Saturday, September 24, 2022

Today in Comics History, September 24, 1986: The Witness clearly has some outdated ideas on what is "fun"


from D.P.7 Annual #1 (Marvel/New Universe, November 1987), script by Mark Gruenwald, pencils by Lee Weeks, inks by Tony DeZuniga, colors by Paul Becton, letters by Phil Felix

Today in Comics History, September 24: Happy birthday, Phil Hartman!

Born on this day in 1948: comedian, actor, writer and artist Phil Hartman, still much missed by this bull after his untimely death in 1998.

And he knew how to react to MAD magazine!



from (top) MAD #307 (December 1991) and (bottom) #318 (April 1993)




Today in Comics History, September 24: Happy birthday, Lottie Dod!

Born on this day in 1877: sports great Charlotte "Lottie" Dod, who won the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Championship five times and won a silver medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics in archery!


from "Moose's Odd and Amazing Sports Reports" in Archie #515 (Archie, December 2001), script by Mike Pellowski, pencils by Rex Lindsey

Moose has clearly taken some liberties in spotlighting Ms. Dod, as she neither looked or dressed like that comic. Here's the real Lottie:


Happy birthday, Lottie!

Today in Comics History, September 24: Happy birthday, Jock!

Born on this day: Eisner Award-winning comics artist Jock, who's worked on 2000 AD, Batman, Detective Comics, All Star Batman, Wolverine MAX, Savage Wolverine, Hellblazer, Green Lantern: Year One, and many more, co-creator of Image's Wytches, the Vertigo series Faker and Vertigo version of The Losers, and dozens of covers for DC and other publishers!


"DC Nation" in DC Comics cover-dated January 2022

Happy birthday, Jock!

Today in Comics History, September 24: Happy birthday, Ham Fisher!

Born on this day in 1900 or 1901: comics writer and artist Ham Fisher, creator of the mega-popular newspaper strip strip and comic book Joe Palooka!



from Joe Palooka Comics (1945 series) #1 (Harvey, November 1945)

He was also an enemy of Al Capp (which makes him A-OK in my book)!


from Joe Palooka Comics (1945 series) #5 (Harvey, July 1946)

Hammy birthday, Hap! I mean...happy birthday, Ham!

Today in Comics History, September 24: Happy birthday, Bill Vallely!

Born on this day: Bill Vallely, illustrator, comic book writer (Nintendo Comics System, Super Mario Bros., The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Archie, more), and TV and animation scriptwriter (Star Trek: Voyager)! He also worked in production at Marvel in the '80s (on Marvel Saga)!


from Marvel Age #33 and 57 (Marvel, December 1985 and December 1987); text by Jim Salicrup (#33) and Mike Carlin (#57); pencils and inks by Ron Zalme; colors by Adam Philips (#33) and Paul Becton (#57)

Happy birthday, Bill!


from Marvel Age #46 (Marvel, January 1987)

Today in Comics History, September 24, 1947: City of New York backtracks on giving Black man all five boroughs



from (top) Jackie Robinson #1 (Fawcett, Summer 1949), script by Charles Dexter, pencils by Clem Weisbecker, inks by John Jordan;
(bottom) Jackie Robinson #2 (Fawcett, July 1950), script by Charles Dexter, pencils and inks by Clem Weisbecker

Friday, September 23, 2022

Today in Comics History, September 23: Captain Marvel declares Indian food "too hot" and asks for a glass of milk


from Young Justice (2011 series) #18 (September 2012), script by Greg Weisman, pencils and inks by Christopher Jones, colors by Zac Atkinson, letters by Dezi Sienty

Today in Comics History, September 23, 1804: It's Creature-Fest '04 at Red Lobster


from Manifest Destiny #19 (Image, May 2016), script by Chris Dingess, pencils by Matthew Roberts, inks by Tony Akins and Stefano Gaudiano, colors by Owen Gieni, letters by Pat Brosseau

Today in Comics History: September 23: Happy birthday, John Coltrane!

Born on this day in 1926: jazz saxophonist/composer John Coltrane, creator of dozens of sublime jazz songs and albums (A Love Supreme, Blue Train, Ascension, My Favorite Things and more).


from the liner notes of the American Splendor soundtrack CD (New Line Records, 2003), script by Harvey Pekar, art by Gary Dumm

Happy birthday, Mr. Coltrane!

