Monday, November 24, 2014

Stan Lee Speaks! Rare 1977 OUI Magazine Interview! Spidey! Hulk! Marvel!

Here's a truly rare one from the vaults! Dig this 1977 OUI magazine article and interview about Stan "The Man" Lee! Done only months before Marvel Comics conquered the TV circuit, with their live-action CBS offerings (such as the long-running INCREDIBLE HULK series), here is Stan letting it all hang out! Say what you want about this controversial figure, but, without his influence and talent, Marvel (and their cavortin' characters) would be only a mere footnote in comics history! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Of course, Stan shoulda been listed as the co-creator of the
Marvel superheroes, as he worked with such artistic luminaries
as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Gene Colan (among others) to

craft the characters and stories...

Want proof of just how revolutionary Stan's approach to
comics (and the fans) truly was? Just click here!

Above: Stan always brought his love of language and literature to the books
he wrote (and co-wrote), and that, added to his (sometimes over-the-top) acting
chops, made for not only memorable comics, but an amazing one-of-a-kind
comics company!

Above: The code approval-less issues of SPIDER-MAN Stan refers to? Click here to see!

BONUS! Click below to see the (censored) cover that housed the above pulse-pounding article!

BONUS BONUS! Click below to glimpse the preview ad for the above indelible interview!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shattering Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "The Rhino-Stopper?!" 1979 Marvel Mania!

Last time, we joined the "gaping crowd" to witness a stupefied Spidey rush into battle against the creepy Kraven! Now, with his powers dulled, can the woebegone Web-Walker stop this jerky jungle man? Can Spidey regain his (somewhat shaky) status with a perplexed public? More rare '79 Sunday SPIDER-MAN strips, by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr….Click below to enlarge!

Above: Again, the artwork this time around looks to be completed
by someone other than Romita..Maybe Larry Lieber?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"1966 Batman" Returns! To the 2014 NC Comicon! Special Guest Stars: Neal Adams! Zatanna! "TV's Frank?!"

Just back from Durham's notorious NC Comicon, with plenty of cosplay-centric pics and surprises! Click each below to enlarge!

Above: Once again, I broke out the "1966 Batman" duds, but this
time it features an all-new cape and other awesome updates!

Above: Batman stalks the aisles! This was one of the few
times the area wasn't cramped with frenzied, frantic fans!

Above: Batman looks out over Gotham--er--I mean Durham!

Above three images: This has to be the greatest bit
of cosplay at the show! Galactus lives! Sorta.

Above: Horrors! More Bat-imposters!

Above: Just a glimpse at what goes on under that cowl!

Above: One congenial cosplayer came completely costumed as "Dr. Forrester," from 
the famed and much-missed MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000! Can "TV's Frank"
be far behind?!

Above: Speak of the devil! It's me with talented actor/writer Frank Conniff!

Above: It's my own lovely wife, Allyson, making an appearance with the Tardis!

Above: Hawkeye and Thor appear, sporting very detailed costumes and accessories!

Above: "Who's this poser?!"

Above: Doc Zaius from PLANET OF THE APES!

Above: The original "kitten with a whip," Catwoman!

Above: How many times can I put this guy in the slammer? The
Penguin returns! Above three images are courtesy!

Above: Time-trippin' with baby Kang!

Above two images: "I'm the (baby) Juggernaut, %^@#$*!!"

Above: The evil Mr. Freeze looks for trouble!

Above: Artist Neal Adams, cornered and angry!

Above: A magical moment with Zatanna and Batman! 
Hey, who's that other guy on the left? Photo-bomber!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sizzling Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "It's Spidey's Finish!" 1979 MarvelMania!

Last time, we watched in trembling terror, as Spidey was drawn into a deadly trap set by the cranky Kraven! Now, the web tightens, as the final confrontation takes place! Can a weakened Web-Walker defeat the tricky jungle master? Will magnificent Mary Jane tumble to Spider-Man's secret identity? More rare 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Though much of the above art appears to be by Romita (or at least
laid out by him), some of it (especially that last tier) looks like a completely
different artist stepped in! Sal Buscema? Ron WIlson? Rich Buckler?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sensational Superhero Shirt! FANTASTIC FOUR! John Romita Sr. Art! Marvel!

Back again with another new tee that spotlights classic comics art! This time, here is a glitzy garment that sports the cover to the 1974 FANTASTIC FOUR Marvel Treasury Edition! Dig that bold art by John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

In the above artwork, Romita was trying to tap the spirit of the work of
Jack Kirby, best know (even today) as the original artist and
co-creator of the FF comic!

BONUS! Click below to stare at some other bits of mirthful merchandise that made use of this fabulous FF artwork!

Above: A swell '77 glass from the 7-11 folks!

Above: A mighty mirror  from 1976!

Above: A nice use of the artwork on the cover of a UK reprint FF comic!

BONUS BONUS! It ain't over! Click here to see other examples of how this amazing artwork was used!

Monday, November 10, 2014

ZAP! Custom "1966 TV Batman" Mego Packaging! DC Comics! Adam West!

You've seen the others, and here (at last) is my custom packaging for the new "1966 BATMAN TV series" Mego-style action figure! Click below to enlarge!

Above: The great new action figure of the "1966 TV Batman," but
delivered on not-so-great packaging….Time to fix that...

Above: Using some alternate pics from Adam West's famed 1966 photo
shoot for TV GUIDE, I cobbled together this dynamic design, with an eye
toward keeping it graphically inked to the other three custom
pop-art packages I whomped up...

Above: The custom card within the "clamshell" package...

Above: The figure added to his own custom packagingMuch better!