iFlashback! February 4th, 2004

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 2013 sync up with the Wednesdays of 2004.

So jog down memory lane with me. The date is February 3rd, 2004. The Patriots had just beat the Panthers at the Super Bowl in Houston, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake ruined live television for everybody in the future and these were some of the comics at your local comic book shop.


Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales #9

By Alan Moore, Steve Moore, Michael Kaluta, Arthur Adams, Kevin Nowlan, Alan Weiss, Steve Leialoha, Todd Klein

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Wolverine / Captain America #1

By R.A. Jones, Tom Derenick


Detective Comics #791

By Anderson Gabrych, Pete Woods, Cam Smith, A.J. Lieberman, Nathan Fox


Runaways #11

By Brian K. Vaughan, Takeshi Miyazawa, David Newbold


Dragonlance: The Legend of Huma #1

By Brian Augustyn, Sean Jordan, Richard Knaak, Rael, Mike Miller, Joe Padro


The Monolith #1

By Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Phil Winslade


Coup De’Tat: Sleeper #1

By Ed Brubaker, Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair


Secret War #1

Brian Michael Bendis, Gabriele Dell’Otto

Hard Time

Hard Time #1

By Steve Gerber, Brian Hurtt

That was the week that was in comics! The Authority attempt to take over the government in the first issue of a line wide crossover at Wildstorm, Cloak and Dagger show up in Runaways and Steve Gerber returns to writing comics much to Jimski’s enjoyment! So, did you read any of the books that came out this week? If so what did you think of them?


  1. I love that Detective Comics cover.

  2. I read none of these, unfortunately. “Hard Time” looks intriguing, as does the “Detective Comics” issue. I’ve been meaning to read Bendis’ “Secret Wars” book for ages but my library never has a copy available.

    • 4You can find Secret War issues in back bins for fairly cheap, I had em all but the one with DD on the cover and found it years after it was released for cover price.

  3. Wow – The Legend of Huma! I think that was the first Dragonlance book I ever read way way way way… a long time ago. Good stuff.

  4. I bought Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales, Runaways and Secret War. If I’m remembering right, I think there were huge delays in that Secret War series-like a year between issues.

    I recall hearing a lot of great buzz back then over Hard Time, and wishing I had bought it. I don’t remember what it’s about, or how long it lasted, now though.

  5. Read Runaways and Secret War. Hard Time looks very good.

  6. I loved Hard Times. I was really disappointed when they cut it halfway through the second “season”, but at least Gerber was able to narrate the conclusion in the last issue with a “flashback” narrative device.

    I loved Gerber and this was really a good Gerber book. Plus, my love for Brian Hurtt’s art started here.

  7. Ah Coup D’Etat……..

  8. I miss you Wildstorm universe I really do.

  9. Timmy you are always so good at finding offbeat, or obscure titles, when it comes to this feature. I’m a big fan of Steve Gerber and I never heard of HARD TIMES. You’re making my next trip to NYCC even more expensive!

    Other big events to occur on February 4th:

    -1789: George Washington is elected as the first President of the United States.
    -2004: Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
    -2013: Scientists at the University of Leicester confirm that the skeletal remains found in a parking lot of a County Office is that of King Richard III. The King of England from the 15th Century was killed in the Battle of Bosworth during the tail of the ‘War of the Roses’.

  10. I have Secret War, Gabrielle Dellotto is an amazing artist and doing some of my favorite variant covers these days. Always wanted to read Runaways. What is the Authority/Sleeper combo I’ve never heard of?

  11. Cloak and Dagger have never been better.