iFlashback! September 10th, 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 September 10th, 2003. The number one film at the box office is Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.

Ultimate X-Men #37

By Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, Arthur Thibert

Green Arrow #30

By Judd Winick, Phil Hester, Ande Parks

Human Defense Corps #5

By Ty Templeton, Clemente Sauve Jr., Dennis Janhe

Nightwing #85

By Devin Grayson, Mike Lilly, Jesse Delperdang

Spectacular Spider-man #4

By Paul Jenkins, Humbertos Ramos,Wayne Faucher

Superman: Blood of my Ancestors

By Steven Grant, Gil Kane, John Buscema, Kevin Nowlan, Noel Giddings

1602 #2

By Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove

The Demon: Driven Out #1

By Joshua Dysart, Pop Mahn, Arthur Thibert

Avengers #71

By Geoff Johns, Steve Sadowski, Andrew Currie

That was the week that was in comics. That particular Avengers book was very controversial due to some “adult content”,  that Demon comic looks interesting, and also 1602, a book I have been meaning to revisit. So iFanbase, did you read any of these books and if so what did you think?


  1. Man, Green Arrow use to be such a phenomenal book. Kevin Smith’s run was ok, but then Brad Meltzer did such a great job and Judd Winnick did an even better one. I miss those books, i think i might have to re-read that series.

    And i was not a fan of 1602, i remember the hype when it came out, Neil Gaiman back at Marvel but i thought the entire series was just meh.

  2. I met both Josh Dysart and Pop Mahn at Project Comic Con in St. Louis. Dysart was super existed to talk about that Demon series that they worked on together and seemed bummed that more people didn’t read it. I’ve never read it but am keeping an eye peeled for it after talking with him.

  3. I found this in reference to Avengers #71 for anyone else that didn’t read it and was interested in the “adult content”:

    The sexually suggestive scene in question relates to a scene with Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne in bed, with the strong suggestion made, as a moist Pym is miniaturized and crawling up Janet’s body from under the covers that he used his shrinking powers in a manner that was most certainly not related to crime fighting.

    The issue also contains a scene where it is revealed that long-time Avengers enemy Whirlwind beats up a prostitute dressed as the Wasp (Van Dyne’s alter ego), confesses that he has always been sexually attracted to her, and then licks her face while she’s unconscious.

  4. 1602 is anything but “meh”, it’s a fantastic series.

  5. It’s sobering to realise the poor quality of the current Green Arrow comic book, when compared to this run.

    Judd Winick did some solid work, if not quite equalling Kevin Smith or Brad Meltzer’s earlier contributions. However, it was Winick who committed to this title long-term & found a groove, much to the reader’s benefit.

  6. Sigh… When are Hester and Parks going to work together again?

  7. Wait wait wait! You mean to tell me that Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star was actually NUMBER 1 at the box office?!?! What the hell, America?!?

  8. Am I the only one amused that Nightwing was written by a guy with the last name Grayson?

  9. There are some great covers in there. I really like the Nightwing one, but Spidy and Human Defense are pretty cool too.

  10. Has anyone read that Superman Blood of My Ancestors one-shot? I’m curious.

  11. Am I the only one that liked Ultimate Daredevil? He was just slightly a bit more dickish then usual and it brought some good comedy in the Ult. Spider-Man books. Shame they killed him off for no reason during Loeb’s shitty story.

  12. I read Spectacular Spider-man and 1602 from this list. Enjoyed Spidey, despite the Ramos art, who I am not a an of. Also enjoyed 1602, although when it was over, I kind of didn’t see the point of the series. It was a fun concept I suppose, but it was hyped as being this huge deal and in the, didn’t really matter. I think if it was just advertised as a fun idea executed well, and not some universe changing event, it would have been better. I don’t remember if I read this issue of Avenger. Know I dropped te book during Johns run, though.

  13. I read none of those and dropped Ultimate X-Men after like 15 issues because it was simply boring, definitely one of my off comics times but always wanted to get an HC of 1602, love period pieces and Neil Gaiman.

  14. Another Marvel/DC only iflashback, c’mon now. Help out the little guy more. It’d be nice if they were at least 50% other companies, or something like that.