Today’s Comics Guide: April 30, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011


• It’s one week until Free Comic Book Day! What are your plans? Tell us below. And remember to share your experiences with us on the day so your fellow readers can see what’s happening in other parts of the country. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Daniel Clowes’ promotional tour for Mister Wonderful has three stops in Los Angeles today. At 11:30 a.m. P.T., he’ll be at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. At 1:30 p.m., he’ll be at the Los Angeles Festival of Books on the University of Southern California campus, and at 3 p.m., he’ll be at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd. A numerologist might find something interesting about those two bookstore addresses. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer

Enemy Ace’s first lines in comics were, “The Frenchman was a gallant opponent! He is saluting me through the smoke that is his shroud!” He said (well, thought) them in Our Army at War #151 (Feb 65).

Today’s Panel Quiz

Whose first lines in comics were “I don’t care what weapons you use to try and stop me Hawkman! I’ll destroy them all!”?

Born Today

William Overgard (1926), cartoonist (Steve Roper and Mike Nomad, Kerry Drake, Rudy)

Sal Trapani (1927), comics artist

Bill Plympton (1946), animator

Laura Ward (1954), comics artist

Nat Gertler (1965), About Comics founder

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now

Brad Anderson (1924), Marmaduke creator

Eric Dinehart (1952), comics writer

Bob Wayne (1954), DC comics writer and marketing professional

Today’s Flashbacks

85 yrs Apr 30, 1926 Writer-artist William Overgard is born. He works for the Lev Gleason line after World War II, then for Western Publishing, and takes over the Steve Roper newspaper strip in 1952 and writes Kerry Drake. He also produces the gag strip Rudy in 1984 and is a novelist.

65 yrs Apr 30, 1946 Award-winning animator Bill Plympton is born. His “Your Face” is nominated for an Oscar for 1987 and “Guard Dog” for an Oscar for 2005.


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

April 29-May 1 California: Anaheim. Comic Con.

April 29-May 1 Louisiana: Lake Charles. BayouCon.

April 29-May 1 North Carolina: Lumbeton. Sports Card, Comic Book and Collectibles Show.

April 30 Delaware: Bethany Beach. Sports Card, Comic Book & Collectible Show.

April 30 Kansas: Kansas City-Overland Park. Comics convention.

April 30 New York: Ithaca. Ithacon.

April 30-May 1 Massachusetts: Boston. Comic Con.

April 30-May 1 North Carolina: Charlotte. Toy -Hobby & Sportscard Show.

April 30-May 1 Pennsylvania: Reading. Super Show.

April 30-May 1 South Carolina: Columbia. Fandomfest Columbia.

May 1 Connecticut: New Haven. New Haven Comic and Collectibles Spectacular.

May 1 Florida: Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Comic & Toy Show.

May 1 Indiana: Indianapolis. Comic Book Show.

May 1 Nebraska: Omaha. Comics show.

May 1 New Jersey: Wayne. Comic, Toy & Collectible Show.

May 1 Pennsylvania: Essington-Philadelphia. Comic Con.

May 6-8 Virginia: Glen Allen. Sports Card & Collectors Show.

May 7. Everywhere. Free Comic Book Day. Check with your local retailer or for details.

May 7 Florida: Mt. Dora. 1st Annual Tri-Lake County Sports Cards, Comic Books & Hollywood Collectibles Show.

May 7 New York: Bronx. Bronx Heroes Comic Con.

May 7 New Hampshire: Rochester. Free Comic Book Day Festival.

May 7 Wisconsin: Milwaukee. Comic Book Convention.

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

If you had only $25 to spend on comics this week (whether that’s more or less than you usually spend), what would you buy?

Note: The best answer received (in our opinion) to this question will receive a prize. What’s the prize, you ask? Follow along daily and see!

Comics-Related Media

• At noon E.T., Turner Classic Movies continues its Tarzan showings with Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941).

• At 3:45 p.m. E.T., TCM airs The Bad Seed (1956, 129 mins.) with Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, and Henry Jones. It’s sort of a non-fantasy predecessor to The Omen, and the young McCormack was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, which she had originated on Broadway before she was 10. Why mention it? Because comics and mystery writer Max Allan Collins wrote and directed Mommy (1995) and Mommy II: Mommy’s Day (1997) sequels starring McCormack.

• The second episode of the sixth season of Doctor Who airs tonight on BBC America. “Day of the Moon” is the conclusion (at 9 p.m. E.T.) of the two-parter that started with “The Impossible Astronaut” (rerun tonight at 8 p.m. E.T.), but there are plot threads that will continue throughout the season.

This is the 61st installment of Today’s Comics Guide.

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3 Responses to Today’s Comics Guide: April 30, 2011

  1. TONY’S BLOGGY THING 4/30/11:

    Zip Comics #27!

    Read it at:


  2. Luigi says:

    Question of the week, my answer is:
    – Cavewoman Snow #1 $3.75 because I have been following Budd since the Caliber Press days;
    Hate Annual $ 4.95 because you can’t live without Peter Bagge annual humour!
    – Ultimate X-Men Marvel’s Greatest Comics #1, $1.00 I usually buy every low price copy to keep a “reading” copy of comics I have loved a lot (this being the case) or to try new titles;
    – Walking Dead #84, $2.99 because I want to read it every month, as always (the Italian edition publisher and translator are friends and both from my town, btw 😉 ;
    – Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2 $3.99 I love everything Godzilla and the new mini was very fine;
    – Mighty Thor #1, $ 3.99 Just saw the movie yesterday and it was great, great director Kenneth Branagh as expected, very good Stracz… screenplay also, easy to follow for absolute newcomers too but with sufficient nerd references too;
    – Secret Avengers #12.1 $2.99 I have ordered all Point One issue so far, the premises sounds good!
    – FF # 2 $ 2.99 well, Jonathan Hickman stories have been great so far, so I have great expectation about this “new” title, although Spidey inclusion sounds odd to me, but when Walt Simonson did that several years ago, it was a lot of fun, so we’ll see….
    My total is really $ 26.65, I breached a few but I think that FF # 2 deserves this! :) )

    Please note, I wrongly left my answer on the Shipping Date page, but I have seen that can’t cancel it, can you provide that, thanks!

  3. Brent Frankenhoff says:

    And, we have a winner! Luigi, your answer takes the first prize in our weekly giveaway for best answer to our question of the week. Your prize? One of the unused wraparound covers by Jim Lee for CBG #1000, which we just discovered in the archives while researching our 40th anniversary issue! Please send me your name and address at and I’ll get it out to you!

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