iFlashback! January 21, 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 21, 2004. The number one film in the box office is Along Came Polly and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.

Lobo Unbound5

Lobo: Unbound #5

By Keith Giffen, Alex Horley, Andy Kuhn


Uncanny X-Men #438

By Chuck Austen, Salvador Larocca, Danny Miki


The Adventures of Superman #624

By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Karl Kerschl


Fantastic Four #509

By Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo, Karl Kesel

Freaks of the Heartland

Freaks of the Heartland #1

By Steve Niles, Greg Ruth


Mark Millar’s The Unfunnies #1

By Mark Millar, Anthony Williams


Sleeper #12

By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips


Daredevil #56

By Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev


DC: The New Frontier #1

By Darwyn Cooke, Dave Stewart

That was the week that was in comics! What a week! We get our first appearance of Darwyn Cooke’s DC comics masterpiece and solid entries of Daredevil and Fantastic Four. Also, Mark Millar graced our presence with The Unfunnies a comic rumored to be so offensive that it was canceled after two issues. The last two were eventually released in 2007. So, did you read any of the books that came out this week? If so what did you think of them?


  1. Alex Maleev = Greatest Daredevil artist ever. That cover is phenomenal.

    • Ooh, have to say Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera have to be up there on the list somewhere right? There work on DD is breathtaking; and the panel designs in Mark Waid’s first volume are astounding.

    • Absolutely. Paolo Rivera is one of my favourite artists but I just adored the style Maleev brought to Daredevil.

      I don’t know what it is but Daredevil seems to bring out the absolute best in it’s writer’s and artists, so many seminal runs and Waid is definitely adding to that.

    • Good, just wanted to make sure those 2 got some love for their work. Maleev is awesome, very iconic but Paolo Rovera’s style is just visually arresting. I never thought about it before, but DD does attract big runs from creators (Miller/JR jr, Brubaker/Lark, etc).

    • That was the best thing Bendis has ever done & Maleev was truly excellent on their whole run!

    • Agreed! I wish DC would grab Maleev and put him on a Bat title!

    • @knighted samurai, Maleev was on Batman during No Mans Land(not as a regular tho), he even drew Superman vs Predator, his Crow work was great also.

  2. Yes to Daredevil, Mark Waid’s FF, and DC the New Frontier. That last one is a great homage to the silver age. Hard to believe the number one movie at the time was “Along Came Polly” tho.

  3. Sleeper, Daredevil and New Frontier were books I always rushed to the shop to pick up on Wednesdays. But the Austen run on Uncanny…along with the Scott Lobdell run…really put me off that title for quite a while.

  4. Ugh. That X-Men issue was part of the terrible Romeo and Juliet story that was the low point of an already crappy run.

  5. Some amazing stuff mixed with crap we can’t even move at the shop where I work for 50 cents at cons. Fun times.

    Solid, solid week overall though.

  6. I remember passing on DC the new frontier #1 and feeling like an idiot three months later when I heard how good it was and it was all sold out by then

  7. Arguably the greatest Daredevil run ever!

  8. Great stuff from Darwyn Cooke ! New Frontier is a GREAT story !! I have the absolute edition as well. DC needs to release both trades together in one volume if they havent already

  9. New Frontier is one of my favorite DC Golden meets Silver age stories, Lobo Unbound was hilarious and the way Lobo is meant to be done, loved that & Lobo’s back (only his minis work, (no on goings), I liked Larocca on UXM, missed DnA’s Supes run, and plenty of ppl give Bendis too much s@#t, his DD run was solid. I dig Steve Niles and that house on the cover of Freaks of the Heartland is hauntingly beautiful, must go bin hunting or trade shop cause I never heard of it.

  10. Is New Frontier really 10 years old this week? Good grief how the time flies.

    Probably single handedly made me a fan of DC superheroes after years of not really getting them. Certainly got me interested in some of the less goofy concepts to come out of the DC silver age. Also the only time I’ve ever given a s**t about Hal Jordan.

  11. I have only seen pages of Unfunnies online and now that I have learned Millar wrote, it makes so much sense.

  12. Ah I loved Mr Majestic’s time in the DCU.Not so much his solo series but it was fun to have him team up with Superman.

  13. Definitely was loving Fantastic Four and Daredevil from this list. Great runs!