by Jimmm Kelly
. . . for the first week in June, suddenly someone is there at the turnstile, the girl with kaleidoscope eyes . . .
Bob Powell (writer and penciller) and Howard Nostrand (inker) present the acclaimed story of Colorama in BLACK CAT [MYSTERY] COMICS 45 (August ’53), on sale June 1 ’53. Cover by Howard Nostrand.
What have the Beatles been working on in the studio all these months? SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (LP) comes to record shops in the U.K. and North America on June 1 ’67. The final track can only be heard by dogs. After you pick up the album, stop into the drugstore and check out these modern art masterpieces: THE ATOM towers over the inhabitants of a micro-world in issue 32 (August-September ’67) of the Mighty Mite’s mag. Meanwhile, MIGHTY COMICS 39 (August ’67) presents Steel Sterling.
June 3 ’71, WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 204 (August ’71) hits the stands. How can a campus riot in the present have far reaching results for the distant future? When Clark Kent and Diana Prince go on a date, they don’t expect they’ll be dealing with a butterfly effect–but Denny O’Neil, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella have other plans. Plus, two adventures from ’52 featuring Captain Comet (encountering some Guardians of the Universe) and Green Arrow. And what did you expect Don Rickles? No, it’s SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN in another Giant-sized collection of his classic adventures in issue No. 140 [G-86]–featuring fabulous art by Swan and Klein and amazing stories by Hamilton and Siegel. [See Catch Up! Super-Human! MY SUPERMAN SUMMER.]
With its classic patriotic cover by Mac Raboy, MASTER COMICS 40 goes on sale on June 4th ’43. Inside, writer Otto Binder and artist Raboy offer a Captain Marvel Jr. adventure where the Little Blue Cheese confronts a band of yellow gremlins called Polties (or poltergeists) that are haunting a house.
An exhibition of two exceptional covers by Infantino and Anderson–BATMAN 194 and THE FLASH 172, both cover dated August ’67– goes on display at neighbourhood newsstands beginning June 6 ’67.
Who are the Viking Prince, the Silent Knight and the Golden Gladiator? They’re the stars of the new adventure anthology from DC–THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. Be sure to reserve the first issue (August ’55) at your local newsdealer, for June 7 ’55.
. . . for the second week in June, I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a litte better all the time (can’t get much worse) . . .
What is the Sun of Superman? The Man of Steel becomes the Man of Black when a stunning secret from his distant past presents a cosmic challenge to the Caped Kryptonian in SUPERMAN 255 (August ’72)–from the team of Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. Don’t let the sun catch you crying if you don’t snag this stunner on June 8 ’72.
Fawcett gives Joltin’ JOE LOUIS his own comic, with the first issue (September ’50) at your news shop on or about June 9 ’50. This is Joe Louis not Jos. Louis. Joe Louis is the boxer, who was World Heavyweight Champion from ’37 to ’48. Jos. Louis is the sweet confection, consisting of red velvet cake with a creamy centre wrapped in a chocolate shell, named after the two Vachon brothers, first created in ’36, in the province of Quebec.
Not to be outdone by Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Captain Midnight, Hoppy the Marvel Bunny and all the other flag-waving Fawcett characters this month–Mary Marvel is flying the flag proudly on the cover by Jack Binder for WOW COMICS No. 15 (July ’43) for June 11 ’43.
June 11 ’48 learn 1,000 Secrets of the Batcave, when BATMAN 48 (August-September ’44) goes on sale.
100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR DC-20 (September ’73) on sale June 12 ’73. An all Golden Age issue, including the first three stories 0f Two -Face! Also starring, Black Canary, Dr. Mid-Nite, Blackhawk, Starman, the Spectre and Wildcat. Collected by editor E. Nelson Bridwell, cover by Nick Cardy.
All on sale June 13 ’63 from DC . . . JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 21 (August ’63) Crisis on Earth-One (Fox/Sekowsky/Sachs)–in what will become an annual event, the Justice League of America encounter the Justice Society of America . . . SUPERMAN ANNUAL No. 7 (Summer ’63) the Silver Anniversary Issue! edited by Mort Weisinger . . . And WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 135 (August ’63)–Menace of the Future Man by Finger, Sprang and Moldoff)–with the aid of their old friend Carter Nichols, Batman and Robin time travel to the time of the Vikings, while Superman heads far into the 21st century–this is the last classic work by great Batman artist, Dick Sprang!
On June 14 ’40, Fawcett gives its new hero the spotlight in the one shot SPECIAL EDITION COMICS (’40) starring Captain Marvel. The – um – symbolic cover is by C. C. Beck, while Mickey Rooney enjoys reading MASTER COMICS No. 5 (August ’40) on the inside front cover.
. . . for the third week in June, fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering . . .
