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Born as Anna Marie in a back-to-nature hippie commune in Caldecott County, Mississippi. Anna Marie was a rebellious child and, at some point, the exact event or reasons still unclear, she ran away from home as a young teenager. At some point, Rogue grew close to a boy named Cody Robbins. During their flirtation, Cody impulsively kissed her, at which point her latent mutant power to absorb the life energy and psyche of others with skin-to-skin contact emerged. Rogue was traumatized by the experience, and Cody was left in a permanent coma. Hence, Rogue wore body-concealing clothing that eliminated the possibility of accidental skin contact. She wished she “did not have to cover up so much around folks” to protect them from her. She thought her power was a curse. Not long after, she was approached by Mystique, who sought her out on the advice of her precognitive partner Destiny. Mystique ultimately takes Rogue in as a daughter. In time, however, Mystique turned Rogue’s loneliness, envy, bitterness, and despair into anger, thus recruiting her into the Brotherhood of Mutants. When Mystique debuts her Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Destiny advises her to keep Rogue out of the action, advice which proves important when several members of the new Brotherhood are arrested and imprisoned. Mystique concocts a plan to free the other members of the Brotherhood by having Rogue absorb Ms. Marvel’s formidable powers. Rogue’s struggle to absorb her powers is prolonged, and the transfer of Ms. Marvel’s psyche and powers is permanent. She battles the Avengers using her newly acquired powers. She first appeared in Avengers Annual #10 (August 4, 1981).

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TURNING POINTS by Maggie Thompson

Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles, and ends, this time for August 5-11, 2022...

180 years ago August 11, 1842 French artist-editor-publisher Edouard Pépin is born.

145 years ago August 11, 1877 German artist Carl Reinhardt dies at age 59.

120 years ago August 7, 1902 French artist Eugène Cottin dies at age 60.

120 years ago August 10, 1902 Maurieta Wellman is born. An artist for Children’s Activities and Highlights for Children, she was the first to draw “Goofus and Gallant.”

120 years ago August 11, 1902 Jack Binder is born. The Golden Age artist (brother of writer Otto Binder) creates the Lev Gleason Daredevil, draws Mary Marvel, and founds the Jack Binder Studio. He co-creates The Destroyer with Stan Lee.

115 years ago August 9, 1907 Writer-artist Mel Graff is born. His newspaper strips include Adventures of Patsy, Secret Agent X-9, and Captain Easy.

115 years ago August 9, 1907 Richard Bickenbach is born. The award-winning animator, voice artist, and artist works for Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera.

105 years ago August 11, 1917 The Reuben Award-winning cartoonist of Hi and Lois and Hagar the Horrible, Dik Browne, is born.

105 years ago August 11, 1917 Alfredo Cardona Peña is born. The Costa Rican-Mexican writer works for the publisher Novaro and is known for his science fiction stories.

100 years ago August 11, 1922 Lyle Stuart is born. The writer and EC business manager is founder of the Lyle Stuart, Inc. publishing company.

95 years ago August 9, 1927 The award-winning writer of “Flowers for Algernon,” Daniel Keyes, is born. His career includes writing and editing for Marvel and writing for EC.

85 years ago August 9, 1937 “The Monarch of Medioka” begins in Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse strip.

80 years ago August 6, 1942 French teacher and artist Jean-Claude Gal is born. He works for Métal Hurlant and Les Humanoïdes Associés.

70 years ago August 8, 1952 Colorist Janice Cohen is born.

65 years ago August 5, 1957 Reg Smythe’s Andy Capp begins.

65 years ago August 7, 1957 Artist Mark Bagley is born. He’s known for his work on Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, and Justice League of America, among other projects.

65 years ago August 7, 1957 Paul Dini is born. The award-winning producer and writer for many Warner Bros. series is best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series, including co-creation (with Bruce Timm) of Harley Quinn. He also creates Jingle Belle and writes the autobiographical Dark Night.

65 years ago August 9, 1957 Writer-artist Steve Moncuse is born. He creates Fish Police.

65 years ago August 10, 1957 Colorist Christie “Max” Scheele is born.

60 years ago August 5, 1962 British artist John Willie dies at age 59.

60 years ago August 7, 1962 Award-winning Russian artist Mikhail Cheremnykh dies at age 71. He was co-founder of the satirical magazine Krokodil.

50 years ago August 9, 1972 Belgian artist Noël Bissot dies at age 55.

50 years ago August 10, 1972 Artist Mike Leonard is born.

30 years ago August 8, 1992 Animator and artist Lynn Karp dies at age 82. The brother of comics writers Bob and Hubert Karp drew Dell funny animal comics and also worked for ACG/Creston, Fawcett, and Nedor/Standard.

25 years ago August 5, 1997. Actress Olivia Holt is born. She plays Dagger in the TV series Cloak & Dagger.

20 years ago August 5, 2002 Richard “Grass” Green dies of lung cancer at age 63. The cartoonist created Xal-Kor and founded a company that made REGCo art boards.

5 years ago August 3, 2017 Czech artist and professor Pavel Kantorek dies at age 75.

5 years ago August 6, 2017 Artist Dick Locher dies at age 88 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. The Dick Tracy artist was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

5 years ago August 8, 2017 Mexican cartoonist Eduardo Del Río (who worked as “Rius”) dies at age 83. The co-founder of the magazine El Chamuco was especially known for Los Supermachos and Los Agachados.

5 years ago August 11, 2017 Malaysian cartoonist Zainuddin bin Saleh (who worked as “Lengkuas”) dies at age 52.
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After an implied global nuclear catastrophe Japan has been reduced to a desert and the surviving humans seek out a meagre living in the hot sands. Desert Punk focuses on the adventures of a wandering mercenary named Kanta Mizuno, nicknamed Desert Punk (Sunabōzu), due to his seemingly incredible feats of skill and daring while on the job. Throughout the series, he acquires an apprentice and makes a few friends as well as enemies. Kanta Mizuno is also known as the “Demon of the Desert”. An 19-year-old member of a mercenary group known as the Handyman Guild, he is outwardly obsessed with large female breasts and sex. Although thought of as a despicable person, he is highly professional in accomplishing assigned tasks. His legendary reputation is due to his good luck, practicality, sharp wit, specialist equipment, and his grandiose self-promotion. Later, he changes sides in the civil war raging between desert oases, betraying his old friends in the hope of trading them as captives for a promotion. He offers Taiko the chance to join him, telling her that she has no trade value. She declines, and after this point, Taiko becomes the main character. Taiko Koizumi is the former apprentice of the Shimmer Sniper with a goal to become the desert’s number one “power babe” mercenary. Desert Punk debuted on August 5, 1997.

