iFlashback! October 1st, 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 October 1st, 2003. The number one film at the box office is The Rundown and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.

Superman: Birthright #4

By Mark Waid, Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan

Spider-Man: Doctor Octopus, Negative Exposure #1

By Brian K. Vaughan, Staz Johnson, Danny Miki

Supreme Power #3

By J. Michael Straczynski, Gary Frank, Jon Sibal

Thanos #1

By Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom

Batman: City of Light #1

By Arnold Pander, Jack Pander, Mark Panicca, Alvaro Lopez

Queen & Country #18

By Greg Rucka, Carla Speed McNeil

The Authority #6

By Robbie Morrison, Dwayne Turner, Sal Regla

Bone #52

By Jeff Smith

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #6

By Dan Slott, Ryan Soon, Wade Von Grawbadger, Eric Powell

That was the week that was in comics. Fun stuff this week. Bone and Queen & Country all in the same week! Thanos and Doc Ock both get a mini series, and Eric Powell kills that cover. So, did you read any of these books? If so what did you think of them?


  1. I may be the minority on this, but I did not think Leinil Yu’s art was very good in the Superman: Birthright mini.

  2. Eric Powell Arkham Asylum cover, FTW!

  3. That BKV Spider-man story is awesome. It might have been my first exposure to him as a writer. Anyone on a BKV kick should pick it up

  4. It’s so weird. I love Dan Slott’s Arkham Asylum Living Hell, but for some reason I remember the trade as having come out circa 2001 instead of the series still be released by issue in 2003. Oh well, my memory sucks lol

  5. That Arkham Asylum cover is just sick. One of my all time favorites for sure

  6. Bone indeed

  7. I missed these initially, , I was a few years out of college and trying to figure out which books to give a try. The place I was frequenting wasn’t much help, so I had switched to a new place soon after.

  8. Bone is so fantastic. And I really liked that Arkham Asylum mini.

  9. Who the heck are the Pander Brothers and is that ‘City of Light’ story any good?

    Other notable events to occur on October 1st:

    -1890: Yosemite National Park is established
    -1891: Stanford University opens
    -1903: The first World Series is played with the Boston Americans playing the Pittsburgh Pirates
    -1949: The ‘People’s Republic of China’ is established by Mao Zedong
    -1958: NASA is founded
    -1962: The first episode of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson is broadcast
    -1971: Walt Disney World opens
    -1982: Epcot opens

  10. The Pander Bros. were the artist on the first storyline of the original Grendel ongoing series from Comico featuring Christine Spar. Never read the City of Light, though.
    Did Ryan Sook actually finish a whole issue? (I kid)
    I miss Queen and Country.

  11. City of Light had a cool concept if I remember correctly- what if Gotham didn’t have shadows for Batman to hang out in? I think the actual book was nearly unreadable, though. Big inky smears across the page and a hackneyed plot that barely hung together. Arkham Asylum was fun; wish I read Birthright; and Supreme Power had a decent half dozen issues or so.

  12. Arkham Asylum: Living Hell was pretty good and creepy. I miss Queen & Country. Bone rocks, too.

  13. How is Superman: Birthright? I feel like I’ve read good things about it, but I’m not sure. Its more than half off at a local book store.

  14. Never heard of the BKV Spidey mini – is it worth a grab?