June 15 ’39, ADVENTURE COMICS No. 40 (July ’39) goes on sale, as Sandman makes his first appearance in that book–although this is actually his second appearance by date, given that he also appeared in the 1939 issue of NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS–sold at the New York World’s Fair that year, beginning April 30 ’39. Story by Gardner Fox and art by Bert Christman, with the cover featuring the Sandman by Creig Flessel who would become the regular Sandman artist as of issue 44. And MYSTERY MEN COMICS No. 1 (August ’39) from Fox Features debuts the Green Mask and the Blue Beetle–cover by Lou Fine.
June 16 ’39, the first issue of SMASH COMICS (August ’39)– features Bozo the Robot on the cover by Ed Cronin and inside a special feature on America’s number one box office star, Mickey Rooney, by Bernard Baily.
MORE FUN COMICS No. 82 (August ’42) comes out on the 18th of June ’42–as Green Arrow and Speedy plunge back through the mists of time to Sherwood Forest in Robin Hood’s Revenge! And born on the 18th of June ’42, JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY. Well Happy Birthday to YOU!
The Beatles, BIRTHDAY
And when Macca turns 32 . . . Marvel Comics releases MARVEL TREASURY EDITION No. 1 (1974), a collection of Spider-Man stories, copying DC’s success with the giant-sized tabloid format; edited by Stan Lee; cover by John Romita. Plus SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN No. 1 (August ’74), a black and white magazine format with mature content; edited by Stan Lee; cover by Boris Vallejo. [For those who can’t do the match that’s a June 18 ’74 e.t.a for the drugstore racks.]
Coming out on June 19 ’53, BATMAN No. 78 (August-September ’53) features the Manhunter from Mars [a prototype of J’Onn J’Onzz] and Batman of the Mounties.
Below: reprint from BATMAN No. 223 [G-73] (July-August ’70); story: David V. Reed; art: Lew Sayer Schwartz & Stan Kaye.
On newsstands the 20th of June ’38, Centaur presents AMAZING MYSTERY FUNNIES Vol. 1, No. 1 (August ’38), with a cover by Bill Everett.
It’s the 100th meeting of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA–which just happens to also feature their tenth yearly cross-over with the Justice Society of America–and as if full-bursting roster of JLA, JSA alumni isn’t enough–Len Wein, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella kick in the long lost Seven Soldiers of Victory for extra measure–in the August ’72 issue (No. 100)–cover by Nick Cardy. Meanwhile, over in the Marvel Universe, the Amazing Spider-Man teams up with the Uncanny X-Men in the September ’72 issue of MARVEL TEAM-UP (No. 4)–by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and Steve Mitchell; cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. Both comics are timed to be in the spinner racks on the20th of June ’72.
. . . for the last week in June, every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight if it’s not too dear . . .
Now listen up hombre, get on yer cayuse and gallop on down to the trading post ’cause there’s a parcel of them ALL-AMERICAN WESTERN issues No. 121 (August-September ’51) for the 22nd of June ’51 and that there DC duster features the Unmasking of Johnny Thunder by Wild Bob Kanigher, Doc Alex Toth and Sy the Kid Barry–reprinted in THE GREATEST 1950S STORIES EVER TOLD (1990).
At your friendly newsdealer June 23 ’60, the 80 page Giant-size SUPERMAN ANNUAL No. 1 (1960) presents an all-star collection of Superman stories selected by editor Mort Weisinger–cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.
You’ve heard of the Whistler, the Mysterious Traveler, the Man in Black and the Strange Dr. Weird–but thrill-seekers mark the 27th of June 27 on your 1952 calendar, that’s the date when the new comic book chiller, THE PHANTOM STRANGER, makes his suspenseful debut. The August-September ’52 cover dated first issue boasts stories from Manley Wade Wellman and John Broome, with artwork from Carmine Infantino, Sy Barry, Joe Giella and Murphy Anderson.
Watch for these precious items hitting the stands on June 29 ’61: Archie Comics introduces a new mystery man, for their thrilling line of super-hero titles, in THE ADVENTURES OF THE JAGUAR No. 1 (September ’61). Learn 1001 Secrets of Batman and Robin in the 80 page Giant-size BATMAN ANNUAL No. 1 (1961), featuring classic tales selected by editor Jack Schiff–cover by Swan, Sprang, Moldoff and Paris. And in an imaginary story, Superman brings Hercules and Samson into the present from the ancient past to fix them up with Lois and Lana, in ACTION COMICS 279 (August ’61).
Warning: the 29th of June ’67 is the most heart-thumping, shocking, nail-biting day in all of DC comics history! Superman’s cataclysmic clash with Zha-Vam concludes when it becomes an all out Battle of the Gods, in ACTION COMICS No. 353 (September ’67). AQUAMAN is attacked by both Ocean Master and Black Manta in issue No. 35 (September-October ’67). Sgt. Rock is in command of a firing squad for a deserter in OUR ARMY AT WAR No. 184 (September ’67). After a change of government on Earth, the Legion become outlaws, with some of them being sent to Takron-Galtos, while others remain on Earth as an undercover resistance movement, in ADVENTURE COMICS No. 359 (September ’67). Ron-Avon of Belgor challenges the Boy of Steel to a deadly duel that will test his code against killing, in SUPERBOY No. 141 (September ’67). SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE No.77 [G-39] (September-October ’67) is an 80 Page Giant collection of Shockers! edited by Mort Weisinger; cover by Kurt Schaffenberger–frankly the scariest comic book ever printed. And you’ll be shocked at the events that cause Batman to write his last will and testament, in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 366 (September ’67)–cover by Infantino and Anderson.
