Archive for the ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ Category

Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2022 by Barry

Scooby-Doo (1997) 130

St. Patrick’s Day is really hit or miss for us. We try each year to cover the major holidays while spotlighting the minor and sometimes just silly. Yet, the wee-folk sometime get overlooked.

Yeah, that was bad.

Anyway, the Emerald Isle will not go forgotten in 2022. Thanks to those meddlin’ kids and Scooby-Doo from Mystery Inc. in issue 130.

While the cover may be a field of shamrocks, the interior is barren as Four Color Holidays is most years when it comes to St. Paddy’s. Still, considering the drought of material for the holiday, we’ll take a misleading cover.

Scooby-Doo (1997) 130

Scooby-Doo issue 130 begins south of the border with Chupacabra-Cadabra. Keith Champagne and Scott Neely celebrate Shaggy’s birthday with an all-inclusive vacation at an undisclosed location somewhere below the great state of Texas.

El Roberto’s Grande Fiesta Del Magico is the first item on the itinerary. However, when the dreaded El Chupacabra kidnaps Francesca, the show’s assistant, the game is afoot.

One-by-one the major players disappear until only Scooby and Shaggy remain. By story’s end, they find they’re part of an elaborate plan to throw the birthday boy a surprise party.

Worse Than a Curse – parenthetically titled Woise Than a Coise – is a jab at the curse of the Bambino and sports gambling. Terrance Griep and Karen Matchette serve up a less-than-memorable tale of the boys of summer.

Velma’s Monsters of the World showcases the Rokuro-Kubi. This Kaiju doesn’t trample cities, but is more of a mischief maker.

Surreal Cereal Spook is the closest the book comes to St. Patrick’s Day.

Instead of a lyrical leprechaun spouting his breakfast fare is magically delicious, a Scottish spook tries to scare the Mystery gang. This one just happens to be a ghost made of the fake marshmallow crap they stuff in cereal boxes.

Sibling rivalry is abolished with a spray of milk and the tale closes the book with a laugh.

May this St. Patrick’s Day find you with green in your pocket and a little spring in your step.

Posted Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 by Barry

Zombies vs Cheerleaders: St. Patty’s Day Special (2015) 1

This one-shot capitalized on the indie-series Zombies vs. Cheerleaders three-issue mini released in 2013.  Zombies vs. Cheerleaders:  Halloween Special(s) would follow in 2014 and 2015.

Other one-shots and minis would pop up from time-to-time in following years.

Celebrating Saint Patrick’s date of death in skimpy skirts and ripped tops seemed a logical conclusion for Zenoscope Entertainment. Toss in shambling corpses in search of flesh and the homage is complete.

Saint Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland followed by the lesser known Brigit of Kildare and Columbia.

Patrick originally hailed from Roman Britain. As a teen he was captured by a band of Irish pirates and spirited to the Emerald Isle. He escaped after six years of captivity, returned to England and entered the Priesthood.

A vision led him back to Ireland and he became a Bishop. There, legend has it, he banished the snakes from the island. Another story tells of his walking stick becoming a living tree.

To commemorate his death, March 17 has been set aside bearing his name. Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. Historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day.

Traditionally, the day is associated with green and shamrocks. The Apostle of Ireland was said to have likened the three-leafed petal to the Holy Trinity.

There’s nothing holy about Zombies vs. Cheerleaders:  St. Patty’s Day Special. Celebrations and libations take a turn for the worse when the green beer is spiced. It’s fortunate for pub patrons, zombie-dueling cheerleaders are prepared to save the day.

Complete with four covers.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Posted Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 by Barry

Blue Devil (1984) 25

Blue Devil (1984) 25

Blue Devil (1984) 25

I have no idea what is going on with this issue. It has something to do with Leprechauns and a treasure. Sure, that’s traditional St. Paddy’s Day fare, but as far as what it had to do with the character and story, I don’t know.

What is important is today is St. Patrick’s Day. Hats off to the Irish.

St. Patrick’s Day is held March 17, the death date of Saint Patrick patron saint of Ireland. Celebrations associated with the day include the wearing of green, parades, shamrocks and festivals.

Blue Devil, aka Dan Cassidy, was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Paris Cullins in 1984. Cassidy was a stuntman filming a movie called Blue Devil. A demon known as Nebiros mistakenly believed Cassidy was real and fused the demon suit to the stuntman. He became a full-fledged denizen from the deep later.

If anything will drive up the price of his first appearance in Firestorm 24, it’s his brief appearance on the short-lived DC streaming service version of Swamp Thing.

Posted Sunday, March 17th, 2019 by Barry

Wonder Woman (1942) 14

Wonder Woman (1942) 14

Wonder Woman (1942) 14

The third of DC’s Trinity, Wonder Woman met with the wee folk in the Fall 1945. Courtesy of chubby companion Etta Candy.

Etta finds herself almost going down a rabbit hole of sorts. Rather than a harried hare, she is chasing a squirrel who has stolen her last piece of candy. Instead of a tea party, Etta finds herself “Captured by the Leprechauns.” Told by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter.

Wonder Woman saves the day – and candy.

Leprechauns Shaggy, Hoppy and Woggle would return in Sensation Comics 75 for another adventure.

St. Patricks’ Day – also known as Feast of the Irish – is celebrated on March 17, the death date of Saint Patrick the foremost saint of Ireland.

Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by Barry

Grimm Fairy Tales St. Patrick’s Day Special 2013

Okay, a little late with the St. Patty’s Day offering, but never one to disappoint Four Color Holidays brings readers a special from 2013.

Dr. Sela Mathers, Doctor/Professor of Literature – with a minor in fairy tale fantasies come to life – decides on a girl’s night out – alone.

The dark and stormy night leads her to a pub where she finds herself the attention of three strangers all with stories to tell. One drink leads to another as do the tales, “Candy from a Baby,” “Marriages of Jenna Normandy” and “The Will.” As she was drawn to the pub, the story tellers are drawn to Mathers.

By the fourth Irish Whisky Mathers realizes the coincidences are more than that and really the work of a Leprechaun, though the real villain of the story is revealed as greed.

I’ve always been leery of the title based on the cheesecake covers, feeling Grimm Fairy Tales was more sex than substance. However, if this is any indication of the interior work, I may rethink reading these. Deep down Grimm Fairy tales has one of DC’s “House” book anthology feels with a dash of X-Files.

Posted Saturday, March 17th, 2018 by Jeff

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Cheer up, Batman.

Artwork by The-Blackcat.

Happy St. Patrick's Day