Saturday, February 05, 2022

Face It Tiger February, Day 5: Well, we might as well get this one over with early, sigh

from Trouble #1 (Marvel/Epic, September 2003), script by Mark Millar, pencils by Terry Dodson, inks by Rachel Dodson, colors by Matt Hollingsworth, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Today in Comics History, February 5: Happy birthday, Shadow Lass!

It's a dark day, a very dark day indeed. But that's no reason not to celebrate, because it's the one-thousand-years-in-the-future birthday of Shadow Lass, Damsel of Darkness Tasmia Mallor out of the Legion of Super-Heroes!

from Super DC Calendar 1976 (DC, 1975), letters by Ben Oda

Today in Comics History, February 5: Happy birthday, Bruce Timm!

Born on this date, this one right here: comics and animation creator, artist, designer, producer and voice actor Bruce Timm! He's written for, showrun, and produced the DC Anaimated Universe, which kicked off with his co-creation of Batman: The Animated Series and includes the Superman and Justice League cartoons. He's also written a lot of comics: Adventures of the Mask for Dark Horse, Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine for Marvel, and a slew (is that the past tense of cole slaw?) of DC Comics in the Animated Adventures universe, including the acclaimed The Batman Adventures: Mad Love special. Oh, and he co-created Harley Quinn! Whatta clown.

from Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego one-shot (DC, September 2014), script by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, pencils and inks by Javier Garron, colors by Paul Mounts, letters by John J. Hill

Addition on February 4, 2023: New material printed in green.

Mind you, Bruce can be a pretty draconian boss.

from Harley Quinn (2014 series) #0 (DC, January 2014), script by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, pencils and inks by Bruce Timm, colors by one o' these guys, letters by John J. Hill

Happy birthday, Bruce!

from Heartthrobs #1 (DC/Vertigo, January 1999)

Today in Comics History, February 5: Happy birthday, George Evans!

Born on this day in 1920: comics artist George Evans, who did stories for Planet Comics, Wings Comics, When Worlds Collide for Dell and Captain Video for Fawcett, lots of Classics Illustrated issues, and of course EC Comics classics in Crime SuspenStories, The Haunt of Fear, Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales, Shock SuspenStories, and much, much more!

from Fromline Combat #13 (EC, July 1953)

Wow, and I thought I used a lot of ellipses. Here's George and the whole dang EC Bunch in the original art for an EC subscription ad by Will Elder!

"The Board of Educational Comics" EC subscription advertisement by Will Elder
(Click picture to adult-education-size)

And here's a Christmas appearance by George, and again, all the ghouls and boils at EC!

from "The Night Before Christmas" in Panic #1 (DC, February 1954), adapated from the poem by Charles Clement Moore, pencils and inks by Will Elder, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Jim Wroten

Happy birthday, George!

Addition on February 5, 2023: New material printed in green.

from Squa Tront #3 (Jerry Weist, 1967), pencils and inks by George Evans

Today in Comics History, February 5, 1968: Seven is not a lucky number in Vietnam

from The 'Nam #82 (Marvel, July 1993), script by Don Lomax, pencils and inks by Wayne Vansant, colors by John Kalisz, letters by Phil Felix

Friday, February 04, 2022

Face It Tiger February, Day 4: Well, at least in this version her father won't try to kill you

from Mary Jane: Homecoming #3 (Marvel, July 2005), script by Sean McKeever, pencils by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Christina Strain, letters by Dave Sharpe

Today in Comics History, February 4: Happy birthday, Fred Ray!

Born on this day in 1920: comics artist Fred Ray, the primary cover artist of DC's Superman and Action Comics magazines during the 1940s, who refiuned and shaped Superman's appearance character from early inconsistency to a powerful icon. Among his other work: drawing Batman and Robin and Congorilla, among others, including twenty-plus years drawing Tomahawk. Ray was an extensive authority on military uniforms of the Revolutionary War and a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, and wrote non-fiction books on the subject.

from Limited Collectors' Edition #C-47 [Superman Salutes the Bicentennial] (DC, August 1976), self-portrait by Fred Ray

Happy birthday, Fred!


Today in Comics History, February 4: Happy birthday, Betty Friedan!

Born on this day in 1921: Betty Friedan, feminist/activist! Also: author of the seminal text of second-wave feminism, The Feminine Mystique!

from Fantastic Four: Life Story #2 (Marvel, August 2001), script by Mark Russell, pencils and inks by Sean Izaakse, colors by Nolan Woodard, letters by Joe Caramagna

Edit on February 4, 2023: New material printed in green.

So unless you're got six arms, celebrate the day by taking your best girl out to see a sexy movie!

from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #101 (Marvel, October 1971), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Artie Simek

Happy birthday, Ms. Friedan!

