Tuesday, 27 September 2016

NEW OLD COMICS BLOG...



Regular commenter JOHN PITT now has his own
blog about comics, called MY OLD COMICS!, which
can be found in my blog list or simply by clicking this
link.  Drop in and leave a comment of support.

JUST OUT OF REACH - JIM REEVES...



Yeah, I know - I've played this one before, but
it's ultra-relaxing.  This song is within your reach -
it's only a click away.  Press that key now.

BABE OF THE DAY - MICHELLE KEEGAN...



"Come on in, the water's lovely!" trills the
lovely MICHELLE KEEGAN.  I'm staying
where I am 'though - 'cos from here, the view
is even lovelier.  What a stoater!

Monday, 26 September 2016

RECOMMENDED READING: THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #1 (VOLUME SIX)...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

On October 20th, a new volume of The MIGHTY WORLD
Of MARVEL goes on sale.  This mag first appeared back in 1972
and, a couple of spells in limbo aside, is still around today.  Jump
aboard for a new number one next month, Marvel fans!

RECOMMENDED READING: THE BLACK PANTHER EPIC COLLECTION VOLUME ONE...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Here's one that's available from FORBIDDEN PLANET
on Wednesday, frantic fans - The BLACK PANTHER EPIC
COLLECTION  Volume One.  Beginning with T'CHALLA's
earliest appearances in The FANTASTIC FOUR mag, and con-
tinuing with his own strip from JUNGLE ACTION, if you're
a BP fan, you're sure to love this magnificent tome.

Read the spiel, and save your shekels 'til Wednesday.
Then get straight 'round to FP - it's the place to be!

SO...YOU'VE GOT SEVEN DAYS TO LIVE - HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?



This is a tale about a man waiting to face the
electric chair, narrated by JIM REEVES (fol-
lowing a sung intro-verse), and I'm sure you're
all going to love it.  Take it away, Jim...

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - THE VOLUPTUOUS VALERIE LEON...



You want words?  It's VALERIE LEON
for Criven's sake - who needs words?!  Okay
then, I'll give you words - Hubba-Hubba!
Drool!  Slobber!  There!  Satisfied?

LEGENDS OF THE SUPERHEROES - BLECCCHHHHH!!!



It may come as a surprise to some of you, but ADAM
WEST and BURT WARD reprised their BATMAN and
ROBIN roles more than once over the years, and not just for
cartoons either.  In 1979, they appeared alongside other DC
heroes and villains in a couple of TV Specials called - wait
for it - LEGENDS Of The SUPERHEROES.


The other heroes were CAPTAIN MARVEL, The
FLASH, The HUNTRESS, BLACK CANARYGREEN
LANTERN, and HAWKMAN, while the super villains were 
MORDRU, SOLOMON GRUNDY, The RIDDLER (yup,
FRANK GORSHIN), The WEATHER WIZARD, Dr.
SIVANA, SINESTRO, and GIGANTA.


The ATOM and AUNT MINERVA turned up in
the second Special, but I have to be honest and say both
episodes are excruciatingly awful and you should all count
yourselves lucky if you've never seen them.  Shot on video-
tape, with a laugh-track (yup, they're meant to be funny -
but aren't) these two low-budget shows are the way
not to do superheroes.  And here's why:


You never see The Flash run, Hawkman fly (or
even flap his wings) and Green Lantern merely points his
power ring at himself and disappears.  Captain Marvel does
a spot of flying, but it's a poorly executed piece of back (or
maybe front - what do I know?) projection for a few seconds.
You have to hand it to Adam West for throwing himself into
things, but he really should have tucked the neck of his
mask inside his cape, like in the '60s TV show.


Take it from me, you can safely give these two shows
a miss - unless you're a fan of 'car-crash' TV.  They're both
genuinely execrable, 'though the second one, The ROAST,
is even worse than the first, The CHALLENGE.  I suppose
if there's anyone you really hate, you could give them this
as a present, secure in the knowledge that they'll lose
the will to live while watching it.


But no - that would surely be too cruel!  (Remember
the rumours of torture at GUANTANAMO BAY?  They
 were true - they showed this DVD to the detainees.)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

"WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO ALL YOUR STUFF WHEN YOU DIE, DADDY?"



