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Wonder Woman Pop-Up Book Cover by Andru & Giordano

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April 19, 2024|In Comics, DC

Ross Andru and Dick Giordano were a great team at DC comics as the 70s ended and into the 80s. Often paired on covers, Andru's dynamic anatomy and cover design were complemented by Giordano's slick, bold and sharp inking.

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Detective Comics No. 168, Batgirl and The Killing Joke

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April 14, 2024|In Comics, DC

Up first this time out is a straightforward recolouring of the cover by Lew Sayre Schwartz and George Roussos for Detective Comics No. 168, February 1951. It featured the story "The Man Behind the Red Hood" which revealed the origin of the Joker. This story also served as source material for Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke published in 1988.

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Batman & Hawkman by the Kuberts

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March 31, 2024|In Comics, DC

The late Joe Kubert was not only a prolific artist, but a prolific co-creator with wife Muriel. You play odds like that with a comic book artist parent, you're likely to get more comic book makers.

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Man-Bat No. 1 Cover by Jim Aparo

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March 16, 2024|In Comics, DC

Man-Bat debuted in Detective Comics in a tale written by Frank Robbins and drawn by Neal Adams. It was a great idea and Man-Bat proved popular. After a few appearances, he was given his own magazine.

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Black Canary 1991 No. 1 Cover by Dick Giordano

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March 13, 2024|In Comics, DC

Always a streetwise fighter, Black Canary had a good dose of sex appeal in a swimsuit and fishnet stockings completed with a leather jacket and matching gloves and boots. Coming along in the later Golden Age, she proved popular in solo stories and as part of the Justice Society of America.

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Supergirl Covers by Bob Oksner

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February 17, 2024|In Comics, DC

I have to say I don't know much about the life and career of Bob Oksner, but I'm not the first person to say "Why the heck wasn't he at the forefront of DC's artists during his time?"

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Elvira's Haunted Holidays Special No. 1 Cover by José Luis García-López

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January 15, 2024|In Comics, DC

Cassandra Peterson created something pretty appealing with her horror host persona Elvira. From hosting movies on TV and becoming a star in her own movies to convention appearances and licensing her character for things like comic books, her media presence long ago went beyond what Elvira started out as.

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Showcase Nos. 101–103 Covers with Hawkman by Joe Kubert

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December 9, 2023|In Comics, DC

Joe Kubert started in comics as an adolescent in the late 1930s. His first Hawkman story was in 1944. In 1961, he and Gardner Fox reimagined the character for the Silver Age.

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The Flash No. 183 Cover by Andru & Esposito

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September 29, 2023|In Comics, DC

All the covers from Andru & Esposito's run on The Flash were well designed and reflected a sharp change from the early 60s. Love the dynamism and realism here.

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The Flash No. 279 Cover by Dick Giordano

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September 28, 2023|In Comics, DC

While Dick Giordano would be most-often paired as an inker to cover penciller Ross Andru during this period, Giordano remained a highly-skilled illustrator all on his own.

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The Flash No. 282 Cover by Andru & Giordano

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September 26, 2023|In Comics, DC

Super-heroes have enough trouble with the villains. So you'd think they could count on their friends. All except for the flighty, fickle, foot-focussed Flash. Really, Green Lantern should flatten him with a big green fist.

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Green Lantern No. 29 Cover by Kane & Anderson

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September 24, 2023|In Comics, DC

It was certainly a more innocent time. It would be a few years before Gil Kane got truly dynamic with his layouts, so we have the gimmick of Black Hand wiping away half of Green Lantern with a high-tech Etch-a-Sketch®.

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Green Lantern No. 112 Cover by Mike Grell

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September 23, 2023|In Comics, DC

In the back pages of The Flash, Green Lantern had found a home after the book had been cancelled. A few artists did stories, but when Mike Grell drew the assignment and stuck with it, the feature was revitalised. GL graduated back to his own magazine.

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Green Lantern Covers by Brian Bolland

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September 21, 2023|In Comics, DC

There's a lot to be said about the lad from Lincolnshire, Brian Bolland, but his Wikipedia entry does a pretty good job of getting to the details, so I recommend reading that instead if you're curious.

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Strange Adventures No. 159 Cover by Murphy Anderson

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September 20, 2023|In Comics, DC

Who doesn't like astronauts and dinosaurs? And gosh darn it, why shouldn't we have stories with them both in it at the same time?

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Green Lantern by Bender & Giella

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September 14, 2023|In Comics, DC

When veteran artist Howard Bender posted this 1976 pin-up that he pencilled and Joe Giella inked, I thought it would make a great Green Lantern cover.

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Limited Collectors' Edition No. C-39 Secret Origins of Super-Villains Cover by Dick Giordano

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September 13, 2023|In Comics, DC

Here we have another fine example of a new cover wrapping memorable reprints from the DC Comics archives.

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The Flash TV Special Cover by Williams & Robinson

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September 12, 2023|In Comics, DC

The 1990 Flash TV series only lasted one season, but it's well remembered. Star John Wesley Shipp joined the cast of the more-recent series as Jay Garrick and two other characters. Guessing he was good to work with.

