Saturday, January 08, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 8: And a lust for gold, and a lust for gold / Keeps us alive, keeps us alive


from "Leland Stanford: Railroad Pioneer of the West" in Real Life Comics #11 (Pines, May, 1943), pencils and inks by Maurice Gutwirth

I have cut the flashback off at this point because in the very next panel there is some pretty foul racism. Sigh. Oh, comics, will you never learn?

Today in Comics History, January 8: Happy birthday, Eric Stephenson!

Born on this day: Eric Stephenson, comic book publisher (Image Comics), writer (Spider-Man Unlimited, Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man, Bloodstrike, Brigade, Supreme, Youngblood), editor (Extreme Studios, Image) and creator (Long Hot Summer, Nowhere Men, They're Not Like Us)!


from "The Extreme Scene" promo page in Image/Extreme Studios comics cover-dated December 1993

Being Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of Image apparently comes with a big office — so big that it takes a double-page spread to show it off!

from Airboy (2015 series) #1 (Image, June 2015); script by James Robinson; pencils, inks, colors, and letters by Greg Hinkle
(Click picture to EXTREME!-size)

Here's Eric with his Image Comics bros! From left to right: Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Eric Stephenson, Robert Kirkman, Jim Valentino, and Todd McFarlane.


from I Hate Image FCBD 2017 Special (Image, May 2017); script, pencils, and inks by Skottie Young, colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, letters by Nate Piekos

Happy birthday, Eric Stephenson! And we hope you're not the same Eric Stephenson who is punching his way through this gladiator arena.


from America's Got Powers #1 (Image, April 2012), script by Jonathan Ross, pencils by Bryan Hitch, inks by Andrew Currie and Paul Neary, colors by Paul Mounts, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Today in Comics History, January 8: Happy birthday, Ken Steacy!

Born on this day in Canada (so you know he's nice!): comics artist Ken Steacy (The Original Astro Boy, Jonny Quest, Night and the Enemy, The Sacred and the Profane, his own creation Tempus Fugitive, Marvel Fanfare, Robotech: The Graphic Novel, and many more)!


from "Editori-Al" in Marvel Fanfare (1982 series) #23 (Marvel, November 1985); script, pencils, and inks by Al Milgrom

Happy birthday, Ken, and keep 'em flyin' high!


from Tempus Fugitive #1 (DC, April 1990)

Today in Comics History, January 8: Happy birthday, John Wellington!

Born on this day, comic book colorist John Wellington (The Punisher, Bullwinkle and Rocky, Detective Comics, Power Pack and much more)!


from Marvel Age #86 (Marvel, March 1990), text by Chris Eliopoulis and Barry Dutter, pencils and inks by Ron Zalme, colors by Gregory Wright

Happy birthday, John!

Today in Comics History, January 8, 1966: First comic book appearance, R. Lee Ermey


from The 'Nam #1 (Marvel, December 1986), script by Doug Murray, pencils and colors by Michael Golden, inks by Armando Gil, letters by Phil Felix

Friday, January 07, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 7: On the one hand we still don't get to see her; on the other hand, McCoy's badass beard

Born on this day sometime in the 23rd century: Joanna McCoy, the oft-discussed (by Expanded Universe) but never-seen (in canon presentations) daughter of Dr. Leonard McCoy!



from Star Trek: Year Five #25 (IDW, July 2021), script by Jim McCann, layouts by J. J. Lendl, finishes by Megan Levens, colors by Charlie Kirchoff, letters by Neil Uyetake

Happy birthday, Joanna, wherever you are. Stop hiding from us fans!

Today in Comics History, January 7: Happy birthday, Ruth Negga!

It's Ruth Negga's birthday today! She played Tulip O'Hare on Preacher!


Seeing as Ruth is not as blonde as the comic book version of Tulip, you'd think that means we'd never see a depiction of her by the late lamented legendary Preacher artist Steve Dillon, right?

Well, you'd be wrong. Partner.


cover of Preacher 1 AMC Edition promo comic (DC/AMC, July 2016), pencils and inks by Steve Dillon, colors by Matt Hollingsworth

Happy birthday, Ruth! And we miss you, Steve.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 6, 1939: Mountain Dew invented


from "The Atomic Bomb" in Real Life Comics #29 (Pines, March 1946), creators unknown

Today in Comics History, January 6: Happy birthday, Danny Thomas!

