DC Comics—Silver Age of Comic Books

SURPRISE. I bet you were surprised. I was surprised. *Fannie fans herself.*

If you didn’t see the Carrie A. Nation post yesterday, you’re probably wondering about today’s surprise. I almost executed a redundancy blunder here at the BoFN with my version of Carrie A. Nation only to discover while I was posting it, she’s already here. Woohoo.

So to my surprise, we are balancing out last month’s Funny Names in Comic Author, from Marvel, with Funny Names in DC Comic Artists from the Silver Age of Comics. Plus there’s only one more day until Emerald City Comicon 2017 tickets go on sale. I’m gonna be celebrating like Carl the Camel tomorrow asking everyone in my office if they know what day it is. Oh wait, I’m the only one in the office tomorrow. *Fannie’s shoulders sag.*

Without further ado, boohoo or ballyhoo here are our artists . . .

Curt Swan contributed to DC Comics greatest comic: Superman. From the late 1950’s to the 80’s, if you read a Superman comic, it’s most likely Swan who drew it. Before him Superman was drawn by wonderfully name, Wayne Boring. Not to be confused with Bruce Wayne of DC Comics’ Batman Fame.  During WWII, Swan worked as an artist for the G.I. Magazine, Stars and Stripes. While there he met France Herron who ultimately led Swan to DC Comics. If you want to know what Swan looks like, here’s a link to a portrait drawn by Stan Drake. What goes together better than Drake, Herron, and Swan? Birds of a feather, drawn together.

Photo courtesy of Alan Light

Photo courtesy of Alan Light

Gil Kane divided his time between Marvel and DC. He helped give renewed life to several DC comic series: Atom, Plastic Man, and Green Lantern. Gill teamed up with Stan Lee over at Marvel to break the industry’s self-regulating Comics Code Authority, which forbade mention of drugs in comics. Yet they created an anti-drug story line at the request of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The comic was not published with the Code seal, but was so well received the code was revised.



Photo Courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

Photo Courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

Joe Kubert began his lengthy career in 1938 at age 11 and worked until his death in 2012. He is best known to Superhero fans for his work on Hawkman in the 1950’s. But he is probably most famous for the character, Tor from 1,000,000 years ago, not Thor the Norse God. Joe and his wife, Muriel, founded their own art school called, The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. And his fabulously named grandson, Orion Zangara, graduated from his school, and is a comic-book artist. Two of Joe’s sons, Adam and Andy, are comic artists, with grand daughter, Katie, a comic editor. Must be in the genes.




Photo courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

And last but not least is Carmine Infantino. I have to say it again. Carmine Infantino. Carmine Infantino. Carmine Infantino. Okay, I’m over it. He’s been credited with putting the fire back into the superhero genre in the early 1950’s. He also kick-started the Silver Age of Comics. And you can thank him for updating the Flash with the red and yellow uniform and his then new visual language with the use of motion lines show-casing Flash’s incredible speed.

BTW this is my 50th post here at the BoFN. Now that was a surprise.

Keep on blogging.

Tracy – Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom









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Carrie A. Nation

I planned my regular Tuesday post on Pre-temperance forebearer, Carrie A. Nation, who later changed her name to Carry A. Nation after her divorce from her second husband. But Rob beat my to it by several years. So Tuesday’s post will even be a surprise for me. Enjoy!

Take it away Rob.

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Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (1846-1911), had a Moore punny name than any of us can ever dream of having. But there was nothing funny (haha at least not in the traditional sense – she may have been “funny peculiar”) about the self-proclaimed “anti-souse queen.”

Don’t know what that means? Well, to sum it up succinctly, she hated alcohol, and people who drank it. After her first husband died of alcoholism in 1869, Nation began a journey which would lead to her becoming the most famous member of the pre-Prohibition temperance movement.

Nation with hatchet, Bible, and fashionable spectacles. What a spectacular photograph!

Believing she had been given a divine ordination to destroy bars and their contents, Nation embarked on a multi-state mission to raid pubs, destroy their fixtures, and demolish their libations, while simultaneously singing hymns and saying prayers. Originally using rocks in these efforts, Nation switched to using hatchets…

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Funny Names in Comic Authors

Welcome back funny name fans. I’m counting down the days until Comicon 2017 tickets go on sale for Seattle. That would be 30 days and counting. *Fannie pulls out the noise makers and throws confetti.*

Sorry, I didn’t mean to get any on you.

Since we’re talking about Comicon, what better place to look for fabulous, funny names than in the creators of the comics themselves.

I Marvel at the thought, all of today’s guests were born in December and they’ve all worked for Marvel.

Dear future parents who wish to Spawn comic book geniuses, mark late March and April on your calendar. Just a thought.

*Stan Lee photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Stan Lee photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Let’s start with Stan Lee. The person whose first name and last name combine to make his first name. His real name is Stanley Martin Leiber. At 93 he’s the Hugh Hefner of the comic world, now making cameo appearances as himself in movies and on television. Who could forget his appearance on the Big Bang Theory? Clearly he has great taste in women, his wife of 69 years is the fabulously named Joan Clayton Boocock Lee.

We can thank him as co-creator for such memorable works: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and X-Men.

Fabian Nicieza photo courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons.

Fabian Nicieza photo courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons.

Since the movie Deadpool based on the comic released last December, how about a shout out to comic co-creator Fabian Nicieza. He’s worked on many series including X-Men, X-Force, New Warriors, Cable and Deadpool, and Thunderbolts, creating many memorable characters for each of the series.

