Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 12: Burning the ground, I break from the crowd / I'm on the hunt, I'm after you

Happy birthday to the hairest dawg of the 30th and/or 31st century, that lupine luminary of the Legion: Brin Londo, Timber Wolf!

from Super DC Calendar 1976

Each of us has within them three wolfs, which is nothin' compared to Timber "I've got lots of wolves in me" Wolf. F'r instance, when he premiered, he looked like this (and was called "Lone Wolf")!

from "The Lone Wolf Legionnaire!" in Adventure Comics #327 (DC, December 1964), script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils and inks by John Forte, letters by Milt Snapinn

Later on, just as the Legionnaires were thinking about unceremoniously dumping Superboy out of his own title, what with him throwing his beer cans around the clubhouse and just generally stinkin' up the place, Timber Wolf, or at least his hairstyle, had become more bestial in nature:

cover of Superboy [starring the Legion of Super-Heroes] (1949 series) #197 (DC, September 1973), pencils and inks by Nick Cardy

Then, after the Crisis...and I think we see where I'm going with this...he looked like this:

Left: Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #23 (DC, January 1987); pencils and inks by Steve Lightle
Right: Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #6 (DC, October 1988); pencils and inks by Mike Zeck, colors by Carl Gafford
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Me, I really liked him when he was a Squishmallow!

from Legion of Super-Heroes (1989 series) #3 (DC, January 1990), story and pencils by Keith Giffen, story assist and dialogue by Tom Bierbaum and Mary Bierbaum, story assist and inks by Al Gordon, colors by Tom McCraw, letters by Todd Klein

Brin got a new look and a new miniseries at teh same, which goes to prove, as always: The New DC: There's No Stopping Us Now!

cover of Timber Wolf #4 (DC, February 1993), pencils by Joe Phillips

Let's get...ANIMATED!

cover of The Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #2 (DC, July 2007); pencils, inks, and colors by Steve Uy

Fourteen reboots and a Bendis or two later, our birthday beast is lookin' pretty much th way he started out: with a five-o'clock shadow and ready to rumble.

from Legion of Super-Heroes (2020 series) #1 (January 2020), script by Brian Michael Bendis, pencils by Ryan Sook, inks by Ryan Sook and Wade Von Grawbadger, colors by Jordie Bellaire, letters by Dave Sharpe (c

Whichever version you are, happy birthday, Timber Wolf!

1 comment:

Matthew E said...

Q: What's a werewolf's favourite sauce base?
A: A ROUX!!!!!!