Today’s Comics Guide: July 25, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011


Comic-Con International: San Diego is officially over, but there are still plenty of folks making their way back home. Did you follow our coverage? (Brent Frankenhoff)

• It’s Monday, which means it’s time once again for some free downloads at Marvel’s digital store for your portable device. (Brent Frankenhoff)

• Speaking of free Marvel items, check out our free downloadable guide to Captain America and related collectibles. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer

Aquaman’s first line in comics was, “And now for this metal fish that strikes like a killer shark!” He said it in More Fun Comics #73 (Nov 41).

Today’s Panel Quiz

Whose first lines in comics were, “And did you laugh, Drang? Did everybody have a good laugh at the thousand-year-old man? You’ll chuckle out of the other side of your face if your royal murderers will take their hands off me!”?

Born Today

Alex Wald (1949), comics artist and colorist

Chuck Melville (1953), comics writer and artist

John Robert Statema (1961), comics artist

George Roberts, Jr. (1963), comics letterer

Galen Showman (1972), comics letterer

Ray Billingsley (1957), cartoonist

Chip Bok (1952), editorial cartoonist

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now

Janice Cohen (1952), comics colorist

Sheldon Inkol (1965), comics writer

Today’s Flashbacks

95 yrs Jul 25, 1916 Cartoonist Fred Lasswell is born. Hired by Barney Google creator Billy DeBeck to assist on the strip, Lasswell take it over after DeBeck dies in 1942.

50 yrs Jul 25, 1961 Artist John Robert Statema is born. He works on a variety of titles, from The Hero Alliance to Manhunter to Prime and GrimJack — and in animation.


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

Jul 29-31 Ohio: Columbus. Pulpfest.

Jul 29-31 Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh. Steel City Con.

Jul 30 Arkansas: Sherwood. Saturday Comic & Card Convention.

Jul 30 Wisconsin: Milwaukee. Comic Book Convention.

Jul 31 Illinois: Peoria. Comic Book Convention.

Jul 31 New Jersey: East Hanover. Comics show.

Jul 31 New Jersey: Manahawkin. Atomicon XXIV Comics Expo.

Jul 31 North Carolina: Charlotte. ComiCon.

Jul 31 Texas: Houston. JMV Comic Book Show.

Jul 31 Virginia: Tysons Corner. Comic Book & Non-Sportscard Show.

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Question of the Week

What comics-related question do you most want the answer to?

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 thoughts, 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.

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