Either the comic fans on the Roseanne staff were really into DC’s short lived Helix imprint (you can see the Cyberella poster I talked about a few months back behind Roseanne) or maybe they just wanted to get the point across that DJ’s kind of weird. The reason I snapped this one is because of the poster over DJ’s left shoulder which is called simply Girl. It’s actually a Vertigo book by Pete Milligan and Duncan Fegredo that lasted only 3 issues and came out in 1996. The poster seems to a smaller version of the cover to the first issue. I’ve never heard of the book, but it does show up in the Vertigo Encyclopedia. Anyone ever read it?
I wish I was better at this whole thing. I tried snapping two separate images of the Robin poster over DJ’s bed (it’s there directly to Darlene’s right, I have no idea what his other posters are, but I think that long, short one is just some animals) and neither of them really give a good view of the poster. It seems like your basic promo or character poster like they used to do all the time back in the early 90s. Once again, I’m shocked at the lack of a comic book poster gallery online, but what are you gonna do? I did a lot of searching, looking through all kinds of image searches, comic sites, poster sites and even eBay and came up with nothing. Well, I came up with something, but I don’t think it’s even close. This poster came with a promo pack given to comic shops in the early 90s. It’s clearly not the same coloring as the poster on the wall and it lacks the moon-looking object, but as we’ve seen with the Golden Age and Death of Superman posters, the ones appearing on the show were sometimes changed for whatever reason. I also thought it might have been the Robin from Robin 3000, but the color scheme on the costume is completely wrong. Anyone got any ideas or have this poster?
As I mentioned before, the comic fans on Roseanne were big Superman fans. I spotted David wearing yet another Superman T-shirt, this time it’s the symbol of one of the four replacement Supermen that came after Superman died. Cyborg here looked the most like Superman, but with some robotic parts thrown in, which made sense considering he had been beaten to death by Doomsday. Readers now know that he turned out to be the bad boy in the group, but at the time, it was pretty shocking that the one Superman who got the approval of the President became a bad guy. I thought it was ingenious that Geoff Johns took Cyborg here and made him a part of the Sinestro Corps. Mixing Superman and Green Lantern characters? That’s like my crack.
It seems pretty clear to me that the comic book fans working on Roseanne were huge fans of the Death and Return of Superman stories (for more evidence, see David’s Death of Superman T-shirt), which is great, because Superman’s death is what got me into collecting comics. The Death of Superman T-shirt over Darlene’s right shoulder is an interesting piece of memorabilia as it looks like a cropped version of the black-outlined poster seen below. It’s hard to tell from the crummy picture I took, but it looks like, in addition to missing the black border and words “The Death of Superman” Darlene’s poster cuts out a good number of the assembled heroes and villains attending his public wake (I love the Darkseid and Morpheus both showed up). As a kid, I didn’t buy many comic book posters because, for the longest time I didn’t have anywhere to put them. That didn’t stop me from buying the occasional Wizard poster book or grabbing a poster or three from the JC’s Comic Shop free table. Eventually, my parents bought a cottage that had a garage with a loft that they let me decorate and hang out in with my friends so I plastered the walls with those posters. This Death of Superman poster was one of two or three that I actually purchased and hung up. I think it got some water damage when the roof leaked, but I’ve got some pretty amazing pictures taken before that that I’ll dig up and post. Man, I love Dan Jurgens.
No, this isn’t a comic book reference and I would wager cash money it wasn’t intentional, but when I saw Dan wearing white overalls and a red shirt the first thing I thought of was Fire Flower Marion from the Super Mario games which just got me thinking that John Goodman would have made an excellent live action Mario. It wasn’t until I started looking images up to post here that I realized the color scheme was switched, but I thought it was funny enough to post.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these RCC posts, but that’s because I actually got caught up on the whole series with a few episodes missed here and there and kind of forgot about this recurring feature. I’ve still got about a dozen pictures though, so I figured I’d knock them out weekly until I run out. Back in 1992/1993 Batman got his back broken by Bane and was replaced by Jean-Paul Valley an unstable hero known as Azrael who got crazier and more armored during his tenure as Batman. All of the stories around that time started with the word Knight (Knightfall, Knightquest, Knight’s End). The pointier Bat symbol represented the new era of Batman. I couldn’t find an image of the shirt itself online, but you can get a pretty good view of it in this image of Valley’s Batman suit which has since been dubbed AzBats.I would wear this shirt in a heartbeat, so if anyone has one they don’t want anymore (that isn’t too gross after 17 years of existence) let me know. I’ll trade you some trades for it.
I’m pretty sure this picture comes from Darlene’s apartment in Chicago, where she attends art school. Some of the posters that she had in her room, like the Golden Age one, made the move with her, but then there were some new ones like the Batman Grendel poster above Roseanne and to her left. Here’s what the full poster looks like.I haven’t read either of the two issues from this 1993 crossover: Devil’s Riddle and Devil’s Masque. In fact, I’ve never read any Grendel comics, though I’ve been curious about it thanks to the fact that I’m a gigantic fan of Matt Wagner’s other creator owned character Mage. Wagner wrote and drew these two issues. This was followed up by another crossover in 1996 and everything was collected in the 2008 Batman/Grendel TPB.
At first I thought the Psycho poster over Roseanne’s right shoulder was an early promo image for Dan Brereton’s rad series The Nocturnals, but it turns out it was actually a three issue mini series that he drew/painted with someone named Hudnall for DC which actually preceded The Nocturnals. Crazy right? Anyway, here’s an image of the poster not taken with a cell phone camera:I’m a big fan of Brereton’s. He’s one of the rare artists whose art I wasn’t familiar with until I went to a comic convention as a kid and met him. He did a rad Harley Quinn sketch for me and even suggested I get a second sketchbook to maximize my sketch potential. He was super nice and that spurred me on to check out Nocturnals, Giantkiller and Batman: Thrillkiller. Now I wanna track these issues down and check them out.
Here you can see a painted Superman poster over Darlene’s left shoulder. I couldn’t place it and a search for “Superman poster” on Google Images really didn’t get me anywhere and I looked through 20 or more pages of results. Luckily, I sent this image around to some of my buddies and they called it perfectly: the cover of Superman: Man Of Steel #1 (the ongoing series) by Jon Bogdanove. The series launched in 1991, one year before I got into Superman comics, which explains why I couldn’t place it. I figured it was a blown up trading card image, actually. Here’s the full coverSupes sure looks pretty.
This one’s kind of a double whammy with a DC Peter Cannon Thunderbolt poster over Jackie Collins’ right shoulder and an Animal Man promo poster below that. As per usual, though, I had a bitch of a time trying to find the Animal Man poster and gave up. I did succeed in getting the Thunderbolt one though.I remember this book coming out and have the first issue (probably form a multipack or grab bag or something) but don’t know a lot about the storyline. I did just read an article with Thunderbolt creator Pete Morisi in Comic Book Artist #9 from TwoMorrows which I highly recommend picking up as it focuses on Charlton Comics specifically. The episode of Roseanne is from season five and is called “First Cousin, Twice Removed” in which Collins plays Roseanne’s cousin who tells Darlene she can move out to New York to go to art school if she wants. This gets Darlene and David to apply to art schools in NY and Chicago, neither of them get into NY, but Darlene gets accepted to Chicago. I should be embarrassed of my intense Roseanne knowledge, but I am not.