Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today in Comics History: St. Basil, Patron of Guys Who Swear "Never Again" and Pour Out Their Bottles of Vodka, is invoked

Panel from "Igor Sikorsky" in Real Life Comics #8 (November 1942), creators unknown

Today in Comics History: Comic book actually titles its final issue "The Fist of Love."

Splash page from Psi-Force #32 (June 1989), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Rodney Ramos, inks by Chris Ivy, colors by Nel Yomtov, letters by Rick Parker

Friday, May 12, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 132: Let the fire get higher

One of the things I like best about Grant Morrison's comic book tales: at his best he doesn't just spotlight the sheer heroics of those four-color characters who wear capes and cowls and fancy masks, but also the average Joe (and Jo-Elle) on the street. Here's humanity, spurred on by the inspiring words of Superman broadcast around the world, fending off an invasion of the White Martians by using fire. Yes, that was the day Earth triumphed, because everybody was allowed to play with matches.

Panels from JLA #4 (April 1997), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Howard Porter, inks by John Dell, colors by Pat Garrahy, color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Ken Lopez

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today in Comics History: An adventure begins that will, oddly enough, somehow involve Thomas the Tank Engine

Panel from The Invisibles (1999 series) #8 (August 1999), script by Grant Morrison, pencils by Sean Phililips, inks by Jay Stephens, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by Todd Klein

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Today in Comics History: Giant, giant newspaper pursues Spider-Man

Portion of the splash page from Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #5 (August 1985), script by Danny Fingeroth, pencils by Jim Mooney, inks by Greg LaRocque and Kyle Baker, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Phil Felix

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Today in Comics History: Punisher sneaks into crack lab through very narrow panel layout

Panels from Daredevil (1964 series) #257 (August 1988); script by Ann Nocenti; pencils by John Romita, Jr.; inks by Al Williamson; colors by Christie Scheele; letters by Joe Rosen

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 129: Please try to guess the startling identities of our amazing guest stars...oh, it's Namor and Sue.

It's the third issue of Alpha Flight! So naturally, the heroes to stand firm against the devilish deeds (done masterly) of The Master of the World is...Alpha Flight Sub-Mariner and Invisible Woman WHAT?!?

Panels from Alpha Flight (1983 series) #3 (October 1983); script, pencils, and inks by John Byrne; colors by Andy Yanchus; letters by Tom Orzechowski

Oh man, John Byrne forgot which comic he was writing. Again.

Today in Comics History: Happy birthday, Steve Trevor, happy birth...oh. Never mind.

Panels from DC Comics: Bombshells #2 (digital series, November 2015); script, pencils, inks, and colors by Marguerite Bennett; letters by Wes Abbott