Saturday, 31 May 2014

GREAT MOMENTS IN HULK HISTORY...


Here's a Saturday quickie for all who are craving a Criv-ite fix.
A random gallery of GREAT MOMENTS IN HULK HISTORY,
from MARVEL U.K.'s RAMPAGE MONTHLY (which we looked
at in the previous post).  The last pic is a bit 'washed-out', but that's
how it was in the mag.  Despite that, hope you enjoy them.




RAMPAGE MONTHLY COVER GALLERY...



Before your awestruck orbs are the covers for issues 1-9 of
RAMPAGE, which had been a U.K. weekly comic before being
promoted to monthly magazine status. I probably had all or most
of them at one time, but now only have those that reprinted the
main tales from THE RAMPAGING HULK, a black and
white mag produced by MARVEL in the States. 

I've also included the covers of the first and last issues of
the American title for you to compare with the British one, and
to show that, as discussed in previous posts, inferior printing in this
country often rendered some interior pages as a murky morass, with
delicate shades of grey coming out almost black and obscuring (if
not obliterating) artistic detail. (They're not quite as bad in this
instance, but they're still not as good as they should be.)

Anyway, enjoy the covers and be sure to return for my
next post - once I decide what the heck I'm going to do next.
Any suggesstions? (No dice, Charlie - I ain't jumpin' off a
cliff to please anyone!)



Above - the same page from both editions. Note the
U.K. one has much darker tones.


The above page from the U.S. edition wasn't used in the U.K. mag.







A painted version by Bob Larkin of the above illustration was used
as the cover of the 1978 Hulk book below by Simon & Shuster.











The same two pages from #9 of the U.K. & U.S. editions.
 Once again, note the darker tones in the British mag.  

Friday, 30 May 2014

SOD'S LAW - IF THINGS CAN GO WRONG, THEY WILL GO WRONG...



I'm sure you'll forgive me for showing this image yet again, but
it's scanned from my own personal mini-album which I recently
acquired on eBay and received yesterday.  Seems almost perfect
and the record looks practically brand-new.  As you can imagine,
I'm delighted to finally have a replacement for the one I had
as a kid way back in the '60s.

However, there's always a 'but'.  Take a look at the packing
the record was delivered in:  a sturdy cardboard envelope, with
two thick corrugated backing boards and a label clearly identifying
the item as fragile, yet the Royal Mail still managed to damage it.
It almost looks as if it was deliberately skited off a wall or dropped
from an upper window just to thwart the sender's conscientious
admonition of care.


Fortunately, the record itself was undamaged, but the cover
received a nasty crease, which, with the careful application of a
hot iron (a tricky business I can tell you), I've managed to minimise.
Luckily, the cardboard sleeve is extremely thin and therefore amen-
able to such corrective treatment, but the crease is still there and
can be seen depending on what way the light reflects off it.

Just think - the cover has survived in excellent condition for
47 years, it leaves the possession of the seller unmarked, but is
delivered to me in a less-than-perfect state.  I'm going to investigate
the possibility of compensation because it's an absolute disgrace
that, in this day and age, a 7 inch 'large letter' is beyond the ability
of the Royal Mail to deliver in the condition it was sent.

Still, bloody great collectors' item, eh?  Just a shame that
it's now worth less than I paid for it.  (Please - no gags about
CAPTAIN SCARLET supposedly being indestructible.)

Thursday, 29 May 2014

MA, HE'S PULLING MY STRING AGAIN...



I see a certain person has revised his 'small print' comment
about me on his blog.  I've already dealt with this in a previous post
 but as he's seen fit to tweak his devious drivel, let's take a look at it
and examine it piece by piece, okay?  What follows are my original
comments, revised and edited in order to address his amended
claims.  Here's the first part:

"All comments sent to this blog are very welcome.
However, one argumentative person posted increasingly
belligerent and abusive comments several years ago so I
eventually banned him from commenting here again.  Re-
sentful of that, he then began posting various lies, dis-
tortions and exaggerations about me on his own
blog and elsewhere."

