Monday, October 08, 2018

365 Days of Defiance, Day 369: Dare to Defy

Panels from Dan Dare #5 (Virgin Comics, March 2008), script by Garth Ennis, pencils and inks by Gary Erskine, colors by A. Parasuraman, letters by Rakesh B. Mahadik and Nilesh S. Mahadik

Thursday, June 28, 2018

365 Days of Defiance, Day 368: "And you tell those monkeyfightin' fake fanboys that they're not re-makin' any movie while I'm here."

Panels from Star Wars: Mace Windu #5 (February 2018), script by Matt Owens, pencils by Denys Cowan, inks by Roberto Poggi, colors by Guru eFX, letters by Joe Caramagna

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

365 Days of Defiance, Day 367: Let's Perform Miracles

Panels from The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special one-shot (October 2017), script by Reginald Hudlin, pencils by Denys Cowan and Ryan Benjamin, inks by Bill Sienkiewicz and Richard Friend, colors by Jeromy Cox, letters by Janice Chiang

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

An Adora-bull Song I'll Love For-heifer!

HOLY COW My online pal Chelsea, akak Twitter's TravelsWithBrindle (Brindle is the name of her trusty uke!), has written me a Theme Song as part of her ongoing 100 Days of Ukulele Songs! WOW. I am bestonished and flabberwhelmed! And one, two, three four hit it Chelsea!:


You too can find her and follow her on the social medias and support her fine project! THIS LITTLE BULL HEARTILY SUPPORTS HER!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'mma gonna go sing this song to everyone I know!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Today in Comics History: Bad News, Good News

There are newspapers! Of course there are. Well, let's read the terrible headline first:

Page from Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #5 (June 2017), story and script by Bob Gale and Derek Fridolfs, pencils by Alan Robinson, inks by Alan Robinson and Jaime Castro, colors by Maria Santaolalla, letter by Shawn Lee

GREAT SCOTT! How's Doc Brown gonna get out of this one? Oh! (sees there is one issue left) Well, it's not like a comic book ever served up a cliffhanger before, but I'll wait and see.

Meanwhile, here's the good news, or at least the puff piece. Really, was it that newsless in Metropolis on that day, Perry?

Panels from Wonder Woman (1987 series) #170 (July 2001), script by Phil Jimenez and Joe Kelly, pencils by Phil Jimenez, inks by Andy Lanning, colors by Patricia Mulvihill, color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Comicraft

Geez, why doncha marry her, Lois?

Meanwhile, here's some bad news and good news about yours little stuffed truly: I haven't had much time to work on my blog lately (that's the bad news, smartass), so you haven't seen many updates, and I do hereby little stuffed apologize for that. I just wanted top assure you that this blog ain't out of business, defunct, closed or even out to pasture, which is not a lifestyle for this little bull.

Nope! I promise you we'll see more of Mxyzptlk this year and more Days of Defiance (because we simply can't not) and more Todays in Comics History even if they're not precisely all exactly on the right day and probably more declarations COCAINE! So hang in there, because today is this blog's THIRTEENTH BIRTHDAY, even though I'm only seven (which is a very good age to be). Yep, thirteen years have I been bugging you with that Angel Love joke.

So keep on checkin' in occasionally and I'll be here for you. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Today in Comics History: Clint and Barney Barton Go Bad

Panel from "The Barton Brothers!" in Star-Spangled Comics #86 (November 1948), script by Bill Finger (?), pencils and inks by Jim Mooney, letters by Ira Schnapp

Now Robin, there was a boy! Wouldn't you agree, Nat "King" Cole?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Today in Comics History: The JLA claims North Carolina through the cunning use of flags

North Carolina variant cover of Justice League of America (2013 series) #1 (April 2013), pencils and inks by David Finch

Déjà vu?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Angel Love, Interpol Agent

Panels from "Double Dealers!" in Primus #1 (Charlton, February 1972), script by Joe Gill, pencils and inks by Joe Staton, colors by Christie Scheele, letters by Charlotte Jetter
and from Angel Love #1 (August 1986); script and pencils by Barbara Slate, inks by John William Lopez, colors by Bob LeRose, letters by Bill Yoshida

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Today in Comics History: Charlton Heston clubs a damn dirty ape to death with his Oscar

Hey look, it's Celebrity in Comics Charlton Heston, making on of his early and rare four-color appearances years before he would get a title of his own in Marvel's Planet of the Apes series! Don't shoot us, Chuck! Heh heh heh heh. Ehhhhh.

