Saturday, June 04, 2022

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 4: There Are No Atheists in Crime Alley


from Batman (2016 series) #53 (DC, October 2018), script by Tom King, pencils and inks by Lee Weeks, colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser, letters by Clayton Cowles

Today in Comics History, June 4, 1942: Post-Crisis replacement for Golden Age Batman apparently just hoverin' there


from Young All-Stars #20 (Winter 1988), script by Roy Thomas and Dann Thomas, pencils by Ron Harris, inks by Tony DeZuñiga, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by David C. Weiss

Today in Comics History, June 4, 2015: Don't be silly, cats can't be taxi drivers


from Yellow Cab (IDW, May 2022), by Christophe Chabouté, based on the novel by Benoît Cohen

Today in Comics History, June 4, 1942: "You people, you're all astronauts in some kind of...star wars."

Today in Comics History? Yes! It is history, because note the year: 1941! And today, it's...well, todat is not December 7, 1941, not in this panel (see ya again in December, panel!)...


from What If? (1977 series) #14 (Marvel, April 1979), script by Don Glut, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Pablo Marcos, colors by "D. R. Martin", letters by Tom Orzechowski

Yes, it's the infamous issue of What If? that gives us SGT. FURY IN SPAAAAAAACE(aaaace aaaace aaaace)!



Today in Comics History, June 4, 1942: Key kept under welcome mat flies away


from Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys one-shot (IDW, July 2011), script by Joe Hill, pencils and inks by Gabriel Rodriguez, colors by Jay Fotos

Today in Comics History, June 4: Aquaman lends a hand


variant cover of Heroes in Crisis #4 (DC, March 2019), art by Ryan Sook

WHO PHOTOGRAPHED THIS?!?



from Aquaman (1994 series) #2 (September 1994), script by Peter David, pencils by Martin Egeland, inks by Brad Vancata, colors by Tom McCraw, letters by Dan Nakrosis

Today in Comics History, June 4, 1998: A tense moment between Boy and Jack FroOH HEY LOOK BEEPERS OPEN 24 HOURS!!!


from The Invisibles (1997 series) #17 (DC/Vertigo, August 1998), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Chris Weston, inks by Ray Kryssing, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

Today in Comics History, June 4, 1935: Curtiss Robin breaks the record formerly held by Alley Kirstie


from "Hop Harrigan's History of American Aviation" in All-American Comics #45 (DC, December 1942); script, pencils, and inks by Joe L. Blummer

Today in Comics History, June 4, 1951: Who is this mysterious man marrying Janet Leigh?

Aw, c'mon, his birthday was yesterday, weren't you paying attention? A: Tony Curtis.


from "Who Am I?" in Movie Love #14 (Eastern Color, April 1952), pencils and inks by Harold LeDoux

Today in Comics History, June 4, 2064: Fur and gas masks make a fashionable comeback


from "Class of 2064" in New Talent Showcase (1984 series) #2 (February 1984), script by Todd Klein, pencils and inks by Scott Hampton, colors by Shelley Eiber, letters by Todd Klein

And just in case you need a recap...


from "Class of 2064" in New Talent Showcase (1984 series) #3 (March 1984)

Today in Comics History, June 4: Happy birthday, Josef Rubinstein!

Born today: comic book artist and inker Josef Rubinstein (Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Uncanny X-Men, OHOTMU, Captain America, Wolverine, and many more)!


from Marvel Age #30, 54, and 90 (Marvel, September 1985, September 1987, and July 1990); text by Jim Salicrup (#30), Mike Carlin (#54) and Chris Eliopoulis and Barry Dutter (#90); pencils and inks by Ron Zalme; colors by Andy Yachus (#30), Paul Becton (#54) and Renee Witterstaetter (#90)

Who knows what darkness hides in the blackness of inks? The Shadow of Joe Rubinstein knows (here with cute-as-a-button Ann Nocenti)!


from "Editori-Gal" in Marvel Fanfare (1982 series) #12 (Marvel, January 1984), script by Ann Nocenti (?), pencils and inks by Al Milgrom, letters by Rick Parker (?)

Guaranteed to make you feel old: the phrase "That was back in 1971 — Joe's pushing twenty now."


"DC Profiles" from DC comics cover-dated October 1977

Can you find Josef Rubinstein at Superman's wedding?



from Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot (DC, December 1996), pencils by Dan Jurgens, inks by Jerry Ordway, colors by Glenn Whitmore, letters by Bill Oakley
(Click top picture to honeymoon-size)

Happy birthday, Joe!

Friday, June 03, 2022

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 3: Crisis on Infinite Pearls


from Batman/Superman (2019 series) #1 (October 2019), script by Joshua Williamson, pencils and inks by David Marquez, colors by Alejandro Sánchez, letters by John J. Hill

Today in Comics History, June 3: Happy birthday, Tony Curtis!

Born on this day in 1925: screen and television actor Tony Curtis!!

Now, if'n you're a fan of Tony Curtis (and who ain't?), you can save your money and send away for his photo from comic book ads…



from DC Comics cover-dated September 1957 and September 1958

...or: do what I do! And clip his picture out of the comic books, perhaps decreasing the value of your comics, but certainly increasing the Tony Curtis Quotient of your walls!

(romantic sigh as I gaze at Tony)


cover of Thrilling Romances #24 (Pines, January 1954)




Today in Comics History, June 3: Happy birthday, Jerry Serpe!

Born on this day in 1919: Jerry Serpe, longtime DC Comics colorist (Unknown Soldier, Action Comics, G.I. Combat, Kamandi, Warlord, Wonder Woman, DC Comics Presents, Super Friends, and many more)!


from DC Comics cover-dated dated July 1979

Happy birthday, Jerry!

Today in Comics History, June 3: Happy birthday, Bob LeRose!

