There are rumblings in the blogosphere that it’s time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Doom Patrol. I got excited and drew up Danny The Street, one of the most inspired and sublime creations in superhero history - here he is, ready for action and looking like a million dollars!
And here’s a reason why Prez is one of the greatest comics of all time: a legless Dracula hides away inside the Oval Office (in a tiny coffin-shaped briefcase brought there by a werewolf, mind you) only to come out at night in a wheeled cart, in order to attack the president in his own bedroom. PURE GENIUS.
From Prez, #4, “Vampire in the Whitehouse”. By Joe Simon and Frank Grandenetti.
Superman in a Marvel Magazine! Pizzazz #16 (1979).
I remember picking up a stack of these magazines from a Woolworth’s on a family cross country trip. Thought it was my elderly memories playing tricks on me… but it does exist!
Jim Steranko’s Human Torch, Captain America, and Namor. Illustration for Marvel Masterpieces card set, 1993.
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Sexism in Early Comics (#5 in a series)
The Wasp: voice of female empowerment.
From Avengers, Volume 1, #11, “The Avengers meet Spider-Man!”. Story by Stan Lee, Illustrations by Don Heck. Published 1964.
Yep. Thor has broken free… of his pants!
Proof that a coloring mistake can really change the meaning of a picture.
From Avengers, Volume 1, #10, “The Avengers Break Up!”. Written by Stan Lee, Drawn by Don Heck. Published 1964.
Sexism in Early Comics (#4 in a series)
That’s right, one look at Superman and you will forget your fiance’s name… at the altar!
From Justice League of America, Volume 1, #113, “The Creature in the Velvet Cage!”. Written by Len Wein, Artistically made by Dick Dillin & Dick Giordano. Published 1974.
Sexism in Early Comics (#3 of a series)
I like that Wasp fantasizes about Thor having a crewcut and a pin stripe suit. I really wanna see that now.
From Avengers, Volume 1, #3, “The Avengers Meet the Sub-Mariner”
Feast your eyes on this beautiful ad (from the pages of Avengers #3, donchooknow). It upset me at first glance but I couldn’t figure out why at first.
Oh. I think I figured it out. It’s the grinning devil imp. He gives me the heebly jeeblies (and for some reason he reminds me of the kid from the Fantasy Island advert- http://youtu.be/fgQgJOupfSI).
Here’s another piece of art Kirby withheld from Marvel - a splash page of the Watcher in his space suit. There’s evidence that Kirby intended to reveal that the Watcher and Galactus were from the same race/planet/people, but Stan Lee had other plans. This pencil art was first published in Kirby Unleashed in 1971.
Sexism in Early Comics (#2 of a series)
Yeah, I think I know why Janet wasn’t in the Avengers Movie.
Copied from Avengers, Volume 1, #1, “The Coming of the Avengers!”
Sexism in Early Comics (#1 in a Series)
I’ve been recently perusing the original Avengers run and couldn’t help but notice the way some of the female characters are written (Ms. Van Dyne in particular). This shall be a record of some of the sexism/misogyny found in my readings.
Taken from Avengers, Volume 1, #1, “The Coming of the Avengers!”
I dreamt up a charitable organization last night. Who wants to donate?!