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In a now alternate future timeline, Lord Chaos is the son of Donna Troy and her husband Terry Long. He is born with the full powers of a god and full awareness of them, which drives him mad. He instantly ages himself, kills his mother, and becomes the dictator Lord Chaos. He rules the entire Earth for many years. His various ways of repression cause many super-powered teens to form a resistance army. Inspired by the legend of the original Titans, a group of dozens of super-powered youths who call themselves the Team Titans travel to the past to kill Donna before her child is born. Lord Chaos follows the teens to the past and is able to prevent the Team Titans from killing Donna, and her son Robert Long is born. However, the Titans of Myth intervene at Donna’s request, and strip the baby and herself of their godlike powers. The Titans of Myth take Lord Chaos with them to make him learn humility. He first appeared in New Teen Titans Annual #7 (August 6, 1991).

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A former member of the US Army’s Special Forces, Cole Cash’s natural talent for combat landed him in black ops, taking the dirtiest jobs as part of a squad known as Team 7. He debuted in WildC.A.T.S. #1 (August 7, 1992). Cash’s codename during these operations was Deadeye. The group was deliberately exposed to an experimental chemical called the Gen Factor, which activated a variety of psi powers in them, but which also detrimentally affected their mental health and sense of morality. Cole suspects that in fact their own superiors, International Operations (I.O.), were behind the experiment, while their superiors claimed that it was an unknown chemical weapon. Cole ends up working as an assassin for International Operations (I.O.), but he soon became disenchanted with them too. He went freelance, and it was during this period of his life he encountered the ancient Kherubim warrior Zealot. They fell in love, and she took the unprecedented measure of teaching him, a male, the ways of the Coda, the warrior order she had once belonged to. Her Coda-teachings stabilized Cole’s sanity and locked away what remained of his psionic powers. Some time later Cole and Zealot broke up; for Zealot it was just another relationship, but Cole had become devoted to her, being eternally grateful to her for restoring his sanity. However they remained on good terms, and both were recruited to become part of Lord Emp’s Daemonite hunting team, the WildC.A.T.s.

Thousands of years ago, a war raged between the alien races the Kherubim and the Daemonites. One of the high-ranking Kherans was lord Yohn Kohl, crash landed on Earth during one of the battles. Yohn Kohl called himself John Colt and became a renowned adventurer and hero. He was asked to join Team One, a group of superheroes and gifted military men. During their disastrous first mission, Yohn Kohl convinced teammate Lord Majestros to kill him to stop Daemonites from launching a nuclear warhead. Majestros obliged, but Lord Emp was later able to transfer Colt’s personality to a prototype Spartan. Colt’s body was left for dead, but regenerated. Spartan was an android constructed by Lord Emp, using technology from the rogue island of Gamorra. Yohn Kohl’s memories were locked away and Emp worked on perfecting the android. Spartan was named after a series of bodyguard cyborgs used by Kherubim Lords on their homeworld of Khera. When Emp assembled the Covert Action Team, also known as WildC.A.T.s, Spartan was chosen to lead them. He debuted in WildC.A.T.S. #1 (August 7, 1992).

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Harvey Rupert Elder was an American nuclear engineer and explorer. Elder was socially shunned due to a combination of his abrasive personality and his homely, dwarfish appearance. His colleagues ridiculed him for his eccentric, crackpot theories regarding a Hollow Earth. In 1956, while following the group of explorers called the Monster Hunters, he stumbled upon Monster Isle, which was at the time a base of the Deviant Warlord Kro. When Elder fell into a massive cave leading deep into the underground realm of Subterranea, he decided his theories had finally been vindicated. However, he suffered permanent damage to his eyes when he gazed directly upon a highly reflective deposit of diamonds. Partially blind and apparently secluded from the surface world forever, Elder dubbed himself the Mole Man and began exploring his new home. He eventually became the ruler of the branch of Subterraneans now known as the Moloids, and the ruler of much of Subterranea and the caverns of Monster Isle. He used the Deviant-derived creatures and technology that he found in Subterranea to strike back at the outer world in numerous attempts to rule or humble the world that had rejected him. In his first appearance in Fantastic Four #1 (August 8, 1961), Mole Man conducted attacks on the surface world by destroying nuclear power plants in the Eastern Bloc,Australia, South America, and French Equatorial Africa, attracting the attention of the newly-formed Fantastic Four. The Mole Man was thwarted by the Fantastic Four and appeared to be killed in an explosion.

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Hugh Klein was an American Astronaut on Apollo XXV, the last manned Moon mission. While on the Moon, Hugh discovered an ancient structure, thereafter referred to as the ‘Lunar Villa’. Inside, Hugh finds an infant girl in a cradle, and is then confronted by a ghostly consortium identified as The Hundred. Caelius, speaker for the Hundred, explained how they were a group of scholars and philosophers devoted to peace who fled Rome during the time of the emperors. Using alchemical processes, they created the Lunar Villa and attempted to create a champion of their peaceful ideas on Earth. Unfortunately, they accidentally created the villain known as Valkus,the Centurion instead. To atone for this mistake, and to perpetuate their beliefs, they created a child they called the Praemonstra Supra, meaning “She Who Will Point the Way’. Hugh returned to Earth with the infant child, and he and his new wife, Jenny, were allowed to adopt and raise the infant, whom they named Laura. Although Laura exhibited no outward super powers, she was always a brilliant and athletic child. When Laura turned 16, her powers ofgravity control manifested. Hugh and Jenny explained Laura’s origins to her, and she and Hugh travelled to the Lunar Villa, where the ghostly remains of the Hundred explained her origin and their purpose to them. At this point Laura embarked on her career as Laurel, the Moon Maiden. She first appeared in JLA Giant Size Special #3 (August 9, 2000).

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A man was born:

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August 9

A man was born:

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August 10

Astro City is an anthology series that focuses on a large cast of characters, from small cameo roles of a few panels to full center stage attention spanning several issues. Most of the characters live within Astro City, a center for super-powered beings, and most stories take place there. Some issues are told from the viewpoint of heroes, some from the vantage point of average people, others from villains and shady criminals. Stories often reflect particular tropes in superhero stories: that heroes have a unique “rogue’s gallery” of villains they fight, that heroes from outside Astro City have powers/names that reflect where they live, and even specific trends in superhero comics. Astro City explores how people—both ordinary people and the heroes and villains themselves—react to living in their world. For example, in Astro City #1 (August 10, 1995), Samaritan reflects on his life during a typical day in which he spends almost all of his waking hours flying around the world to help people, with little time to enjoy the sheer physical sensation of flight. While the focus has been on the heroes and residents of Astro City, the series does mention, and at times occasionally shows, heroes from other cities such as Boston’s Silversmith, Chicago’s The Untouchable and New York City’s Skyscraper.