I sometimes find myself worrying about what will happen
to my massive collection of toys, comics and books when I fall
off the twig in around 100 years or so (I'm not planning on going
early or easily).  Will I ever get around to establishing a museum of
childhood, or will all my stuff end up in charity shops or dustbins?
It's a bit  like being a parent and having to think about making
provisions for your children when you're not here.


Are you a proud collector?  What would you like to have
happen to your beloved treasures when you eventually have
to cast off this mortal coil?  None of the "I'll be dead so I don't
care" cop-outs;  what would be the ideal fate of all your material
companions through life that would allow you to bow out with
the assurance that they'd be cared for and cherished after
you've gone exploring in that 'final frontier' ?


And what's the absolute gem of your collection, the one
item that, if everything else was jettisoned by your heirs, you'd
breathe a little easier in the hereafter (if there is one - and if you
can breathe) so long as it survived and was looked after and ap-
preciated by its new owner?  Too difficult a question?  Okay,
 you can pick three items.  So what are they?  Reveal all in
the captivating comments section, Criv-ite chums.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

TRIVAGO BABE OF THE DAY - GABRIELLE MILLER...



Here's GABBY - what more do you want?

KID'S KLASSIC (KIRBY) KOMIC KOVERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA #106 - "CAP GOES WILD!"


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Always liked this cover.  True, JACK KIRBY's more abstract
style was becoming more prominent by this time, but no one can
deny that this image has impact!  If you don't have this mag, you're
probably unaware that Cap's fighting a Life Model Decoy of himself
(STEVE ROGERS), but the LMD has certain advantages that the real
Star-Spangled AVENGER doesn't, making it an uneven battle!  So
who wins?  You'll have to read the issue to find out, 'cos my lips are
sealed.  Reprinted in the new CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC
COLLECTION Volume 2 - on sale now!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - MICHELLE KEEGAN...



Amazing the stuff you find lying on the beach while taking a
stroll along the seashore.  Nobody wanted her, so I just took her
home with me.  (Well, 'finders keepers' innit?)  Says her name is
MICHELLE KEEGAN and babbles on about a place called
'Weatherfield', but I've no idea what she's talking about.

STRANGE TALES COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

In 1975, MARVEL decided to reprint Dr. STRANGE in
the mag where he'd first appeared - STRANGE TALES.  The re-
prints lasted seven issues, each issue featuring two stories ('though
some continued tales were edited into one, omitting the second story's
splash page).  In #183, the Dr. Strange 'half' of the cover of #130 (by
JACK KIRBY) was enlarged and used as the full cover, making this
ish the only one of the seven to re-use an original '60s cover image.
(The others sported brand-new artwork.)  Here then is a look
back at a brief time in the sizzlin' '70s - enjoy!






RECOMMENDED READING - CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOLUME TWO...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Ooh, here's a big beauty of a book for you - CAPTAIN
AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION Volume 2.  With art by
KIRBY, STERANKO, COLAN, ROMITA, and BUSCEMA,
that sure is a roll-call of some heavy duty illustrators contained
within the covers of a single softcover tome.  If you bought the
first volume, then you'll definitely want to add this one to your
collection.  Now, which establishment would stock a book
like this?  That's a tough one.  Wait a minute - I know!
That great shop FORBIDDEN PLANET!

(Now how could that have ever slipped my mind?)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

RECOMMENDED READING - DOCTOR STRANGE OMNIBUS...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Do I need this book?  I've already got the stories.  I've got
a few original issues of STRANGE TALES, reprints in MARVEL
TALES, COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS, MASTERWORKS
volumes, etc.  So I already have all the stories - more than once.  But
hey, it's STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO, it's DOCTOR STRANGE,
it's a great big deluxe hardback OMNIBUS volume - of course I
need this book!  And so do you!  On sale from today, so buy one
as soon as you can!  And remember these immortal words -
"May your amulet never tickle!"

Available from FORBIDDEN PLANET (and other places).


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - LYNDA CARTER...



Here's WONDER WOMAN without her
costume - the stunning LYNDA CARTER.

RECOMMENDED READING - THE ADVENTURES OF THE FLY...