Panels from Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #2 (February 2017), co-plot and script by Bob Gale, co-plot by Derek Fridolfs, pencils by Alan Robinson, inks by Alan Robinson and Jaime Castro, colors by Maria Santaolalla, letters by Chris Mowry

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

365 Days of Defiance, Day 366: Let's Defy Again (Like We Did Last Summer)

Y'know, I had too many good panels scanned on this theme to just toss 'em away when I reached 365. And we shouldn't stop defying. So this feature will pop up now and again! So let's take this up to 11 366...and beyond! Defiance! It's what's for dinner!

Panels from Guardians of the Galaxy (1990 series) #9 (February 1991), script and pencils by Jim Valentino, inks by Steve Montano, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Ken Lopez

Monday, April 02, 2018

Ten of a Kind: What Do You Know About My Image Duplicator?

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

The title of this ten take-downs of Roy Lichtenstein (notice how every one of 'em has better lettering than the Larcenous Mr. L) is from this 1963 Lichtenstein artwork. You probably recognize the laid-back dude in it.

"What Do You Know About My Image Duplicator?" is...let's be frank and use the right word...plagiarized, as is most of Lichtenstein's comic-based art, from the good work of comic book writers and artists. So yeah, that's what I know about your fershluggin' image duplicator, Roy: it stinks.

Here's "Image Duplicator"'s original sources:

Panels from (L): The X-Men (1963 series) #1 (September 1963), sript by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Paul Reinman, letters by Sam Rosen
(R): "The Return of General Immortus" in My Greatest Adventure (1955 series) #84 (December 1963), script by Arnold Drake, pencils and inks by Bruno Premiani

Ooooh boy, big man Roy, rippin' off Kirby and Arnold Drake. I extend my fuzzy bare butt in your general direction.

Curiously, Roy Lichtenstein actually exists within the Marvel Universe, as seen in this set of panels from Web of Spidey #73:

Panels from Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #73 (February 1991), script by John Byrne, pencils by Alex Saviuk, inks by Keith Williams, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Didja spot Lichtenstein-616? He's the one living in the panel that's been Lichtensteinated.

We can but hope that Lichtenstein-616 died painfully under a pile of his trash paintings when the Incursion of May 2015 destroyed the Earth.

Sure, I'm as disappointed as you are that John Byrne didn't have Peter Parker punch the daylights out of Lichtenstein, but I guess he was too busy with changing to Spider-Man and saving Alicia Storm-Masters when villains attack her art exhibit.

Me, I'm just wondering why Alicia didn't ask "Peter, why are you wearing gloves now? And why does your voice sound muffled?"

Anyway, to wrap up, what do you think about high art, Calvin and Hobbes?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Today in Comics History: Jealous of Batman's success, Green Lantern also gets himself a joke-themed nemesis

Panel from "The April Fool's Day Crimes!" in Comic Cavalcade #27 (June-July 1948), script by John Broome, pencils and inks by Alex Toth

Oh hey! Today also appears to be the day Doiby Dickles was killed by gangsters.

Other heroes that Green Lantern appear to be jealous of include Fawcett's Captain Marvel, what with Billy Batson working in a radio station...

And, despite the fact that t6hey would not premiere for another thirteen years...the Fantastic Four and their trademark flare alert!

Jealous, jealous, Alan Scott. No wonder they called him the Green Lantern!

That supervillain the Fool certain is some kind of criminal joker, isn't he? (nudge nudge wink wink)

Eh, on closer inspector, he really is much more of a Riddler. Your compulsion to leave clues will continue to be your downfall, guys! I'm jus' sayin'.

Anyway, all's fool that ends fool! Happy April Fool's Day!

