Daily Archives: September 27, 2012

“Lo, the Clobbering Time Doth Approach, Good Sirrah!”

21 Phrases from the Works of Shakespeare That Have Served as Handy Sources of Comic Story Titles Over the Years

1. ” To be, or not to be. That is the question.” (Hamlet, Act III, scene i) 

  • To Be or Not to Be a Bee…
    Bee-29 the Bombardier #1 (Spotlight, 02/45)
  • To Be or Not to Be???
    Abbott and Costello Comics #9 (St. John, 02/50)
  • To be or not to be…
    Candy #25  (Quality, 12/51)
  • To Be or Not To Be
    T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7 (Tower, 08/66)
  • To Be or Not to Be a Witch
    Creepy #30 (Warren, 11/69)
  • To Be or Not to Be
    Ninja High School #6 (Malibu, 08/88)
  • To Be or Not to Be
    Quasar #39 (Marvel, 10/92)

2. “Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!” (Julius Caesar, Act III, scene i)

  • Cry Havoc…!
    Legends #4 (DC, 02/87)
  • Hell’s Hitman Part 2: Cry Havoc!
    The Demon #43 (DC, 01/94)
  • Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Dogs of War
    Hellhounds: Panzer Cops #3 (Dark Horse, #3 (04/94)
  • War and Madness, Part 5: Cry Havoc
    Star Trek: The Next Generation #75 (DC, 09/95)
  • Cry Havoc!
    Hercules: Heart of Chaos #2 (Marvel, 09/97)
  • Cry Havoc
    Empowered #1 (Dark Horse, 03/2007)

3. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” (As You Like It, Act II, scene vii)

  • All the World’s a Stage
    Wow Comics #40 (Fawcett, 01/46)
  • All the World’s a Stage
    Arena #1 (Alchemy Studios, 01/90)
  • All the World’s a Stage
    The Eyeball Kid #3 (Dark Horse, 06/92)
  • All the World’s a Stage
    The Many Loves of the Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 07/2010)

4. “What’s in a name?” (Romeo and Juliet, Act II, scene ii) 

  • What’s in a Name?
    Magic Comics #10 (David McKay, 05/40)
  • What’s in a Name!
    Patsy Walker #25 (Marvel, 11/49)
  • What’s in a Name?
    Mister Mystery #9 (Key Publications, 01/53)
  •  What’s in a Name
    The Adventures of Little Archie #19 (Archie, Summer 1961)
  • What’s in a Name? Doomsday!
    Shazam! #7 (DC, 11/73)
  • What’s in A Name?
    Josie and the Pussycats #101 (Archie, 08/80)
  • What’s In a Name?
    The Night Man #16 (Malibu, 01/95)
  • What’s In A Name?
    Betty and Veronica #230 (Archie, 11/2007)
  • What’s in a Name
    B&V Friends Double Digest Magazine #221 (Archie, 03/2012)

5. “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” (Romeo and Juliet, Act II, scene ii)

  • A Thorn By Any Other Name
    All-Star Comics #72 (DC, 05-06/78)
  • A Ruse By Any Other Name…
    Iron Man #121 (Marvel, 04/79)
  • A Rose By Any Other Name!
    Superman #336 (DC, 06/79)
  • A Rogue By Any Other Name
    Secret Origins #41 (DC, 06/89)
  • A Raise By Any Other Name
    Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge #240 (Gladstone, 12/89)
  • A Rose By Any Other Name…
    Web of Spider-Man #89 (Marvel, 06/92)
  • A Blossom By Any Other Name
    Hilly Rose #1 (Astro Comics, 05/95)
  • A Rose By Any Other Name…
    Reign in Hell #5 (DC, 01/2009)

6. “This above all: To thine own self be true.” (Hamlet, Act 1, scene iii)

  • Adrenazon’s Revenge Part 4: To Thine Own Self Be True
    Marvel Comics Presents #126 (Marvel, 1993)
  • To Thine Own Self…
    Deathstroke the Terminator #35 (DC, 04/94)
  • To Thine Own Self…
    Scarlet Spider #1 (Marvel, 11/95)
  • To Thine Own Self Be True
    Gambit #9 (Marvel, 10/99)

7. “To sleep, perchance to dream: aye, there’s the rub.” (Hamlet, Act III, scene i)

  • Perchance To Dream
    Twilight Zone #66 (Western, 09/75)
  • To Sleep…Perchance to Dream!
    Micronauts #29 (Marvel, 05/81)
  • …Perchance to Dream
    Marvel Fanfare #41 (Marvel, 12/88)
  • To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…
    Team Titans #16 (DC, 01/94)
  • Perchance to Dream
    Legends of the World’s Finest #1 (DC, 02/94)
  • Perchance to Dream
    ElfQuest: Kahvi #2 (WaRP Graphics, 11/95)
  • Perchance to Dream
    Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #12 (Marvel, 12/99)
  • Perchance to Dream, Part 1: To Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles
    Star Trek: The Next Generation — Perchance to Dream #1 (DC, 02/2000)
  • Perchance To Dream
    Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #636 (Gladstone, 09/2003)
  • …Perchance to Dream
    DC/WS DreamWar #6 (DC, 11/2008)

8. “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” (King Henry VI Part II, Act 4, scene ii)

  • …Let’s Kill All the Lawyers!
    Star Trek #11 (DC, 08/90)

9. “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury” (Macbeth, Act V, scene v)

  • Sound and Fury
    House of Mystery #285 (DC, 10/80)
  • Sound and Fury
    Sandman #7 (DC, 07/89)
  • Sound and Fury
    Green Lantern #3 (DC, 08/90)
  • Sound and Fury
    Protectors #10 (Malibu, 06/93)
  • Sound and Fury
    Flash Annual #10 (DC, 1997)
  • Sound And Fury
    Supergirl #11 (DC, 07/97)
  • Sound and Fury
    Detective Comics #719 (DC, 03/98)
  • Sound and Fury
    Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #2 (DC, 12/2011)

10. “Friends, Romans, countrymen: lend me your ears.” (Julius Caesar, Act III, scene ii)

  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen!
    Leading Comics #8 (DC, Fall 1943)
  • “Friends, Romans, Countrymen…”
    Jingle Jangle Comics #13 (Eastern Color, 02/45)

11. “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.” (The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, scene i)

  • The Quality of Mercy
    Star Trek #15 (Marvel, 08/81)
  •  Quality of Mercy
    The Incredible Hulk Annual #16 (Marvel, 1990)
  • The Quality of Mercy Part One: Fire and Blood!
    Deathstroke the Terminator #22 (DC, 05/93)
  • The Quality of Mercy
    The Big Book of Death (DC, 1995)
  • The Quality of Mercy
    Generation X #46 (Marvel, 12/98)
  • The Quality of Mercy
    Supergirl #32 (DC, 05/99)
  • The Quality of Mercy
    Aquaman #34 (DC, 11/2005)

12. “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” (King Henry V, Act III, scene i)

  • Once More unto The Breach
    Action Comics Weekly #619 (DC, 09/88)
  • Once More unto the Breach…
    Stormwatch #2 (Image, 05/93)
  • Once More unto the Breach
    Adventures in the Rifle Brigade #1 (DC, 10/2000)

13. “And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.” (Macbeth, Act V, scene v) 

  • Valley of Dusty Death
    World’s Finest Comics #53 (DC, 08-09/51)
  • The Way to Dusty Death
    Sub-Mariner #37 (Marvel, 05/71)
  • Days of Future Past, Part One: And All Our Yesterdays
    X-Men Adventures #13 (Marvel, 11/93)

14. “Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.” (Romeo and Juliet, Act II, scene ii) 

  • Such Sweet Sorrow
    Marvel Fanfare #19 (Marvel, 03/85)
  • Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
    Venom: Separation Anxiety #3 (Marvel, 02/95)
  • Sweet Sorrow
    New Warriors #75 (Marvel, 09/96)

15. “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble…” (Macbeth, Act IV, scene i)  

  • Babble, Babble, Toil and Trouble!
    Superman #290 (DC, 08/75)
  • Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble
    Mage #4 (Image, 11/97)

16. “Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York.” (Richard III, Act I, scene i) 

  • The Winter of Their Discontent
    Vampirella #45 (Warren, 09/75
  • Winters of Discontent
    Jonny Quest #10 (Comico, 03/87)
  • The Winter of Discontent
    Conan the King #48 (Marvel, 09/88)
  • Autumns of Our Discontent
    Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such #4 (DC, 06/95)
  • The Splinter of Our Discontent
    The Uncanny X-Men #331 (Marvel, 04/96)

17. “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.” (Hamlet, Act V, scene i) 

  • An Infinite Jest
    Star Trek Unlimited #7 (Marvel, 01/98)
  • Playing to the Camera, Part 2: A Fellow of Infinite Jest
    Daredevil #21 (Marvel, 10/2001)

18. “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil…” (Hamlet, Act III, scene i) 

  • What Dreams May Come…
    The Savage Sword of Conan #4 (Marvel, 02/75)
  • Family Skeletons, Part Two: What Dreams May Come
    Dark Dominion #6 (Defiant, 03/94)
  • What Dreams May Come…
    The Uncanny X-Men #379 (Marvel, 04/2000)
  • What Dreams May Come…
    X-Men Universe #8 (Marvel, 07/2000)
  • What Dreams May Come
    Human Defense Corps #3 (DC, 09/2003)
  • What Dreams May Come…
    Tales of Tellos #3 (Image, 12/2004)

19. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, scene ii)

  • What Fools These Mortals Be…
    Alpha Flight #5 (Marvel, 12/83)
  • What Fools These Mortals Be…
    Star Trek #53 (Gold Key, 07/78)

20. “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” (Macbeth, Act IV, scene i) 

  • …Something Wicked This Way Comes!
    The Uncanny X-Men #139 (Marvel, 11/80)
  • Something Wicked This Way Kills
    Marvel Team-Up #108 (Marvel, 08/81)
  • … Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Adventures in the DC Universe Annual #1 (DC, 1997)
  • Something Wicked
    Generation X #58 (Marvel, 12/99)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes…
    The Power Company #3 (DC, 06/2002)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Secret Avengers #30 (Marvel, 10/2012)

21. “More relative than this: the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king!” (Hamlet, Act II, scene ii) 

  • The Play’s the Thing
    Master Comics #114 (Fawcett, 04/50)
  • The Play’s the Thing
    Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #302 (Western, 11/65)
  • The Play’s the Thing
    DC Special #2 (DC, 01/69)
  • The Play’s the Thing
    Grimm’s Ghost Stories #10 (Western, 07/73)
  • The Play’s the Thing
    The Adventures of Little Archie #160 (Archie, 11/80)
  • The Play’s the Thing
    Archie and Me #145 (Archie, 06/84)
  • The Play’s the Thing
    Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #539 (Gladstone, 06/89)