iFlashback! July 2nd, 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 July 2nd, 2003. The number one film in the box office was the Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle!  These are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.


Detective Comics #784

By Ed Brubaker, Patrick Zircher, Aaron Sowd, Judd Winick, Cliff Chiang

Ultimate Spider-Man #43

By Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Arthur Thibert


Superman: Birthright #1

By Mark Waid, Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan

Brit #1

By Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Cliff Rathburn

Spider-Girl #62

By Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema


JSA: All Stars #3

By Geoff Johns, David Goyer, Barry Kitson, Darwyn Cooke

Alias #24

By Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos

Formerly Known As The Justice League #1

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

Trouble #1

By Mark Millar, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson

That was the week that was July 2nd, 2003. What an eclectic mix! You got Spider-Girl the book that wouldn’t die. Bendis and Bagley were so good on Ultimate Spider-Man. Also, Alan Scott was in that Ed Brubaker story arc of Detective Comics. It was good stuff. And who can forget Trouble? Very controversial book of that year. Let me know your thoughts on these!


  1. What was Trouble? The cover is pedo-creepy…

  2. This week in comics was probably my most important, because it was the beginning of my love for comics as storytelling. i always use to buy books off the dollar bins for the art, but Ulitmate Spiderman 43 was probably the first story i ever read as a comic.

  3. Wow, what a week. That Justice League book is really fun, while that Alias story with Purple Man is an all-time favorite.

  4. What a tremendous week.

    I loved formerly known as Justice League. One of the funniest comic series i’ve ever read. I remember crying I was laughing so hard when I picked it up in the store.

    Superman birthright I made the decision to wait for the trade for since it was a limited series. It’s probably one of my most read trades as both my wife and I love the book.

    Ultimate spider-man was at an all time high and the Alias Purple Man storyline is so powerful.

  5. I remember that Detective Comics being a great one.

  6. Avatar photo filippod (@filippodee) says:

    Ahhh the Super Buddies! The cover alone is enough to make me chuckle.

    I really loved the JLI. Must dig out my old books.

  7. Man, how awesome was Brit? Those early days of Robert Kirkman were MAGICAL. That guy was experimenting with all kinds of wild ideas trying to get his big break. Brits still one of the best.

  8. I loved that Formerly Known as the Jutice League book. I actually read that and it’s sequel every year, along with the Defenders mini by the same creative team. Those are some flat out fun comics.

    • I’ve just put together a short box containing all of the Giffen & DeMatteis JLI issues, Booster Gold, Defenders and Hero Squared. I reckon that’s as perfect a comic box as you could find.

    • Agreed. I was a bit saddened by the Defenders comic. Didn’t have the same excitement to it.

      The truely sad thing is that this was NINE YEARS AGO. C’mon DC! I think we’re due for another dose.

    • Gord – Did you not pick up the Giffen & DeMatteis issues of Booster Gold? There was some classic JLI Bwahaha action contained therein. Also, the Retroactive 1990s Justice League America, despite the awful printing, was a fine issue with a return of the Injustice League. Pick ’em up NOW!

  9. All of this further reinforces just how ridiculous Millar is.

    And why is Spider-Girl presenting to her pursuers?

  10. BRIT!
    I really miss that book.

  11. I still haven’t read Brit but heard it’s good and would like to check it out……love Cassaday’s JSA All-Star covers w the old school art behind his, each of the 8 issues featured a solo JSA character on the cover except #1 which had all of em from that mini, makes a better trade straight through but bought the back issues last year just for the covers. Didn’t read any of that other stuff back then but like the JLI run with the same creative team that led to the formerly known as eventually. That Millar book looks terrible and don’t remember it, I really like quite a few of his works but thats just stupid looking. That Detective run was probably not bad with Brubaker,Winick and Chiang…and is he holding a Green Lantern?

  12. I really liked Alias and anything with the Purple Man used well is great, therefore this was a great issue!

  13. I remember Brit because of josh. He gave me the first trade after the last ifanboy meetup (for #300) and it was very nice for him to do so. Unfortunately I gotta say it wasn’t my bag. It felt like Kirkman had to rush a lot because the series didn’t last long. Looked good though. But I don’t think I really ever thanked josh for giving me that and a bunch of other trades (a lot of Doug TenNapel which were fantastic) that night. So thanks josh!

    Here are some other notable events to fall on July 2nd:

    1776: The United States officially severs ties with Great Britain, although the Declaration of Independence is not approved till July 4th.
    1937: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean
    1964: The Civil Rights Act is is signed prohibiting segregation in public places

  14. Missed that JSA!! Is the story&interior art as glorious as that cover?Might just have to track that down!Also is it sort of a one shot?Love me some Dr.Fate!!