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70 Bob Dylan Comic Book References, Part 2

In honor of Bob Dylan’s birthday, we’re sharing with you 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 next 14 of 70 Bob Dylan comic book references! Here is Part 1.

Enjoy!

From Nightwing #140…

From 2000 A.D. #597…

From Justice League of America (Volume 2) #43…

From RASL #1…

From Watchmen #10…

Also from Watchmen #10…

From a poster by Jaime Hernandez (not technically a comic, but it totally counts)…

From Star Wars: Republic #67…

From Superman #279….

From later in Superman #279….

From Not Brand Echh #10…

From National Lampoon in 1972…

From Excalibur Volume 1 #26…

From Marvel Adventures: Avengers…

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

10 Comments

Not only is Dylan not Dylan, he’s apparently the Fourth Doctor.

I barely recognised the Monkees in that Not Brand Echh panel; if I hadn’t been so certain about Nesmith and Davy Jones, I never would’ve guessed the identities of the other two.
I think I’ve been able to identitfy most of the people in that panel, but there’s a few I’m unclear about.

The Star Wars one might be more likely to be an Alphaville reference than a Dylan one, but it’s true that Dylan also had a tune by that name somewhere in his back pages.

I know a Madness song called “Forever Young” but that’s only a couple of years old. If that “Forever Young” title is the reference then I think it’s a bit of a gamble. The phrase is quite common.

Is the singer in the Batman one supposed to be Bob Dylan?

@ DanCJ: It seems that way, and “Joanie” would be Joan Baez.

Ah – I guessed that if I’d known more (or anything) about Dylan’s personal life her name might have been the clincher.

I don’t remember Bob Dylan (with straight hair!) doing gigs in a green pantsuit ala Davy Jones. But kudos to the writer for picking a song (Visions of Johanna, no less! And with wrong lyrics!) that isn’t ‘Times They Are A Changin’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ etc. (Though I guess this was before ‘Watchtower???)

I suppose Dylan was a bit glam circa ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ – did he go as far as straighten his hair? More info about Superman #279 please, Brian; writer, year etc. (I know I could google it but I’m lazy!!!) And great stuff as yoosh – keep flying the freak flag!

FunkyGreenJerusalem

May 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

The best part about Superman #279, is that the concert is MC’d by Batman.

Well, actually, it’s Superman, wearing Batmans outfit, because he’s pretending to be him – the audience thinks they are treated to a spectacular athletics show by Batman, but really, it w as pretty lame one from Superman.
(Batman wanted the crooks to be unaware he was looking for them, hence Superman appearing as him ina public place.

Ah – I guessed that if I’d known more (or anything) about Dylan’s personal life her name might have been the clincher.

It’s made pretty clear in the book by the captions that it’s meant to be Bob Dylan – lines about the most imporant folk singer of his generation and such.

More info about Superman #279 please, Brian; writer, year etc. (I know I could google it but I’m lazy!!!)

Elliot S! Maggin wrote it, Curt Swan drew it, Nick Cardy did the awesome cover, and both Batman and Batgirl guest star in it.
Also has a totally hilarious looking sequence where Superman sucks up oil/sludge from the ocean with his mouth (it gets compressed into his lungs or something), then spits it back out into a tanker – might not sound odd, but it’s a weird image.
I think it’s from 1972 or 1974 – I’ve been getting older Maggin-era Superman comics lately, and as soon as I saw the cover and creative team, I knew it would be a winner.
There’s some top reads to be had in the Superman comics of that time.

Thanks FGJ! And Nick Cardy rarely did less-than awesome covers!

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