100 Issues Ago September 2012

Way back in the early 90s, for better or worse, Dark Horse Comics tried to launch their own superhero universe with new characters all crossing over with each other to establish that sense of community and continuity. GHOST was the only title of that push that I picked up so, in 2012, when it was relaunched by Kelly Sue DeConnick (about whom I’d heard good things) I thought it was worth a go. Thinking back on it, it wasn’t bad; it didn’t just retread old ground but tried to do something a little fresh while still holding on to enough of the original conceit that old fans like me felt as though it were being treated with respect. This issue was the first of a mini-series bringing the character back and, as I say, it did an okay job of it.

Elsewhere, the New 52 was celebrating its birthday with a bunch of #0 issues, some of which retold the characters origin, some introduced new characters, and some were the final issue of series that had launched at the start of the initiative a year before.

Notable for me was the premier issue of THE PHANTOM STRANGER; I’ve longed liked the character and admit to being intrigued by this new take in the New 52 and how he fitted in with Pandora and The Question as part of this Trinity of Sin…

Say what you like about Dan Didio as editor or chief creative officer or whatever else title he had while at DC, but my god he was a writer of terrible dialogue.

Tally this month was 21 issues from DC, and one a piece from Dark Horse (GHOST as mentioned above), Dynamite (THE BOYS), and Marvel (FURY MAX).

Mash-Up #220 Starman vs Phantom Stranger

Hmm – perhaps a mistake as big as I made with that plain grey background… ah well, can’t all be works of art.

With this mash-up, I’m going back to twice a week on these so I can give myself a bit more time to focus on the annotations side of things which I’ve really let slide.

Mash-Up #100

And here we are, Mash-Up #100. I wanted to do something different for the 100th issue so chose to emulate the stark design of the centenary issues from DC in the late 90s where they used simple coloured silhouettes with some detail and a big text background. Enjoy!

Not too shabby, I think. And a new COEP Presents logo, as well!


For those of you who’ve been around since the first mash-up I did, you’ll know it took me a while to settle into things. The first few issues, I simply took one or more characters from one comic and put them on to the cover of another comic. As it’s a centenary issue today, I thought I’d re-do those early covers in the style of the more recent ones and put them here so you can compare.

Original on the left, reissue on the right.