Archive for the ‘DC Comics’ Category

Posted Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 by Barry

World’s Finest Comics (1941) 111

Not as well-known as New Year’s Eve, Tick Tock Day is celebrated Dec. 29 each year to remind us time is a commodity. One that will expire shortly when the current year is retired.

Rather than use Father Time or Baby New Year to represent the (non) holiday, Four Color Holidays has chosen the Clock King. Both of ‘em.

World’s Finest Comics (1941) 111

World’s Finest Comics (1941) 111

The Clock King was originally presented as the Silver Age Green Arrow’s arch enemy. Like so many early villains, William Tockman was doomed to a life of crime based on his name alone. He became caregiver to his ailing sister only to find he was terminally ill with six months to live. Using Breaking Bad’s plot, Tockman robbed a bank to ensure she would be cared for after his passing.

Later he learned his medical records were switched with another patient’s and sought revenge on the doctor and Green Arrow. The nefarious plan failed and the evil Clock King was escorted to Arkham Asylum where he would regularly escape to bedevil the Justice League and various DC heroes.

He was later reinvented as Billy Tockman when DC rebooted its universe during the New 52. In addition to renewing his origin, Tockman is given precognition four-seconds into the future.

To celebrate Tick Tock Day, complete any unfinished business from the year and post to #TickTockDay.

Posted Saturday, January 25th, 2020 by Barry

Superboy (1949) 68

Superboy (1949) 68

Superboy (1949) 68

Today is National Opposite Day. Acting as the unofficial spokesperson is Bizarro Superman.

Otto Binder is credited with creating the cracked copy of Superman. Binder’s Bizarro was actually a broken copy of Superboy, appearing in the same titled book, issue 68.

Alvin Schwartz offered an adult version in the syndicated Superman newspaper strip shortly after. Schwartz claimed he had first visualized the backward nemesis. What is undisputed is the newspaperman provided the blueprint for Bizarro’s actions and speech patterns.

Binder brought Bizarro back the four-colored world of comic books in Action Comics 254. He proved a fan favorite and, according to Wikipedia, appeared 40 times between the Silver and Bronze ages, ending with Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Bizarro was reincarnated for the Modern Age surviving the original and subsequent Crisis.

So, don’t enjoy this, National Opposite Day. And, please don’t return.

Posted Saturday, January 18th, 2020 by Barry

Comic Cavalcade (1942) 19

This Feb.-March 1947 cover-dated comic book was actually released the preceding December. Hence, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman’s wave of their hands to silhouetted-Santa and hoist sacks full of goodies.

Comic Cavalcade (1942) 19

Comic Cavalcade (1942) 19

As with previous issues, Comic Cavalcade issue 19 is Christmasy in cover only. Of the seven interior stories, none deal with the holiday.

Wonder Woman’s ‘The Battle for Eternal Youth’ has the Amazon protecting her sister’s secret of immortality.

Flash races against time in a story of about the same name.

Foney Fairy Tales spells the heroes with some slap stick.

Mr. Nobody is featured in ‘The End.’

Hop Harrigan stars in ‘The Fog-Shrouded Demon’ and Cotton-Top Katie in ‘The Ball Game of the Year.’

Finally, Doiby Dickles makes a bet with Green Lantern-alter ego Alan Scott the cab driver can keep his calm while taxing folk around the city for a day.

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 by Barry

Batman (1940) 49

It’s January and cold. All the more reason to wear a hat. Coincidently enough, today is National Hat Day. And, what better way to celebrate than to recount Batman’s nemesis Jervis Tetch’s first appearance as the Mad Hatter.

Batman (1940) 49

Batman (1940) 49

Shunned as a child due to his appearance, Tetch buried himself in books and learning. Eventually he became a neuroscientist and turned to evil, developing mind-control technology.

In his first adventure, Tetch attempted to steal a trophy from the Gotham Yacht Club. Batman proved more than capable in halting any Tom foolery from the chapeaued criminal and Tetch soon found himself a guest of Arkham Asylum for the remainder of the Golden Age.

The Mad Hatter wouldn’t return until the Silver Age, even appearing in the 1966 Batman television series as portrayed by David Wayne.

Other multi-media appearances include voice acting by Roddy McDowall on Batman the Animated Series and Peter MacNicol in the Batman Arkham games. He was later played by Benedict Samuel in the Gotham series on Fox.

Posted Sunday, January 12th, 2020 by Barry

52 (2006) 33

It’s ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ in the new DC Universe during week 33 of 52.

Various DC notables, Alfred Pennyworth, Nightwing, Batwoman, Lex Luthor etc. are in evidence as Christmas approaches. To keep the storyline intact and provide context for the season, all are seen participating in holiday activities. Maybe the most notable is Nightwing’s presentation of an official Batarang to Batgirl. The symbolism is not lost on the latest Gotham siren as she is ushered into the Bat Family.

Luthor even finds the Christmas spirit as he gives Infinity, Inc. new cars leaving no trope unturned.

52 was a weekly comic penned by Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid and Greg Rucka explaining the missing year after DC’s second crisis Infinite Crisis. The series was followed by Countdown to Final Crisis.

52 (2006) 33

Posted Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 by Jeff

So long, 2019

Happy New Year, everyone.  Let’s do this again sometime.

Posted Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 by Barry

Sgt. Rock (1991) 21

Easy Company relives the horrors of World War II one last time in the final issue of this incarnation of the top kick.

Sgt. Rock (1991) was a continuation of Sgt. Rock Special, transitioning from issue 13 to 14. Sgt. Rock Special began in 1988 following Crisis on Infinite Earths. It also served as a reprint title.

Sgt. Rock 21 collected stories from Our Army at War 228, 236, 257, 262 and 271.

Issue 228’s “It’s a Dirty War” is a Christmas tale sounding more like a statement regarding the Viet Nam War. “It’s a Dirty War” first appeared in the February 1971 issue of OAaW. It was penned by Robert Kanigher and penciled by Joe Kubert.

In the story, Rock delivers a letter from a 17-year old German soldier he killed back to the boy’s family. The dead speak from the grave and death is turned away from Easy Co’s sarge.

A final issue for the final day of the year. Happy New Year.

Posted Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 by Barry

Scooby-Doo (1997) 139

Scooby-Doo (1997) 139

Scooby-Doo (1997) 139

Merry Christmas and déjà vu from Jeff and me at Four Color Holiday Comics.

If your memory stretches back long enough, you may remember this cover and review from last Dec. 25. This issue, cover dated February, 2009, is the same book, issue 115, published in 2007. The exception being the cover is now red rather than white.

Inside are the same two stories and Yeti tutorial: “It’s a Wonderful Fright” and Santa’s Evil Elves.”

Hope the holiday was as entertaining and enjoyable as this issue. Keep coming back for more in 2020. There are still a lotta four-color holiday stories to be re-told.

Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2019 by Barry

Party Animal

Flash brings home the holidays with a speedy, last-minute gift for party host, Green Arrow.

Justice League Action premiered on Cartoon Network  Dec. 16, 2016 and wrapped up its animated shorts June 3, 2018. Season one consisted of 52 episodes. DC Kids’ YouTube Channel featured 22-episodes premiering June 29, 2017.

Party Animal premiered Dec. 2, 2017.


Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2019 by Barry

Teen Titans Go! Naughty Elves And Santa Claus

The Teen Titans add a little holiday fun with some Tannenbaum tropes: