Saturday, December 27, 2014

Today in Comics History: Apparently this is the day Wolverine dies


Panels from Incredible Hercules #128 (June 2009), script by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, pencils by Dietrich O. Smith, inks by Terry Pallot, colors by Raúl Treviño, letters by Joe Caramagna

Today in Comics History: It has taken Barbara Gordon only four weeks to morph into Mary Jane Watson


Panel from the Batgirl story "Tall, Dark, Handsome — and Missing!" in Detective Comics #384 (February 1969), script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Murphy Anderson

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne Wish You a Merry Christmas


Panel from Detective Comics (2011 series) #37 (February 2015), script by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, pencils and inks by Francis Manapul, colors by Brian Buccellato, letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Black Widow Wishes You a Merry Christmas


Panels from "...And To All a Good Night" in Amazing Adventures #5 (March 1971), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Gene Colan, inks by Bill Everett, letters by Artie Simek

Judge Dredd Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas


Panels from the Judge Dredd story "I Hate Christmas" in 2000 AD Prog 867 (25 December 1993), script by Mark Millar, art by Carlos Ezquerra, letters by Tom Frame

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Today in Comics History: Live from 200 Miles Northeast of Edmonton, it's the Wolverine Christmas Spectacular!


Panel from Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #1 (November 2014), script and letters by Alex De Campi, pencils and inks by R. M. Guéra, colors by Giulia Brusco

Today in Comics History: An extra is imported from the set of Mary Poppins


Panel from "The Egg!" in Strange Tales #2 (August 1951), pencils by Morris Marcus, inks by Frank Sieminsky

Today in Comics History: George Washington invents the triple-decker cheeseburger


Panels from the Jughead's Time Police story "Unstuck in Time!" in Archie Giant Series Magazine #602 [The World of Jughead] (October 1989), script by Rich Margopoulos, pencils by Doug Crane, inks by Tom Moore, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

Today in Comics History: The Avengers would like to remind you that this is the last happy moment in their comic books through at least next year


Page from Avengers Annual #1 (February 2014), script by Kathryn Immonen, pencils and inks by David Lafuente, colors by Rain Beredo and Lee Loughridge, letters by Cory Petit

Today in Comics History: Dorothy Gale files a restraining order on Santa Claus


Panel from The Road to Oz #6 (May 2013), script by Eric Shanower based on the novel by L. Frank Baum, pencils and inks by Skottie Young, colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, letters by Jeff Eckleberry

Monday, December 22, 2014

Today in Comics History: Batman is so angry about videogame crime that his nose disappears


Panel from Detective Comics #636 (Late September 1991), script by Louise Simonson, pencils by Jim Fern, inks by Steve Mitchell, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by John Costanza

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Today in Comics History: New hexagonal moon does not test well in English suburbia


Panel from the Luke Kirby story "Sympathy for the Devil" in 2000 AD Prog 873 (4 February 1994), script by Alan McKenzie, art by Steve Parkhouse and Nick Abadzis and (Gina?) Hart, letters by Steve Parkhouse

Today in Comics History: Xiaolian does more by 9 AM on Winter Solstice than you do all day


Panels from East of West #5 (August 2013), script by Jonathan Hickman, pencils and inks by Nick Dragotta, colors by Frank Martin, letters by Rus Wooton

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Today in Comics History: Bruce Campbell continues to ignore Barbara Gordon


Panel from the Batgirl story "Tall, Dark, Handsome — and Missing!" in Detective Comics #384 (February 1969), script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Murphy Anderson

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today in Comics History: Compared to other realities, our Wright Brothers totally suck


Panels from What If...? (1977 series) #14 (April 1979), plot by Gary Friedrich, script by Don Glut, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Pablo Marcos, colors by "D. R. Martin" (a pen-name for various artists), letters by Tom Orzechowski

Yep, that's from the reality where Nick Fury fought cosmic Nazis in outer space! Man, the Wright brothers were so much less impressive than Zephram Cochrane and his hog-piloted warp-drive test rocket. That'll do, pig. That'll do.

Even on DC's Earth-1, the Wrong Brothers (tee hee hee) needed help from Wonder Woman, the Sensational New Character Find of 1917!