Matt Fraction photo courtesy of Jasmine Heyward.

Matt Fraction photo courtesy of Jasmine Heyward.

Matt Fraction, whose pen name is a fraction of his real name—Matt Fritchman—but not an anagram. He’s won the Eisner Award for best new series and the Eagle Award for favorite newcomer. A fraction of his work includes: Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, The Invincible Iron Man, The Immortal Iron Fist, Casanova, and Uncanny X-Men.

He’s married to Kelly Sue DeConnick a comic book artist in her own right who also adapts Manga (Japanese comics) into English.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to catch up with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

Carry on.

Tracy — Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom





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Ding Dong, It’s Freek De Jonge

Hello, readers! Now that it’s September, we move from Olympic Games back to funny names. And the winner winner (chicken dinner) for Freaky Friday’s funny name is Freek de Jonge, the Dutch cabaret performer and writer. Yes, you heard right, folks! Freek it is!

Around these parts, “freak” is a pejorative, used to express contempt. For example, when we spot a curiously-coiffed and curiously-clad person, we often say, “Look at that freak on a leash,” a reference to an old Korn song. However, in the Netherlands, Freek is short for Frederick, which means “peaceful ruler,” derived from frid “peace” and ric “ruler.” So if you named your dog Freek, you actually could put him on a leash.

Frederik “Freek” Jan Georg de Jonge, who celebrated his 72nd birthday just this week, was born in the village of Westernieland. As festive as that name sounds, the family sought greener grass first in Workum, then in Zaandam and lastly, Goes. I wonder if Jean-Claude Van Damme ever Goes to visit Zaandam? If so, this is one of their hotels.

Egads! Methinks it’s made of gingerbread.

While studying cultural anthropology in Amsterdam, Jonge met Bram Vermeulen and Johan Gertenbach, and they formed a comedic performing group called Neerlands Hoop In Bange Dagen. How soon can we get this on rotation?

It looks delightful. Even better than Korn.

In 1978, Neerlands Hoop had a hit with”Bloed aan de paal” (“Blood on the Goalpost”–not to be confused with John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Rain on the Scarecrow”), about a fight against the participation of the Netherlands national football team at the football world cup in Argentina. But bloody goalposts weren’t enough to keep the band together, and they split up the next year. Freek de Jonge was free to start his solo career.

Though his career was solo, Jonge himself was not. In February of 1971, he married Hella Asser. Yes, Hella Asser. Look, folks, I can’t make this stuff up. Here’s Hella with her man.

When not performing in cabaret, Jonge penned the novels Zaansch Veem, Neerlands Bloed, and Opa’s Wijsvinger. He also dabbled in hosting television shows and writing two films: The Illusionist (1983) and De Komediant (1986). Just for grins and giggles, he wrote a hip-hop song with Dutch rapper Brainpower.

In 1994, Jonge collaborated with Nits, known for Urk, Giant Normal Dwarf, and their critically-acclaimed album dA dA dA. How can one be a giant dwarf, do you suppose? That’s rather oxymoronic. An album was released in 1995: Dankzij de Dijken.

In February 2004, he went to Iraq for a week to perform for the Dutch troops. Jonge continues to work (get his freek on) in the music industry.

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Fannie’s Olympic Medalist List

Greetings funny names fans! I apologize for the brevity, I’m running up against some unexpected deadlines on the home front and I’m not as creative as Dave is under pressure.

Now that the Olympics have come to a close, let’s recap some of the more memorable names in Olympic History.

Michael Phelps photo courtesy of Agencia Brasil Fotografias

Michael Phelps photo courtesy of Agencia Brasil Fotografias

Even though Michael Phelps does not have a funny name, we have to give him a nod as the most decorated Olympic athlete with 31 medals to his name and because he talked about changing his kid’s diaper during an interview.

Larisa Latynina photo courtesy of www.kremlin.ru

Larisa Latynina photo courtesy of http://www.kremlin.ru

Followed up by Ukranian gymnast, Larisa Latynina with 18 Olympic medals. Anyway you spell it, she has a great name.

Paavo Nurmi at the Antwerp games in 1920.

Paavo Nurmi’s debut at the Antwerp games in 1920.



Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi is one of only 4 athletes to win 9 Olympic gold medals. He was associated with a team of Finnish athletes known as the “Flying Finns”. He was the first athlete in Olympic history to win five gold medals in a single game. His total medal count you ask, 12.

My personal favorite, American swimmer, Mark Spitz.

Mark Spitz swam with facial hair, because he could.

Mark Spitz swam with facial hair, because he could.

He swam with a fabulous mustache at a time when most swimmers removed excess hair. His record of 7 gold medals in one Olympic competition stood for 36 years until Michael Phelps broke the record in Beijing. He earned 11 medals. Incidentally, when he was 42 years old, he was paid $1 million as a promotional stunt to swim in an Olympic qualifier. He missed the cut by 3 seconds. Not bad when you consider he was still swimming as fast as he did when he was in his twenties. Maybe that’s where Dara Torres got the inspiration?

Sawao raised the gymnastic bar by using a trampoline to train.

Sawao raised the gymnastic bar by training on a trampoline.

And we’ll round out the count with Sawao Kato, gymnast, from Japan. He did for gymnastics what Michael Phelps did for swimming, earning 8 gold medals over the course of 3 Olympics. More than any other gymnast in Olympic history. Total medal count, 12.

Let’s call that a wrap. Or at least a short list.

Tracy – Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom


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