iFlashback! June 18th, 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 18th, 2003. The number one film in the box office is Finding Nemo, again, and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.


 Spider-Man and Wolverine #1

By Brett Matthews, Vatche Mavlian, Paul Mounts


Birds of Prey # 56

By Gail Simone, Ed Benes, Alex Lei

 Runaways #3

By Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, David Newbold


 JLA: Scary Monsters #4

By Chris Claremont, Josh Hood, Sean Parsons

 Outsiders #1

By Judd Winick, Tom Raney, Scott Hanna


 Truth: Red, White and Black #6

By Robert Morales, Kyle Baker


Sleeper #6

By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

Trinity #1

By Matt Wagner, Dave Stewart

The Goon #1

By Eric Powell

That was the week that was! Items of note, that was Gail Simone’s first issue of Birds of Prey. I also loved that Outsiders book but I haven’t revisited it since then and look, The Goon has it’s premier at Dark Horse. A pretty stellar week. Did you read any of these books? If so what did you think of them? Let us know!


  1. Trinity is great! Definetly one of those trades I suggest to people wanting to branch out from Batman.

  2. How is “Truth: Red, White and Black”? Good? Bad? Meh?

    • I’d also love to know. I’ve had it in my Amazon wish list for ages and wonder if it’s appropriate for my high school students.

    • This realy was a great series and well worth the money. Kyle Baker is a modern master of comics. It remains one of my favorite things from Marvel. Sometimes Marvel is willing to try something different and they did so with this comic.

  3. Avatar photo Jacen Chris (@jcbhatestweeter) says:

    This was a good week. SLEEPER!!!!

  4. The first Gail Simone Birds Of Prey?? Man, talk about a start of an epic era.

  5. I’ll start it – I remember this issue of Runaways. Marvel should bring it back – what’s Nick Spencer up to these days?

    • Seconded, but I might go with more of a Dan Slott or a Jeff Parker.

    • Sorry if I’m missing an inside joke or something here…. Nick Spencer is writing a series he created over at Image called “Morning Glories” it’s great, I highly reccomend it, especially if you liked Runaways.

    • Sorry, my comment was more towards his Marvel work. I am reading MG, but his Ultimate X run has ended hasn’t it?

  6. The Goon! My favorite comic. I remember picking up Runaways……but not much else.

  7. Now we are getting to some great stuff. The last couple “iflashbacks” have featured comics I didn’t pick up and a few i’ve never even heard of.

    But here I got Birds of Prey (later in trade), Runaways 3 in issues, Outsiders the issue and Trinity.

    I really loved the whole “Young Justice: Graduation Day” and split into Johns Teen Titans and Winnicks Outsiders era of 2003-2006. So many wonderful charatcers with big personalities and great art in both books.

  8. I read the Trinity trade for the first time last night! Loved it.

  9. That JLA Scary Monsters comic reminds me of college. The Art Adams covers were worth it alone. And Plastic Man in finest form in that series.

  10. Reading this article makes me sad because I really miss the Runaways. I really wish Marvel would bring them back. It was one of the best series I’ve ever read. Period. I have lost a lot of faith in Marvel and this is one reason why. They cancel good series just because the sales arent what they want them to be. I really think if they got Christos Gage on a Runaways series it would work. He’s done great on Avengers Academy and I fear that will be cancelled next.

  11. Big fan of Wagner’s Trinity. One of my favorites. If you enjoyed Batman vs. The Monster Men Or Batman and the Mad Monk then you will love this story as well.
    I also liked the start of Winick’s Outsiders with Nightwing leading the team. It was good for a couple of story arcs and then it lost me.

  12. Geez. I knew Powell took a long time to do The Goon but I didn’t know it’s been a 10 year project…..Also, Trinity was a decent read but the draw was for the art more then the story for me.

    Here’s what else happened on the day of June 18th, 2003:

    1812: The U.S. declares war on Britain. (War of 1812)
    1815: The Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington and is banished from France for good.
    1923: The first Taxi is debuted.

  13. Trinity was one I always wanted to read cause of the creative team alone, I love The Goon and just started reading him in trade last year…..I’m curious about the Claermont JLA Scary Monsters thing, never saw that, and have heard nothing but good things about BKV’s Runaways and would like to catch up with that run someday soon. Only thing I actually read back then cause that was an on and off time with comix for me was probably the Spidey Wolverine MK series, I couldn’t resist them two together back then, especially when the art jumped off the page, thats a great drawing of Spidey and a beautifully abstract version of Wolverine.