Thursday, June 17, 2021

Today in Comics History, June 17, 1976: Daily Telegraph switches to "all-headline" format


from "The Storm" in Teen Confessions #93 (Charlton, February 1976), script by Joe Gill (?), pencils by Charles Nicholas, inks by Vince Alascia

Today in Comics History, June 17: Happy birthday, Violet Gray! Maybe.

Hey, June 17 is Violet's birthday! Happy birthday, Violet Gray!


from Peanuts (United Feature Syndicate, June 17, 1962), by Charles M. Schulz

Or...is it on January 28?!? What kinda con game are you playing here, Violet?


from Peanuts (United Feature Syndicate, January 29, 1955), by Charles M. Schulz

(Be back here on January 28 to see these same strips in the opposite direction, I guess!)

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Today in Comics History, June 6, 3333: Strawberry jam spilled


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Friday, June 04, 2021

Today in Comics History, June 4, 3333: Premiere of Manos 2: Torgo in the City


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Monday, May 24, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 24, 3333: The laxatives finally worked


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 22, 3333: Filming commences on The Erotic Adventures of 'Manos,' The Hands of Fate


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 20, 3333: Disco Fever enters fourth funky day


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 19, 3333: Oh, you saw the Snyder Cut too


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Monday, May 17, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 17, 3333: He says it will only take three hours. Three! Three! Ha ha ha ha!


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 16: Marvel Comics asks "What If...Rick Jones was actually competent as Bucky?"


from What If...? (1977 series) #5 (Marvel, October 1977), co-plot and script by Don Glut, co-plot by Roy Thomas, pencils by George Tuska, inks by Russ Jones, colors by George Roussos, letters by Carol Lay and Warren Greenwood

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 15, 1986: Here we go again



from Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #1 (May 2016), script by Erik Burnham; pencils and inks by Alan Robinson; colors by Maria Santrolalla; letters by Shawn Lee



from Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #2 (IDW, June 2016), same creators



from Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #5 (IDW, September 2016), same creators

Friday, May 14, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 14, 3333: Comic book protagonist pursued by YouTube litigation


from Bleed Them Dry #5 (Vault, November 2020), script by Eliot Rahal, art by Dike Ruan, colors by Miquel Muetro, letters by Anfdworld

Monday, May 10, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 10, 1977: Pre-teen reads Teen magazine


from Hot Valley Days and Cocaine Nights #1 (Antarctic, February 2020), script by Matthew Spradlin, pencils and inks by Farid Karami, colors by Andrew Crossley

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 5, 1942: Comic book story title displayed through the medium of smoke signals


from "Last Message from Corregidor" in Real Heroes #7 (Parents' Magazine Press, November 1942), creators uncredited and unknown

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 2, 1905: If you think I'm going to make a Helen Keller joke here you're sadly mistaken*


from "Helen Keller: Conquest of Darkness" in Real Heroes #13 (Parents' Magazine Press, March 1946), creators uncredited and unknown

*I can't even see myself doing it.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 1, 1942: Cheesy Petes, Roy Thomas, why'd you write Sandy like this?!?

Oh, I know Roy was trying to realistically portray a historic language and attitude that was all-too-common of the times, but it still hurts a lot to hear a hero talk like this.

First, here's the usual warning:

This previously published content includes negative portrayals of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and were wrong now. Social change is a journey,and we must acknowledge where we've come from to build a more inclsuive future. These panels are presented as they were originally published, because to do so otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.

And here's the panel:


from Young All-Stars #6 (DC, November 1987), script by Roy Thomas & Dann Thomas, pencils by Brian Murray, inks by Malcolm Jones III and Bob Downs, letters by Jean Simek

I will say that Roy took Sandy through an evolution to begin accepting and not hating Japanese-Americans. As a fan of Sandy, I wish the series could have gone on longer (it was cancelled with #31) to show his further growth.

Wild About the Calendar: May


from "Wild's 1954 Calendar: May" in Wild #5 (Marvel/Atlas, August 1954); script, pencils, and inks by Howie Post

The Marvel Calendar for 2010 2011: Metallic May Man

This momnth, you'd expect the calendar star to be Aunt May, but its just ol' Shellhead again!


"May 2010" from Marvel Calendar 2010

Cut out this calendar and spend the entire month with Iron Man! Just don't let him drink on your tab.

