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|comics||Europe||-5998019 B.C.E.||May, Julian. The Golden Torc in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1982); pg. 413.||"'Talk about giving the ladies a treat--! You look like a friggerty ballet dancer. Or Captain Marvel!' "|
|comics||Florida||1967||Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 15.||"...and above it shelves of boxes stuffed with all his old comic books and Heinlein novels... "|
|comics||France||2010||Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 10.||"The diamond vapor-plated CRAV was a heroic extension of his scrawny body, a Superman Doppelganger of titanium and steel. It was, in a way, his better half. "|
|comics||galaxy||2151||Smith, Dean Wesley & Kristine Kathryn Rusch. By the Book (Enterprise). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 6.|| "'My character's name is Mr. Doom'
'Mr. Doom?' Mayweather asked. 'What about Dr. Doom?'
'Been done,' Anderson said. 'It's Mr. Doom.' "
|comics||galaxy||2269||Block, Paula M. "The Girl Who Controlled Gene Kelly's Feet " in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Dean Wesley Smith, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 429.|| "Okay, Doc, said the Jiminy Cricket of my soul, what are you going to do with the rest of your life?
I shrugged and mumbled a reply to myself aloud. ' 'It's not the rest of my life. Just a year or so...'
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound-- " [A reference to a Superman television series.]
|comics||galaxy||2370||Schofield, Sandy. The Big Game (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 161.|| "'Tell me about the Ghost Riders.'
'Well... I first encountered them on the far side of this sector... The old trader who piloted the thing managed to get us out of the area. then he told me about the Ghost Riders... They're hunting an energy creature that they call Espiritu...' " [The fact that the name 'Ghost Rider' is also a Marvel comics character is just a coincidence. There is no connection. Other refs. to 'Ghost Riders' throughout much of the rest of the novel.]
|comics||galaxy||2374||Friedman, Michael Jan. Planet X. New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 167.||"Worf turned to Ditko and Kirby... " [These two lower rank officers are mentioned many times in novel. They are named after famous Marvel comics author Steve Ditko and artist Jack Kirby.]|
|comics||galaxy||4000||Harrison, Harry. Bill, the Galactic Hero. New York: Avon (1975; c. 1965); pg. 55.||"Bill asked dully from where he sprawled and read a tattered copy of Real Ghoul Sex Fiend Shocker Comics with built-in Sound Effects. A ghastly moan was keening from the page he was looking at. "|
|comics||Georgia: Atlanta||2041||Bishop, Michael. Catacomb Years. New York: Berkley (1979); pg. 177.||"There were simultaneous crackdowns on hand-operated duplicating machines, distributors of underground comix, wielders of portable video equipment... "|
|comics||Guatemala||1986||Harper, Leanne C. "Blood Rights " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 78.||"One of the rabbits who was attending the three gods watched him intently with head canted to one side and nostrils twitching. Occasionally it wrote frantically on an odd, folded piece of paper with a brushlike pen. He was reminded of a comic book he once read, Alice in Wonderland. There had been rabbits in her dream too. "|
|comics||Guatemala||2025||Shepard, Lucius. "Fire Zone Emerald " in Future on Fire (Orson Scott Card, ed.) New York: Tor (1991; story copyright 1987); pg. 98.|| "'Man, you gotta attitude problem, don'tcha? But I 'spect the Queen'll straighten you out!'
'Right! The Invisible Woman!'
'You'll see her soon enough man...' "
|comics||Haiti||2048||Bear, Greg. Queen of Angels. New York: Warner Books (1994; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 197.|| "...the vid almost immediately resumed with a flatscan cartoon of the adventures of a skullfaced man in long pants, black coat and tails. Mary recognized Baron Samedi, Gege Nago, the trickster loa of death and cemeteries.
Baron Samedi leaped into a river to go Under the Water, sou dleau, to the land of the dead and the gods of old Haiti. Colonel Sir had used vodoun to his advantage--as had many other rulers on the island before him--and then had slowly converted the countless loa into comic book and cartoon heroes, defusing the faith's power for younger generations. Under the Water, Baron Samedi conversed with Erzulie, the beautiful loa of love, and with Damballa, a rainbow-colored snake. "
|comics||Iceland||2004||Dick, Philip K. The Zap Gun. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 130.|| "'Can I stop and buy a magazine at the newsrack?'
