iFlashback! October 8th, 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 8th, 2003. The number one film at the box office is School of Rock and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.

Batman: Death and The Maidens #3

By Greg Rucka, Klaus Janson

NYX #1

By Joe Quesada, Josh Middleton

JSA: All Stars #6

By David Goyer, Geoff Johns, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso

1602 #3

By Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove

Fables #18

By Bill Willingham, Linda Medley

Two-Step #1

By Warren Ellis, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti

H-E-R-O #9

By Will Pfieffer, Kano

Runaways #7

By Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung

The Walking Dead #1

By Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore

That was the week that was in comics! The Walking Dead makes its debut, Runaways was the iFanboy pick of the week and 1602 had  some amazing covers. So, did you read any of these comics? If you did, let us know what you thought of them!


  1. Only ting I read here was 1602, which I enjoyed, but not. As much as I was expecting to. Still, looking back, looked like a good week for comics.

    • I had the opposite feelings for 1602. I really had never read any Gaiman (the few issues of Sandman I read did nothing for me – still have never gotten into it), so I thought this would just be a over-hyped letdown, but I really quite enjoyed it, and some of the follow up series, even.

  2. I wasn’t reading it back then but was Walking Dead huge right off the bat or was it after the first trade?

    • Not sure. I’m a new Walking Dead Fan. I’m jumping on with issue #103 after recently discovering the tv show. I watched season 1 and season 2 on Netflix. Actually I have a few episodes of season 2 left. Trying to finish before this Sunday when Season 3 debuts on tv. I will probably go back and get all the trades of the comic too.

    • The Walking Dead debuted at number 233 on the sales chart that month.

  3. I am just re-reading my german tpb of 1602. It was one of the last translated comics i bought. Soon after that i bought only english originals, even though it was first a pain in the ass to have to look up every second word in the dictionary. But in the end i learned more english from comics than from school.

  4. Man NYX was awesome

    • I remember back in the day I thought it was supposed to be huge. But it just kind of petered out and not many people seemed to care. Apparently Joey Q’s late scripts caused massive delays.

      I have issues 3 (first X-23!) and 4 but that was it.

    • Its that Josh Middleton art that does it for me. Just so good.

  5. I used to love HERO, is Will Pfieffer still out there creating?

  6. Loved those JSA All-Star issues when they came out. I need a little more Dr. Midnight in my life, and there he was. Come to think of it, he’s one of the few names not yet dropped in Earth 2…

    Runaways was a masterpiece, Walking Dead was a phenomenon and 1602 was… a comic book.

    • I think I have the TPB of JSA All-Stars somewhere that I got cheap. I’m gonna have to dig it out after your words of praise.

  7. JSA All-Stars was when they were great just not digging Earth 2, good times with Fables too!

  8. So Fables has always had beautiful covers.

  9. So weird to see that Tony Moore art instead of Adlard.

  10. From this list I bought:

    Walking Dead

    I still have the issues of 1602 and NYX (1-3) but I sold my Walking Dead #1 acouple years ago before this whole craze started.
    I’m kicking myself for that one. =) I’m not too angry at myself for it because I still got $175 out of $3 comic.

  11. This week I particularly enjoyed JSA All-Stars #6; any excuse to focus on Dr. Mid-Nite is fine with me. I liked the juxtaposition of a present day tale with a ‘golden age’ yarn.

    I also enjoyed the conclusion to the “Straight Shooters” arc in Green Arrow #31?, from Judd Winick, Phil Hester & Ande Parks. If not stellar, certainly satisfying.

  12. I’ve read most on this list. Death and the Maidens and HERO really catch my eye. My local comic shop has the first HERO trade for half price. I may snatch it up.

  13. oh back when Fables and Runaways were both awesome…

  14. Never read Two-Step and considering the talent involved I feel like I have to try it. Found something to look for while at NYCC this Friday.

  15. I just went out and bought the NYX tpb because of that cover. Teen mutants on ecstasy??? count me in..

  16. NYX was a big one for me back then, I remember it being in a care package while I was in Iraq

  17. I was getting Fables,runaways,JSA All Stars,1602, and Walking Dead I picked it up on a whim cause it was about zombies.

  18. Wow… I actually bought every comic on that list besides JSA. I also can’t believe that two of them, WALKING DEAD and FABLES, are still around and I’m still reading them.