Today’s Comics Guide: Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Welcome to Today’s Comics Guide! This is the sixth installment in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s ongoing home for daily comics notes, news, and views. Please join us, and feel free to comment in the “Reply” box to provide your own notes, news, and views!


MoCCA, The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are presenting a screening tonight at 7 p.m. ET of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, followed by a panel with the film’s makers, Andrew D. Cooke and Jon B. Cooke. The panel is moderated by MoccA Senior Vice President of Education and co-curator of “Will Eisner’s New York: From the Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel” Danny Fingeroth. The Fingeroth co-curated exhibit is currently on view at the museum through June 30 and the event is part of Will Eisner Week 2011. Admission to this event is free for MoCCA members and $5 for the general public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call MoCCA at 212-254-3511. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Diane Lane has signed to play Clark Kent’s mother in the upcoming Superman movie. Viggo Mortenson has been rumored to play General Zod in the film, tentatively scheduled for release in 2012. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer

Lois Lane’s first line in comics was “I suppose I’ll give you a break … for a change” in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).

Today’s Panel Quiz

Whose first line in comics was “You didn’t catch us! We ran outa gas!”?

Born Today:

Allen Milgrom, comics inker

Will Eisner (1917) comics writer, artist, and entrepreneur

Carl Knappe (1954), comics letterer and editor

Kieron Dwyer (1967), comic book artist

Robert Lewis (1971), comics artist

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now (and it will be Spring!):

Diana Albers, comics letterer and colorist

Steven Philip Jones (1960), comics writer

Vince Argondezzi (1960), comics artist

David Gross (1968), comics artist

Today’s Flashbacks

80 years ago: Shadow Magazine #1 is published, the first ongoing pulp magazine to feature a single character. (1931. Thanks to Anthony Tollin, who continues to reprint The Shadow’s adventures.)

30 years ago: Dagwood Bumstead guest-stars in John Darling written by Tom Batiuk and drawn by Tom Armstrong (1981).

20 years ago: Longtime comics artist, inker, and proofreader Jack Abel dies at age 68 following a heart attack at the Marvel offices (1991).

Question of the Week

If you had only $25 to spend on comics this week (whether that’s more or less than you usually spend), what would you buy?


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

March 4-6 Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh. Steel City Con.

March 4-6 Washington: Seattle. Emerald City ComicCon.

March 6 Minnesota: Mounds View. Twin Cities ComiCon.

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

March 6 Ohio: Columbus. Buckeye Comic Con.

March 6 Ontario: Ottawa. Comics & Sports Card Show

March 12 North Carolina: Hickory. Toy, Hobby, Sportscard & NASCAR Show.

March 13 Illinois: Champaign-Urbana. Twin Cities ComicCon

March 13 Virginia: Tysons Corner. Comic Book & Non-Sportscard Show

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

Comics-Related Media

The Simpsons has a new episode on Fox at 8 p.m. E.T.; Season 22 Episode 15 is “The Scorpion’s Tale,” and Werner Herzog voices a pharmaceutical rep.

• In addition to The Simpsons, Fox’s Sunday night animation line-up has new episodes of Bob’s Burgers (“Sheesh! Cab, Bob?”) at 8:30 p.m. E.T.; Family Guy (“The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair”) at 9 p.m. E.T.; and The Cleveland Show (“The Blue and Gray and Brown”) at 9:30 p.m. E.T.

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2 Responses to Today’s Comics Guide: Sunday, March 6, 2011

  1. I have just now decided on my nominations for the CBG Fan Awards and any other awards for which I’m eligible to vote. I’m nominating a straight LIFE WITH ARCHIE ticket this year.

    Sure, the artsy-fartsy indy darlings will get lots of votes in some awards. The DC and Marvel garbage will gets lots of votes in some awards. I even expect CBG’s readers to embarrass themselves and the magazine by voting for Dan DiDio again.

    But, for me, it’s LIFE WITH ARCHIE all the way and in every applicable category.

    Tony Isabella

  2. MaleKim says:

    Last year, I moved from Fort Wayne to Wichita. I’ve had comics shipped to me from my old shop, as well as buying some from a shop in my new home. This has resulted in some duplicate issues due to my forgetting what’s coming from Fort Wayne and buying the same comics here in Wichita.

    I recently learned of an organization, Heroes4Heroes, which accepts donations of “entertainment material such as comic books, DVDs, CDs, books, magazines, MP3 players, and game systems” to members of the Armed Forces. If you want to send comics, they can go to:

    9905 Boston Harbor Drive
    Aubrey, TX 76227-8522

    If you’d like to learn more, you can go online to:

    Years ago, when my brother was serving, he told me that the military might be the greatest repository of comic books in the world. But that doesn’t mean they can’t use some more.

    Kim Metzger

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