Heroes of the future and the past appear in the present ACTION COMICS No. 267 (August ’60) as Superman meets Hercules in the 20th Century! And Supergirl meets the Legion of Super-Heroes for her first time. Make sure you’re on time to get this issue arriving the 30th of June ’60.
8 More Days Louise! for June . . . and somebody spoke and I went into a dream . . .
On newsstands on June 1 ’41, Alfred Harvey pioneers the digest-sized comic format with his POCKET COMICS No. 1 (August ’41), featuring the Spirit of ’76 by writer “Major Ralston” and artist Edd Ashe and the Black Cat by writer/publisher Harvey and artist Barbara Hall. Cover by Joe Simon.
THE GREEN MASK No. 1 (Summer ’40). From out of the pages of Fox’s MYSTERY MEN COMICS, the Green Mask gets his own comic book, with an all-new origin story–plus reprinted stories from MYSTERY MEN COMICS. Cover by Lou Fine. On sale June 5 ’40. Add info about kid sidekick, interior art.
June 5 ’62, the last issue of AMAZING FANTASY–No. 15 (August ’62)–available for sale. Featured in this issue: Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
June 16 ’44 sees the first issue of FUNNY STUFF (Summer ’44) on the newsstand. The Three Mouseketeers make their debut in the lead story, with art by Ronald Santi. While the Three Mouseketeers’ creator, Sheldon Mayer, features them on the cover.
June 23 ’42, the August issue of DETECTIVE COMICS (No. 66) features the Crimes of Two-Face by Finger/Kane/Robinson–the first story of Harvey Kent’s dual identity.
June 25 ’47. ALL STAR COMICS 36 (August-September ’47)–Superman and Batman take part.
On sale June 27 ’63 . . . The Cat-Man seeks to make Batwoman his queen, as the new Cat-Woman when the Cat-Man Strikes Back in DETECTIVE COMICS 318 (August ’63) . . . And THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD 49 (August-September ’63) presents Strange Sports Stories, including a gorilla playing baseball–cover by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson!
MYSTERIES [WEIRD AND STRANGE] No. 8 (July ’54) comes out in the summer of ’54, from Canada’s own Superior Comics (Randall Publishers)–still in defiance of the strict rules placed on Canadian comics (against crime and horror). This issue presents the unforgettable Happily Dead. [See WEIRD AND STRANGE.]
Stompin’ Tom, CANADA DAY UP CANADA WAY, July 1 ’93, Ottawa
. . . for the first week in July, many are the days of pride for those who lived . . . and those who died . . .
On the first day of July, 1867, noon–New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Canadas (Upper and Lower) are proclaimed the Dominion of Canada. Lower Canada is henceforth named Quebec and Upper Canada is named Ontario. John A. Macdonald serves as first prime minister. It is a mostly sunny day throughout the Dominion, as towns large and small celebrate the new nation. In Toronto, children wave Union Jacks and an ox is roasted before St. Lawrence Hall–the meat served to the poor. On Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, soldiers neglect to take the ramrods out of their rifles, so that when they fire a salute, the rods fly over Sparks Street. In Quebec City the roar of the cannon is heard over the Plains of Abraham. In Halifax, while some celebrate, others despair and burn Charles Tupper in effigy, along with a live rat, on the waterfront. In her diary, a little girl of Hamilton records the words of her father to her:
This is the First of July, in the year eighteen hundred and sixty seven . . . always remember this day, and this night. You are a very lucky little girl, to be a child in Canada, today.
DOUG WRIGHT’S FAMILY celebrate the Centennial, on the first day of July, 1967.
Available on the 2nd of July ’68, a chilling tale of smalltown horror–who were the strange men who came to visit and would not leave? Find out in SUPERBOY No. 150 (September ’68).
On the 4th of July, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both pass away within hours of each other.
Below: Inset panel from America–It’s Worth Defending!–story and art: Feg Murray–THE DOLL MAN QUARTERLY No. 2 (Spring ’42)
This is the startling tale of the Flash–a man who was so fast that he not only outraced his shadow–but he also broke through the sound barrier–on foot! . . .
SHOWCASE No. 4 (September-October ’56) presents the revival of the Human Thunderbolt in the form of police scientist Barry Allen–which will have a major impact on the funny book trade from then on! Written by Bob Kanigher and John Broome. Illustrated by Carmine Infantino and Joe Kubert. From the desk of editor Julius Schwartz. Hurry to your news dealer on the 5th of July ’56.