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Lobster Johnson started his career in 1932, working with a small but trusted group of allies out of a secret base in the sewers of New York City. Together they fought against gangsters, spies, and the like. In 1937 the gang came up against one of their most imposing enemies to date - the inscrutable and immeasurably powerful Memnan Saa, during the case of the Iron Prometheus. Aided by a new sidekick, the Lobster spent the late 1930s combating the Nazi threat to the United States. One of his unsuccessful missions involved the escape of a Nazi criminal in Colorado who destroyed a train full of scientists bound for the Manhattan Project, resulting in the death of his sidekick. The Lobster’s final mission was an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the Nazis from launching a space capsule at Hunte Castle, Austria in 1939. Arriving seconds too late to stop the launch itself, he managed to force the roof of Hunte Castle closed, but the capsule burst through regardless. The subsequent explosion and fire completely gutted the castle. Besides Nazi scientist Herman von Klempt and one German soldier, there were no survivors, including the Lobster himself. Death was not the end for the Lobster. He was completely corporeal when he chose to be, firing his pistol with deadly effect and burning his sign into the forehead of his victims. It would appear that the Lobster’s death greatly increased his powers. In 2001, Hellboy (a lifelong Lobster fan) and Roger the homunculus encountered his ghost in the haunted ruins of Hunte Castle, beginning a long association between the Lobster and the BPRD, and with Roger and Johann Kraus in particular. The Lobster was instrumental in helping them defeat Rasputin, the Conqueror Worm and Hermann von Klempt, completing in death the mission he had failed to do in life. He first appeared in Hellboy: Box of Evil #1 (August 11, 1999).

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TURNING POINTS by Maggie Thompson

Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles, and ends, this time for August 12-18, 2022...

155 years ago August 13, 1867 George Luks is born. The artist continues Hogan’s Alley for The New York World.

130 years ago August 16, 1892 Writer-artist Hal Foster is born. Despite the high quality of his work on the Tarzan comic strip, he is best known for his creation of and work on the Prince Valiant comic strip.

130 years ago August 16, 1892 Animator Otto Messmer is born. He’s especially known for developing Felix the Cat.

105 years ago August 13, 1917 Selby Kelly is born as Selby Daley. Walt Kelly’s wife is an animator and artist.

105 years ago August 15, 1917 Artist Ed Dobrotka is born. One of Joe Shuster’s early assistants, he co-creates Toyman with Don Cameron for DC’s Action Comics #64.

95 years ago August 14, 1927 François Bel is born. The French writer-artist works primarily for the Fleurus publishing house and creates Phil et Jordi.

90 years ago August 14, 1932 Frederick Burr Opper’s Happy Hooligan ends.

90 years ago August 17, 1932 Artist S. Carlisle Martin dies at age 64.

80 years ago August 13, 1942 Walt Disney’s Bambi opens. Based on the Felix Salten novel, it makes the AFI list of top 10 animated features and is on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. (And Wiki says that Time lists it as one of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time.)

75 years ago August 14, 1947 Award-winning internationally known Japanese manga writer-artist Jiro Taniguchi is born.

70 years ago August 13, 1952 “Desert Peach” and “Stinz” creator, writer-artist Donna Barr, is born.

70 years ago August 16, 1952 Writer Dick Foreman is born. He’s especially known for his work on Black Orchid.

55 years ago August 18, 1967 Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis is born. He begins his career writing and drawing noir crime comics and goes on to write many Marvel series.

50 years ago August 15, 1972 Don and Maggie Thompson begin their Beautiful Balloons column in Alan L. Light’s The Buyer’s Guide for Comic Fandom #19.

45 years ago August 15, 1977 Ray Palmer dies at age 67. The influential science fiction pioneer, writer, and editor had credits including co-editing (with Walter Dennis) what is agreed to be the first science fiction fanzine (The Comet) and presiding over such pulp era magazines as Amazing Stories and Other Worlds. DC’s Silver Age version of The Atom was named for him.

40 years ago August 15, 1982 Writer-artist Ernie Bushmiller dies at age 76. He took over Fritzi Ritz from creator Larry Whittington and became famous for his work starring Fritzi’s niece, Nancy.

40 years ago August 18, 1982 Portuguese artist Carlos Botelho dies at age 82.

35 years ago August 17, 1987 Retailer Bob Wayne joins the DC Comics staff in the newly created position of Retail Promotions Manager.

20 years ago August 13, 2002 Award-winning Brazilian writer-artist Flávio Colin dies at age 72.

20 years ago August 17, 2002 Cartoonist and teacher Bill Staton dies at age 43. He co-wrote and drew “Captain Armadillo.”

20 years ago August 17, 2002 The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center opens in Santa Rosa, California.

15 years ago August 12, 2007 Artist Mike Wieringo dies at age 44 of aortic dissection. The co-creator of Tellos was best known for his work on Flash and Fantastic Four.

10 years ago August 12, 2012 Award-winning Joe Kubert dies at age 85 of multiple myeloma. The father of artists Adam and Andy Kubert was a writer, artist, and teacher and founded The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.

10 years ago August 14, 2012 Award-winning actress Rosemary Rice dies of a heart attack at age 87. Although best known for her performance as the oldest daughter on the Mama TV show, she also played Betty Cooper on the Archie Andrews Show radio series.

10 years ago August 15, 2012 Writer-artist and science fiction writer and editor Harry Harrison dies at age 87. His comic book work appeared in EC and Fawcett titles.

10 years ago August 18, 2012 Artist Jane Krom Grammer dies. She drew “Dotty,” appearing in Supersnipe.

5 years ago August 14, 2017 Brazilian artist-writer-journalist-scholar and comics exposition organizer Álvaro De Moya dies of complications from a stroke at age 87.

5 years ago August 18, 2017 Spanish artist Alfonso Azpiri dies at age 70.

5 years ago August 18, 2017 Award-winning Italian artist Sergio Zaniboni dies two weeks after his 80th birthday. He was especially known for his work on Diabolik.
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August 12

Hobie Brown was born in the Bronx, New York. He was a bright but angry teenage African-American who got fired from his window washer job. Intending to use his engineering skills for personal profit, he devised a plan to steal items while disguised as a supervillain and then return them as Hobie. Donning his green and purple “Prowler” costume for the first time in in The Amazing Spider-Man #78 (August 12, 1969), Hobie set out to rob the payroll office of the Daily Bugle, figuring that that would garner him quick publicity. However, he was caught in the act by Peter Parker. While struggling with Peter, he drew the attention of editorJ. Jonah Jameson. Parker, with no way to defeat Prowler without giving away his own secret identity, contrived to get thrown through a window during the struggle, and used spider-powers to save himself once outside. Traumatized by the events, the shaken Hobie made his escape to the roof of the building, only to be confronted by Spider-Man. Spider-Man vanquished and unmasked Hobie, but realizing he was just a misunderstood kid, Spider-Man gave him advice not to throw his life away as a criminal and to redeem himself.

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Lazarus Lane is the original iteration of El Diablo, operating in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West. Lane was originally a bank teller who is nearly killed by a gang of thieves and put in a coma after being struck by lightning. After being revived by Native American shaman “Wise Owl”, Lane becomes the vigilante El Diablo. He debuted in All-Star Western #2 (August 13, 1970). Lazarus Lane is cursed to be the host of a minor demon which acts as a Spirit of Vengeance. Lane’s body slumbers in a coma while “El Diablo” roams the Earth. Wise Owl is shown in a more villainous light, with Lane/El Diablo his unwilling servant. Later, Jonah Hex, Bat Lash, Johnny Thunder, and Madame .44 were employed by Otto Von Hammer and Jason Blood to defeat Wise Owl and recover from him an object of great power, which turned out to be a crystal containing the spirit of Swamp Thing, who had become lost in time. When the group killed Wise Owl, Lane’s comatose body woke up, and El Diablo apparently vanished forever.

