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70 Bob Dylan Comic Book References, Part 1

In honor of Bob Dylan’s 70th Birthday today, I decided to feature seventy comic book references to Bob Dylan, whether it is a story named after a song of his, him appearing in the actual comic (or the cover) or him being mentioned in the comic itself, here are the first 14 of 70 Bob Dylan comic book references!

Enjoy!

From a couple years ago, comic book artists illustrate Dylan songs…

From Darkstars #17…

From Ghost Rider #3….

From G.I. Joe #2…

From Mad Magazine #111….

From Marvel Team-Up #122…

From Salvation Run #6….

From Stormwatch Volume 2 #1…

From Stormwatch Volume 2 #11….

From Thunderbolts #78…

From Watchmen #1…

Also from Watchmen #1….

From Betty and Veronica #163….

From Fantastic Four #291…

Check back for the rest of the seventy references throughout the night!!

Here is Part 2. Here is Part 3. Here is Part 4. Here is Part 5.

28 Comments

The end of Born Again is my favorite Dylan reference.

Love it, Brian. Just a quick question – for those of us not quite as steeped in Dylan as you, would it be possible to get a quick line pointing out where the reference is and what it’s to?

You lost me with the G.I. Joe. But then I’m not familiar with Dylan, and I wouldn’t know if he was in a band named “Kwinn,” or if one of his songs contained the lyric, “your teleprinter is clacking away!”

The GI Joe one is from Quinn the Eskimo. (The mighty Quinn).

The salvation run one is a really mishandled “There must be some way out of here” Said the joker to the thief.
(opening lines of all along the watchtower)

You guys ain’t got no culture.

(I mean, seriously, not recognizing (the Mighty) Quinn the Eskimo? When Brian says ‘Dylan’, you probably think he’s talking about some whiny brat from 90210.)

I’m only a casual Dylan fan but 70 comics references to Bob Dylan is EXACTLY why I get on the internet. Love it Brian and love the blog.

I heard it was Dylan’s birthday on the news tonight, and I wondered what Brian would be doing to celebrate.

Dylan? 90210? What year is this?

Travis Pelkie

May 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Yeah, I’m not as steeped in Dylan-ania (?), so some references are lost. But this is still enjoyable.

I like the Salvation Run one because Brian was the cause of that one appearing. I bet he could put the link to the CBLR one that tells about it.

The end of Born Again is my favorite Dylan reference.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think that I can say for sure that it IS a Dylan reference, so it won’t be among the 70.

I’ve been waiting for you to do a list of dylan references in comic books. I can’t believe how many comic issues are titled “Times They Are A changin'” and “All along the watchtower.”

It’s the Freewheelin’ Matt Murdock!

How can that not be a Dylan reference?

I hear that Mazzucchelli says that it was coincidence. So I figure until I get a definitive answer, I’ll just err on the side of caution.

The salvation run one is a really mishandled “There must be some way out of here” Said the joker to the thief.
(opening lines of all along the watchtower)

The reason for why that joke went that way rather than what you would have expected is explained here.

Global Honored

May 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

Awesome feature! Love this. I never read Salvation run but that Joker – Thief exchange is brilliant.

Well, be sure to read the above link to see how it came about. ;)

Let,s hope dylan doesn’t use this list to sue marvel and dc like he did to hootie and the blowfish back in the 90’s for using his name in the song ” i only want to be with you”.

Isn’t “All along the watchtower” a Jimi Hendrix song?

Oh crap, Ryan, you’re right. My mistake!

Travis Pelkie

May 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

And Forever Young’s a Rod Stewart song. WTF are you trying to pull, Cronin?

The only Rod Stewart comics reference you need is when he was in Scurvy Dogs, btw.

And JJG, I believe Bob sued Hootie for not crediting him, as I believe that that song incorporates several lines from “Tangled Up in Blue”. And unfortunately, I get that song in my head when I see those lyrics.

Plus, he sued them for, y’know, being Hootie and the Blowfish.

Counting Crows, however, namechecked Bob in Mr Jones.

@ Ryan, Brian: Well, it’s a Dylan song that was famously (and awesomely) covered by Hendrix.
@JJG: In that case Dylan sued Hootie, et al because they lifted a full verse from his song “Idiot Wind” without crediting Dylan or asking his permission.

Yeah, it was clear copyright infringement on Hootie and the Blowfish’s part. Doesn’t mean that Dylan should have pursued it, of course, but it was clear copyright infringement to use that much of “Idiot Wind” without permission, even if the usage was intended as tribute. Nowadays, the usage would have been cleared (and paid for) ahead of time.

I was just thinking of that Salvation run gag the other day. Really, really funny.

Looks like you did a lot of research, but since I’m not the biggest Dylan fan, I couldn’t identify a lot of these references, past the obvious song titles. Maybe for Part II, you add at least a sentence of what we should be seeing,

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Very Interesting! I’m a Dylanist & would like to ‘sign up’.
~~Thanks,
~Denstar

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