Friday, July 1, 2011
• As part of its July 4 weekend promotion, Bags Unlimited is offering a free patriotic T-shirt with any $50 purchase. The offer ends Monday, July 4, at midnight. (Brent Frankenhoff)
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Adrian “Ozymandias” Veidt’s first lines in comics were, “The Comedian dead? But why?” He said them to Rorshach in Watchmen #1 (Sep 86).
Whose first lines in comics were, “Here I sit in this big lonely dump, waiting for Christmas to pass! Bah! That silly season when everybody loves everybody else! A curse on it!”?
Billy Graham (1935), comics artist
Draper Hill (1935), comics artist
Mike Baron (1949), comics writer
Ray Lago (1958), comics artist
Julianna Ferriter (1961), comics colorist
Tom Poston (1964), comics inker
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Henry Martin (1925), comics artist
Jack Abel (1927), comics inker
Pat Duke (1969), comics artist
As it’s the start of July, here are the July flashbacks without a specific date:
70 yrs Jul 1941 The first super-hero to be killed in the course of his comic-book adventures is The Comet (created by Jack Cole), who dies in MLJ’s Pep Comics #17. Wouldn’t you know it? The story features the origin and first appearance of The Hangman.
70 yrs Jul 1941 The first Black Panther in comic books does not come from Marvel; he first appears in Centaur’s Stars & Stripes #3.
70 yrs Jul 1941 Daredevil Battles Hitler pits The Silver Streak, Lance Hale, Cloud Curtis, Dickey Dean, Pirate Prince, and Daredevil against the Nazi leader.
70 yrs Jul 1941 The Patriot first appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #21.
70 yrs Jul 1941 Sparkman (or The Spark Man) begins his adventures in Sparkler Comics #1.
70 yrs Jul 1941 Radio’s Captain Midnight has his first comic-book adventure in The Funnies #57. (Eventually, Fawcett picks up the rights.)
55 yrs Jul 1956 Detective Comics #233 features the origin and first appearance of Batwoman (aka Kathy Kane) in a story scripted by Edmond Hamilton and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff and Stan Kaye (with the credit reading as by “Bob Kane”).
50 yrs Jul 1961 The Flintstones are a hit on TV, so it’s not surprising to find them in comic books; their first appearance is in Dell Giant #48.
50 yrs Jul 1961 Wonder Girl is introduced in Wonder Woman #107. “Wonder Woman Amazon Teen-Ager” is written by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. It confuses continuity buffs for years thereafter.
50 yrs Jul 1961 Sinestro makes his first appearance — in Green Lantern #7. “The Day 100,000 People Vanished!” is written by John Broome and drawn by Gil Kane and Joe Giella.
45 yrs Jul 1966 Animal Man gets a costume in DC’s Strange Adventures #190.
45 yrs Jul 1966 Hey, haven’t we heard this name before? But this isn’t the guy who first appeared in 1941. This is Marvel’s Black Panther (aka T’Challa), introduced in Fantastic Four #52. The story is scripted by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
45 yrs Jul 1966 Time for a bunch of additions to the Legion roster, so we meet Ferro Lad, Karate Kid, Nemesis Kid, and Princess Projectra in DC’s Adventure Comics #346. “One of Us Is a Traitor!” is written and pencilled by Jim Shooter and inked by Sheldon Moldoff.
45 yrs Jul 1966 We don’t get to see her yet, so she must be kinda plain, right? But Mary Jane Watson gets a cameo in Amazing Spider-Man #38. Hide the mirrors!
45 yrs Jul 1966 Quality Comics’ Plastic Man gets a Silver Age tryout from “Dial H for Hero” star Robby Reed in DC’s House of Mystery #160. “The Wizard of Light” is written by Dave Wood and drawn by Jim Mooney.
40 yrs Jul 1971 Doc Samson is introduced in Marvel’s Incredible Hulk #141. “His Name Is Samson” is scripted by Roy Thomas and drawn by Herb Trimpe and John Severin.
40 yrs Jul 1971 The long-lived Ra’s al Ghul first appears in Batman #232. “Daughter of the Demon” is scripted by Denny O’Neil and drawn by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano.
35 yrs Jul 1976 Union Jack I and Baron Blood are introduced in Invaders #7.
35 yrs Jul 1976 Captain Comet is reintroduced in Secret Society of Super-Villains #2.
35 yrs Jul 1976 The Joker’s daughter makes her first appearance in Batman Family #6.
35 yrs Jul 1976 The Eternals first appear in, yes, Eternals #1.
30 yrs Jul 1981 G.I. Robot is introduced in Weird War Tales #101.
30 yrs Jul 1981 Vixen is introduced in Action Comics #521.
30 yrs Jul 1981 DC’s non-returnable, direct-sale-outlets-only series Madame Xanadu begins. The story by Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers does not carry a Comics Code seal.
30 yrs Jul 1981 Reflecto first appears in Legion of Super-Heroes #277.
25 yrs Jul 1986 V #18 is the last issue of DC’s continuation of the TV series. It appears a year after the conclusion of the show.
25 yrs Jul 1986 Dark Horse Presents marks the introduction of the publisher to the comics field — and Paul Chadwick’s Concrete.
25 yrs Jul 1986 Apocalypse makes his first full appearance in X-Factor #6.
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Jul 1-4 Florida: Miami. Supercon.
Jul 1-4 New Jersey: Wildwood. Comic Book Show.
Jul 3 New Jersey: Wayne.
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Question of the Week
What do you think of DC’s impending relaunch of its super-hero universe?
The best answer received to this week’s question (in our opinion) will receive one of the glossy wraparound covers from CBG #1000 that we just found in the archives while researching our 40th anniversary. So, c’mon, tell us your plans, share your memories, make us smile, and you could hold a piece of CBG history in your hand! Send us your answer in the “Leave a Reply” area below.
• It’s singing cowboys night on Turner Classic Movies tonight featuring Roy Rogers and beginning with The Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) at 8 p.m. E.T. That’s followed by Don’t Fence Me In (1945) at 9:30 p.m., My Pal Trigger (1946) at 10:45, The Golden Stallion (1949) at 12:15 a.m., and concludes with Trigger, Jr. (1950) at 1:30 a.m.