iFlashback! March 31st, 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. So jog down memory lane with me. The date is March 31st, 2004 (it was a leap year in 2004, so we are a day off now) the number one film at the box office is Scooby-Doo 2 and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.

Green Lantern175

Green Lantern #175

By Ben Raab, Andy Smith, Rodney Ramos


Thor: Son of Asgard #2

By Akira Yoshida, Greg Tocchini, Jay Leisten


Batman & Poison Ivy: Cast Shadows

By Ann Nocenti, John Van Fleet


Wolverine/Punisher #1

By Peter Milligan, Lee Weeks, Tom Palmer


Planetary #19

By Warren Ellis, John Cassaday


B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs #1

By Mike Mignola, Guy Davis


Catwoman #29

Ed Brubaker, Paul Gulacy, Jimmy Palmiotti


Superman #203

By Michael Turner, Joe Kelly, Talent Caldwell, Jason Gorder, Jim Lee


Avengers/JLA #4

By Kurt Busiek, George Perez

That was the week that was in comics. Interesting week in that there were a lot of team ups, none of which really set the sales chart on fire, and the heroes vs. heroes event, Civil War was right around the corner. It was pretty cool to see Paul Gulacy again and I wonder how many bought Superman #203 for that Jim Lee sketchbook in the back. So, did you read any of the comics that came out this week? If you did, let us know what you thought of them.


  1. Only thing I read here was Avengers/JLA #4, which I loved! That whole series was a ton of fun!

  2. One of my all time favourite series Planetary, great team of Ellis & Cassaday blighted by a pain in the arse of constant delays but still an incredibly great series for anyone to get into!

    • Agreed on the sad aspect of timing. Still, it is definitely one of those series that I would rather wait until they can do it right. Not realistic for many of the big two comics given expectations of monthly shipping, but fantastic for the more self-contained independent comics. I would far prefer getting an installment every three months that rocks than filler issues of questionable interest to me. Plus, it adds a bit to going bakc and reading it all together to see the pieces that were so spread out.

      I also read JLA/Avengers (fun), Superman (kinda odd, but it was better than the Jim Lee stuff that followed), and BPRD. I think that I had dropped Green lantern a bit before this, and picked it back up starting the next issue with Kyle’s return to earth and finale of volume 2 for the series.

  3. Got the Wolverine and Punisher in trade,very good story, still have not read JLA/Avengers #4 and I have #1-3 and still have only 1 issue from Superman:Godfall, not the one above :/

  4. I still miss that Catwoman series — I really wish that there could be a good Catwoman series again. And yes, seeing Gulacy was a treat . . .

  5. Avenges/JLA was great and I always enjoyed planetary.

  6. Ah those ambiguous marvel comics front covers. Can’t tell what the story is inside based on the cover. Glad they got rid of that practice.

  7. You’re telling me a man lie Greg Tocchini has been getting work for almost a decade? If his pencils back then were anything like him taking over Batman & Robin/FF then that Thor book must be awful!

    Here are some other big events, births, and deaths to occur on March 31st (sans my Dad; happy belated birthday Dad!):

    -1918: Daylight Savings Time goes into effect for the first time in the U.S.
    -1930: The Production Code is put into effect in Hollywood films. For the next thirty-eight years films would be under harsh scrutiny to censor material such as sex, violence, crime, and religion in film.
    -1985: The first Wrestlemania takes place at Madison Square Garden.

    -1596: Rene Descartes
    -1685: Johann Sebastian Bach
    -1943: Christopher Walken

    -1913: J.P. Morgan
    -1945: Anne Frank

  8. JLA/AVENGERS is great!

    only re-read that a few weeks back.

  9. JLA/Avengers is one of my favorites! I re-read it every year!

  10. Planetary remains one of the best (if not the best) series I’ve ever read. I re-read it every so often and finally tracked down all the individual issues last summer (all I lacked was #1, it was a little pricey but worth it).

    I need to re-read JLA/Avengers again!

  11. I hope someday people will recognize and appreciate the greatness that is Planetary with no stupid caveats of its sporadic single issue publishing schedule.

    Ellis & Cassaday didn’t just give us one the greatest sci-fi stories in the medium, but they truly showed that you can’t rush perfection…