Comics Ate My Brain

June 13, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, meme, spirit — Tom Bondurant @ 10:11 pm
The Spirit Jam teamed Will Eisner and his most famous creation with dozens of comics professionals.

Of course, one thing stayed the same …

… the Spirit dished out, and took, a lot of punishment.

I’ll try not to sing out of key, Bahlactus!

[From Spirit Jam, reprinting a story from The Spirit Magazine #30, July 1981. This sequence scripted by Mike W. Barr, pencilled by Joe Staton, inked by Bob Smith, and lettered by Todd Klein. Project coordinated by Will Eisner, Denis Kitchen, and Cat Yronwode.]

May 30, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: avengers, batman, captain america, friday night fights, justice league, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 11:57 pm
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

If an intercompany crossover gets scrapped after 21 pages are pencilled, do Batman and Captain America really fight?

Now, that’s not entirely fair. After all, when JLA/Avengers was eventually published, it made the original 1983 plot one of the teams’ “annual meetings.” Therefore, from a certain point of view, it did happen.

It was in an alternate reality, of course … but aren’t they all?

Bahlactus has all the answers!

[From the unpublished first meeting of the Justice League of America and the Avengers, planned for publication in 1983. Plot by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, pencils by George Perez. Reprinted in Avengers/JLA Compendium, 2004.]

May 23, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: batman, friday night fights, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 9:32 pm
It’s easy to do a Batman sequence for Friday Night Fights . It’s not much harder to pick out one in black-and-white, as per Bahlactus‘ instructions for this round.

Therefore, I like these particular pages because they demonstrate the tone of the Batman books in the early ’70s. Basically, Alfred’s niece — not, we rush to point out, Alicia Silverstone — has somehow found herself in the old “governess in the haunted mansion” circumstance. After reading her latest letter, Uncle Alfred suggests that maybe his employer might want to check things out.

So here’s Batman, calmly walking through the woods in full costume, trolling for information …

… but really, why wouldn’t a couple of thugs want to beat up a loon in a bat costume? Clearly Batman knows this, and is just looking for any excuse to cause trouble. The results are predictable:

Two guards, each carrying a farm implement — yeah, a page is about right.

[From “The Demon Of Gothos Mansion!” in Batman #227, December 1970. Written by Denny O’Neil, pencilled by Irv Novick, inked by Dick Giordano, lettered by Ben Oda. Reprinted in Batman From The ’30s To The ’70s (1971).

May 16, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, marvel family, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 11:42 pm
So … who thinks Mary Marvel needs the black cheerleader outfit to be tough?

Here she is in December 1942, taking apart some goons after saying “Shazam!” for the very first time …

… and here she is in July-August 1975, showing that experience doesn’t mean sacrificing one’s sense of humor.

(Yeah, she does more fighting in the older scan, but I’ve always liked her ’70s look. I wonder if she would have grown up to be Bailey Quarters. Mmmm … Bailey Quarters….)

Ahem. Our magic word is “Bahlactus!

[First scan from “Captain Marvel Introduces Mary Marvel,” in Captain Marvel Adventures #18, December 1942. Written by Otto Binder, drawn by Marc Swayze. Second scan from “Secret of the Smiling Swordsman!,” in Shazam! #19, July-August 1975. Written by E. Nelson Bridwell, drawn by Bob Oksner, lettered by Ben Oda. Both stories reprinted in Shazam! From The ’40s To The ’70s (1977).]

May 9, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, meme, simpsons — Tom Bondurant @ 10:15 pm
Forget Superman-Red and Superman-Blue — here’s Homer-Right versus Homer-Left!

We don’t dare call Bahlactus “Mr. Sparkle”….

[From “Too Crazy, Juvenile Prankster: Bartomu!”, originally published in Simpsons Comics #131, June 2007; and reprinted in the 2008 Bongo Comics Free-For-All sampler. Written by Chuck Dixon, pencilled by Nina Matsumoto, inked by Andrew Pepoy, lettered by Karen Bates.]

April 26, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: friday night fights, jonah hex, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 1:11 am
Jonah Hex thinks he’s J.M. Marberry’s business partner. Therefore, the following comes as something of a surprise….