Although I'm not mentioned by name, it's me who's being
alluded to here so let's get down to it.  First of all, I don't believe
I've ever posted "belligerent or abusive" comments on the man's
blog, 'though I did respond to contemptuous, supercillious and insulting
remarks by this person in a robust and forthright manner (as is my wont).
Also, I have posted only the absolute truth about this person's increasingly
provocative distortions of the facts - and only on my own blog, nowhere
else.  Unlike himself, who has commented on various blogs and Twitter
sites, ascribing to me various negative attributes and motivations
of his own invention, and generally making spiteful remarks
about me and maliciously impugning my character.

He claims that I'm "resentful" for being banned from his
blog.  Really?  By what method of supernatural divination does
he arrive at that conclusion?  None at all!  Rather, he plucks it from
the ether of his imagination, just like all the other unflattering char-
acteristics of bitterness, envy, hate, frustration, pettiness, spite,
etc., that he claims I am heir to.

The truth of the matter is that it concerns me not a jot being
banned from his blog - and it never has.  Truly, I've never wasted
even one second fretting over it.  Of course, that doesn't stop him
from cavalierly claiming that, essentially, my heart is "the seat
of wasting sorrow" at not being allowed access to his own
personal playground.  He continues:

"I have never met this person.  His aggressive behav-
iour is down to petty spite, - but he has the linguistic
skills to twist things around to portray his perceived enem-
ies as the aggressors and himself as the victim.  Hblatantly
projects his failings onto others, such as falsely claiming I
was banned from a forum that I have been regularly con-
tributing to for years!  More recently he's even posted a
version of these notes on his own blog, accusing me
of his own character flaws."

Aggressive behaviour?  A bit rich, considering that he's
been blocked from at least two blogs that I know of and, I'm
told, in one instance his ISP was advised about his behaviour to-
wards another Blogger who was informed that the offending party
would be contacted and warned.  My detractor says he wasn't and
I can't prove otherwise, but that's what the other person was told
was going to happen.  Whether it did or not, the important thing
to bear in mind is that he was indulging in conduct that was
regarded as being at least deserving of reproof.

As for his assertion that I've falsely claimed he was banned
from a forum (albeit temporarily), this was implied (in passing
and with no ill-will)  in an email from the forum owner, who has
since clarified his phraseology which indicated such a ban.  He'd used
the words "drove him from the forum" (he apparently stormed off in
a huff) while specifically referring to this individual in the context of
banning members, so I am happy to state that my perception, while
understandable, was inadvertently erroneous.  (Unlike his claims,
which are intentionally so.)  One thing's still certain 'though -
he's regarded by some forum members as a bit of a bully.

He accuses me of petty spite.  With what arrogant ease he
presumes to judge the mind and motives of those who stand up
to his bullying ways.  In actual fact, my ire at his untruths and my
exposure of them springs from righteous indignation at his
offensive effrontery.  What's next?

"He has been blocked from several blogs and at least
one forum for similar behaviour against other people.  If
you come across his lies about me please treat it as the
childish deceitful grudge it truly is, or notify me pri-
vately so I can gather more evidence.  Thank you." 

I have never been banned from other blogs or forums for
"similar nasty and aggressive behaviour".  See how the lies and
distortions trip so easily from his tongue in his desperate and obsessive
attempts to smear my character?  I have been 'banned' from a couple of
other blogs - but never for being nasty or aggressive - only because the
blog owners disagreed with my point of view and took exception to me
having a different opinion to theirs.  (For example, when I disagreed with
the proposition that SUPERMAN should be turned gay or bisexual so
that certain minority groups could feel more accepted by society.)
There are a lot of insecure souls out there in Blogger-land, let
me tell you - although you probably know that already.

One of the occasions he refers to is when I supplied scans
of four missing pages of THE BEANO #1 to another blogger who
had posted only 24 of the 28 pages, claiming they were the complete
issue.  My detractor then pops up and describes my attempt to be help-
ful as "hassle".  Both persons were known to each other, being members
of a comics forum where, as I said, my detractor has a reputation for being
a bully.  When I responded that he should reserve his bullying behaviour
for there, the blog owner, in a show of solidarity with his forum chum,
banned me for it.  The second individual has since revealed himself as
a bit of a nutter by bombarding me with abusive comments in res-
ponse to certain posts.  (Long-term regular visitors will be
all too aware of them.)

