Covers of comics that are (or have been) in my collection at one point or another.
The great #100th edition!
Two things to note before we kick off the festivities: First, I use www.comicbookdb.com as a reference guide to the madness that is my 365 Tumblr series. It’s user generated content, which means if there’s a particular 100th issue that hasn’t been posted there yet, then it will be (unfortunately) absent from this post (and all posts before and after this one actually). While I’ve been enjoying this countdown (and trying furiously to catch up), I like the one-stop-shopping aspect of going just to ComicBookDB without having to go to multiple sources. Second, I’m sure are many, many 100th issues I haven’t read or owned that have significant noteworthy events. For the sake of space and time, I’ll no longer be adding the “never read/never owned” sections. To be blunt, if I want to catch up, I gotta cut that sh*t out. Haha.
With all that said, Here we go with part one!
Avengers West Coast: Special embossed red foil cover! All to celebrate the death of Mockingbird! I found this in a back issue bin years after it was released and since it’s an anniversary issue, and has a shiny Ooooo look at me cover, I picked it up. But it’s still West Coast Avengers to me! (1993)
Birds of Prey: This issue marks the first time the art of Nicola Scott graces the title. I like this issue especially for the opening sequence where Oracle offers up invitations to the group to various female DC characters as potential replacements for Black Canary. It’s all the first appearance of a new Spy Smasher, granddaughter of the original Golden Age espionage character. (2007)
Firestorm: The 100 issue (plus Annuals) run of Firestorm joins this series. It’s one of those 80s runs that I really enjoyed although the final fourth of the run is a bit wonky, especially at this point where Firestorm is more of an elemental than anything else. Thankfully that eventually went away. By the end of this run, John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake were part of the creative team, paving the way for their eventual collaboration on the Spectre and Martian Manhunter. (1990)
Flash: I no longer have the Terminal Velocity storyarc that includes issue 100, but somewhere in all of this is the first appearance/mention of the Speed Force! And in this issue, the cliffhanger is Wally West learning how the Speed Force can change a speedster. (1995)
Green Arrow: Several titles turned 100 at the same time in DC’s line around the same time. To celebrate, they gave them similar cover treatments. This issue marks the penultimate chapter in the eventual death of Green Arrow story. (1995)
Green Lantern: Including the first appearance of the new, younger Air Wave, son of the Golden Age version. To add to the oddity of the character, the new Air Wave is part of the Hal Jordan family tree, even though the original is from Earth-2 and Hal is from Earth-1. Go look it up. It’s too convoluted to explain here. (1978)
Green Lantern: The current GL, Kyle Rayner, winds up in the past and meets a younger Hal Jordon. After a battle with Sinestro, the Guardians send Kyle back to his proper future. Only, Sinestro manages to send Hal there as well kicking off a short run where a younger Hal shows up in a time where his older self has long since died as his evil Parallax counterpart. (1998)
To be continued in part 2…