Thursday, January 04, 2024

Today in Comics History, January 4: Pietro sighs and co-signs off on Wanda's bank loan

"Next Issue" page from Scarlet Witch (2023 series) #1 (Marvel, March 2023); pencils, inks, and colors by Russell Dauterman

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Today in Comics History, January 3: Happy birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien!

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published January 3, 2023.

Born on this day in 1892, so you know he's really old: J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the publication of which has ruined fantasy fan online discussions for the rest of the existence of the world.

from Tolkien: Lighting Up the Darkness (Ablaze, February 2024), script by Willy Duraffourg, art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, colors by Flavia Caracuzzo and Joël Odone

Today is also the day, 21 years later, when Tolkien's life suddenly veered into being a Richard Curtis-style rom-com:

Today in Comics History, January 3, 1919: Hanged convict saved by arrival of Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

from "The Ghost of Wandsgate Gallows" in Ghosts (1971 series) #10 (DC/National, December 1972), script by Leo Dorfman, pencils and inks by Ernie Chan, letters by John Costanza

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Today in Comics History, January 2: He blinded me with...well, best not to think about it

from "Some Dates for Your Diary" in Department of Mind-Blowing Theories (Drawn and Quarterly, April 2020), by Tom Gauld

Monday, January 01, 2024

Today in Comics History, January 1, 1925: You're busy watching football today, so I read this goofy text story so you don't have to

"Nevers vs. Notre Dame" from Football Thrills #2 (Ziff-Davis, Fall 1952), creator uncredited and unknown

Today in Comics History, January 1, 1976: At last, a year Keira Knightley can ask me to marry her

from "Jumping January" Dennis the Menace Bonus Magazine Series #151 [Dennis the Menace Yearbook] (Hallden/Fawcett, April 1976), creators uncredited and unknown

1968 2024 Calendars for January and the Whole Menacing Year Ahead

Hey, it's 2024!

from Cable (2008 series) #2 (Marvel, June 2008), script by Duane Swierczynski, painted art by Ariel Olivetti, letters by Joe Caramagna

And not a moment too soon, if'n ya ask me. But how do you think we can make sure it is, Albert Einstein, Jimmy Olsen, Adam Strange, and, convniently flyin' past in the purple skies, Deadman?

from DC Challenge #6 (DC, April 1986), script by Elliot S! Maggin, pencils by Dan Jurgens, inks by Larry Mahlstedt, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, January 1, 1919: George M. Cohan immediately renounces his classic song

from "Larry MacPhail: Boss of the N.Y. Yankees" in True Comics #65 (Parents' Magazine Press, October 1947), creators uncredited and unknown

Sunday, December 31, 2023

The 1978 2017 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters: New Year's Eve Endings

This is an expanded and updated version of a post originally published December 31, 2017.

Throughout the year we've seen the heroes of the DC Universe face off against a dastardly, devilish diaply of do-(no)-gooders determined to destroy the Dearth...I mean, Earth...with a diversity of devastating disasters! All our favorite heroes and Hal Jordan have stopped the conveniently-separated-by-months plots dead in their tracks, but who is the Mastermind of all these sinister scenarios? Could it be the Riddler? Ra's al-Ghul? Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man? It's Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, isn't it?

"December 31" from The 1978 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters (1977), art by José Luis García-López

Batman has figgered the identity of Chief Criminal thanks to clues fed into the Justice League Crime-Solvin' Computer and Dance Dance Revolution Machine, and he quickly snaps into action and detects, as the calendar tells us: "a villain The Batman must capture while Superman tries to pull the moon back into orbit. (Oy, he's always doin' that.) None of which explains why, in the calendar's cover portraying this mind-shattering scene, Batman is ridin' on the moon harness. You are literally useless in this situation, Batman! Sheesh. Go punch somebody, Bruce.

But what of that astonishing computer result that we've been waiting for this year? All year. (Eh, must be an Amiga.) I've been filling in the blanks as instructed by each month on the calendar throughout 2017 just as some of you must have done all during 1978, and what we've come up with. Who is the evil supervillain genius behind the year of Super-Spectacular Disasters, huh? TA-DA!:

Or, if you clean it up a little bit and assume I missed some spots throughout the year, because it's a bit more difficult with hooves:

Hooray! You know, I knew it was gonna be Luthor, but honestly until last month I didn't have any idea how the computer display was going to portray his name. Fun, huh? Off to jail for you, Lex Luthor! You may have only killed thousands of people during your Year-Long Reign of Disasters, but I'n sure you'll be out in a couple weeks because the guards at the prison gave you a ball-point pen and a baloney sandwich. Anyway, Happy New Year, and may your 2018 be Super-Spectacular with zero disasters!

Today in Comics History, December 31, 1966 1965 1964, New Year's Eve: Y2Zot strikes again

from Zot #27 (Eclipse, June 1989); script, pencils, and inks by Scott McCloud; plot assist by Ivy Ratafia; letters by Bob Lappan

Today in Comics History, Eorx 62, 9999: Time to buy a 10,000 Calendar at your local Krypt-Mart

Wait, today is Eorx 62? It feels like it's still Septober! Well, it really isn't, but where else am I gonna squeeze this "Today in Comics History" except at the very last day of the year?

from The Phantom Zone #1 (DC, January 1982), script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Gene Colan, inks by Tony DeZuniga, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Milt Snapinn

But it probably isn't precise, so please mentally place Eorx 62 wherever you wish in the Gregorian Calendar! Superman would approve. Wouldn't you, Supes?

from Ambush Bug (1985 series) #3 (DC, August 1985), script by Robert Loren Fleming, plot and pencils by Keith Giffen, inks by Bob Oksner, colors by Anthony Tollin, letters by John Costanza

Today in Comics History, December 31, 1968, New Year's Eve: Not so much a nightmare, more of a nice date

from "That Was Then...This Is NOW" in Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988 series) #9 (Marvel, November 1989), text by Roy Thomas and Dann Thomas

I set this in 1968 because I imagine that this text piece is referring to this story and the night Clea met Tom Wolfe.