Archive for the ‘Father’s Day’ Category

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2022 by Barry

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Happy Father’s Day.

Sit back, relax and wait for the coals to warm before tossing on the red meat of choice as the male population – with one or more children – celebrates its day.

Sonora Smart Dodd is the founding father with the day commemorated the third Sunday of June.

This year Four Color salutes the harried husbands who work through the day and still find time to play in the evenings. Who bring home the bacon, sometimes even frying it up in a pan, and never, never letting anyone forget they’re a man.

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Taking the spotlight for 2022 is Teen Titan Raven’s father, Trigon.

First introduced, in a cameo, in New Teen Titans issue two, he made his official, first full appearance in New Teen Titans four.

The Marv Wolfman/George Perez creation is a demon from an alternate dimension. He mated with Raven’s mother, Arella, as part of a ritual for the Church of Blood. Their pairing produced a child with empathic powers.

While Trigon is a less than perfect example of what a father should be, he was highlighted in issue 27 of the Tiny Titans. The June 2010 cover-dated issue serves as a Father’s Day issue for us.

The premise for the issue has Raven as a reluctant babysitter for Kid Devil. Kid Devil was originally a Blue Devil wannabe.

Anyway, Raven must wrangle the bitty demon. Trigon finds the miniature hell spawn adorable and offers to help. The weekend becomes a series of one- and two-page jokes as Trigon appears much like the domesticated fathers of the 1950s sitcoms.

Kid Devil is returned to Blue Devil and all ends well.

Tiny Titans is the creation of Art Baltazar and Franco Aurliani, running 50 issues. It was honored with the Eisner Award for Best Series for Kids twice, in 2009 and 2011 respectively. As described on Wikipedia, “Tiny Titans stars alternate versions of DC Universe Characters, primarily those from the Teen Titans series. It is set in a kid-friendly, elementary school environment. Issues typically consist of several individual stories as opposed to one cohesive storyline.”

Again, Happy Father’s Day. Don’t forget the reason for the day. They grow up too fast.

Posted Sunday, June 20th, 2021 by Barry

Tick Big Father’s Day Special (2000) 1

Happy Father’s Day, Tick.

Scarier words have been uttered, but not often. Enter, Kid Tick! doesn’t bring the Tick a biological child, but a ward. One that wishes death to Arthur.

Tick Big Father’s Day Special (2000) 1

Tick Big Father’s Day Special (2000) 1

Kid Tick comes without an origin, merely an obsession to be the Tick’s sidekick. The problem is, Tick already has one.

Not wishing to relinquish his title – or life – Arthur spends much of the story trying to convince the big-hearted hero he’s in danger. Arthur, that is. Not the Tick. The Tick is nigh-invulnerable.

Each time, the Tick takes his wayward ward back with the promise he’ll reform. There’s no real resolution by story’s end, but the promise of a finish that never comes.

Enough about the Tick’s life. Let’s talk about Father’s Day.

How about, it originated July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, WV. It’s the bookend to Mother’s Day, also created and first celebrated in West Virginia.

Grace Golden Clayton instituted the holiday as a way of mourning her deceased father who died in the Monongah Mining Disaster. The tragedy claimed the lives of 361 men, 250 of them fathers.

Harry C. Meek laid claim to creating the day in 1915. He chose the third Sunday in June because it was his birthday.  The holiday has stayed true to the date to this day.

Woodrow Wilson championed the day, but Congress did not pass a resolution. Calvin Coolidge was the next president to adopt the cause, but it wasn’t until President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation in 1966 that Father’s Day was officially recognized.

Whether it be a biological father or one who raised you, give them the attention and thanks they deserve.

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 by Barry

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For Father’s Day, let’s talk about the All-Father himself, Odin.

Thor’s daddy wasn’t part of the Thunder God’s initial Silver Age Marvel appearance in Journey into Mystery 83. Odin wasn’t even mentioned until Journey into Mystery 85 and, finally, revealed the following issue.

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He is the adoptive father of Loki and sired Balder by another woman. In addition to being the father of Thor, Odin is also ruler and protector of the Asgardian people. He has died three times in defense of Asgard.

Odin has incredible strength, stamina and extended lifespan. He is master of the Odin Force that can create illusions, force fields, levitat, molecular manipulation, telepathy, control of lightening and teleportation.

Sir Anthony Hopkins portrayed the All Father in all three Thor movies.

In the animated Marvel U he has been voiced by Bernard Cowan, The Marvel Super Heroes; Jess Harnell, The Super Hero Squad Show; Clancy Brown, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes; Frank Welker, Avenger’s Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.; Dwight Schultz, Ultimate Avengers 2; French Tickner, Hulk vs. Thor; and Christopher Britton, Thor: Tales of Asgard.

Father’s Day was first held July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, WV. It was not until the 1930s it began to gather national support, but it wasn’t until President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a presidential proclamation it became official in 1966. President Richard M. Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Posted Sunday, June 16th, 2019 by Barry

Lobo: Infanticide

Happy Father’s Day.

Not everyone is appreciative of raising a child. Lobo for example. DC’s Main Man has fathered an army of illegitimate children over the years. Due to his reputation the bastard babies have grown to become despised by the other denizens of the universe.

One is fighting back. Daughter Su has inherited her sire’s stones and enlisted a legion of step-brothers and sisters – over 200 – to avenge their shameful situation.

The four-part play is conducted as follows:  a plan is formed, executed and foiled as Lobo shows he’s DC’s best-at-what-he-does.

And, like his mimeographed Marvel mate, what he does isn’t nice.

Father’s Day is purported to have begun as a memorial service for a group of West Virginia miners who died in 1907. Father’s Day is a complement to Mother’s Day, celebrated the third Sunday in June.