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Dr. Nathaniel Richards was a successful scientist who specialized in multiple fields. He was married to Evelyn and together had a son named Reed who also possessed an intellectual mind like his father. When Evelyn died, Nathaniel continued to raise his son right by supporting his scientific endeavors. Later, Nathaniel is approached by the Brotherhood of the Shield and joins their group. Along with Howard Stark, the two meet a super powered individual named Leonid and help him resolve a dispute between the time traveling Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton who had split the organization in two. These events somehow resulted in Nathaniel gaining the ability to travel through time. Nathaniel found himself in the far future along with several other alternate versions of himself. The villain Immortus had gathered them together and forced them to kill each other off. Nathaniel managed to flee and in the process left his family for good, but not before setting his son Reed for life. While Nathaniel Richards has no superhuman powers, he does have scientific genius intellect and is also a skilled inventor in advanced machinery and devices. He invented a device called the Time Platform and has grand experience as a time traveler. He also created his own armor which gives him super strength and durability. Nathaniel Richards also carries teleportation devices and energy weapons for defense. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #272 (August 14, 1984).

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When an atomic pile went out of control at an experimental atomic station, there was an explosion which released radiation and mutated a tiger shark that was swimming close to the shore. Rapidly, the Shark developed humanoid looks, as well as great psionic powers and human-level intelligence. He first appeared in Green Lantern #24 (August 15, 1963). The Tiger Shark telepathically absorbed knowledge from the minds of humans, thus learning how to speak. But despite his newly found abilities, the Shark retained his instinct to hunt and destroy his prey. Because of his higher intelligence, he felt his superior hunting skills only worthy to be used on individuals who were extra-ordinarily strong as well, first seeking out Green Lantern, but then other heroes. Despite Green Lantern returning Shark to his natural state, it failed to remained permanent and Shark had been able to take on Aquaman in the guise of an Atlantean named Karshan. He was returned back to his original tiger shark form when Aquaman defeated him.

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Toyo Harada is the most powerful psionic on Earth. One of two known harbingers to possess the “Omega Power”, Harada commands the full spectrum of psionic abilities, including telepathy, telekinesis, mind-control, and many other deadly talents. Fearing that humanity may eventually destroy itself, Harada decided early in his life to preserve the planet by clandestinely conquering it. To this end, he established the Harbinger Foundation to recruit others with paranormal abilities, whom Harada refers to as “harbingers of the next step in human evolution”. He seldom confronts his enemies directly, preferring to leave such dirty-work to his elite harbinger warriors, the “Eggbreakers”. With tremendous economic and political clout, Harada seems close to achieving his goals, and is ready to destroy anyone who stands in his way. The great irony is that Harada truly feels he was born to save the human race; in his own mind, he is the hero of the story. But, in his haste to eliminate any opposition to his grand scheme, Toyo Harada has lost his own humanity. He first appeared in Solar, Man of the Atom #3 (August 16, 1991).

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Henry Gyrich is the first person to be given the title of U.S. Government Liaison to the Avengers by the National Security Agency later by the National Security Council. With his status, Gyrich is one of only two people who could affect the Avengers in many difficult ways. He first appeared in Avengers #165 (August 17, 1977). The Avengers have to accept Gyrich’s “suggestions” or have their Quinjets and other sensitive equipment taken away. He limits the Avengers’ active membership to seven members, forces the Falcon to join unwillingly to fill an affirmative action quota he sets and installs various security measures for the team. Gyrich becomes a member of the Commission on Superhuman Activities, the oversight body on superhuman activities in the United States; there he’s part of the team that forces Captain America to resign. Gyrich also takes part as a special consultant in a covert government designed to deal with the problems concerning mutants in the United States. The project is instrumental in creating a mutant team to counter the threat of foreign mutants.

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Scott Pilgrim, a 23-year-old Canadian slacker living in Toronto with his gay roommate Wallace Wells, is the bass player for a band called Sex Bob-omb, along with his friends Stephen Stills “The Talent” and Kim Pine. He has recently started dating a 17-year-old Chinese-Canadian high-schooler, Knives Chau. Though his friends consider this somewhat scandalous due to her age, Scott doesn’t see a problem, as all they ever do is talk. One night, Scott begins dreaming about a girl on rollerblades whom he has never met before. He later glimpses her in real life and discovers that she is Ramona Flowers, a girl who has recently come to Toronto from New York after a rumored messy break-up with someone named Gideon. It is revealed that she can travel through an alternate dimension called “subspace” and that the purse she carries at all times is a portal to subspace as well. Scott and Ramona decide to become a couple, provided that Scott agrees to defeat her seven evil-exes. Scott begins his quest in Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (August 18, 2004).

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Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles, and ends, this time for August 19-25, 2022...

150 years ago August 24, 1872 British writer-artist Max Beerbohm is born.

120 years ago August 22, 1902 Cartoonist George Clarke is born. He creates The Neighbors and The Ripples.

115 years ago August 20, 1907 Radio performer and voice artist Alan Reed is born. He’s best known for his performances as Fred Flintstone.

115 years ago August 25, 1907 German artist Josef Benedikt Engl dies at age 40.

110 years ago August 19, 1912 Yvette Lapointe is born. She is one of the earliest female Canadian comics artists, creates the Les Petits Espiègles strip, and is posthumously awarded the Prix Albert-Chartier.

110 years ago August 21, 1912 Swiss artist Robert Lips is born. He creates the Globi comic strip.

110 years ago August 25, 1912 Cartoonist Ted Key is born. He’s best known for creating Hazel cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post and continuing the character for King Features.

105 years ago August 19, 1917 Canadian artist and teacher Julien Hébert is born.

105 years ago August 19, 1917 Argentine artist and teacher Eduardo Ferro is born.

105 years ago August 25, 1917 Golden Age cartoonist Fred Schwab is born. His work appears in some of the earliest comic books, including Marvel Comics #1 and Detective Comics #1. He freelances for several companies and studios (including Eisner-Iger).

100 years ago August 25, 1922 German cartoonist Marie Marcks is born.

95 years ago August 21, 1927 Artist Livingston Hopkins dies at age 81. Lambiek says his “Professor Tigwissel’s Burglar Alarm,” published September 11, 1875, in New York’s Daily Graphic newspaper, was the first newspaper cartoon strip.

95 years ago August 23, 1927 Dick Bruna is born. The award-winning Dutch writer-artist especially known for his children’s books creates the bunny Miffy.

90 years ago August 19, 1932 Award-winning French writer-artist Jacques Lob is born. He writes Lone Sloane and Le Transperceneige, co-creates Superdupont, and is editor in chief of Chic magazine.

90 years ago August 24, 1932 Penciller, inker, and letterer Jim Aparo is born. He is especially known for work on such DC characters as Aquaman, Phantom Stranger, and Batman.

85 years ago August 22, 1937 Belgian writer Johan Anthierens is born.

