Today’s Comics Guide: April 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


• At WonderCon this past weekend, IDW announced that it has made an agreement with Nickelodeon to produce new comics and graphic novels featuring the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting this summer. Nickelodeon is working on a new computer-generated animation series featuring Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s “heroes in a half shell” for fall 2012. (Brent Frankenhoff)

• IDW also announced a pair of hardcover collections scheduled for release in July. Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition, collects Thor #337-340 and #360-362 and is the first book in a planned series. The pages are scanned from Simonson’s original art and the book retails for $100. In addition, IDW announced Parker: The Martini Edition, a slipcased book collecting Darwyn Cooke’s first two graphic novels adapting Richard Stark’s (aka Donald E. Westlake) mystery thrillers featuring Parker. The slipcased book, which collects The Hunter and The Outfit, contains 65 additional pages, plus a new Parker story and retails for $75. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer

Tony “Iron Man” Stark’s first line in comics was, “General, you will see my tiny transistor increase the power of this small magnet so tremendously, that it will open that locked vault!” and he said it in Tales of Suspense #39 (Mar 63).

Today’s Panel Quiz

Whose first lines in comics (across three panels) were: “Yes?” “On what subject?” and “Yes, certainly. Do come up … Sir Gerald.”

Born Today

Bernard Baily (1916), comics artist

Roger Corman (1926), movie producer and writer

Roger A. Brown (1957), comics writer

Ray Murtaugh (1960), comics artist

Arthur Adams (1963), comics artist and writer

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now

Jim Ivey (1925), comic strip artist and writer

Sandra I.H. Wehner (1949), comics writer and artist

Martha Thomases (1953), comics editor

Steve Schanes (1954), comics publisher and editor

Mark McKenna (1957), comics artist

Today’s Flashbacks

95 yrs Apr 5, 1916 Artist Bernard Baily is born. While his work appears in DC’s Action Comics #1, it is for the later feature “The Spectre” — with writer Jerry Siegel — that he is best known. He also co-creates DC’s Hourman and works on a wide variety of other comics features over the decades.

85 yrs Apr 5, 1926 Film producer and director Roger Corman is born. The “King of the B-Movies” may be best known for 1960’s The Little Shop of Horrors, but he is prolific and continues to produce material for The Syfy Channel.

15 yrs Apr 5, 1996 CBG introduces the term and logo for “Done in One,” a concept Maggie deems necessary because of the rarity of such storytelling and the help it would be for people looking for stories complete in an issue.


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

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.

April 10 North Carolina: Raleigh. Comic Book Convention.

April 10 Ohio: Northwood. Comics show.

April 10 Virginia: Dunn Loring. Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture 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

No Ordinary Family has the finale of Season 1, “No Ordinary Beginning,” at 8 p.m. E.T. tonight. It’s Episode 20 in the series and airs on ABC.

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One Response to Today’s Comics Guide: April 5, 2011

  1. An important message from Roy Thomas:

    ALTER EGO #101 will cost just the usual $7.95 for its 80 pages–not the $19.95 that was accidentally printed by Diamond in its solicitation for the issue! The latter pricetag was erroneously carried over from the price of the double-size #100 the previous month. We wouldn’t want fans of the medium to miss Ken Quattro’s masterful study of the Superman vs. Wonder Man lawsuit of 1939, reporting and analyzing the testimony of Will Eisner, Jerry Seigel, Victor Fox, Harry Donenfeld, and other… or our re-presentation of Richard Kyle’s acclaimed 1961 article “The Education of Victor Fox,” about the company that gave us Blue Beetle, Phantom Lady, The Flame, Fletcher Hanks’ Stardust, et al.–plus the second half of Jim Amash’s interview with comics writer & animator Jack Mendelsohn, and features by Michael T. Gilbert, P.C. Hamerlinck (Fawcett Collectors of America), and Bill Schelly! Tell your local dealer–the price is just $7.95, not $19.95!

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