September 1954 Editor: Whitney Ellsworth Cover: Win Mortimer (Pencils and Inks) 1. The Jungle Cat Queen! Script: Edmond Hamilton Pencils: Dick Sprang Inks: Charles Paris Catwoman steals some diamonds and flies away in her Cat-plane. I love that she can pilot her own aircraft. It’s unusual during this time period for a female character to be so empowered, but sister … Read More
Top to bottom, left to right: 1) insurance poster (artist unknown), 2) illustration by Charles Aromando from Etiquette for Young Moderns by Gay Head 1954, 3) thrift store find (artist unknown), 4) Robin is Kidnapped Batman trading card #29 by Bob Powell (layout) and Norman Saunders (painting) Topps 1966 , 5) Clue board game cards, Parker Brothers, 1960.
I saw a documentary on Netflix recently about Bill Watterson and his comic Calvin and Hobbes which inspired me to read some of the strips. Nothing could more accurately convey the way I feel today.
Top to bottom, left to right: 1) Illustration by John Duillo, 2) Jaymar picture puzzle “Chicken Charlie” (artist unknown), 3) insurance poster (artist unknown), 4) illustration by Cliff Roberts from The First Book of Jazz by Langston Hughes, 5) Burt Ward as Robin in the 1966-68 Batman TV show.
My most recently published comic got a nice mention from Rob Clough in The Comics Journal today. Craig Bostick’s “Guitar Bass Drums” is a brilliant short piece about three members of a band and the sexual politics of adding a new member. Each page is narrated by a different member of the band and is color-coded. Bostick’s been making great comics … Read More
A self-portrait wearing my summer uniform. Here in Boston, this is wishful thinking.
Bat-Mite was a magical imp from another dimension who claimed to be Batman’s biggest fan. He wore a suit inspired by his idol and loved to visit Gotham City to see the Caped Crusader in action. And the more action the better. If he thought Batman and Robin were succeeding too easily in their fight against crime, he used his … Read More
Far off in the outer space of comic books, existed the whacky, cube-shaped planet known as Bizarro World. Inhabiting this cockeyed world were hordes of grotesque, imperfect imitations of Superman and Lois Lane created by a defective duplicator ray. These flawed replicas had limited intelligence and appeared to be formed out of white stone. Their behavior was governed by their Bizarro … Read More
In 1967, Aquaman was arguably at the height of his popularity—with both his own comic and Saturday morning cartoon. The character had recently gotten married and had a baby, so it probably seemed the next logical expansion of his supporting cast was to create a love interest for his sidekick Aqualad. Aquagirl was an orphan with a wild streak who came … Read More
It’s been a while, but I’m ready to finish this series. First up: Robin! Batman’s junior partner, Robin, has been around almost as long as the Caped Crusader. Introduced in 1940, just a year after Batman’s debut, Robin was created to lighten the dark tone of Batman’s stories and appeal to young readers. He was the first young sidekick of … Read More