'Certainly.' The four KVB men steered him to the vast display and watched, like sociologists, as he searched for something to read that might please him. The Bible? he thought. Or perhaps I should try the other extreme.
'How about this?' he asked the KVB men, holding up a comic book printed in cheap, lurid colors. 'The Blue Cephalopod Man from Titan.' As near as he could tell, it was the worst rubbish on sale here at this enormous display counter. " [More, pg. 130-132, 166-175,183-184, 188.]
|comics||Iceland||2004||Dick, Philip K. The Zap Gun. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 130.||Pg. 130-131: "The Blue Cephalopod Man, in a long and much honored tradition, burst buildings, knocked out crooks, disguised himself at both ends of each episode as Jason St. James, a colorless computer-operator. That, too, was standard, for reasons lost in the obscurity of the history of comic book art, but having something to do with Jason St. James' girl friend, Nina Whitecotton, who wrote a gourmet column for the Monrovia Chronicle-Times, a mythical homeopape cranked forth for sale throughout West Africa.
Miss Whitecotton, interestingly, was a Negro. And so were all the other humans in the comic strips, including the Blue Cephalopod Man himself when he put on mortality as Jason St. James. And the locale was, throughout each episode, 'a large metropolitan area somewhere in Ghana.'
The comic book was aimed at an Afro-Asia audience. By some fluke of the world-wide automatic distributing mechanism, it had shown up here in Iceland. " [More.]
|comics||Idaho||1985||Dick, Philip K. In Milton Lumky Territory. Pleasantville, NY: Dragon Press (1985); pg. 13.||"Years ago, the old man had chased him away from the comic book sand out the front door of the drugstore... had read Tip Top Comics and King Comics and seldom if ever bought anything. "|
|comics||Idaho||1998||York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 58.||"He could clearly see the interior of the big RV... somebody's Captain America coloring book (What was that about?)... " [There are, of course, many other references to Marvel comic characters and institutions within this novel, but those are in the context of this novel being actually set in the Marvel universe. This reference is included here because it is to a book (coloring book) about Captain America, not necessarily to the character himself as a reality.]|
|comics||Illinois||1940||Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 25.||"'The Junkers 86 is just a jerry crate. It's got a good ceiling, yes, but it's slow and easy to shoot down once we get to it. It's not like that Superman bloke in the Yank funny books, faster than a speeding bullet.' "|
|comics||Illinois||1960||Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 74.||"...as Dale Stewart sat next to his brother in Bandstand Park and watched The Time Machine... Dale had been dying to see the movie since he'd read the Classic Comic the year before. "|
|comics||Illinois||1960||Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 488.||"Kevin was thumbing through a Scrooge McDuck comic--something about finding Viking gold to judge from the cover... " [More, pg. 495-496.]|
|comics||Illinois: Chicago||1998||York, J. Steven. Generation X: Crossroads. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 201.||"Recall sat on the bed in his room, back to the wall. He looked at the old toys..., the comic books... the faded poster reading HANK MCCOY OF THE NEW DEFENDERS... He'd been on real radio now, at least the campus station. He'd lived away from home in the dorms... met real super heroes, or close enough to super heroes anyway. " [As this story actually takes place in the Marvel universe, the reference to super heroes is not a reference to science fiction from this character's perspective. But this passage does refer to his comic books.]|
|comics||India||1974||Cox, Greg. The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh: Volume One (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 176.||"Would Modesty Blaise have any qualms about hoodwinking a pair of mad scientists? Heck, no! "|
|comics||India: Calcutta||1977||Simmons, Dan. Song of Kali. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1985); pg. 229.||"The blank eyes were not even looking my way. The teeth and tongue were a child's comic book terror. "|