Hope you had a great Bicentennial celebration all you flag-waving funsters. Now it’s time to raid your local newsstand and grab the milestone 250th (October ’76) issue of ARCHIE GIANT SERIES MAGAZINE (what began as ARCHIE’S CHRISTMAS STOCKING in 1954, when your mother was a bobby-sockser)–it’s a Betty and Veronica Spectacular! On sale the 5th of July ’76.
On July 6th ’42, Anne Frank’s family go into hiding in the attic above her father’s business. You can read the tragic story in picture form, from Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, in their ANNE FRANK published by Pan MacMillan (2010)–and, of course, there’s THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, written by Anne herself, published by various. Disturbing but necessary reading.
In MORE FUN COMICS No. 46 (August ’39), Mounty Sgt. O’Malley of the Red Coat Patrol fights crime in the Canadian Rockies with his young partner Black Hawk. But you don’t have to go all the way to the Canadian Rockies–it’s at your local newsstand on July 7th ’39.
. . . for the second week in July . . . in the jungle, the mighty jungle . . .
On July 9th ’64 celebrate the 200th issue of BLACKHAWK (September ’64). But it’s a mixed blessing for the high-flying favourites as the Killer Shark alters Zinda’s personality and changes her into Queen Killer Shark–an identity she will maintain for the next couple of years.
Bucky and Toro form their own kid gang in the first issue of Timely’s YOUNG ALLIES (Summer ’41) on sale July 10th ’41.
July 10th ’52, EC launches the first issue of [Tales Calculated to Drive You] MAD (October-November ’52).
EC debuts the first issue of CRIME SUSPENSTORIES (October-November ’50) at the newsstand around the 11th of July ’50.
RIMA No. 4 (October-November ’74), Bob Kanigher, Joe Kubert and Nestor Redondo conclude their adaptation of GREEN MANSIONS, by W. H. Hudson, in superlative fashion–meanwhile, Kanigher and Nino provide another trippy Space Voyagers adventure in the back. Reserve your copy for July 11 ’74. [See MORE R ‘n’ R IN EDEN for more on Rima the Jungle Girl.]
Fiction House’s JUMBO COMICS No. 1 (September ’38), including Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, among its features, hits the stands on or about July 12th ’38.
Check out these two modern masterpieces from DC on July 13th ’67 . . . Carmine Infantino and Chuck Cuidera team up to provide the stunning cover for the TV star BOMBA THE JUNGLE BOY No. 1 (September-October ’67) . . . Meanwhile, all of the Emerald Ring-bearers come under attack and Roger Vickers, an actor portraying the GREEN LANTERN of Earth, ends up being killed–leading his brother Charley into an epic adventure that will change his life forever, in the September ’67 issue of the Green Gladiator’s mag (No. 55).
On July 14 ’70, Marvel and DC are at odds over the happening scene . . . Marvel’s SPOOF begins its short run with hip parodies of MOD SQUAD and DARK SHADOWS in the October ’70 issue (No. 1) . . . While DC takes a more serious turn on contemporary issues, when Hal and Ollie come to blows over aboriginal issues in GREEN LANTERN 79 (September ’70).
Harry Nilson–EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’
. . . for the third week in July . . . everybody’s talkin’ at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying . . .
100 Action Packed Pages of Story and Art from Cover to Cover
World’s Greatest Super-Heroes are the theme on July 15 ’71. E. Nelson Bridwell has put together a stunning collection of them in DC 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR No. 6. And Neal Adams offers an amazing wrap-around cover for it.
Weird music floats over the air–and a man dies! The melodious death has struck again. Music that kills! What strange sinister mystery is this that baffles police and terrifies a city? Only Mister Scarlet knows, crimson clad foe of crime. . .
In Fawcett’s WOW COMICS No. 2 (Summer ’41), Otto and Jack Binder present a murder plot by Doctor Death to challenge Mister Scarlet–coming July 16 ’41.
A thing that lives and fights for its soul!
Here is the real-life scene of the dangers in Hippie-Land!. . .
BROTHER POWER THE GEEK No. 1 (September/October ’68), created by Jolly Joe Simon and Bashful Al Bare, is your happening and it will freak you out on July 16 ’68! Cover by Simon.
Right you are, Mr. Brayton! A snake! And now you can test your doubt of his hypnotic power in a contest between…The Man and the Snake, . . .
so says Eve, your hostess for SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE No. 14 (October ’73), as E. Nelson Bridwell and Alfredo Alcala adapt this short story by 19th century American author Ambrose Bierce–with a chilling cover by Luis Dominguez. Not to be missed July 17 ’73.
. . . Molly Maynne takes destiny in her hands and assumes the role of a character who will change the lives of millions–the Harlequin! . . .
Alan Scott’s secretary carries a torch for the Green Lantern, but he has no time for her, only for crooks, so she becomes one, with her first appearance in ALL-AMERICAN COMICS 89 (September ’47), by Bob Kanigher and Irwin Hasen, at your newsstand July 18 ’47.
An exciting new feature of the life and loves of a beautiful young nurse in a great metropolitan hospital . . .
