Sunday, February 21, 2021

Today in Comics History, February 21: Happy birthday, Barry Kaplan!

Born on this day, Barry Kaplan, Marvel's Financial VP during the 1980s. They loved him so much he made it three times into the Mighty Marvel calendar!

from Marvel Age #50, 87 and 98 (Marvel, May 1987, April 1990, and March 1991), text by Mike Carlin (#50), and Chris Eliopoulis and Barry Dutter (#87 and 98); pencils and inks by Ron Zalme; colors by Gregory Wright (#87) and Renee Witterstaetter (#98)

You mission, should you choose to accept it, but why not?: Collect your Marvel paycheck (it has Spider-Man on it!) from Barry Kaplan. But...can you find him in the maze of cubicles that make up the Marvel Bullpen?

from Marvel Age #120 (Marvel, January 1993), art by Rick Parker
(Click top picture to Bullpen-size)

But that's the Barry Kaplan of our universe. Have you met the Barry Kaplan from Earth-616? He's not a Financial V.P., he's a modeling agent who knows a little jiu-jitsu! Take it away, Barry-616!

from The Avengers (1963 series) #212 (Marvel, October 1981), script by Jim Shooter, pencils by Alan Kupperberg, inks by Dan Green, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Janice Chiang

Whichever universe you're in: happy birthday, Barry!