|comics||Japan||2016||Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 117.||"...catches up on six weeks of the exploits of Nan Girl, her favorite comic... "|
|comics||Kentucky||1986||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 42: "New Song for Old ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Aug. 1986); pg. 12.||[In a diner, a comic rack has following comic books showing on it: Misty, G.I. Joe, Fantastic Four, Star Wars.]|
|comics||Louisiana||1987||Geary, Patricia. Strange Toys. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1987); pg. 90.||Pg. 90: "The men were warriors, the women were curvaceous and fruity, like Betty and Veronica in the Archie comic books. "; Pg. 145: "...and a couple pages from a Little Lulu comic. "; Pg. 220: "'Open up, Hulk! I know you're in there!' "|
|comics||Louisiana||1987||Shepard, Lucius. Green Eyes. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 34.||"'It's hardly a scholarly viewpoint.' Jocundra found the idea of playing voodoo priestess to Donnell's elemental spirit appealing in the manner of a comic book illustration. "|
|comics||Maine||1978||King, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1978); pg. 40.||"...But what Wayne said seemed so far from a pitch that for a moment he was back with the Superboy comic, trying to make sense of a six-word sentence. "|
|comics||Mars||2011||Zubrin, Robert. First Landing. New York: Ace Books (2002; c. 2001); pg. 39.||"Townsend surveyed the scene with some satisfaction. Boldly emblazoned with its flag-waving Snoopy mascot symbol, the Beagle would now serve as their base of operations... "|
|comics||Mars||2064||Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 36.||"God, he was a handsome man even then, past his prime; the white streaks in his brown hair along his temples like a comic book hero's, his blue eyes still looked deep into you... "|
|comics||Massachusetts||1996||Knight, Damon. "The Man Who Went Back " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1985); pg. 210.|| "On the way home they stopped at the soda shop and he bought five comic books. 'What do you want those for?' she asked mournfully. That night, after his parents had gone to bed, he took the other magazines out of the big carton in his closet and looked them over. One or two were dog-eared, copied he had got from other people. He discarded those, and wrapped the others very carefully.
...He opened it. Inside... he found stacks of comic books, the kind he had collected when he was a kid: Action Comics, Batman, Superman, All-American, and dozens of others. The covers were still bright and glossy; the pages were only faintly yellowed. There was a note on top, in a handwriting he recognized as his own. 'These are worth a lot. Don't take less than $80,000.' " [More about comics, not in DB.]
|comics||Massachusetts||1996||Knight, Damon. "The Man Who Went Back " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1985); pg. 211.|| "'First issue of Action, near-mint, that's eight thousand right there. First three Batmans, seven thousand. For the lot, I can give you sixty-five thousand, but I'll have to get a couple of other people to go in with me.'
'Make it eighty, and you've got a deal.'
'You're a shrewd bargainer, Mr. Harvey. You must have spent a long time collecting these.'
'No, I inherited them... They sold for a dime apiece; now they're worth more than their weight in gold.'
'Supply and demand,' said the dealer. 'This one issue, this Action Number One with the first Superman strip in it, in this condition, there's only about five known copies to exist. You can buy gold anywhere.' " [In the story, the character uses a form of time travel to collect valuable comics and re-sell them later.]
|comics||Metropolis||1978||Maggin, Elliot S. Superman: Last Son of Krypton. New York: Warner Books (1978); pg. 42.||"...a mattress covered with Snoopy sheets and pillowcases... "|
|comics||Mexico||1998||Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 49.|| "'Thought you'd like that part,' she grinned. 'They should've named you Calvin.'
Oh, Lord, he missed the greatest comic strip in history, she sighed. 'Kid in the funnies. Before your time. His buddy was a tiger named Hobbes.'
'Hobbes,' he mused. 'Tiger. Girl tiger?'
