Friday, October 31, 2014

BATMAN #196! The Original 1967 Cover Art! Carmine Infantino! DC Comics!

Back again with yet another comic art rarity! Dig this original cover art for the front of BATMAN #196, from 1967! The great Carmine Infantino (with an able assist from inker Murphy Anderson) steps in again to depict the Dynamic Duo in deadly danger, as no other artist every could! Dig that drama, sense of motion, focus, and forced perspective! Click below to enlarge and enjoy!

For those who think that only today's overworked computer coloring
can do justice to line art, note what the talented colorists did with (and
added to) this gem, back in the mid-60s!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More Monkees Madness! Pics from the 60s! Solo in the 80s! Fun in the 90s! See AND Hear!

Back again with more super-rare clippings, pics, and oddball items (from the 60s to the 90s), all relating to the madcap Monkees! Click each below to enlarge!

Above: A 1967 out-take pic from the HEADQUARTERS LP cover photo session!

Above: A trade magazine ad for the famed MPC Monkeemobile model kit!

Above two images: The Monkees in 1966, in formal and fancy publicity pics!

Above: A fun 1980 Davy Jones article, from
the pages of a TIGER BEAT 15th
anniversary special!

Above: From Michael's now-defunct Pacific Arts multi-media firm, here
are two 1979/1980 bios and videographies, direct from the company!

Above three images: Direct from Claude's Music Works, here is a 1981
TORK TALK newsletter, keeping fans up-to-date on Peter's solo doings
at the time! I got this (and his 45 single mentioned above) in early
1983! Ah, those pre-internet days…

Above: Yep! The dreaded NEW MONKEES finally get a mention on
this blog! I wrote (as did many fans) a protest later to the producers of
this ill-fated venture, only to receive this letter from Steve Blauner (also
one of the participants of the original 60s MONKEES enterprise)!

Above: A nice review of the 1992 Michael Nesmith tour!
I caught his fabulous Atlanta show that year!

Above: A 1995 ad for Cornerstone's MONKEES trading card set!

BONUS! Click below to hear an awesome excerpt from the rare UK radio special, "40 Years of The Monkees!" Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, director James Frawley, and many others discuss the height of Monkeemania!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Superb Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Here Comes--The Hematologist?! Marvel Comics!

Last time, we watched with rapt attention, as a suspicious Spidey agreed to appear on a popular TV news show, in order to refute oddball alien accusations (and to pocket some much-needed cash, natch)! Now, as the TV taping time looms, Spidey zoom in, unaware it's all a trap set by the cunning Kraven! Will he realize the danger in time? How will a watching public react? More rare 1979 daily SPIDER-MAN newspaper strips from the hands of Stan Lee (writer) and John Romita, Sr. (artist!) Click below to enlarge, then wall-crawl over to here for the next enthralling installment!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sensational (1976) Superhero Shirt! Neal Adams' Batman and Robin! DC Comics!

Here's another terrific tee, but with a twist! This one is from 1976, one I rocked as a superhero-obsessed 6th-grader! The folks at Sears used to offer a new batch of tees every year (who else recalls poring over each new catalog?), and for the sizzling summer of '76, they offered a colossal crop of DC Comics characters on these gorgeous garments, most illustrated by the "golden boy" of comics of the day, Neal Adams! Click below to enlarge images of the actual Neal-drawn Batman and Robin tee, and much more!

Above: Me, in 1976, rocking the Sears-offered BATMAN tee! Yes, that's
a then-ubiquitous Stretch Armstrong toy I'm receiving for Christmas!

Above: Me in 2011, rocking the same titanic t-shirt! Still fits! "Must…not…exhale….!"

BONUS! Look below to see the original appearance of the above image, from the 1976 "Super DC Calendar!" Art by Neal Adams!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BATMAN in New York?! Oddities From the Early Years! Joker! DC Comics!

Yep! Here's another pulpy page torn from a 70s "Super Spectacular" DC comic! This one is from an oversized BATMAN edition, and features some oddball oddities and facts from the Caped Crusader's earliest days! Read about early costumes! Locations! And--hair color?! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Of course, the "blue/black hair" was meant to represent fully
black hair, in those days when comics had much more simple coloring...

Monday, October 20, 2014

1973 CAPTAIN AMERICA Original Comic Art! Falcon! Phoenix! Sal Buscema! Marvel!

Back again with yet another goodie from my own overstuffed original art collection! This time, it's a famous page from the classic CAPTAIN AMERICA #168, from 1973! Illustrated by Sal Buscema and George Roussos, this page featured not only an imperiled Cap, but also his swingin' 70s partner, the fabulous Falcon! They've paired to take on the Phoenix, a forgettable (but very well-designed) super-foe who just happened to be the son of Baron Zemo! This indelible issue is also remembered as the one picked to receive the "book and record" treatment from Power Records in 1974! Click images below to enlarge!

Above, left: The original 1973 art from this memorable issue, and (right), the printed version!

Above: The awesome art, as displayed in my home!

BONUS! Click below to gape at the captivating cover that housed the above artwork!

Above: The 1973 cover by Sal Buscema and John Verpoorten! How impressed
was an 8-year-old me with this cover image? Just click here to find out!

BONUS BONUS! Click below to hear an excerpt from the 1974 Power Records version of this issue, dramatizing the events depicted on the very pulse-poundin' page seen above! Read as you listen!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Superlative Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Count the Cameos! Marvel Madness!

Last time, we peered in on a perplexed Peter Parker, as he watched the world go crazy with Spider-Man speculation fever! The reason? The evil Kraven (along with ever-joyful Jonah Jameson) has started a public "smear campaign," stating the wonderful Web-Walker is really an eerie alien from beyond the stars! Now, major media has inflamed the topic (don't they always?), causing this silly situation to blow up! But, it's serious business for Spidey, since Kraven is a very real and serious threat! Can Spidey find a way out of this sickening situation, and defeat Kraven? More magnificent Marvel majesty, from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Above: All those cameo appearances! How many late-70s celebrities can you name?
Think this is the only time Walter Cronkite has appeared in a Marvel strip? Click here!
Think this is the only comics appearance of Muhammad Ali? Click here!