Saturday, April 22, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 112: Females are strong as hell / Unbreakable!

Hey, I'm only a little stuffed bull age 6 years and 9 months (which is a very good age and three-quarters to be), but even I know that access to birth control is an essential and important right for women (and hey, for men too) in America today. So to insists the Prez-ident of the United States, Beth Ross, the Commander-in-Chief you and me and everybody in America voted for in 2016. (sob)

Panels from the Prez story "Trigger Warnings" in Catwoman: Election Night one-shot (January 2017), script by Mark Russell, pencils by= Ben Caldwell, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Jeremy Lawson, letters by Travis Lanham

Just to prove that despite having a progressively minded teenage girl in the Oval Office in this wonderful fictional universe, birth control is under attack by the US Senate because we can't have nice things. Nice things like an easy-to-access and fun-to-eat minty birth-control called "Mintopause." Heck, I('m a boy, stuffed, and only six, and I'd eat 'em.

Because a capable Prez can handle more than just one issue on her plate at the same time and yet still only ask for one scoop of ice cream, Beth is also introducing anti-gun violence legislature. Since she can't stop the sales of guns due to modern people somehow needing to have a not actually-that-well-regulated militia, Prez introduces legislation to restrict sales of ammunition. Because it's not people with guns who kill people, it's people with guns + ammunition who kill people! Of course, her proposal is gonna get vetoed by Congress faster than Superman on laundry day. Wait, I forgot to include the word "folded."

But Prez (of course in this wonderful, sweet, fictional universe), has an ace up the sleeve of her sleeveless top. If the sale of and easy access to bullets or any accessory that can be used in the discharge of a firearm (important distinction there) are federally protected by the Constitution, then what shape would you make birth control in?

Later, Prez met the Pope and everybody smiled and had a good meeting.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Today in Comics History, April 21, 19XX: Roy Rogers and Trigger die after being trapped by Black Bart in his crafty wet cement trap

from Dennis the Menace Giant (1958 series) #7 (Hallden/Fawcett, Winter 1959), script by Fred Toole, pencils and inks by Al Wiseman

365 Days of Defiance, Day 111: All this just for Instagram popularity

Splash page from the aptly named "Captain America Battles the Camera Fiend and His Darts of Doom" Captain America Comics (1941 series) #6 (Marvel/Timely, September 1941), script and pencils by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Simon

Said it before, say it again: ain't no splash page like a Simon/Kirby Cap splashpage.

I'll skip right to the exciting bit: after an entire story spent tracking down chasing down the evil Camera Fiend and his Kodak of Death, Bucky invites Cap to make a class appearance at a school filled with camera nuts! Who do you think will be the villain, huh? Could it be the guy in the green suit? Say, where do you get a green sHEY STOP SHOOTING POISON NEEDLES AT ME!

Luckily, among the kids in the class are Bucky's Sentinels of Liberty (including a guy named, yes, Tubby). Unluckily, among the janitors in the school are the Camera Fiend's Janitors of Injustice! Hey, it's all fun and games until you kids wreck the water heater!

Hey, what word do you think was in this balloon before it was replaced with a hastily re-lettered "mugs?" I like to this it was "whippersnappers."

Once again Jack Kirby throws kids who aren't old enough to vote into the dangerous fray of fighting Nazis and fifth columnists. Geez, Jack, Tubby woulda had a thriving career in the post-war economy as a Duncan Hines frosting taster if you hadn't had killed by the Red Skull in Captain America's Easily Expendable Sentinels of Liberty #16!

But I kids the Sentinels of Liberty. Later on they more or less became the Young Allies, who, as the Wikipedia entry tells us, literally beat up all three major Axis leaders: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo. With erasers! So let Captain America salute those junior justice juys guys, and may we all learn to throw erasers at evil!

Today in Comics History, April 21, 1988: The new Flash is a jerk

from D.P. 7 #23 (Marvel/New Universe, September 1988), script by Mark Gruenwald, pencils by Paul Ryan, inks by Danny Bulanadi, colors by Paul Becton, letters by Janice Chiang

Thursday, April 20, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 110: And that's how Kevin Sorbo came to star in a little syndicated action show called Thor: The Legendary Journeys

Panels from Journey into Mystery Annual #1 (July 1965), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Sam Rosen

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 109: Be the change that you wish to see in the world

Panels from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015 series) #14 (January 2017), script by Ryan North, pencils and inks by Erica Henderson, colors by Rico Renzi, letters by Travis Lanham and Clayton Cowles

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Today in Comics History, April 18, 1946: Girl is hurt because some people are skeptical...those jerks

from "From Film to Life" in Blackstone Master Magician Comics #1 (Vital, March 1946), script by Walter B. Gibson

365 Days of Defiance, Day 108: You inspired my battleship!

Panels from USAvengers #3 (April 2017), script by Al Ewing, pencils by Paco Medina with Carlos Barberi, inks by Juan Vlasco with Carlos Barberi, colors by Jesus Aburtov with Andres Mossa, letters by Joe Caramagna

Today in Comics History, April 18: If it ain't one thing, it's Hulk's mother

from The Incredible Hulk (1968 series) #402 (Marvel, February 1993), script by Peter David, pencils by Jan Duursema, inks by Tom Wegrzyn, colors by Steve Buccellato, letters by Joe Rosen

Monday, April 17, 2017

Today in Comics History, April 17, 1957: Lester gets Betty and Veronica mixed up again

from newuniversal: 1959 #1 (Marvel/New Universe, September 2008), script by Kieron Gillen, pencils and inks by Greg Scott and Kody Chamberlain, colors by Val Staples, letters by Ed Dukeshire

365 Days of Defiance, Day 107: Don't Let the Commies Drive the Moon

Panels from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #13 (April 1963), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek

Yay, Reed! An excellent treatise on resistance. Hmm, but the Invisible Girl's scaredy-cat attitude in the same panel kind of ruins what should be a really powerful defiant moment. Let's see if we can fix that. Take two, Sue!

Ah! That's much better.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 106 and Today in Comics History, April 16, 1942: Goosio salutes you

Today in Comics Actual History, April 16, 1942!

from "Malta, Stronghold of Courage" in Real Life Comics #11 (Pines, November 1942), creators unknown