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Born about 80 years in the future, Bishop was the son of Aboriginal mutant refugees who fled to America from Australia a day before Australia was devastated by a nuclear attack. He debuted in Uncanny X-Men #282 (September 3, 1991). He was raised in a mutant concentration camp in the aftermath of the Summers Rebellion, an uprising in which mutants and humans joined forces to destroy the Sentinels. Bishop has a distinctive M brand over his right eye, used to identify mutants in his era. When Professor Xavier’s insane son — the mutant Legion — went back in time to assassinate Magneto, Bishop was one of the X-Men sent to stop him. When they failed, and Legion accidentally killed Professor Xavier, Bishop was the only time-traveler to remain when history was altered and became the Age of Apocalypse. He eventually convinced the Magneto of that era that the existence of this reality was wrong, and with a great amount of sacrifice, managed to correct the error and stop Legion. After the timeline reset itself, Bishop received some of his counterpart’s unsettling memories of the Age of Apocalypse.

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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 September 3-9, 2021...

150 years ago September 4, 1871 French writer-artist Georges Delau is born. He signs his work “Georges Delaw” and is known for Les Mille et un Tours de Placide Serprolet.

145 years ago September 6, 1876 Teacher and New Yorker and editorial cartoonist Boardman Robinson is born.

135 years ago September 5, 1886 Pioneering artist Nell Brinkley is born. She’s especially known for her “Brinkley Girl” art.

105 years ago September 9, 1916 The last issue of Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday is published (although it does come back now and then).

95 years ago September 7, 1926 Voice artist Don Messick is born. His characters include Scooby-Doo, Papa Smurf, and Dr. Benton.

80 years ago September 7, 1941 Comic strip Biff Baker begins, written by Ernest Lynn and drawn by Henry Schlensker.

80 years ago September 9, 1941 The cartoonist of Love Is …, Kim Casali, is born as Marilyn Judith Grove.

75 years ago September 9, 1946 Bernard Segal’s Honey and Hank (also known as Elsworth) begins.

70 years ago September 4, 1951 Writer-artist, underground comix cartoonist, and comics and animation historian and critic Scott Shaw! is born.

70 years ago September 9, 1951 Michael Keaton is born. The actor plays many comics-connected roles including Batman and Birdman.

65 years ago September 6, 1956 Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, Secret Agent X-9, and Rip Kirby creator Alex Raymond dies in a car crash at age 46.

60 years ago September 3, 1961 Artist, designer, and editor Pat Redding Scanlon is born (as Pat Redding). She’s especially known for work at Marvel and United Feature Syndicate.

55 years ago September 8, 1966 Tarzan begins as a weekly NBC hour-long prime time series starring Ron Ely. The Gold Key series will now and then put the subtitle “TV Adventures” on the cover, starting with #165 (March 1967), which features Ely.

55 years ago September 8, 1966 Following previews of “The Cage” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before” at the 24th World Science Fiction Convention over Labor Day Weekend, NBC begins to broadcast Star Trek. The Gold Key series will begin with a photo cover on the October 1967 issue.

55 years ago September 9, 1966 Time Tunnel (also previewed at that convention) begins on ABC-TV. It only gets a couple of issues from Gold Key (starting with the February 1967 issue), and the cover features only a small black and white photo insert from the show itself.

50 years ago September 6, 1971 The 75 Years of the Comics exhibition opens at the New York Cultural Center. The display contains more than 300 items, and Maurice Horn is a consultant on the event.

50 years ago September 9, 1971 Simpsons writer-producer Matt Selman is born.

45 years ago September 6, 1976 Dutch artist Hans Ducro dies at age 52.

40 years ago September 4, 1981 Filming wraps on John Huston’s Annie movie.

35 years ago September 4, 1986 Golden Age artist Edd Ashe dies at age 78. He drew such characters as The Human Torch, Mike Shayne, and Don Winslow of the Navy.

30 years ago September 4, 1991 Canadian artist Bing Coughlin dies at age 85. He was known for his Herbie military comic strip and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his cartoon work.

30 years ago September 5, 1991 Influential Marvel Vice-President – New Product Development Carol Kalish dies of a brain aneurysm at age 36. She worked as a writer, editor, retailer, and sales manager in the course of her career.

25 years ago September 3, 1996 Bulgarian teacher and artist Petar Grigorov dies at age 73.

15 years ago September 4, 2006 Argentina celebrates its first “Dia de la Historieta.”

15 years ago September 5, 2006 Teacher, artist, and puppeteer John McLusky dies at age 83. He was the first artist of Ian Fleming’s James Bond comic strip.

15 years ago September 6, 2006 The pop culture-oriented Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is established at Camden Yards in Baltimore. With exhibits focusing on the evolution of American popular entertainment, the facility takes visitors from era to era and includes a focus on comic books. It will close June 3, 2018, and many of its exhibits will be donated to The Library of Congress.

10 years ago September 4, 2011 Animator and artist Dave Hoover dies at age 56. Known for his work on Captain America and Starman, he co-created Wilde Knight with Gary Petras.

10 years ago September 6, 2011 Film maker, teacher, and underground comix creator George Kuchar dies of complications related to prostate cancer at age 69.

