iFlashback! April 16th, 2003

It’s time for an iFlashback! A weekly feature in which we take a look at some comics that were on sale nine years ago. Why nine years and not ten? Well because our Mondays in 2012 sync up with the Wednesdays of 2003.

So jog down memory lane with me. The date is April 16th, 2003. The number one film in the box office is Anger Management, the number one song, again, is 50 Cent’s “In Da Club”, R. Kelly’s “Ignition” is close behind, and these are some of the comics on the stands at your local comic book shop.


 Namor #1

By Bill Jemas, Andi Watson, Salvador Larroca, Danny Miki


 JSA # 47

By David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns, Leonard Kirk, Keith Champagne


 Wolverine # 189

By Daniel Way, Staz Johnson, Danny Miki


 Spawn #124

By Brian Holquin, Todd McFarlane, Angel Medina


 New X-Men #139

By Grant Morrison, Phil Jiminez, Andy Lanning


Beware the Creeper #1

By Jason Hall, Cliff Chiang, Dave Stewart


Runaways #1

By Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, David Newbold


 Sleeper #4

By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips


 The Flash # 197

By Geoff Johns, Scott Kollins, Doug Hazelwood

That was comic book landscape on April 16th, 2003. Spark any memories? Did you read any of these books? Let us know what you thought of them! I distinctly remember the comic book shop guy convincing me to buy Sleeper #4. I will never forget that cover.


  1. Runaways #1 huh? Pretty dang good week from that alone.

  2. WOW…THAT Namor #1 cover…man…I always see Namor as a gruff manly man type of guy, so it’s weird to see him all bishonen.

  3. I miss Runaways, this is where the magic began…

    Oh what is wrong with Namor…!

  4. That Namor was part of the Tsunami line, trying to appeal to Manga readers I believe.

  5. Also, I love this feature, even though it makes me feel old.

  6. This brings back memories. I remember loving the whole Scott/Jean/Emma love triangle story Morrison was telling.

  7. It’s nice seeing the Sleeper cover with Brubaker/Philips on the front, some things never change(or stop being awesome, thanks Fatale). The Blitz story in Flash is one of his all-time best, and that New X-men issue is brilliant.

  8. Love this feature!

    I have really strong memories of these issues as being pretty much the start of me buying my favorite titles imported in specialized comic shops in Brazil and my secondary ones when they were published in portuguese.

    I probably have the american edition of these Runaways and Flash issues stored somewhere… funny how floppies had a special meaning back then when I had to track them down. I was reading almost 2 years into the future of the brazilian edition.

  9. I’ve never heard of ‘Beware the Creeper’. Thanks. I’ll check it out.

  10. Is there anywhere we can see a list of all books out April 2003. I must have been on hiatus, i would pop in and see what was new on the shelves back then but i don’t think i was getting main titles. But i am sure i must have been getting Strangers in Paradise and others around this time. I would pop in to Gosh! and see what stood out. Ah, life was so much cheaper then.

  11. Yeah that was a pretty awesome week: Johns Flash and JSA, Brubaker Sleeper, Morrison X, Vaughan runawys, and i remember Beware the creeper being alright. What ever happened to Jason Hall? I loved the stuff he did with Matt kindt, but now Kindt works alone.

  12. Gotta love the resemblance on that Flash cover: http://geek-news.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/cover-large.jpg

  13. The top quality New X-Men by Morrison & Sleeper by Brubaker great stuff!
    (Sorry forgot Sean Phillips)

  14. I remember buying that issue of spawn.

  15. I remember 2003, it was the year everyone was saying Colin Farrell was a sure bet at the box office

  16. That’s the beginning of a very good Flash story.

  17. ooh, coincidence! just finished watching the comedians of comedy film, which features patton oswalt and brian posehn, on a wednesday, going through the comics they’ve just bought and patton has sleeper 4! btw, this is a great new feature!

  18. Appalling that nowadays Marvel comics cost almost 100% more than they did less than a decade ago.

  19. These iflashbacks help remind me about all these interesting vertigo minis (with great creative teams) that have never been reprinted. I hope we’ll see them pop up digitally some day

  20. Updated! I accidentally posted the wrong JSA cover. I have now fixed that.

    Thanks for the kind words. I am glad everyone is enjoying this new feature.

  21. Jean Grey is (was) so unladylike. And sitting next to Emma Frost that’s saying something.

  22. I clearly remember buying Runaways when it came out. Son of a bitch, I’m old.

  23. I’m pretty sure I figured out why Ron thinks Cyclops is so cool…

  24. I never want to see that version of Namor ever again.

  25. @timmy: if it helps, I’ve been keeping Diamond weekly shipping lists from the mid-90’s…I tried my best to correct them when they were off, but can’t be 100% sure for the more obscure books

  26. I bought that X-Men comic and that Flash comic. I stopped reading X-Men during Morrison’s run and am still reading Flash now.

  27. I have Spawn 1-114, so dropped off him 10 months prior to this one if they were on time, which I believe wasn’t an issue for Spawn at all back then. The JSA and New X-Men here I am reading in retrospect these days and Runaways and Sleeper are both on my collected editions list. Never seen that Namor series and probably for good reason, dropped off Wolverine a few issues before this one too. I’m a fan of Dave Stewart as a colorist in general and surprised I haven’t seen that Night of the Creeper series either. Basically this was an on and off again time in comics for me which continued for many years after, and was pretty consistent for quite a few years before that. Lobo Unbound is one of my favorite mini series with him and remember that being 03′. I never heard of Professor Zoom until Flash Rebirth but didn’t fall in love with the DCU until a few years ago, 2009, and have been filling myself in on they’re rich history ever since. I randomly bought DC comics back then but none consistently aside from a few mini series. It was all Marvel,Dark Horse and Image and I’d always experiment with random obscure publishers. Anyone remember Deity?

  28. oh hee hee I like this feature. I think one of you guys should provide a bit of commentary on some of the series. Obviously I don’t expect anyone to come up with something super insightful about a Namor series from 2003, but maybe a few words on your memories or opinions on stuff that you do remember?

  29. Johns on JSA I really need to find that in trades and check it out.

  30. i have all of these except Beware the Creeper. Man i miss this time of comics.

  31. This reminds me how much I really miss the JSA. I don’t think the Earth 2 upcoming is going to fill that void though.