iFlashback! January 14th, 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 January 14th, 2004. The number one film in the box office is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.



 Hawkman #23

By Geoff Johns, Rags Morales, Michael Bair


The Punisher #1

By Garth Ennis, Lewis Larosa, Tom Palmer


Teen Titans #7

By Geoff Johns, Tom Grummet, Kevin Conrad, Nelson


Aquaman #14

By John Ostrander, Tom Grummet, Wade Von Grawbadger


Fallen Angel #7

By Peter David, David Lopez, Fernando Blanco


1602 #6

By Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove


Captain America #22

By Robert Morales, Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend


Superman: Secret Identity #1

By Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen


Black Hole #11

By Charles Burns

That was the week that was in comics. Some great books this week. Superman: Secret Identity was the pick of the week as well. So, did you read any of the comics that came out this week? If you did be sure to let us know what you thought!


  1. Loved this run of Punisher! Also, one of my favorite issues of Black Hole

  2. Any sign of the Batman themed folow-up to Busiek’s Secret Identity?

    • I’ve thought of that too, not sure how well it would translate. “Hey, my name is Bruce Wayne and I’m a billionaire just like that guy in the comics, I’m gonna travel around the world and train with ninjas and dress like a bat and fight crime!” . Although in either story an average person wouldve been like “this guy is ________, he’s really _____!”. Busiek would probably make it work tho. I’m not sure what his relationship is with DC right now, so it’s probably not in the cards. Has he even ever written Batman before?

    • Sadly I know he’s not taking on any new work right now, due to his continuing health issues.

  3. That is a hell of a Hawkman cover.

  4. Bachalo drew Cap?!?! Hellllooooo back isue bin!

    • It’s a good read to boot!

    • I just got it off of ebay awhile back and liked it enough for the Bachalo time-capsule, but the story didn’t get interesting or at least notable until Bachalo left and Eddie Campbell jumped in to finish Morales run with this callback to his “Truth” cap series. Also, really interesting to see the colorist color Bachalo & Campbell in the same style. The Marvel Knights Cap series was quite the mixed bag, but always with great art…

  5. Great stuff with Charles Burns ‘Black Hole’ loved how messed up that series was, good cross-over with Hawkman/JSA with Black Reign story-line!

  6. Secret Identity is one of my all time favorites. Time to go reread it.

  7. Have yet to read 1602, should I buy the trade or pass? 🙂

    • I liked it much better than Gaiman’s “The Eternals”. All of the characters were really well imagined in colonial times, without feeling exactly like the 616 counterparts. Plus the art is great too. I’d say definitely try it, almost anything by Neil Gaiman is pretty entertaining.

    • Buy it.



  8. I’ve only read 1602 and Superman: Secret Identity off this list but both were great reads in my opinion. Actually SSI was one of the first superman books I read and I remember thinking “This guy nailed it, why isn’t he a regular writer on Superman?”. Hopefully he comes back to DC in the future.

    • Busiek actually wrote quite a bit of Superman in the mid-late 2000s. Among the runs was an arc called “Up, Up, and Away” that was really good. Pete Woods did the art. It was probably the last time I found Superman enjoyable enough to read monthly (and I’m a huge fan of the character). You should check it out if you get the chance.

    • I’ll look for it. I was aware he did write Superman monthly, and I think I picked up 2 books that he contributed to; “President Lex” and the next one after it. Those 2 were some of the worst books Ive ever read, except for the odd issue by Joe Casey of course. I lost track of which writers wrote what books, but I’ll look for “Up,Up and Away” next time at the library.

  9. Man, I was ALL IN on DC in this era. Johns on Teen Titans, JSA, Flash, Hawkman and about to start Green Lantern! Simone on BoP. Winnick on Outsiders. Brubaker and Rucka on Gotham Central. And then great specials like Secret Identity and Identity Crisis.

    They were taking allll my money.

  10. Secret Identity is one of the greatest Superman Stories EVER told, Elseworlds or otherwise.

  11. Makes one nostalgic for 2004 DC, doesn’t it?

  12. Wow great week. When I got back into comics around 2006 this was all the stuff I was catching up on. Can anyone recommend Johns Hawkman? Never read it or liked Hawkman much.

  13. Dang is Secret Identity good. I’m not sure if it’s been collected, but you need to get your hands on it. It’s a truly brilliant book.

  14. Ah, Garth Ennis’s first issue of the Punisher MAX series. Nothing is ever going to top that run for me. Anyone who writes Punisher, Max or otherwise, is just copying Ennis’s writing when it comes to the character.

  15. I enjoyed Busiek & Immonen’s Superman: Secret Identity, love that cover for Hawkman during his return to the JSA and Garth Ennis Punisher run is Punishers best run, but have to say Rucka w Chechetto had a good thing going w Frank Castle and still do closing it out with the War Zone mini. Ennis’s Punisher Omnibus is one of the few I want the most & will get that Hawkman as well, that ones not pricey or OOP like Punisher. Always wanted to read Neil Gaiman’s 1602 too, never heard anything about it, I just dig Neil Gaiman.

  16. I Remenber that week. Punisher Max #1 wow that was a mind blowing thing to rad at the time.

  17. The best “Black Hole” cover? I think so…