Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: My, What BIG EARS You Have, Trusty!

   My, what BIG EARS you have, Trusty!  

...All the better to shade and blockade you with, Scamp!  

And, Trusty the..., um, trusty bloodhound does exactly that on the covers of DELL FOUR COLOR #777 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: March, 1957) and SCAMP # 14 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: June, 1960).




Poor Scamp has no end of troubles with his food bowl, as seen HERE! 

Maybe he should just DINE OUT instead...

Ah, that's more like it!  ...Cover of SCAMP #12 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: December, 1959 / January, 1960). 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Picard Routs Kirk!

Let's consider the seemingly unusual case of Starfleet Captain Jean Luc Picard... 

Perhaps, over the long years, he'd grown weary of always "being in second place" when it came to beloved Star Trek captains... 

Not satisfied to be comfortably ahead of Captains Pike; Sisko, Janeway, Archer, Georgiou, and even "whatever version of Captain Lorca" we might have seen, Picard may have obsessed over James T. Kirk long enough that, in his "older age" (note the hair and beard), he finally decided to do something about it!  

Such is apparently the case, as seen in STAR TREK #47 (Gold Key Comics: Cover Date: September, 1977)!  ...Published a decade BEFORE any of us even heard of Jean Luc Picard!  Talk about a prescient comic! 

Here, Picard "makes it so" with a vengeance!  

I wouldn't worry... I'm sure Kirk will prevail, and the misunderstanding will be cleared-up and forgotten in no time!  

I just have one final question about the story's TITLE... 

...What do "The Tree Bears" have to do with any of this?  

Friday, March 17, 2023

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Some DC Poetry!

Positioned in time nearly-perfectly between the beatniks and the hippies, comes this simultaneously-painful-and-wonderful piece of poetry that appeared in DC Comics during the first-quarter-or-so of 1966...

...Making it so "hip(pie)", it can't be "beat(nik)"

This particular scan is from DOOM PATROL # 104 (DC Comics, Cover Date: June, 1966), but appeared throughout the line in conjunction with DC's line-wide cover redesign introducing the infamous "Go-Go Checks"! 

How do you not love this?! 

Or, for that matter, the Go-Go-Checks? 

A transcription of the poem, for those reading this on a small screen...

Said a cat suffocating in Squaresville:
"I have moved to the Wide-Open-Airsville, 
'Cause those mags from DC
Set me off on a spree, 
They are strictly from

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Where's Walt... Oh!

The traditionalists among us, myself included, tend to lament the corporate morphing of the name Walt Disney into just plain "Disney"...or "Disney's" - demonstrating, perhaps, the omnipresent possessiveness of the ever-gobbling media giant over even its founder. 

But, we find an unusual example of the converse in the pages of DELL FOUR COLOR #805 SCAMP (Dell Comics, Cover Date: June, 1957) in the ad copy for Dell's CHIP 'N' DALE comic...

Take a gander at the possessive proper noun, and blink with wonder! 
Yes, the two chatterbox chipmunks could certainly be referred-to as "WALT'S CHIP 'N' DALE", as it's not too difficult to figure out who "WALT" is!  

It's not THIS GUY...


But, ya gotta wonder where the "Disney" went, and how its absence passed through a presumed series of editorial reviews.  

...Maybe this is an example of REAL "Disney Magic"!