5 years ago September 7, 2016 Animator and artist Richard Thomas “Sparky” Moore dies at age 91. He worked on many Western Publishing comic books (many of them licensed Disney stories) as well as on Disney newspaper strips.
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September 4

In 1972 Marvel had wished to acquire the rights to adapt the Kung Fu television program but were denied permission by the show’s owner, Time Warner, owner of DC Comics. Marvel acquired the comic book rights to Sax Rohmer’s pulp villain, Dr. Fu Manchu, instead. They developed Shang-Chi, a master of kung fu, who was introduced as a previously unknown son of Fu Manchu. Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 (September 4, 1973). Shang-Chi was born in the Honan province of the People’s Republic of China and is the son of Fu Manchu, the Chinese mastermind who has repeatedly attempted world conquest and had a thirst for blood. Shang-Chi was raised and trained in martial arts by his father and his instructors. He was sent on a mission to murder Dr. Petrie, but he met Fu Manchu’s archenemy, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, and learned that Fu Manchu was evil and rebelled against his father. Shang-Chi battled Midnight, and then first met his close ally, Black Jack Tarr. Shangi-Chi became an ally of Sir Denis Nayland Smith, and opposed Fu Manchu, and battled the Si-Fan assassins. Although it has never been determined exactly how extensive Shang-Chi’s fighting skills are, he has beaten numerous superhuman opponents. Shang-Chi is classed as an athlete but he is one of the best non-superhumans in martial arts and has dedicated much of his life to the art, being referred to by some as the greatest empty-handed fighter and practitioner of kung fu alive. Much of his physical abilities seem to stem from his mastery of chi, which often allows him to surpass the physical limitations of normal athletes. Shang-Chi is also highly trained in the arts of concentration and meditation and is an expert in various hand weapons including swords, staves, kali sticks, nunchaku, and shuriken.

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Jessica Campbell’s father received tickets for Disney World from his boss Tony Stark. On the way home, their car collides with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family is killed, and she spent several months in a coma. Upon waking, she is placed in an orphanage and adopted by the Jones family. She first appeared in Alias #1 (September 5, 2001). Jessica later discovers that her radiation exposure granted her super strength, limited invulnerability, and flight. She later witnesses a fight between Spider-Man and the villain Sandman in her school. This inspires her to use her abilities for good. At various points in her history, she has used various aliases, including Jewel, Knightress, and Power Woman. As Jewel, Jones has a fairly uneventful superhero career until she intervenes in a disturbance at a restaurant involving Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man. Killgrave uses his power of mind control to place Jones under his command, psychologically torturing her and forcing her to aid his criminal schemes. Jones undergoes psychic therapy with Jean Grey of the X-Men, who places a special mental command in Jones’s subconscious that would protect her from further mind control. Due to the traumatic violation of her mind by Killgrave, and the fact that she was barely noticed missing for eight months, a demoralized and depressed Jones gives up her costumed superhero life. Jones, no longer a superhero, opens a private detective agency. Killgrave, still obsessed with Jones, escaped from high-security incarceration, but with the mental defenses Grey had given her, Jones knocked him out and he was recaptured.

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September 6

Connor Hawke is the son of Oliver Queen, the original Green Arrow, and his former girlfriend Sandra “Moonday” Hawke. Connor Hawke met Oliver Queen after Oliver came to stay at the ashram where Connor had been studying for some years. He first appeared in Green Arrow #0 (September 6, 1994). Oliver who had previously retreated to the ashram decades before, looking for peace after accidentally killing a criminal, returned to the ashram under similar circumstances, haunted by the thought that he had killed his former best friend Hal Jordan. Thanks to Connor, who was a big fan of Green Arrow, Oliver was able to regain a semblance of inner peace and venture out into the world again, especially after numerous attempts on his life had been made. Connor decided to journey with Oliver and created a costume similar to his. Connor served as Oliver’s sidekick, also meeting with Eddie Fyers, the former federal agent that acted as a form of counsel for Oliver. It was during this time that Oliver learned about his connection to Connor. Oliver didn’t take it well and stormed off, agreeing to go undercover in an eco-terrorist group called the Eden Corps for the government. The mission turned out to be fatal for Oliver, as his arm was connected to a bomb in a plane that was headed for Metropolis. Rather than endanger Metropolis, and refusing to allow his arm to be amputated, he sacrificed himself to let the bomb explode away from the city. With his father dead, Connor decided to take up the mantle of Green Arrow and continue his hero’s work.

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Danielle Moonstar is a mutant who was born in Boulder, Colorado. One of her first manifestations is a vision of her parents’ death, killed by a demonic bear. Shortly afterwards, her parents disappear and Dani is taken in by her grandfather, Black Eagle. The Hellfire Club attempt to capture her, and in the melee, her grandfather is killed. He has already contacted Professor X to take care of Dani. Xavier, who had been a close friend of Moonstar’s father, offers to teach Dani control over her powers. She joins his group of students called the New Mutants, and shortly afterwards becomes the co-leader of the group, together with Cannonball. She first appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants (September 7, 1982). Moonstar originally possessed the psionic/psychic ability to telepathically create illusions of her opponents’ fears or wishes. She later developed a wide range of psionic and energy manipulation powers, as well as some magical abilities after a series of adventures in Asgard.

