iFlashback! June 16th, 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 June 16th, 2004 the number one film at the box office is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.

Adventures of Superman 629

Adventures of Superman #629

By Greg Rucka, Renato Guedes, Eddie Wagner

Cable and Deadpool 4

Cable and Deadpool #4

By Fabian Nicieza, Patrick Zircher, UDON Studios

JSA 62

JSA #62

By Geoff Johns, Don Kramer, Tom Mandrake, Keith Champagne

Daredevil 61

Daredevil #61

By Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

challengers of the unknown 1

Challengers of the Unknown #1

By Howard Chaykin, Michelle Madsen

Seaguy 2

Seaguy #2

By Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart

wolverine the end

Wolverine: The End #4

By Paul Jenkins, Claudio Castellini, Paul Mounts

Mary Jane 1

Mary Jane #1

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

ex machina 1

Ex Machina #1

By Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister

That was the week that was in comics! We got the first issue of Vaughan and Harris’ excellent Ex Machina. 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 of them.


  1. Ex Machina #1 had the most jaw-dropping last page reveal I’ve ever read.

  2. Ex Mach was a great book almost all the way through. I miss visiting Mitchell Hundred every month.

    Ugh … Wolverine: The End … I just threw up a little.

  3. I dunno what it is but something tells me that Geoff Johns kid is going places.

  4. Just DD and Ex Machina for me, both of them killer. I’m a little surprised Mary Jane has had 1 (or 3?) solo series. Wonder how long till Marvel unveils “The Superior Girl-Friend: Mary Jane Watson!”?

  5. Only DD for me from this list. Loved that run!

  6. Cable & Deadpool – Fabian Ni-Cheeseyman spun some great yarn in those pages – great series. I re-read it all the time.

    How was Chaykin’s Challengers of the Unknown?

  7. LIEFELD YOU’RE CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • he only did cover thank goodness other wise the series had a great run from…

      Mark Brooks (issues #1-2)
      Patrick Zircher (issues #3-24)
      Lan Medina (issues #25-27)
      Reilly Brown (issues #28, #33-36, #38, #40-42, #45-46, #48-50)
      Ron Lim (issues #29, #39, #43-44, #47)
      Staz Johnson (issues #30-32, #37)
      Jon Malin (issue #42)

      All pretty good stuff but fell away a little on the art at the end. had some exceptional scottie young covers from around 35 onward

    • Reilly Brown’s art in the last 10 issues – Deadpool vs. Marvel Universe – was phenomenal. He really came around after his first few issues. Zircher was great for the first half of the run.

    • I always liked Ron Lim’s stuff. Is he still around?

  8. Iwasnt a reader back then but…. Man has art gotten better , classier! Did read ex Mach so I’m good. That cable deadpool cover, jeez! Wasn’t gonna mention names but… Bicep thicker than the head?!?! Really?!?! Still, incomprehensible to me how that ” style was a thing. Well, I see the appeal to the untrained eye. Appeal to boys mid puberty and I you like it the , you probably have some nostalgia for it.

  9. Ex Machina, but I skipped the rest to wait for the hardcovers (which I’m way behind on). Daredevil (one of my favorite covers) and JSA.

    Curious about Chaykin’s Challengers and Morrison’s Seaguy.

    Also always wondered if Mary Jane’s various books were good. They had some good talent on them, and they look fun. Maybe I should pick up a few for my daughter to read in a few years.

  10. Man, i had almost forgotten about Wolverine: The End.

    what a boring story

  11. Some really great stuff came out this week in 2004. Wish I was buying comics at that point….but then again I’d be broke since I didn’t have a job in 2004.

    Here are some other big events, births, and deaths to occur on June 16th:

    -1858: Abraham Lincoln delivers his “House Divided” speech.

    -1970: Phil Mickelson
    -1971: Tupac Shakur

    -1959: George Reeves
    -1977: Wernher Von Braun