Saturday, July 16, 2022

Today in Comics History, July 16, 189X: This isn't going well, as the captions continue to tell you

And so it goes since July 6...


from Marvel Classics Comics #9 [Dracula] (Marvel, 1976), script by Naunerle Farr, pencils (and inks?) by Nestor Redondo

Next: July 24: It gets worse.

Today in Comics History, July 16, 1804: Month passes without incident


from Manifest Destiny #12 (Image, December 2014), script by Chris Dingess, pencils and inks by Matthew Roberts, colors by Owen Gieni, letters by Pat Brosseau

Today in Comics History, July 16, 1957: Beatles debut before puzzled crowd



from Lennon: The New York Years (IDW, May 2017), story by David Foenkinos, adaptation by Corbeyran, art by Horne, letters by Troy Little

Today in Comics History, July 16, 1940: Hundreds perish in tragic train wreck just so this guy can get a cool origin story


from "[The Origin of Green Lantern]" in All-American Comics (1939 series) #16 (DC/All-American Comics, July 1940), script by Bill Finger; pencils, inks, and letters by Martin Nodell

Here's that Earth-2 origin story retold in an eighties comic!


from "The Tale of the Green Lantern" in Secret Origins (1986 series) #18 (DC, September 1987), script by (who else?) Roy Thomas, pencils and inks by George Freeman, colors by Anthony Tollin, letters by Jean Simek

How do we know this happened on July 16? Why, thanks to this fly on the wall. OH YES THANK YOU VERY MUCH DOOMSDAY CLOCK rassing frassin Doomsday Clock


from Doomsday Clock #7 (DC/Black Label, November 2018), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

Well, I guess everything is okay herOH DOCTOR MANHATTAN YOU ARE A JERK


And so, Doctor Manhattan continues to be a jerk:


from Doomsday Clock #9 (DC/Black Label, May 2019), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leigh

OH COME ON NOW DOCTOR JERKHATTAN

MAKE UP YOUR FREAKIN MIND



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

And that's why Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern. DESPITE.

Today in Comics history, July 16, 1827: Thus was born the terrible crime duo of the Pirate and the Shark


from "Tardy the Terrible" in Crime Must Pay the Penalty #6 (Ace, February 1949), oencils and inks by Ken Battefield

Today in Comics History, July 16, 1969: Indicia fireproofed against rocket exhaust


from Marvel: The Lost Generation #6 (Marvel, September 2000), co-plot and script by Roger Stern, co-plot and pencils by John Byrne, inks by Al Milgrom, colors by Matt Hicks, letters by Jack Morelli

Today in Comics History, July 16, 1945: United States military explodes the first Kirby Bomb

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published July 16, 2016.



from Marvel Treasury Special Featuring Captain America's Bicentennial Battles #1 one-shot (Marvel, September 1976), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by John Verpoorten, colors by Phil Rachelson, letters by John Costanza

And guess who else was there?


from You Are Deadpool #5 (Marvel, July 2018), script by Al Ewing, pencils and inks by Salva Espin, colors by Guru-eFX, letters by Joe Sabino

Whadda you have to say about this, cast of The Invisibles?




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

"I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds." — Robert Oppenheimer


from Real Life Comics #29 (DC, March 1946), creators uncredited and unknown

Friday, July 15, 2022

Today in Comics History, July 15, St. Swithin's Day: If the Prime minister is a jerk on St. Swithin's Day, he'll be a jerk for forty succeeding days (and probably more)


from "Forecasts and Foolery" in Real Fact Comics #19 (DC, March 1949)


from The Simpsons episode "Bart of Darkness" (Gracie Films/20th Television, September 4, 1994), written by Dan McGrath, directed by Jim Reardon

Today in Comics History, July 15: Happy birthday, Kelly Sue DeConnick!

Born on this day: comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, co-creator of Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet, and writer on such series as Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Osborn, Aquaman, Ghost, and more! She was a consultant on the 2019 Captain Marvel movie and had a cameo in the film. She's also the translator of several manga, including Fruits Basket, Black Cat, Demon Diary, Kare First Love, and Sensual Phrase. How do you even find ytime to have some birthday cake today, Kelly Sue?

Can you spot Kelly Sue at this comic book convention? Bonus points for all the other creators you can find! Hint: most of 'em have nameplates!


from Faith (2016 series) #3 (Valiant, September 2016), script by Jody Houser, pencils and inks by Pere Pérez, colors by Andrew Dalhouse, letters by Dave Sharpe
(Click top picture to Oh no, I'm not gonna say "Faith" here-size)

Happy birthday, Kelly Sue DeConnick!


from "Horsepower: Dark Horse Heroes" in Dark Horse Comics cover-dated February 2013

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1868: For an EC text story, I expected more ghosts


"The Pain Killer" from M.D. (1955 series) #1 (EC, April 1955), creator uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, July 15: Happy birthday, Johnny Greene!

