Saturday, April 01, 2023

The 1989 2023 Love and Rockets Calendar: [Abundancia de] April

"April" from Love and Rockets 1989 Calendar (Fantagraphics, 1988), main artwork by Gilbert Hernandez, calendar block artwork by Jaime Hernandez
(Click picture to we'll eat for weeks-size)

Today in Comics History, April 1, April Fool's Day: No foolin'...Jimmy's a jerk

from "Superman's Enemy!" in Superman's Pal Enemy Jimmy Olsen (1954 series) #35 (DC, March 1959), script by Otto Binder, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Ray Burnley

Today in Comics History, April 1, April Fool's Day: Mmmmmm, bat pie

from Batman (1940 series) #63 (DC, February 1959), script by Bill Finger, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris, letters by Ira Schnapp

Today in Comics History, April 1: Happy birthday, Sillatochca!

Born on this day, April 1, 1955: Leonid Vishnevetsky, better known as Sillatochca, displaced (in Siberia) Russian paranormal!

from Psi-Force #26 (Marvel/New Universe, December 1988), pencils by Graham Nolan

Happy birthday, ya balding, weird-skulled, commie rat!

Today in Comics History, April 1, 198X, April Fool's Day: You Are Foolishly Invited....

from Ambush Bush Stocking Stuffer #1 (one-shot) (DC, February 1986), script by Robert Loren Fleming, pencils by Keith Giffen, inks by Bob Oksner, colors by Anthony Tollin, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, April 1, April Fool's Day: Dennis Knows Foolin'

from "April Antics" in Dennis the Menace Bonus Magazine Series #151 (Hallden/Fawcett, April 1976), creators uncredited and unknown

Yes, Dennis knows when April Fool's Day is! Unless he doesn't.

from Dennis the Menace Bonus Magazine Feature #160 (Hallden/Fawcett, January 1977)

Today in Comics History, April 1: Happy birthday, Bill Oakley!

Born on this day in 1964: letterer Bill Oakley!

from Marvel Age #57, 88, and 100 (Marvel, December 1987, May 1990, and May 1991)

Introducing and saying hello to...Little Stuffed Kitty Pryde!

I now mostly turn over this account for the next few weeks to Little Stuffed Kitty Pryde, who has accompanied my Pal John to Florida for a month (to take care of Mama Otter), on account of she's tiny.

Have fun, LSKP!

Triple Hi, everybody! I'm Little Stuffed Kitty Pryde, everybody's favorite pocket-size little stuffed cat! Aside from some Hello Kittys. I want to reassure you that I'm definitely ghoing to be keeping up the usual traditions of this blog while I'm occupying it, like eating exotic foods:

Don't worry, I will also be reading comic books!

I will also be exploring Mama Otter's house and saying hello to all the various frogs she has around the place.

Well, that's all I have to say right now. See ya soon!

Today in Comics History, April 1, April Fool's Day: Everybody plays the fool

from "Crime-of-the-Month Club!" in Batman (1940 series) #110 (DC, September 1957), script by Dave Wood, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris, letters by Pat Gordon

The 1978 2017 2023 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters: April A-Showering

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published April 1, 2017.

It's April! And it looks like Aquaman left his basement faucet on again! Or maybe that's just a April Fool's joke by his brother Waterguy (I think he's called, right?).

"April: Aquaman" in The 1978 Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters (DC, 1977); artwork by Jim Aparo
(Click picture to deep-end-of-the-pool-size)

What you can't sea (heh heh) is that it's so deep even Aqualad has already drowned! Well, he musta forgot his inflatable water wings. Again. Hope you didn't eat less than an hour ago, Garth! And hey look, just below and to the right of the word "April": gotta be famous Detroit Tigers fan Thomas Magnum!

Also occurin' this month:

It's baseball season! (Over on Earth-Acme, Elmer goes stalking baseballs in the woods with his shotgun.) But this entire month is put on rain delay which means all fans will have to return their complimentary gifts for Aquaman Bobblehead Day! (Let's face it, his Funko Pops figure is lots better.)

Once again, I've filled in the checkmarks accounting for every computer clue we've been given this month, and the readout now looks (beep, blip) like this:

And if you need some extra red herrings, here's this month's Obvious DC Clue™ planted by The Cluemaster, the only supervillain frequently thwarted by his own daughter! He must be the laughing stock of the beer blasts in the cellar of the Legion of Doom headquarters.

Now, figgering out this clue involves all your Pre-Crisis Trivia Knowledge, and to give you a gentle shove over the Clue Cliff I'mma gonna show you the character they're referring to!

The 1978 2017 2023 Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar: April All Together Now

Hey, look, it's everybody from the Spider-Universe all together at one time! Except for the written-out-of-canon Spider-Mite! Also, Spider-Man himself seems to be missing, and I can't figure out why. More important: ginchy groovy Gwen Stacy, va-va-voom!

"April Is an Assortment of Amiable Associations!" in The Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar 1978 (1977); pencils by John Romita, Sr., inks by John Verpooten

For those of you new to the Spider-Family or who just need a gentle reminder, that's (L-R), Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy, Aunt Anna Watson, Mary Jane Watson, Aunt May Parker, Peter Parker, Ned "No, I'm not the Hobgoblin, Honestly" Leeds, Betty Brant, Robbie Robertson, J. Jonah Jameson, and J. Jonah Jameson's coat. And they're all standing in front of one of the most important places in the Spider-Books, the venerable Coffee Bean, serving caffeinated drinks pretty much steadily right through now in the Marvel Universe. That remarkable tenure as an anti-Starbucks is even more astonishing when you consider it's been a long-time competition since the early Marvel Age with the X-Men's favorite hangout, Greenwich Village's Coffee A Go-Go. I don't know which one you prefer, so here's some help: Coffee A Go-Go has Bernard the Poet, and the Coffee Bean has Gwen Freakin' Stacy. I hope that settles the matter definitively.

Panel from [Uncanny] X-Men (1963 series) #31 (April 1967), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Werner Roth, inks by John Tartaglione, letters by Sam Rosen

By the way, are you wondering when Jazzy John Romita "snapped that photograph" so proudly presented in this month's calendar spread? Worried you can't pinpoint exactly when this happens in Spider-Chronology? Fret no more, gentle reader: it occurred during Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4, no doubt right after this pin-up scene! Note the identical outfits! Good golly, that jacket really is hideous, Peter.

Double-page pinup spread from Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964 series) #4 (November 1967), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Larry Lieber, alternations on Gwen and Mary Jane by John Romita Sr. (and why not?), inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Stan Goldberg (?), letters by Sam Rosen
(Click picture to venti-size)

No, I don't know why Stan's calling it the Coffee Bean Barn here, either.

Friday, March 31, 2023

Today in Comics History, March 31, 1897: "Searching every corner of the city" apparently involves kicking back in a drafty Chelsea attic mainlining absinthe

from The Dreaming (1996 series) #41 (DC/Vertigo, October 1999), script by CaitlΓ­n Kiernan, pencils and inks by Al Davison, colors and color separations by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Ellie de Ville

Today in Comics History, March 31, 1985: Dan Dreiberg discovers all his apes are gone

from Watchmen #10 (DC, July 1987); script by Alan Moore; pecils, inks, and letters by Dave Gibbons, colors by John Higgins

Ten of a Kind #430: ...Out like a lamb

from "Marching Along" in Dennis the Menace Bonus Magazine Series #151 (Hallden/Fawcett, April 1976), creators uncredited and unknown

(March came in like a lion. More Ten of a Kind here.)