Today in Comics History, February 4: Welcome to My Nightmare (Happy birthday, Alice Cooper!)

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published October 31, 2011.

It's a birthday of note today, so let's take a moment to examine, from a safe distance, the spookiest, weirdest, scariest comic book that Marvel Comics has ever published!


Okay, now that we've seen that, let's look at a comic book about rock 'n' roller Alice Cooper, who was born today. Happy birthday, Alice!

from Avengers #153 (Marvel, November 1976), script by Gerry Conway, breakdowns by John Buscema, finishes by Joe Sinnott, colors by Petra Goldberg, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, February 4, 1934: Constant exposure to 1930s newspapers gives man blue hair

from Nathaniel Dusk #4 (DC, May 1984), script by Don McGregor, pencils by Gene Colan, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, February 4, 1971: I'd rather be a hammer than a nail / Yes, I would / If I only could / I surely would

cover of Daredevil (1964 series) #75 (Marvel, April 1971), pencils (and colors?) by Marie Severin, inks by Tom Palmer (?), letters by Morrie Kuramoto

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Face It Tiger February, Day 3: A sorta fairytale with you

from Spider-Man: Fairy Tales #1 (Marvel, July 2007), script by C.B. Cebulski and David Sexton, pencils and inks (and colors?) by Ricardo Tércio, letters by ArtMonkeys

Today in Comics History, February 3: Happy birthday, Tim Conrad!

Born on this day: Tim Conrad, comics artist and inker on Kull, Conan, Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, Epic Illustrated, and more!

from Mighty Marvel Calendar 1977 (Marvel, December 1976)

Happy birthday, Tim!

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Today in Comics History, February 2: Happy birthday, Tommy Smothers!

Born on this day: comedian, musician, and yo-yo expert Tom Smothers, half of comedy team The Smothers Brothers!

from MAD #122 (October 1968), script by Ronnie Nathan, art by Jack Rickard

from MAD #136 (July 1970), script by Stan Hart, art by George Woodbridge

I grew up with the comedy record of Aesop's Fables: The Smothers Brothers Way...

...and I didn't learn until much later how controversial they were with their sociopolitical TV comedy on CBS!

from MAD #142 (April 1971), script by Arnie Kogen, art by Angelo Torres

Happy birthday, Tommy! Tell that brother of yours to get you a good gift. After all, Mom always did like him best.

from Simpsons Comics #162 (Bongo, January 2010), script by Ian Boothby, pencils by Phil Ortiz, inks by Mike DeCarlo, colors by Art Villanueva, letters by Karen Bates

Today in Comics History, February 2: Happy birthday, James Joyce!

Please raise a Guinness (but don't touch it until that head settles) along with me to wish Irish novelistist, poet, and critic James Joyce, born on this day in 1882, a very happy birthday. Sláinte, Jimbo!

from Dotter of Her Father's Eyes (Dark Horse, February 2012); script by Mary M. Talbot; pencils, inks, colors and letters by Bryan Talbot

Yes, of course if James Joyce (and hey, for no extra price, Ernest Hemingway) had to appear in a comic, it better be a Vertigo book, right?

from Shade the Changing Man (1990 series) #31 (DC/Vertigo, January 1993), script by Peter Milligan, pencils by Colleen Doran, inks by Mark Buckingham, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

And of course, their paths violently intersect with that of Shade. Well, it was either him or Swamp Thing. And Hemingway woulda tried to smoke Swampy.

Now, one of the first things you do when the giants of literature are mystically transported to your contemporary times, is never, ever let them read their own books. And even if that should happen, what you really have to watch out for it keeping them away from reading their own biographies OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD SHADE YOU HAD ONE JOB

from Shade the Changing Man (1990 series) #32 (DC/Vertigo, February 1993), script by Peter Milligan, pencils by Colleen Doran, inks by PAblo Marcos, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

Well, at least there's always Trieste.


from Dotter of Her Father's Eyes

Happy birthday, James.

Today in Comics History, February 2, Groundhog Day: Everything you know* is wrong!

from "Forecasts and Foolery" in Real Fact Comics #19 (DC, March 1949), pencils, inks, and colors by Raymond Perry

*About groundhogs.

Face It Tiger February, Day 2: We'll go dancing in the dark / Walking through the park and reminiscing

from Amazing Spider-Man Annual '97 [#30] (Marvel, September 1997), co-plot by Kurt Busiek, co-plot and script by Roger Stern, pencils by Tom Lyle, inks by Robert Jones, colors by Matt Webb, letters by Kiff Scholl

Today in Comics History, February 2, Groundhog Day: It's Grover Groundhog Day!

