Saturday, March 13, 2021

What's Bully Reading?: Thunderball by Ian Fleming

He always runs while others walk
He acts while other men just talk
He owns a sweater made of wool
And he strikes! Like Thunderbull!

Today in Comics History, March 13, 1993: Fangirl fangirls

from Doomsday Clock #12 (DC, February 2020), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

Friday, March 12, 2021

Today in Comics History, March 12, 1908: Orson Welles gains weight for new role

from "Speed Merchant" in Real Life Comics #9 (Pines, January 1943), pencils and inks by Will Rowland

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Today in Comics History, March 11, 2015: Cancel Culture rears its ugly, ugly head

from the recap page of Spider-Man and the X-Men #4 (Marvel, May 2015)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Today in Comics History, March 10, 2010: Alpha Flight's Sasquatch visits the DC Universe

from Justice League: The Rise & Fall Special one-shot (DC, May 2010), script by J.T. Krul, pencils and inks by Mike Mayhew, colors by Andy Troy, designed by Steve Wands

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Fun with Comics: The true story behind WandaVision

from FOOM #6 (Marvel, June 1974), by Tony Isabella, Paty Cockrum, Duffy Vohland, Paul Kupperberg, and Alan Kupperberg

Today in Comics History, March 9, 1862: Colonel Nelson Muntz prepares to say "ha ha!" to Confederate forces

from "The United States Navy" in Real Life Comics #6 (Pines, July 1942), creators unknown

Today in Comics History, March 9, 1918: Cyclops disappears, leaving behind a distraught S.S. Madelyne Pryor and baby tugboat Cable

from "Anybody's Guess!" in Jack-in-the-Box Comics #11 (Charlton, October 1946), creators unknown

Today in Comics History, March 9, 1933: FDR dissed by sarcastic British comics writer

from The Invisibles (1997 series) #22 (DC/Vertigo, February 1999), script by Grant Morrison, pencils and inks by Chris Weston, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Today in Comics History, March 7: Happy birthday, Luther Burbank!

Born on this day in 1849: groundbreaking botanist Luther Burbank, star of more comic book features than you can shake a white blackberry at!

from "Historical Almanac" in Real Fact Comics #20 (DC, May-June 1949), creators unknown

So he was great, hmm? But did he get a biography in Classics Illustrated? How can you say someone is great who's never had his biography in Classics Illustrated?

from Classics Illustrated #47 [20,000 Leagues Under the Sea] (Gilberton, May 1948), creators unknown

Even aside from all his guest appearances as Superman's nemesis, Luther Burbank got a lot of comic book press. Here's a whole comic book story devoted to him and his wacky plant-breeding schemes! Oh, Luther, you nut!

He got his start the very same way I did: taste-testing jelly.

from "Heroes of Science: Luther Burbank" in Treasure Chest of Fact and Fun v.9 #6/152 (Pflaum, November 1953), script by Frances Crandall, pencils and inks by Patty Karch

"Oh, no, son, please don't show me any more of your potato seed balls."

Luther Burbank: founder of Apple Club™. Kids love seven different kids of apples from the same apple shrub!


And of course, on this very day in 1911, they named one of California's most prominent cities after him: Luther, California!*

(*This may be a lie.)

What? *Another* Luther Burbank comic book biography? Wow, I'm spoiling you guys, aren't I? Who says this isn't the Bountiful Age of Bully Business!?

from "Wizard of Nature" in True Comics #2 (Parents' Magazine, June 1941), pencils and inks by Harry George

So on this day, the occasion of his momentous birth, please help us celebrate Luther Burbank, noted pea-burner.

Walnuts, won't you? Walnuts.

Happy birthday, Luther Burbank!

Today in Comics History, March 7: Happy birthday, Janet Guthrie!

Born on this day: Janet Guthrie, first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500! In...a Formula 1 car, according to this panel.

from "Moose's Odd and Amazing Sports Reports" in Archie #515 (Archie, December 2001), script by Mike Pellowski, pencils by Rex Lindsey

Happy birthday, Janet! And Moose? You meant well.

Today in Comics History, March 7: Wild Dog and Batman win the Preakness

from Batman Annual (2017 series) #4 (DC, December 2019), script by Tom King, pencils and inks by Jorge Fornés, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Clayton Cowles

Today in Comics History, March 7, 1992: Stray cat is all nerves

from Doomsday Clock #7 (DC, November 2018), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank, design by Amie Brockway-Metcalf, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

Bully Eats Food: Cheerios in the Shape of Hearts

Hooray! I have got Cheerios in the shape of hearts!


what the heck, General Mills

My atttorneys shall be contacting you, General Mills. I said, GOOD DAY SIR.