On sale July 18 ’63–having been acquired from Prize (along with YOUNG ROMANCE), YOUNG LOVE begins its run at DC (under the Arleigh Publishing Corporation imprint) with issue 39 (September/October ’63), which debuts a continuing series about Mary Robbins, R.N., written by Bob Kanigher and illoed by John Romita. Cover by Romita
It’s true, Murray? They will die? You didn’t tell me how to finish this page! You’re gonna kill our–DOOM PATROL? . . .
so asks Bruno Premiani of editor Murray Boltinoff on the first page of the last story for the World’s Strangest Heroes–or will it be? Don’t miss their September-October ’68 issue (No. 121), on July 18 ’68, for the shocking answer.
Professor, this is the greatest moment in my life, . . .
says Kent Thurston when Professor van Dorn sprays his hood and robe with a special chemical that turns him invisible. Just Kent’s luck that he has already adopted the identity of the Invisible Hood, to fight against injustice, little knowing that he would one day literally be invisible. The astounding details–from creator Art Gordon (aka Art Pinajian) are in the 2nd issue of SMASH COMICS (September ’39) from Quality, for all to see (or not see as the case may be) on July 19 ’39.
. . . for the last week in July . . . Superman or Green Lantern ain’t got nothin’ on me . . .
An Important Message From The All-American Comics Gang!!!
We hope you’re enjoying your vacation and having a swell time this summer!
How did you like our last issue of All American Comics? In this issue, we’re continuing “The American Way”, featuring Frederic March, and also the adventures of “Popsicle Pete,” the typical American Boy!
In our next issue, “Red, White and Blue” are at the N.Y. World’s Fair, and all the rest of us will be funnier than ever (we hope)!
Then, too, we’re going to publish a letter from Karl McCready (“Popsicle Pete”) to the readers of All-American Comics, which, we know, you’ll enjoy reading!
Very truly yours,
The A-American Comics Gang.
P.S. Next issue will be on sale August 25th.
-Don’t miss it!!
— [inside front cover] ALL-AMERICAN COMICS No. 6, on sale July 25th ’39.
Hal Jordan, while piloting a flight simulator, is transported by a strange green light that brings him to an alien spacecraft crashed somewhere in the southwest desert of the United States–inside the rocket ship, Hal finds a ruby-skinned warrior who passes his ring and battery of power to the young test pilot, before he himself expires from his injuries. So begins the epic story of the man without fear, Green Lantern, in SHOWCASE 22 (September-October ’59), at your newsstand on July 28 ’59. Cover by Gil Kane.
On sale July 29 ’48, Dell FOUR COLOR 196 presents Charlie McCarthy in the Haunted Hide-Out, wherein Charlie and Mortimer Snerd set up their own laundry business, which is doomed to fail. Mortimer goes to a haunted house to see if the ghosts would like their sheets washed.
July 30 ’54 don’t miss the Jungle Cat Queen by Edmond Hamilton, Dick Sprang and Charles Paris! Batman and Robin land on a jungle island inhabited by the Catwoman, in DETECTIVE COMICS 211 (September ’54).
Kate Bush is born on July 30 ’58–140 years to the day after Emily Brontë (author of WUTHERING HEIGHTS). Happy birthday Kate!
WUTHERING HEIGHTS –Kate Bush
The Crest Movie Theater on Rising Sun Avenue was buzzing with anticipation. Every seat in the place was filled, and some of the crowd had spilled over to the moldy maroon carpeting on the aisle floor. A few minutes after a Tom & Jerry cartoon and two coming attractions for horror movies, over 350 kids, many wearing buttons and T-shirts emblazoned with images of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder began to chant, “We want Batman! We want Batman!”
The curtains suddenly closed, then opened again, the logo of 20th Century Fox now visible. The chants drowned out the familiar studio fanfare and the dialogue of three salutes to real-life crime fighters that appeared on the screen. Then, a searchlight in a dark alleyway, moving around, finding its subject, and…BAM! Adam West as Batman. The chants turned to deafening cheers. Then another searchlight, moving around and…KER-POW! Burt Ward as Robin. More cheers. Searchlights on again, on the lookout for…CRASH! The villains: The Joker (Cesar Romero). Hissss! The Penguin (Burgess Meredith). Boooo! The Riddler (Frank Gorshin). Hisssss! Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Boooo! The level of electricity in the theater remained constant through all 105 minutes of Batman. It’s likely the current was so strong the corn popped on vibes. Sometimes the dialogue was drowned out by loud cheers or boos…
— from VIDEOHOUND’S GROOVY MOVIES: FAR-OUT FILMS OF THE PSYCHEDELIC ERA, Irv Slifkin (2004, Visible Ink Press)–BATMAN (the movie) premieres on July 30 ’66.
Pat, Terry and Connie are being held captive by the Dragon Lady, but they will be killed if the American Marines attack, in Milton Caniff’s popular Terry and the Pirates feature reprinted in Dell’s POPULAR COMICS No. 8 (September ’36), on sale July 31 ’36.
