Today’s Comics Guide: New Year’s Edition — Dec. 31, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2012


Mark Evanier reports that writer Peter David has suffered a stroke that has impaired his vision and left him unable to move his right arm or leg. He had the stroke while on vacation in Florida with his family and is awaiting further diagnosis. David reported the incident as well on his own blog. We wish him a full and swift recovery.

• As the year winds down, what are your comics-related New Year’s resolutions? Tell us below!

• And, we wind down our holiday cover tribute with the aptly chosen New Adventure Comics #12 (Jan 37).

(Our daily comics quiz will resume Jan. 2.)

Born Monday

Bunny Hampton-Mack (1952), comics writer

Christian Rossi (1954), comics artist

Lela Dowling (1956), comics artist

Steve Rude (1956), comics writer and artist

Fabian Nicieza (1961), comics writer

Julie Doucet (1965), comics artist

Robert de Jesus (1967), comics artist

Born Tuesday

Elmer Simms Campbell (1906), cartoonist

Bill Woggon (1911), comics writer and artist

Jerry Robinson (1922), comics writer

Jack Enyart (1950), comics writer

Walter Antonio McDaniel (1971), comics artist

Harvey Awards (1988)

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Monday (Jan. 14)

Frazer Irving, comics artist

Rudy D. Nebres, comics writer and artist

R.F. (Richard) Outcault (1863), cartoonist

John Tartaglione (1921), comics artist

Steven J. Woron (1958), comics publisher

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Tuesday (Jan. 15)

Stan Kay, comics writer

Bill Morrison (1959), comics writer, artist, and editor

Norman Felchle (1964), comics artist

New Year’s Eve Flashbacks

90 yrs Dec 31, 1922 The Flemish-Belgian cartoonist known under the pseudonym Marc Sleen, Marcel Neels is born. He’s best known for The Adventures of Nero and Co. He holds the Guinness Book of Records record for drawing the same strip solo for 45 years.

60 yrs Dec 31, 1952 Eclipse writer Bunny Hampton-Mack is born.

45 yrs Dec 31, 1967 Artist Robert de Jesus is born.


There were no specific Jan. 1 Flashbacks, but there are a whole mess of January Flashbacks with no specific date attached, so here they are:

70 yrs Jan 1943 Although Street and Smith’s Red Dragon makes his first comics appearance in Red Dragon #5, his adventure is limited to the one-page text titled “Who Is The Red Dragon?”

65 yrs Jan 1948 In Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #88 (Vol. 8 #4) for Dell, writer-artist Carl Barks introduces Gladstone Gander to comics. (Donald has to swim in Frozenbear Lake on Christmas or lose his home in a bet with Gladstone.)

50 yrs Jan 1963 DC introduces Cat-Man in Detective Comics #311 in “Challenge of the Cat-Man!” by Bill Finger and Jim Mooney.

50 yrs Jan 1963 Marvel introduces Paste-Pot Pete (who later becomes The Trapster) in Strange Tales #104. The story “Paste-Pot Pete!” is by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers.

45 yrs Jan 1968 Marvel already has a Black Knight [Nathan Garrett], but Black Knight II [Dane Whitman] is introduced in Avengers #48. “The Black Knight Lives Again” is by Roy Thomas and George Tuska.

45 yrs Jan 1968 Captain George Stacy makes his first appearance in Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #56. The story is “Disaster!” by Stan Lee, John Romita, and Mike Esposito.

45 yrs Jan 1968 Two-Face was initially introduced to Batman’s world in the Golden Age and was such a success that he is reintroduced in the Silver Age in World’s Finest Comics #173. “The Jekyll-Hyde Heroes” is by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan, and George Klein. (Not to be a Spoiler or anything, but, in this case, Two-Face is really Batman.)

40 yrs Jan 1973 The Human Target is introduced in DC’s Action Comics #419 in “The Assassin-Express Contract!” by Len Wein, Carmine Infantino, and Dick Giordano.

40 yrs Jan 1973 Who’s Madame MacEvil, who first appears in Marvel’s Iron Man #54? Well, maybe you know her better as Moondragon. Good evolution. Anyway, she’s in “Sub-Mariner: Target for Death!” by Bill Everett, Mike Friedrich, George Tuska, and Vince Colletta.

30 yrs Jan 1983 Atari Force first appears in comics in DC’s New Teen Titans #27 in the 16-page preview insert story “Freedom or Death” by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Dick Giordano.

25 yrs Jan 1988 Warren Worthington/Angel’s Archangel makes his first full appearance in Marvel’s X-Factor #24.

25 yrs Jan 1988 A post-Crisis Toyman is introduced in (the newly renumbered) Superman #13. “Toys in the Attic” is by John Byrne and Karl Kesel.

20 yrs Jan 1993 Punisher 2099 (Jake Gallows) first appears in a sneak preview in The Punisher War Journal #50. The story is by Pat Mills, Tony Skinner, Tom Morgan, and Jimmy Palmiotti.


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

Jan 5-6 Texas: Dallas. North Texas Comic Book Show.

Jan 6 Maryland: Timonium. Comic Book Show.

Jan 6 New Jersey: Wayne. Comic, Toy & Collectible Show.

Jan 6 Ontario: Ottawa. Sports Card and Comic Book Show.

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Comics-Related Media

• Science-fiction adventure Looper is available on home video Dec. 31.

• As noted in our Weekend Edition of Today’s Comics Guide, Turner Classic Movies has an Abbott and Costello movie marathon running most of Monday, Dec. 31.

• At 8 p.m. E.T. Tuesday evening, TCM has The Pink Panther (1964).

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