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September 8

Mac Gargan was a private investigator initially hired by J. Jonah Jameson to find out how Peter Parker is able to obtain incredible pictures of Spider-Man. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #19 (September 8, 1964). Gargan’s efforts set off Peter’s spider-sense and the teen was able to easily evade the detective. Jameson then decided to hire Gargan as the subject of a barely tested process that would endow him with the useful characteristics of a particular animal with the help of Dr. Farley Stillwell. Dr. Stillwell also outfitted him with a club-like mechanical tail. In this case, a scorpion was the base for the purposes of creating a powerful agent capable of defeating Spider-Man. He gained superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, and durability, and the ability to scale walls. The Scorpion proved to be more than a match for the wall-crawler, defeating him twice, but the mutagenic treatment seriously affected Gargan’s mind, driving him insane. He promptly turned on his benefactor but Spider-Man intervened, and managed to finally defeat the Scorpion in their third battle. Jameson was struck with the irony that he was saved by the man he tried to destroy from the thing he created to destroy him. Since then, the Scorpion became a professional criminal and would often return to indulge in his deadly vendetta against Spider-Man and Jameson.

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September 9

Birdman and the Galaxy Trio is a cartoon created by Alex Toth. It debuted on NBC on September 9, 1967, and ran on Saturday mornings. The program consists of Birdman, depicting the adventures of a winged superhero powered by the sun centering on the exploits of the extraterrestrial superhero. Birdman is an ordinary human endowed by the sun god Ra with the ability to shoot solar rays from his fists and project “solar shields” to defend himself against attacks. He was recruited by a top-secret government agency, Inter-Nation Security, and now works full-time fighting crime, assisted by his eagle sidekick Avenger. In addition to the abilities he received from Ra, Birdman also possesses the power of flight, thanks to the giant wings which sprout from his back. His sole weakness is that he must periodically recharge his super powers through exposure to the sun’s rays, a weakness that is exposed in nearly every episode. His trademark is his battle cry of “Biiiiirdman!!” when he goes into battle.

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September 10

The Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, are an extraterrestrial twin brother and sister superhero duo who made their debut in The All-New Super Friends Hour in the episode “Joy Ride” which first aired September 10, 1977. Zan and Jayna are siblings from the planet Exxor who were being informally trained by the superheroes. Unlike their predecessors, Wendy Harris and Marvin White, this pair was able to participate in combat with abilities of their own. Zan can transform into water at any state (solid, liquid, gas) and add to his mass by incorporating water in his immediate area. Jayna can transform into any animal, whether real, mythological, indigenous to Earth or to some other planet. They were originally called Dick and Jane, and their sidekick was Mighty Monkey, before finally becoming Zan, Jayna, and Gleek. The names “Zan” and “Jayna” derived from the Edgar Rice Burroughs characters Tarzan and his romantic interest Jane. Zan and Jayna are Exorian metas, genetic throwbacks to an ancient race of Exorian shapeshifters. Their parents died when they were still babies during a plague, and, because of their origin, no Exorians want to adopt them. They are adopted by the owner of a Space Circus who only wants to use them as sideshow freaks. Fortunately, the circus’ clown is a kind man and raises them. He also gives them Gleek as a pet.

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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 September 10-16, 2021...

145 years ago September 16, 1876 Artist and DC art editor Raymond Perry is born.

130 years ago September 14, 1891 Dixie Dugan comic strip artist John H. Striebel is born.

115 years ago September 14, 1906 The French satirical illustrated magazine La Calotte begins.

110 years ago September 11, 1911 Artist Carl Grubert is born. He draws The Berrys.

100 years ago September 15, 1921 Voice artist Norma MacMillan is born. Among her characters are Sweet Polly Purebred and Davey Hanson.

100 years ago September 16, 1921 Gene Ahern’s panel cartoon Our Boarding House begins.

90 years ago September 15, 1931 French artist Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville (who worked as “Job”) dies at age 72.

85 years ago September 14, 1936 Canadian editorial cartoonist Roy Peterson is born.

85 years ago September 14, 1936 Walter Koenig is born. While best known for his appearances in Star Trek, he is an active collector and maintains involvement with comics.

75 years ago September 10, 1946 Eisner Awards administrator, convention organizer, editor, publisher, and photographer Jackie Estrada is born.

75 years ago September 16, 1946 French artist Francisque Poulbot dies at age 67.

70 years ago September 14, 1951 Cartoonist Mary Fleener is born.

70 years ago September 15, 1951 Kitchen Sink colorist, cover designer, and editor Peter Poplaski is born.

65 years ago September 10, 1956 Carol Day by David Wright and Peter Meriton begins.

65 years ago September 16, 1956 Letterer Brenda Mings is born.

60 years ago September 11, 1961 Elizabeth Guttman is born. As “E.G. Daily,” she’s a voice artist whose roles include Tommy Pickles and Buttercup.

60 years ago September 13, 1961 Artist Gary Kwapisz, known for his work on Savage Sword of Conan, is born.

55 years ago September 10, 1966 The Hanna-Barbera series Space Ghost begins on CBS Saturday morning TV. The series features the voice of Gary Owens, and Alex Toth provides concepts and design.

50 years ago September 16, 1971 Rolling Stone features Incredible Hulk on the cover, accompanying an article on Marvel’s Bullpen.

40 years ago September 12, 1981 The NBC-TV show Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends begins from newly formed Marvel Productions. (Iceman and Firestar are the “Friends.”)

35 years ago September 10, 1986 Evangelist Bob Larson calls comics “children’s pornography” in his daily Talk Back show.