Today's the birthday of comic book inker and colorist Johnny Greene (Deadpool, Spider-Man, The Vision, War Machine and more)! When you find him in this picture of the Marvel Bullpen, give him a big birthday hug from me!



from Marvel Age #120 (Marvel, January 1993), art by Rick Parker
(Click top picture to Bullpen-size)

Today in Comics History, July 15: Rest in Peace, John and Mary Grayson...hey, wait a minute!

Today is the date that John and Mary Grayson were murdered, falling to their deaths before a live audience at the Haley's Circus...or was it?


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

Maybe that's the Pre-Crisis date that they died, because here at Comics Oughta Be Fun! we always celebrate (wrong word?) that anniversary on June 27 (from the below Post-Crisis comic), one day after the death of Batman's parents. Well, not in the same year. That means the Dynamic Duo can get all their mourning over with in one weekend. Bat-efficient!


from Nightwing (1995 series) #1 (DC, September 1995), script by Dennis O'Neil, pencils by Greg Land, inks by Mike Sellers, colors by Cathi Bertrand, letters by John Costanza

Click here for more depictions of the fateful day!

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1958: Rest in Peace, Julia Lennon


from Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band (Fanfare, July 2014), script and art by Mauri Kunnas

Today in Comics History, July 15: Happy birthday, Jack Abel!

Born on this day in 1927: comic book penciller/inker Jack Abel (occasionally aka Garry Michaels)! Inker extraordinaire on books like Tales of Suspense, Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Master of Kung Fu, Superman, Teen Titans, The Flash, Our Army at War, Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery, Grimm's Ghost Stories, The Twilight Zone, Ghost Manor, Ghostly Haunts, Haunted, Midnight Tales, IronJaw, Morlock 2001 and lots more! Also: co-creator of the DC Western heroine Cinnamon!


from Marvel Comics Memory Album Calendar 1977 (Marvel, 1976); and Marvel Age #31, 55, 91, and 103 (Marvel, October 1985, October 1987, August 1990, and August 1991); text by Jim Salicrup (#31), Mike Carlin (#55) and Chris Eliopoulis and Barry Dutter (#91 and 103); pencils and inks by Ron Zalme; colors by Andy Yachus (#31), Paul Becton (#54) and Renee Witterstaetter (#91 and 103)




Today in Comics History, July 15, 1950: We now return to Mike Sterling's "THEN...KOREA," already in progress


from The 'Nam #45 (Marvel, June 1990), script by Doug Murray, breakdowns by Wayne Vansant, finishes by Tony DeZuñiga, colors and letters by Phil Felix

Context.

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1588: They failed miserably, proving no one should promote a duck to the admiralty


from "Sir Francis: Drake Ruler of the Sea" in Real Cife Comics #2 (Pines, December 1941), letters by Ed Hamilton

Today in Comics History, July 15, 2023: Do you want Identity Crisis? Because that's how you get Identity Crisis.


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

Come on by next year and see if all this really happens!

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1918: Shouldn't you have the guy with the bayonet in the front of the charge?


from "July 15, 1918" in Battlefield Action #21 (Charlton, October 1958), script by Joe Gill (?), pencils and inks by Sam Glanzman, letters by Jon D'Agostino

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982: It doesn't actually have a time attached to it, but we've invested so much in this story, I just wanted to let you know Batman and Robin are A-OK


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 5:37 AM: From here on in it's just pretty much just the end of Moonraker


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 5:35 AM: Hey Talia, what's your favorite Stevie Nicks song?


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 4:40 AM: You can go out to the lobby and get popcorn now, folks, the next hour is pretty much just Batman and Rā's al Ghūl punchin' each other


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 4:35 AM: Robin assures Talia that they'll find her labradoodle


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 4:30 AM: Origin of the phrase "I'll be in my bunk"


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 4:07 AM: General Carter wonders if his hat makes him look like a cool pirate


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 4:00 AM: Just another ordinary day in Gotham City


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 2:45 AM: Talia dumps old boyfriend


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History July 15, 1982, 2:30 AM: BATMAAAAAAANNNNN INNNNNNNNNN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, July 15, 1982, 1:00 AM: Batman dallies


from Batman Annual (1961 series) #8 (DC, October 1982), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Trevor von Eeden, colors by Lynn Varley, letters by John Costanza

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Today in Comics History, July 14, 2004: It's always Spider-Man Day, it's never Spider-Girl Day


from The Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? #1 one-shot (Marvel, July 2014), script by Joshua Hale Fialkov, storyboards by J.L. Mast and Geoffrey Beaulieu, pencils and inks by Juan Bobillo, colors by Andres Mossa, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

See you for this panel again here on September 18!

Today in Comics History, July 14, 1900: Firefighters prioritize saving gambling and whiskey


"Roaring Towns of the Old West: Prescott, ARizona" from Bat Masterson #4 (Dell, August 1960), script by Gaylord Du Bois, pencils by Bob Forgione, inks by Jerry Robinson