Saturday, December 03, 2022

Today in Comics History, December 3, 1961: Brian Epstein convinces the Beatles to break up in eight years


from The Beatles in Comics! (NBM, November 2018); script by Richard Di Martino; translation by Joe Johnson; art by Ludivine Stock; letters by Ortho

Today in Comics History, December 3, 1950: Even more men continue to be afflicted by back ploks


from "Hagaru-Ri!" in Two-Fisted Stories (1950 series) #26 (DC, March 1952), script by Harvey Kurtzman, pencils and inks by Jack Davis, colors b6y Marie Severin, letters by Ben Oda

Today in Comics History, December 3: Happy birthday, Joseph Conrad!

Born on this day in 1857: writer Joseph Conrad, author of Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness, and The N-Word of the 'Narcissus.'



from Classics Illustrated (1947 series) #136 (Gilberton, January 1957), cover artist unknown; interior story, pencils, and inks by George Evans




Today in Comics History, December 3: Liefeld continues liefelding


from The New Mutants (1983 series) #98 (February 1991); plot, pencils, and inks by Rob Liefeld; script by Fabian Nicieza, colors by Steve Buccellato, letters by Joe Rosen

Today in Comics History, December 3: Happy birthday, John Warner!

Born on this day: John Warner, comics editor (Marvel's b/w magazines) and writer (Son of Satan, Flash Gordon, Dark Shadows, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu). He co-created Ulysses Bloodstone, Killer Shrike, and the Modular Man!


from Mighty Marvel Calendars 1976-1978 (Marvel, 1975-1977)

Happy birthday, John!


from The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (1974 series) #27 (Marvel, August 1976), pencils and inks by Marie Severin

Today in Comics History, December 3, 1348: Oh man, that dragon's totally going to turn out to be Medieval Joker, right?


from JLA: A League of One (DC, January 2001), script and painted art by Christopher Moeller, letters by Bill Oakley

Friday, December 02, 2022

Today in Comics History, December 2, 1859: Didja ever think of trying to save him, Abe Lincoln...

...instead of making pithy quotes about him?


from "A Country at the Crossroads" in Picture Stories from American History #4 (EC, Summer 1947), script by Jerry Coleman, pencils and inks by Allen Simon

Today in Comics History, December 2, 1950: Roy Lichtenstein thinks he might steal this one, too


from "14 Days of Glory" in Battlefield Action #54 (Charlton, August 1964), script by Joe Gill (?), pencils (?) and inks by Ernie Bache

Today in Comics History, December 2, 1941: First recorded instance of calling a nerd "Poindexter"


from "He Flew 'Round the World to Get Home" in True Comics #15 (Parents' Magazine, August 1942), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, December 2, 1805: It helps me out here when they just title the story after the date


from "December 2, 1805" 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, December 2, 1926: Alfred Hitchcock gets married; those birds from his movie take revenge


from Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (NBM, March 2022), script by by Noël Simsolo, translation by Monatan Kane, art by Dominique Hé, lettering by Ortho

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Today in Comics History, December 1: Happy birthday, Sarah Silverman!

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published January 29, 2017.

Can you guess the surprise celebrity guest in this here Deadpool comic book?


cover of Deadpool (2013 series) #40 (Marvel, March 2015), art by Scott Kobish

Oh, wait, I told you already in the post title: It's Sarah Silverman's birthday!


from Deadpool (2013 series) #40 (Marvel, March 2015), script by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, pencils and inks by Scott Koblish, crayon colors by Val Staples, letters by Joe Sabino




Today in Comics History, December 1, 1984: A thinly disguised Plastic Man watches to see if Jimmy Olsen will pay the rent


from Hot Valley Days and Cocaine Nights #2 (Antarctic, January 2021), script by Matthew Spradlin, pencils and inks by Farid Karami, colors by Andrew Crossley

Today in Comics History, December 1, 1946: Extremely short judge issues the death penalty


from "Nell Baker" in Crime Patrol (1948 series) #12 (EC, June 1949); script, pencils, and inks by Al Feldstein, letters by Jim Wroten

Today in Comics History, December 1, 1950: The Marines build a comfortable tavern just for themselves and they call it...


from "Marines Retreat!" in Frontline Combat (1951 series) #1 (EC, July 1951), script and inks by Harvey Kurtzman, pencils by John Severin, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Ben Oda

Today in Comics History, December 1, 1859: Way to commit to a cause without waffling, Abe


from "John Brown" in Real Life Comics #4 (Pines, April 1942), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, December 1, 1985: Daily Planet just flat-out doxxing everybody now


house ad for Secret Origins (1986 series) #1, published in DC Comics dated December 1985, pencils and inks by Jerry Ordway, crystal ball image by Wayne Boring

Today in Comics History, December 1: Bruce never should have bought Alfred that donut-scented cologne


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

Today in Comics History, December 1, 1930: Well, that's your first mistake: don't do business with skeletons


from "Paid in Full" in Astonishing #7 (Marvel/Atlas, December 1951), pencils by Harry Lazarus, inks by Harry Lazarus or Vince Alascia (?)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Today in Comics History, November 30, 1864: "Absolutely nothin'."




from Star Spangled War Stories #176 (DC, December 1973), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils and inks by Frank Thorne

Today in Comics History, November 30, 1973/2017: Time-travelling oughta be fun

...and it is! I totally recommend G.I.L.T. by Alisa Kwitney and Mauricet, one of my favorite books of the year, and now available in trade paperback!




from G.I.L.T. #1 (Ahoy, April 2022), script by Alisa Kwitney, art by Mauricet, letters by Rob Steen

Today in Comics History, November 30: What's this? Our communist cutie cleverly converting containers into collectable coins?