75 years ago August 20, 1947 “The Father of the American Comic Book,” Maxwell Charles Gaines, dies at age 52 in a boating accident in Lake Placid, NY. The comic book pioneer devised newsprint comics periodicals, co-published All-American Publications, founded Educational Comics, and was father of Bill Gaines.

75 years ago August 25, 1947 Award-winning artist Michael Wm. Kaluta is born. He’s especially known for his work on Starstruck and The Shadow.

70 years ago August 23, 1952 Writer-artist Terry Austin is born.

70 years ago August 25, 1952 Belgian artist René Sterne is born. He creates the Adler series.

70 years ago August 25, 1952 Finnish artist Ola Fogelberg dies at age 58. He worked as “Fogeli” and created Pekka Puupää and what Lambiek calls “the first real Finnish comic hero,” Janne Ankkanen.

60 years ago August 21, 1962 SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenberg is born.

60 years ago August 25, 1962 Terry Delegeane is born. His credits include being Bongo Comics Managing Editor.

55 years ago August 21, 1967 Stéphane Charbonnier is born. Characters by the French cartoonist and editor in chief of Charlie Hebdo include “Maurice et Patapon.”

45 years ago August 20, 1977 Frank Robbins’ Johnny Hazard comic strip ends.

35 years ago August 22, 1987 Dutch writer-artist Henk Tol dies at age 56.

30 years ago August 25, 1992 Dutch writer-editor Jan Gerhard Toonder dies at age 78.

25 years ago August 19, 1997 Dutch writer-artist James Ringrose dies at age 83. He co-created Tekko Taks with Henk Kabos.

5 years ago August 21, 2017 French writer-artist Michel Plessix dies of a heart attack at age 57. He’s especially known for his adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.
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Born on August 19, 1903 in Buffalo, New York, Fran Striker attended Lafayette High School and the University of Buffalo. He dropped out of college, first serving a brief stint in New York City with an amateur theatrical company. Returning to Buffalo, he joined the staff of radio station WEBR, working as an announcer. In 1929, he moved to WTAM in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as announcer and continuity writer and wrote his first radio drama script, a biography of Stephen Foster. Lured back to WEBR as station manager, Striker wrote material ranging from skits to half-hour mysteries and Western scripts. Striker soon drifted to freelancing, creating and writing his own series and selling them to stations across the United States. Late in 1932, Striker began working on The Lone Ranger; his earliest scripts were largely reworked from his earlier series Covered Wagon Days. A letter from Trendle dated in 1933, clearly gives Striker credit for creating the character. However, by 1934 Striker was pressured by Trendle to sign over his rights to the Lone Ranger, and Trendle claimed credit as the creator. When the Lone Ranger series began to gain popularity, Trendle convinced Striker to move to WXYZ, where he eventually became head of WXYZ’s script department. Striker was extremely prolific. In addition to writing 156 Lone Ranger scripts a year, he wrote The Green Hornet and a short-lived series, Ned Jordan Secret Agent. He scripted various Lone Ranger novels, two movie serials, and The Lone Ranger comic strip. He also contributed scripts to Challenge of the Yukon. Striker’s work as a comic strip writer extended to writing The Green Hornet comic books and the 1945 newspaper strip The Sea Hound. He was also the author of the popular boy’s adventure novels featuring “Tom Quest.”

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Initially a proverbial 98-pound weakling, bullied at school and unable to impress the girl of his dreams, Mary James, the 5'1" Al Pratt was trained to fighting condition by ex-boxer Joe Morgan. Pratt soon became a founding member of the Justice Society of America, first appearing in All-American Comics #19 (August 20, 1940). Atom describes himself to his fellow JSAers as “Al Pratt, a quiet sophomore at Calvin College.” He later became a founding and active member of the All-Star Squadron. During World War II, Pratt served as a tank driver in the United States Army. In 1948, the Atom gained super strength as a result of the latent effects of his 1942 battle with the reluctant supervillain Cyclotron. It was later revealed that he had taken partial custodianship of Cyclotron’s daughter Terri. During his early days of crime fighting, Pratt possessed no superhuman qualities. Instead, he was a particularly adept combatant with a strength level disproportionate to his size. After being exposed to Cyclotron’s energies, Al Pratt gained superhuman strength, agility, and was able to focus radioactive energy into a punch. In addition, Atom was invulnerable to certain forms of radiation.

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Drake Shannon was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. An accomplished motorcycle stunt rider, he owned one-half of the traveling motorcycle stunt show which would later feature Johnny Blaze. The other half of the show was owned by Blaze’s mentor, Crash Simpson. While the partnership was initially amiable, the two men grew apart and eventually an intense rivalry developed. Neither wanted to work with the other, but neither wanted to sell their half of the show. To settle the dispute, the two men agreed to a lengthy race, with the winner receiving full ownership of the traveling show. After many miles of neck-and-neck competition, Shannon deliberately swerved towards Simpson in an effort to force Simpson to crash. However, the maneuver caused Shannon to lose control of his motorcycle. While Simpson managed to remain upright and continue on with the race, Shannon slid 25 yards on his unprotected face. The accident left him hideously disfigured. After his recovery, for reasons never adequately explained, Shannon was given a powerful motorcycle helmet by They Who Wield Power. The helmet, which was modeled to look like a giant eyeball, could hypnotize people. A later version could also shoot powerful laser beams from its “pupil”. Calling himself “The Orb”, Shannon attempted to take over the traveling motorcycle stunt show which he had once half-owned. Ghost Rider and Spider-Man teamed up to defeat him. He first appeared in Marvel Team-Up #15 (August 21, 1973).

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Robert McDowell, alias Zenith, was the son of two members of Cloud 9, a super-team of the 1960s assembled by the British military who had rebelled and become hippies and psychedelic fashion icons. Zenith himself used his Biorhythm dependant super-human abilities, not to fight evil, but to promote his career as a pop singer. Shallow, spoilt, self-centred and initially cowardly, he was reluctantly dragged into the struggle against malevolent, supernatural entities known as the Lloigor or “Many-Angled Ones”. Zenith reluctantly teamed up with surviving members of Cloud 9 to defeat the Many-Angled One called “Iok Sotot”, although that proved fatal to Welshman Red Dragon. St John demonstrated his considerable mental powers by defeating Iok Sotot via a post-hypnotic suggestion previously implanted. Zenith first appeared in 2000 AD #536 (August 22, 1987).

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Born in the South Bronx, New York, on August 23, 1905, Ernie Bushmiller was the son of immigrant parents, Ernest George Bushmiller and Elizabeth Hall. His father was an artist, vaudevillian and bartender. Bushmiller quit school at 14 to work as a copy boy at the New York World newspaper, while attending evening art classes at the National Academy of Design. He ran errands for the staff cartoonists and was given occasional illustration assignments, including a Sunday feature by Harry Houdini. Early in 1925, cartoonist Larry Whittington, creator of the comic strip Fritzi Ritz, left to produce another strip, Mazie the Model. Bushmiller then took over Fritzi Ritz, ghostwriting it, before eventually taking over officially. Bushmiller’s name did not appear on the strip until May 1926. Bushmiller introduced Nancy, Fritzi’s niece, to the strip in 1933. The character proved popular, so she appeared more often. As Aunt Fritzi was seen less frequently, the strip was eventually retitled Nancy in 1938. The popular strip was translated into various languages, including Italian, German, Swedish and Norwegian. Bushmiller started working each day about 2pm, and he often sat at his drawing table well into the early morning hours of the next day. He usually began a strip with the last panel and then worked back toward the first panel.