' 'Fraid no.' "
|comics||Michigan||1990||Weiner, Andrew. "Empire of the Sun " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 725.||"A jungle of metal pylons rusts away, in the static factories of Detroit. He seeks help. Where is Henry Ford? Where Superman? But there is no one. "|
|comics||Minnesota||1991||Douglas, Carole Nelson. Seed Upon the Wind. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 201.||"Men muscled like mastodons, leather-kilted, booted; otherwise bare. Hairy and had and other eight feet tall. Men of steel in a world without Kryptonite. "|
|comics||Missouri: St. Louis||1986||Kessel, John. "The Pure Product " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1986); pg. 565.||"...removed the toupee and flushed it down the toilet, showered, put a new blade in my old razor and shaved the rest of the hair from my head. The Lex Luthor look. "|
|comics||Missouri: St. Louis||1998||Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 41.||"After the question-and-answer session, Trick lurked in the corner of a banquet room crammed full of comic books, model spacecraft, videos... "|
|comics||Missouri: St. Louis||1998||Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 56.||Pg. 56: "'Now what's going to happen is you're going to jump as far out as you can. Keep your body open, don't scrunch up. 'Try to fly like Superman,' like we tell everybody...' "; Pg. 76: "Randy was telling him to 'fly like Superman.' "|
|comics||Nevada: Las Vegas||1992||Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1992); pg. 78.||Pg. 78: "'And you say he's green?'
'No, damn it. No. He used green, and just a big man, not fat, but that version stopped applying sometime. That image stopped being vital, and you see it now only in things like the Hulk, and the Jolly Green Giant who grows vegetables...' "; Pg. 286: "...a cheap leather Jughead-style crown-cap with silver painted plastic animals all over it... "
|comics||New Mexico||1998||Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 300.||"Everybody thought Anatol Kerman was a tough customer. What had Jack Nicholson said as the Joker in that movie? Well, if Kerman got in the way, wait'll he gets a load of me, she promised. "|
|comics||New Mexico||1998||Ing, Dean. The Skins of Dead Men. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1998); pg. 343.||"Al, barefoot, continued to leaf through the Calvin & Hobbes book T.C. had bought him that afternoon... "|
|comics||New Mexico||2008||England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 7.||"He sat alone, small in an adult-sized chair, clad only in shortie pajamas with Peanuts characters rampant. " [New category first used August 2000.]|
|comics||New York||2000||Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 176.||"Scenes of costumed men and women, like those in the 'comic book' movies, running through mazes and avoiding movie serial-like death traps... "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1953||Knight, Damon. "Babel II " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1953); pg. 67.||"Conveniently, he knew where there was one--in the French Building, across the hall from Patriotic Comics. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1962||Kelly, James Patrick. "10^16 to 1 " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 57.||"It was dusk; the buildings were shadows in the falling light. I didn't feel like Ray Beaumont anymore; he was my secret identity. Now I was the superhero Bomb Boy; I had the power of bringing nuclear war. Wherever I cast my terrible gaze, cars melted and people burst into flame. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1984||Delany, Samuel R. "The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals " in Flight from Neveryon. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press (1994; c. 1984); pg. 199.||"...a TV Charlie Brown special. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1987||Jacobs, Harvey. "Stardust " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1987); pg. 46.||Pg. 46: "In the space between the bidet and an armoire covered with pictures of songbirds was an elegant golden table draped with a paper cloth printed with comic book images. Herman recognized Bugs Bunny, Batman, Superman, and the Human Torch. The table was set with plastic party plates, knives, forks, and spoons. There were Wonder Woman wax sups. Then there was a centerpiece, a black iron candelabra... "; Pg. 48: "...blotted his lips with another napkin, Woody Woodpecker this time... "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1988||Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 3.||"He'd been having the same damn nightmare since he was a kid. When he'd started waking up screaming twice a week, his parents banned H. P. Lovecraft from the bookshelf and threw away his prized collection of E. C. Comics. It didn't help... "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1991||Williams, Walter Jon. "While Night's Black Agents to Their Preys Do Rouse " in Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1991); pg. 185.||"The revival house was showing Jack Nicholson in Roman Polanski's Jokertown. " [This is probably a sly reference to Jack Nicholson's role as 'The Joker' in the film Batman.]|