"Jucika hóvégi pénzzavarban" ("Jucika's Financial Difficulties at the End of the Month") from Lúdas Matyi (Hungary, December 1, 1960), by Pál Pusztai

szerda=Wednesday
közért=grocery store

(No, I have no specific reason for assigning this to November except for the publication date.)

Special thanks to the excellent @JucikaInOrder Twitter account for this one!

Today in Comics History, November 30, 1942: South Pacific Fleet flees burning ocean


from "U.S.S. Minneapolis: Unsinkable Ship" in True Comics #43 (Parents' Magazine, Spring 1945), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, November 30, 1944: Thank you for flying Northwest


from "Double Rescue" in Real Heroes #14 (Parents' Magazine, May 1946), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, November 30, 1804: Then it all just sank into the swamp again


from Manifest Destiny #31 (Image, October 2017), script by Chris Dingess, pencils by Matthew Roberts, inks by Tony Akins, colors by Owen Gieni, letters by Pat Brosseau

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Today in Comics History, November 29: Commissioner Gordon is born again

This is an expanded, updated, and combined version of posts originally published November 29, 2012.


from Batman #587 (DC, March 2001), script by Greg Rucka, pencils by Rick Burchett, inks by Rodney Ramos, colors by Noelle Giddings, color separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by Willie Schubert




Today in Comics History, November 29: Happy birthday, Chadwick Boseman.

Born on this day in 1976: actor, director, and writer Chadwick Boseman of 42, Get On Up, Message from the King, Marshall, and, of course, Black Panther.



from Marvel Comics cover-dated December 2020, art by Brian Stelfreeze, text by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Happy birthday and rest in power, King.



from "Zombies," episode five of What If...? (Marvel Studios, 2021), written by Matthew Chauncey, directed by Bryan Andrews

Today in Comics History, November 29: Happy birthday, Howie Mandel!

Born on this day: funnyman Howie Mandel (Gremlins, Walk Like a Man, St. Elsewhere, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Bobby's World, America's Got Talent, Deal or No Deal and more)!


from "Down Home Doctorin' Time" in Simpsons Comics #74 (Bongo, September 2002), script by Gail Simone, pencils by Joey Nilges, inks by James Huang, colors by Art Villanueva, letters by Karen Bates

Happy birthday, Howie!

Monday, November 28, 2022

Today in Comics History, November 28: Happy birthday, Jerry Ordway!

Born on this day: all-around comics Renaissance man Jerry Ordway: scripter, penciller, inker, and/or colorist for a whole she-bang of titles starting in the '80s: All-Star Squadron, Infinity Inc., The Power of Shazam! (co-creator), plus Zero Hour, JLA, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, Tom Strong, Weird Worlds, Human Bomb, and much more, not to mention issues of The Avengers and Fantastic Four across the street at Marvel! Jerry also co-created characters like Bibbo Bibbowski, Doomsday, Firebrand II, Cat Grant, Professor Emil Hamilton, Atom Smasher, Jade, and Obsidian.


from All-Star Squadron #19 (DC, March 1983)




Today in Comics History, November 28, "1985": Daily Planet stays right on top of the news by publishing it three weeks too late and 15 years too early

For all intensive purposes (I know what I wrote, and I wrote what I know) that "1985" in the artwork is a typo for "2000," right?




from Superman (1987 series) #164 (January 2001), script by Jeph Loeb and Joe Casey, pencils by Ed McGuinness and Carlo Barberi, inks by Cam Smith and Juan Vlasco, colors by Richard Horie and Tanya Horie, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, November 28, 1934: G-Men speed up to run over a baby


from "Baby-Face Nelson" in Murderous Gangsters #2 (Avon, December 1951), creators uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, November 28, 1804: Black Friday shoppers return home


from Manifest Destiny #31 (Image, October 2017), script by Chris Dingess, pencils by Matthew Roberts, inks by Tony Akins, colors by Owen Gieni, letters by Pat Brosseau

Today in Comics History, November 28: The XFL is back!


from "Life of a Sportsman" in Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #4 (Image, September 2017), script by Marc Deschamps, pencils and inks by Mindy Lee, colors by Leonardo Olea. letters by Clayton Cowles

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Today in Comics History, November 27, 1940: Building Code Under Fire


from The New Golden Age #1 one-shot (DC, January 2023); script by Geoff Johns; pencils and inks by Diego Olortegui, J. P. Mayer, Scott Hanna, Jerry Ordway, Steve Lieber, Todd Nauck, Scott Kolins, Viktor Bogdanović, Brandon Peterson, and/or Gary Frank; colors by Nick Filardi, John Kalisz, Matt Herms, Jordan Boyd, and/or Brad Anderson, letters by Rob Leig

(This would have been a few days after the first official meeting of the Justice Society of America.)