Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Cave of the Talking Heads

"The Cave of the Talking Heads" from 1st Issue Special #5 (DC, 1975) by Jack Kirby and D. Bruce Berry

I had an idea that I could fiddle with Daily Splash Page's format and give it more focus, so let's call the next couple weeks an experiment... My challenge is to showcase one splash for every DC Comics series in alphabetical order (if I can find them, and if they exist, of course). To keep it under control (and so I don't spend a year on Batman alone), I'll likely skip mini-series and one-shots that start with a character's name followed by a colon, you know like "Batman: Haunted Gotham", but historical importance may trump that. Either way, it's a good opportunity to talk about the series themselves.

So that's how we get to 1st Issue Special. A series devoted to series try-outs, only Mike Grell's Warlord and the Return of the New Gods actually went to series. The rejects were Atlas, Green Team, Metamorpho, Lady Cop (a favorite), Manhunter (above), Dingbats of Danger Street, Creeper, Doctor Fate, Outsiders (not the ones that teamed up with Batman eventually), Codename: Assassin, and Starman (the alien), despite the considerable talents of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Walt Simonson, Joe Simon, Haney, Kanigher, and others.


  1. I like the new focus! And I especially like that you started with some zany Kirby goodness!

  2. Kirby is the most represented artist on this blog. Not hard to see why.