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Grimbor is a master craftsman able to create confining devices that didn’t fail. He came into contact with a young mutant girl named Charma Drisden when he was hired by the female headmaster of a school she attended on her native planet, Turabeau, to devise a way of negating her powers, which was a hypnotic aura that made men love and protect her and women hate and fight her. Using her powers, Charma persuaded him to use his abilities for crime. Together they captured the Legion of Super-Heroes and attempted to blackmail R. J. Brande, but they ended up foiled by Shrinking Violet. She attacked Charma while in the presence of the male Legionnaires. They broke free and attacked Grimbor, while Violet put Charma in some shackles that nullified her powers. Unknownst to the Legionnaires, Charma was later killed in a women’s prison, because her powers caused the inmates to absolutely hate her, and they ganged up on her. An infuriated Grimbor swore revenge on the Legion, the group who had put her in prison. He then attacked the Legion and later put the Earth in energy chains. The Legion thwarted him and he was imprisoned in one of his own cells. Grimbor first appeared in Superboy #221 (August 24, 1976).

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TURNING POINTS by Maggie Thompson

Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles, and ends, this time for August 26 through September 1, 2022...

205 years ago August 29, 1817 Pioneering British caricaturist John Leech is born. The Punch cartoonist is the first illustrator of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

130 years ago August 26, 1892 Influential French funny animal writer-artist Edmond-François is born. He’s especially known for La Bête Est Mort.

130 years ago August 27, 1892 Dutch artist Jan Rot is born.

125 years ago September 1, 1897 Jimmy Hatlo is born. The award-winning creator of They’ll Do It Every Time and Little Iodine credited readers who participated in his panel cartoon, adding, “Thanx and a tip of the Hatlo Hat.”

120 years ago August 26, 1902 Writer-artist Fred Fox is born. He co-creates the Ella Cinders strip with Charlie Plumb and the Odd Bodkins strip with Chase Craig.

110 years ago August 29, 1912 Virginia Krausmann is born. The NEA artist is known for work on Annibelle and Marianne.

110 years ago September 1, 1912 Mr. Hubby by William Steinigans begins.

105 years ago August 28, 1917 “King of the Comics” Jack Kirby is born. The award-winning artist, writer, and editor works in many comics genres and co-creates Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Silver Surfer, among many, many other characters.

105 years ago August 28, 1917 Aurelio Galleppini is born. The Italian artist works as “Galep” and co-creates Occhio Cupo and Tex Willer with Gian Luigi Bonelli.

100 years ago August 27, 1922 Painter Frank Kelly Freas is born.

100 years ago August 29, 1922 Actor Arthur Anderson is born. His voice acting performances include the Lucky Charms leprechaun.

95 years ago August 28, 1927 Writer-artist Jim Sasseville is born. He’s best known for his work with Charles Schulz, for whom he drew Peanuts comic book stories and the feature It’s Only a Game.

95 years ago September 1, 1927 Letterer and logo designer Gaspar Saladino is born.

90 years ago August 29, 1932 Spanish artist Celedenio Frejo Abregón is born. He draws for the Valenciana publishing house and is known for creation of the elephant Trompy.

85 years ago August 28, 1937 Comic strip pioneer and political cartoonist Frederick Burr Opper dies at age 80. He created Happy Hooligan, Alphonse and Gaston, and And Her Name Was Maud.

85 years ago August 29, 1937 German artist Dieter Kalenbach is born. He’s known for Turi und Tolk.

80 years ago August 31, 1942 Film maker, teacher, and underground comix creator George Kuchar is born.

75 years ago August 30, 1947 Writer-editor Jack C. Harris is born.

70 years ago August 30, 1952 Award-winning letterer Ken Bruzenak is born.

70 years ago August 30, 1952 Writer Rickey Shanklin is born.

65 years ago August 27, 1957 Writer-artist Wendy Snow-Lang is born.

60 years ago August 31, 1962 Voice artist Dee Bradley Baker is born.

55 years ago August 26, 1967 Writer-editor Charles Moore is born.

55 years ago August 26, 1967 Polish artist and architect Marian Walentynowicz dies at age 71.

40 years ago August 31, 1982 G. Willow Wilson is born. The award winning writer, essayist, and journalist is especially known for her work on Ms. Marvel.

30 years ago August 26, 1992 Bob De Moor dies at age 66. The Belgian Hergé collaborator was best known for creating such series as Monsieur Tric, Cori le Moussaillon, and Barelli.

30 years ago August 30, 1992 Jeanne Hovine dies at age 104. The pioneering female Belgian comics artist co-created the comic strip Nic et Nac with her sister Laure and also worked in comedy as Anne-Marie Ferrières.

5 years ago August 28, 2017 Award winning Dutch writer-artist Bert Bus dies at age 86.

5 years ago August 30, 2017 Spanish artist Roger Subirachs i Burgaya dies at age 60.

5 years ago August 31, 2017 Swedish diplomat and artist Jan Romare dies at age 81. His best known strip was Pyton.

5 years ago September 1, 2017 Actor, writer, and Mad contributor Barry Liebmann dies at age 63.

And here are the anniversaries spanning the month of August…

120 years ago September 1902 Hugo Hercules by Heinrich Detlev Körner begins. It is called the first prototypical superhero comic.

80 years ago September 1942 Flash Comics #33 introduces The Shade in “The Man Who Commanded the Night!” by Gardner Fox and Hal Sharp.

80 years ago September 1942 “Introducing Sparky the Blue Beetles Sensational Assistant,” announces the cover of Holyoke’s Blue Beetle #14. (Yeah, the punctuation gets a little weird, admittedly. Probably out of excitement. Stranger, still: An actual multi-page story with Sparky will have to wait for #15. What the heck?)

80 years ago September 1942 Quality’s Police Comics #11 introduces Will Eisner’s The Spirit to national comic books, reprinting the origin story (June 2, 1940) from the Register and Tribune Syndicate’s newspaper booklet.

75 years ago September 1947 Doggone! Fawcett cancels Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (featuring the world’s mightiest cottontail) with #15.

75 years ago September 1947 Harlequin sends a warning to Green Lantern on the cover of DC’s All-American Comics #89. The story that introduces her is by Robert Kanigher and Irwin Hasen.

70 years ago September 1952 What the heck? This is a strange year for Harvey Comics Hits. In June, it was all about “private lives and loves of Girls in White”; in August, it was icky horror plus Invisible Scarlet O’Neil; and, now, #60 features Paramount Animated Comics (“for little folks!”). Geez. Herman and Katnip, Buzzy the Crow ... This may be a first appearance at Harvey for some of the characters, but readers must be feeling disoriented.