It's come to my attention (I heard it on the grapevine) that some of you folks are not familiar with the fine Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comic books DC used to put out in the 1950s and '60s, and that's a shame, because they are really fun comics about the (non-Rankin Bass) adventures of that titular young elk with the crimson proboscis, and (my point, and I do have one) his best pal Grover Groundhog.

from "The King That Outlawed Christmas" in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Annual #4 (DC, December 1953), script by Sy Reit (?), pencils and inks by Rube Grossman

Grover's become quite a icon here 'round these parts, and for several years he was the official mascot on Groundhog Day for Comics Oughta Be Fun! If you've missed the previous posts in this series, never fear! Altho' I haven't any groundhog content for 2022, there's still plenty of old, meaty, groundhog posts to get yourselves aquainted with this fuzzy little fellow full of love and, if that old rhyhme is correct, wood. Click on any (or all!) of the banners below to get all the posts from that year's aptly-titled Grover Groundhog Day!

And there was one entry for 2018.

So remember, kids: even when there's six more weeks of winter, there's still always time for Grover Groundhog!

Today in Comics History, February 2: "Do you want Harvey Dents? Because that's how we get Harvey Dents."

from "Two Split Seconds on Division Street" in Batman: The Audio Adventures Special one-shot (DC, December 2021), script by Ike Barinholtz and Dennis McNicholas, pencils and inks by Derec Aucoin, colors by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Pat Brosseau

Today in Comics History, February 2: Happy birthday, Sub-Mariner!

Born on this day: Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner! What, you didn't think he had a canonical birthday? Check it out:

from "Courage!" in Sub-Mariner (1954 series) #36 (Marvel/Atlas, November 1954); script, pencils, inks, and letters by Bill Everett

Happy birthday, Namor, ya ol' sea-cow, you!

Today in Comics History, February 2: Happy birthday, Farrah Fawcett!

Born on this day in 1947: Farrah Fawcett...

cover of Emma #57 (D. C. Thomson, 24 March 1979)

Today in Comics History, February 2, 1945: First Yellow Cab is a lot yellower than anyone expected

from "The Red-Headed Monster" in Crime Must Pay the Penalty #33/1 (Ace, February 1948), pencils and inks by Al Camy

Today in Comics History, February 2, 1935: Well, at least he went out with dignity

from "Walter Leganza: The Tri-State Devil" in Crime Must Pay the Penalty #2 (Ace, June 1948), pencils by Ken Battefield

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Face It Tiger February, Day 1: You never forget your first

It's February! It's the Year of the Tiger! And what better time is there for a new feature, something amazing, spectacular, web of! Yes, it's a whole month of Mr. Tawky Tawny HEY! Get yer grubby hands off my keyboard, Tawny! I told ya already, not this month! Aw, great, now look, I made him cry.

No, but it is a t'riffic month to bring you a Face It Tiger, You Hit the Jackpot! scene on each day, every day of February! WOW! And we may as well start it off right here with the original!

from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #42 (Marvel, November 1966), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by John Romita, letters by Sam Rosen

WOW-ZA! A-ROOGA! HOTCHY MOTCHY! Uh, I mean, hello, Miss Watson.

More of this every day this month, if my little stuffed heart can stand it.

There, there, Mr. Tawky Tawny, you know I didn't mean it. Have a cookie.

Today in Comics History, February 1: Well, time to start up the Select Committee to Investigate the February 1 Attack on the Government

Today, it's February First and Fiery Forces the Fuman Forch...I mean, the Human Torch (original flavor) and his atomic fireball pal Toro have discovered some dastardly plan (but don't they always)!

from "No One Can Stop the Hypnotist*" in Young Men (1953 series) #27 (Marvel/Atlas, April 1954), script by Joe Gill, pencils and inks by Carl Burgos

(*Yeah, and they said nobody beats the Wiz, but they've been out of business for years.)

Torch 'n Toro rush to their favorite pal cop Chief Wilson (seriously, Jim Hammond, stop doin' that: ACWAB.) and find out something sinister is about to happen on February 1, thanks to a mysterious figure known only as (dun dun dun) "The Hypnotist!" Oh no, he's gonna make us all think we're chickens!

The Hypnotist is extending his tendrils everywhere? (Wait, shouldn't he be called "The Jellyfish" if that's true?) He's even enlisting the help of evil Mexican luchadores in India! The Torches uncover the secret plot (by, uh, hearing it yelled around the world) to topple all the world's governments on February 1, even the really heavy ones like Britain's House of Lords and the All-Lead Palace of King Pb of Pbistan!

Luckily, the Flambé Foursome Duo halt the Hypnotist, who's a vampire or an alien sludge monster or somethin', we don't know, gotta wrap the story up in the next three panels. The Torch sums it up by asserting that they've stopped "the greatest evil the world has ever known." ?!?? Jim, you killed Hitler.