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!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sensational Superhero Shirt! Classic 50s BATMAN Logo! DC Comics!

Back again with another brand-spanking-new comics shirt! This time it's a terrific tee that sports a modified version of the fabulous 50s BATMAN logo! This is a unique logo you just don't see much these days, so I was happy to snag this gargantuan garment! Click here to see more awesome apparel, and click images below to enlarge!

Above: Me, rocking the newest Bat-festooned shirt!


Above: From the splash page of 1959's BATMAN #121,
we see the original un-modified logo in use! The
debuting "Mr. Zero" would later be re-named
"Mr. Freeze!"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Spidey! Hulk! Captain America! More Late-70s TV Ads! Marvel Comics!

Sure, it's now easy to critically dismiss the late-70s live-action Marvel Comics TV onslaught, but, for the time, these movies and series represented an exciting period where Marvel Comics were becoming more widely-known, more exciting, and were simply bursting out all over the place! Much of this excitement stemmed from the fact that these unconventional and colorful characters were only (roughly) a mere fifteen years old, unlike staid and "old" DC Comics superheroes! It was a real treat to see (for the first time, in many cases) live adaptations of these powerful super-doers, even tho some (I'm looking at you, CAPTAIN AMERICA) missed the mark by a mile….Click below to enlarge these rare TV GUIDE ads! A big thanks to rambunctious Ron Roberts for contributing these colossal comics-centric clippings!

Above: The one that started it all! An ad for the September, 1977 (yes, I
can recall all these dates from memory, sadly) SPIDER-MAN 90-minute CBS-TV
special, with Nick Hammond!


Above: The early 1978 ad that heralded the SPIDER-MAN
feature returning as a semi-regular series on CBS!


Above: It seemed to lurch out of left field (no internet
then, kids), but, in November of '77, the INCREDIBLE HULK
movie aired! Who knew this was the winner of the Marvel live-action
offerings, due to its adult approach, quality acting, and
high production values?


Above: So big a hit was the HULK movie, another followed, then
the concept was rushed into a series! Above is the early 1978 TV GUIDE
ad for the launch of this well-regarded show!



Above two images: The series scrambled to find its tone and
direction  in that first season, but some interesting moments
occurred, such as Banner and the Hulk facing off against
a (not-so-convincing) gorilla, as seen in these early 1978 ads!


Above: Here's where the series hit its height. This ad
is for the September, 1978 second season premiere, entitled
 "Married." An incredible (heh) episode all around, and
Mariette Hartley received an Emmy for her performance!
If you only see one HULK episode in your life, this has to be it!


Above: They can't all be winners! Above is the early 1979 ad for
the tepid CAPTAIN AMERICA TV movie, starring Reb Brown! It came off
as an odd cross of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and Evel Knievel!


Above: One of the last entries into the live-action group, this
 late 1979 TV movie (entitled "Death Too Soon") improved the Cap
situation a bit, since, by this time, Marvel was demanding the characters
hue closer to what was seen in the comics. They were also asking producers
for higher licensing fees, and, combined with CBS having jitters over
becoming known as the "superhero network," that spelled the end of
this short-lived flirtation with funny book features. The high-rated HULK
series would still run for three more years, but no new Marvel
characters would be translated to the small screen for quite a while...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Batman and Robin? No! FATMAN AND BOBBIN! 1967 Parody Spoof Strip! DC Comics?!

Dig this rare "treasure" from the inner pages of a 1967 ADAM magazine! This was produced, of course, during the height of "Batmania," a craze resulting from the popularity of the ABC-TV series, when tons of Bat-happy merchandizers tried to grab a piece of the brass Bat-ring! That included magazine peddlers, event those churning out "stag mags!" Click below to enlarge this silly and fun Batman parody, one that also touches on other timely topics of the day, such as war, the battle of the sexes, and foreign relations…



Above: It's obvious the creators of the above strip were influenced
by the famous 50s MAD magazine parody, "Batboy and Rubin!"


Above: The carnal cover that housed the above Bat-feature!

BAT-BONUS! Click here to see yet another version of FATMAN!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Spectacular Sunday SPIDER-MAN Sunday Strips! The Thousand-Dollar Deal! Marvel Mayhem!

Last time, we saw the cantankerous Kraven set his trap to snare a stressed Spider-Man! How? The non-jocular jungle man has publicly accused Spidey of being an alien from another world! Now, our worried Web-Walker must go on TV to prove he's as human as anyone else (well, almost), and try to calm a panicked city's knotted nerves! But, will Spidey tumble to the fact that even the televised interview is only a trap set by Kraven and Jameson? Can he escape said trap? And--why didn't Spidey create a network "bidding war" for his much sought-after interview? More rare 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Of course, this being 1979, the "brother Billy" Spidey is referring to is
then-President Jimmy Carter's brother, Billy Carter! Also, the "most powerful man
in TV" is none other than TV executive Fred Silverman, who, by 1979,
had enjoyed consecutive successful runs as head honcho at all three
television networks!