35 years ago September 13, 1986 The CBS live-action with animation Saturday morning series Pee-wee’s Playhouse begins.

35 years ago September 15, 1986 Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale goes on sale from Pantheon Books. The 160-page trade paperback collects the first six chapters of the Raw story and has a 30,000-copy first printing.

30 years ago September 13, 1991 Canadian artist Edmond Good dies at age 81. He was art director of Bell Publishing, where he created Rex Baxter. He drew Scorchy Smith and Tomahawk and started his own publishing company, Good Comics Inc.

25 years ago September 14, 1996 Prolific Portuguese artist Fernando Bento dies at age 85.

20 years ago September 13, 2001 Writer-artist and editor Johnny Craig dies at age 75. He was best known for his work for the EC line of comics, though he began working in the Golden Age.

20 years ago September 14, 2001 Fan artist, writer, and editor Ronn Foss dies at age 62.

20 years ago September 16, 2001 The SP-Xiles event in Brooklyn replaces the canceled Small Press Expo and raises $1,925 for the Red Cross and the Fire Fighter’s 9-11 Relief Fund.

15 years ago September 12, 2006 Chilean artist and art director Renato Andrade dies at age 85. He worked as “Nato” and created the character Cachupín.

15 years ago September 14, 2006 Comic book and pulp publisher Myron Fass dies at age 80. Though best known as a publisher, he drew comics from the late 1940s until the mid-1950s.

10 years ago September 14, 2011 Award-winning French writer-artist Gilles Chaillet dies at age 65. He was especially known for his Vasco historical series.

10 years ago September 16, 2011 American Greetings Creative Director Tom Wilson dies of pneumonia at age 80. He created the newspaper comic panel Ziggy.
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September 11

Howard the Duck first appeared in Adventure into Fear #19 (September 11, 1973) and several subsequent series have chronicled the misadventures of the ill-tempered, anthropomorphic, “funny animal” trapped on human-dominated Earth. Howard is abducted from his home planet and is dropped into the Florida Everglades by the demonic Thog the Overmaster of the realm Sominus. He falls off the inter-dimensional stepping stones and materializes in Cleveland, Ohio. Howard’s adventures are generally social satires, while a few are parodies of genre fiction with a metafictional awareness of the medium. The book is existentialist, and its main joke, according to Gerber, is that there is no joke: “that life’s most serious moments and most incredibly dumb moments are often distinguishable only by a momentary point of view.”

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This issue was shipped to stores the day after the September 11 attacks in New York City. Due to an unfortunate coincidence the Superman comic features a scene in which Metropolis' twin LexCorp Towers have sustained damage due to events in the "Our Worlds at War" storyline. DC quickly announced that the issue was returnable although few, if any, were actually returned.

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Walter Brown Gibson was born on September 12, 1897, in the Germantown, neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gibson graduated from Colgate University in 1920 where he was a brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon, and began working “for newspapers in his native Philadelphia as a reporter and crossword-puzzle writer.” In 1928 Gibson was asked by Macfadden Publications to edit True Strange Stories; he did, for a time, identified as Walter Scofield, commuting back and forth to New York. In 1931, after submitting some crime stories for Detective Story Magazine, he was asked by publishers Street & Smith to produce the first print adventure of The Shadow, who at that stage was merely a voice, the mysterious narrator of the Street & Smith-sponsored Detective Stories radio drama. It was Gibson who created all the mythos and characterization of The Shadow, including his alter ego of wealthy playboy Lamont Cranston. Gibson wrote more than a hundred books on magic, psychic phenomena, true crime, mysteries, rope knots, yoga, hypnotism, and games. He served as a ghostwriter for books on magic and spiritualism by Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Joseph Dunninger. Gibson wrote the comic books and radio drama Blackstone, the Magic Detective. starring a fictionalized version of Harry Blackstone.

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Born in Hawaii, Nanaue is a humanoid shark. His father is “The King of All Sharks"—also known as the Shark god. Originally there were some doubts surrounding his origins, as other characters, such as special agent Sam Makoa, dismissed his origins as superstition and referred to Nanaue as a "savage mutation” and it was also implied that he was one of the “Wild Men”, an evolved animal but has since been firmly establishing him as the Shark God’s son. King Shark was responsible for a number of missing persons several years before Superboy arrived in Hawaii. Sam Makoa was responsible for bringing him in and bore the scars to prove it. King Shark is freed by the Silicon Dragons who plan on hiring him. Nanaue is not interested and kills his liberators before heading to his mother’s house. His mother allows him to bite her arm off to feed. Superboy managed to take him down with his heat vision. When Superboy and Makoa were assigned to the Suicide Squad to destroy the Silicon Dragons, King Shark was forced to help. An explosive belt was strapped to his waist, set to detonate if anything happened to Makoa. Nanuae was a crazed fighting machine, shredding legions of the Dragons. Despite the belt detonating, King Shark survived the blast and the destruction of the lair. He made his first full appearance in Superboy #9 (September 13, 1994).