Tonight we ride with Bahlactus!

[From “The Hoax,” in Weird Western Tales #18, April-May 1973, reprinted in Showcase Presents Jonah Hex Vol. 1. Written by John Albano, drawn by Tony DeZuniga, lettered by (I think) Milt Snapinn.]

April 20, 2008

Trading Places

Filed under: meme — Tom Bondurant @ 6:05 pm
The instructions, via plok:

“What creators who are usually associated with a certain company (or, indeed, medium) would you like to see writing someone else’s title? For example, would you want to see JMS on Hellboy? Which DC character should Bendis have a crack at? Should George Pelecanos write Batman? (Answer: Yes)

This could be a tough one. There aren’t too many company-specific people left, what with Mark Bagley going to DC and Mark Waid having written some of Marvel’s biggest characters (including, soon, a run on Amazing Spider-Man). But … okay.

1. Michael Chabon and Mike Allred on Fantastic Four. It sounds like it would be a ’60s pastiche, and to a certain extent it would be, but I think these two would bring a good mix of Lee/Kirby reverence, irreverence, and innovation to the book. Plus, aren’t you curious to see how Chabon would do a multi-issue arc?

2. Greg Rucka and Joe Bennett on a S.H.I.E.L.D. book. Yes, it’d be Checkmate with a Helicarrier — but also a high concept that actually pays off.

3. Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins on Incredible Hulk would give Johns a chance to indulge his bloodlust (I kid because I love); and Kolins does big, bulky carnage well.

4. I really liked plok’s idea for a Hellboy-esque Mignola Captain America, so I’ll appropriate the gist of it. How about Walt Simonson on a 1940s Justice Society of America?

5. Since Waid’s going to be writing Spidey, I guess that particular pairing is off-limits; so let’s put Paul Dini on Amazing Spider-Man instead, with Cliff Chiang drawing. (Mike Norton if Chiang’s unavailable.)

6. I see that Jim Roeg has picked Ed Brubaker for New Teen Titans, and while I’d love to read that, I’ve gotta put Brubaker on Justice League of America, together with Alan Davis.

How’s that?

April 18, 2008

Friday Night Fights

Filed under: defenders, friday night fights, howard the duck, meme — Tom Bondurant @ 10:00 pm
Friday Night Fights is back! Here, Howard has finally gotten the hang of being Sorcerer Supreme — but of course nothing satisfies like a little chin music!

Coming to you as Bahlactus demands — in glorious “quack and white!”

(Sorry, couldn’t resist….)

[From “The Duck and the Defenders,” in Marvel Treasury Edition #12 (1976). Written by Steve Gerber, pencilled by Sal Buscema, inked by Klaus Janson, lettered by Joe Rosen. Reprinted, of course, in Essential Howard The Duck Vol. 1.]

April 11, 2008

Thursday Night Thinking

Filed under: groo, meme, thursday night thinking — Tom Bondurant @ 1:08 am
Groo has no plan for leading his troops — so the troops devise a plan to distract Groo.

Of course, it’s always dangerous to try and remove Groo from a fray, but at least this hapless soul is THINKING before he acts….

Over to you, General Diamondrock!

[From Groo: Hell On Earth #4, April 2008. By Sergio Aragones; with wordsmith Mark Evanier, colorist Tom Luth, and letterer Stan Sakai.]

March 6, 2008

Thursday Night Thinking

Filed under: indiana jones, meme, thursday night thinking — Tom Bondurant @ 11:17 pm
One of the great joys of being married is finding out new things to love about your spouse. For instance, I never knew (until she unpacked her office papers last weekend) that the Best Wife Ever had a copy of Marvel’s all-star Raiders of the Lost Ark adaptation. Heck, I never knew there was a Raiders adaptation….

Anyway, because it’s a comic book, writer Walt Simonson lets us see Indy THINKING–!

If adventure has a name, it must be Diamondrock!

[From Marvel Super Special No. 18, adapting Raiders of the Lost Ark. Adaptation written by Walt Simonson, pencilled by John Buscema, inked by Klaus Janson, lettered by Rick Parker, and colored by Michele Wolfman.]

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