This is “Look Back,” a feature that I plan to do for at least all of 2019 and possibly beyond that (and possibly forget about in a week, who knows?). The concept is that every week (I’ll probably be skipping the four fifth weeks in the year, but maybe not) of a month, I will spotlight a single issue of a comic book that came out in the past and talk about that issue (often in terms of a larger scale, like the series overall, etc.). Each week will be a look at a comic book from a different year that came out the same month X amount of years ago. The first week of the month looks at a book that came out this month ten years ago. The second week looks at a book that came out this month 25 years ago. The third week looks at a book that came out this month 50 years ago. The fourth week looks at a book that came out this month 75 years ago. The occasional fifth week looks at books from 20/30/40/60/70/80 years ago.
Today, I look at the April 2010 release of Vertigo‘s Daytripper #5 by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba (twin brothers who are both brilliant artists and creators) and colorist Dave Stewart.
The concept of the series was that we would follow the story of Bras de Olivias Dominguez, a man who lives many different lives and they all end with his death…until the next issue picks up his life in a different point in time and in different circumstances.
Each issue is a “day” (quotes because they are not literally only just a single day long) and as the brothers noted to CBR, “We’re building this story like a puzzle, so in order to see the big picture, we came up with 10 pieces. If we were to look at the story in a different angle, I’m sure other pieces would arise, but the pieces we need for this story are there in the 10 issues. Hey, even if you only look at one piece, you might think that’s the entire story, as each chapter was also created to work on it’s own. If that one issue is the only “day” you’ll be around with us, we better make that day count, right?”
I’ve always found #5 to be my favorite, so when I noticed that it came out in April 2010, I couldn’t help but spotlight it (I actually wrote about it when I featured Daytripper on the countdown for the Top Comics of the 2010s). The story sees Bras spending a weekend with his family when he’s 11….
Such a striking opening sequence, right?
This is a momentous weekend, for it has Bras’ first kiss…
And when he returns home, he goes and flies a kite and, well, you know…
Each day tells us a little more about Bras, and each death, even, says something in this brilliant character portrait by two outstanding artists.
If you folks have any suggestions for April (or any other later months) 2010, 1995, 1970 and 1945 comic books for me to spotlight, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org! Here is the guide, though, for the cover dates of books so that you can make suggestions for books that actually came out in the correct month. Generally speaking, the traditional amount of time between the cover date and the release date of a comic book throughout most of comic history has been two months (it was three months at times, but not during the times we’re discussing here). So the comic books will have a cover date that is two months ahead of the actual release date (so October for a book that came out in August). Obviously, it is easier to tell when a book from 10 years ago was released, since there was internet coverage of books back then.
In their feature looking back on comics from 10/25/50/75 years ago, CSBG spotlights a classic April 2010 issue of Daytripper.