Saturday, March 04, 2017

Today in Comics History: Rock star Flea phones megaproducer Rick Rubin to break him out of jail


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #12 (September 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils and inks by Emma Vieceli, colors by Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee and Robbie Robbins

Today in Comics History: Rock star Flea discovers his head is filled with eggs


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #12 (September 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils and inks by Emma Vieceli, colors by Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee and Robbie Robbins

Today in Comics History: Marty leaves her waiting all night


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #11 (August 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcello Ferreira and Athila Fabbio, inks by Marcello Ferreira, Athila Fabbio, and Toni Doya, colors by Jose Luis Rioz, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: 1990s Superboy becomes a drag racing delinquent


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #8 (May 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcello Ferreira and Athila Fabbio, inks by Marcello Ferreira, Athila Fabbio, and Toni Doya, colors by Diego Rodriguez and Esther Sanz, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: Well, um...let's just assume this makes sense in context


Panels from Back to the Future (2015 IDW series) #9 (June 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcello Ferreira and Athila Fabbio, inks by Marcello Ferreira, Athila Fabbio, and Toni Doya, colors by Diego Rodriguez and Jose Luis Rio, letters by Shawn Lee

365 Days of Defiance, Day 63: Three Simple Rules for Punching a Nazi

Daredevil battles Hitler! That's Bart Hill, the Golden Age Daredevil (aka Doubledare, Reddevil, and Death-Defying 'Devil), not Matt Murdock, the Silver Age and beyond Daredevil. I mean, not that Matt Murdock wouldn't punch Hitler, but I just can't see him doing it. (Neither can he! BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!)


Panels from "Fighting Hitler and His Jungle Hordes" in Daredevil Comics #1 (Lev Gleason, July 1941), script and art by Charles Biro (?)

Daredevil is captured, but luckily he has friends. With an elephant. Even Deadpool hasn't tried that trick!


Then Hitler gets his mustache shot off.


So, if'n you're gonna punch a Nazi: 1) Do it hard. 2) Do it with an elephant. 3) Shoot his mustache off!

Today in Comics History: Paul Levitz begins his successful second career as a doctor


Panel from "Barbara Gordon...Murderess!" in Detective Comics (1937 series) #497 (December 1980), script by Cary Burkett, pencils by Jose Delbo, inks by Joe Giella, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by Milt Snapinn

Friday, March 03, 2017

Today in Comics History: Western Union stock market prices continue to rise


Panel from Back to the Future #10 (July 2016); story by John Barber and Bob Gale; script by John Barber; pencils by Marcelo Ferreira andÁthila Fabbio; inks by Marcelo Ferreira, Áthila Fabbio and Toni Doya; colors by Jose Luis Rio and Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: Chris gets irony for his birthday



Panels from The Draft one-shot (July 1988), script by Mark Gruenwald and Fabian Nicieza; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by (inhale) Kyle Baker, Mike Gustovich, Klaus Janson, Lee Weeks, and Keith Williams (exhale); colors by Michael Higgins; letters by Jim Novak

365 Days of Defiance, Day 62: Stand in the place where you live





from The Avengers (2012), written and directed by Joss Whedon

9,200.

Today in Comics History: Oedipal scene re-rerun


Panel from Back to the Future #6 (March 2016), story by John Barber and Bob Gale, script by John Barber, pencils by Marcelo Ferreira, inks by Marcelo Ferreira and Áthila Fabbio, colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History: Battleship moves to space E-5


Panel from Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority #3 (October 2000), script by Mark Millar, pencils by John McCrea, inks by James Hodgkins, colors by Ian Hannin, letters by Bill O'Neil

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Today in newuniversal History: Not everybody makes it out alive of Day 1




Panels from newuniversal #3 (April 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

That wraps this up: there's not many more March 2 timed and dated panels in the newuniversal comics, and to be fair, there's not that many newuniversal comics left anyway. After a six-issue miniseries and a small handle of one- (and two-) shots, the line dwindles away and the story has no conclusion. Compared to the original New Universe, the newuniverse has a pretty short life.

See? I told you that without Kickers, Inc., a New Universe is just not worth it.

