Saturday, January 28, 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023

Today in Comics History, January 27, 1596: Wait, what's all this about Mosquito Gulf? I wanna read the buzz about that!

from Picture Stories from American History #2 (EC, 1946), script by M. C. Gaines and W. W. D. Sones, pencils and inks by Allen Simon

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Today in Comics History, January 25, 1976: Please pinch and spread your fingers on this comic book to enhance

from Public Domain #2 (Image, July 2022), by Chip Zdarsky

Today in Comics History, January 25, 1947: Daily Gazette publishes its biggest issue yet — I'm serious, this thing is like five foot tall

Well, at least I think it's 1/25/47. If you're sure it isn't (or if you're GL), get in touch with me!

from "The Terror of the Talismans, Part One" in Green Lantern (1941 series) #31 (DC/National, March 1948), script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Irwin Hasen, inks by John Belfi

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Today in Comics History, January 24, 1965: Perhaps the doctor shouldn't have encouraged all those sinister animal silhouettes to hover over Churchill's bed

from "Phantom Future" in Ghosts (1971 series) #70 (DC, November 1978), pencils and inks by Ernie Chan, colors by Mario Sen

This post was suggested by faithful reader and frequent commenter Blam, who's provided a lot of date references in comics that I'll spotlight throughout 2023 in this series. Thanks, Blam!

Today in Comics History, January 24: A third helping of pumpkin pie? Don't mind if I do!

from The Road to Oz #5 (Marvel, April 2013), script by Eric Shanower, pencils and inks by Skottie Young, colors by Jean-François Beaulieu, letters by Jeff Eckleberry

Today in Comics History, January 24, 1848: YEE-HAW! GOLD!

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published January 24, 2021.

from "The World's Greatest Gold Strike" in Real Fact Comics #15 (DC, July 1948); script by Jack Schiff, Mort Weisinger, and Bernie Breslauer; pencils and inks by Howard Sherman

Today in Comics History, January 24, 2001: Another banner day for scum

from "Officer Down, Part Seven: The End" in Batman: Gotham Knights #13 (DC, March 2001), script by Greg Rucka, pencils by Rick Burchett, inks by Rodney Ramos, colors by Digital Chameleon, letters by Willie Schubert

Today in Comics History, January 24, 1917: Red Baron Pizza delivery turns deadly

from "Red Knight!" in Two-Fisted Tales (1950 series) #29 (EC, September 1952), script by Harvey Kurtzman, pencils and inks by John Severin, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Ben Oda

Today in Comics History, January 24, 1823: Well, kinda serves him right for making cultures out of cow pox

"The Trailblazer" from M.D. (1955 series) #2 (EC, June 1955), creators uncredited and unknown

Monday, January 23, 2023

Today in Comics History, January 23, 1942: Rest in Peace, Bert Christman

I've written more about comic book writer and illustrator Bert Christman (and his untimely death in war) in his birthday salute on May 21.

from Comic Book Comics #2 (Evil Twin, October 2008); script by Fred Van Lente; pencils, inks, and letters by Ryan Dunlavey

Today in Comics History, January 23, 1969 and 1976: Matt Murdock and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

What's Daredveil's least favorite day on the calendar? The day he got hit smack in the face with radioactive chemicals that caused his blindness and mutated four sewer turtles? (look it's canon, fanboys!) The day his dad, Battlin;' Jack Murdock, died? The day his girlfriend died (for DD you really can't narrow that down). How about...January 23? In, say, 1969?

from Daredevil (1964 series) #51 (Marvel, April 1969), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Barry Windsor-Smith, inks by George Klein, colors by Michele Robinson (?), letters by Artie Simek

Or maybe in the Bicentennial year of...1976!

from Daredevil (1964 series) #132 (Marvel, April 1976), script by Marv Wolfman, breakdowns by Bob Brown, finishes by Klaus Janson, colors by Michele Wolfman, letters by Joe Rosen

Come to think of's Daredevil. Every day is a bad day for him, poor sucker. Get yerself a happier scripter, DD!