Images copyright relevant owners

Once, in an alternate universe, JACK KIRBY showed a
SPIDERMAN (no hyphen) logo by JOE SIMON to STAN LEE,
and pitched to him the idea for a superhero who'd been rechristened
The SILVER SPIDER before metamorphosing into The FLY.  In
this alternate universe, STEVE DITKO did not advise Stan of the
similarity of Spiderman to The Fly, and MARVEL's newest char-
acter got his wings clipped, either by poor sales or a plagiarism
lawsuit from rivals RED CIRCLE/ARCHIE COMICS.

At least, that's what could've happened if we're to believe
a dissenting account of the events that led to SPIDER-MAN's
creation.  We'll never know for sure whether it's true, but imagine
PETER PARKER as a teenager who rubs a magic ring to trans-
form into his alter-ego and you have an idea just how different
things might've been in the Marvel Universe of the '60s.

Which brings me to this softcover book from 2004 which
a friend very kindly gifted to me recently.  It contains the first
four issues of The Fly, produced by Simon & Kirby (with others)
before the duo quit the title.  The tales are simple, unsophisticated
fare from an era when comicbooks were aimed squarely at kids, but
they have their own distinct charm that makes the collection worth
owning.  'Though after reading the book, it reminded me just what
an immense contribution Stan Lee made to the comicbook biz,
something for which we should all be eternally grateful.

Some of the art and lettering restoration is a little dodgy,
with at least one story appearing more like a tracing than a
reprinting, but that aside, it's still an interesting look back at an
earlier time in four-colour comicbook history.  I imagine you'd
be able to track down a copy on eBay or Amazon without
too much difficulty or too great an expense.  Get hunting!

Ah, yes - how different things could have been indeed!
  




No 'Wide Angle Scream' in this ish apparently


Why no lettering?  Is it a reprint oversight or how it first appeared?

RECOMMENDED READING - COMIC BOOK FEVER...


Images copyright TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING

A book you may enjoy is COMIC BOOK FEVER by GEORGE
KHOURY, which celebrates comics from 1976 to 1986.  To be honest,
my impression was that some chapters are stretched pretty thin as far as
written content goes, with the author saying something because he has a
book to fill, rather than because he has something interesting to say, but
the visual images and chapters containing comments from comicbook
stalwarts (like JOHN ROMITA and SAL BUSCEMA, etc.) com-
pensate for this occasional inadequacy somewhat.

Anyway, read the back cover spiel and make up your own minds.
You could certainly spend your money in worse ways.  Available at
FORBIDDEN PLANET and all good comicbook shops.

Monday, 19 September 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



The stunning JULIE EGE gives me 'the
eye' as I strut around in my toga in the movie
version of UP POMPEI.  Of course, I wasn't 
in the finished film as I ended up on the cutting
room floor.  Julie was under me at the time
'though, so I can't complain.

(Nobody would ever believe I just make
all this stuff up.  It sounds totally believable
because of my irresistible good looks.  Ask
my nurse - she agrees with me 100%.)

GIANT-SIZE POWER MAN #1 (1975)...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

POWER MAN, as all true MARVELITES know, was the
name of a villain who fought The AVENGERS in #s 21 & 22 of
their own mag back in the '60s.  However, in the '70s, the name was
dusted down and applied to LUKE CAGE's superhero alter-ego, a
mercenary HERO FOR HIRE, who wasn't necessarily spurred
to random acts of goodness merely out of a sense of altruism
like most other characters in the superhero 'business'.

I never quite understood why black heroes usually had the
word 'black' prefixed to their names, as if we needed to be made
aware of the fact.  (BLACK GOLIATHBLACK LIGHTNING*,
etc.)  We had eyes, didn't we?  It was different with The BLACK
PANTHER, as the word referred to the colour of his costume,
not his skin, but I'm so glad Luke Cage wasn't called Black
Power Man, as that would've been simply silly.

(*Black Lightning, of course, is a DC COMICS hero.)

Anyway, that's enough waffle from me - enjoy some pages
from the first (and perhaps only - anyone know?) issue of his
own Giant-Size reprint mag from 1975.  Did you own this ish?
Then let's hear from you in the comments section.