The Marvel Age Calendar for 1993 2021: May-jor League Baseball

Bean 'im, Nita! Bean 'im!


from Marvel Age #125 (Marvel, May 1993), art by Darren Auck

Color in Namorita (hubba hubba!) You can use your pink crayon or your blue crayon...either one's canon! And this calendar is good for all this month!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 26, 1607: Get to the part where she sings with the raccoon


from Flash Comics #63 (DC/JR Publishing, March 1945), script by M. C. Gaines and W. W. D. Sones, pencils by Allen Simon

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 28, 2020: How many times have I told you, don't watch TV in the bathtub!



from 2020 Visions #5 (DC/Vertigo, September 1997), script by Jamie Delano, pencils and inks by Warren Pleece, colors by James Sinclair, color separations by Digital Chameleon, letters by Ellie de Ville

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 27, 1805: America conquers foreign countries through the cunning use of flags


from The World Around Us #11 [The Illustrated Story of the Marines] (Gilberton, July 1959), pencils and inks by Gerald McCann

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 24, 1983: A Good Day to Just Stay at Home





from The Brave and the Bold #200 (DC, July 1983), script by Mike W. Barr; pencils, inks, and letters by Dave Gibbons; colors by Adrienne Roy

Friday, April 23, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 23, 2591: All future cops are still bastards



from "The Future Dies Now!" in Thor Annual #16 (Marvel, 1991), plot by Tom DeFalco, script by Len Kaminski, layouts by Alex Trimpe, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Fred Fredericks, colors by Ed Lazellari, letters by Gary Fields and Chris Eliopoulos

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 22, 1995: Don't forget that today is the Putnam Country Operation Life 20th Anniversary Reunion Banquet. But you won't get there before Impulse does.


from New Titans Annual (1989 series) #11 (DC, June 1995); script by Marv Wolfman; pencils by Greg Land (!); inks by Keith Champagne, Mike Sellers, and Will Blyberg; colors by Chi; letters by Albert DeGuzman

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 21, 1974: Last orders, gentlemen, please


from Marvel Spotlight (Son of Satan) (1971 series) #16 (Marvel, July 1974), script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Jim Mooney, inks by Sal Trapani, colors by George Roussos, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Monday, April 19, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 19, 1986: Doc Brown prepares to tell the entire story of all three movies yet again


from Back to the Future (2015 series) #19 (IDW, April 2017), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcelo Ferreira, inks by Maria Keane and Athila Fabbio, colors by Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 17: Cop not doing anything wrong right now but keep your eye on him just in case


from The Black Hood (2015 series) #1 (Archie/Dark Circle, April 2015), script by Duane Swierczynski, pencils and inks by Michael Gaydos, colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, letters by Rachel Deering

Friday, April 16, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 16, 1974: Flash Thompson finally shuts up


from Spider-Man: Life Story #2 (Marvel, June 2019), script by Chip Zdarsky, pencils by Mark Bagley, inks by Andrew Hennessy, colors by Frank D'Armata, letters by Travis Lanham

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 15: Happy birthday, Leonardo da Vinci!

Born today in 1452...this guy!:


from InvincibleIron Man #600 (Marvel, July 2018); script by Brian Michael Bendis (who else); pencils, inks, and colors by a whole lotta people; letters by Clayton Cowles

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 14, 1865: Or again, maybe he was


from "Scoops...Pictures to Remember" in Real Fact Comics #3 (DC, July 1946); script by Jack Schiff, Mort Weisinger, and/or Bernie Breslauer; pencils and inks by George Roussos

Today in Comics History, April 14, 1953: Gang Busters #40 celebrates National Crime Day


from "The Hostages!" in Gang Busters #40 (DC, June 1954), pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Ray Burnley

See?:


from "The Case of the Careless Caretaker!" in Gang Busters #40 (DC, June 1954), pencils and inks by George Papp

Happy #NationalCrimeDay!

Today in Comics History, April 14, 1986: Marty has a time stalker


from Back to the Future (2015 series) #14 (IDW, September 2016), script by John Barber and Bob Gales, pencils and inks by Emma Vieceli, colors by Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee

Monday, April 12, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 12, 1942: First modern appearance of Aquaman of Earth-2, showing up just in time to get retconned out by Crisis*


from All-Star Squadron #59 (DC, July 1986), co-plot and script by Roy Thomas, co-plot by Dann Thomas, pencils by Arvell Jones, inks by Vince Colletta and Tony DeZuñiga, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by David Cody Weiss

*This is exactly what happened.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 11: Crispin Glover appears on David Letterman


from "The 12 Faces of Crime!" in Gang Busters #39 (DC, April 1954), pencils and inks by Leonard Starr

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 10, 1945: Band of Brothers



from Black Hammer '45 #4 (Dark Horse, June 2019), co-plot by Jeff Lemire, co-plot and script by Ray Fawkes, pencils and inks by Matt Kindt, colors by Sharlene Kindt, letters by Marie Enger

Today in Comics History, April 10, 1945: Potholes claim first victim


from Black Hammer '45 #3 (Dark Horse, May 2019), co-plot by Jeff Lemire, co-plot and script by Ray Fawkes, pencils and inks by Matt Kindt, colors by Sharlene Kindt, letters by Marie Enger

Today in Comics History, April 10, 1945: Stop! Black Hammer Time!


from Black Hammer '45 #1 (Dark Horse, March 2019), co-plot by Jeff Lemire, co-plot and script by Ray Fawkes, pencils and inks by Matt Kindt, colors by Sharlene Kindt, letters by Marie Enger