Panels from "The Secret Hall of Fame" in Wonder Woman #69 (October 1954), script by Robert Kanigher, pencils and inks by Harry G. Peter

They keep wondering what they can do to save Wonder Woman in the New 52, and I'll tell ya, they need to once again make her a time-travelling secret agent reporting to one of Santa's Elves. That there's good comics.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Today in Comics History: In Soviet Russia, robot is replaced by you


Panel from ron Man: Fatal Frontier digital comic #2 (December 2013), story by Kieron Gillen and Al Ewing; script by Al Ewing; layouts by Carmine Di Giandomenico; pencils by Lan Medina; inks by David Meikis, Juan Vlasco, and Terry Pallot; colors by Matt Milla, Guy Major, and Andres Mossa; letters by Joe Sabino

Today in Comics History: George Washington's medical insurance runs out


Panel from Action Presidents: Washington (November 2013), script by Fred Van Lente, art by Ryan Dunlavey

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Another new character from the upcoming Star Wars movie



Don't worry, I'll be back soon!

Today in Comics History: Batgirl has a hunch


Panel from the Batgirl story "Tall, Dark, Handsome — and Missing!" in Detective Comics #384 (February 1969), script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Murphy Anderson

Friday, December 12, 2014

Today in Comics History: Mayans smack that smart-ass smirk off Mr. Peabody's face


Panels from Mr. Peabody and Sherman #1 (November 2013), script by Sholly Fisch; pencils, inks, and colors by Jorge Monlongo; letters by Tom B. Long

Hey, wasn't it supposed to be December 21?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Today in Comics History: Remember Pearl Harbor...in space!


Splash panel from What If...? (1977 series) #14 (April 1979), plot by Gary Friedrich, script by Don Glut, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Pablo Marcos, colors by "D. R. Martin" (a pen-name for various artists), letters by Tom Orzechowski

Welcome to Pearl Harbor...in SPACE! ACE ACE ace ace ace ace Wait, how did we get to this wacky alternative world, where we're outer space superpowers in the year 1941!?? Well, just remember that it's an issue of What If...?, that joint by the Watcher in which he tells you that a tiny change in action or attitude by a Marvel character during a known event in Marvel Universe history can change the future dramatically, fracturing reality and creating a spin-off from Earth-616...in this case, Earth-7918, where Nick Fury fought World War II in Outer Space!

So what famous Marvel moment was changed to come up with this wacky world? Did Spider-Man forget to pick up his lunch from Aunt May the day he got bitten by the radioactive spider? Did Bruce Banner develop the cobalt bomb instead of the gamma bomb? Did Mr. Fantastic actually name himself "Dr. Fantabulous?" Nope: t'was ever thus: Marvel superstar Leonardo DaVinci built some stuff, as seen in the turning point of Amazing Renaissance Adventures #18!


So yeah. That happened.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Today in Comics History: Batgirl's crazy for a sharp-dressed man


Panel from the Batgirl story "Tall, Dark, Handsome — and Missing!" in Detective Comics #384 (February 1969), script by Mike Friedrich, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Murphy Anderson

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Today in Comics History: I'm just talkin' 'bout Shaft


Panel from Shaft #1 (December 2014), script and letters by David F. Walker, pencils and inks by Bilquis Evely, colors by Daniela Miwa

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today in Comics History: It is proven that courting couples are just rock-stupid insane


Panel from "Wedding Forecast!" in Wonder Woman #182 (May-June 1969), writer and artist unknown

Archie's Generic Celebrities Month, Day 30: Not Actually Veronica Lodge

Hey, we're at the end of Archie's Generic Celebrities Month! What do you think about that, Reggie Mantle?


Panel from "Teen Paparazzi" in Archie & Friends #116 (April 2008), script by George Gladir, pencils by Fernando Ruiz, inks by Jon D'Agostino, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Jon D'Agostino

Actually, Reggie, no, because to qualify as a Generic Celebrity in Riverdale, you have to have a soundalike name to the original. For example, what happens to Veronica Lodge when her name is misspelled on her driver's license!:


Panels from "A Fishy License" in Betty and Veronica (1987 Series) #106 (December 1996), script by Hal Smith, pencils and inks by Dan DeCarlo, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

So pretty much the rest of the story is taken up with the wacky hijinks of Betty chauffeuring Veronica around town and then Ronnie takes her driver's license test again and gets a new license and then here we go:


There you go, folks: Archie's Generic Celebrities Month. i hope you has as good a time as we did with Jangelina Olie, Wuce Brillis, and Cenedibt Bumbercatch. And what about you, Cheryl Blossom?