Today in newuniversal History: Security guards can't get Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter to run on their system


Panel from newuniversal #2 (March 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: They preempted Judge Judy for this


Panel from newuniversal #2 (March 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Inspector Javert IV vows to hunt down John Tenson for the theft of a notepad and pen


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Bullet time is invented


Panels from newuniversal #2 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

365 Days of Defiance, Day 61: The drink you drown your troubles in is the trouble you're in now

Sometimes the act of defiance that matters most in your life is not against a supervillain or an oppressive political regime, but against a literal demon! Oh, wait, a figurative demon. A demon...in a bottle! And you know what they say about bottles: phenomenal cosmic powers...itty bitty living space! Also: you can return 'em for a deposit at Safeway.


Panels from Iron Man (1968 series) #128 (November 1979); co-plot and script by David Michelinie; breakdowns by John Romita, Jr.; co-plot and finishes by Bob Layton; colors by Bob Sharen; letters by John Costanza

It's dressed up with all the wordy melodrama of a '69 Stan Lee-scripted Silver Surfer saga, and it's one of the classic important stories that probably would have benefitted from 2000s' style decompression, because it all happens and is resolved so very fast, but the fight of Tony stark against alcoholism still remains a powerful storyline, one that hasn't been retconned away and which still influences the Tony of today in virtually every story: a man who loves analytical thought, tempted by something that makes him lose it.


The comic basically breezes over this torment in a handful of pages. Tony's battle with alcoholism would return, though, most notably when he passes the armor to James Rhodes. For the moment, however, this is one of the most triumphant moments in the Marvel Universe: a little story about a victory as vital as chasing away Galactus.


You go, Tony...GOOD GRAVY WHERE DO YOU GET AN ORANGE SUIT?!?


Anyway, the sun's exploding.



Resources about alcoholism:

Today in newuniversal History: Birth of a comics line doomed to early cancellation







Panels from newuniversal #2-6 (March-July 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton;
and from newuniversal: Shockfront #1 (July 2008), script by Warren Ellis, pencils by Steve Kurth, inks by Andrew Hennessy, colors by Chris Chuckry, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: The phrase "She doesn't like nice guys!" is born


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Drinks drunk heavily despite oversized training bar


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

Today in newuniversal History: Earth-555 doctors successfully implant POV camera

Today, March 2, 2006, at 06:49 Universal Time, the mysterious White Event changes the history of Earth-555, ushering in the Warren Ellis-created and reimagined newuniverse. (As opposed to Earth-148611, where a White Event on July 22, 1986 begins Jim Shooter's New Universe. You can tell the difference because one is in lower case, and doesn't have Kickers, Inc.

Over the next 24 hours I'll pinpoint some of the timed events that take place that day.


Panel from newuniversal #1 (February 2007), script by Warren Ellis, pencils and inks by Salvador Larroca, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Rus Wooton

(This panel is the only one in newuniversal that has a discrepancy between local and Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). I've chosen to pin it to the UTC time listed here rather than EST. All other dual times listed in the series are consistent with each other.)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Today (February 29, actually) in Comics History: Canadian content enforced by law into New Universe


Panel from Psi-Force #21 (July 1988), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Ron Lim, inks by Mike Witherby, colors by Nelson Yomtov, letters by Rick Parker

Today in Comics History: Duck is amuck


Cover of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v4 #6 [#42] (March 1944), pencils and inks by Walt Kelly

365 Days of Defiance, Day 60: So shines an act of kindness in a weary world

Grant Morrison, dastard that he is, has put Shiloh Norman, the astonishing Mister Miracle, smack into the creamy center nougat of hopelessness: the living hell of Darkseid's long-sought-after Anti-Life Equation. It is fear, anger, failure. It is everything that makes up despair (or, as it's pronounced in the Marvel Universe, D'Spayre.) Also, it's raining. Mister Miracle doesn't have a chance.


Panels from Seven Soliders: Mister Miracle #3 (March 2006), script by Grant Morrison, pencils and inks by Freddie E. Williams II, colors by Dave McCaig, letters by Phil Balsman

Although, take note: this scene occurs in number three into a four issue miniseries. Even Grant Morrison, five-dimension imp that he is, is not immune from the beating rhythm of a story arc. Nmely: it's always darkest before the dawn, or, as it's pronounced in the DC Universe, an ass-whuppin'.


But at the eleventh hour (or, as we pronounce it, page 21 of a 22 page story) comes a tiny sliver of hope. You can also pronounce it "humanity."


Go get 'em, Shilo.

