iFlashback! October 22nd, 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 15th, 2003. The number one film at the box office is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.

JLA/Avengers #2

By Kurt Busiek, George Perez

Superman #198

By Steven Seagle, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens

Planetary #17

By Warren Ellis, John Cassaday, Laura Martin

Batman #620

By Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso

Sleeper #10

By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

Hellblazer #189

By Mike Carey, Marcelo Frusin

Hawkeye #1

By Fabian Nicieza, Stefano Raffaele

The Amazing Spider-Man #500

By J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita Jr., John Romita Sr., Scott Hanna

Looney Tunes: Back in Action: The Official Comic Book Adaptation #1

By Bill Atheny, Dave Alvarez

That was the week that was in comics. I really loved JLA/Avengers,  Amazing Spider-Man was the pick of the week and Looney Tunes:Back in Action was no Space Jam, despite Brendan Fraser’s involvement. So, did you read any of the comics that came out this week? If so tell us what you thought of them!


  1. Am I the only person that LOVED the JLA/Avengers crossover?

  2. I miss Planetary:-(

  3. You’re telling me I’ve had that JLA/Avengers thing sitting around to “get around to” for NINE YEARS?!?

    • I never read the last issue. For some reason the series was a little dull to me. I love George Perez and have been meaning to re-read the series and actually finish it this time.

  4. I LOVE PLANETARY! The jungle edition… so simple, yet so good!

  5. That moment in Amazing 500 where Peter gets 5 mins with Uncle Ben and he tells Pete how proud of him he is drawn by Romita Sr still gives me chills one of my all time fave comic book moments

  6. The line on that Hawkeye cover sounds like a really dodgy porn movie. Oh, Hawkeye! 😉

  7. Anyone else surprised the tagline “High, hard shaft” made it to print?

  8. If I ever saw that Looney Tunes adaptation, I’d snap it up in a heartbeat. I loved comic book adaptations of films when I was a kid.

  9. Sleeper, my all time favorite Brubaker/Philips collaboration.

  10. I remember being really excited for that Azzarello/Risso Batman arc and then being incredibly disappointed by it. I may have to dig through the longboxes and give that another shot.

    • I’ve read the trade, it’s better if you read it all at once. I really enjoyed it

    • Broken City was the first of many Azzarello projects that I was suckered into and was disappointed by. I also didn’t really like Risso’s art, but it has since grown on me. I’m still intrigued by 100 Bullets, too…

  11. Gotta admit, I did not like JLA/Avengers. It wasn’t bad by any means but I just couldn’t get into it. I love Busiek and I love Perez but I couldn’t love it. Sorry.

  12. Wow, the JMS Spidey run was one of the few titles I was reading at the time and I loved it for the most part but seeing #500 makes me feel like time doesn’t exist, seems like yesterday. Love Planetary and Hellblazer (need to catch up with John), and always wanted to read Broken City and Sleeper, two collections on my trade list. I can’t believe they titled that Hawkeye series The High Hard Shaft.