Comics History

Ask the Professor #32 — Three Recent Questions

As usual, the Professor’s let a few questions pile up, so let’s check the mailbag and get ’em answered. The first, from Jan. 17th, asks a math question: how many star wars comic books are there? Answering his one gives the Professor a chance to plug one of his favorite websites, the Grand Comics Database (at www.comics.org), which offers cover scans and story credits for just about every comic book ever published. Typing “Star Wars” into their search engine yields over a thousand individual issues — but if we limit ourselves to American editions (Marvel and Dark Horse), and eliminate … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #30 — Two Recent Questions…

10/18/09: ASKPHIL: Hey Prof! I am a longtime customer at AABC(about 15 years!) and was wondering how little information you actually need to identify a comic. I am trying to track down a few of the first comics I ever read, so they would have been from sometime in the late 80’s or early 90’s. Lets start with the most difficult. It was a story in which wolverine saved a drowning kid. Even when he pulled him from the water, the kid was dying so he gave him a blood transfusion to save his life right there on the dock. … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #28 — 2 Months' Worth of Questions…

OK, kids, with school about done, the ol’ Professor is finally getting back to the questions that have been trickling in over the last few… er, months. Here’s one from March 5: What happened to pengiun when he was born Now, in fairness to the Professor, there’s not a lot that can be said in response to this question: young Oswald Cobblepot came out in the normal way, took a breath, and there he was. His mother wasn’t frightened by any Antarctic waterfowl while he was in the womb, and he wasn’t bitten by any radioactive penguins or anything — … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #26 — Catching Up….

The Professor’s been focused on school work (instead of the important stuff, like comics trivia questions), and the submissions have piled up alarmingly, so let start with the earliest, and do a few a day until they’re current. The first question is from, embarrassingly, Jan. 21: In Green Lantern when Kyle Rayner was still in the main title, before they brough back Hal Jordan, he was in space and defeating the Black Circle Syndicate. After he defeated Amon Sur the Femail Guardian appears behind him and stabs Kyle Rayner. She leaves his to die but he telports himself out of … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #23 — DC Silver/Bronze Age Crossovers

   In 1994 there was Zero Hour and the Zero Titles In 1985 there was Crisis on Infinite Earths In the 1970’s there was a storyline Crisis in Time [?] that crossed over several titles. I believe that the Green Lantern cover featuring Hal Jordan and Alan Scott were part of this storyline [but, can’t be sure]. I want to say that the above storyline appeared immediately before Jack Kirby went to DC and inked the New Gods, Mister Miracle, and the DNA series. My Question – What was the titling of this 70’s series storyline? And, what were the titles … Continue reading

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