Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 26: Pancakes, Pork and Cheesecake

On the very first day of this fine flapjack feature, Pancake Pal Erich grilled griddled me the request
I hope you'll include the Golden Age Phantom Lady #14. ("Juss what liddle Porky needs...flapjacks!")
I hadn't read that before, Erich, and it's a hoot! And in addition to its owl-esque properties, it's also the subject of today's post! In thankfulness, Erich, please consider yourself the worthy recipient of a light and fluffy, golden-brown No-Bull Prize! (With Syrup!)

Say, what's that about this Porky fella anyway?

Panels from "A Shroud for the Bride!" in Phantom Lady #14 (October 1947); script by Ruth Roche (?), pencils and inks by Matt Baker

I hereby propose that Porky Mead is the Sensational Comics Find of 1947, and that his catchphrase, a tipisly slurred "Juss what liddle Porky needs...flapjacks!" should be the advertising motto of Bisquick. Remember in those heady, boom-town post-War days when all the kids were saying it? Remember how many laughs Fred Allen got on his show when it became a running gag? Remember Bogart using it as his dying words in the motion picture The Treasure of the Sierra Madre House of Pancakes (Warner Bros, 1948)? Sure, we all do!

As you might have guessed, Porky not only got his pancakes, he picked up a date to the ball that night. Rosie the waitress was her name, and it's nice to see a very early role by Nancy Walker. (Seriously, ladies, don't accept dates from strangers unless you're in a fairy tale and wearing glass slippers.) Trouble is: that night at the ball, Rosie winds up...smothered in syrup murdered! There will now be a slight pause while we all mentally hum and suspenseful chord to ourselves. (Da da DAAAAAAH!)

Of course, since this here comic book is the property of Phantom Lady, retroactively canonical cousin of Ted "Starman"/"Meanwhile, Back at Justice League Headquarters" Knight, even though they started out at completely different competing comic book companies. All together now: Thanks, Roy Thomas! P.L. shines her headlights on crime by tracking down and apprehending Rosie's murderer by trying shoes on random debutantes. Hey, maybe it is a fairy tale! But honestly, I don't think that's entirely the full focus of the story itself. We now present, without comment (because i'm too young to look at 'em) assorted and completely random panels from the rest of the story. Say, Doctor Wertham!

Phantom Lady! She don't need no steenkin' Comics Code!

Down the Internet Wormhole Dept.: One thing I did not expect to find when I was researching some of the tangent jokes in this post (sometimes termed "looking for Wonder Woman on a Jet Ski") is that Nancy Walker did a concept album entitled I Hate Men.

"That's offensive to men!" declares a great wailing of Internet Bros.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 25: We have met the enemy and he is pancakes

Inside back-cover gag strip from Pogo Possum #4 (February-April 1951); script, pencils, and inks by Walt Kelly

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 207: Crisis on Infinite Jonahs Week, Day 2: "What news?" "None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest." "Then is doomsday near?"

Welcome to Earth-311! Property of Neil Gaiman. Aw, what doesn't he own?

Panels from 1602: New World #1 (September 2005), script by Greg Pak, pencils by Greg Tocchini, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Morry Hollowell and Wil Quintana, letters by Todd Klein

Jonah Jameson of 1602: the only Jonah to die of cholera, like everyone else in this comic book.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ten of a Kind: It's toasted...to taste better

Hi hi hi folks! To herald the return of the sporadic Ten of a Kind, I figured there would be no more appropriate subject than to spotlight ten comic book covers starring that delicious breakfast staple, the yummy golden sweet treat we all know and love through its many posts this month...


Which, for some odd reason, involves a lot of Harvey Comics covers. Who knew?

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 24: God, it looks like Mon-El, must be the Kryptonite in my eyes

Pal-in-blogging Mike Sterling, the man so nice they named him after a great comic book shop, pointed my fuzzy and be-ring├ęd nose in the direction of a post he made years ago featuring Superboy and his hetero lifemate Mon-El eating lotsa pancakes (thus showing that Mike is way ahead of us all on the flapjack curve). Here's my salute and homage to that classic post. Thanks, Mike!