8 MORE DAYS, LOUISE! for July . . . for only time will tell us so . . .
Circa July 1 ’66, Harvey Comics publishes the first issue (of two) reprinting THE SPIRIT by Will Eisner (October ’66).
For the 2nd of July ’59, in SUPERBOY No. 75 (September ’59), one story tells of Clark’s first day at school, another story tells of a time when Pa Kent tried to punish Clark for his bad behaviour, and a third story tells about how Krypto travelled back through time and did many deeds that influenced history . . . And make a date with PAT BOONE for the first issue of his own comic magazine. The September-October ’59 cover dated comic tells Pat’s own story–plus many other yarns and features on Pat, his family and the swinging scene for all you cats and kittens–with art by the incomparable Bob Oksner.
The tenth issue of Dell’s Movie Classics line adapts Meredith Wilson’s THE MUSIC MAN, on sale July 5 ’62.
On July 15 ’58, Jimmy becomes Elastic Lad for the first time in SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 31 (September ’58).
As ACTION COMICS reaches issue 500, Superman personally opens the Superman Pavillion at the Metropolis World’s Fair–an occasion which affords an extensive detailing of Superman’s origin story–by Martin Pasko, Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte, and a cover by Andru and Giordano–in the October ’79 issue at the direct sales shops on July 16 ’79.
Nick Cardy gives Wonder Girl a new look in the September-October ’69 issue of TEEN TITANS (No. 23), on sale July 17 ’69.
One-two-three-GO! On July 18 ’61, it’s a race to the newsstand to get THE FLASH 123 (September ’61). You’ll think you’re seeing double, but it’s true, it’s Flash times two in Flash of Two Worlds, by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.
On the comic racks July 21 ’70, the Hyborean Age begins in CONAN THE BARBARIAN No. 1 (October ’70).
. . . hot August nights for the first week in the month . . .
The first day in August ’63 will forever be remembered for The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein, in SUPERMAN No. 164 (October ’63). Lex Luthor challenges the Man of Steel to an ultimate battle to settle their hash, and the two take off for a distant planet that orbits a red sun, to duke it out. Voted the all-time best single-issue Superman story by the hard-working staff at MY FAVOURITE FUNNIES (y’can’t argue with the democratic process). See 50 Light Years to Lexor for more details.
Hey Superfans! on or about the 1st of August ’66 you have to check out these futuristic funnies from the House of Dell. First there’s Dell’s Movie Classic 12-190-612 adapting the movie DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS (December ’66), starring Peter Cushing. Then SUPER HEROES No. 1 (January ’67) presents the Fab Four–no not that Fab Four–these four teens are three ordinary guys and one cute girl but–well check out the description in the blog post: SUPER-HEROES BY ANY . . .
To raise money for refugee relief in what is then East Pakistan, on the 1st of August ’71, George Harrison holds the Concert for Bangladesh at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, which besides Hassa himself also features Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, the Band, Badfinger and Ravi Shankar. And on the comic racks . . . visit GHOST MANOR No. 1 (October ’71) . . . if you dare!!
WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS–George Harrison, Concert for Bangladesh
JUNGLE TALES becomes JANN OF THE JUNGLE with issue No. 8 (November ’55) on sale August 3 ’55 (Atlas/Marvel Timely).
The special 200th issue of SUPERMAN (October ’67) presents an imaginary story that supposes what would happen if Kal-El had a younger brother–with a special surprise for Canada’s Centennial at the end of this story–on sale August 3 ’67.
Tadwaller Jutefruce is a square student at Benedict Arnold High School, but when he loses his temper he becomes the mod, happening hero of coolsville called Super-Hip, starting in ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE 95 (October-November ’65)–from the comic minds of Arnold Drake and Bob Oksner–at your newsdealer on August 5 ’65.
On August 6 ’47, make A DATE WITH JUDY (October-November ’47) issue No. 1, based on the popular radio program. A DATE WITH JUDY began on the radio as a summer replacement show for BOB HOPE, first airing on June 24 ’41, on NBC. After airing for three summer seasons (’41, ’42, ’43) it returned for a regular run that lasted from January 18 ’44 until January 4 ’49, before moving to ABC to run from October 13 ’49 to May 25 ’50 in its final season on radio. In addition to the DC comic book, the radio program spawned a ’48 film, starring Jane Powell–with Elizabeth Taylor, Wallace Beery, Robert Stack and Carmen Miranda also in the cast. After the radio show ended, ABC ran a daytime television version of the show starting in June ’51, which was moved to primetime in the summer of ’52–ending on September 30 ’53. The DC comic book runs until 1960.
Hillman Periodicals, Inc., debuts the first issue of AIR FIGHTERS COMICS (November ’41) on August 7 ’41 [AIR FIGHTERS COMICS becomes AIRBOY COMICS with issue No. 23].
. . . the best time to visit Paris is the second week in August . . .