|comics||New York: New York City||1993||Shiner, Lewis. Glimpses. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 27.||"She quit the same time as me, moved to New York, and went to work for Marvel Comics. I knew she sent comics to Graham Hudson at Carnival Dog Records and he sent her CDs. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1994||Delany, Samuel R. "Appendix: Closures and Openings " in Return to Neveryon. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press (1994); pg. 288.||"Immediately on this imaginary chart we must be able to locate the sixty-four-year-old upper class homosexual Hispanic woman comic-book artist as easily as the twenty-eight-year-old heterosexual lower-middle-class white male private detective. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1994||Walker, Sage. "A Breath of Life " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 293.||"Yes, the dustcloth flew around the counters, her old Snoopy barked and chased the elusive rag, the little toy soldier raised his rifle. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||1999||Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 226.||"...with all its weird protective encrustations--barbed wire, kryptonite locks, chains. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||2002||Friesner, Esther M. Men in Black II. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 167.||Dilbert|
|comics||New York: New York City||2002||Millar, Mark. Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human. New York: Marvel Comics Group (2002) [Graphic novel reprint of The Ultimates #1-6]; pg. Chap. 4, pg. 14.||Nick Fury: "And I'll tell you the one guy alive who could do a convincing Tony Stark--From Hell's Johnny Depp. "|
|comics||New York: New York City||2013||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 48: "Ashes of the Heart ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Feb. 1987); pg. 14.||[Rahne/Wolfsbane and Danielle/Mirage fly over New York City aboard Danielle's winged horse. Below, in 5, is seen the ruins of a building, with a sign: "Marvel [obscured: Comics] Group; 387 Park [obscured: Avenue South] "|
|comics||New York: New York City||2015||Westerfeld, Scott. Polymorph. New York: Penguin (1997); pg. 35.||"At his gesture, a few random characters popped on-screen like a censored curse in the comics. "|
|comics||New York: Westchester County||1962||Kelly, James Patrick. "10^16 to 1 " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 45.||"He handed it over. The camosuit was more impossible than it had been when it was invisible... I wonder if Cross knew how close I was to running off with his amazing gizmo. He'd never catch me. I could see flashed of my brilliant career as the invisible superhero. Tales to Confound present: the origin of Camo Kid! "|
|comics||New York: Westchester County||1962||Kelly, James Patrick. "10^16 to 1 " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 51.||"I remember waiting until almost ten o'clock, reading under the covers with a flashlight. The Fantastic Four invaded Latveria to defeat Doctor Doom. Superman tricked Mr. Mxyzptlk into saying his name backward once again. "|
|comics||New York: Westchester County||1962||Kelly, James Patrick. "10^16 to 1 " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 52.|| "'Since when do you read the Times, Ray?' Mr. Rudowski punched it into the cash register and hit total. 'I just got the new Fantastic Four.' The cash drawer popped open.
'Maybe tomorrow,' I said. "
|comics||New York: Westchester County||1962||Kelly, James Patrick. "10^16 to 1 " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 54.||"After the troopers left, I remember mom baking brownies while I watched Superman. "|
|comics||New York: Westchester County||1962||Kelly, James Patrick. "10^16 to 1 " in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 17 (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (2000); pg. 42-43.||"In 1962... Back then, Westchester County wasn't so suburban. Our house was deep in the woods in tiny Willoughby, New York... I watched Superman reruns every day after school... On Monday mornings, I'd get my weekly allowance--a quarter. Usually, I'd get off the bus that same afternoon down in Ward's Hollow so I could go to Village Variety. Twenty-five cents bought two comics and a pack of red licorice. I especially loved DC's Green Lantern, Marvel's Fantastic Four and Incredible Hulk, but I'd buy almost any superhero.|
|comics||New York: Westchester County||1984||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 15: "Scaredy Cat! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (May 1984); pg. 1.||[On page 1, the single-panel splash page showing Illyana's bedroom, a large "Garfield " stuffed animal toy dominates the foreground.]|
|comics||New York: Westchester County||1984||Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 21: "Slumber Party ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Nov. 1984); pg. 28.||Ellen: "Where's the dog going? "; Danielle: "Actually, Ellen, she's a wolf. "; Marcie: "Hey, like in 'Elfquest?' That's rad, Dani! An' you've got it trained an' everything! "|
|comics||North Carolina||1995||Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. 72.||"She didn't know me when my highest ambition in life was to own a complete set of Spider-man "|