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Archie's Generic Celebrities Month, Day 29: Not Actually Pussy Riot



Panels from the Josie and the Pussycats story "Music for the Masses, Part 2, Chapter 4" (whew!) in Betty and Veronica Comics Digest Magazine #177 (October 2007), no credits given, but here's my guesses: script by Dan Parent, pencils by Rex W. Lindsey, inks by Rich Koslowski, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

Friday, November 28, 2014

Archie's Generic Celebrities Month, Day 28: Not Actually the Smashing Pumpkins


Panel from "Faith, Hope, and Cheryl!" in Cheryl Blossom Special #2 (1995), script and pencils by Bill Golliher, inks by Rudy Lapick, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Archie's Generic Celebrities Month, Day 27: Not Actually Martha Stewart

It's Thanksgiving! And what better obsessive-compulsive holiday could there be to roll out the Archie's Generic Version of ├╝bercraftsperson Martha Stewart! I bet this one's been to prison, too. Say, remember the last time a Martha expy appeared in this feature? Why, sure you do, all the way back on November 17!:


Panels from "Cheryl in the Morning" in Cheryl Blossom (1997 series) #5 (September 1997), script and pencils by Dan Parent, inks by Jon D'Agostino, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

Well, she's back! Sorta.


Panels from the Cheryl Blossom story "How Crafty!" in B&V Friends Double Digest Magazine #223 (May 2012), script and pencils by Dan Parent, inks by Rudy Lapick, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

I'm not certain who I'd vote for in a showdown between Martha Stewart and Cheryl Blossom OH WHO AM I KIDDING IT'S CHERYL ALL THE WAY


Hah! It's funny because we loathe her!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Archie's Generic Celebrities Month, Day 26: Not Actually the Real Sonic the Hedgehog, Even Though Archie Comics Could Totally Guest-Star Him If They Wanted To



Panels from "Pet Department" in Betty & Veronica Double Digest #216 (November 2013), script by George Gladir, pencils by Jeff Schultz, inks by Al Milgrom, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida


HARRY HEDGEHOG

PLEDGES THAT

HE WILL KILL YOU



Credit where credit is due dept: That series of increasingly-zoomed panels at the bottom is inspired by and dedicated to American Favorite Comics Blogger Since 1969, Mike Sterling, who calls it the "freak out". Catch him talking about that very technique over at Progressive Ruin today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Archie's Generic Celebrities Month, Day 25: Not Actually the Incredible Hulk

Dilton Doiley: student; scientist; nerd: searching for a way to tap into the acceptance of his teenage peers. Then: an accidental overdose of grape radiation alters his body chemistry! Now when Dilton Doiley grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs! The creature is driven by rage and wanted for a pantsing he didn't commit. Dilton Doiley is believed to be a nerd, and he must let the world think that he is a nerd, until he can find a way to control the Incredible Bulk that dwells within him!



Panels from "Return of the Bulk!" in Archie & Friends #63 (January 2003), script by Mike Pellowski (?), pencils and inks by Rex Lindsey (?)

Of course, by the time Hollywood got hold of the Incredible Bulk story, they just had to meddle with it and change a few things about the character, which just enraged the fanboy populace.


Panel from "Body Image" in Betty and Veronica Double Digest #204 (October 2012), script by George Gladir, pencils by Jeff Shultz, inks by Henry Scarpelli, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

Today in Comics History: Happy Be Bitchy to Your Mother Day


Panel from "Wedding Forecast!" in Wonder Woman #182 (May-June 1969), writer and artist unknown

Monday, November 24, 2014

Archie's Generic Celebrities Month, Day 24: Not Actually Archie




Panels from "The Big Mystery!" in Archie and Friends Double Digest #26 (May 2013), script by George Gladir, pencils by Henry Scarpelli, inks by Jon D'Agostino