Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Today in Comics History, July 25: Happy birthday, Rosalind Franklin!

Born on this day in 1920: Rosalind Franklin, chemist and X-ray crystallographer who's (now) known for her work detailing and comprehending DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite.

What? You think DNA/RNA was unravelled by Francis Crick and James Watson? Think again, brother (sisters prob'bly already know) that they took much of her work and which has been historically represented as their own, winning the Nobel Prize. Say it loud and say it strong: Rosalind Franklin is the unsung hero of DNA/RNA researach.

from "A Doubly Twisted String with a Million Knots" in Femme Magnifique (Hi-Fi Academy Press, September 2017), script by Mike Carey, pencils and inks by Ευγενία Κουμάκη as Eugenia Koumaki, colors by Hi-Fi, letter by Aditya Bidikar

Today in Comics History, July 25-26, 1949: Baby named abruptly

from Larry Doby, Baseball Hero one-shot (Fawcett, 1950), script by Charles Dexter

(Happy birthday, Christina Doby!)

Today in Comics History, June 25: Then Jessica sued the landlord for everything he had and became a multimillionaire

from Spider-Woman (1978 series) #20 (Marvel, November 1979), script by Mark Gruenwald, co-scenario by Steven Grant, pencils by Frank Springer, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Nel Yomtov, letters by John Costanza

Remember kids, ALAB!

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Today in Comics History, July 23, 1979 and 2029: Once again, comics predicted 2023

from "Some Place Where the Sun Don't Shine" in House of Mystery (1951 series) #282 (DC, July 1980), script by Bob Ingersoll, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by John Celardo, colors by Jerry Serpe, letters by Shelly Leferman

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 27, 1958: Happy birthday, Pit Bull!

Happy birthday this very day to Pit Bull...if not the best known, then certainly the handsomest denizen of the New Universe!

from D.P. 7 #26 (Marvel/New Universe, December 1988), pencils by Paul Ryan

Today in Comics History, July 23, 1930: Poor guy didn't even get a picture next to his obit in a comic book

from "Hop Harrigan's History of American Aviation" in All-American Comics (1939 series) #26 (DC/J.R. Publishing, May 1941); text, penils, and inks by Jon Blummer