Saturday, May 20, 2017

Today in Comics History: Charles L. Hurlburt has been given all the facts


Panels from the Milk & Cheese story "Just the Facts, Maim" in Deadline USA v1 #2 (1991); script, pencils, inks, and letters by Evan Dorkin

But when will there be a test, hmmmmmmmm?

365 Days of Defiance, Day 140: Always bet on black. Not green.


Panels from Black Panther (2005 series) #39 (September 2008), script by Jason Aaron, pencils and inks by Jefte Palo, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Cory Petit

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


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

Déjà vu?

Friday, May 19, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 139: I Am Defiant (Blue)


Panels from "Doom Must Die!" in Astonishing Tales #3 (December 1970), script by Larry Lieber, pencils and inks by Wally Wood, colors by Tom Palmer (?), letters by Jean Izzo

Thursday, May 18, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 138: A talent contest on Monday with my Uncle Sam



Panels from All-Star Squadron #35 (July 1984), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Rick Hoberg, inks by Bill Collins, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by David Cody Weiss

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 137: Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Hey, let's look at a good Inhumans story! Yep, there are some! In this one, Magneto gets ticked off that Marvel is trying to replace mutants with Inhumans, so he kidnaps and brain-enslaves Black Bolt. Whose real name is, have we mentioned before Blackagar Boltagon? hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee okay here's what happens.


Panels from the Inhumans story "—In His Hand — the World!" in Amazing Adventures (1970 series) #10 (January 1972), script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Sam Rosen

It's horrendous! It's terrifying! It's totally earth-shattering...the mixing of Sony/FGox Marvel characters with Marvel Cinematic Universe characters! Also, it's a little scary that Magneto has Black Bolt under his thrall, which, as I think we can all agree, is a very uncomfortable place to be. Or...is he?


BLACK BOLT'S BREAKIN' LOOSE, BABY! LIVE FREE OR DIE! Etc.


So just a little minor skirmish, and Black Bolt quietly goes his way...not. Thus follows several pages of destruction the Mighty Marvel Way!



I presume they sent in Damage Control after that, which only goes to show: don't mess around with Black Bolt. Unless you pay him enough to present him on IMAX screens and on network television as a wuss and a pushover, in which case, fair enough.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 136: Wolverine's Choice

All the X-Men (even the terrible ones!) have been kidnapped and mentally tortured by Horde, mutant alien, and turned against their nature to embrace their true desires. Can Wolverine, the last X-Man standing crawling, turn the tables, defeat Horde, and rescue his pals?


Panels from [Uncanny] X-Men Annual (1970 series) #11 (1987), script by Chris Claremont, pencils by Alan Davis, inks by Paul Neary, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Tom Orzechowski

Can he do it?!? Well, sure; it's a done-in-one Annual.


Wolverine's blood drop splashes onto the deus ex machina that is The Crystal of Ultimate Vision


no, no, not that Ultimate Vision. Anyway, the Crystal rebuilds Wolverine completely from that drop of blood, including his adamantium skeleton, his memories, and his unique...um, aroma. Because, y'know, Crystal of Ultimate Vision. Look, just go with it, huh?


Hey, now Wolverine has all the cosmic awareness in the world, and he could fix everything and make it all better! But should he accept this awesome responsibility? Or are the temptations simply too great? It's a real Galadriel's Choice! Luckily, Wolverine chooses to defy Horde, defy the Crystal, defy godship and just get his friends back. And, presumably, a nice cold beer.


"And now at last it comes. You'll give me the Crystal freely, bub! In place of a Dark Lord you will set up a Wolverine. And I'l not gonna be dark, but rugged an' handsome as Clint Eastwood! Strong as a cuppa Tim Horton's an' smooth as a Labatt's! Everybody's gonna love me and collect comic books about me!...eh, heck with it. I'll be an X-Man, an' remain the best there is at what I do."

Monday, May 15, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 135: "No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity." "But I know none, and therefore am no beast."


Panels from Wolverine (1988 series) #49 (December 1991), script by Larry Hama, pencils by Marc Silvestri, inks by Hilary Barta and Dan Green, colors by Steve Buccellato, letters by Pat Brosseau

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Today in Comics History: Grant Morrison is excited to purchase yet another 1/6 scale Hindu god figure


Panels 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

365 Days of Defiance, Day 134: Let Me Tell You About America



Panels from "Relics" in Captain America (1998 series) #50/517 (February 2002), script by Brian David-Marshall, pencils and inks by Igor Kordey, colors by Avalon Studios, letters by Todd Klein

Today in Comics History: Joe Cain Feels Pain


Panels from "Danger in the City" in Amazing Detective Cases #6 (Marvel/Timely, May 1951), pencils and inks by Jerry Robinson