iFlashback! May 7th, 2003

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 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 May 7th, 2003. The number one film in the box office is X2: X-Men United. That’s pretty neat. 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” is still, still the number one song on the radio and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.


 Witchblade #65

By David Wohl, Francis Manapul, Romano Molenaar, Billy Tan, Brian Buccelato



Detective Comics #782

By Ed Brubaker, Tommy Castillo, Jason Hall, Craig Rousseau




 Captain Marvel #9

By Peter David, Ivan Reis, Chris Sotomayor




 Harley Quinn #32

By A.J. Lieberman, Steve Yeowell



 Vertigo Pop: Bangkok #1

By Jonathan Vankin, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Shawn Martinbrough



 Looney Tunes #102

By Jesse McCann, Frank Strom, David Alveraz, Scott McRea



Ultimate Spider-Man #40

By Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Art Thibert



 Doom Patrol #20

By John Arcudi, Tan Eng Huat



Wolverine/Doop #1

By Peter Milligan, Darwyn Cooke, J.Bone

That’s the week that was on May 7th, 2003. Any ring a bell? I remember that Wolverine/Doop book but I had completely forgotten that Darwyn Cooke had drawn it. What did you think of these books? Let us know!


  1. Brubaker on Detective… is that run collected anywhere?

    • That’s exactly what I was wondering when I saw that. I’m sure there are some out of print trades, but a hardcover would be nice. I don’t think I read any of those issues. Anybody know if they were any good?

  2. I miss Peter David’s Captain Marvel. That was so much fun.

    • Peter David’s Captain Marvel was so fantastic and had great CrissCross art.

    • Agreed. Liked it slightly less after he went nuts, but up til then it was amazing.

    • I just bought a bunch of these for FCBD! Read it when it first came out but had a ton of holes in my collection. One of my favorites growing up.

    • This series is a definite gem! I absolutely love this run. I agree that it went a bit funny after he went crazy but re-reading it recently it was just amazing. I wish Genis was back among us.

    • Coven Part 1 of 4. Am I the only one who now always reads that word as “coe-ven” since watching American Movie?

  3. Woah. There was a Wolverine/Doop book drawn by Darwyn Cooke?! That’s so bizarre… I’d kinda like to see that.

  4. Other key events occurring this week also include:

    May 5h: Linkedin debuts.

    May 9th: The Bush Tax Cuts are approved by the House (with some rejiggering)

    There was also a lot of death in terms of natural disasters but I’ll try and find more upbeat stuff for future articles.

    • Well let me go further in general history cause you’ll probably get more out of it instead of the actual 2003 week. (Kinda like my old Murmur article)

      May 7th History:

      1429: Joan of Arc leads the French to victory in the Siege of Orleans

      1824: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony debuts

      1915: German U-boat “U-20” sinks the Lusitania; favoring the U.S. to side into going to War.

      2002: I have no idea why this is in the list on wikipedia but I thought it was so funny…..Allen Iverson’s infamous ‘practice’ speech.

    • great use of five minutes on google there

      p.s. Colin Farrel

  5. There are so many names here that have just fell out of the industry

  6. Harley Quinn had a series that lasted 32 issues? O____O

  7. That Wolverine/Doop is kind of a spin off of X-Statix isn’t it? Looks like it, like to check it out for the creative team aw well as the odd pairing. I love that Captain Marvel series, have all 4 sc vols but wish it was just one big HC. Have that Ultimate Spidey, don’t remember a thing about it, I dont think I ever cared about the Ultimate stuff back then, bought it for awhile but it didn’t resonate but I do like the ultimates in retrospect and some of the more recent ultimate avengers stuff. Never knew Brubaker wrote Detective back then but the Gotham Central run is solid.

  8. Must hunt-down that Wolverine/Doop mini!