Born on this very day in 1912: pioneering actor, singer, philanthropist and nightclub comedian: Amos Muzyad Yaqoob Kairouz! That's Danny Thomas to you and me!


from Movie Love #19 (Eastern Color, December 1952), pencils and inks by Frank Fogarty




Today in Comics History, January 6: Happy birthday, Bruce Patterson!

Born on this day: comics artist/inker Bruce Patterson, who's worked on Alpha Flight, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Micronauts, Marvel Team-Up, Green Lantern, and lots more!


from Marvel Age #26 (Marvel, May 1985), text by Jim Salicrup, pencils and inks by Ron Zalme

And if you think looking for him among one-cell organisms and Micronauts is tough, just try to pick him out of the crowd at the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali fight!



cover of All-New Collectors' Edition #C-56 (DC, March 1978), layout by Joe Kubert, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Neal Adams (?) and/or Cory Adams (?), logo design by John Workman
(Click top picture to GOAT-size)

Happy birthday, Bruce!

Today (maybe?) in Comics History: January 6 (possibly?): Two-Face checks out the news



from Marvel Team-Up #103 (Marvel, March 1981), script by David Michelinie, pencils by Jerry Bingham, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Diana Albers

Today in Comics History, January 16: Happy birthday, Rowan Atkinson!

Please join me in wishing a very beany birthday to writer, actor, and comedian Rowan Atkinson (Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder, Mr. Bean, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, The Lion King, Maigret, and much more)! Also: comic book star!


from Mr Bean's Entertaining Escapades #1 (Tiger Aspect, June 2016), creators unidentified (shame!)

Happy birthday, Rowan Atkinson!



from "Blackadder" in The Comic Relief Comic one-shot (Fleetway, March 1991); pencils, inks, and color by Phil Winslade (?)

Today in Comics History, January 6: Happy birthday, Syd Barrett!

Born on this day in 1946: singer, songwriter, musician, and co-founder of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett!


from Aria: Summer's Spell #1 (Image/Avalon, March 2002); script by Brian Holguin; pencils and inks by Mark Pajarillo; colors by Raymund Lee; Edgar Tadeo; and Arsia Rozegar, letters by Dreamer Design

Happy birthday, Syd. Shine on, you crazy diamond.

Today in Comics History, January 6: Happy birthday, Artie Simek!

Born on this day in 1916: legendary Marvel letterer Artie Simek, who provied the baloons and words for hundreds of Marvel Comics and became one of the great creators of the Silver Age. He lettered and helped design many logos throughout the 1950s and 1960s Marvels, including Fantastic Four, X-Men, Thor, post-#79 Strange Tales, post-#11 Tales to Astonish, and more. (He's also the father of second-generation comics letterer Jean Simek Izzo!)


L: Marvel Tales Annual #1 (Marvel, September 1964)
R: Fantastic Four Annual (1963 series) #7 (Marvel, November 1969)




Today in Comics History, January 6: Happy birthday, Hugh Haynes!

Born on this day: comics penciller Hugh Haynes, who's worked on Nexus, Mars Attacks, Alpha Flight, Marvel Comics Presents, and a lot of Punisher comics! Check out a piece of his early fandom art here:


from FOOM #4 (Marvel, December 1973), by Hugh Haynes

Showing early work means I also get to show off a professional page Hugh drew of a hairy, hairy Frank Castle:


from Punisher (1987 series) #56 (Marvel, December 1991), script by Mike Baron, pencils by Hugh Haynes, inks by Jimmy Palmiotti, colors by Marcus David, letters by Ken Lopez

And it even includes a self-portrait! Hi, Hugh!


Happy birthday, Hugh Haynes!


from Marvel Age Special: Punisher Anniversary Magazine one-shot (Marvel, February 1994)

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 5: Martian Manhunter gets in touch with his feminine side


from the "Lady Cop" story in Gang Busters #9 (DC, April 1949), script by Phil Evans, pencils and inks by Dan Barry

Today in Comics History, January 5: Happy birthday, George Reeves!

Born on this day in 1914: Television's first Superman, George Reeves!


from Fifty Who Made DC Great one-shot (DC, 1985)




Today in Comics History, January 5, 1949: World's Tallest Jimmy Olsen snaps photograph


from "Bob Mathias: The World's Greatest Athlete" in True Comics #79 (Parents' Magazine Press, October 1949), creators unknown

Today in Comics History, January 5, 1981: Wow, her last name must be obscene


Panel from Hot Valley Days and Cocaine Nights #2 (Antarctic, January 2021), script by Matthew Spradlin, pencils and inks by Farid Karami, colors by Andrew Crossley

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 4, 1971: The Brothers Buscema figure out how to con Stan out of one panel's pay


L: from The Avengers (1963 series) #85 (Marvel, February 1971), plot by Len Wein, script by Roy Thomas, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Mike Stevens
R: from The Avengers (1963 series) #86 (Marvel, March 1971), plot by Len Wein, script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Sal Buscema, inks by Jim Mooney, letters by Shelly Leferman

Today in Comics History, January 4: Happy birthday, Johnny Lujack!