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DC Marketing Art by Dick Giordano and Neal Adams

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September 10, 2023|In Comics, DC

Giordano and Adams were the 'look' of DC's brand throughout the 1970s, giving the marketing materials an iconic look that still has power today.

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Hawkman by Mike DeCarlo and Scott Dutton

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September 9, 2023|In Comics, DC

Mike DeCarlo made his name as an inker who worked primarily for DC Comics.

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Brightest Day No. 14 Cover by Ivan Reis and Hi-Fi

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September 8, 2023|In Comics, DC

There have been a lot of great depictions of Deadman since his creation in the 1960s. Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, José Luis García-López and more.

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Deadman No. 1 Cover by Neal Adams

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September 7, 2023|In Comics, DC

It was the perfect showcase for Neal Adams to work on as his first regular feature at DC Comics. Deadman – appearing in Strange Adventures – had touches of mysticism inside a Fugitive framework. And Adams drew the hell out of it.

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Limited Collectors' Edition No. C-27 Shazam! Cover by Bob Oksner

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September 4, 2023|In Comics, DC

Was there anything bigger and better in North American comics in the 1970s than tabloid/treasury comics? Big presentation. Longer page counts. The best stories reprinted or new epic stories.

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Captain Marvel Adventures No. 151 Cover by Kurt Schaffenberger

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September 2, 2023|In Comics, DC

Anyone who visits this site knows I'm a lifelong reader of DC Comics. But that doesn't mean I'm a fan of everything they've done. There have been a lot of great books, but there has been some pretty cutthroat and nasty business in their almost 100 years.

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Sword of the Atom by Jan Strnad & Gil Kane

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August 4, 2023|In Comics, DC

The Atom had initially done well in the early 1960s as part of DC editor Julius Schwartz's retooling and revival of the company's Golden-Age heroes. Like Green Lantern, his tryout began in Showcase and he soon graduated into his own title.

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The Atom No. 29 Cover by Gil Kane

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August 2, 2023|In Comics, DC

You have to wonder about The Thinker. That helmet looks like it might give him some powers. Either to project his thoughts onto others, or to at least amplify is own intelligence.

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Doorway to Nightmare No. 3 Cover by Michael Wm Kaluta

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July 29, 2023|In Comics, DC

Another haunting depiction of Madame Xanadu by Kaluta.

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The Fury of Firestorm No. 1 Unpublished Cover by Pat Broderick

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July 28, 2023|In Comics, DC

Firestorm had debuted during that misty time just before the DC Implosion and had come and gone.

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The Best of DC Digest No. 48 Cover by Bender & Giordano

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July 26, 2023|In Comics, DC

The digests were DC's reprint program during a time when the full-sized comics declared they were about "The New DC." DC had great reprints integrated into their regular comics going back decades, but after the DC Implosion they were very much about regaining ground and market share. So it's understandable that they wanted to keep the old separated from the new.

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The Doom Patrol vs MODOK by John Byrne

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July 23, 2023|In Comics, DC, Marvel

I've never been big on the Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing (MODOK). He was a big head with tiny limbs and he fought Captain America lot. But, I gotta tell ya, he deserved better than what he got in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, both in the cheesy visual effects used to depict him, and in the "we can't take him seriously" vibe the filmmakers set for him. Corey Stoll deserved better. I'm sure his cheque cleared and he'll be looking for something a little less dopey to be in next.

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Underoos Concept Art by Alex Toth

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June 3, 2023|In Comics, DC, Marvel

Alex Toth was one of the true visionaries in the development of the visual language of American comic books. Eschewing the lush brushwork of contemporaries like Milton Caniff and Frank Robbins, he relentlessly simplified his linework and showed that a single line, perfectly placed was worth more than all the hatching and scalloping of lesser talents. He was also a vocal commentator and critic of trends in comics he thought strayed from a positive and progressive path of growth.

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Detective Comics No. 415 Cover by Adams & Giordano

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March 19, 2023|In Comics, DC

Behind this great cover by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano were two solid stories written by Frank Robbins. Batman was drawn by Bob Brown and inked by Giordano, while Batgirl had Don Heck doing full art.

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Swamp Thing No. 25 Unpublished Cover by Ernie Chan

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March 16, 2023|In Comics, DC

Those first 10 issues of Swamp Thing by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson were something special. Horror was enjoying a revival in comics thanks to a relaxation of rules enforced by the Comics Code Authority. Wrightson had emerged as one of the young stars of the moment and his work demonstrated mastery and continuous improvement.

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Detective Comics No. 473 Cover by Marshall Rogers

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March 12, 2023|In Comics, DC

With Neal Adams no longer drawing stories for DC, Batman in the mid 1970s settled into a quiet period with artists like Ernie Chan, John Calnan and regulars Irv Novick and Jim Aparo. So when Marshall Rogers arrived with inker Terry Austin, their stylish angular art and crisp architectural backgrounds brought something new to Detective Comics. Add to that superior scripting by Steve Englehart and their run is well remembered today.