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September 14

During the mid-1970s, Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee sold CBS the rights to produce a prime-time live-action Spider-Man series. The series was helmed by producer Daniel R. Goodman. Lee and Goodman fiercely clashed over the direction of the series during the initial production. The series began as a backdoor pilot: a 90 Minute Movie known simply as Spider-Man, which was theatrically released in Europe, South America, New Zealand, and several other regions, but for its American release, it was viewed as a TV movie on September 14, 1977. In it, Peter Parker gains superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. He uses those powers to get a job at the Daily Bugle and to stop a con man who is covertly using mind control for personal gain. The villain is described as “an evil New Age guru that is turning law-abiding citizens into criminals through mind control.”

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Llyra Morris was born in the Milolii Area on the big island of Hawaii. She first appeared in Sub-Mariner #32 (September 15, 1970). As Llyra grew into adolescence, she developed multiple identity disorders and began to believe that when she changed her skin to pink, she was another person, her imaginary twin sister Laurie. Upon adulthood, Llyra journeyed to her father’s land of Lemuria, and through elaborate machinations and the use of her other mutant power to telepathically control marine animals, she usurped the throne from its benevolent ruler, King Karthon, becoming ruler of Lemuria. Several days after her coup, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner of Atlantis, a friend of Karthon’s, voyaged to Lemuria to seek an alliance against the surface people’s ocean pollution. Finding Karthon in chains, Namor engaged Llyra in battle. Llyra dispatched some of the most formidable creatures of the deep at Namor, but Namor prevailed. Llyra was caught in a rockslide caused by a sperm whale under her command and was severely injured, apparently killed. Karthon was freed and regained the throne. Llyra is a member of the Lemurian branch of the Homo mermanus race whose shape-changing powers are amutant ability. Llyra has a certain degree of superhuman strength and durability, and is able to withstand the ocean pressures. She can breathe underwater and withstand the extreme water pressure and freezing temperatures of the sea. She also possesses a psionic control over certain orders of marine life, including gigantic sea monsters.

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@OGJackster I've always loved that cover!!! It's been on my want list for years!!! It just moved up some on that list!!
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I'm glad there are at least a few following this thread lol!
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September 16

Dontrell Hamilton grew up in Harlem. As a child, Dontrell was frightened by the night’s noise and would gradually become accustomed to them and the cockroaches that infested his home. Since then, he has developed an affinity for cockroaches and “Cheese Snipz.” First appearing in Power Man #28 (September 16, 1975), Dontrell “Cockroach” Hamilton turned to a life of crime and became a mob enforcer for Ray “Piranha” Jones. Both of them bought information from Harry Wentworth that detailed about the Adonis Chemical Company’s shipments of lethal bacteriological agents. Power Man was hired to find out who Harry Wentworth sold the information to. He arrived just as Dontrell was in the process of killing Harry Wentworth. After a fierce battle with Power Man, Dontrell used his gun “Josh” to blast Harry Wentworth and shoot Power Man enough to dislocate his shoulder. Dontrell Hamilton has no superpowers but is a skilled marksman. Although he started out with his six-barreled shotgun that he built named “Josh,” Dontrell started to use advanced piece of artillery.

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Prior to the discovery of his mutant abilities, Scott Wright was a disk jockey. With the discovery of his powers he became a special British government operative for M.I.6, a secret British national security unit, under the name Micromax. He is first seen mistaking Rachel Summers for a burglar, and mistakenly trying to arrest her for robbery in Excalibur #44 (September 17, 1991). He is later back up for a disastrous mission with his superior officer Brigadier Theobold Blott, several psychics and a team of F.I.6 ‘Mediators’. They are assigned to track down the perpetrator of the previous thefts and initially erroneously accuse Nightcrawler of sabotage. After that mishap, they are overpowered by a servant creature of Necrom, a powerful sorcerer. They later encounter Necrom himself, and Micromax is the only one to survive the mission, due to his shrinking abilities.

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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 September 17-23, 2021...

155 years ago September 21, 1866 One of the fathers of science fiction, Herbert George Wells, is born. He writes The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.

120 years ago September 20, 1901 Gus Edson is born. He takes over The Gumps at the death of Sidney Smith and he co-creates the Dondi comic strip with Irwin Hasen.

120 years ago September 21, 1901 Bulgarian political cartoonist Ilia Beshkov is born.

120 years ago September 22, 1901 Frederick Burr Opper’s Alphonse and Gaston begins.

100 years ago September 22, 1921 Mad and Little Annie Fanny artist Will Elder is born. Though best known for his work on those projects, the Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee produces a varied body of work, including adventure storytelling with John Severin.

95 years ago September 18, 1926 Writer-artist Joe Kubert is born. He’s especially known for his work on Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, Viking Prince, Tales of the Green Beret, and his own creation, Tor. He founds The Kubert School, which provides guidance for students of comic art.

95 years ago September 21, 1926 Pioneering comics mail-order seller William J. Thailing is born. The vendor of science fiction, mystery, and comics collectibles distributes his sales lists to mail-order customers. (He also lends comics to a few early researchers for their information. Thanks, Bill! Just saying.)

90 years ago September 22, 1931 DC writer, historian, and assistant editor Edward Nelson Bridwell is born. He creates such characters as The Inferior Five, Angel and the Ape, and The Secret Six.

90 years ago September 23, 1931 Writer-artist Stan Lynde is born. He creates the comic strips Rick O’Shay and Latigo.

85 years ago September 18, 1936 Mexican artist, animator, and teacher Román Arámbula is born. He draws the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip following Floyd Gottfredson.

75 years ago September 18, 1946 French satirical artist “Alexis” is born as Dominique Vallet.

75 years ago September 20, 1946 Collectibles retailer Phil Levine is born.

75 years ago September 20, 1946 The British magazine The Comet begins.

70 years ago September 17, 1951 Cassandra Peterson is born. As “Elvira,” she stars in her own comics series.

70 years ago September 18, 1951 Writer-editor-artist Gelett Burgess dies at age 85. The author of the “Goops” books and strip coins the term “blurb” and writes “The Purple Cow!”

70 years ago September 20, 1951 Spirou #705 features the Lucky Luke story “Hors la Loi,” introducing the Daltons.

70 years ago September 21, 1951 Robotech producer and story editor Carl Macek is born. He helps bring anime to the attention of American audiences.

65 years ago September 19, 1956 Animator and artist Cecil Surry dies at age 49. He contributed to Dell comic books, and his animation work included the Oscar-winners “When Magoo Flew” and “Magoo’s Puddle Jumper.”

65 years ago September 20, 1956 Gil Jourdan by Maurice Tillieux begins.

65 years ago September 23, 1956 Award-winning “Writer of Stuff” Peter David is born. The novelist, columnist, and comics, TV, movie, and videogame writer is especially known for his work on Incredible Hulk and Star Trek and his co-creation (with Bill Mumy) of Space Cases.

65 years ago September 23, 1956 Artist Dan Day is born. He’s known for work on such titles as Aztec Ace, Batman, and Swamp Thing.

60 years ago September 18, 1961 Artist Brian Garvey is born. He’s especially known for work with Ian Akin, including ROM and Starriors.

60 years ago September 19, 1961 Artist Cynthia Martin is born. She’s known for her work on Marvel’s Star Wars and on graphic biographies for Capstone Press.

60 years ago September 20, 1961 Hungarian artist Nándor Honti dies at age 83.

55 years ago September 22, 1966 The first DC issue of Plastic Man goes on sale.

40 years ago September 21, 1981 The Muppets comic strip by Guy and Brad Gilchrist begins in more than 80 countries.

30 years ago September 18, 1991 Italian editor-artist Vinicio Berti dies at age 70.

25 years ago September 23, 1996 Award-winning Japanese manga artist Hiroshi Fujimoto dies at age 62. The co-creator of Doraemon with Motoo Abiko eventually works as “Fujiko F. Fujio.”

20 years ago September 21, 2001 Ghost World, based on the Daniel Clowes comic, opens. Directed by Terry Zwigoff, it stars Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, and Scarlett Johansson.

15 years ago September 18, 2006 Dutch artist and musician Johnn Bakker dies at age 59. He was known for work on Blook and Dan Teal.

15 years ago September 20, 2006 Ernie Schroeder dies at age 90. The Golden Age artist was best known for drawing and co-writing stories about The Heap for Hillman’s comics featuring Airboy.

15 years ago September 22, 2006 Chinese artist Liao Bing-xiong dies at age 91.

10 years ago September 17, 2011 Award-winning Dutch artist Minck Oosterveer dies in a motor accident at age 50.

10 years ago September 18, 2011 Artist, colorist, and DC production manager Jack Adler dies at age 94.

10 years ago September 21, 2011 Portuguese artist Júlio Resende dies at age 93.
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70 years ago September 17, 1951 Cassandra Peterson is born. As “Elvira,” she stars in her own comics series.

Happy Birthday Cassandra!!!!

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September 18

Elvin Daryl Haliday was born in Brooklyn, New York. At age 13, he was exposed to toxic waste after coming home from basketball practice. Returning to his grandmother’s home, Elvin was nursed back to health. The chemicals caused Elvin to grow in strength and invulnerability until he appeared to be a muscular man in his mid-30’s. He is able to use his enhanced strength to leap great distances. In his first appearance in Avengers #362 (September 18, 1990), Rage was shown outrunning a speeding subway train, but this ability has not been used again. Encouraged by his grandmother to use his newfound abilities for good, Elvin adopted a costume and name: Rage. Soon after his transformation, Rage confronted the Avengers demanding to be made a member. He scolded Captain America for the team’s lack of any black members. Rage left after a brief scuffle but ended up assisting the Avengers in their next mission against L.D.50. After the team was reorganized under a new United Nations charter, Rage was invited to join as a probationary member.

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September 19

The Heroes for Hire concept originated with Luke Cage’s solo series titled Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. As a “hero for hire”, Cage tried to merge the usually pro bono world of superheroics with the bill-paying practicality of private investigation. Initially, Heroes for Hire, Inc. was a small business licensed by the state of New York that offered a full line of professional investigation and protection services. Heroes for Hire was owned by Luke Cage and Daniel Rand. It had offices on Park Avenue and two paid employees: Jenny Royce, the group’s secretary and Jeryn Hogarth, the group’s lawyer and business representative. The team first appeared in Power Man and Iron Fist #54 (September 19, 1978). Heroes for Hire would not accept jobs that involved extralegal activities. Iron Fist supporting cast characters Colleen Wing and Misty Knight often appeared also, although never becoming official members.

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September 21

Reports of lycanthropy in the Russoff line stretch back many centuries. Gregor Russoff married Laura, the former girlfriend of his younger brother Philip. Jacob (later Jack) was born in Mediaş, Transylvania, soon after, and Laura was pregnant with Lissa within two years of marriage; however, when lightning struck Russoff’s Transylvanian castle during a full moon, the werewolf Gregor escaped confinement and began attacking villagers. They tracked down and killed Russoff with silver bullets. After Gregor’s death, Laura found Philip - who had moved to Los Angeles, anglicizing his name to Russell - and they married after a year; Jack and Lissa remained unaware of Philip’s past. To protect Laura’s name, Philip paid the criminal organization Committee but had second thoughts and canceled payment, causing the Committee to send Max Grant to kill Laura. Critically injured in a car crash on Jack’s 18th birthday, Laura barely had time to tell Jack about his true father and the curse of the werewolf. Having inherited lycanthropy the night before, Jack slew Grant, but wrongly blamed Philip for some time. Jack spent the next few years as a traveler, transforming on the three nights of the full moon into savage werewolf form. The Werewolf by Night character first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #2 (September 21, 1971) and was based on an idea by Roy Thomas.

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September 22

Spider-Woman is animated series based on the character from the comics. It first aired on September 22, 1979. Jessica Drew was bitten by a poisonous spider as a child; her father saved her life by injecting her with an experimental “spider serum,” which also granted her superhuman powers. As an adult, Jessica is editor of Justice Magazine, with two other employees featured; photographer Jeff Hunt and Jessica’s teenage nephew Billy. When trouble arises, Jessica slips away to change into her secret identity of Spider-Woman. The cartoon differs considerably from the comic book in its premise and supporting cast. Nor do the darker elements of the comic book enter into the much brighter world of the cartoon. The animated Spider-Woman’s powers are noticeably modified; her enhanced strength in particular seems entirely missing, as she is shown in several episodes being restrained by means that her super-strong comic-book counterpart could easily break.

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September 23

Born Moira Kinross to Scottish parents, Moira MacTaggert was one of the world’s leading authorities on genetic mutation, earning her a Nobel Prize for her work. She first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #96 (September 23, 1975). She was the longest running human associate of the X-Men and was Professor Charles Xavier’s colleague, confidante, and also once his fiancée, having met and fallen in love with him while they were postgraduates at Oxford University. She was married to her old flame, the late politician Joseph MacTaggert. Joe proved to be an abusive husband; Moira separated from him after he beat her into a week-long coma and, as it is implied, raped her, leaving her pregnant. She kept her son’s existence a secret, and when Joe refused her a divorce she allowed people to believe she was widowed. She eventually created a Mutant Research Center on Muir Island, off the coast of Scotland. Moira was forced to contain and imprison her son Kevin, later called Proteus, when he developed reality warping abilities and severe psychosis. One of Moira’s goals was to understand human/mutant genetics, in order to cure her son. Moira’s connection to the X-Men began long before the team formed. The silent partner in the founding of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and co-creator of Cerebro, Moira assisted Xavier in helping the young Jean Grey recover after the traumatic triggering of her mutant abilities. Moira was a kind woman who took to helping humans and mutants alike.

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Moira was, plotwise, the key to the (relatively) recent House of X/Powers of X series. She looks to be important again in the Inferno event starting up soon.
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The Hourman of the 853rd century is an android constructed by Tyler Chemorobotics (formerly TylerCo). Although he is an android, he possesses the full range of emotions and human flaws that an ordinary human does. Nonetheless, the technology with which he was constructed is far advanced beyond anything conceivable in the 20th century. Why the android was built is unknown, although it seems likely that he was in fact commissioned by the New God Metron, who sought to make it his replacement and apprentice. Rex Tyler (the original Hourman), who served as the biological template for the android, spent some time in the future and was involved in its construction. Matthew Tyler first appeared in JLA #12 (September 24, 1997). Shortly after its construction, Metron appointed Hourman as his heir and entrusted him with the Worlogog, an ancient artifact containing a map of space/time from Creation until the End of the Universe.

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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 September 24-30, 2021...

140 years ago September 30, 1881 French artist Georges Léonnec is born.

110 years ago September 26, 1911 The Belgian writer-artist who works as “Sirius,” Max Mayeu, is born.

110 years ago September 30, 1911 Polish artist Franciszek Kostrzewski dies at age 85. He makes one of the earliest Polish comics, Jedynaczek’s Story in 32 Pictures (1859).

105 years ago September 29, 1916 Carl Giles is born. The OBE-awarded Daily Express cartoonist is known for his single panel work featuring the “Giles family” in cartoons often tied to current events.

100 years ago September 25, 1921 Influential French artist Jacques Martin is born. He’s best known for “Alix” and “Lefranc.”

95 years ago September 29, 1926 Will Eisner Hall of Fame artist Russ Heath is born. He’s known for years of comic book art and for his work with Harvey Kurtzman on Little Annie Fanny.

90 years ago September 27, 1931 The first Sunday Tarzan comic strip is published.

85 years ago September 24, 1936 Muppets creator Jim Henson is born.

75 years ago September 26, 1946 Writer-editor Louise Simonson is born. Born Mary Louise Alexander, she works for Warren and Marvel, writes Red Sonja, and creates Power Pack.

75 years ago September 26, 1946 Le Journal de Tintin begins. The issue introduces Blake and Mortimer by Edgar P. Jacobs and continues Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin (which was interrupted by World War II).

75 years ago September 30, 1946 Writer-editor Howard Zimmerman is born.

