iFlashback! August 6th, 2003

It’s time for 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 August 6th, 2003. The number one film at the box office is American Wedding and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.


Formerly Known as the Justice League #2

By J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Kevin Maguire, Joe Rubinstein

Elektra #26

By Robert Rodi, Sean Chen, Sandu Florea


The Authority #4

By Robbie Morrison, Dwayne Turner, Sal Regla, David Baron


Supreme Power #1

By J. Michael Straczynski, Gary Frank, Jon Sibal


The Mighty Thor #67

By Dan Jurgens, Max Fiumara, Cam Smith


Ultimate Spider-Man #44

By Brian Bendis, Mark Bagley, Arthur Thibert


Bad Girls #1

By Steve Vance, Jennifer Graves

Detective Comics #785

By Ed Brubaker, Patrick Zircher, Aaron Sowd, Rick Spears, Rob G.


Strangers in Paradise #59

By Terry Moore

That was the week that was in comics. Strangers in Paradise was the Pick of the Week for iFanboy that week. That’s pretty neat. Also, how fantastic was Formerly Known as the Justice League? I loved that book. Did you read any of these books? If so let us know!


  1. Man, was the second volume of The Authority completely forgettable or what…

    And I dropped out in the middle of Jurgens’ run on Thor, I wonder if it’s worth completing

  2. Max Fiumara? Holy…

  3. Wasn’t buying books on a regular basis back then but have since bought and read Formerly Known As The Justice League and Supreme Power. Supreme Power really started strong and just petered out. Was this another series JMS just walked away from? Wish DC would collect Brubaker’s Detective run.

  4. that rockwell-esque SIP cover is astonishing! read the series in trade, so have never seen that cover!

  5. I remember that being a good Detective Comics

  6. I really enjoyed the swansong that was ‘Formerly Known as Justice League’! In fact this article has prompted me to dig these issues out for a re-read.

    Can’t help but note that I also enjoyed Hawkman #18, penned by G. Johns & guest pencilled by J.L. Garcia Lopez. Whilst not perfect, I think it stands tall, in comparison to the current run.

  7. I miss Ted Kord Blue Beetle and the Blue N’ Gold combo, the Generation Lost run during Brightest Day was practically all the JLI characters and was hoping for that to become just that but then after Flashpoint which I enjoyed the New52 which imo is the result of Flashpoint and they just haven’t put the all connecting master plot together yet..;)…hope hope in my world cause I miss a lot of the pre new52 DCU. Anyway, always wanted to read Strangers in Paradise and love the four vols of The Authority which had Millar,Hitch,Quietly and Morrison on em that went together, those were great and don’t think the above issue was a part of that run. I love Brubaker but missed that Detective run and dropped off Ultimate Spidey somewhere around that issue cause I didn’t care about an ultimate spidey when there was the original amazing spiderman. Great colors on that Supreme Power cover, never read it but its purrty.

  8. Here are some more events to happen on August 6th:

    -1945: The U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima killing 70,000 instantly.
    -1991: Tim Berners-Lee creates the World Wide Web.

  9. I seriously loved that Formerly Known as the Justice League series. I read those two trades all the time. I normally really like Dan Jurgens, but he actually made me drop Thor with his run. It just felt overly preachy to me.