Today in Comics History, September 23, 1779: Led Zeppelin declares war on the Rolling Stones


from "Fighting Leathernecks" in The World Around Us #11 [The Illustrated Story of the Marines] (Gilberton, July 1959), pencils by Frank Bolle (?)

Today in Comics History, September 23: Happy birthday, Augustus Caesar!

Born on this day in 63 BC (wow, old!): Augustus Caesar, aka Octavian, the first Roman Emperor.

Which of course means a story entitled...


from "Great Caesar's Ghost" in Ghostly Tales #55 (Charlton, April 1966), script by Joe Gill (?), pencils by Steve Ditko, inks by Rocco Mastroserio, letters by Jon D'Agostino




Today in Comics History, September 23: Batman punches out Michael Vick


from "Good Boy" in Batman Annual (2017 series) #1 (January 2017), script by Tom King, pencils and inks by David Finch, colors by Gabe Eltaeb, letters by Deron Bennett

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Today in Comics History: September 22, 7:02 PM: Data now feels better about all those times Lore got on board


from Young Justice (2011 series) #18 (September 2012), script by Greg Weisman, pencils and inks by Christopher Jones, colors by Zac Atkinson, letters by Dezi Sienty

Today in Comics History, September 22, 1776: Nathan Hale immediately regrets his words when he is tossed into a Lazarus Pit


from "The Story of a Traitor and a Hero" in Sensation Comics #45 (DC/All-American, September 1945), script by M. C. Gaines and W. W. D. Sones, pencils and inks by Allen Simon

Today in Comics History, September 22: Happy birthday, Supergirl!

Born on this day, September 22 (or the Kryptonian equivalent): Kara Zor-El, better known as the Gal o' Steel: Supergirl! But Bully, (I'm sure you're asking right aout now), didn't we already celebrate her birthday on April 11 and then again on May 18? Whats up with that, huh, Bully? Is Ms. Zor-El trying to con me out of three birthday gifts a year?

And I say wash your mouth out right now with soap, and not just hand soap, get a bar of Lava and shove it right in that blaspheming piehole of yours! Supergirl would no more cheat someone than she could eat Krytonite (exception: immediately post-Superman #233). No, she is an honest woman who believes in truth, justice, and keeping her skirt smoothed down around her thighs, and she is always honest when she says she has two birthdays. Just like Paddington.

In ascending calendar order: while the April 11 date was put out by the we-usually-have-no-problem-using-it-as-a-source Super DC Calendar 1976, that date is superceded by May 18, a day that's actually in canon (at least on Pre-Crisis Earth-1). And that's not Supergirl's birthday, that's Linda Lee Danvers's birthday: a day adopted by her for her human civilian identity, since it was the day she first arrived on Earth and was discovered by her cousin Superman. Several years before, though, she had been born in Argo City on Krypton on September 22. Clear now? So yeah, you can give her two gifts if you want. Just make sure neither is green and glowing.

Because I've already used a buncha panels about her birthday in those two previous posts, here's some more recent comic book depictions of Supergirl's birthday!




from Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1 (DC, August 2021), script by Tom King, pencils and inks by Bilquis Evely, colors by Matheus Lopes, letters by Clayton Cowles

Okay, maybe not her best birthday. So hows about a birthday panel from just about the finest Supergirl comic book, certainly my favorite: 2009's winner of my award for "Most Fun Comic of the Year", by Landry Q. Walker and the late great Eric Jones: Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade!


from Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade #2 (DC/Johnny DC, March 2009), script by Landry Q. Walker, pencils and inks by Eric Jones, colors by Joey Mason, letters by Pat Brosseau

Oh well, maybe Kara doesn't have the best birthdays on screen. But we wish her a great day.

Happy birthday, Supergirl! You're so super!

Today in Comics History, September 22, 1927: Fight breaks out during boxing match


from "Strange Sports Facts" in Baseball Thrills #3 (Ziff-Davis, September 1952), pencils and inks by Mario DeMarco

Today in Comics History, September 22: Happy birthday, Nick Cave!

