Monday, October 1, 2012
• We wish Stan Lee a speedy recovery after surgery to install a pacemaker late last week. Lee canceled planned appearances in Ohio, causing many to wonder about the 89-year-old’s health. A statement issued by Lee via Pow! Entertainment, in which he compared himself to Tony Stark, set those rumors to rest.
• Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a step closer to going ahead of the cameras with Andrew Garfield reprising his role as Peter Parker and the wall-crawler and director Marc Webb scheduled to return. Emma Stone is still “in talks” to return as Gwen Stacy. Filming is scheduled to begin early next year and the film is already scheduled to open May 2, 2014.
• The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for release on home video Dec. 4. A Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet digital copy combo pack will be available as well as a special package with a damaged Batman cowl. A boxset of all three films in the trilogy plus a book on the triology’s production is also scheduled for release at that time with an ultimate box set scheduled for release in 2013. (Hopefully subtitles will reveal exactly what the prisoners are chanting in a few scenes. CBG Senior Editor Maggie Thompson thinks it’s “fish, fish, possum, possum,” while CBG Editor Brent Frankenhoff goes with “duck, duck, goose.” The novelization of the film simply says, “The prisoners were chanting.”)
This Weekend’s Panel Quiz Answer
Available Jones’ first line in comics was, “Ah is allus available to mah friends – fo’ a price, natcherly!”. He said it in the Li’l Abner strip for Jan. 3, 1942.
Whose first line in comics was “I a Zat daugh o Zat ! I mu b p toge wi …”?
Ramona Fradon (1926), comics artist
Bill Spicer (1937), comics letterer and fanzine publisher
Richard Corben (1940), comics writer and artist
David Dorman (1958), comics artist
Don Daley (1958), comics editor
William Byrne (1962), comics writer and artist
Ande Parks (1964), comics artist, inker, and writer
CAPA-Alpha (1964), first comics apa
Mother Goose and Grimm (1984), comic strip
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Vince Colletta, comics artist
Little Nemo in Slumberland (1905), comic strip
Samm Schwartz (1920), comics artist
Vince Colletta (1923), comics artist
Cam Kennedy (1944), comics artist
Cayetano Garza Jr. (1972), comics artist
45 yrs Oct 1, 1967 Robert Powell dies at age 50. Born Stanislav Robert Pawlowski, he was a Golden Age artist for Sheena and Mr. Mystic, co-wrote the debut of Blackhawk, pencilled Mars Attacks gum cards, and was art director for Sick.
As it’s the start of a new month, we have the October Flashbacks that don’t have a specific day of the month attached to them:
75 yrs Oct 1937 Comic Favorites Inc.’s anthology Feature Funnies #1 introduces strip characters Dixie Dugan, Joe Palooka, and Mickey Finn to comic-book reprints.
70 yrs Oct 1942 Ebony, who first appeared in Will Eisner’s newspaper-supplement Spirit comic book Jun 2, 1940, makes his first appearance in a newsstand comic book in Police Comics #12.
70 yrs Oct 1942 Terry-Toons Comics #1 from Timely (Marvel) introduces animation character Gandy Goose to comic books.
70 yrs Oct 1942 Lev Gleason’s Daredevil Comics #13 introduces The Little Wise Guys to the costumed hero’s adventures. They will eventually take over the title.
65 yrs Oct 1947 In a multi-part story scripted by Bob Kanigher, All-Star Comics #37 introduces The Injustice Society of the World and features the final Golden Age appearance of The Brain Wave.
60 yrs Oct 1952 E.C. introduces Harvey Kurtzman’s Mad #1.
50 yrs Oct 1962 Gold Key’s Doctor Solar is introduced in Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1. “An atomic accident turns a young scientist into a fantastic being!” in a story drawn by Bob Fujitani and probably written by Paul S. Newman.
50 yrs Oct 1962 DC’s The Atom #3 introduces Chronos in “The Time Trap!” written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson.