65 years ago September 1957 Is the focus changing for Atlas (Marvel)? It cancels Wild Western (featuring Kid Colt and Ringo Kid) with #57, The Ringo Kid Western (all new Ringo Kid action) with #21, The Outlaw Kid with #19, and Rawhide Kid (he shares his saddle with danger) with #16.

65 years ago September 1957 Scared of bats? Uh-oh! So’s Batman! DC’s Detective Comics #247 introduces Professor Milo, “The Man Who Ended Batman’s Career.” The story is by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff, and Charles Paris. (Don’t worry. Batman will get better – but the Prof does have more nasty chemicals in his lab.)

65 years ago September 1957 Marvel begins Black Rider (with the cover logo “Black Rider Rides Again!”), A Date with Patsy (noting, “Starring Patsy Walker”), and Marvin Mouse. But, um, those iterations each last only one issue. Sigh.

60 years ago September 1962 Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk #3 introduces The Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime in “The Ringmaster” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers. Doggone it! Rick Jones can’t even grab some time off by going to the circus!

60 years ago September 1962 Journey into Mystery #84 introduces Jane Foster (though she’s called “Jane Nelson”) in “The Mighty Thor vs. The Executioner” by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers.

60 years ago September 1962 “You’ll gasp in amazement at ‘The Return of The Ant Man!’ ” Marvel’s Tales to Astonish #35 follows the story in #27, when Henry Pym was introduced. The story is by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers. Ant-Man (in costume) figures out how to make ants follow his instructions.

55 years ago September 1967 Bomba began as star of a series of kids’ books written by the pseudonymous “Roy Rockwood” starting in 1926. But the cover of DC’s Bomba the Jungle Boy #1 proclaims that it features “TV’s teen jungle star!” – although the “TV” aspect is apparently just a reference to broadcasts of the Monogram film series. “The Jaws of Doom” is by Otto Binder and Leo Sommers. In any case, this series brings the character to DC comics.

50 years ago September 1972 Stan Lee becomes Marvel’s publisher, and Roy Thomas becomes the company’s editor in chief.

50 years ago September 1972 Ooo! DC’s House of Secrets is #100, but that fact doesn’t merit extra-large type on the cover.

50 years ago September 1972 In Robert Crumb’s story “Superstar” in The People’s Comics from Golden Gate Publishing Company, Fritz the Cat is (Spoiler!) murdered.

50 years ago September 1972 “Now in his own mag!!” Marvel’s Werewolf by Night #1 gives Jack Russell his own title. “Eye of the Beholder!” is by Gerry Conway, Mike Ploog, and Frank Chiaramonte.

50 years ago September 1972 OK, this is weird and complicated. But … In Marvel’s Captain America #153, Jack Monroe is introduced. But is it his first appearance? Well, yes, as Monroe. But it eventually turns out (Spoiler!) that he’s Bucky from the 1950s and then later … Anyway, “Captain America – Hero or Hoax?” is by Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, and Jim Mooney.

50 years ago September 1972 Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk #155 introduces The Shaper of Worlds. There will turn out to be a Cosmic Cube connection, etc., etc. “Destination: Nightmare!” is by Archie Goodwin, Herb Trimpe, and John Severin.

45 years ago September 1977 It’s been on hiatus, but #19 provides “The long-awaited return of …” DC’s Mister Miracle. It’s by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and a bunch of inkers credited as “Ilya Hunch.”

45 years ago September 1977 Marvel ends 2001: A Space Odyssey with #10. (Nevertheless, the story will continue in Machine Man #1.)

45 years ago September 1977 Marvel’s The Human Fly begins, introducing (yep!) Human Fly. He’s “the wildest superhero ever – because he’s real!” “Death-Walk” is by Bill Mantlo and Lee Elias, and the character is based on stuntman Rick Rojatt.

45 years ago September 1977 Iron Fist #15 introduces the crime boss Bushmaster. “Enter, the X-Men” is by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, and Dan Green. Oh – and then it ends for a while.

45 years ago September 1977 Ms. Marvel #9 introduces the Shi’ar Deathbird, who has “razor-sharp talons.” Eek. “Call Me Death-Bird!” (yeah, the title story has a hyphen) is by Chris Claremont, Keith Pollard, Joe Sinnott, and Sam Grainger.

45 years ago September 1977 He releases “ring after deadly ring” to crush Nighthawk. Marvel’s The Defenders #51 introduces The Ringer in “A Round with The Ringer” by David Anthony Kraft, Keith Giffen, and Klaus Janson.

45 years ago September 1977 In Marvel’s The Invaders #20, Brian Falsworth takes on the Union Jack identity. “The Battle of Berlin!” is by Roy Thomas, Frank Robbins, and Frank Springer.

45 years ago September 1977 “You ain’t got a chance against the Rocket-Racer!” That’s what Rocket-Racer says, when he meets Spidey. “The Fiend from the Fire!” is by Len Wein, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Mike Esposito in Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man #172.

45 years ago September 1977 “Who is the mystery girl – and why is she replacing Superboy?” DC’s Adventure Comics #453 introduces Mighty Girl – who turns out to be someone readers already know. “You Too Can Be a Super-Hero” is by Bob Rozakis, John Calnan, and Murphy Anderson.

45 years ago September 1977 DC’s Shazam! #31 reintroduces the Golden Age hero Minuteman in “The Rainbow Squad” by E. Nelson Bridwell, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Bob Wiacek.

40 years ago September 1982 Marvel’s four-issue Hercules miniseries begins. “What Fools These Immortals Be!” is by Bob Layton and Joe Rubinstein.

40 years ago September 1982 Adrian Chase first appears in DC’s The New Teen Titans #23. Eventually, he’ll become Vigilante, but that’s in the future; this story is about Starfire. “Kidnapped!” is by George Pérez, Marv Wolfman, and Romeo Tanghal.

40 years ago September 1982 It’s a limited series but it’s influential. Marvel kicks off the four-issue Wolverine miniseries. “I’m Wolverine” is by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, and Joe Rubinstein.

35 years ago September 1987 Mark Parisi’s panel cartoon Off the Mark begins.

35 years ago September 1987 Yes, in 1965, Gold Key published one issue of Astro Boy based on the character by Osamu Tezuka. But, this time, Now Comics starts a series with Original Astro Boy #1 by Mike Dimpsey and Ken Steacy and retells the origin story.

35 years ago September 1987 An alien from Apokolips is introduced in DC’s Action Comics #592. Big Barda wants to kill Sleez, but Superman has other ideas. “…A Walk on the Darkside” is by John Byrne (with some background inks by Keith Williams).

35 years ago September 1987 Marvel’s The Uncanny X-Men #221 introduces Mister Sinister in “Death by Drowning” by Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri, and Dan Green.

35 years ago September 1987 The cover of Marvel’s Captain America #333 asks, “Who will be the next Captain America” (yeah, no question mark) – and provides the answer inside that it’ll be Super Patriot. “The Replacement” is by Mark Gruenwald, Tom Morgan, and Dave Hunt.