Born on this day in 1921: advertising artist and DC Comics colorist Bob LeRose (Action Comics, Detective Comics, Justice League of America, Legion of Super-Heroes, Batman Family, DC Special, Robin, World's Finest Comics, Secrets of Haunted House, G.I. Combat, Weird Western Tales, Who's Who, more; plus the cover artist or colorist of Mayfair Games's DC Heroes roleplaying games)!


from DC Comics cover-dated October 1978

Can you find Bob celebrating his birthday at the Superman/Muhammad Ali prize 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, Bob!

Today in Comics History, June 3, 2015: Hostile Architecture Comics and Stories #1 premieres


from Yellow Cab (IDW, May 2022), by Christophe Chabouté, based on the novel by Benoît Cohen

Today in Comics History, June 3, 1898: Captain Obvious issues the command to grow luxurious mustaches


from Picture Stories from American History #4 (EC, Summer 1947), script by Jerry Coleman, pencils and inks by Allen Simon

Today in Comics History, June 3: Dear National Lampoon, I did not give you permission to print my dating life



from "Boys Romances" in National Lampoon Magazine v.1 #21 (National Lampoon, December 1971), script by Doug Kenney, pencils and inks by Joe Orlando

Today in Comics History, June 4: Happy birthday, Sid Greene!

Born today in 1921: comic book penciller and inker Sid Greene, (Batman, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, Justice League of America, Mystery in Space, From Beyond the Unknown, Strange Adventures, The Atom and many others), shown here in the purple suit (with writer Gardner Fox, editor Julius Schwartz, and DC production staffer Ed Eisenberg) and at the extreme right in the lower panel.


from "The Strange Adventure that Really Happened!" in Strange Adventures (1950 series) #140 (DC, May 1962), script by Gardner Fox, pencils and inks by Sid Greene

Happy birthday, Sid!

Today in Comics History, June 3, 1998: Room key fob at Cannibal Motel is not reassuring


from The Invisibles (1997 series) #17 (DC/Vertigo, August 1998), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Chris Weston, inks by Ray Kryssing, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

Today in Comics History, June 3, 1992: Angry that Jupiter's Legacy is cancelled, Mark Millar pastes Midnighter to the wall


from Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority #4 (WildStorm, November 2000), script by Mark Millar, pencils by John McCrea, inks by James Hodgkins, colors by Ian Hannin, letters by Bill O'Neil

Today in Comics History, June 3, 1944: Joel and the Bots invade Normandy


from The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016 series) #8 (DC, September 2016), script and pencils by Renae De Liz; inks, colors, and letters by Ray Dillon

Today in Comics History, June 3, 1965: But everyone knew her as Nancy


from Briggs Land #1 (Dark Horse, August 2016), pencils and inks by Mack Chater, colors by Lee Loughridge and Jeremy Colwell, letters by Nate Piekos

Today in Comics History, June 3, 1959: Our iron man technology is lightyears behind


from newuniversal: 1959 #1 (Marvel/New Universe, September 2008), script by Kieron Gillen, pencils and inks by Greg Scott and Kody Chamberlain, colors by Val Staples, letters by Ed Dukeshire

Thursday, June 02, 2022

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 2: Wolverine is jealous of Batman's origin


from Batman: Creature of the Night #4 (January 2020); script by Kurt Busiek; pencils, inks, and colors by John Paul Leon; letters by Todd Klein

Today in Comics History, June 2, 1885: In a world with Al Swearengen, the language of money is rated NC-17


from Two-Gun Kid: Sunset Riders #1 (Marvel, November 1995), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Christian Gorney, inks by Michael Halblieb, colors by Marie Javins, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, June 2, 1898: Britain just basically throws their hands up in the air and says the hell with it


back cover of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #4 (America's Best Comics, November 1999), pencils and inks by Kevin O'Neill, colors by Benedict Dimagmaliw

Today in Comics History, June 2, 1941: We remember Lou Gehrig

No jokes or snark, folks, just saluting one of baseball's greatest players on the anniversary of his death.


from "Lou Gehrig: Baseball's Iron Horse" in It Really Happened #5 (Pines, October 1946), pencils and inks by Sam Cooper (?)

Today in Comics History, June 2, 1994: Tony Stark keeps his pants on for once


from "The Media Takes On Tony Stark" in Iron Man Annual (1976 series) #15 (Marvel, 1994), text by Len Kaminski and Scott Benson, pencils and inks by Kevin Hopgood

Today in Comics History, June 2: Happy birthday, Ruth Atkinson!

Born today in 1918: pioneering female cartoonist and comic writer/artist Ruth Atkinson: Lovers' Lane, Heroic Comics, Boy Meets Girl, Jungle Comics ("Tabu"), Wings Comics ("Wing Tips"), Club 16, and more. She created and first drew Marvel's Millie "The Model" Collins and co-created Patsy Walker in the pages of Miss America Magazine.


"Spotlight: Ruth Atkinson" in Girl Comics (2010 series) #2 (Marvel, July 2010)

If you think comics in the Golden Age were the sole work of white men, oh boy, wow, you got anothere think coming, brother. There's an entire pantheon of women cartoonists across comics strips and books, and Marvel had their own big names among 'em. Here's a short comic story that spotlights them, including Atkinson.




from "Golden Girls" in Fearless #4 (Marvel, December 2019); script by Trina Robbins; pencils, inks, and colors by Marguerite Sauvage; letters by Cardinal Rae

So who says that women don't belong in comics as either heroes or creators? Jerks. Jerks say that.

Happy birthday, Ruth!


Today in Comics History, June 2, 1998: Invention of Baja Blast Mountain Dew


from The Invisibles (1997 series) #17 (DC/Vertigo, August 1998), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Chris Weston, inks by Ray Kryssing, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein