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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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September 24

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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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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September 25

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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September 26

Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Little Nemo and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur. Records of McCay’s birth are not extant. Late in life, he told friends he was born September 26, 1871. Michigan census records from 1870 and 1880 list a Zenas W. McKay, who was born in Canada in 1867. No Canadian birth record has been found. McCay came to be known by his middle name, Winsor. According to a story told within the family, McCay made his first drawing in the aftermath of one of the many fires that hit Spring Lake: he picked up a nail and etched the scene of the fire in the frost of a windowpane. He was able to draw accurately from memory. In his first year making posters and other advertisements for Kohl & Middleton, McCay was smitten when Maude Leonore Dufour walked into the dime museum with her sister while he was painting. He rushed to his studio to change into a custom-tailored suit, returned, and introduced himself to the fourteen-year-old Maude. Soon they eloped in Covington, Kentucky. McCay began working on the side for the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, where he learned to draw with a dip pen. McCay’s first continuing comic strip, Mr. Goodenough, debuted in the Evening Telegram. The formula for the strip was that a sedentary millionaire would seek ways to become more active, with embarrassing results. Sister’s Little Sister’s Beau, McCay’s first strip with a child protagonist, lasted one instalment that April, and his first color strip, Phurious Phinish of Phoolish Philipe’s Phunny Phrolics, appeared in the Herald’s Sunday supplement. McCay’s longest-running strip, Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, first appeared in the Evening Telegram in September 1904. McCay got “an idea from the Rarebit Fiend to please the little folk”, and in October 1905 the full-page Sunday strip Little Nemo in Slumberland debuted in the Herald. Considered McCay’s masterpiece, its child protagonist had fabulous dreams, interrupted each week with his awakening in the final panel. McCay said he was most proud of his animation work. He completed ten animated films between 1911 and 1921, and three more were planned. Gertie the Dinosaur debuted in February 1914 as part of McCay’s vaudeville act. McCay introduced Gertie as “the only dinosaur in captivity”, and commanded the animated beast with a whip. McCay’s work has inspired cartoonists from Carl Barks to Art Spiegelman. Robert Crumb called McCay a “genius” and one of his favorite cartoonists. The Winsor McCay Award was established in 1972 to recognize individuals for lifetime or career contributions in animation, and is presented as part of the Annie Awards.


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September 27

The Queen of Fables’ was originally a sorceress from another dimension until she was exiled to Earth. She first appeared in JLA #47 (September 27, 2000). She reigned until princess Snow White defied her and she was trapped in the Book of Fables. Snow White used the book to turn fact into fiction and undo all the Queen’s terrible acts. Countless generations later the Queen was unwittingly released from her prison. She transformed Manhattan into an enchanted forest full of fantastic creatures extracted from folk tales. Seeing Wonder Woman on TV, believing the Amazon Princess to be her daughter, she confronts her, forcing her into a deep sleep in an enchanted forest. Aquaman awakens Wonder Woman with his kiss, and Batman discovers the book that the Queen had been trapped in. The Justice League managed to stop her, by making her realize that she was no longer immortal and eternally beautiful in the real world, and lock her up once more, undoing her spell again.


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September 28

Millions of years ago, the Celestials performed genetic experiments on the reptilian ancestors of the Skrulls, resulting in three branches of Skrulls that eventually warred with one another. The Deviant branch—possessing the innate ability to shapeshift—were triumphant, and afterward wiped out all members of the other two races until only two were left: the Skrull Eternal, Kly'bn, and Prime Skrull of the original Skrull race. Kly'bn implored them to spare his life, as killing him would kill part of their heritage. The Deviants’ leader, Sl'gur’t, fell in love with him, with the two eventually becoming the gods of the Skrull pantheon. As Kly'bn could not change, Sl'gurt vowed to never keep the same shape for too long. The Skrulls first appeared in Fantastic Four #2 (September 28, 1961). The modern Skrulls originate from the planet of Skrullos, and were originally a mercantile civilization, primarily interested in free trade and willing to share their technology with all races they deemed worthy. When they encountered a new race, they simply transformed themselves to resemble that race. The Skrull empire that resulted from these contacts was based on free trade and mutual cooperation. The empire is controlled by an emperor and each of the 978 worlds is controlled by a governor.


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September 29

Maya Lopez’s father, Willie “Crazy Horse” Lincoln, was killed by the Kingpin. She makes her first appearance in Daredevil #9 (September 29, 1999). As Crazy Horse dies, he leaves a bloody handprint on Maya’s face. His last dying wish is that his partner in crime, the Kingpin, raise Maya well: a wish the Kingpin honors, caring for her as his own. One day, upon visiting her father’s grave with Fisk, Maya asks how he died. Fisk tells her that Daredevil killed him. Maya is sent by the Kingpin to Matt Murdock to prove Matt’s weakness. He tells her that Matt believes he is a bad person, and that she is the only way to prove him wrong. Matt Murdock and Maya soon fall in love. She later takes on the guise of Echo to hunt down Daredevil. On her face she paints a white handprint, similar to the bloody handprint left by her dying father. Having watched videos of Bullseye and Daredevil fighting, she proves more than a match for Daredevil. After several failed attempts, noticing that Daredevil can easily move through the dark, Maya easily figures out Daredevil’s weakness, and exploits this by having him fight in a place where his heightened senses are useless. Maya easily takes him down and nearly kills him, refusing only when she finds out Matt and Daredevil are one and the same.


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September 30

At the beginning of each episode of the Lone Ranger, the magnificent white stallion, Silver, would rear up with the Lone Ranger on his back, then they would dash off, the Ranger encouragingly shouting, “Hi-Yo, Silver!” According to the episode “The Legend of Silver” (September 30, 1938), before acquiring Silver, the Lone Ranger rode a chestnut mare called Dusty. The Lone Ranger saves Silver’s life from an enraged buffalo and, in gratitude, Silver chooses to give up his wild life to carry him. At the end of each episode, one of the characters would always ask the sheriff or other authority, “Who was that masked man?” When it was explained, “Oh, he’s the Lone Ranger!”, the Ranger and Tonto would be seen galloping off with the cry, “Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!”


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October 1

In her debut in the original Mirage Comics storyline for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (October 1, 1984), April O'Neil was a skilled computer programmer and assistant to a famous yet nefarious scientist Baxter Stockman. The Mirage Studios version of April has dark brown/black hair, though most subsequent incarnations of April are redheads. In the 1987 cartoon series, April O'Neil was introduced as a television reporter for Channel 6 News. She had a strong nature and passion for her work, frequently expressing disagreement with her employer Burne Thompson’s assignments. She also fell out repeatedly with Vernon Fenwick, the director/camera operator whose enormous ego compelled him to scoop April on her stories whenever possible. April was reporting on a series of high-tech equipment thefts when she came under attack by a gang of street punks. Thinking quickly, she managed to squeeze into a storm drain and ran from the mob until she hit a dead end. The Ninja Turtles were nearby and defeated the punks. She was taken back to their sewer lair, where they explained their origins to her. April quickly became their major link to the outside world since their unusual appearance effectively precluded them from functioning above ground without some sort of disguise. In all of the TMNT continuities, she is a good friend of the Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo.


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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 October 1-7, 2021...

120 years ago October 2, 1901 Lady Bountiful by Gene Carr begins. Wiki calls it “the first balloon comic starring a female protagonist.”

120 years ago October 5, 1901 The Dutch illustrated satirical weekly De Ware Jacob begins.

105 years ago October 6, 1916 Robert Powell is born (as Stanislav Robert Pawlowski). The Golden Age artist of Sheena and Mr. Mystic co-writes the debut of Blackhawk, pencils Mars Attacks gum cards, and is art director of Sick.

100 years ago October 5, 1921 Belgian writer-artist Fred Funcken is born. He works with his wife, Liliane, on historical strips for Tintin.

95 years ago October 2, 1926 Artist Ramona Fradon is born. Especially known for her work on Brenda Starr and Aquaman, she co-creates Metamorpho with Bob Haney.

90 years ago October 4, 1931 Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy strip makes its debut in the Detroit Mirror.

80 years ago October 3, 1941 Dutch artist Onno Docters van Leeuwen is born. Although not a comics artist, he provides art and designs for the Lambiek comics shop.

80 years ago October 5, 1941 German cartoonist Manfred Bofinger is born.

65 years ago October 6, 1956 Hungarian artist Erwin Barta dies at age 78.

65 years ago October 6, 1956 Kathleen A. Webb is born. She writes and draws for Archie Comics and Christian comics.

55 years ago October 6, 1966 Writer Darwin McPherson is born.

50 years ago October 1, 1971 Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida.

50 years ago October 7, 1971 Walt Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks opens in the United Kingdom. Based on novels by Mary Norton, the film combines live-action and animation.

45 years ago October 4, 1976 The newspaper strip Inside Woody Allen by Stuart Hample begins.

35 years ago October 4, 1986 British editor and comic book writer Mike Butterworth dies of a heart attack at age 62. He wrote The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire for British weeklies.

35 years ago October 6, 1986 Mike Carlin joins the DC Comics staff as editor.

30 years ago October 2, 1991 The award-winning Greek artist George Vakalo dies at age 86 or 87 – or 88 or 89. (He was born in 1902 or 1904.)

20 years ago October 7, 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Herbert Lawrence Block, widely known as “Herblock,” dies of pneumonia at age 91.

15 years ago October 3, 2006 British artist Terry Aspin dies at age 90. He was especially known for his contributions to British “girls’” comics.

5 years ago October 3, 2016 Teacher, writer-editor, and Caliber Comics Publisher Gary Reed dies at age 60.

5 years ago October 7, 2016 Fantasy film historian Bill Warren dies of massive infections at age 73. He wrote for Warren (no relation) comics series.

And here are the anniversaries spanning the month of October…

85 years ago October 1936 Dell’s The Funnies #1 (later to change its name to New Funnies) cover features Major Hoople of Gene Aherne’s Our Boarding House and A. Mutt of Bud Fisher’s Mutt and Jeff, which it introduces to comic books. But, hey, also introduced to comic books in the issue are such features as V.T. Hamlin’s Alley Oop, Gladys Parker’s Flapper Fanny, Hal Forrest’s Tailspin Tommy, and Roy Crane’s Captain Easy. Oh, and it subtitles its cover logo “The Funnies” to add “for all the family.”

85 years ago October 1936 More Fun Comics #14 (otherwise known as Vol. 2 #2) contains the first appearance of Dr. Occult in color and as a DC character. See, here’s the thing: The Comics Magazine #1 (May 1936, published by “Comics Magazine Company, Inc.”) featured Dr. Mystic. Now he’s changed his name, and his story is announced as “Part 2” – but it’s in a DC series. Oh – and you may have heard of the guys who contribute the “Toth and the Seven” story: They’re Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

80 years ago October 1941 Classic Comics #1 is the first comic book to go into seemingly endless reprints and is the first “educational theme” newsstand comic book and the first publication from Gilberton. Oh, the title of the first adaptation? It’s The Three Musketeers, and the Alexandre Dumas tale is adapted by Malcolm Kildale.

80 years ago October 1941 Quality’s Military Comics #3 introduces Chop-Chop, who isn’t offensive at all. Well … Ummm … Anyway, “The Doomed Battalion!” is by Will Eisner and Chuck Cuidera. (Chop-Chop survives a plane crash on Blackhawk Island and sets the team on another mission.)

80 years ago October 1941 DC’s Adventure Comics #67 introduces the Starman foe The Mist in “The Menace of the Invisible Raiders!” by Alfred Bester, Jack Burnley, and Ray Burnley. Hey, how come the government passed up an opportunity to get The Mist’s inviso-solution? Gee!

80 years ago October 1941 DC’s Star Spangled Comics #1 (which, by the way, also introduces its Editorial Advisory Board) introduces Tarantula in a story by Mort Weisinger and Hal Sharp. Oh, and it introduces both The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy by Jerry Siegel and Hal Sherman.

80 years ago October 1941 Fiction House’s Fight Comics (which features “two-fisted Americans in action”) #15 introduces Super-American. He “answers his Nation’s zero hour s.o.s.” After all, in this issue, dated two months before Pearl Harbor, the cover proclaims, “Washington invaded … Fifth Columnists run wild … The skies rain parachute troops … Then into the midst of the dictator-spawned violence zooms a future U.S. soldier, summoned by a despairing scientist from the advanced year 2350.” “What a man!” He comes back “through time to battle the ‘Hordes of the Secret Dictator’” in a story drawn by Dan Zolnerowich. (There are armbands on the enemy – but the insignia … Well, it’s sort of a doughnut.) Whew! Thank goodness that scientist manages to develop The Chronopticon!

80 years ago October 1941 Centaur’s Amazing-Man Comics #24 introduces Nightshade in a story by Charles Verral and Homer Fleming, calling him “Nemisis of Gangdom.” Well, hey, they don’t have Spellcheck in 1941. Anyway, Howard Hall’s shadow is special.

80 years ago October 1941 Ace Magazines’ Our Flag Comics #2 introduces The Flag, who “smashes his star-spangled way through the attacking enemy forces – to victory.”

75 years ago October 1946 Princess Pantha first appears in Pines’ Thrilling Comics #56. Yeah, she didn’t actually grow up in the jungles – but the circus performer manages to make jungly Africa her home, while she looks for a white gorilla. (Everyone needs a hobby.)

65 years ago October 1956 Marvel’s Yellow Claw (“Who … or what … is he??!”) #1 introduces Yellow Claw and Jimmy Woo. “At last it can be told!” “All-new thrills with the most dangerous man of all time!” tales are by Al Feldstein and Joe Maneely.

60 years ago October 1961 Untouchables first appears in comic books in Dell’s Four Color #1237. “Elliot Ness strikes fast to break up one of the biggest crime syndicates in gangland history.” Robert Stack joins other series performers for the cover photo. Interior art is by Dan Spiegle.

60 years ago October 1961 “The most fearful menace of them all!” Marvel’s Strange Tales #89 introduces Fin Fang Foom in a story drawn by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

55 years ago October 1966 DC’s Adventure Comics #349 introduces Universo (“The Unwanted”) and [Spoiler!] his son, Rond Vidar. “You will let me join the Legion! You have no choice … Say it, Legionnaires!” “The Rogue Legionnaire” is by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan, and George Klein.

55 years ago October 1966 Doggone it. “The suspense is over!” There were those who, though they may not have applauded Alfred’s departure via boulder in DC’s Detective Comics #328 (June 1964) … Oh, never mind. “Inside Story of The Outsider!” by Gardner Fox, Sheldon Moldoff, and Joe Giella features “Batman’s most mysterious foe unmasked at last!” in #356. Geez.

55 years ago October 1966 Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man #41 introduces Rhino in a story by Stan Lee, John Romita, Bill Ward, and Mike Esposito.

50 years ago October 1971 “Fool! It will take more than a freak with six arms to stop – a Vampire!” The Amazing Spider-Man #101 introduces Morbius the Living Vampire. (About the six arms comment … Long story. Don’t worry about it.) The adventure is by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and Frank Giacoia.

50 years ago October 1971 DC cancels Girls’ Romances with #160. Appropriately enough, one of the cover-featured stories is “I Begged Him … Kiss Me Goodby!” Choke! Sob!

45 years ago October 1976 Marvel Premiere #32 introduces Monarck Starstalker in a story of “savage science fantasy” by Howard Chaykin. “The galaxy is his hunting ground … its deadliest inhabitants his prey!!”

45 years ago October 1976 The third Black Talon (Samuel Barone) is introduced in Marvel’s The Avengers #152 in “Nightmare in New Orleans!” by Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott. “Nothing can stop me now!” Oh, yeah?

45 years ago October 1976 In The X-Men #101, Marvel Girl becomes Phoenix “in the mutant heroes’ hour of maximum peril,” and Black Tom Cassidy makes his first full appearance. “Like a Phoenix, from the Ashes!” is by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Frank Chiaramonte.

45 years ago October 1976 “Now…Richie Rich as SupeRichie” says the cover of Harvey’s Superichie #5, which (yes) introduces Superichie (or SupeRichie). “‘The Pirates are coming’…and Richie and Cadbury are ready!” OK, then.

45 years ago October 1976 “Now in her own magazine, TV’s top heroine battles her deadliest foe.” DC’s Isis begins with “Scarab” by Denny O’Neil, Ric Estrada, and Wally Wood, providing the story of her origin.

40 years ago October 1981 Marvel’s The Defenders celebrates its #100.

35 years ago October 1986 Kitchen Sink picks up Reed Waller’s Omaha the Cat Dancer from Steeldragon Press and starts the numbering with #1 again.

35 years ago October 1986 Marvel launches its “New Universe” with Spitfire and the Troubleshooters #1 (by Eliot Brown, Jack Morelli, Gerry Conway, Herb Trimpe, Joe Sinnott, and Tom Morgan) and Star Brand #1 (by Jim Shooter, John Romita Jr., and Al Williamson).

35 years ago October 1986 Dylan Dog begins from Bonelli. The black and white issue features “L’alba dei morti viventi” by Tiziano Sclavi and Angelo Stano.

35 years ago October 1986 DC’s The New Teen Titans #24 introduces the villainous group called The Hybrid (“Horror is … The Hybrid!”) and the Promethium that causes a bunch o’ problems. “Hell Is The Hybrid” is by Marv Wolfman, Eduardo Barreto, and Romeo Tanghal.

35 years ago October 1986 Marvel’s The Uncanny X-Men #210 introduces The Marauders: Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Riptide, Scalphunter, Scrambler, and Vertigo. “The Morning After” is by Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr., and Dan Green.

35 years ago October 1986 Marvel’s G.I. Joe Special Missions #1 begins the series with “That Sinking Feeling” by Larry Hama and Herb Trimpe.

35 years ago October 1986 DC kicks off its revamps of existing Superman characters in The Man of Steel #1 by John Byrne and Dick Giordano with a look at Lara and Jor-El. And (45 years after his 1941 introduction) of Star-Spangled Kid as Skyman in Infinity, Inc. #31 by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Todd McFarlane, and Tony DeZuniga.

35 years ago October 1986 Marvel’s Web of Spider-Man #19 introduces Humbug (“the most offbeat Spidey villain yet!”) and Solo in “Humbug!” by David Michelinie, Marc Silvestri, and Bob McLeod.

35 years ago October 1986 Marvel’s Thor #372 introduces the Time Variance Authority (it keeps an eye on timelines in what amounts to a tribute to Mark Gruenwald’s continuity concerns) in “Without Justice, There Is No Peace!” by Walter Simonson, Sal Buscema, Bret Blevins, and Al Williamson.

35 years ago October 1986 (Dang, there were a lot of things going on 35 years ago, weren’t there?) DC celebrates Batman #400 and opens with the essay “Why I Chose Batman” by Stephen King. The 68-page issue features the 12-chapter “Resurrection Night!” story.

30 years ago October 1991 Marvel revamps include the new X-Factor team (with Havok in charge) in X-Factor #71 (“Cutting the Mustard” is by Peter David, Larry Stroman, and Al Milgrom) and X-Men in X-Men #1 (with variant covers and “Rubicon” by Jim Lee, Chris Claremont, and Scott Williams, featuring the “Blue Team” of Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Psylocke, Rogue, and Wolverine) and The Uncanny X-Men #281 (“Fresh Upstart” by Lee, Whilce Portacio, John Byrne, and Art Thibert, featuring the “Gold Team” of Archangel, Colossus, Jean Grey, Iceman, and Storm and mentioning The Upstarts for the first time). Note: This entry contains the longest sentence in this month’s installment.

30 years ago October 1991 Magnus Robot Fighter #5 from Acclaim/Valiant introduces Rai in a flip story with its own Rai #1 cover.

30 years ago October 1991 Joseph Martin turns into his version of DC’s Atomic Skull in Action Comics #670. Doggone that metagene! Anyway, the issue also features the first appearance of Lex Luthor’s sort of “son,” in “Skullduggery” by Roger Stern, Bob McLeod, and Denis Rodier.

30 years ago October 1991 Amid several other last issues from an assortment of companies this month, Fleetway cancels Crisis with #63 (the cover announcing “Last Issue”), and the cover of Marvel’s Sweet XVI #6 announces it’s the “fun-filled final issue!” Oh, and Marvel’s Foolkiller #10 is labeled “The final fool.”

30 years ago October 1991 Barry Dutter, Jim Salicrup, Jose Delbo, and Mike DeCarlo adapt the TV series for Marvel’s Captain Planet and the Planeteers #1.

30 years ago October 1991 Marvel kicks off NFL Superpro with its first issue. “You Bet Your Life” is by Fabian Nicieza, Jose Delbo, and Mike DeCarlo. “He went from sacking quarterbacks to tackling crime.”

25 years ago October 1996 Yep, yep, yep, DC has had a variety of Teen Titans series! This kicks off one of them. “Titans Children” is by Dan Jurgens and George Pérez and introduces Argent, Joto, Prysm, and Risk.

25 years ago October 1996 DC kicks off its Nightwing series. “Child of Justice” by Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, and Karl Story brings Dick Grayson to Bludhaven, where there’s been a bunch of weird deaths.

25 years ago October 1996 Onslaught: Marvel brings together lots and lots (and lots) of characters, and the saga will continue in the “Heroes Reborn” comics. “With Great Power …” is by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Adam Kubert, Joe Bennett, Dan Green, Art Thibert, Tim Townsend, and Jesse Delperdang.

20 years ago October 2001 OK, did you read Daniel Clowes’ Eightball #22 from Fantagraphics? Well, it won the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award for Best Single Issue – and the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic. Just pointing it out, in case you missed it then.

15 years ago October 2006 In Trials of Shazam #1, Captain Marvel/Billy Batson assumes a new role in the magic DC world with “The Boy & the Man” by Judd Winick and Howard Porter.

15 years ago October 2006 Marvel’s “Icon” line kicks off Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. It is one of the two series to win an Eisner Award for Best New Series of the year. (The other is DC’s All Star Superman, which began in January 2006.)

10 years ago October 2011 Marvel’s Ultimate Fallout #4 introduces Miles Morales. “Ultimate Fallout Chapter Four of Six” is by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer, Brian Michael Bendis, Salvador Larroca, Clayton Crain, and Sara Pichelli.

10 years ago October 2011 DC wraps its “Flashpoint” crossover storyline, cancels its ongoing titles (including Action Comics with #904 and Detective Comics with #881), and otherwise messes with collectors as part of “The New 52” event.

10 years ago October 2011 DC wraps up its two-month line of DC Retroactive one-shots: 1970s-1990s decade-focused revisitations of its main characters before the start of its “New 52” revamp project.

5 years ago October 2016 Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 features a Guardians of the Galaxy event sending seven creatures to Earth. “Here Comes the Tsum!” is by Jacob Chabot, David Baldeon, and Terry Pallot.

5 years ago October 2016 It’s part of the DC Universe “Rebirth.” All-Star Batman #1 has more than 25 variants of the issue that tells the first part of “My Own Worst Enemy” by Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr., and Danny Miki.

5 years ago October 2016 You may be amazed to learn that DC’s Harley Quinn #1 has a number of variant covers. (When I say “a number,” I mean a number higher than 75.) Harley was co-created in 1992 by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for “Joker’s Favor,” the seventh episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Her first comic book appearance was in 1994’s award-winning The Batman Adventures: Mad Love. She’s been featured in a variety of formats and now she gets a DC Universe Rebirth series. “Afterbirth!” is by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin.

5 years ago October 2016 Not to be left out in that whole DC Universe Rebirth event, Suicide Squad #1 launches with its own bunch of variant covers (more than 25). Not coincidentally, Harley’s here, too, in “The Black Vault Part One: I Wanna Be Sedated” by Rob Williams, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams.
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October 2

Jill August grew up timid and demoralized, witnessing her mother’s constant spousal abuse at the hands of her father, and her friends’ abuse at the hands of a cruel coach at school. She witnessed her father beat her mother to death, a crime for which he was sentenced to life in prison, effectively leaving Jill an orphan. As a teenager, Jill saw a female friend being assaulted by several men in a bar in Detroit. Attempting to intervene, she fell against a dartboard hung on the barroom wall, and the men began to attack her as well. Instinctively, she used the darts to defend herself, throwing them at her attackers with astonishing accuracy, seriously injuring all of them. Jill trained herself in a number of martial arts disciplines and sharpened her already formidable dart-throwing accuracy. She designed a costume and took the name “Dart” to become a superhero in Detroit. She debuted in Savage Dragon #2 (October 2, 1992). After spending three years as a Detroit-based costumed vigilante, Dart was contacted by the Chicago Police Department to solicit her participation in a new program wherein super-powered vigilantes would be recruited into the police department for legitimate service. She accepted and moved to Chicago where she met the Savage Dragon, Ricochet, Horridus, Barbaric and other super-powered recruits.


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October 3

Michael Korvac is a computer technician in the alternate universe Earth-691. He debuted in Giant-Size Defenders #3 (October 3, 1975). When the Sol System and its colonies are conquered by the alien Brotherhood of Badoon in the year 3007 AD, Korvac becomes a collaborator and traitor to the human race. Caught asleep at a machine while working, the Badoon punish Korvac by grafting his upper body to a machine, effectively making him a cyborg. Korvac is then transported through time by theGrandmaster who utilizes him as a pawn in battling the hero Doctor Strange and the Defenders. It is eventually revealed that Korvac deliberately lost the fight so he can be able to discreetly scan and analyze the Grandmaster’s cosmic power. Gaining several new abilities from this analysis, Korvac then kills his Badoon masters and plans to conquer the cosmos. Korvac flees across time and space to the Earth-616 universe. Upon arrival, Korvac discovers the space station of the entity Galactus. While attempting to download the knowledge of Galactus from the station into his own system, Korvac is imbued with the Power Cosmic and becomes god-like. Korvac then recreates himself as a perfect humanoid form, and posing as a human called “Michael”, travels to Earth with the intent of reshaping it into a utopia. Korvac, however, is pursued by the Guardians of the Galaxy, who join forces with the superhero team the Avengers in a bid to stop the villain.


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October 4

Snoopy is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Snoopy has become one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in the comic strip. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs. He debuted in the strip on October 4, 1950. Snoopy is a loyal, innocent, imaginative and good-natured beagle who is prone to imagining fantasy lives, including being an author, a college student known as “Joe Cool” and a World War I flying ace. He is perhaps best known in this last alternate persona, wearing an aviator’s helmet and goggles and a scarf while carrying a swagger stick. Snoopy can be selfish and/or lazy at times, and had his share of moments where he is mocking his owner, Charlie Brown, but through it all, he has shown great love, care, and loyalty for his owner. Snoopy imagines himself to speak, but never actually does; much like with real life animals, the human characters are unaware of his musings.


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October 5

Master Mold was created by Dr. Bolivar Trask. He first appeared in X-Men #15 (October 5, 1965). Out of fear of a race of superhuman mutants that could dominate the whole world and enslave normal human beings, Trask makes Master Mold, a super-computer, in the shape of a giant Sentinel robot, that will control and facilitate the construction of the Sentinels. The original Master Mold is eventually destroyed when Trask sacrifices himself by causing an explosion to prevent the Sentinels taking over humanity, but several others are later built by other people who want to manufacture Sentinels. Dr. Bolivar Trask equipped Master Mold with powerful weaponry and the ability to speak; Master Mold was also mobile so that it could defend itself from mutant attackers or so that it can be relocated easily if Trask had to find a new headquarters.


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October 6

Brunnhilde was selected by Odin, King of the Gods of the realm of Asgard, to lead the Valkyrior, a group of warrior goddesses who would appear over the battlefields of mortal worshippers of the Asgardian gods and choose which of the fallen were worthy to be taken to Valhalla, the land of the honored dead. Brunnhilde served capably in this capacity for centuries. After defying Odin, he removed Brunnhilde’s Asgardian powers and immortality and cast her into a trance. She was eventually awakened by Siegfried, another mortal incarnation of Thor. Brunnhilde and Siegfried became lovers, and she made him invulnerable so long as his back was not turned on his foe. Siegfried fell under the influence of magic and betrayed her. He was later murdered, and Brunnhilde, still in love with him, leapt into his blazing funeral pyre. Odin restored both of them to life, restoring their Asgardian roles and powers, but removing their memories of their earthly lives. The Valkyrie first appeared in The Avengers #83 (October 6, 1970).


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October 7

Elektra was born on a Greek island near the Aegean Sea. She first appeared in Daredevil #168 (October 7, 1980). Her mother gives premature birth to Elektra just before dying. When a nine-year-old Elektra was assaulted by kidnappers, the men were all killed by Orestez, who had grown into an accomplished martial artist after leaving home. Orestez advised his father that Elektra needed to learn self-defense. Hugo hired a sensei to teach her the martial arts. Hugo Natchios eventually served as a Greek ambassador to the United States. 19-year-old Elektra attended Columbia University, New York City,New York. There, Elektra began dating classmate Matt Murdock. A year later, Elektra and her father were kidnapped by terrorists. A rescue attempt by Matt went wrong, and Hugo Natchios was gunned down. Elektra lost faith and hope. She quit Columbia and returned to China to study martial arts. Stick, a member of the benevolent organization called the Chaste, recognized the darkness in her soul and attempted to train her himself, but she ultimately sided with the Hand, a sect of mystical ninja who trained her as an assassin. She later broke away from them and became an independent agent, and in this role she again encountered Matt Murdock, who was now active as Daredevil. She defeated Daredevil in her mission to kill the criminal Alarich Wallenquist. However, she failed her assignment, and Daredevil had to save her from being killed by Eric Slaughter, revealing his secret identity to her in the process. Although the pair worked together to fight the Hand, they also came into conflict frequently. She soon became the chief assassin in the employ of New York City’s premier crime lord, the Kingpin. Elektra was fatally stabbed by Bullseye with one of her own sai in a battle over which of them would be the Kingpin’s assassin.


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October 8

Cable, Nathan Summers, is first seen in The New Mutants #87 (October 8, 1989) in conflict with Stryfe’s Mutant Liberation Front, the United States government, and Freedom Force. The New Mutants intervened and he asked for their help against the Mutant Liberation Front. Cable saw them as potential soldiers in his war against Stryfe. He became their new teacher and leader and outfitted them. He came into conflict with Wolverine, noting that the two had an old feud between them. Cable and the New Mutants teamed up with Wolverine and Sunfire against the MLF. With the aid of Domino, Cable reorganized the New Mutants into X-Force. Cable was born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities. His techno-organic body parts possess enhanced strength and durability, and his techno-organic left eye gives him enhanced eyesight, allowing him to see farther than a normal human and in the infrared spectrum. He is also able to interface his techno-organic body parts with machinery, using them to hack into computers, open electronic locks, and travel through time.


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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 October 8-14, 2021...

140 years ago October 14, 1881 British writer Reginald Arkell is born. He scripts Bosch the Soldier, drawn by Alfred Leete.

135 years ago October 10, 1886 Pioneering French writer-artist Marcel Arnac is born.

135 years ago October 10, 1886 French editor and writer-artist Alain Humbert dies at age 51. He created the satirical paper La Lanterne de Boquillon.

115 years ago October 13, 1906 Writer Joseph Samachson is born. He co-creates Martian Manhunter with Joe Certa.

105 years ago October 9, 1916 Filipino editor-artist Mars Ravelo is born. He creates superheroines Varga and Darna and founds the company RAR.

105 years ago October 14, 1916 Award-winning writer-artist Bob Oksner is born. With a career beginning in the Golden Age, he produces comics including many licensed humor titles from DC (featuring such characters as Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, and Sgt. Bilko) as well as superhero series, writes Dondi, and co-creates Soozi.

100 years ago October 12, 1921 Art Clokey is born as Arthur Farrington. He creates Gumby and Davey and Goliath.

95 years ago October 8, 1926 Writer-artist Lars Jansson is born. Tove Jansson’s brother, he writes and draws the Moomin comic strip after she gives it up.

95 years ago October 10, 1926 Cartoonist Orlando Busino is born. He creates Gus for Boys’ Life.

95 years ago October 11, 1926 French writer-artist-editor Albert Robida dies at age 78. He co-founded La Caricature with Georges Decaux in 1880 and often dealt in science fictional material.

95 years ago October 14, 1926 The first Winnie-the-Pooh book is released in Great Britain, created by Alan Alexander Milne. (The teddy bear first appeared in Punch February 13, 1924, but wasn’t named until December 24, 1925.) Disney will acquire the character in 1961 and release the first animated film in 1966.

90 years ago October 12, 1931 Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy strip begins daily continuity and introduces Tess Trueheart.

85 years ago October 9, 1936 Artist Mar Amongo is born. He contributes to DC comics during the 1970s and 1980s.

85 years ago October 12, 1936 Underground cartoonist and editor Willy Murphy is born.

80 years ago October 8, 1941 Animator, writer-artist, and teacher Win Smith dies at age 53. He was the second artist to draw the Mickey Mouse comic strip, created Penguin Pete and Looney Luke, and was one of the first comic book artists to draw Bugs Bunny for Dell.

80 years ago October 13, 1941 Already a feature in freestanding Sunday newspaper comic book sections, Will Eisner’s The Spirit adds a spinoff daily strip from The Register and Tribune Syndicate.

80 years ago October 14, 1941 Venezuelan writer-artist Leoncio Martínez (who also worked as Leo) dies at age 52.

65 years ago October 14, 1956 Actress, writer, and comedian Arleen Sorkin is born. She’s especially known for voicing (and partly inspiring) the first appearances of Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series.

60 years ago October 9, 1961 Award-winning writer-artist Matt Wagner is born. He creates Mage and Grendel.

45 years ago October 11, 1976 The Virtue of Vera Valiant begins. It’s a newspaper strip written by Stan Lee and drawn by Frank Springer.

45 years ago October 13, 1976 Marvel International begins publication of the weekly Captain Britain comic book. Writer Chris Claremont and artists Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida introduce the Captain Britain character.

40 years ago October 12, 1981 Artist, writer, and editor Lawrence Lariar dies at age 72. He was the cartoon editor of Parade magazine and edited a series of “Best Cartoons of the Year” anthologies.

40 years ago October 14, 1981 Artist Jim Raymond dies of cancer at age 64. He drew the Blondie newspaper strip for 40 years.

35 years ago October 10, 1986 Award-winning cartoonist, commercial artist, and Short Ribs creator Frank O’Neal dies at age 65.

35 years ago October 11, 1986 Animator and director David Hand dies at age 86. A Disney Legends-honored creator, he was the supervising director of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi. He also established Gaumont British Animation.

25 years ago October 14, 1996 Texas Slim and Lovey Dovey creator Ferd Johnson dies at age 90. He was the long-time writer-artist of Moon Mullins.

15 years ago October 13, 2006 Award-winning artist and animator Hilda Terry dies at age 92. Creator of the Teena comic strip, she was the first woman to join the National Cartoonists Society.

5 years ago October 8, 2016 Writer-artist-publisher Lyn Chevli dies at age 84. She was a feminist underground comix pioneer.

5 years ago October 10, 2016 Pioneering Peruvian political cartoonist Carlos Roose Silva dies two days after his 87th birthday.

5 years ago October 12, 2016 Belgian artist Benoît Gillain dies at age 78. He was known for the advertising comic strip Bonux-Boy.
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October 9

Power Girl was introduced in All-Star Comics #58 (October 9, 1975), as a member of the Justice Society of America. Kara Zor El’s father discovers that Krypton is about to explode, and places her in a spacecraft directed towards the Earth. Although this occurs at the same time that Kal-El’s ship is launched, Kara’s ship travels more slowly, and she arrives on Earth decades after her cousin has landed. Power Girl’s existence is not revealed to the general public until much later; her cousin Clark and his wife Lois Lane provide her a family environment to assist her transition towards real-life relationships. In her first recorded adventure, Kara assists Justice Society members Flash and Wildcat with containing an artificially induced volcanic eruption in China. She then joins Robin and Star-Spangled Kid to form a Super Squad to assist the Justice Society in defeating Brainwave and Per Degaton, who were causing disasters around the world. She pushes their base towards theSun, the heat causing the villains to fall unconscious. Later, she becomes a full member of the Society when Superman retires from active membership.


