Today’s Comics Guide: April 2, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011


• Four men from the Rochester, N.Y., area were indicted March 30 in the home invasion, robbery, and beating of a Medina, N.Y., comics collector who later died. 41-year-old Rico J. Vendetti, 26-year-old Arlene Combs, 42-year-old Albert Parsons, and 23-year-old Donald Griffin are accused of federal felony murder following the July 5 incident that later killed 78-year-old Homer Marciniak. As reported last year, Marciniak’s collection, valued at between $40,000 and $100,000, was the apparent target of the invasion and robbery. While Marciniak was treated and released for bruises and cuts sustained in the attack, he returned to the hospital a few hours later where he died of a heart attack that prosecutors are linking to the attack. The federal indictment allows authorities to bring additional accusations against the quartet. Authorities allege that Vendetti enlisted the others to rob Marciniak. It’s further alleged that Vendetti was the leader of a racketeering ring that stole from numerous stores and homes, reselling the stolen items on eBay. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer

The first line in comics spoken by Mr. Mxyztplk (later Mxyzptlk) was, “But I am no ordinary man. I am Mr. Mxyztplk!” in Superman #30 (Oct 44.)

Today’s Panel Quiz

Whose first line in comics was “It is the first time I have found it necessary to give the signal. I pray it will be the last!”?

Born Today

James Vance (1953), comics writer

Mike Barreiro (1955), comics artist

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now

William F. Brown (1928), political cartoonist

Leonard Rifas (1951), comics writer and artist

Kim DeMulder (1955), comics artist

Paul Rivoche (1959), comics artist

Steve Haynie (1964), comics artist

Today’s Flashbacks

70 yrs Apr 2, 1941 Barret Eugene Hansen is born. As Dr. Demento, he popularizes novelty songs as an ongoing genre and kicks off the career of such performers as “Weird Al” Yankovic.


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.

April 9 Ohio: Elyria. Show.

April 9 South Carolina: Greenville. Greenville Comic Book and Sports Car d Show.

April 9 Virginia: Richmond. Virginia Comicon.

April 9-10 North Carolina: Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem Toy and Comic Book Show.

April 9-10 Ontario: Toronto. Toronto ComicCon Fan Appreciation Event.

April 9-10 United Kingdom: London. Kapow! Comic Con.

Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to 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

Question of the Week

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

Comics-Related Media

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is showing Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932), Johnny Weismuller‘s first outing as Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ jungle hero, at noon E.T.

• Looking ahead to early tomorrow (Sunday) morning, TCM is showing The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) at 6 a.m. E.T., followed by Dondi (1961) at 8 a.m.

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One Response to Today’s Comics Guide: April 2, 2011

  1. remssr says:

    the answer to the pane quiz is Reed Richards in panel 3 of fantastic four #1.

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