Saturday, November 25, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 329: And then Roy Thomas's head exploded

Panels from The Avengers (1963 series) #97 (March 1972), co-plot and script by Roy Thomas, co-plot by Neal Adams, pencils by John Buscema, inks (and colors?) by Tom Palmer, letters by Sam Rosen

Friday, November 24, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 328: I'll face it with a grin / I'm never giving in / On with the show

Panels from Countdown to Infinite Crisis #9 (April 2008); script by Paul Dini (head writer), Keith Giffen (story consultant), Justin Gray, and Jimmy Palmiotti; pencils by Tom Derenick; inks by Wayne Faucher; colors by Pete Pantazis; letters by Ken Lopez

Thursday, November 23, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 327: Dare to be Stupid

Panels from The Infinity Gauntlet #4 (October 1991), script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Ron Lim and George Pérez, inks by Josef Rubinstein and Bruce N. Solotoff, colors by Christie Scheele and Ian Laughlin, letters by Jack Morelli

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's Bully Watching on Thanksgiving?: Pretty much everything

Happy Thanksgiving! It's the day which (appropriately enough) you give thanks. So before I get gorged on the traditional thanksgiving BBQ pork ribs and chili, I want to thank each and every one of you (yes, even you) for being great and good pals online and offline. Thanks for being lights in a dark year!

365 Days of Defiance, Day 326: It wasn't a Ragnarok; it was a Ragnarok Lobster

Panels from Thor (1966 series) #156 (September 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Sam Rosen

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 325: War! (Huh!) What Is It Good For? Smashin' Nazis! Say it again!

Batman's going to war!
Each native bat will grab a gat
And run away to war!
At last we’re going to...
Feet will beat along the street to...
Batman's going to war!
At last Batman's going to war
It seems that Batman's going to war!
At last the Batman's going to war!
He's going to war!
This is a fact we can’t ignore
He's going to war!
This is a fact we can’t ignore!
Batman's going to war!

Is there anyone in any doubt about where Batman is going?

Meanwhile, in the war...

Panels from "The Two Futures" in Batman (1940 series) #15 (February-March 1943), script by Bill Finger, pencils and figure inks by Jack Burnley, background inks by Ray Burnley, letters by Betty Bentley

Well, everything seems to be going swimmingly for the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, and I'm sure they'll beat the Nazis and

WHAT THE HECK COMIC BOOK?!? Batman and Robin are executed by a Nazi firing squad? I'm sure they escape in the very next panel! Let's look.

Oh heck. They don't. Yeeeeeesh. Um, could this be a dream, or a hoax, or an Imaginary Story?...No. No, it is not.

It's actually just a thought experiment suggested by some gloomy-outlooked professors at an unnamed university (but you can totally tell it's Metropolis University, those horse-asses). They've projected that America will lose the war, but Batman rightly ain't havin' none of that. ("Yeah!" says Robin. "And me too!") Batman points out that with the military, industrial, financial, and moral support of the armed forces teamed-up with the citizens of America in the most important Brave and the Bold of them all, we are going to win this war!

Moral of the story is: with the industrial might of the United States, we can beat the Axis! So hand in your scrap metal, donate your old comic books (eeeeeeek) and buy bond where you work or bank! Batman does it, and don't you want to be cool like Batman is? (Also, defeat Nazis.)


PSA ad in Batman (1940 series) #15 (February-March 1943), script and art by Dr. Seuss

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 323: Ben Has Not Yet Begun to Fight

Wow, I can't believe I haven't done this one yet.

Panels from Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7 (1982); script by Tom DeFalco; pencils by Ron Wilson; inks by Bob Camp, Mike Esposito, Frank Giacoia, Dan Green, Armando Gil, and Chic Stone; colors by George Roussos; letters by Jim Novak