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The Comic Book Fools of April – Guy Gardner on Ice!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at one of my favorite single issue of all-time, Justice League America #45, by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Adam Hughes, Russ Braun and three inkers, John Beatty, Jose Marzan, Jr. and Malcolm Jones III. This comic is so appropriate for this feature that it even has the word fool on the cover!!!

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Milk and Cheese #666

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at Evan Dorkin’s award-winning Milk and Cheese #666!

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Sumerak’s Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius!
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The Comic Book Fools of April – Kyle Baker’s You Are Here

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at an awesome original graphic novel by Kyle Baker called You Are Here. It is about a jewel thief who got out of the thieving business to become a painter, only now he has been pulled back into his old life (while trying to hide it all from his perfect, innocent girlfriend). It is a hilarious romp with stunning Baker artwork.
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The Comic Book Fools of April – Sergio Aragones Destroys DC!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at a comic that is sadly out of print (as far as I know), the delightful 1996 one-shot Sergio Aragones Destroys DC by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier (plus a bunch of top-notch inkers from that time in DC history, like Denis Rodier, Scott Hanna, John Byrne, Ron Boyd, Jerry Ordway and Joe Rubinstein).

Enjoy!
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The Comic Book Fools of April – Sock Monkey Volume 3!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Tony Millionaire is the brilliant comedic writer and artist behind the Sock Monkey series of books. Sock Monkey is about, well, a Sock Monkey (named Uncle Gabby) and his best friend, a stuffed animal crow (named Mr. Crow, naturally). There have been a few volumes of the series, but Volume 3 won the Eisner Award, so I figured I’d spotlight this volume (there are two issues in Volume 3).

Enjoy!
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The Comic Book Fools of April – Unsung Blondie Goodness!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Paul Fung Jr. is a wonderfully talented comic book artist who worked on the Blondie comic book for over 40 years!! He did an excellent job for decades, but since the book was billed as Chic Young’s Blondie (Young being the creator of Blondie), Fung was not exactly a household name.

I’m picking a random issue of Blondie (#211, from Charlton Comics) to give you an example of the strong work Fung did on the title.

Enjoy!
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The Comic Book Fools of April – The Legion of Substitute Heroes Special #1

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today is the second part of a two-part look at two funny comics featuring the Legion of Substitute Heroes. Today we look at 1985’s The Legion of Substitute Heroes Special, by Keith Giffen (plot and pencils), Paul Levitz (script) and Karl Kesel (inks).

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Superman, Ambush Bug and the Legion of Substitute Heroes!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today is the first part of a two-part look at two funny comics featuring the Legion of Substitute Heroes. First up is 1983’s DC Comics Presents #59, starring Superman, Legion of Substitute Heroes and Ambush Bug!! Keith Griffen plotted it and did the layouts, classic Superman artist Kurt Schaffenberger did finishes and inks and Paul Levitz scripted the book.

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Octopus Pie!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we take a look at Meredith Gran’s excellent (and funny) web comic, Octopus Pie!

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Justice League…Antarctica?!?!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we take a look at the famous (or perhaps infamous) first appearance of perhaps the goofiest Justice League of all-time – Justice League Antarctica!!! They came to us via Justice League America Annual #4, by the creative team of Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, Mike McKone and Bob Smith.

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Literature: Unsuccessfully Competing Against TV Since 1953

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we take a look at Dave Kellett’s hilarious (and Eisner Nominated, just like our pal Caanan Grall!) collection of all the literature-themed strips from his Sheldon comic strip, titled, amusingly enough, Literature: Unsuccessfully Competing Against TV Since 1953!

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Who Fights Ninjas, Drugs, Nepotism and Pre-Algebra?

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we ask a question that is answered by two word…STREET ANGEL!!

Specifically, let’s take a look at Street Angel #1, by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca! I love this comic so much that I think I have featured it, like, five times so far on the blog! Here goes number six!!!

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Cassidy: Blood and Whisky

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today we look at Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s parody of Anne Rice-style vampires with their one-shot featuring Cassidy (from the Preacher series) titled Cassidy: Blood and Whisky.

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The Comic Book Fools of April – Unsung Beetle Bailey Goodness!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Bob Gustafson was very well regarded by his peers during his lifetime (winning the National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Comic Book a whopping FOUR times over a twenty year period), but while comic book historians still think of him as one of the great comedic comic book creators, the fact that he spent most of his comic book career doing uncredited work on a comic book, Beetle Bailey, that is much more famous as a comic strip (by the great Mort Walker – Gustafson worked for Walker for years, particularly doing work for Walker’s other strip, Hi and Lois) has not made him a particularly famous comic book creator, especially since his work has not been reprinted that often (heck, I don’t know if it has EVER been reprinted). But for twenty-seven years, he did outstanding work on the Beetle Bailey comic book. So let’s take a look at all the good comedic work he did on just ONE issue of Beetle Bailey (#60 from 1969 – put out by King Comics – the Beetle Bailey license made the rounds over the years to a number of different companies)!

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