35 years ago September 1987 Ms. Marvel joins The Fantastic Four in Marvel’s Fantastic Four #306. “The Marvel Rage!” is by Steve Englehart, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott.

30 years ago September 1992 DC’s Legends of the Dark Knight changes its title to Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight with #37.

30 years ago September 1992 Marvel’s NFL Superpro ends with #12.

30 years ago September 1992 Morbius gets his own title in Marvel’s Morbius: The Living Vampire series as part of the “Rise of the Midnight Sons” event.

25 years ago September 1997 Image’s Kurt Busiek’s Astro City Vol. 2 #10 (“Show ’Em All” by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Will Blyberg) will get the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue and the Thompsons Award for Best Single Issue.

20 years ago September 2002 “The Magician and the Snake” by Katie Mignola and Mike Mignola appears in Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings. It will win the Eisner Award for Best Short Story.

15 years ago September 2007 DC’s Justice League of America #11 contains “Walls” by Brad Meltzer and Gene Ha. It will win the Eisner Award for Best Short Story.

15 years ago September 2007 Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 begins the Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá series with “The Day the Eiffel Tower Went Berserk.” (The first season of the TV series’ adaptation will be released on Netflix February 15, 2019.)

15 years ago September 2007 Well, it starts as Marvel’s Thor #1 (and features “Brakka-Dooooom!” by J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel, and Mark Morales). Just note that, with the April 2009 issue, the series will return to earlier numbering, thanks to that one being #600.

10 years ago September 2012 DC offers a number of miniseries featuring characters appearing in the Watchmen series in Before Watchmen. This is the one titled Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1. It’s by Len Wein and Jae Lee.

10 years ago September 2012 Do we all know that there have been many series titled Captain Marvel? That said, Marvel’s 2012 series of Captain Marvel starts with a recap and then features a “Carol Danvers” story by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy.

5 years ago September 2017 Speaking of many series with the same title … Anyway, Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men #1 has a bunch of variant covers. (Collect them all!) This features “Life of X Part One” by Charles Soule, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, and Walden Wong.

5 years ago September 2017 Valiant’s Bloodshot Salvation #1 has a bunch of variant covers. “The Book of Revenge” is by Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan.

5 years ago September 2017 Well, yeah, there are variant covers for Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again #1, too, come to think of it. The story is by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajić.

5 years ago September 2017 Marvel’s Spider-Men II is a miniseries featuring Miles Morales and Peter Parker. “Part One” is by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.

5 years ago September 2017 The first issue of Image’s Kingsman: The Red Diamond is by Rob Williams and Simon Fraser.
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The true origins of Set, the leader of The Order is shrouded in mystery. His goals and motivation for worldwide destruction stem from his unseen father. He has been secretly forming the Order for many, many years as a way to wreak destruction across the world in order to prepare it for his fathers reign of power. Set however was forbidden to use his full spectrum of powers, he has been forced to wear his helmet because his very gaze can immobilize any being for up to two hours. Set has spent decades constructing, and at times rebuilding the Order (which fell on petty jealousy and territory issues) and formulating his plans that would lead to worldwide destruction. Set finally brought the Order together and began what seemed like random attacks by villains but his plan culminates in an organized attack that leaves Paris utterly destroyed. Brit ends the devastation by unmasking Set during the height of their battle. Set renders every hero and villain frozen in place while Japandroid confronts Set which results in her temporary destruction. Set then snaps his fingers and leaves the two armies of heroes and villains asleep amongst the ruins of Paris while he wanders away in shame. Though the “rules were broken” Set accepts his punishment which leaves him with nothing but his vow to start anew. Set vows to succeed in his goal no matter how many centuries it takes. He first appeared in Guarding the Globe #1 (August 25, 2010).

Embrace can take a ghostly form or possess another human’s body and control their every action. She used Outrun’s body to infiltrate the Guardians of the Globe and to feed information back to the villainous organization, the Order. Embrace’s masquerade lasted for an extended period of time without arousing any suspicion. While she was in possession of Outrun’s body, Embrace initiated several sexual encounters with the male Guardians, and tried to experiment with one of the female ones. Eventually, the Guardian known only as Best Tiger, discerned that Outrun was not in control of her body and forced Embrace to flee. She first appeared in Guarding the Globe #1 (August 25, 2010).

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In 2069, an alien race called “the Horde” arrived in Earth’s solar system, enslaving humanity. The Horde had caused severe environmental damage to their planet due to excessive pollution which laid much of the world an uninhabitable wasteland. A race of technologically advanced, peaceful aliens pulled the Horde back from the brink of extinction and planned to leave. They were then slaughtered by the Horde. The Horde stole the aliens’ ships and advanced technology for themselves and set out into space to establish their savage and war-like empire. They viewed the Earth and other such planets as a resource to be plundered and discarded once all resources have been used up. Humankind’s best hope was discovered in 2072, when Dr. Kimmo Tuolema discovered a process which can provide humans with superhuman powers, effectively creating a group of defending superheroes. However, the process would also ensure that the empowered humans would die within a year of being empowered. The first group of test subjects, later known as “the Black Watch”, were volunteer soldiers. Of the five members, two died before seeing active service during a power activation exercise in a specialized testing area known as ‘Biowar Facility Alpha’ (nicknamed 'The Garden’). The remaining three had their first field test in Cape Town, South Africa, taking on Horde forces there; though they were successful in battle, none of them survived (one was killed in battle, another succumbed to the Morituri Effect as they were escaping, and the last was killed with a Hordian nuclear device moments afterward). Commander of the program, Beth Luis Nion, had also secretly undergone the Morituri Process, after starting an affair with a member of the Black Watch, although she kept her powers a secret. Tuolema later deduced that the older the subject, the quicker their system would reject the process – it was at this point that Dr. Tuolema realized recipients between 18 and 21 were the optimal choice regarding maximized life expectancy. The story begins in Strikeforce: Morituri #1 (August 26, 1986).

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August 24

Grimbor is a master craftsman able to create confining devices that didn’t fail. He came into contact with a young mutant girl named Charma Drisden when he was hired by the female headmaster of a school she attended on her native planet, Turabeau, to devise a way of negating her powers, which was a hypnotic aura that made men love and protect her and women hate and fight her. Using her powers, Charma persuaded him to use his abilities for crime. Together they captured the Legion of Super-Heroes and attempted to blackmail R. J. Brande, but they ended up foiled by Shrinking Violet. She attacked Charma while in the presence of the male Legionnaires. They broke free and attacked Grimbor, while Violet put Charma in some shackles that nullified her powers. Unknownst to the Legionnaires, Charma was later killed in a women’s prison, because her powers caused the inmates to absolutely hate her, and they ganged up on her. An infuriated Grimbor swore revenge on the Legion, the group who had put her in prison. He then attacked the Legion and later put the Earth in energy chains. The Legion thwarted him and he was imprisoned in one of his own cells. Grimbor first appeared in Superboy #221 (August 24, 1976).

one of the best LOSH villains of all time!
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