Saturday, September 02, 2023

Today in Comics History, September 2: Happy birthday, Assen Jordanoff!

Born on this day in 1896: inventor, engineer, and aviator Assen Jordanoff, Balkan War and WWI veteran and founder of the prestigious Jordanoff Aviation Corporation and Jordanoff Electronics! you can see his papers and mementoes at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

from "Hall of Fame of the Air" in King Comics #30 (David McKay, September 1938), text by Eddie Rickenbacker, pencils and inks by Clayton Knight; reprinted from the 1937 Hall of Fame of the Air Sunday comic strip

Happy birthday, A. Jordanoff!

Friday, September 01, 2023

The 1989 2023 Love and Rockets Calendar: [Siesta] September

"September" from Love and Rockets 1989 Calendar (Fantagraphics, 1988), main artwork by Gilbert Hernandez, calendar block artwork by Jaime Hernandez
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The 1978 2017 2023 Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar: September Shock

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

Please do not reveal the startling shock ending of September 1978 2017 2023 before...oh, it's right there.

"September Is Such Sweet Sorrow!" in The Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar 1978 (Marvel, 1977); pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Tom Palmer, colors by George Bell
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Today in Comics History, September 1, 1858 and 1958: The literary hunt that serves a duel purpose

On this very day in 1858, a remarkable competition is born:

from The Adventures of Blake & Mortimer v.24: The Testament of William S. (Cinebook, March 2017), script by Yves Sente, translation by Jerome Saincantin, pencils and inks by André Juillard, colors by Madeleine DeMille, letters by Design Amorandi

Just like me doing my chores (I have to empty the wastebaskets and put the magazines into recycling), everybody leaves it until the last minute, so one hundred years later, in 1958:

Anyway, so what's such aa big deal about winning the bet?


Today in Comics History, September 1: Happy birthday, Joyce Holden!

Born on this day in 1930: movie and TV actor Joyce Holden! She's been in The Milkman, Iron Man (not, not that one, this one's from 1951), Bronco Buster, Girls in the Night, You Never Can Tell, The Donald O'Connor Show, and in Spin and Marty from The Mickey Mouse Club, among others! What she hasn't been in is very many comic books, but I did hunt up the one she was in! Who says this isn't the Mighty Bully Age of Doing Research to Entertain All Y'All?

from Movie Love #18 (Eastern Color, December 1952), pencils and inks by Frank Fogarty

Sadly, she didn't even get her picture in this feature. So, to address that omission, here she is WHOA VA-VA-VOOM! Ahem. I mean, Miss Holden, with complete respect AH-WOOGA AH-WOOGA! (hits self over head with hammer)

Happy birthday, Joyce!

Today in Comics History, September 1: Happy birthday, Gene Colan!

Let's all wish a happy birthday to comics artist Gene Colan, born this day in 1926! Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Tomb of Dracula, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Tales of Suspense, Night Force, Jemm: Son of Saturn, Captain America, Silverblade, Iron Man, Howard the Duck, My Love, Our Army at War, Hopalong Cassidy, The Avengers, and don't forget Jughead's Time Police – he's drawn 'em all! Plus ever so very many more! Why, we'd be here all night so maybe I'd better list the comics Gene Colan hasn't worked on. Let's see...Angel Love...? And here's a short list of the dozens of characters he's co-created: Blade, Carol Danvers, the Super-Adaptoid, Ben Urich, freakin' Dracula (well, the Marvel version, at least), Nathaniel Dusk, Captain Mar-Vell, Madame Masque, Jemm (Son o' Saturn), Baron Winters and the members of Night Force, Mister Fear, Nocturna, and my favorite, Man-Bull! Whew!

from The Mighty Marvel Calendar 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 (Marvel, 1975-1978)

The 1978 2017 2023 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters: September Spirit of '76

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

"September: The Freedom Fighters" in The 1978 Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters; artwork by Dick Ayers and Jack Abel
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Another month, another fire-powered villain, and a twin brother: Flamesplasher I and Flamesplasher II! Nice job with the original code-names, guys, especially since the second one sprayed water. They're the super-villain team that battles themselves! And say, about those names...was the codename "Heat Wave" already taken? Yes. Yes it was. Luckily for us, the Nazi-punchin' team from Earth-X known as The Freedom Fighters made the journey all the way from defunct, bought-out Quality Comics (Hey! Where's The Spirit?) to battle this mercury-risin' villain...and his slightly-damp twin bro.

Say, JLA Sinclair ZX-81 Computer, how's those year-long calculations comin' along? Did me filling in this months squares give us any better an idea who the Ultimate Head-Guy Super-Mastermind is? I bet it's Condiment King. It's always Condiment King.

Oh hey! It's Stevie Wonder!

Barry Ween?!?

Today in Comics History, September 1: Happy birthday, Friction!

Friction! You don't cause some, there won't be none! Oh, and it's her birthday, too (born in 1968).

from D.P. 7 #20 (Marvel/New Universe, June 1988), creators unidentified and unknown

Happy birthday to you all the way over in the New Universe, Charlotte!

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Today in Comics History, August 27: Happy birthday, Thomas Boyd!

Born on this day in 1969 (so he just missed Woodstock): paranormal Thomas Boyd, who was absent the day they handed out cool code names.

from Psi-Force #23 (Marvel/New Universe, September 1988), pencils by Ron Lim

Oh no! He killed Edgar Allan Poe!