Saturday, June 18, 2022

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 18: Tourist Trap


from Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special (DC, May 2017), script by Mark Russell, pencils by Rick Leonardi, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Steve Buccellato, letters by Dave Sharpe
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Today in Comics History, June 18, 2000: Lovely cows killed; Johnny Cash is blamed


from Section Zero (2019 series) #1 (Image/Shadowline, April 2019), script and inks by Karl Kesel, pencils by Tom Grummett, colors by Benedict Dimagmaliw, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, June 18, 1881: I warned you you'd have to see these pages again...

...back on June 10, and here they are again!



"The Fight That Failed" from Jumbo Comics #105 (Fiction House, November 1947), text by Henry Wysham Lanier

See you again with this chilling story on July 29!

Today in Comics History, June 18: Happy birthday, Bud Collyer!

Born on this day in 1908: Bud Collyer, the voice of radio's Superman (and on the 1966 Filmation animated series)!


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

As befits every great celebrity, he got drawn into MAD by Mort Drucker, first as "Bud Cholera," host of Beat the Clock...


from "The 'Violence Trend' on TV" in MAD #58 (October 1960); script by Sy Reit, Dave Berg, Frank Jacobs, and Larry Siegel; pencils and inks by Mort Drucker

...and even as precisely himself!


from "The Minute That TV Show is Over" in MAD #85 (March 1964), script by Stan Hart, pencils by Mort Drucker

Happy birthday, Bud!

Today in Comics History, June 18, 1981: Here comes the bridegoon


Doonesbury (June 1, 1981) by Garry Trudeau

Today in Comics History, June 18, 1918: Thanks, Dad




from "Ghost of a Yank!" in Sgt. Rock (1977 series) #324 (DC, January 1979), script by Robert Kanigher, pencils and inks by Frank Redondo, colors by Tatjana Wood, letters by Esphid Mahilum

Today in Comics History, June 18, 1792: Maybe Marie Antoinette should give up on the before-bedtime toasted cheese


from Deadpool Annual (2019 series) #1 (2019), script by Dana Schwartz, pencils by Reilly Brown, inks by Nelson DeCastro with Craig Yeung, colors by Matt Herms, letters by Joe Sabino

Today in Comics History, June 18, 1804: Opening line of a Ladybird Book


from Manifest Destiny #7 (Image, June 2014), script by Chris Dingess, pencils and inks by Matthew Roberts, colors by Owen Gieni, letters by Pat Brosseau

Friday, June 17, 2022

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 17: There Is No Hope in Central Park



from Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1 (Marvel, December 2018), script by Dennis Hopeless*, pencils by Alé Garza, inks by Victor Olazaba, colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Joe Caramagna

*See?

Today in Comics History, June 17: Happy birthday, Wally Wood!

Born on this day in 1927: comics artist, writer, publisher Wally Wood, one of EC's greatest creators (Weird Fantasy, Weird Science, Tales from the Crypt, Shock SuspenStories, Two-Fisted Tales, Aces High and others) and a major figure at Marvel (Daredveil, Astonishing Tales, Tower of Shadows, more), DC (All Star Comics, The Unexpected, All-American Men of War, etc.), Warren (Creepy, Ererie, Blazing Combat, Vampirella, others) and in commercial art. He co-created Stilt-Man, THUNDER Agents and NoMan, Tigra, Power Girl, the Ani-Men, Sally Forth and Cannon — plus the famous "22 Panels That Always Work"!


from "Flight into Fear!" in Tower of Shadows #5 (Marvel, May 1970); script, pencils, and inks by Wally Wood; letters by Sam Rosen




Today in Comics History, June 17: Happy birthday, Charles Gounod! (or, "Lois Lane Should Never Babysit")

Born on this date in 1818: French composer Charles Gounod, who wrote the operas Faust, Roméo et Juliette and others, and many short pieces including the popular Funeral March of a Marionette ("The Alfred Hitchcock Theme")! And because we don't want to go to the opera tonight (geez, it's a Friday, let us rest!) here's another patented BullysNotes Guide to the Famous Operas! Memorize it and forget it!


"Famous Operas: Faust" in Classics Illustrated #74 (Gilberton, August 1950), creators unkcredited and unknown




Today in Comics History, June 17, 1953: You're (Not) Havin' My Baby


from "The End!" in Weird Fantasy (1951 series) #13 (EC, May 1952), script by Al Feldstein, pencils and inks by Wally Wood, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Jim Wroten

June 17 is also Wally Wood's birthday, and it's likely not coincidence that's the date used in this story!

Today in Comics History, June 17, 1775: A whole lotta looking for the whites of a whole lotta eyes


from "Historical Almanac" in Real Fact Comics #21 (DC, July 1949), pencils and inks by Joe Kubert




Today in Comics History, June 17, 1885: Marvel Western becomes a genteel drawing room comedy


from Two-Gun Kid: Sunset Riders #2 (Marvel, December 1995), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Christian Gorney and Alex Maleev, inks by Michael Halblieb, colors by Michael Kraiger and Shannon Blanchard, color separations by Malibu, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, June 17, 1972: Birthday of a kid, who, since he's born in an EC Comic, is probably a mutant or an alien or Hitler*


from "Child of Tomorrow!" in Weird Fantasy (1950 series) #17 (EC, January 1951); co-plot, script, pencils, and inks by Al Feldstein; co-plot by Bill Gaines; colors by Marie Severin; letters by Jim Wroten

The entire story was redrawn by Reed Crandall for the third EC 3-D issue, but it went unpublished until EC fanzine Squa Tront published it in 1970:


from "Child of Tomorrow!" in Squa Tront (1967 series) #4 (Jerry Weist, 1970), co-plot and script by Al Feldstein, co-plot by Bill Gaines, pencils and inks by Reed Crandall, letters by Jim Wroten

*It was a mutant.

