iFlashback! July 21st, 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 and not ten? Our Mondays and Wednesdays used to sync up, but 2004 was a leap year so we are off by a day. Jog down memory lane with me. The date is July 21st, 2004 the number one film at the box office is I, Robot and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.

DC presents Green Lantern


DC Comics Presents Green Lantern #1

By Brian Azzarello, Norm Breyfogle, Sal Buscema, Martin Pasko, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens


Man-Thing #1

By Hans Rodionoff, Kyle Hotz

JL Elite 1

Justice League Elite #1

By Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen

Mary Jane 2

Mary Jane #2

By Sean McKeever, Takeshi Miyazawa, Norman Lee, Christina Strain

Ex Machina

Ex Machina #2

By Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister

Seaguy 3

Seaguy #3

By Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart

Last Train to Deadsville 3

Last Train to Deadsville #3

By Steve Niles, Kelley Jones


Superman/Batman #11

By Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwald


Catwoman: The Movie Adaptation

By Chuck Austen, Tom Derenick, Adam Dekraker

That was the week that was in comics. We got another Julius Schwartz tribute, two movie adaptations and Superman/Batman was the highest selling book of that month. So, did you read anything that came out this week? If you did be sure to let us know what you thought of it.


  1. I worked at Midtown Comics in 2004, and I can remember a lot of “giant sized Man-Thing” jokes that week. We were so very mature.

    That Ex Mach cover was one of my favorites.

    The Supergirl story in Supes/Bats kinda unraveled at the end if I remember correctly. RIP Turner.

    Yay, Seaguy!

    How dare you post that Catwoman adaptation. We need to make every effort to erase it from memory. You’re part of the problem.

  2. It seems fitting that Chuck Austen would write the Catwoman adaptation

  3. “Power Rings, a dollar a piece!” HELLS YEAH!

    I actually don’t remember that book, but I read and enjoyed most of those. Seaguy and Ex Machinima! Come, now! And I think I was too young to get the “giant-sized Man-Thing” joke. I just picked it up because it looked like Swamp Thing.

    “Catwoman: The Movie”? I don’t recall it… Halle Berry, you say? Was it any good?

  4. Ha one of my friends gave me that Catwoman comic (as a joke), I might still have it boxed up somewhere. I don’t think I even bothered attempting to read it.

  5. To the library! And/or back issue bins!

    Does that DCP: GL one-shot appear in any collection (perhaps with the original issue that inspired it)?

    Seaguy, huh? Been meaning to read that.

  6. Those Mary Jane covers made me feel a little…uneasy. I know that they were aimed at a younger crowd, but were I a parent, I wouldn’t exactly be happy about my kid bringing something like that home. Making cartoons about young girls look sexed up anime style skeeves me out a bit. I probably sound like a complete prude and I don’t mean to be

    • No, I get it. It seems like everywhere you look the youth is being desensitized to to various things… This coming from a teenager.

    • I don’t it’s as bad as other images, and pretty tasteful for a manga drawing if I’m being honest. I know it’s not a Japanese comic though. The problem comes from people getting used to things. What was funny in 1949 is not really funny “now” to most people. Same with violence/sexy/exciting. People always have to go further than what came before. That’s good and bad in a way. The sex thing is WAY OVERDONE IMO (I’m 21). But it seems like people want to take it even further still! I hope I don’t sound like a prude now.

  7. Justice League Elite, Ex Machina, and Seaguy were all damn good.

    Those Superman/Batman books were back when Jeph Loeb was still pretty good – seems like a long long time ago.

    And Catwoman – barf.

  8. Just “Superman/Batman” and “Ex Machina” for me, both great obviously.

    How was that DC Comics Presents by Azzerallo? He’s good with Batman, terrible with Superman so I don’t know how I feel about him writing Green Lantern.

  9. Chuck Austen on the Catwoman movie tie-in might be the most perfect pairing ever. Shit writer with a shittier movie. Also, that Green Lantern one-shot has an ungodly amount of incredible talent on board. Hopefully that is a good thing to read once I find it at NYCC.

    Here are some other big events, births, and deaths on July 21st:

    -1925: In the Scopes Monkey Trial, Biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class. He is fined $100.
    -1969: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on the moon (although it happens on July 20th in the U.S.)
    -1983: The world’s lowest recorded temperature is recorded in Antarctica with -128.6 F

    -1899: Ernest Hemingway
    -1924: Don Knotts
    -1951: Robin Williams

    -1998: Alan Shepard

  10. I think this is the first iFlashback column where I didn’t read a single comic listed.

  11. I got back into comics just after this. Big Joe Kelly fan. Was his Justice League Elite high quality?

  12. Marvel really wanted to people to believe they were publishing Swamp Thing. Also, is that motion picture is still upcoming?