Saturday, July 24, 2021

Comicon Mutts 2021


Just about every year during the week of the San Diego Comicon, Patrick McDonnell commemorates the occasion in his Mutts newspaper comic strip.

In earlier years the Mutts characters would generally interact with Marvel Comics heroes but there is a new twist in the 2021 run of strips.

This year the Mutts characters themselves transform into superheroes!

Please enjoy... The Pink Sock!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

"Batman" and "Robin" in Space Jam 2


No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

That's Bugs Bunny as Batman and 

LeBron James as Robin

as they appear in the new 

Space Jam film.

You can watch a 40-second clip of this sequence over here.



Saturday, July 10, 2021

Four NEW New Gods


Of course The New Gods was one of the Fourth World comics series created for DC Comics back in 1970 by Jack Kirby, the King of Comics. The Fourth World was the launching pad for Darkseid, possibly one of the three most significant DC Comics villains of all time (the other two being The Joker and Lex Luthor).

Every few years there is an attempt to revive the characters that populated The New Gods issues, some of the revivals being critically and/or financially successful (others not so much).

In 2011 when DC Comics rebooted itself with the so-called New 52 initiative, there was an interest in bringing back The New Gods in a different, established title (in Green Lantern, possibly). 

Four new characters to be designated as New Gods were designed by artist Pete Woods, but the new four never made it as far as appearing in a comic book. The designs are too beautiful not to be seen, though, so here they for your study and pleasure. 

Saturday, July 03, 2021

Wonder Woman by Chris Samnee


Attentive internet browsers have been treated to quite a number of drawings of Batman crafted by Chris Samnee, but now I have seen a Wonder Woman image by Mr. Samnee.

I thought you might like to see it also!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Fred Hembeck Page in Stargirl


DC published the Stargirl Spring Break Special a couple of weeks ago and of course I'm always ready to read any comic written by Geoff Johns. (SPOILER ALERT: This Stargirl story which guest-stars The Seven Soldiers of Victory puts a twist on the continuity of Green Arrow that forever changes that  character in a very interesting way. Okay, so I didn't really spoil the surprise. But every DC fan should be reading this issue though to see for themselves what Mr. Johns has done!)

A bonus in this comic that I wasn't expecting was a full page by the great Fred Hembeck! Fred has been offering up his fun take on comics for over 40 years now and I've enjoyed everything he's ever done! His gag page here takes advantage of the fact that Stripesy of The Seven Soldiers is similar in costume to the Waldo  character of Where's Waldo. Whoops! Maybe I should have labelled "SPOILER ALERT" before that reveal? Anyway, I'll spoil one more thing for you and point out that it's much easier to find Stripesy in the small version above than it is in the super-sized version below.

And please click right here if you'd like to see two pages of artwork that I myself commissioned Mr. Hembeck to draw a decade or two ago. They are Fred's interpretations of two Jack Kirby covers that I have always liked: 1971's The Forever People #1 and 1974's Sandman #1. Great Hembeck! (I just wish my spellcheck would stop changing "Hembeck" to "Hemlock" on me!)

Sunday, June 20, 2021

A Julius Schwartz Picture is worth 1000 Autographs


Julius Schwartz was turning 70 years old in 1985 and his co-workers at DC Comics decided on a nice surprise gift for him: they would produce Superman #411 behind his back and it would feature Mr. Schwartz himself in the milieu of Superman. Producing the issue secretively was quite a task considering Mr. Schwartz was the editor of that comic book!

The cover featuring the two main characters of the issue was drawn by Dick Giordano. After the art was photographed for publication, about 1000 admiring co-workers found a place on the artboard to offer their good wishes and then the page was presented to Mr. Schwartz as a gift.

Look at all these names!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Aliens on the Cover of USA Today


Last weekend's edition of USA Today had the above front page. Some subscribers reading that headline must have been horrified! Did you receive from any other outlet this news about "Hybrid babies born across the US"

Not likely. Because it wasn't 'news' at all. Shown above is in fact not the front page of USA Today but rather the front page of a 4-page Special Advertising Section that enveloped the 'actual' newspaper. 

So what was it all about? The entire section was an advertisement for the new Netflix series based on the DC Comic known as Sweet Tooth. I think it's possible that some people believed what the front page of that newspaper was telling them just like listeners to 1939's radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds believed that earth was being invaded from another planet. Right?