Monday, January 15, 2018

Today in Comics History, January 15, 1919: Evan Dorkin really loves the 1919 Boston Molasses flood

from "Just the Facts, Maim..." in Milk & Cheese's Third Number One #1 (aka #3) (SLG, August 1992); script, pencils, inks, and letters by Evan Dorkin

from Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book #2 (Marvel, January 1992), script and pencils by Evan Dorkin, inks by Stephen DeStefano, colors by Robbie Busch, letters by Kurt Hathaway. I have slightly altered the panel to fix a factual typo.

And now, for the first time on stage or screen...Alan Moore really loves the 1919 Boston Molasses Flood!:

from Providence #7 (Avatar, January 2016), script by Alan Moore, pencils and inks by Jacen Burrows, colors by Juan Rodriguez, letters by Kurt Hathaway

So be sure you remember this. There will be a test. Oh there will be a test.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Year of Mxyzptlk 2: The Super Case of Miss Dreamface!

Continuing our year-long coverage of the history of Mister Mxyzptlk (or, in this era, Mxyztplk) by reading, enjoying, and making a little bit of fun at the very first Mxy story in the 1940s syndicated comic strip! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love, you'll lose your pants! But hey, enough about my blog, let's read on with the story!

Previously on Superman: During his first (1) appearance on Earth (2), Mxyztplk bedevils Superman (and mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent), under the guise of "having fun," which we here at this blog oughta know a thing or two about a thing or two. Mxyztplk causes a series of "accidents" to the passenger train speeding Miss Dreamface, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World™, towards Metropolis! Remember kids, this blog does not encourage the experience of "fun" by wrecking a train. Quite the opposite!

Panels from the Superman daily newspaper comic strip (April 17, 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.)