Mickey and Spongebob together couldn't equal the happiness!
Why, even the CROWDS seemed somehow more manageable! Or, was this day SO GREAT, I just didn't notice them!
Though, a Grand Comics Database search reveals that Whitman variants began as early as DONALD DUCK # 140, released in September, 1971. That IS earlier than I would have expected Whitman variants to occur.
|# 153 - The first issue of the Big Scooby Purchase!|
|SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU # 50: The current issue, as of this writing.|
|Awesome Sauce! It's SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP!|
|SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU # 47: 2014 San Diego Comic Con Variant!|
|SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU # 47: 2014 Regular Edition|
SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU #48 (above) features a clever, reference-laden new story about Shaggy's garage sale -- and the stuff he'd like to unload, like the Mano-Tiki-Tia mask (from "A Tiki Scare is No Fair"), and other items held onto since the old TV episodes...
...But, it's also balanced off by a reprint that is clearly from 2004! (Note Freddy's then-current, ascot-less "WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO" outfit!)
|Superman and President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office - by Alex Saviuk. |
Please forgive the tilted angle, as a result of scanning a large sheet of full page art with a small scanner.
It seems that my darling wife Esther plays Mah-Jong with Saviuk’s sister-in-law, and Alex had a great laugh at our “connection”. Naturally, the topic quickly turned from Mah-Jong-playing relatives to comics. Alex had a particular page of art that featured Superman, the villain “Neutron”, and former president Ronald Reagan, which I was certain came from this issue of ACTION COMICS…
Ronnie and Nancy meet Clark, Lois, and Jimmy, by Joe Staton in ACTION COMICS # 526! ...And (Gulp!), could that be STAN LEE between the President and Clark Kent?! (Choke!) Click to enlarge. Hey, "Morgan Edge" is there, too! Remember him?
The day was perfectly capped by dinner with David and Dan at “Daisy May’s BBQ USA” restaurant – a new place for us, discovered by David, on 11th Avenue, just north of NYCC at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center. We’ll be going back to that one!
Day 4 (Sunday) was a text-book wind-down day, after the full-tilt fun-fest of Saturday!
|This looks like a job for... IDW!|
It appears that I may have gotten the first appearance of “Winnie Woodpecker” (complete with her bobby-soxer outfit, right out of the 1954 Woodpecker cartoon “Real Gone Woody” - though spelled "Winny") – and SECOND (at least, per the Grand Comics Database) four-color appearance of Chilly Willy!
|Maybe they should call him "BUZZ-CUT BUZZARD"!|
In cartoons, Chilly certainly eclipsed Homer by far but, in mid-1950s comics Homer may have been the bigger draw – certainly Homer was the starring characters of the two. Art by Vive Risto.
Though, Chilly would later have his own series of Dell Four Color issues, and Homer would eventually fade away.