Panels from "Vengeance of the Super-Villains" in Superboy [starring the Legion of Super-Heroes] (1949 series) #208 (April 1975); script by Cary Bates, pencils and inks by Mike Grell, letters by Ben Oda

Well, isn't that nice of Ma and Pa Kent? They sure take care of their boy...and his pal from one thousand years in the future who only knows pancakes in pill form. Yes, Pa and Ma Kent are the best parents ever who found a baby on the side of the road and took it home and claimed it as their own.

OH THAT'S NOT GOOD. Don't you know, Pa, that statistics say if you have a futuristic sci-fi raygun in the home, you're 93% more likely to use it against a super member of your own family?

The explanation, Superboy? Cary Bates is the explanation.

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 206: Crisis on Infinite Jonahs Week, Day 1: Some Fantastic Place

Because if there's anything better than a Jonah on one earth, it's a Jonah on Infinite Earths! Let's travel not through the multiverse to peer through the venetian blinds like the Late Great Watcher on realities removed from ours...one step beyond! So this week, all week, don't watch that Jonah, watch these Jonahs! Like this one, from Earth-772..a world where making that flaming "4" in the sky suddenly got more challenging for Johnny Storm!

Panels from What If (1977 series) #1 (February 1977), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Jim Craig, inks by Pablo Marcos, colors by Janice Cohen, letters by John Costanza

Yes, that's Crisis on Infinite Jonahs Week, where as long as there's a Jonah, no universe is off bounds!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 23: Pancakes: The Quicker-Getter-Upper

Panels from Nova (2016 series) #2 (February 2016); script by Sean Ryan, pencils and inks by Cory Smith, colors by David Curiel, letters by Albert Deschesne

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 205: Jonah needs a vacation from his vacation

Panels from Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #110 (January 1986), script by Peter David, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by "The Marvel Bullpen" (which explains the dramatic ink differences between the top panels and the bottom two), colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 22: Shoot that pancake arrow through my heart

Inside-cover gag cartoon from Four Color #457 (March 1953) [Daffy Duck]; pencils and inks by Phil de Lara

UGH DAFFY'S TONGUE in that last panel. Put that thing away, Daffy!

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 204: I'd recognize Chris Claremont's prose anywhere, even if it's not in Tom Orzechowski's lettering

Panels from "Fast Descent Into Hell!" in Marvel Fanfare (1982 series) #1 (March 1982); script by Chris Claremont; pencils, inks, and colors by Michael Golden; letters by Jim Novak

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 21: Deathstroke: Not Such a Bad Guy After All

Panels from Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 (XXX); script by Art Baltazar and Franco; pencils, inks, colors, and letters by Art Baltazar

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 203: Oh mein Papa

Please join me today in wishing a happy 117th birthday to an American giant of literature, Ernest Hemingway! He's a pretty big deal, but did he ever get his picture in Marvel Comics, did he? Have you ever seen his picture in a Marvel comic? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture in Marvel Comics?

Still, J. Jonah Jameson seems to like him.

Panels from Marvel Team-Up (1972 series) #122 (October 1982), script by J. M. Dematteis, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Bob Sharen

So, if we can take anything from all this, it's that Ernest Hemingway has never had his picture in Marvel Comics.

Panels from Wolverine (1988 series) #35 (January 1991), script by Larry Hama, pencils by Marc Silvestri, inks by Dan Green, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Pat Brosseau

Oh. Never mind.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Month of... Pancakes! Day 20: Wake up Maggie I think I got pancakes to feed to you

An issue of Bart Simpson, a comic that usually features the antis of America's favorite li'l mischief maker (sorry, Dennis the Menace), occasionally takes some time-outs to spotlight other members of the Simpson clan, like this short story featuring baby Maggie, the infant savant of the cast. And whaddaya know, it's about pancakes!

Panels from "Maggie's Pancakes" in Bart Simpson #81 (March 2013); script, pencils, and inks by Carol Lay, colors by Art Villanueva, letters by Karen Bates

I kinda wish I could reprint the entire short story here, because it's a phantasmagorical psychedelic wonderland of Maggie's imagination, inspired by the circle shape of her pancakes. Here's a few choice panels.

So, pancakes, won't you? They're not only a part of this complete breakfast, they're also a springboard to adventure and excitement!