iFlashback! June 11th, 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 June 4th, 2003. The number one film in the box office is Finding Nemo and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.


The Incredible Hulk #55

By Bruce Jones, Leandro Fernandez


The Adventures of Superman #617

By Joe Casey, Charlie Adlard


The Mighty Thor #65

By Dan Jurgens, Ben Lai, Ray Lai


Tokyo Storm Warning #1

By Warren Ellis, James Ralz, Andrew Currie


Captain America #14

By Chuck Austen, Jae Lee


Stormwatch: Team Achilles #12

By Micah Ian Wright, C.P. Smith, Eric Nguyen


Kingpin #1

By Bruce Jones, Sean Phillips, Klaus Janson


Rex Mundi #4

By Arvid Nelson, Eric Johnson, Jeromy Cox


JLA: Welcome to the Working Week

By Patton Oswalt, Patrick Gleason, Christian Alamy

There you have it! That was the week that was June 11th, 2003. Patton Oswalt wrote a JLA book! Gotta hunt that down. Also, Chuck Austen pops up again! Did you buy any of these books? If you did what do you think of them? Let us know!


  1. Patton Oswalt? The Comedian? Jeezist..

    • Wha?! I knew he was really into comics, but I didn’t realize he had written any. He also did the voice of The Amazing Screw-On Head in the animated version of the one shot.

    • He actually was the voice of Mr. Groin, the butler. Paul Giamatti did the voice of Screw-On Head, which kind of blows my mind.

  2. Two of the comics listed (JLA: Welcome to the Working Week and Tokyo Storm Warning) are also Elvis Costello songs (well, if you remove the “JLA” part)…Odd coincidence or a sign of something more sinister?

  3. Wasn’t reading any DC at the time, and the only comics listed I bought were the Hulk and Kingpin. I’ve since picked up the Captain America: Ice story for Jae Lee’s art.

  4. I read a ridiculous amount of books back then, yet I picked up none of these. I have no idea what that means.

  5. Rex Mundi is the only thing I’ve read out of that lot, can’t really remember that much about the rest. Oh well!

  6. Wasn’t reading at this time, but I had no idea that was the art team for that Kingpin series. Wishing their was a collection.

  7. Out of all of these books, the only one I picked up was JLA:Welcome to the Working Week. It was a tremendous read and great art. I think it was my first exposure to Patrick Gleason’s art. I absolutely love Patton Oswalt and was literally waiting for this book to arrive the day it was released.

  8. That Kingpin series was actually pretty good.

  9. I have always felt that the Reiber and Cassaday run on Captain America was one of the best ever, and then all of the sudden we got Chuck Austen, who must have been the President and CEO of Marvel back then, because otherwise how could he have possibly been given control of so many books, as well as Jae Lee, whose talent I don’t deny but he has never been one of my favorites. in the days before I knew anything about solicitations, that was like a slap in the face.

  10. Bruce Jones/Sean Phillips on a Kingpin mini?

    Patton Oswalt/Patrick Gleason on JLA?


    Here are some other notable events to occur on June 11th:

    1184 B.C.-Troy is sacked
    1776 A.D.-The Continental Congress appoints a five man committee to draft a Declaration of Independence
    1963 A.D.-Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself alive in protest of the Vietnam War

  11. Who told Marvel cursive was an acceptable font for book titles?

  12. Thanks for sharing this, you did a great job!

  13. Phillips on a Kingpin Book? I gotta check this one out. And Adlard on Supeman? Interesting, i only remember him working on a Scarface Story besides TWD.

  14. Only one, Adventures of Superman: Mxy twins were great or umm…chaotic if you ask me, whew… Didn’t get that issue of Cap or Hulk but I picked up other issues in both run…Jae Lee’s art is just wonderful (smacking myself for not getting all that run) or anything other books with Jae Lee’s art.