On the 8th of August ’78, it all starts when a little girl follows a white rabbit down a hole. Doug Moench and Frank W. Bolle adapt ALICE IN WONDERLAND for MARVEL CLASSICS COMICS No. 35.
Hey it’s ’76 not ’46 (August 9th ’76 to be precise) so Uncle Marvel has to get with the times! Dudley H. Dudley adopts a taste for safari jackets and waxed moustaches as he becomes Mr. Mentor to Billy–and the Old Wizard sends them out on a quest across America in a recreational vehicle (in keeping with the Saturday morning version of Captain Marvel) in SHAZAM! No. 26 (November-December ’76).
A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo, Silver! The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order, in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again! . . .
–in Dell’s FOUR COLOR No. 82 on August 10th ’45 [reprints the King Features comic strip from ’42].
Weddings always make me cry but you’ll be crying for completely different reasons on the 10th of August ’53 –issue No. 150 is the final issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES (November ’53)–will Cap’s career end in marriage?
Coming August 12th ’65 . . . the 15th issue of 80 PAGE GIANT (October ’65) presents the World’s Finest Heroes–Superman and Batman–in thrilling adventures together, with an all-star collection of some of their greatest team-ups.
At your local drugstore, on the 12th of August ’71, in SUPERMAN No. 243 (October ’71), the Man of Tomorrow travels through space and time, when he encounters the legendary Starry-Eyed Siren of Space–plus another tale of the world of Krypton and a classic Superman reprint that was originally held back for publication until late ’45 because it revealed atomic secrets.
It’s the People vs the Batman, but the Caped Crusader is cleared of criminal charges and receives honorary membership in the Gotham police force, in BATMAN No. 7 (October-November ’41). At your newsdealer on the 13th of August ’41.
On sale August 14th ’69, in DC SPECIAL No. 5 (October-December ’69), Joe Kubert is at the drawing board for this giant celebration of his art, with an all-new four page introduction and an additional two pages on his characters written and illustrated by Kubert himself.
. . . all things both great and small for the third week in August . . .
In FLASH COMICS No. 10 (October ’40), Hawkman doesn’t need a jet plane to fly Rocky Mountain high in Colorado, as John Denver secures the map to a gold mine. Get to the newsstand before the sunshine on your shoulder, August 15th ’40.
At your newsstand on August 15th ’63, the giant-sized FLASH ANNUAL No. 1 reprints Famous Flash Firsts, including the first appearances of the Elongated Man and Kid Flash, plus the Golden Age Flash‘s first meeting with the Golden Age Star Sapphire. And a special feature page by Carmine Infantino: How I Draw the Flash.
The November ’66 issue of STUMBO TINYTOWN (No. 13) is the final issue of the giant–on sale the 15th of August ’66.
Gold Key adapts the popular TV series, 77 SUNSET STRIP, with the first issue (November ’62) coming out August 16th ’62.
August 19th ’65 the October ’65 issue of SUPERBOY No. 124 is a triple threat, with a story about how Lana Lang first becomes the Insect Queen, then a yarn about Superbaby’s stunning display of prowess in the boxing ring, with the concluding tale positing what if Clark acted like a mean bully to protect his secret identity.
The 19th of August ’75 proves to be an adaptable day . . . as Charlton adapts TV’s SPACE 1999, in issue No. 1 (November ’75) . . . while DC and Marvel work together to publish an adaptation of MGM’s MARVELOUS WIZARD OF OZ in the tabloid format.
At your newsdealer the 20th of August ’40, Al Pratt is humiliated by others for being too short, so he goes to ex-boxer Joe Morgan who trains him how to beat up people–and he takes the name of the Mighty Atom (though he does not appear in costume in this his first story), in the October ’40 issue of ALL-AMERICAN COMICS (No. 19).
. . . the cat did it, the last week in August . . .
On August 23rd ’56 . . . in SUGAR AND SPIKE No. 4 (October-November ’56), Sugar teaches Spike two words in grown up talk that she has learned will get them out of any jam–”I sowwy”–which she thinks means “the cat did it” . . . and on the planet Juno, SUPERBOY meets its champion Power-Boy, in issue No. 52 of the Boy of Steel’s magazine (October ’56).
Coming to a newsstand near you the 25th of August ’70: The King is here and DC’s got him! Jack “King” Kirby explodes on the scene with SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN No. 133 (October ’70), introducing a new Newsboy Legion–and that’s just for starters–wait for more announcements from DC in the coming months ahead! Meanwhile, the Old Timer must defend himself and his hard-travelling heroes–GREEN LANTERN and Green Arrow–to the Guardians of the Universe in the October ’70 issue (No. 80) of the Emerald Warriors’ mag. No doubt you’ve heard of the Mod Squad, hey what old pip, but now join Batman on a jaunt to merry old England, where he finds his own fab Bat Squad, by jove–it’s sure to be top gear–all in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (October-November ’70), issue No. 92, available at your nearest news shop, I say, cheerio!
