Today’s Comics Guide: April 1, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Noted

• According to Entertainment Weekly, Stan Lee is working with action hero and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create The Governator, a new comic-book series and TV cartoon. The series will incorporate elements of Schwarzenegger’s real life, including his wife and family, with the character taking on the role of super-hero after leaving office. His main adversaries are a powerful crime cartel known as “Gangsters, Imposters, Racketeers, Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (aka the G.I.R.L.I.E. Men).”

It should be noted that Antarctic Press published The Governator, a one-shot parody comic book featuring Schwarzenegger, in 2010. (Brent Frankenhoff)

• The “Monkey See” pop-culture blog on National Public Radio is preparing for the third in its “I Will if You Will” book-reading project. The first, last year, was Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight (because lots of people were talking about the novel but many hadn’t read it). The second, also last year, was Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (actually, for pretty much the same reason). This spring, the project kicks off with – yes – a collection of Neil Gaiman comic-book stories: Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country. So NPR is helping to spread the word about just how great comics can be – and commentator Glen Weldon provides an introduction you can send to anyone who would like to join the fun. Spread the word: How many mainstream book clubs take on comic books? (Maggie Thompson)

• And, it’s just one week until The World’s Largest Trivia Contest begins in Stevens Point, Wis. Regular followers of CBGXtra.com know that I have been playing in the 54-hour contest for a number of years now, along with team captain (and former CBG ad rep) John Diser, Star Wars: Knight Errant writer (and former CBG Editorial Director) John Jackson Miller, and many other friends. Yes, Maggie is one of our “phone-a-friends” if we need her. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer

The first words uttered in comics by Carter Hall (aka Hawkman) were, “Another prize for my collection! From Jim Rock in Egypt.” He said them in Flash Comics #1 (Jan 40).

Today’s Panel Quiz

Whose first line in comics was “But I am no ordinary man. I am …” (Hint: He gave his name to complete the phrase.)

Born Today

Sheldon Mayer (1917), comics writer, artist, and editor

Bob Lappan (1951), comics letterer

Mark Shainblum (1963), comics creator and editor

James Robinson (1963), comics writer

Bill Oakley (1964), comics artist

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now

Geoff Blum, comics historian and writer

Tom Sutton (1937), comics artist

Mike Kanterovich (1961), comics writer

Daniel Presedo (1970), comics writer and artist

Bruce Beattie (1954), editorial cartoonist

Today’s Flashbacks

It’s the first day of April, so we include all the events that happened in April cover-dated comics.

75 yrs Apr 1936 Brick Bradford, Mandrake the Magician, and Flash Gordon make their first comic-book appearances in King Comics #1, David McKay’s first comic book.

75 yrs Apr 1936 Tip Top Comics #1 brings a number of newspaper comics characters to comic books for the first time in United Features Syndicate’s first comic book. They include Captain & the Kids, Ella Cinders, Fritzi Ritz, Li’l Abner, and Tarzan.

70 yrs Apr 1941 Dr. Mid-Nite has appeared in a text piece, but his first comic-book illustrated story appears in All-American Comics #25.

70 yrs Apr 1941 Hop Harrigan becomes Guardian Angel in All-American Comics #25.

70 yrs Apr 1941 Starman is introduced in DC’s Adventure Comics #61.

70 yrs Apr 1941 Girl Commandos try for a win in Speed Comics #13.

70 yrs Apr 1941 Parents’ Magazine Institute begins its comic-book publishing with True Comics #1.

65 yrs Apr 1946 Nutsy Squirrel, scripted by Woody Gelman, is introduced in DC’s Funny Folks #1.

65 yrs Apr 1946 Stuntman is introduced in (natch!) Harvey’s Stuntman #1. The “Complete comic novelette,” “A thriller chiller” is by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

65 yrs Spring 1946 “Good Girl” artist Bill Ward introduces Torchy in Quality’s Doll Man Quarterly #8.

60 yrs Apr 1951 Black Cat’s sidekick Kit Weston is introduced in “Flames over Hollywood” in Harvey’s Black Cat Comics #28, drawn by Lee Elias.

55 yrs Apr 1956 The Mad Hatter makes his first appearance in DC’s Detective Comics #230.

55 yrs Apr 1956 Robin Hood bumps Golden Gladiator out of DC’s The Brave and the Bold when he is introduced in issue #5.

50 yrs Apr 1961 Batwoman sidekick and niece Bat-Girl Betty Kane is introduced in DC’s Batman #139.

45 yrs Apr 1966 In answer to the requests of no fans, Golden Age creator Carl Burgos introduces a character named Captain Marvel in his Captain Marvel #1. No, this isn’t any of the good Captains Marvel. Split!

45 yrs Apr 1966 Lightning is introduced in “The Deadly Dust,” scripted by Steve Skeates and drawn by Mike Sekowsky and Frank Giacoia, in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #4.

35 yrs Apr 1, 1976 After failing to go into wide release six months earlier, the 20th Century-Fox film The Rocky Horror Picture Show makes its debut as a midnight movie at the Waverly Theatre in New York City. The movie creates a cult audience, and midnight screenings become the norm nationwide.

30 yrs Apr 1981 Siryn (eventually of X-Force and X-Factor) is introduced in “Who Am I?” scripted by Chris Claremont in Spider-Woman #37.

20 yrs April 1991 DC moves its offices to 1325 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.

20 yrs Apr 1991 X-Force evolves from The New Mutants in “The End of the Beginning” by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza in New Mutants #100.

20 yrs Apr 1991 DC announces creation of its Impact Comics line, designed to bring The Shield, The Comet, The Web, The Fly, and The Jaguar back to comics.

10 yrs Apr 2001 A novel set in the world of comics, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Events

Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.

April 1-3 California: San Francisco. WonderCon.

April 2 Indiana: South Bend. Comic-Con.

April 2 Pennsylvania: Scotrun. Excalibur Pocono Con 9.

April 2 Virginia: Salem. Roanoke Valley Comicon.

April 3 California: Claremont. Comic Book & Pop Culture Show.

April 3 Illinois: Peoria. Comic Book Convention.

April 3 Maryland: Timonium. Comic Con.

April 3 Massachusetts: South Attleboro. Comic, Card, and Toy Show.

April 3 New Jersey: Somerset. WildPig Comics Convention.

April 3 New Jersey: Wayne. Comic, Toy & Collectible Show.

April 3 Ohio: Dayton. Gem City Comic Con.

April 3 Ontario: Ottawa. Comics & Sports Card Show.

April 3 Pennsylvania: Essington-Philadelphia. Philadelphia Comic Con.

Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to showscalendar@krause.com or mail it to Show Calendars, Comics Buyer’s Guide, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. If you have a creator appearance scheduled, let us know by e-mail to brent.frankenhoff@fwmedia.com.

Question of the Week

What is the most ridiculous super-power used by a comic-book character?

Comics-Related Media

Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast airs today from National Public Radio’s “Monkey See” blog.

Super, the independent film starring Rainn Wilson as a wanna-be super-hero, opens. Nathan Fillion is also in the film.

Hop, Dreamworks’ animated feature starring Russell Brand as the voice of the latest Easter Bunny, opens today.

Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier charged with changing history by finding the bomber of a Chicago commuter train, opens today. Yes, we know that this has nothing to do with comics, but it looks cool.

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One Response to Today’s Comics Guide: April 1, 2011

  1. I don’t know how to describe today’s edition of TONY’S BLOGGY THING:

    http://www.comicscommunity.com/boards/tony/?read=238040

    Tony

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