Sunday, December 21, 2014

Superlative Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "He Won't Conform!" Marvel Magic!

Last time, we saw a relaxed Spidey get pulled back into his usual frenzied existence, all due to a frantic call from a past girlfriend! Now, a new savage menace looms, just when it looked like ol' Peter Parker could take it easy for awhile! But, is this really a true bad guy Pete now faces? What is the mystery behind "the Prowler?" More rare full-quality 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Say, does the above high-flyin' scenario seem familiar?
It should! Just click here to see why!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Take a 1970 Tour of the Marvel Comics Bullpen! YOU Are There! Celebrate Stan!

This is it! You can take a time-warping trip back to the nifty 1970 Marvel Comics Bullpen, thanks to sensational Steve Sherman! Steve took these pics during a tantalizing tour of the halcyon "House of Ideas," and here are his color images from this never-to-be-forgotten visit! Click each image below to enlarge, faithful ones! 

Above: Outside the magic factory!

Above: The hallowed halls themselves! Dig the then-current
 "MarvelMania" posters adorning the right wall!

Above: Laughin' Larry Lieber (left) and jazzy John Romita, Sr. (right) seem
less than excited, as they work on upcoming Marvel masterpieces!

Above: A wall fulla greatness! Magazine publishers would often post their
art, proofs, and finished magazines in this manner, in order to keep up
with each step of production!

Above; That's right! That is the much-talked-about Jack Kirby cigar butt, posted for all to
see by mirthful Marie Severin (a fellow pencil-pusher), upon Jack's leaving Marvel for rival
DC Comics! It's flanked by color charts, calendars, and more Marie
cartoons and office caricatures!

Above: Tony Isabella (on left, and soon to make his mark writing 
books such as DAREDEVIL) confers with rascally Roy Thomas (right)!

Above three images: Master illustrator (best known for his stellar
SPIDER-MAN run) John Romita, hard at work in the bullpen!

Here he labors over an issue of FANTASTIC FOUR, taking
over for the just-departed Jack Kirby!

Above: An unidentified staffer on the job!

Above: Happy Herb Trimpe, famed long-running HULK
artist, hard at work! Or maybe just napping….?

Above: Dig those titles! Every one a winner!

BONUS! How much can ya stand? Click below for more pics, articles, and debris, all celebrating Stan Lee!

Above: A wonderful 60s newspaper article on Stan, and the then-exploding
Marvel Comics Group! It also sports a rare pic of Stan without
his trademarked hairpiece!

Above: A nice late-60s caricature of
Stan, by comics artist Don Heck!

Above six images: Stan seen in the swingin'  70s, from
press clippings, ads, and promotional pieces!

Above: Stan in the mid-80s, flanked by later Bullpen stalwarts,
Jim Shooter and Al Milgrom (toiling away on SHE-HULK covers)!

Go CRAZY With The Hulk! 1979 Magazine Spoof! Marvel Madness!

Take a gander at this jocular gem! Here is a hilarious HULK spoof from the pages of Marvel Comics' own CRAZY magazine, their own cute clone of MAD! The talented writer and artist take aim at the then-popular INCREDIBLE HULK CBS-TV show, and they shoot with guns a-blazin'! Click below to enlarge! Click here to see yet another CRAZY look at ol' Greenskin!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spectacular Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strip! The Return of Carole?! Marvel Mayhem!

Last time, we were delighted to see a stressed Spidey enjoy some down-time, now that recently-returned redhead, Mary Jane, is back in his life! But, does a past imperiled gal-pal now risk his new happiness? Why did Carole choose this moment to re-connect with Peter? Is she still truly threatened by bad guys from earlier escapades? More 1979 SPIDER-MAN strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Another Look (Up in The Sky) at the 1966 SUPERMAN Broadway Musical! DC Comics!

Dig this nice recent magazine feature on the little-known 1966 musical, IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN! Altho this plucky play is still being revived here and there, it's best known from its mid-60s run, when it rode the wave of the colorful pop art craze, and the dizzying heights of "Batmania!" Click below to enlarge, and click here to peruse past posts covering this manic musical!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HOW TO DRAW THE MARVEL WAY! The Cover Rough! John Buscema!

At last! Take a gander below to see the riotous rough sketch for the earth-shaking HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY book, from 1978! Scribbled by big John Buscema, the colorful sketch hues very close to John's final version, with noticeable alterations to the book's title itself (why not hype Marvel's own artistic method then, since, at the time, it was Marvel's singular and exciting approach to comics storytelling that put them ahead of stodgy old DC Comics, their main competitor)! Click below to enlarge!

Above, left: John Buscema's rough color sketch for the cover to this teaching
tome, and (right), the published version! Tho "how to draw comics" instructional
books are now ubiquitous (heck, I've authored one), this book (the only of
its kind then) rocked my world in late 1978, when I was a 13-year-old fan,
desperately wanting a career in comics, and eager to have a few inside
secrets spilled! Big thanks to Brian Peck for this one!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Smashing Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "A Hint of Danger!" 1979 Marvel Comics!

Last time, we were relieved to see Spidey enjoy a rare glimpse of good luck, after defeating that evil jungle joker, Kraven! But--why does he now constantly sense deadly danger wherever he goes?  Is this all part of Kraven's continuous plan to defeat the Webbed One? Will sweet Mary Jane stick around long enough to make Peter a sunny superhero? More mile-high magic from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!