iFlashback! June 2nd, 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 one day. Jog down memory lane with me. The date is June 2nd, 2004 the number one film at the box office is Shrek 2 and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.


Scratch #1

By Sam Kieth


The Monolith #5

By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Winslade


Ultimate Spider-Man #60

By Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna


Detective Comics #795

By Anderson Gabrych, Pete Woods, Nathan Massengill


The Ride #1

By Doug Wagner, Cully Hammer, Brian Stelfreeze


Uncanny X-Men #445

By Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer


Witches #1

By Brian Patrick Walsh, Mike Deodato Jr.


Y the Last man #23

By Brian K. Vaughan, Goran Parlov, Jose Marzan Jr.


Superman Birthright #11

By Mark Waid, Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan

That was the week that was in comics! Did you read anything that came out this week? If you did be sure to let us know what you thought of them.



  1. Batman versus a werewolf? Why is that not an annual occurrence?

  2. I remember both Scratch and Monolith very well, along with Ultimate Spider-man and Y The Last Man. I really enjoyed Monolith and was sad to see it end. Now I have to go dig through my back issues to find it.

  3. Mark Waid on Superman? I’ll have to dig that up!

  4. Good times for Vertigo with Y the Last Man back when they had some great ongoings, miss those days!

  5. I read USM #60, Y the Last Man, and Superman Birthright. Is anyone interested in the later part of “Ultimate Spider-Man”? I’ve got #77-114 and decided to sell them, the series has lost it’s magic IMHO and I’m probably not going to read the series again. I don’t usually pick up cheesecake covers but what was “Witches”? It looks sort of interesting.

  6. This might be the strangest mix of comics you’ve put together, so far, Timmy. Scratch sounds absolutely wonderful with Sam Keith on art. The Ride also has a good mix of creators on board and I’ve always wanted to read The Monolith. The weird thing about ‘The Monolith’ is that it’s a DC creation but yet IMAGE published a collection….Wonder how that happened.

    Here are some big events, births, and deaths to occur on June 2nd:

    -455: Vandals sack the city of Rome
    -1835: P.T. Barnum starts his first tour of his famous circus
    -2004: Ken Jennings starts his 74 game winning streak on Jeopardy!

    -1955: Dana Carvey
    -1972: Wayne Brady

    -1941: Lou Gehrig
    -1990: Rex Harrison

  7. Thought I was out this week until I saw Superman:Birthright #11…what can I say about it that has never been said.

  8. Birthright, Y the last man, USM. That was a good week. Although, I remember that I loved the concept of ultimate Venom, but thought that ultimate Carnage was a little lazy (then again, so was 616 Carnage I guess).

    I always wanted to check out Monolith (I think the concept looked interesting). Was it any good?

  9. What the hell??? I never even heard about Scratch and Monolith!
    For me it was Birthright, Uncanny Xmen and Ythe last man out of those. I only really love Birthright, though. Claremonts return to the x people wasn’t very good and while I loved Y back when it came out, I recently sold the complete run after trying to reread it. BKV is simply not my cuppa.

  10. I love that the superman cover says Lienil F- Yu.

  11. Wow, I was a DC reader at the time, and I have NO recollection of the book called Scratch. By Sam Keith? Huh.

  12. I was reading Uncanny Xmen at the time, love Sam Keith’s abstract art and Superman Birthright is the one highly recommended (definitive origin story to some) I still need/want to read. Thanx for the reminder!!!