The forum I mention is the very same one I eventually joined,
which seemed to put a few noses out of joint from the off.  I 'resigned'
from it of my own volition in the face of open hostility from those who
resented my presence on it (due to my frank and forthright criticisms and
observations on my blog about various aspects of modern-day comics)
- simply because I couldn't be bothered being placed in the position
of having to be on the defensive all the time.

After I'd gone, a disgruntled moderator, without prior consul-
tation with the site owner, banned me for leaving (I kid you not) in
a rather pointless, knee-jerk reaction.  However, the site owner didn't
have a problem with me, said he'd miss my contribution to the comics-
related discussions and invited me to rejoin.  Hardly the picture that my
detractor seeks to paint, is it?  These are the facts.  Note that they are
not in accord with the distorted picture he seeks to paint in his mal-
icious misrepresentations of the truth.  And he's still peddling his
version of events despite the actual facts of the case.

So, true to form, he's posted a leading statement filled with
distortions and inaccuracies in yet another sly attempt to malign
me.  I can only suppose that he believes if he does it often enough,
more people will eventually believe what he says to be true.  Yet,
despite all his duplicity, he calls me "deceitful".  Strewth!

 Anyway, I've given you the facts - what you do with them is
entirely up to you.   However, if you compare the facts to his claims,
you will see the extent of his outrageous distortions and misrepresen-
tations and recognise them for what they truly are - utter pish-tosh!
Yet, despite this, he still insists on peddling his twaddle - and
gathering his 'evidence'.  (Pathetic posturing at its finest.)

He's too late.  The facts declare him guilty!

~~~~~

He's amended his 'small print' comment yet again (that's at
least five times in just over 24 hours I'm told), deleting some of his
more absurd accusations upon seeing this post.  His usual behaviour -
pressing people's buttons then doing a runner.  Further proof (not
that any was required) of his deviousness and deceit.

AGAIN...NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN COVER GALLERY - PART SEVEN...


Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS.  Images copyright DC COMICS

For all discriminating connoisseurs of comicbook cover art, here's another batch for you to cast your corneas over.  And don't worry - there's more to come once I get around to scanning volume three of BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS.  If you don't already have this magnificent set of books in your collection, you're missing out, Charlie.  Start hunting them down now!
   
Pencils by NEAL ADAMS, inks by DICK GIORDANO

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

And below is the cover of the volume (2) that all these
captivating covers come from.

ISBN:  1-4012-0269-1

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

THERE'S ALWAYS ME...



Here's a song from an LP that I bought in LANDPORTS' record
department in Portsmouth back in 1981. (I'm not responsible for this
YouTube clip, incidentally, but it's the same song.) The LP was called
"THERE'S ALWAYS ME", as is the track. Nice little sentiment, nice
little arrangement, and arguably the smoothest singing voice you'll ever
hear in your life. Go on, give yourself a treat - put on your headphones
and have your ears gently caressed by the velvet vocals of the
mighty and magnificent JIM REEVES.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

PART TWO OF THE SUPER HEROES COVER & IMAGE GALLERY...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Time for part two of The SUPER HEROES gallery, featuring
cover art by U.K. artists that U.S. readers may not have seen before.
The late VANESSA MORGAN was the editor of this title, which puts
me in mind of another female editor - PIPPA M. MELLING - who was
the first editor of The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL back in 1972.
MWOM once promised to print a photo of Pippa, but never got 'round to
it.  If by some remote chance anyone who knows Pippa might be reading
this, ask her to get in touch through the comments section, as I'd like to
publish a photo of her and fulfill  Marvel's promise of long ago.  It'd
be nice to give her the recognition she so richly deserves while,
hopefully, she's still around to know about it.

Anyway, that's enough of the opposition, let's return to DC.
Some great covers (even if the STARRY-EYED SIREN's body
is a little elongated in the lower regions), by the cream of the crop of
British talent around at the time.  And wait 'til part three, when we'll
have an absolute stoater of a cover in issue #7, featuring CHRIS-
TOPHER REEVE and the bad guys from SUPERMAN II.
However, that's for next time - be sure to join us then.















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