Saturday, September 20, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 19: Oh shoot! Isn't she cute!



"Dot's Dress Up" from Animaniacs #12 (DC, April 1996), artist unknown


Paper Doll Month, Day 18: Geez, Paper Barbie has the same measurements as Doll Barbie


"Polynesian Fashions" in Barbie Fashion #12 (Marvel, December 1991), script and inks by Trina Robbins, pencils by Amanda Conner, colors by Ed Lazellari, letters by Jade Moede; George Roberts

Paper Doll Month, Day 17: Then I saw her face, now Irma believer


"Irma's Fashions" from My Friend Irma #35 (Marvel/Atlas, September 1953), pencils and inks by Dan DeCarlo

My Friend Irma was a popular radio, movie, TV (and, yes, comic book) series focusing on the antics of smart girl Jane and her best friend and roommate, the silly-headed Irma (like Gracie Allen, though, Irma was always full of some sort of universal sense).



Mostly forgotten today, My Friend Irma is perhaps best remembered as the movie that introduced the duo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis to a worldwide audience:



...and while Irma's comic book was at Marvel, Dean and Jerry's was over at DC. Therefore, we can deduce that the My Friend Irma movie took place on the same world that hosted the Superman/Spider-Man crossovers or the X-Men and the Teen Titans team-up...Crossover-Earth, the only Earth that lies directly between the DC and Marvel multiverses. Until Grant Morrison blew it up. BOOM!

So, that's how My Friend Irma died...in a cataclysmic crossover comic book event.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today in Comics History: Free Thor with every purchase


Panels from Thor: Season One graphic novel (October 2013), script by Matthew Sturges, pencils and inks by Pepe Larraz, colors by Wil Quintana, letters by Cory Petit

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

You could have one more page of Batman adventures, or you could have this

So, this is what passed for "humor" in the Golden Age:


"Kafloppos" from Batman #33 (February-March 1946), pencils and inks by Jack Callahan

Oh, the hilarity.

Please write to DC Comics and demand they bring back a murderous, vengeful Curly Kafloppo in the New 52! You know you want it!

Paper Doll Month, Day 16: Dress Misty for Me




Paper doll pages from [Meet] Misty #6 (Marvel/Star Comics, October 1986); script, pencils, and inks by Trina Robbins, letters by L. Lois Buhalis

Monday, September 15, 2014

If I Ran DC Comics


Scooby-Doo: Futures End #1 (one-shot) (November 2014), incorporating cover art from Scooby-Doo #113 (December 2006), art by Scott McRae and Robert W. Pope

And here's the variant lenticular version!:


Today in Comics History: Batman progressively walks closer to you until you can see he's carrying FOR PETE'S SAKE BATMAN PUT THAT THING DOWN

Yes, today, September 15, is when a phone vote to assassinate a comic book icon determined the fate of Batman comic books forever. Don't ask who it is that killed Jason Todd: as Mick Jagger sang, "after all it was you and me."




"Some Will Die" ads from DC comics cover dated September-December 1988, pencils by Jim Aparo

Yep, this happened:


Page from Batman #428 (Winter 1988), script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo, colors by Adrienne Roy

And not this...


Alternate art from Batman #428, script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo

(Here's a color version of that alternate history:)


Panel from Batman Annual #25 (May 2006), script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by John Costanza

All because of this:


House ad from Batman #427 (December 1988), art by Jim Aparo

Yep, Jason Todd died today. Ignore the fact that it says something different on his death certificate. They're always pullin' that stunt over at the Gotham City coroner's department.


Panel from Batman Annual #25 (May 2006), script by Judd Winick, pencils by Shane Davis, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by Travis Lanham

So, in conclusion...we have no one to blame but ourselves for not spending 50¢ to prevent the creation of Red Hood and the Outlaws.



Assistant Editor's note from Batman #428


Bonus: J. L. Bell has some great commentary on Robin and the death of Jason Todd (click on other inks to explore lots of additional Robin posts), and no conversation about the crowbar-beatin', big explosion death of Jason is complete without Mike Sterling's iconic animated gif seen at the bottom of the post here.

Paper Doll Month, Day 15: Les belles de domaine de ressorts

"Patty & Selma's Fascinatin' Fashions!" from Simpsons Comics #2 (January 1994), artist unknown
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ten of a Kind: Got myself a crying, talking, sleeping, walking, paper doll










(Click wide images to super-size. More Ten of a Kind here.)

Paper Doll Month, Day 14: Take my hand






Katchoo and Francine paper dolls and fashions from Strangers in Paradise #28-30 (November 1999-February 2000), pencils and inks by Terry Moore

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 13: Marvel really needs to resurrect this feature for Wolverine and Iron Man



"Kathy's Cut-Ups!" and "Look at Liz!" from Kathy #6 (Marvel, August 1960), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Stan Goldberg

Friday, September 12, 2014

Today in Comics History: Don Blake's cane has a pretty good monthly minutes plan


Panel from Thor: Season One graphic novel (October 2013), script by Matthew Sturges, pencils and inks by Pepe Larraz, colors by Wil Quintana, letters by Cory Petit

Paper Doll Month, Day 12: Wait, isn't Tyrolea where Dr. Doom comes from?


"Tillie Cutouts: Tyrolean Outfit" from Four Color #237 [Tillie the Toiler] (July 1949), pencils and inks by Jack Callahan