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Doorway to Nightmare No. 1 Cover by Michael Wm Kaluta

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March 7, 2023|In Comics, DC

Designed by cover illustrator Michael Wm Kaluta, Madame Xanadu made her first appearance in this comic.

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DC Super-Heroes UK Annual 1982 by Brian Bolland

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February 26, 2023|In Comics, DC

In 1980, British comics didn't exist for me beyond the occasional Dandy or Beano annual that appeared in Coles bookstore in the small Canadian town I grew up in. I didn't like the look of those, so I never bought them.

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Demon with a Glass Hand by Ellison & Rogers

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February 9, 2023|In Comics, DC, Movies-TV

The Outer Limits was an important stepping stone in popularising speculative fiction. Premiering in 1963 it lasted one-and-a-half seasons and connected the more general The Twilight Zone with 1966's straight science fiction Star Trek. Many that worked on The Outer Limits later moved on to Trek.

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Star Hunters No. 8 Unpublished Cover by Buckler & Giordano

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January 6, 2023|In Comics, DC

Star Hunters had been cancelled as part of the DC Implosion with issue No. 7. But even if it had continued it would have been without creator/writer David Michelinie.

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Mythelinies – The Connected DC Universe of David Michelinie

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December 31, 2022|In Comics, DC

Back in the mid 1970s, David Michelinie had the idea to connect the books he created with the same background concept of gods of law and chaos – or light and darkness – who could not fight directly for dominance in our worlds, and so each side chose their champions to act as avatars.

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The House of Mystery No. 182 Cover by Neal Adams

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December 28, 2022|In Comics, DC

If there were hundreds of covers like these by Adams I'd want to colour them all. Unfortunately, there are only a couple dozen or so he did for DC's horror comics, and only a few of those have decent scans available on the web. So I take my time with these and only do one once in a while.

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Christmas with the Super-Heroes No. 2 Cover by DeStefano & Mahlstedt

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December 26, 2022|In Comics, DC

I highly recommend this cover if you wish to discover how tedious it is to colour little elves and their multi-coloured costumes. Though with the lantern light to play off of the scene it did turn out to be magical.

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Strange Adventures No. 149 Cover by Murphy Anderson

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November 29, 2022|In Comics, DC

While this one is from 1963, it has all the markings of a 1950s sci-fi B picture. The stoic and resolute man faces his doom while his girl seeks shelter and comfort in his arms, unable to summon the strength to look at what he sees. Others scurry about, knowing the end is nigh. The threat: astronomical in origin and size.

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Blue Beetle History OG

The Four Blue Beetles

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September 5, 2022|In Charlton, Comics, DC

The Blue Beetle is one of the earliest costumed adventurers appearing in American comics. He debuted in 1939 in Mystery Men Comics No. 1, published by Fox Publications. Over the years he would evolve and become completely different characters as he was passed from publisher to publisher.

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Time Warp No. 1 Cover by Michael Wm Kaluta

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June 12, 2022|In Comics, DC

It was this comic from the summer of 1979 with my 14th birthday approaching that sent me over the edge. As my paperboy income increased, my comic book buying increased. DC was on the move again having recovered from the Implosion of two years earlier and their penchant for exploration and trying things out was at the forefront once again.

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The Legion of Super-Heroes No. 282 Cover by Jim Aparo

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May 27, 2022|In Comics, DC

Jim Aparo wasn't known for his work on the Legion, but he turns in a serviceable job here on a Time Trapper tale.

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Batman No. 296 Cover by Amendola & Milgrom

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May 24, 2022|In Comics, DC

Sal Amendola has had a long career as a comic book artist and teacher. Though his work at DC was mostly accomplished during a brief period in the early 1970s, what he did do is well remembered. "Night of the Stalker" – eventually published in Detective Comics No. 439 – was a story he and brother Vin plotted from an idea by Neal Adams, and Sal pencilled. It had its words added by Steve Englehart and inks by Dick Giordano.

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The New Teen Titans No. 1 Alternate Cover by George Pérez

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May 12, 2022|In Comics, DC

In 1980 I was in my first years of regularly collecting and then as now DC's books drew me more than Marvel's (plus I was picking up books available on the emerging direct market). I saw the New Teen Titans first appearance in DC Comics Presents No. 26 not because of them, but because I normally bought DCCP, and cool, Jim Starlin did layouts for the Superman and Green Lantern team-up. GL was, along with Batman, my favourite DC character.

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Tales of the Unexpected No. 10 Cover by Mort Meskin

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May 1, 2022|In Comics, DC

A prolific and skilled artist working in comics Golden and Silver ages, Mort Meskin eventually left comics for agency work in illustration and storyboarding.

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Batman by Rob de la Torre

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April 30, 2022|In Comics, DC

Rob de la Torre is a Spanish artist who has done work for Marvel Comics. When he works on Conan, it's as if he's channeling the soul of the late, great John Buscema with lush linework and deep, mysterious blacks.

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Superman The Secret Years No. 4 Cover by Frank Miller

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April 30, 2022|In Comics, DC

Miller was at DC. While Ronin had found an audience, it hadn't been a resounding success. But now he was working on The Dark Knight Returns, and that would change everything.

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