Born today: singer, songwriter, actor and writer Nick Cave, who's had comics written about him...


covers of British and German editions of Nick Cave: Mercy on Me (SelfMadeHero, Carlsen, 2017), art by Reinhard Kleist

...comics written by him...


cover of AS-FIX-E-8 (Last Gasp, 1993), art by Mike Matthews

...and been quoted in comics!


from Five Years #8 (Abstract Studio, February 2020), art by Terry Moore

Happy birthday, Nick!

Today in Comics History, September 22, 2016: It's especially humiliating because the raccoon has a much better press agent


from Star-Lord (2017 series) #2 (February 2017), script by Chip Zdarsky, pencils and inks by Kris Anka, colors by Matthew Wilson, letters by Cory Petit

Today in Comics History, September 22: Happy birthday, Billie Piper!

Born on this day: actor and singer Billie Piper, best known to us fans as Rose from Doctor Who! She has appeared as Rose on comic book covers in photos...


variant photo covers of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Ongoing (2016 series) #2 (Titan, June 2016), 6 (November 2016), 9 (February 2017), and 14 (August 2017)




Today in Comics History, September 22, 1987: "Deaths of Mark Gruenwald, John Byrne, and Howard Mackie, page 53F."


house ad from Marvel Age #58 (Marvel, January 1988), art by John Byrne

Today in Comics History, September 22: Happy birthday, Toni Basil!

Born on this day: singer, dancer, choreographer, actor and director Toni Basil! She's so fine, she blow my mind!


from "Homer's America" in Simpsons Comics #90 (Bongo, January 2004), script by Ian Boothby, pencils by Luis Escobar, inks by Patrick Owsley, colors by Art Villanueva, letters by Karen Bates



Toni Basil in Village of the Giants (Berkeley Productions, 1965), starring Tommy Kirk and Beau Bridges, written by Bert I. Gordon and Alan Caillou, directed by Bert I. Gordon, choreography by Toni Basil


featurette on Robin and the 7 Hoods with Toni Basil (Warner Bros., 1964), starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, written by David R. Schwartz, directed by Gordon Douglas, choreography by Jack Baker

Happy birthday, Toni!

PS: Don't trade eyebrow pencils with other girls.

Today in Comics History, September 22, 1801: I've heard of man smoking grass, but never man eating grass


from Manifest Destiny #19 (Image, May 2016), script by Chris Dingess, pencils by Matthew Roberts, inks by Tony Akins and Stefano Gaudiano, colors by Owen Gieni, letters by Pat Brosseau

Today in Comics History, September 22: Happy birthday, Bilbo Baggins!

Born today on September 22, Third Age 2890: Mister Bilbo Baggins, one heck of a nice little guy. (Also today: his nephew Frodo Baggins.)




from The Hobbit (Eclipse, 1989), script by Charles Dixon; art by David Wenzel, letters by Bill Pearson




Today in Comics History, September 22, 1528: Makeshift fleet sails far from coast and is immediately sunk


from "Cabeza de Vaca" in It Really Happened #3 (Pines, 1944), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, September 22, 2015: ...bet she won't survive the experience


from "Red Ink" in Harley Quinn Black + White + Red TPB (DC, August 2021); script by Patrick Schumacker; pencils, inks, and color by Eleonora Carlini; letters by Tom Napolitano

Today in Comics History, September 22, 7:56 AM: First day at Hogwarts and somebody's already turned into a toad


from Young Justice (2011 series) #18 (September 2012), script by Greg Weisman, pencils and inks by Christopher Jones, colors by Zac Atkinson, letters by Dezi Sienty

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Today in Comics History, September 21: Happy birthday, M.C. Gaines!

Born on this day in 1894: Max Ginzberg, later known (especially to us comic book fans) as M.C. Gaines, the man comic books call "Dad!"


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




Today in Comics History, September 21: Happy birthday, Bill Murray!

Born on this day: actor, comedian, and comic book star Bill Murray! Go ahead, wish him a happy birthday. No one will ever believe you met him.



cover of Marvel Team-Up #74 (Marvel, October 1978), pencils and inks by Dave Cockrum, pencils and inks of celebrity faces by Marie Severin, letters by Irving Watanabe