Monday, June 27, 2016

Vote for the subject of next month's "A Month of..."!

Have you ever thought you could decide what I write about? well, as long as you tell me Ben Grimm, you're pretty close on the mark. But in July, I've decided to let you, gentle reader, decide the direction of my thirty-one-day-long extravaganza known as "A Month of...". All you need is a Twitter account and, well, admittedly, a computer. And a mouse. Also: a connection to the internet. Okay, okay, you need a lotta things. But it'll be worth it! Click on over (within the next day) and vote for one of the four following subjects for me to show panels of next month, all next month:

Pancakes! (yes, includes flapjacks, hotcakes, and wheatcakes!)




Fastball Specials!




Bitchslaps! (I'm only allowed to use that word paired up with "slap")




Gwen Stacy Tossin'!


So click here and vote early (because it ends tomorrow afternoon), vote often, and vote sober! And remember: this is a poll, not a competition...so no wagering!

A Month of... There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 27: There Is No Hope at Haley's Circus


Let us never forget that June 27, the day after the anniversary of the death of Bruce Wayne's parents on June 26, is the anniversary of the death of Dick Grayson's parents. (See: There Is No Hope at Haley's Circus 2013 and There Is No Hope at Haley's Circus 2014.) And it occurs to me I've never actually shown you good folks the original Death O' the Flying Graysons. It's from, natch, Detective Comics #38, but the panels I'm showing you here are from a slightly recolored reprint in Secret Origins #7. Mainly because I can't get the plastic clamshell open on my copy of 'Tec #38. It's more difficult with hooves.


Panels from "Robin the Boy Wonder" in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940); script by Bill Finger, pencils by Bob Kane, inks and letters by Jerry Robinson; as reprinted in Secret Origins (1973 series) #7 (October-November 1974)

Here's another early version, this time by Dick Sprang, my very favorite Golden Age Batman artist:


Panels from "Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder!" in Batman #32 (December 1945-January 1946); script by Don Cameron, pencils and inks by Dick Sprang, letters by Pat Gordon (?)

And what would a triptych of acrobat-smashin' action be without this retelling of the same scene from my favorite Batman miniseries of all, The Untold Legend of the Batman? Answer: it would be incomplete.


Panels from The Untold Legend of the Batman #2 (August 1980); script by Len Wein, pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo; colors by Glynis Wein/

Dick Grayson, Agent No. 37 of the mysterious organization known as Spyral* — and hey, why isn't he known as Agent No. 38? — has just politely informed me to stop showing you scenes of his parents' death, so let's wrap it up for 2016. Next year: The All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder version! (You're welcome, Mike Sterling!)

* Suspicious Piñatas Yellow and Red Are Laminated

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 179: The Grudge Report


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #65 (October 1968), script by Stan Lee, layouts by John Romita Sr., finishes by Jim Mooney, colors by Marie Severin, letters by Artie Simek

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Month of... There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 26: Batman Tortoise All a Lesson


Tonight: June 26, 10:48 PM, Gotham Summer Time, Bruce Wayne's father and mother were brutally murdered in Crime Alley by a criminal who may or may not have been Joe Chill, depending on the version of the story.

So on the anniversary of his parents' death, how does Bruce spend his night?

Hangin' out with an adolescent evolved samurai terrapin.


Cover of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (May 2016); pencils and inks by Freddie E. Williams II, colors by Jeremy Colwell

Yep: even in the middle of a crossover with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman takes time to show Raphael his tragic origin story. That was actually pretty nice of Bruce, since, as we all know, Raphael is cool but crude.


Panels from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (May 2016); script by James Tynion IV, pencils and inks by Freddie E. Williams II, colors by Jeremy Colwell, letters by Tom Napolitano

And hey, remember when I told you to pay attention to Alfred's previous cryptic remarks about the Intimidator suit? It's on June 26 that Batman finally gets a chance to finally take the bedsheet off of it and wear it into battle!


Panels from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 (June 2016); script by James Tynion IV, pencils and inks by Freddie E. Williams II, colors by Jeremy Colwell, letters by Tom Napolitano

The Intimidator suit, which of course makes Batman look like, yes, a giant turtle.


Panels from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 (July 2016); script by James Tynion IV, pencils and inks by Freddie E. Williams II, colors by Jeremy Colwell, letters by Tom Napolitano

So, always remember that on one of the anniversaries of the Waynes' death, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had a team-up and it was pretty good. (Seriously, I really liked this series, especially when Shredder and Ra's al-Ghul turned all the Arkham Asylum inmates into anthropomorphic animals. I kids you not.)

In conclusion, heartwarming family scene. Awwwwwww.


Tomorrow! (Yes, tomorrow!) The terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad family death that occurred on the night after the anniversary of Bruce's parents dying! Swing by, won't you?

Today in Comics History: J'onn J'onzz lands on Earth


Splash panel from "It Came Without a Face" in Riot #2 (Marvel/Atlas, June 1954), pencils and inks by Joe Maneely

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 178: YOU ARE WRONG


Panel from Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999 series) #36 (December 2001), script by Paul Jenkins, pencils by Staz Johnson, inks by Wayne Faucher, colors by Transparency Digital, letters by Richard Starkings

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Month of... There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 25: Well, that all worked out well in the end!



