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Happy New Year from Buck Rogers Not Quite Yet in the 25th Century!

§ January 1st, 2024 § Filed under happy new year § 5 Comments

(Hopefully) Happy New Year!

§ January 1st, 2021 § Filed under happy new year § 2 Comments

Look, it can’t be any worse than 2020, right? (CUT TO SIX MONTHS LATER: “oh God how could I have been so wrong”)

Anyway, let’s hope for the best and try to make it through this coming year together. In the meantime, have a fun and safe celebration, and I’ll see you folks on Monday! (And don’t forget, I still want your 2021 comic industry predictions!)

…And it continues without that collar and with the trunks!

§ January 1st, 2020 § Filed under happy new year § 10 Comments

Happy New Year, all you folks what still read comic blogs, here in the far-flung future year of Y2K20. Here’s to a better and brighter year for all of us.

image from Superman #355 (by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Joe Staton)

Skating and shing-a-linging into the new year!

§ January 1st, 2019 § Filed under happy new year, teen titans § 5 Comments

Okay, this is hardly the most extreme example:

…but there’s nothing quite like Bob Haney’s “hip” and “with-it” dialogue from the 1960s Teen Titans comics, and just how overboard it can get. Wonder Girl constantly called “Wonder Chick,” Aqualad gettin’ hit with “Aqualaddio” (egads), and pretty much every panel is basically this:

I mean, seriously, they tried really hard.

But you know what? For all that wacky dialogue, this era of Teen Titans is still a lot of enjoyable fun, and not just for how the characters speak the lingo. How can you not love a comic that whips out a Nessie ex machina to rescue Aqualad from imprisonment in a Loch Ness tower?

Bless Bob Haney, and bless Nick Cardy for drawing it so beautifully.

Here’s to enjoying more comics in the new year, from older classics like these, to new efforts that some talented folks are writing and drawing even as we speak.

from Teen Titans #17 (Sept-Oct 1968) by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy

Happy Nude Year!

§ January 1st, 2018 § Filed under happy new year, how the sausage is made § 4 Comments

Here’s to a happy and safe and successful and occasionally nude 2018 for all of us!

Now, for you, a Progressive Ruin Secret: almost since the beginning of this blog, what, 30, 40 years ago, I had plans in the back of my mind for a post titled “AND NOW…IMPLIED NUDITY,” which would feature panels or covers from assorted comic books where the character was clearly intended to be in the altogether, but was covered up in sufficiently Comics Code approved fashion. I mean, nothing particularly salacious…it was stuff from 1970s Flintstones comics and, y’know, like that. No idea why I never got around to assembling said post, aside from fear of the kind of search engine referrals I’d get (not that the ones I get now aren’t particularly…imaginative), but just thought I’d at least present the very cover that inspired the idea: Beetle Bailey #74 (March 1970), my actual copy of which is buried in the stacks of unsorted comics that hopefully I’ll get around to un-unsorting during my day off today.

Thanks for reading, pals, and I’ll see you again in a day or two.

Yappy Hew Nears!

§ January 1st, 2017 § Filed under happy new year § 2 Comments

Thanks for sticking with me through 2016, pals, and I look forward to providing you semi-daily entertainment (or “entertainment”) throughout 2017!

Merry New Year!

§ January 1st, 2016 § Filed under happy new year § 5 Comments

Salutations and my best wishes for a wonderful 1794 to all my Progressive Ruin readers! Let us welcome the new year in the traditional way, with this picture of Commander Pavel Koenig from everyone’s favorite sci-fi franchise, Space Wars:


May you have a happy celebration wherever you live, work or shop. Catch you on the flip flop, pals!

Let us ring in the new year in the traditional fashion…

§ January 1st, 2015 § Filed under happy new year § 3 Comments

…with a picture of Tom Servo reading issue #140 of Swamp Thing, from episode #1012 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (“Squirm”):

Happy Tom Servo Reading Swamp Thing, everyone.

Happy 2014 to you all.

§ January 1st, 2014 § Filed under happy new year § 1 Comment

Or “Happy 1978,” as the case may be:

Hey, Superman, Animal House and Every Which Way But Loose came out in 1978, so those are points in its favor.

Adventures of the Big Boy #249 (January 1978), from the Grand Comics Database

Close enough.

§ January 1st, 2013 § Filed under happy new year, nancy § 7 Comments

image from Nancy Likes Christmasget yer own!

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