Today in Comics History, June 17, 1936: Don't put your cash up in that ketchup


"She Murdered for Money!" in Sensational Police Cases #4 (Avon, July 1954), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History Future, June 17, 2026: Aw geez, Future State, what have you wrought


from Doomsday Clock #12 (DC, February 2020), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

Thursday, June 16, 2022

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 16: Now tinted in blue for your reading enjoyment

from Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 one-shot (DC, January 2021), script by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, pencils and inks by Dexter Soy, colors by Ivan Plascencia, letters by Troy Peteri
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Today in Comics History, June 16, 1964: In Soviet Russia, you stand on tank


from Spy Hunter & Paper Boy #1 (DC, June 2021), script by Larry Hama, art by Mac Rey, letters by Pat Brosseau

Today in Comics History, June 16: Happy birthday, Ron Hogan!

Born on this day: my personal pal and a good egg all around, writer and editor Ron Hogan!


Ron's not a comic book creator, but he is the author of the excellent writing book Our Endless and Proper Work, which I consult all the time! Look, I have photographic evidence. You can get a copy for yourself!





Today in Comics History, June 16, 1885: Mxyzptlk steals the U.S. Capitol and puts it in Iowa


from Two-Gun Kid: Sunset Riders #2 (Marvel, December 1995), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Christian Gorney and Alex Maleev, inks by Michael Halblieb, colors by Michael Kraiger and Shannon Blanchard, color separations by Malibu, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, June 16, 9998K: Oh, we can't have nice things

On this day in the Kryptonian year 9,998: Krypton goes kaplooie! I wouldn't use that phrasing around Superman, though.


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




Today in Comics History, June 16, 1775: The Battle of "Eh, Stifle It Edith" Hill is fought

Actually, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on the 17th. But preparations for the battle began on the 16th...


from "The Battle of Bunker Hill" in Jerry Drummer #11 (Charlton, July 1957), script by Joe Gill (?), pencils and inks by Maurice Whitman, letters by Jon D'Agostino

...but several comics use today's date for the battle itself.

Well, they're wrong.


from "The Story of Old Glory" in Real Life Comics #4 (Pines, April 1942), creators uncredited and unknown

Tomorrow, I'll feature comics stories that actually take place on the 17th, but for now, enjoy these slightly-misdated panels!


from "Bunker Hill!" in Two-Fisted Tales #25 (EC, January 1952), script by Harvey Kurtzman, pencils and inks by Wally Wood, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Ben Oda

Today in Comics History, June 16: Happy birthday, Dan Cuddy!

Born on this day: Dan Cuddy, assistant editor at Marvel during the '90s (Alpha Flight, Amazing Spider-Man, New Warriors, Marvel Tales, RoboCop, Toxic Avenger, and lots more)!


from Marvel Age #90 and 102 (Marvel, July 1990 and July 1991), text by Chris Eliopoulis and Barry Dutter, pencils and inks by Ron Zalme, colors by Renee Witterstaetter




Today in Comics History, June 16, 1940: The Name of This Panel Is Talking Heads


from "Operation Secret" in Movie Love #18 (Eastern Color, December 1952), pencils and inks by Harold LeDoux

Today in Comics History, June 16: Happy birthday, Frank Thorne!

Born today in 1930: Comics and fantasy artist Frank Thorne (Red Sonja, Danger Rangerette, Ghita of Alizarr, Ribit and more!).


from Mighty Marvel calendar 1977, 1978 and 1979




Today in Comics History, June 16: Giant tree goes right next to highway for no apparent reason


from The Flash (2016 series) #70 (July 2019), script by Joshua Williamson, pencils and inks by Howard Porter, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Steve Wands

I got the attention of artist Howard Porter when I first posted this on Twitter! Luckily he was a good sport about it!


Twitter conversation from June 17, 2021; retrieved June 16, 2022

Today in Comics History, June 16: Happy birthday, Stan Laurel!

Born on this day in 1890: comedian, actor, writer and producer Stan Laurel, the skinny half of Laurel and Hardy!


from "Bobby" in Jumbo Comics #5 (Fiction House, January 1939); script, pencils, and inks by S.M. Iger




Today in Comics History, June 16, 1945: Astrology is only good for predicting terrible things


from The Invisibles (1997 series) #2 (March 1997), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Phil Jimenez, inks by John Stokes, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

Today in Comics History, June 16: Happy birthday, Jack Keller!

Born on this day in 1922, comic book artist Jack Keller! Jack worked for Quality (Blackhawk), Marvel/Atlas (Kid Colt, Outlaw) and Charlton (lots of hot rod titles including Grand Prix, Hot Rod Racers, Hot Rods and Racing Cars, Teenage Hotrodders, Drag 'n' Wheels, Surf 'n' Wheels, World of Wheels), and others!


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

Keller drew a short series of comic book stories starring his son Robbie's real-life forays into model and Pinewood Derby Racing, and guest-stars in this one! Also guest-starring: the usual terrible Charlton plastic-late smeared printing process!



from "The Last Chance" in Hot Rods and Racing Cars #88 (Charlton, December 1967); script, pencils, and inks by Jack Keller

Happy birthday, Jack!