Panels from Superman Annual (1960 series) #11 (1985); script by Alan Moore; pencils, inks, and letters by Dave Gibbons; colors by Tom Ziuko

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 177: Today in JJJ History

Continued from yesterday: the court case of Spider-Man v. Daily Bugle!


Panels from She-Hulk (2004 series) #4 (August 2004), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Juan Bobillo, inks by Marcelo Sosa, colors by Chris Chuckry, letters by Dave Sharpe

Yep, that's Peter Parker's popular book of photos of Spider-Man, Webs, which was a major plot point throughout the Spider-titles in the summer of '88. And, according to ol' Pete, it's still selling for the original list price! Do you absolutely swear to that, Peter? Remember: you're under oath!


Panels from "All the World's a Stage" in The Many Loves of the Amazing Spider-Man one-shot (July 2010), script by Roger Stern, pencils by Ron Frenz, inks by Victor Olazaba, colors by Andrew Dalhouse, letters by Dave Sharpe

Oh, it's been remaindered. Whoops! Sic transit gloria monday an' all that, Peter.

Besides, it's not like anyone else at the Daily Bugle ever wrote and published a book, is it?


Panels from [Peter Parker,] The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #259 (July 1998), co-plot by Roger Stern, co-plot and script by Green Greenberg, pencils by Luke Ross, inks by Al Milgrom, colors by John Kalisz, letters by Richard Starkings and Liz Agraphiotis

NOW CUT THAT OUT, COMICS

(Oh! And there's JJJ in the last panel. Just like it says on the tin.)

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Month of... There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 24: And on that day, Batman had the idea of building a giant statue of his parents



Panels from The Brave and the Bold #190 (September 1982); script by Mike W. Barr, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Sal Trapani, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by Milt Snapinn

Today in Comics History: The meds finally kick in on Garrison Keillor


Panels from Sex Criminals* #11 (June 2015); script by Matt Fraction; pencils, inks, colors, and letters by Chip Zdarsky


* I am still not s'pposed to read this comic.

School's out forever!


Back cover subscription ad from Spidey Super Stories #12 (September 1975), pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Mike Esposito, letters by Irving Watanabe (?)


Today in Comics History: The New York State penal system just throws its hands up in the air said says "Eh, whatever."


Panels from "Memory Lane!" in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #4 (November 1984), script by Bill Mantlo, pencils by Kerry Gammill, inks by Carlos Garzon, colors by George Roussos, letters by Janice Chiang

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 176: J. Jonah Jameson will not help you deal with the death of Gwen Stacy


Panel from Marvel Team-Up #12 (August 1973), plot by Gerry Conway, script in Len Wein, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Don Perlin, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Charlotte Jetter

Today in Comics History: Marvel Studios begins filming the competitor to Batman v. Superman


Panel from She-Hulk (2004 series) #4 (August 2004), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Juan Bobillo, inks by Marcelo Sosa, colors by Chris Chuckry, letters by Dave Sharpe

Today in Comics History: Roger Miller is 50% done writing the title of his newest single


Panels from Sex Criminals* #11 (June 2015); script by Matt Fraction; pencils, inks, colors, and letters by Chip Zdarsky




* I am not s'pposed to read this comic.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Month of... There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 23: Batman gets pretty distracted by his dream sequence



Panels from Batman: Bride of the Demon graphic novel (1990); script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Tom Grindberg, colors by Eva Grindberg, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Today in Comics History: Only three more shopping days until Crime Alleymas


Panels from Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (June 2016), script by James Tynion IV, pencils and inks by Freddie Williams II, colors by Jeremy Colwell, letters by Tom Napolitano

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 175: Surely there is no context that can help you here


Panels from Spider-Man: Back in Quack one-shot (November 2010), script by Stuart Moore, pencils by Mark Brooks, inks by Walden Wong, colors by Andres Moss, letters by Clayton Cowles

Today in Comics History: She-Hulk gets a mani-pedi from X-23


Panels from She-Hulk (2004 series) #4 (August 2004), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Juan Bobillo, inks by Marcelo Sosa, colors by Chris Chuckry, letters by Dave Sharpe

Today in Comics History: Gwen Stacy still doesn't know how to use email


Panels from Amazing Spider-Man #509 (August 2004), script by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils by Mike Deodato, Jr., inks by Joe Pimentel, colors by Matt Milla, letters by Cory Petit

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Month of... There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 22: Batman needs a montage



Panels from Detective Comics #471 (August 1977); script by Steve Englehart, pencils by Marshall Rogers, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Jerry Serpe, letters by John Workman

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 174: DESTROY!!


Panels from Spider-Man (1990 series) #98 (December 1998), script by Howard Mackie, pencils by John Romita Jr., inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by Richard Starkings and Liz Agraphiotis

Just for fun, I like to imagine Jonah shouting that something like this:


Splash page from Destroy!! one-shot (November 1986); script, pencils, and inks by Scott McCloud, letters by Bob Lappan

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Month of... There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 21: Bruce's Parents Are Killed by The Crisis '76



Panels from The Legion (2001 series) #29 (March 2004); script by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, pencils by Chris Batista, inks by Chip Wallace and Robin Riggs, colors by Sno Cone, letters by Rob Leigh

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 173: Meanwhile, at the bright blue headquarters of private detective Simon Stroud, apparently located deep within rural Manhattan


Panels from Marvel Premiere #45 [Man-Wolf] (December 1978), script by David Anthony Kraft, pencils by George Pérez, inks by Frank Giacoia, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Diana Albers