” I don't know who he is behind that mask of his, but I do know when we need him... and we need him now!.”
- Commissioner Gordon, 1/12/1966
Happy New Year!
As we all celebrate the beginning of another year, it’s time to crack open the first Time Capsule of 1966… it’s a month where a transit strike crippled New York, the Pack won another title, and a certain Caped Crusader debuted on TV… while on the spinner racks, Sgt. Rock’s nemesis returned from the grave, a member was expelled from the Legion, and the longest running tale in DC history began!
News of the Month:
1st - All US cigarette packs required to carry warning "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
8th - Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
10th - India & Pakistan sign Tashkent Declaration peace accord
12th - LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends
12th - "Batman” debuts on ABC
14th - David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can't Help Thinking About Me)
19th - Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister
Newsreel of the Month: Transit Strike Costly – Business Loss Heavy as NYC Crawls (January 7, 1966)
Magazine Cover of the Month: Catherine Spaak (Life Magazine, January 18, 1966)
Music of the Month: Two kids from Queens finally hit the big time as a reworked version of a song they recorded two years earlier finally reached the top of the charts, while a quartet from Pittsburgh yodeled their way up to #4 with their biggest hit
US Top Singles:
1. We Can Work It Out – The Beatles
2. The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
3. She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & The Playboys
4. Five O'Clock World – The Vogues
5. Day Tripper – The Beatles
UK Top Singles:
1. Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out - Beatles
2. Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group
3. My Ship Is Coming In - Walker Brothers
4. Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) - Cliff Richard
5. The River - Ken Dodd
Further Down the Charts: The Beach Boys’ latest single “The Little Girl I once Knew” peaked at #20 and hinted at greatness to come, hard to believe but The Animals brilliant “It’s My Life” plateaued at #24, The Hollies had their first American Top 40 hit with “Look Through Any Window” which reached #32, while the session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew under the pseudonym “ T-Bones” recorded an instrumental based on an Alka-Seltzer commercial that went all the way to #3
Movie of the Month: He’s as much at home at the Casbah as he is in the boudoir… “Our Man Flint”, starring James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, and Gila Golan (premiered January 16, 1966)
TV Clip of the Month: Picture this… you’re around 6 years old, sitting on the floor of your living room… Wednesday night January 12th at 7:30… and this comes on your television:
Sports Moment of the Month: On the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, the Packers hold Cleveland’s Jim Brown to just 50 yards rushing and behind the running of Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor bludgeon their way to another NFL championship by the score of 23-12 in the final year without a Super Bowl (January 2, 1966)
Top 10 DC Comics of the Month (as selected by Osgood Peabody, listed in order of their publication):
Our Army at War #165: Rock’s nemesis is back in “Return of the Iron Major”! (Cover by Joe Kubert)
Secret Hearts #110: It’s the beginning of the longest serial in DC history… “Reach for Happiness”! (Cover by Gene Colan)
Green Lantern #43: The Emerald Gladiator and Scarlet Speedster join forces against “The Catastrophic Crimes of Major Disaster”! (Cover by Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson)
Action Comics # 334: It’s the first comic ever devoted to the Girl of Steel, with a collection of her greatest stories! (Cover by Jim Mooney, Curt Swan & Sheldon Moldoff)
Doom Patrol #102: In the conclusion of the DP/Challs cross-over, the two teams combine to form “8 Against Eternity”! (Cover by Bob Brown)
The Flash #159: What causes the Fastest Man Alive to forsake his career? Find out in “The Flash’s Final Fling”! Plus Professor West finds himself in another pickle in “Big Blast in Rocket City”! (Cover by Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella)
Justice League of America #43: Professor Amos Fortune returns to match wits with the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, this time with a new gang of colorful hoodlums in “The Card Crimes of the Justice League”! (Cover by Mike Sekowsky & Murphy Anderson)
Showcase #61: The Ghostly Guardian has another cosmic battle, this time with Shathan the Eternal in “Beyond the Sinister Barrier”! (Cover by Murphy Anderson)
Adventure Comics #342: Dream Girl returns, and Star Boy is expelled from the Legion in the dramatic tale entitled “The Legionnaire Who Killed”! (Cover by Curt Swan & George Klein)
Detective Comics #349: One of the Dynamic Duo’s deadliest foes returns in “The Blockbuster Breaks Loose”, then the Stretchable Sleuth must solve the riddle of “The 13 O’Clock Robbery”! (Cover by Joe Kubert)
You can find all DC comics published this month right here courtesy of Mike Voiles’ Time Machine!
You can also find a lot of other publishers’ output this month courtesy of Mike’s site right here.
And if you want to see what Marvel was up to this month, click right here to find the matching installment of the Marvel Masterworks Marathon!