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70 Bob Dylan Comic Book References, Part 5

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 last 14 of 70 Bob Dylan comic book references! Here is Part 1. Here is Part 2. Here is Part 3. Here is Part 4.

Enjoy!

From Mad Magazine #105…

From Mad Magazine #420…

From Outlaw Nation #3…

From Outlaw Nation #4…

From Outlaw Nation #5….

From Solar, Man of the Atom #45…

From Soulsearchers and Company #46…

From Ultimate Adventures #1…

From Ultimate Adventures #6…

From Wolverine #155…

From X-Man #63…

From X-Men/WildC.A.Ts: Silver Age…

Phoebe and the Pigeon People #1…

That’s the seventy!

As an added bonus, while this is not a comic BOOK reference, it is still an awesome comic STRIP Dylan reference. From an installment of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts from 40 years ago…

22 Comments

It’s even more depressing now, Charlie Brown.

You didn’t identify New Mutants #36 (although I could see the issue number in the indicia, so maybe it doesn’t matter).

Is the Zimmerman credited on those Ultimate Adventures covers Dylan, or is that just a coincidental name?

Well, having seen the whole list now, it really looks like comic writers need to learn a wider range of Dylan songs. I was getting tired seeing the same few titles over and over again.
It’s too bad Marvel killed off the Jack of Hearts before he could ever team up with Lilly and Rosemary. It would’ve been nice to see a different song on here.

Travis Pelkie

May 25, 2011 at 2:04 am

Yeah, did Bob really write that Ultimate Adventures series? To the CBLR-mobile!

Now that you have these, do you have enough of the fronts of comics with references to his songs that other people did and made famous?

You could call it “Dylan Covers”.

Wah-wah!

Actually, could you chronicle (heh heh) the Dylan reference in blog post titles on this site?

It’s probably easier to mention which blog post titles AREN’T Dylan references, huh?

I got outlaw nation #3, but #4 and #5 escape me. I assume they’re also obscure lines from his songs.

Who is “Zimmerman”? That’s Bob Dylan’s real last name….

It’s even more depressing now, Charlie Brown.

That would be a great title for a Peanuts collection, actually.

“Zimmerman” is not Bob Dylan.

Not a single “Tangled Up In Blue”?

Weird, right? But I haven’t seen any.

…Why do we care about Dylan?

You should do some others… Beatles references! Lennon references! Rolling Stones! and so on.

It took me about a decade and the purchase of over 15 Bob Dylan albums before I had to break down and admit to myself I couldn’t understand what the big deal was and that I was only pretending to like them as much as I did because I didn’t want to appear clueless. I finally gave up and gave away all my Dylan about 5 years ago. They weren’t horrible or anything, he’s quite talented, but I really can’t understand the big deal.

@T:

That may be the most reasonable dissenting opinion every expressed in a comics or a music discussion on the internet.

I love a lot of Dylan’s music, but I can understand why someone else wouldn’t. As far as why he’s a big deal: he really was the voice of a generation. If you’re interested in hearing some really knowledgeable folks talk about his roots and influences–and why he’s as revered as he is–Sound Opinions has a couple of great episodes dealing with his music during the folk years and then after he went electric.

Nice list (maybe a few too many ‘times a changin’.)
Did you forget Dylan’s appearance as God in “The Umbrella Academy”?

Blue Öyster Cult keeps track of their own comic book appearances (like Defenders 59-61) and it’s a fun list.
http://www.blueoystercult.com/Media-main.html
(click on “Comics” in the sidebar)
Send them updates if you find anything new!

It took me about a decade and the purchase of over 15 Bob Dylan albums before I had to break down and admit to myself I couldn’t understand what the big deal was and that I was only pretending to like them as much as I did because I didn’t want to appear clueless. I finally gave up and gave away all my Dylan about 5 years ago. They weren’t horrible or anything, he’s quite talented, but I really can’t understand the big deal.

Wow – With your dedication to spending loads of money year on year on something you don’t really enjoy you should be a comics fan!

“It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” was cited twice in The Saga of the Swamp Thing: a line about “Friends and other strangers” in Annual 2 and the title “Gargles in the Rat Race Choir” for 72.

Wot no gREAT pOP tHINGs?

FunkyGreenJerusalem

May 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm

As far as why he’s a big deal: he really was the voice of a generation.

For me, that’s totally secondary to why he’s a big deal – he’s a big deal because he’s music is amazing.

Not every record is gold, but for fifty years he’s put out a lot of great songs and great albums.

I saw him play last month, and it was absolutely amazing.

In this context, “Careless Love” might be a reference, but it’s actually a song that predates Dylan by quite a few years.

And wow, is it just me or are comic book writers kind of lazy when it comes to titling issues?

Thank you very much for this interesting list. However I missed one of the better references. I think I saw it once (long ago) in The Comic Journal: a feminist comic book named “It Ain’t Me Babe”!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimmen's_Comix
It Ain’t Me Babe
Wimmen’s Comix debuted a few years after the publication of the 1970 one-shot (also published by Last Gasp) It Ain’t Me Babe Comics, the first American comic book entirely produced by women, and put together by Trina Robbins, the most prolific and influential of the women cartoonists in the underground scene. (It Ain’t Me Babe was a feminist newspaper in Berkeley, California.) Many of the creators from the It Ain’t Me Babe comic went on to contribute to Wimmen’s Comix.

It certainly is not an exhaustive list, Wil!

Just the first 70 I could think of/get a hold of. ;)

That’s definitely a good one, though!

Well, so I put it on my own little blog:
http://sittard.blogspot.com/2011/05/bob-dylan-in-comics-it-aint-me-babe.html

There I also discussed the weird National Lampoon drawings after researching their stories on the web. It is in Dutch though. I really like Neal Adams (who looks a lot like my father), and Nick Cardy’s covers too.

I grew up in the seventies in a small town in the south of the Netherlands; my brother and I spent all our money on superhero comics in the local store; there were about a dozen Marvel and DC comics published in Dutch and we really couldn’t afford them all. My father got pretty angry about wasting his hard-earned money on this junk. In the late seventies most of the comics were canceled, and our father would bring them for us from Germany (we lived close to the border). We collected the German versions for some years, and in the eighties we started ordering the original comics in the USA through Mile High and Lone Star Comics.

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