No, no, not Johnny Paycheck, but Johnny Lujack, born today in 1925! NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears (1948-1951), Heisman Trophy winner, AP Athlete of the year 1947, three-time national champion and two-time unanimous All-American (1946, 1947)!

Oh yeah! Wheaties Cereal comic book ad spokesathlete, too!


advertisement from DC Comics cover-dated January 1952

Johnny is still living in 2022 at the age of 97, so hop on over to his house and wish him a happy birthday! I betcha he can still outrun and outpass me.

Today in Comics History, January 4: Happy birthday, Chic Stone!

Born on this very day in 1923: comic book and commercial artist and inker Chic Stone (who I consider one of the best inkers of 1960s Jack Kirby FF pencils)! But Chic also drew and inked an astonishing array of comics stories and characters. Among them: Batman, Superboy, Thor, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, AMC plastic model advertisements, Garrison's Gorillas, The A-Team, and lots and lots of work at Archie Comics!

Happy birthday, Chic Stone!


from Marvel Tales Annual #1 (Marvel, September 1964)

Today in Comics History, January 4: Happy birthday, Bruno Premiani!

Hey, remember yesterday when we celebrated the birthday or DC editor Murray Boltinoff and I showed you some pretty keen panels from Doom Patrol spotlighting an appearance by Murray! Well, I hope y'all loved those panels, because one day later, here they are again, to celebrate the other creative soul in that comic story, artist Bruno Premiani, born on this day in 1907!




from The Doom Patrol (1964 series) #121 (DC, September 1968), script by Arnold Drake, pencils and inks by Bruno Premiani, letters by Ben Oda

Bruno was the co-creator of The Doom Patrol (and all its heroes, villains, and supporting characters from the 1963-68 run), and he also co-created with Bob Haney those adolescent adventures The (Original) Teen Titans! Ah, at last someone to blame for Cartoon Network running Teen Titans Go! 23 hours a day! In addition, he's drawn stories for DC's Tomahawk, Johnny Peril, and World's Finest Comics, Prize's Western Love and Black Magic, Gilberton's Classics Illustrated and The World Around Us series, and, as we like to say around her, lots more! He's also the author (with Beatriz Premiani) and illustrator of El Caballo, an excellent history and anatomy of our equine friends, which oughta help you out quite a bit with drawing your Mind Horse!

A very happy birthday to you, Bruno Premiani!

Today in Comics History, January 4, 198?: Spider-Man poses dramatically against stucco



from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #324 (Marvel, November 1989), script by David Michelinie, pencils by Erik Larsen, inks by Al Gordon, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Monday, January 03, 2022

Today in Comics History, January 3: Happy birthday, Murray Boltinoff!

Born on this day in 1911: long-time DC Comics writer/editor Murray Boltinoff, who worked on titles as far ranging as Action Comics, Adventures of Bob Hope, G.I. Wombat Combat, Leguion of Super-Heroes, The Witching Hour, Doom Patrol and Sugar and Spike! here, read more about 'im!:


from DC Comics cover-dated May 1977



Today in Comics History, January 3: Happy birthday, George Martin!

Born on this day in 1926: Sir George Martin, record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, and frequently referred to as one of the ten or twelve people who could possibly be "The Fifth Beatle."

Martin has had a long career of collaboration with recording artists include (Bully favorites) The Goons, Flanders and Swann, Dudley Moore, Bernard Cribbens, Matt Monro, Neil Sedaka, Shirley Bassey, Kenny Rogers, Elton John, and many (many!) more, in addition to composing soundtracks for films like A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Live and Let Die, among others.

And oh yeah, the Beatles.




Today in Comics History, January 3: Happy birthday, Bud LaRosa!

Born on this day: comics artist and inker Bud LaRosa (Amazing Spider-Man, X-Man, Daredevil, X-Force, and lots more), who started out as one of "Romita's Raiders"!


from Marvel Age #97 (Marvel, February 1991), text by Chris Eliopoulis and Barry Dutter, art by Ron Zalme, colors by Renee Witterstaetter

Happy birthday, Bud!