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@OGJackster - Power Girl’s first several appearances were inked by Wally Wood, who kept making her breasts larger each issue to see if anyone would notice. Google it for yourself.
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@esaravo

"Because it gets hot flying around and beating up bad guys?"



Thank you Wally!!!
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@OGJackster - Power Girl’s first several appearances were inked by Wally Wood, who kept making her breasts larger each issue to see if anyone would notice. Google it for yourself.

@esaravo not noticing and not saying anything are two different things. Wally was probably thinking "man, I can't believe no one is noticing the giant growing rack I put on this gal".
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October 10

Writer Len Wein and artists Dick Dillin and Dick Giordano craft the DC portion of a metafictional unofficial crossover spanning titles from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics starting in Justice League of America #103 (October 10, 1972). Each comic featured writers Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, and Len Wein, as well as Wein’s first wife Glynis, interacting with Marvel or DC characters at the Rutland Halloween Parade in Rutland, Vermont. Beginning in Amazing Adventures #16 (by Englehart with art by Bob Brown and Frank McLaughlin), the story continued in Justice League of America #103 (by Wein, Dillin and Giordano), and concluded in Thor #207 (by Conway and penciler John Buscema). Though released in 1972, the Marvel chapters appear with 1973 cover dates.


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October 11

Wendell Vaughn graduated from S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. Although considered highly capable by his superiors, they nonetheless deem him unfit for field work, sensing that Vaughn lacked the necessary “killer instinct"—the will to win at all costs. His first assignment is security detail for a research facility where a team of scientists were performing experiments on the Quantum Bands taken from the deceased Crusader. Vaughn dons the bands when the criminal scientists AIM launch a full-scale assault on the facility. Using the bands’ power to generate solid energy constructs, he repulses the attack. When the energy buildup begins to overwhelm him, he decides to simply relax and "go with the flow”. To his surprise, the buildup abruptly dissipates. Vaughn realizes the key to wielding the bands is a flexible will, rather than an indomitable, uncompromising one. Ultimately, his lack of a killer instinct makes all the difference. Wendell Vaughn becomes a superhero, using the codename Marvel Boy in his first appearance in Captain America #217 (October 11, 1977). He later becomes Marvel Man, and finally settles on Quasar. Quasar journeys to Uranus, where the original Marvel Boy had received the bands. The bands’ true nature and origins are revealed to him by the cosmic entity called Eon. Eon explains the bands were intended to be worn by his agent, the Protector of the Universe. Quasar is offered the role and, as a result, his mind is opened to the true extent of the bands’ power, including how to use the bands to teleport via a dimension called the Quantum Zone.



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October 12

Ava, the fifth White Tiger, is the sister of Hector Ayala and a student enrolled in the Avengers Academy. She inherited the White Tiger amulet from her brother following the death of him and his family members at the hands of Gideon Mace. When wearing them, her physical strength, speed, stamina, agility, dexterity, reflexes and reactions, coordination, balance, and endurance are enhanced to slightly superhuman levels. Ava states the White Tiger is a family legacy that she intends to honor. She first appeared in Avengers Academy #20 (October 12, 2011).


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October 13

Brian Braddock was a shy and studious youth, living a relatively quiet life and spending a lot of time with his parents and siblings. After the death of his parents, Brian takes a fellowship at Darkmoor nuclear research centre. When the facility is attacked, Brian tries to find help by escaping on his motorcycle. Although he crashes his bike in a nearly fatal accident, Merlyn and his daughter, the Omniversal Guardian, Roma, appear to the badly injured Brian. They give him the chance to be a superhero by offering a choice: the Amulet of Right or the Sword of Might. Considering himself to be no warrior and unsuited for the challenge, he rejects the Sword and chooses the Amulet. This choice transforms Brian Braddock into Captain Britain. He first appeared in Captain Britain Weekly #1 (October 13, 1976). It is later revealed that Braddock is only one member of a much larger, inter-dimensional corps of mystical protectors. As his career as a superhero begins, Brian fights as the champion of Great Britain, often clashing with S.T.R.I.K.E. and Welsh anti-superhero police officer Dai Thomas, and would develop a rogues gallery including the assassin Slaymaster and the crime matriarch Vixen. He tried to keep his studies going and court fellow student Courtney Ross while also working as a superhero, and his secret identity was often viewed as a coward by others because he always vanished whenever trouble started.


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October 14

The Invaders team first appeared in flashback stories set during World War II in The Avengers #71 (October 14, 1969), and comprised existing characters from Timely Comics. Originally, Captain America (Steve Rogers), his sidekick Bucky (James Barnes), the original android Human Torch (“Jim Hammond”), the Torch’s sidekick Toro (Thomas Raymond) and Namor the Sub-Mariner were together as heroes opposing the forces of Nazism. When these superheroes saved the life of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from Master Man, the thankful Churchill suggested that they should become a team, known as the Invaders. The Invaders fought the Axis powers over the world until eventually finding themselves in England, where they met Lord James Montgomery Falsworth, the original Union Jack. He joined the team and provided them with a base of operations in England. Eventually, Falsworth’s children Brian (Union Jack) and Jacqueline (Spitfire) became members. The team later added Miss America (Madeline Joyce) and super-speedster the Whizzer (Bob Frank), during a battle with the Super-Axis. Later, against the threat of the Battle-Axis, the team was assisted by the Blazing Skull and the Silver Scorpion.


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