50 yrs Oct 1962 Archie’s Madhouse #22 introduces Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch along with Della and Salem in a story scripted by George Gladir and drawn by Dan DeCarlo and Rudy Lapick.
50 yrs Oct 1962 In Marvel’s Journey into Mystery #85, readers are introduced to Asgard, Loki, and Heimdall in “Loki, the God of Mischief!” by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers.
50 yrs Oct 1962 Phantom Zone villains Dr. Zadu and Emdine are introduced in DC’s Superboy #100 in “Ma and Pa Kent’s Incredible Delusion!” by Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan, and George Klein.
50 yrs Oct 1962 Carol Ferris becomes Star Sapphire in DC’s Green Lantern #16. “The Secret Life of Star Sapphire!” is scripted by John Broome and drawn by Gil Kane and Joe Giella.
45 yrs Oct 1967 Strange Adventures #205 introduces trapeze artist Boston Brand, who becomes Deadman in “Who Has Been Lying in My Grave?” written by Arnold Drake and drawn by Carmine Infantino and George Roussos.
45 yrs Oct 1967 Marvel’s Fantastic Four #67 introduces Him/Warlock in “When Opens the Cocoon!” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott.
45 yrs Oct 1967 Marvel’s Tales of Suspense #94 introduces Modok in “If This Be … Modok!” (which it is) by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott.
40 yrs Oct 1972 DC’s World’s Finest Comics #215 introduces Batman Jr. and Superman Jr. Yeah, we know. “Saga of the Super Sons!” is written by Bob Haney and drawn by Dick Dillin and Henry Scarpelli.
40 yrs Oct 1972 Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #113 introduces Hammerhead in “They Call the Doctor … Octopus!” scripted by Gerry Conway and drawn by John Romita, Jim Starlin, and Tony Mortellaro.
40 yrs Oct 1972 Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #1 introduces (you guessed it) Kamandi in “The Last Boy on Earth!” written by Jack Kirby and drawn by Kirby and Mike Royer.
40 yrs Oct 1972 Marvel’s Captain America #154 provides the first full appearance of Jack Monroe [Silver Age Bucky] in “The Falcon Fights Alone” written by Steve Englehart and drawn by John Verpoorton.
35 yrs Oct 1977 “Where No X-Man Has Gone Before!” written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Dave Cockrum and Dan Green provides the first full appearance of The Starjammers in Marvel’s The X-Men #107.
30 yrs Oct 1982 Publisher Comico introduces itself with Primer #1.
25 yrs Oct 1987 Marvel offers a bagged selection of four mini-comics for Halloween distribution.
25 yrs Oct 1987 Marvel’s Marshal Law #1 introduces (yes) Marshal Law.
25 yrs Oct 1987 Dargo Ktor makes his first appearance as a Thor of the future in Marvel’s Thor #384 in “Who Shall Be Worthy?” written by Tom DeFalco and drawn by Ron Frenz and Brett Breeding.
20 yrs Oct 1992 “Rainbow’s End” by Jim Shooter, Steve Ditko, Kevin VanHook, Howard Simpson, and Paul Autio in Valiant’s Solar #14 introduces Fred Bender, who becomes Dr. Eclipse.
20 yrs Oct 1992 Image’s Youngblood #3 introduces Supreme by Rob Liefeld.
20 yrs Oct 1992 Marvel’s The New Warriors #28 introduces Turbo and Cardinal in “Heavy Turbulence” written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Darick Robertson and Larry Mahlstedt.
20 yrs Oct 1992 Acclaim’s Harbinger #10 introduces H.A.R.D. Corps in “New Beginnings” written by Jim Shooter and David Lapham and drawn by Lapham and Gonzalo Mayo.
Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Oct 6 Minnesota: St. Paul. MCBA Fallcon Comic Book Party.
Oct 7 Iowa: Bettendorf. Comics show.
Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
• NBC has a new episode of Revolution tonight at 10 p.m. E.T.