Now for something completely different...Here is a short (but sweet) prank call I made to a conservative Atlanta radio call-in show in the early 90s, unearthed from the vaults at last! I try to stay on the topic of school uniforms, but...Click below to hear!
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Last time, we peeked in on a perturbed Peter Parker, as he frantically worried that his gorgeous girlfriend was falling under the sway of a dangerous new cult figure called Loomis! Now, a frantic Spidey wonders what he can do to save his new squeeze, as well as the other foolish followers of this charismatic crook! But--what are these odd "pains" Loomis is now experiencing? Another rare 1979 SPIDEY newspaper strip, from the hands of Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, Web-Heads!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
MARVELMANIA was sorta the fan club that "fell between the cracks" back in the day! It came sandwiched between the Merry Marvel Marching Society (mid-60s) and FOOM (mid-to-late 70s), but the ill-fated fan organ did produce some interesting items in its short life! Click below to peek inside one of the 1970 MARVELMANIA merch mags, as well as some exciting editorial elements, such as a riotous romp during the famed "Toys for Tots" campaign, starring live-action versions of some of Marvel's own costumed cut-ups!
|Above: The crisp cover to one of the MM merch |
catalogs, using art by Sal Buscema and Sam Grainger!
|Above: In 1970, seeing any original comic art was a rare |
occurrence, so it musta been great to be able to order these
reproductions from the color books!
|Above: On top of all of the above greatness, MM offered these huge, full-color |
custom posters (which now command insane prices among modern collectors),
each drawn by Marvel's greatest artists! Some of these images went on to
appear on merry Marvel merchandise, too...
|Above: What fan would want photographs of the Marvel artists and writers?! |
Don't laugh! In those pre-internet days, fans wondered what these faceless
creators looked like! Heck, I can recall scratching my head over how to
pronounce their names!
|Above: More ya want? How about these six custom plastic statues from Marx? These|
were not only the first 3-D interpretations we'd see of some of these Marvel madmen
(a few others had been immortalized previously by Aurora model kits), but the toys
also sported very well-done sculpting and rendering! Fans now pay hundreds of bucks
to buy new high-end statues and busts of sculpted superheroes! This set was also sold
in stores in the early-70s (I snagged a green Hulk, red Daredevil etc..), and later
in the decade as fully-painted versions (wearing easily-chipped lead paints)!
|Above: Click to enlarge this pic of my own Marvel statues! This is a |
reproduction set offered in the late-80s, and I painted them up at the time!
They've been on display ever since!
|Above: Hard to believe now, but there was a time when images of smilin' Stan Lee |
were not so prominent! Here is the fearless leader, bearded in his den, lighting one
of his (then) signature stogies!
|Above: Marvel did initiate a very worthwhile program, teaming with the Marines |
and the Toys for Tots folks! Here is a rapturous report of that first campaign, complete
with (very nice) live-action versions of Cap, Spidey, and Thor!
|Above: Is that--Jack Kirby?! Yep! The co-creator of Captain America, Thor, and the |
Hulk (as well as a host of other costumed cut-ups), takes time from his exhausting
scribbling schedule to lend his support to this worthy charity!
|Above: More scintillating scenes from this epic event! Wouldn't |
you love to find footage from the TV broadcast?
|Above: Fans are even treated to this custom |
Toys for Tots strip, with art by big John Buscema!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Last time, we watched in horror as Spider-Man's female friend fell for a charismatic leader of a new cult group! A solicitous Spidey soon swings into action, investigating said group, but, since they've committed no real crime, what can the Webbed Wonder do? But, we now see the man called Loomis may be more than ready for any battle Spidey can bring! More rare 1979 Marvel greatness, from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Last time, we watched in stunned awe, as Spidey encountered a new possible threat, a mysterious man called Loomis! This self-styled self-help swami (it was the 70s) seems to be nothing more than a harmless crank, but now that he holds cute Carole (Spidey's sexy siren) in his sombre sway, our harassed hero must get involved! Will Peter be swept away by the lyrical lure of Loomis? Can Carole be saved? Does this mean yet another strained sabbatical for Pete's love life? More mile-high Marvel madness form Stan Lee and John Romita. Sr.! Click below to enlarge!
|Oddly, this 1979 SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip plot hues closely to the 1977 |
CBS SPIDER-MAN live-action pilot episode! In that telefilm, Peter Parker meets a
gal-pal who finds herself under the sway of a hypnotic speaker who uses mind-control
to have his followers rob and steal for his gain!
Friday, February 21, 2014
It's 1974. Sure, cheeky Marvel Comics is pulling ahead with their lively, loopy and "realistic" superheroes, but there is one thing long-lived DC Comics did first. The venerable firm was first to produce an oversized "tabloid" edition of their comics, in an attempt to find new and alternative comic book formats. It took a few issues (featuring SHAZAM! and, of all things, RUDOLPH), but DC soon got around to spotlighting one of their biggest fan-favorite characters, Batman! This huge "limited collector's edition" not only contained reprints from Batman's storied past, but puzzle pages, pin-ups, special features and...aw, just look below to find out for yourself! Click each image to enlarge!
|Above: Who could resist this power-packed cover? Drawn by Neal Adams, the artist |
who was taking Batman back to his urban "roots!" This image (based on an earlier comics
panel) was so popular, it was used on many other products throughout the 70s!
|Above: The tome also included this Golden Age story, giving rabid fans a |
look at the work of artist Jerry Robinson, who toiled on the strip for a
relatively short time!
|Above: This tale was only three years old then, but it was a valued reprint for us |
young fans, since it was drawn by Neal Adams (with inks by Dick Giordano), and,
once those older comic went off-sale, they were gone! That final panel includes
another Batman pose that would be seen on many products in the coming years!
|Above: And they included this poster pull-out page of the pernicious Penguin! |
Unlike today, with carefully-created style guides and corporate-think ruling the day,
DC and their licensees were not afraid to use these years-old images in their
current comics, and on products!
|Above: As an aspiring young artist (even then), one crazed over Batman, |
you can imagine the most favored part of this bombastic book! The
above "how to draw Batman" feature, by Carmine Infantino, had appeared
years earlier in the regular comics, but, to me, it was a very rare peek
into "how it was done!" Of course, these are really only model sheets
for the 1968 Filmation BATMAN cartoon, but how I endlessly examined
these images, copying and studying for hours!
|Above: As if all of that wasn't enough for ya, the back cover featured a |
custom-made "table top diorama," as drawn by Neal Adams! I recall having to
ask my parents what the heck a "diorama" was, and if I even wanted to cut
up my treasured tome! I also loved how this, and the front cover, reflected
Batman's then-current darker and more "realistic" look, as contrasted
with his TV and mainstream persona! Even this image was used on
other Bat-merch of the time! Print the above, and make your own
3-D prize! Just wanna see this little gem assembled? Click here!
|Above: Lest you think this decades-old comic magazine is an ill-remembered |
thing of the past, click below to see yours truly sporting a new tee that celebrates
this blockbusting book!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Last time, we were shocked to see peerless Peter Parker forced into battling his school chum, Flash Thomspon, for the love of Pete's new female flame! How can Pete conclusively clobber Flash, without hurting the macho mook, or revealing his Spider-powers to nearby gawkers? Plus--what can we expect of this new threat, the enraged lunatic? And, why has he altered his facial features? Who will be become? How will it affect Spidey? And--Should Peter lose more fights, if this is his reward? More 1979 Marvel majesty, from writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita Sr.! Click below to enlarge, then whisk over here for the next full-color installment, Web-Walkers!