Archive for the ‘Presidents’ Day’ Category

Posted Monday, February 21st, 2022 by Barry

Prez (1973) 1

Officially Washington’s Birthday, President’s Day is celebrated the third Monday of February to honor all United States Presidents.

A state holiday in most states, the day has 15 different names depending on the state.

An Act of Congress implemented the commemoration of Washington’s birthday in 1879 for America’s first president. In 1885, it was expanded to include all federal offices. It was also designated to be held February 22, George Washington’s birthday.


Prez (1973) 1

The date was shifted to include February 15 through the 21 or the third Monday in February in 1971 as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This ensured the day would never fall on Washington’s actual birthday.

Just a month after establishing Washington’s Birthday as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, President Richard M. Nixon issued a proclamation naming the day President’s Day. He further declared it to be the first “three-day holiday set aside to honor all presidents, even myself.”

Prez Rickard is today’s emcee.

DC Comics, still under the National Periodicals brand, made Rickard the first teenage president of the United States. The premise lasted all of four issues before the title was impeached.

A fifth and final issue appeared in Cancelled Comic Cavalcade issue two in 1978, though he did guest in Supergirl issue 10 in 1974.

Using the passage of the 26th Amendment in 1971 allowing the voting age to drop to 18 as a springboard, Joe Simon and Jerry Grandenetti envisioned a world where teenagers are also allowed to run for public office. The public first takes notice of Rickard after he fixes the town clocks in Steadfast to run on time. From there he is launched into the political world eventually earning the Oval Office.

Prez’s mother became vice-president and his sister secretary of state. During his time on the newsstands, Prez fought a legless vampire and a werewolf, Washington’s great-great-great-great-great grandnephew, in a bid to over throw the government and a corrupt political boss.

These do not stand the test of time. They didn’t survive their own era.

Instead, of tracking these down, maybe find another title that follows today’s theme.

Obama appeared on at least four covers including Savage Dragon issue 137, Veronica 109, Amazing Spider-Man 583 and Youngblood 8; Richard Nixon was featured on the covers of Fantastic Four 123 and From Beyond the Unknown 17; John F. Kennedy on Superman 170; Dwight D. Eisenhower on Mystery From Space 30, Abraham Lincoln on Deadpool 4, Flash 210, House of Mystery 51, Scooby-Doo 2, Scalphunter 53, Captain America 222 and Rip Hunter, Time Master 23; and Ronald Reagan on The Oustiders 24.

Posted Monday, February 15th, 2021 by Barry

Rip Hunter…Time Master (1961) 23

In the past Four Color Holidays has honored President’s Day. Today, we honor Washington’s Birthday, celebrated on the third Monday of February.

The Federal Holiday has 14 different names throughout the United States. The Founding Father is singled out in Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Louisiana and New York.

Though normally teamed with Abraham Lincoln in most states for a joint birthday party, George is paired with Thomas Jefferson in Alabama and Daisy Bates in Arkansas.

To honor Mr. Washington, we present Rip Hunter…Time Master issue 23.

Rip Hunter…Time Master (1961) 23

Rip Hunter…Time Master (1961) 23

Rip must exonerate the Father of our Country from aspersions cast upon his character. The hard part is debunking a letter written and signed by General Washington himself.

Rip, Bonnie Baxter, Jeff Smith and Corky Baxter find themselves hopscotching through time as they attempt to disprove the very words of George Washington and restore his good name.

Rip Hunter…Time Master began his historical journey in Showcase (1956) issue 20. He appeared three more times, issues 21, 25 and 26; before being granted his own book. The title ran 29 issues.

Rip and company were resurrected in 1990 with an eight-issue mini simply called Time Masters. He later appeared as Booster Gold’s mentor and son in the 2007 book.

Gotta love time travel.

Happy George Washington’s Birthday. Celebrate with a cherry pie and big sales designed to remember the Father of our Country.

Posted Monday, February 17th, 2020 by Barry

Flash (1959) 210

Flash goes 1,000 years into the future to avenge the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln for this President’s Day.

Washington and Lincoln’s days were combined for create President’s Day. Not that we at Four Color Holidays have no love for the founder of our country, we’re just celebrating the 16th president of these United States. To honor the Great Emancipator, we recount Flash 210 An Earth Divided.

Flash (1959) 210

Flash (1959) 210

Flash speeds wife, Iris, to the future to visit her real parents. Upon arriving, they discover the Lincoln of the 21st century has been disintegrated by none other than John Wilkes Booth.

An incredulous Flash sets off to find the assassin while Iris provides news coverage.

Cary Bates and Irv Novick reveal their master plan that the new Lincoln is a robot programmed with the skills and intellect of the 19th-century counterpart.

And, DC wondered why Marvel was outselling them at the time.

Lincoln’s birthday has never officially been granted Federal Holiday status. However, nearly half the state governments have renamed Washington’s Birthday as President’s Day or Washington and Lincoln Day. The day is observed the third Monday of February.

Posted Monday, February 18th, 2019 by Barry

Scooby-Doo (2010) 66

Scooby-Doo and gang encounter a foursome of presidential ghosts in this, a true President’s Day Special. While the cover boasts a bold proclamation, the story itself – released Feb. 10, 2016 – never mentions the federal holiday.

The lead, and only original story, “All the President’s Ghosts” showcases the spirits of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and George Washington. Those meddling kids and their dog solve the mystery in 10 pages leaving ample room for two more features.

Scooby-Doo (2010) 66

Scooby-Doo (2010) 66

The remainder of the book features already printed material. Reprinted from Scooby-Doo (1997) issue 131 is “Velma’s Monsters of the World.” Acheri, the Indian legend of a murdered little girl, is related. Shaggy dons a Santa suit owing to the color red is the only protection from her wrath.

“You Want Frights With That?” is pulled from Scooby-Doo (1997) issue 111.

Scooby-Doo was first affiliated with President’s Day Feb. 19, 2001, when Cartoon Network aired an eight-hour marathon of Scooby-Doo, Where are You! from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

President’s Day, originally cited as Washington’s Birthday, is celebrated the third Monday of February. It is the occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just our founding father.

The food most traditionally associated with the day is cheery pie, owing to Washington’s legendary act of chopping a cherry tree down and throwing himself under the bus when confronted.