas of J. Jonah Jameson

Despite my "Today in Comics History" feature, it's very seldom that we can tell exactly which date a comic book story takes place on. (Here's an exception.)

But my keen knowledge of pop culture, as well as sharp memories of when Mama Bull used to let me stay up late on Saturday nights to watch Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, and ear-tuggin' Carol Burnett, I can definitely tell you that this comic story takes place on November 8, 1975! (I shouldn't be able to remember that, should I?)

Panel from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #116 (April 1982), script by J. M. Dematteis, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers

Oh was a rerun?


Never mind.

But don't forget to get out and vote today!

Election Day: The Zen of Batman: Politics

from Batman ['66]: "Hizzoner the Penguin" (Greenway Productions/ 20th Century Fox Television, November 2, 1966), script by Stanford Sherman, directed by Oscar Rudolph

Please make Batman proud of you by voting today* at your local polling place!

*Unless it's for the Penguin.

Monday, November 07, 2016

It can't happen on Earth-2...

...because they have Wonder Woman, fighting for your rights in her satin tights!

Panels from "When Treachery Wore a Green Shirt" in Sensation Comics #81 (September 1948), script by Joye Hummel, pencils and inks by Harry G. Peter

But it can happen here! Get out and vote! And if you're intimidated or stalked at the polling stations, or witness fraud, alert a poll worker, and call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). You can learn about voter intimidation and what to do when faced with it here. And you can find out what to do if you encounter armed intimidation here.

And remember: if you're in line to vote when the polls are scheduled to close, stay in line! "If you go to the polls when they are open, and you are a registered and qualified voter, then as long as you wait in line, you are entitled to cast your ballot even if the line is so long that you must wait until after the scheduled time for the polls to close."

Bookmark sites like these on your phone to have them ready and at hand!

Panels from "America's Wonder Women of Tomorrow!" in Wonder Woman #7 (Winter 1943), script by William Moulton Marston, pencils and inks by Harry G. Peter

Remember: you too can be a Wonder Woman or Man (or Bull!) just by exercising your right to vote!

Cover ofWonder Woman #7 (Winter 1943), pencils and inks by Harry G. Peter

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 312: The Amazing Vote-Man: the hero that could!

Don't let the press convince you not to vote! It's still important to get out there tomorrow!

Panels from Captain America (1968 series) #250 (October 1980); script by Roger Stern with ideas by Don Perlin, Roger McKenzie, and Jim Shooter; breakdowns by John Byrne; finishes by Joe Rubinstein; colors by George Roussos; letters by Jim Novak

Sunday, November 06, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 311: Concerning Bucky

Panels from Young Avengers #1 (April 2005), script by Allan Heinberg, pencils by Jim Cheung, inks by John Dell, colors by Justin Ponsor, letters by Cory Petit

Knowing what we now know about Bucky (to misquote Joe Quesada), does anybody else find that headline suspicious? I would assume that they would declare Bucky dead and Cap missing only if they found Bucky's body but not Cap's. But, of course, the Russkies got Bucky and took him away so that he might later cbecome the Heartthrob of Two Nations, The Winter Soldier (romantic sigh).

So: the Bugle was lying or misinformed. And who would misinform them? Could it be...sources deep within the United States Government itself?


Anyway, within a few weeks the US would "resurrect" both Cap and Bucky, and no one would ever be the wiser. Except those wily Russians! They didn't get Moose, but they sure captured Squirrel!

Panels from What If? (but considered an canonical story) (1977 series) #4 (August 1977), script by Roy Thomas, breakdowns by Frank Robbins, finishes by Frank Springer, colors by George Roussos, letters by John Costanza