The 1990 2018 Marvel Age Calendar: Fantastic Four

"The 1990 Marvel Age Calendar: April" from Marvel Age #88 (May 1990); text by Chris Eliopolous and Barry Dutter, art by Ron Zalme, colors by Gregory Wright
(Click picture to Aprilize)

A Year of Mxyzptlk 3: Hey, Did You Happen to See the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?

It's April Fool's Day, so what better time than to check in on Mr. Mxyzptlk (or indeed, even Mxyztplk) for his long-overdue appearance in this blog. Well, after all, it has pretty much been 90 days, right?

When we last left our dimensional imp, he had been busy overseeing the superhuman romance of Miss Dreamface and the Metropolis Ace, which is not something we call him that much anymore, but it's kind cool when you can make it rhyme. But let's not be too alarmed over Kal-El and his beautiful belle. After all, you really can't fool Superman, can you? You couldn't fool Superman on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine. that means you, Luthor

Panels from the Superman daily newspaper comic strip (June 14, 1944), script by Whitney Ellsworth, art by Wayne Boring.
(From this point on, I'll identify the date of strip or panels within the alt-text of each image.)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Today in Comics History: Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!

Panel from newuniversal: 1959 #2 (September 2008), script by Kieron Gillen, pencils and inks by Greg Scott and Kody Chamberlain, colors by Val Staples, letters by Ed Dukeshire

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Today in Comics History: result of horse race in small-town Hill Valley is printed in slim magazine-sized sports almanac

Panel from Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #1 (January 2017), co-plot and script by Bob Gale, co-plot by Derek Fridolfs, pencils by Alan Robinson, inks by Alan Robinson and Jaime Castro, colors by Maria Santaolalla, letters by Chris Mowry

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Today in Comics History: Rowena mysteriously disappears and is never seen again

Panels from Kathy #4 (Marvel/Atlas, April 1960), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Stan Goldberg

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Today in Comics History: BullQuest

I've been behind several months on reading my digital new comics (that darn iPad touchscreen doesn't work so well with hooves). It came out last year, but I only recently read and very much enjoyed the new Swordquest miniseries, continuing the tale of those classic early-80s Atari 2600 8-bit cartridges — and yes, I had Earthworld and Fireworld to play on my Sears Video Arcade with real simulated wood panelling! Even more than those original classic games, I loved the set of DC minicomics included with art by George freakin' Pérez. My little brain full of oatmeal and pins is properly blown.

The new Swordquest comics are written by Chad Bowers and my good pal Chris Sims, creators of X-Men '92, so I knew this was gonna be good, too. Also: another good pal, Josh Krach, did the lettering! Lettering: without it comics themselves would be nearly impossible!

What I didn't expect was that Chad 'n' Chris would so thoughtfully place a Today in Comics History in the first issue for me to use! I know they did this specifically thinkin' of me. Thanks, guys!

Panels from Swordquest (Dynamite 2017 series) #0 (May 2017 and hey, Dynamite, why you not put publication month on your comic books? it bugs me that you don't); script by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims; pencils, inks, and colors by Ghostwriter X (Scott Kowalchuk); color flats by Karl Fan; letters by Josh Krach

Yay! Thank you, C&C Comics Factory! And imagine my surprise when I got to issue #2 only to find that these guys had actually guest-starred me, your favorite little stuffed bull, in a few glorious panels drawn by Ghostwriter X who I think is the leader of the New Mutants now. here's let me show you the page and see if you can spot me, Bully the Little Stuffed Bull, in the panels below!

Panels from Swordquest (Dynamite 2017 series) #2 (August 2017); script by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims; pencils, inks, and colors by Ghostwriter X (Scott Kowalchuk); color flats by Karl Fan; letters by Josh Krach

I...I am honestly touched, guys, that it's such an accurate and faithful portrayal of me.

In all seriousness, I do heartily recommend Swordquest, which cleverly mixes the mythology inside the original games and comics with the real-life drama of Atari's creation and marketing of the cartridges. Bully says DON'T ASK: JUST BUY IT! Well, actually, you should ask, nicely, at your local comics store, where you can buy the Swordquest collected trade and probably back issues of the series. If, like me, you're into e-literature, check here on Comixology for the trade "paperback" and individual issues.

No, really: it's me. So lovely.