Sunday, March 1, 2015

Smashing Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! The Ankle and the Anti-Hero! Marvel Greatness!

Last time, we watched a worried Web-Slinger attempt to have his injured ankle attended to by health care professionals! Why? Because Spidey received said heel-hobbling hit while battling his latest bizzare foe, the Prowler!  Now, things get tense for this new hero-villain, as his world seems to crumble around him! Will he take his anger out on an ankle-addled Spider-Man? Is Spidey in any condition for a re-match with the powerful Prowler? More rare 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee (writer) and John Romita Sr. (artist)! Click below to enlarge, Web-Walkers!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

More Maniacal Monkee-Mania! Monkees in Concert! With Fans! Surrounded by The Cops?!

Once again, click below to enlarge these tumultuous tidbits, all featuring the madcap masters of musical mirth, the Monkees!

Above two images: 1967 clippings from a Seattle newspaper, detailing a
Monkees concert stop-over! Big thanks to Don DeLeaumont for these!

Above: The guys pose on location while filming a second season episode, as seen in this teen mag poster!

Above: It's the famed 1968 Corgi Monkeemobile die-cast toy car! Have
you ever seen the interior figures? Not very good likenesses, but..

Above: Torn from the pages of a 1967 music magazine, here is an awesome
article, detailing the band creating their famed HEADQUARTERS LP!

Above: The group on the set of their NBC-TV
show, filming the "Frodis Caper" episode!

Above: Michael and Davy hit their "James Brown" routine, during a 1968 concert!

Above: Just as the caption says, the band meets fans in 1967!

Above: The Monkees in 1968.

Above: Michael Nesmith, being escorted by a phalanx of police, on his
way to film the sensational "Circle Sky" live concert segment, at
the Liberty Square venue, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Above: Peter Tork, solo in 1970, with
then-girlfriend Reine Stewart!

Above three images: Seen in a recent copy of SHINDIG!, here is a
great article on Monkees LP producer, Chip Douglas!

Above: From a 2012 issue of TV GUIDE, here is their final tribute to the late David Jones….

Above: From a tabloid "rag mag," here is one person's
remembrance of Monkee (and CIRCUS BOY) Micky Dolenz!

Above: It's me, in my "Monkees jacket!" This denim jacket was sold
briefly in 1999, in the Spencer Gifts stores, and I further customized
it with Monkees logo and Monkeemobile patches!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sky-High SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Spidey Fights--The Healthcare System?! '79 Marvel Greatness!

Last time, we watched in awe, as Spidey tussled with the deadly new super-villain, the Prowler! Now, our worried Web-Slinger has to deal with an awkward injured ankle, in addition to solving the riddle of his new foe! What can a swingin' superhero do? Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man visits his friendly neighborhood physician! What happens? Spidey learns the meaning of the age-old motto "heal thyself!" More 1979 Sunday strip fun from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Writer Stan Lee often used the SPIDEY strip to make political or
social statements, and none was more effective than this little gem, with the
Web-Head rebelling against the smothering bureaucratic blanket that was (and
still is) US healthcare!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Lou Ferrigno Talks About The HULK TV Series! The Stunts! The Make-Up! Marvel Comics!

Let's take another look at the famed 1977-1982 CBS-TV series, THE INCREDIBLE HULK! In this recent feature from FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine, Lou discusses not only the show (in which he starred as, of course, the title character), but also his childhood, bodybuilding background, and so much more! Who knew sweet Lou was an avid comic book collector in his youth? Click below to enlarge!

BONUS! Click below to enlarge more rare pics and clippings from the HULK TV series and stars!

Above: A newspaper promo for the
1979 HULK episode, "Homecoming."

Above: Lou Ferrigno ("Hulk") enjoys an on-set visit from his dad!

Above: Producer/Director Kenny Johnson directs Lou Ferrigno, live in New
York City, while filming the "Terror in Times Square" 1978 episode!

Above: Mighty Lou lifts a bewildered Billy Crystal over his head, during the
filming of a 1978 BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS TV special!

Above: A newspaper report detailing the flood of HULK merchandise, in
the wake of Ang Lee's 2003 HULK feature film!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Batman Strikes! 1977 Albert Bigley Original Art! DC Comics?

Another "gem" from my vault of childhood drawings! This time, take a look at this 1977 pencilled piece, a shameless cop of the then-current (and very exciting) Batman as seen in the pages of DETECTIVE COMICS! The great new art team of Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin was beginning their still-heralded run on the Dark Knight, adding a ton of mood and mystery to the strip, and it certainly wowed a 12-year-old me! Click below to enlarge!

Above: The indelible inspiration for my pencilled pin-up, from DETECTIVE
COMICS #468! Art by Marhsall Rogers and Terry Austin (who would one day
 ink my own pro comics work)!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Special Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! The Sky-High Skirmish! Marvel Comics!

Last time, we watched in stunned shock, as Spidey battled a brand new super-foe, the Prowler, high atop the Empire State Building! Now, our worried Web-Walker barely limps away from this confrontation, with his adversary pledging revenge! But--What is the sinister secret of the Prowler? Will the Web-Head's pained (and sprained) ankle heal? And--Think about how those poor cops have to now climb down those many flights of stairs! More rare 1979 daily SPIDER-MAN strips, from writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Monday, January 26, 2015

More Monumental MONKEES Mayhem! Concerts! Conventions! 1968 to 1997! See and Hear!

Swing back into action with another look at classic MONKEES moments! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Some rare shots of the band, snapped during their
1968 Far East tour! From the liner notes of the 1979

Above three images: From an eBay auction, rare pics of the Monkees on the set of
their TV series in 1967, filming the 2nd season episode, "It's a Nice Place to Visit!"

Above five images: From the 1968 paperback book, INSIDE POP, here is a concise
look at the origins of the group, their struggles for musical ownership and
authenticity, and much more!

Above three images: Taken by me in 1986, here are some shots from the
now-classic Monkees Convention held in Philadelphia! The last was snapped
during the band's convention-topping live show at Philly's Mann Music Center!

Above three images: Peter Tork,  live in Lewisville, North Carolina! He performed
along with long-time pal James Lee Stanley (seen towering behind Peter in that
one pic), and wowed all attending fans! That last set of pics were
snapped by Cindy Bryant!

Above two images: From a UK publication, here is a late-90s piece on
Davy Jones, known in England as one of the performers on the long-running
CORONATION STREET TV series, in addition to his MONKEES role!

BONUS! Click below to hear a rare 1994 audio clip of Davy Jones, live on the BOB & SHERI SHOW from Charlotte, North Carolina! Davy discusses the Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, and even destroys an on-air live commercial spot!