Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Today in Comics History, August 16: Happy birthday, Madonna!

Born on this day: singer, songweriter, and (ahem) actor Madonna! Marvel shoulda given her a series in the '80s, doncha think?

from Madonna #1 (Personality Comics, September 1991), script by Steven Spire III, pencils and inks by Jimmy Palmiotti, letters by Dave Sharpe

from Justice (1986 series) #20 (Marvel/New Universe, June 1988); script by Peter David, pencils by Lee Weeks, inks by Mike Gustovich, colors by Janet Jackson, letters by Agustin Mas

Why, everybody who's anybody can't stop bopping along to her infectious pop tunes!

from Madonna #1

You know, I think that girl wants to shock us.

from "The Exorsister" in Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #2 (Bongo, September 1996), script by Peter Bagge, pencils by Stephanie Gladden, inks by Tim Bavington, colors by Nathan Kane, letters by Jeannine Crowell Black and Chris Ungar

Yes, everybody loves Madonna! Almost as much as pizza.

from Batman and the Outsiders (1983 series) #27 (DC, November 1985), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Alan Davis, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by John Workman

Yeah! Madonna's back, baby!

from "Return to Sender" in Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8 (Marvel, 1988), script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Mark Bagley, inks by Keith Williams, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Also, sheesh, Peter: you need glasses.

from Amazing Spider-Man #340 (Marvel, October 1990); script by David Michelinie, pencils by Erik Larsen; inks by Randy Emberlin, Mike Machlan, and others; colors by Bob Sharen and Nel Yomtov; letters by Rick Parker

Yes, we're simply MAD about Madonna!

cover of MAD #349 (September 1996), art by C.F. Payne

Keep on trying to be in comic books, Madonna — we love your every appearance. And maybe someday you'll be popular enough to fight Wolverine.

So, happy birthday, Madonna! When you call my name it's like a little prayer!

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