Today (February 29, actually) in Comics History: The day Roger Bochs's pencil cup melted

There is no February 29 this year, and I for one heartily argue that I paid for a full calendar and I'm gonna celebrate February 29th! So all of my February 29 Todays in Comics History shall be posted on February 28th! Who says this isn't the Bedazzling Age of Bully Bountifulness?


Splash panel from Alpha Flight (1983 series) #11 (June 1984); script, pencils, and inks by John Byrne, colors by Andy Yanchus, letters by Michael Higgins

Today in Comics History: The JLA claims Nebraska through the cunning use of flags


Nebraska variant cover of Justice League of America (2013 series) #1 (April 2013), pencils and inks by David Finch

Also today: Bully reuses a joke from December 7.

The 1978 2017 Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar: March Much-Ado

"March Is a Menagerie of Madcap Menaces!" in The Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar 1978 (1977);
pencils by Paul Gulacy, inks by Pablo Marcos
(Click picture to Superior Foes-size)


The 1978 2017 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters: March Mice-ing

Hey, it's March 1! (C'mon, go along with me on this one for once.) Time to say "bunny, bunny!" Time for things to come in like lions or lambs, to eventually go out the complete reverse way. It's also time to check in once again with The 1978 2017 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters! So strike a pose, there's nothing to it: March!

"March: Green Lantern/Green Arrow" in The 1978 Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters; artwork by Mike Grell
(Click picture to Giant Rat of Sumatra-size)


In this month's exciting contribution to the all-out big-deal disaster that threatens to tear apart the entire DC Universe we dare not call it a crisis!): Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen are invited to be the grand marshals (as opposed to my sister, the grand Marshall) of the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade! Meanwhile at their homes, Green Lama and the Hulk sulk.


I bet they've been invited to marshal their way down Fifth Avenue by New York City Mayor Abe Beame, which is pretty odd, because he lives in the Marvel Universe!





Panels from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #1 (December 1976), script by Gerry Conway, breakdowns by Sal Buscema, figure finishes by Mike Esposito, background finishes and colors by Dave Hunt, letters by Joe Rosen

And that's why Abe Beame breathed a relieved sigh and wiped his forehead with relief when Ed "How'm I doin'?" Koch defeated him in the 1977 Mayoral Elections.

Anyway, back in the 1977 DC Universe, thar be rats here!


And I think we all know who's responsible for that, right?: Neal Adams!


Cover of Batman: Odyssey (2011 series) #7 (June 2012), pencils and inks by Neal Adams

Still, Green Arrow shouldn't be left to fight rats, especially when it's his ward Speedy who has all the rat-battlin' experience!:


Panel from The Brave and the Bold #102 (June-July 1972), script by Bob Haney, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

Anyways! As I did last month, I've taken all the "clues" to the secret identity of the ultimate criminal mastermind from the previous month's calendar, and tallied them up by blacking out the squares on the big Justice League computertron featured on the calendar's final spread. Here's what we've got so far:


Wait, if you squint a little bit all those dots look like a bull charging...hey! No, it was not me! And if you think that the JLA computer is kind of weak sauce, just remember it was like forty years ago! Everybody's computer looked like a Lite-Brite! Cases in point:




Panels from:
Top: Superman (1939 series) #405 (March 1985), script by Craig Boldman, pencils by Alex Saviuk, inks by Karl Kesel, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by Ben Oda
Middle: Iron Man (1968 series) #130 (January 1980); co-plot by David Michelinie; co-plot, script, pencils, and inks by Bob Layton; colors by Ben Sean; letters by Jim Novak
Bottom: Incredible Hulk Annual #6 (November 1977), plot by Len Wein, plot and script by David Anthony Kraft, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Frank Giacoia and Mike Esposito, colors by Janice Cohen, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Finally, there's one more clue you'll find within the day boxes of March's calendar itself. Let's check it out with all the keen attention of Batman, the intuitiveness of Elongated Man, and the butt-scratching of Detective Chimp:


Hmmm, an outfit suitable for St. Patrick's Day. Could it be...Jack O'Lantern?


Maybe it could be...Tommy Monaghan, Hitman? After all, he is the only good thing to come out of Bloodlines!


No wait, I know who it is, and he's the perfect suspect, because he would not be invented for another seventeen years: Kyle Rainer!


The perfect crime!