Hi hi hi folks! To herald the return of the sporadic Ten of a Kind, I figured there would be no more appropriate subject than to spotlight ten comic book covers starring that delicious breakfast staple, the yummy golden sweet treat we all know and love through its many posts this month...
Which, for some odd reason, involves a lot of Harvey Comics covers. Who knew?
Panels from "Vengeance of the Super-Villains" in Superboy [starring the Legion of Super-Heroes] (1949 series) #208 (April 1975); script by Cary Bates, pencils and inks by Mike Grell, letters by Ben Oda
Well, isn't that nice of Ma and Pa Kent? They sure take care of their boy...and his pal from one thousand years in the future who only knows pancakes in pill form. Yes, Pa and Ma Kent are the best parents ever who found a baby on the side of the road and took it home and claimed it as their own.
OH THAT'S NOT GOOD. Don't you know, Pa, that statistics say if you have a futuristic sci-fi raygun in the home, you're 93% more likely to use it against a super member of your own family?
The explanation, Superboy? Cary Bates is the explanation.
Because if there's anything better than a Jonah on one earth, it's a Jonah on Infinite Earths! Let's travel not through the multiverse to peer through the venetian blinds like the Late Great Watcher on realities removed from ours...one step beyond! So this week, all week, don't watch that Jonah, watch these Jonahs! Like this one, from Earth-772..a world where making that flaming "4" in the sky suddenly got more challenging for Johnny Storm!
Panels from What If (1977 series) #1 (February 1977), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Jim Craig, inks by Pablo Marcos, colors by Janice Cohen, letters by John Costanza
Yes, that's Crisis on Infinite Jonahs Week, where as long as there's a Jonah, no universe is off bounds!
Panels from Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #110 (January 1986), script by Peter David, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by "The Marvel Bullpen" (which explains the dramatic ink differences between the top panels and the bottom two), colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker
Please join me today in wishing a happy 117th birthday to an American giant of literature, Ernest Hemingway! He's a pretty big deal, but did he ever get his picture in Marvel Comics, did he? Have you ever seen his picture in a Marvel comic? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture in Marvel Comics?
Still, J. Jonah Jameson seems to like him.
Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #122 (October 1982), script by J. M. Dematteis, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen
So, if we can take anything from all this, it's that Ernest Hemingway has never had his picture in Marvel Comics.
Panels from Wolverine (1988 series) #35 (January 1991), script by Larry Hama, pencils by Marc Silvestri, inks by Dan Green, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Pat Brosseau
An issue of Bart Simpson, a comic that usually features the antis of America's favorite li'l mischief maker (sorry, Dennis the Menace), occasionally takes some time-outs to spotlight other members of the Simpson clan, like this short story featuring baby Maggie, the infant savant of the cast. And whaddaya know, it's about pancakes!
Panels from "Maggie's Pancakes" in Bart Simpson #81 (March 2013); script, pencils, and inks by Carol Lay, colors by Art Villanueva, letters by Karen Bates
I kinda wish I could reprint the entire short story here, because it's a phantasmagorical psychedelic wonderland of Maggie's imagination, inspired by the circle shape of her pancakes. Here's a few choice panels.
So, pancakes, won't you? They're not only a part of this complete breakfast, they're also a springboard to adventure and excitement!
Panels from Starfire (2015 series) #8 (March 2016); script by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, pencils by Emanuela Lupacchino, pencil assists by Mirco Pierfederici, inks by Ray McCarthy, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Tom Napolitano
Panels from Starfire #9 (April 2016); script by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, pencils and inks by Elsa Charretier, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Tom Napolitano