70 years ago September 24, 1951 Schroeder is first seen behind his piano in Charles Schulz’ Peanuts.

70 years ago September 25, 1951 Cartoonist Howard Bender is born.

70 years ago September 25, 1951 Mark Hamill is born. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He co-writes The Black Pearl (1996). OK, OK, there’s Star Wars, the voice artist work for The Joker – did I mention Comic Book: the Movie (2004)? Oh, go on. Look him up.

70 years ago September 27, 1951 Writer-artist-editor Jim Shooter is born. His first professional comics script is accepted when he is 14, and he is editor in chief at Marvel, Valiant Comics, Defiant Comics, and Broadway Comics.

70 years ago September 30, 1951 Colorist, dealer, and con organizer Ken Feduniewicz is born.

70 years ago September 30, 1951 Editor-publisher Deni Loubert is born.

65 years ago September 25, 1956 Fantagraphics vice president and co-publisher Kim Thompson is born. He edits and translates a wide variety of comics reprints.

65 years ago September 30, 1956 Dick Tracy gets a crewcut in Chester Gould’s strip, showing how up to date the police force is. (Maybe you had to be there, but …)

60 years ago September 24, 1961 Ludwig von Drake is introduced in the first episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. He sings “The Spectrum Song” and is voiced by Paul Frees.

60 years ago September 25, 1961 Harry Mace’s Amy begins.

60 years ago September 26, 1961 Writer Tom Veitch is born. Beginning with work on underground comix, he co-creates (with Cam Kennedy) The Light and Darkness War, (with Bryan Talbot) The Nazz, (with Adam Kubert) Clash, and (with John Ridgway) My Name Is Chaos. He’s also known for his work on Star Wars comics.

55 years ago September 26, 1966 Gus Edson dies of heart failure at age 65. He took over The Gumps at the death of Sidney Smith and co-created Dondi with Irwin Hasen.

55 years ago September 30, 1966 Writer-editor Dan Danko is born.

50 years ago September 25, 1971 The British comics magazine TV Century 21 ends.

45 years ago September 25, 1976 The British comics magazine Roy of the Rovers begins.

45 years ago September 27, 1976 Mary Worth initiates the subject of teen pregnancy in comic strips, when Karen Cooper announces her intent to drop out of school to have a baby. The story is written by Allen Saunders and drawn by Ken Ernst.

40 years ago September 29, 1981 Danish comics writer Aage Grauballe dies at age 56.

35 years ago September 27, 1986 Warlord merges with Victor from D.C. Thomson with #627.

30 years ago September 24, 1991 Artist Dom Orejudos dies of AIDS at age 58.

30 years ago September 24, 1991 Theodor Seuss Geisel, the cartoonist-writer known as “Dr. Seuss,” dies at age 87 following cancer and a jaw infection. He produced 46 children’s books in addition to many magazine and book cartoons, including the “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” ad campaign and political cartoons for PM.

25 years ago September 26, 1996 Golden Age comic book artist Alex Kotzky dies of kidney disease at age 73. He ghosted several comic strips and was best known for his work on Apartment 3-G.

20 years ago September 24, 2001 The cover of The New Yorker commemorates the victims of the September 11 attacks. It’s by Françoise Mouly from an idea by Art Spiegelman.

20 years ago September 26, 2001 Artist Fred Neher dies three days before his 98th birthday. He was especially known for the panel cartoon Life’s Like That.

20 years ago September 30, 2001 Cartoonist George Gately (actually George Gately Gallagher) dies of a heart attack at age 72. The creator of the Heathcliff newspaper comic was the brother of cartoonist John Gallagher.

20 years ago September 30, 2001 Prolific Danish animator and artist Bjørn Frank Jensen dies at age 81. His work included creation of the gag comic Nop.

10 years ago September 25, 2011 Dutch writer-artist Dick Briel dies at age 60.

10 years ago September 26, 2011 Italian writer and publisher Sergio Bonelli dies at age 78. He created Zagor and Mister No.

10 years ago September 29, 2011 Prolific Belgian artist Albert Weinberg dies at age 89. He was knighted in the Order of Leopold in 1991.

5 years ago September 25, 2016 Award-winning Spanish artist Fernando Puig Rosado dies at age 85.

5 years ago September 30, 2016 French artist Ted Benoît dies at age 69.
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Patsy Walker first appeared in Miss America Magazine #2 (September 25, 1944), published by Timely Comics. Redheaded Patsy Walker, her parents Stanley and Betty, her boyfriend Robert “Buzz” Baxter, and her raven-haired friendly rival Hedy Wolfe appeared from the 1940s through 1967 in issues of Miss America, Teen Comics, Girls’ Life, and the namesake teen-humor series Patsy Walker. Patsy Walker was among the very few titles published continuously by Marvel from the 1940s Golden Age of Comic Books, through Marvel’s 1950s iteration as Atlas Comics, and into the 1960s Silver Age of Comic Books. Following Patsy’s high-school graduation the title switched from humor to become a young career-gal romantic adventure. Patsy and Hedy later made a cameo appearance in Fantastic Four Annual #3, establishing them in the Marvel Universe. It was further established that the earlier stories were fictional works published within the fictional Marvel Universe itself, and written by Patsy’s mother Dorothy Walker though based upon Patsy’s own life and friends. Pasty would later become the heroine Hellcat and work as a member of the Defenders and Avengers.

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