August 26th ’49, DC launches two comic magazines straight from Hollywood: THE ADVENTURES OF ALAN LADD No. 1 and THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET No. 1–both cover dated October-November ’49. Alan Ladd rose to stardom in the ’40s playing cool, hard-faced villains and heroes, and formed his own film and radio production company in ’48–starring on radio in ’49, as well as continuing to feature in big box office pictures, including Westerns. THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET started out on radio after Red Skelton was drafted in ’44—Ozzie Nelson filled the spot when he created his own family situation comedy—the two boys originally being played by actors, until ’49 when Ricky and David joined the cast—Ozzie Nelson’s orchestra was also featured.
Watch out John, Paul, George and Ringo! Jimmy Olsen has got a guitar and he knows how to use it in SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN No. 88 (October ’65)! Starman and Black Canary team up in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD No. 62 (October-November ’65)–but are they a match for the Sportsmaster and the Huntress? And speaking of couples, ADVENTURE COMICS plays the wedding march for a double ceremony of matrimony in the October ’65 issue (No. 337), when Saturn Girl weds Lightning Lad and Phantom Girl weds Ultra Boy. And who is the crime boss who was always one step ahead of Batman? Find out in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 344 (October ’65)–plus a bonus for all you French lovers, as l’Homme Étendu (that means Elongated Man) is on the prowl in the City of Lights. Meanwhile, back on Earth-Two, the Golden Age GL takes the stage, as GREEN LANTERN No. 40 (October ’65) reveals the truth behind everything–the secret origins of the universe, the Guardians, the Green Lanterns, etc. DC has all the hit singles on August 26th ’65.
It is an epic tale of four men–Jim Kelley who rises from New York district attorney to mayor to governor–Joe Connor, put in prison by D.A. Kelley, who educates himself on the inside and emerges doctor, lawyer, scientist and the criminal secretly known as the Threat—Roy Revenge in reality the son of Jim Kelley, abducted by Connor as a youth, raised by Connor as his son and taught to hate Kelley–and Jay Garrick aka the Flash, whose origin is briefly recapped in this issue, that details how he first encountered the Threat in his early days in New York and the many years that unfolded after–all in ALL-FLASH QUARTERLY (Fall ’41) No. 2–at your newsstand the 27th of August ’41.
On sale the 28th of August ’42, PICTURE STORIES FROM THE BIBLE No. 1 publishes stories from the Old Testament. [Published by M.C. Gaines All-American Comics, Inc.–later that decade Gaines would publish the same title when he created Educational Comics/Entertaining Comics (EC).]
For the first time in his life SUPERMAN realizes that he is an alien sent as a baby in a rocket from a doomed planet, in issue No. 61 of the Man of Tomorrow’s November-December ’49 magazine, at your newsstand on the 31st of August ’49. The Metropolis Marvel discovers a strange mineral, dubbed Kryptonite, and he flies through time to visit his home planet as a phantom, witnessing the tragedy of Krypton.
QUENTIN’S THEME–DARK SHADOWS
8 MORE DAYS, LOUISE! of August . . . shadows of the night falling silently, echo of the past calling you to me . . .
On spinner racks August 7 ’69, DARK SHADOWS No. 3 (November ’69)–with a pull-out poster of Barnabas Collins, suitable for putting up on your bedroom wall.
DETECTIVE COMICS 31 (September ’39) introduces Bruce Wayne’s fiancee, Julie Madison, as well as the Baterang and the Bat-Gyro, when the Batman follows Julie to Transylvania where she comes under the spell of the vampire called the Monk (story by Gardner Fox; art by Bob Kane and Sheldon Moldoff). At your newsstand on August 10 ’39.
August 10 ’72, (October-November ’72 cover date). Len Wein. Bernie Wrightson. SWAMP THING. First issue. “Nough said.
Dell publishes the first issue of DRACULA (October-December ’62), based on the Universal Pictures version of Bram Stoker’s vampire. Rising from the grave on August 16 ’62.
August 17 ’71, in SINISTER HOUSE OF SECRET LOVE No. 1 (October-November ’71), gothic horror and gothic romance from editor Dorothy Woolfolk–with a painted cover by Victor Kalin.
More fanged horror comes your way on August 19 ’71 in SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 142 (October ’71), when WGBS secretary Laura Conway comes under the sway of a vampiric villain from Transilvane.
On sale August 26 ’71 more horror haunts SUPERBOY 178, with all manner of monsters and warlocks lurking behind the cover by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano.
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
This is the end
Of Solomon Grundy.
–In ALL-AMERICAN COMICS 61 (October ’44), fifty years before, Cyrus Gold was murdered and his body dumped in Slaughter Swamp, now his reanimated corpse rises from the swamp as a lumbering pale-skinned monster, who plays havoc in Gotham City and challenges the Green Lantern–when the monster tells two hobos that he was “born on a monday,” the new villain is dubbed Solomon Grundy after the old English verse–on sale August 29 ’44–story by Alfred Bester, inside art and cover by Paul Reinman.
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