Sunday, August 25, 2013

Super Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "Accidents Can Happen!" Marvel Masterpieces!

Last time, we watched in glee as a Spidey-less Peter Parker enjoyed a new life as a disco DJ! Now, the sinister shadow of crime once again steps in, as thugs attempt to extort Peter and his pals! How will Parker handle this, now that he's disavowed his superhero identity? Will even tough-guy "Flash" Thompson succumb to the grotesque goons? More rare 1978 newspaper strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, then Wall-Crawl over to here for the next full-color (and off-beat) installment!



Say, you ever notice the similarities between how jazzy John Romita draws malicious Monk and the ever-incredible Hulk? Peer below for proof!



Friday, August 23, 2013

Jack Kirby! Rare Pencil Art! X-Men and Fantastic Four Foes! Marvel Comics!

Dig these rare original art pencilled pieces from the hand of the late (and still great) Jack "King" Kirby! Just for kicks in the 80s, Jack created a ton of single-pose drawings for his wife, Roz, which where later collected in a (now very valuable) book called HEROES AND VILLAINS! Click below to see two such powerful pieces, direct from Jack's drawing board! It's the puny Puppet Master (foe from the fabby FANTASTIC FOUR comic), as well as famed X-MEN foe, the Juggernaut!




BONUS! Click below to glom this mid-80s bit from MARVEL AGE, Marvel Comics' own in-house hype mag! You can read more about the above Kirby project, and see more images (badly colored, tho) from Jack's power-packed pencils!


Not only was the above book produced, then immediately hoarded by
hardcore fans, but a special "Black Magic" version was later whipped up, with
Jack's pencils inked by some of the greatest (and not-so-greatest) inkers in comics!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Gorgeous George Tuska Art! Batman! Superman! Wonder Woman! DC Comics!

Even tho he was known for long runs on Marvel books (such as IRON MAN and others), George Tuska went on to enjoy an equally lengthy stint working for competitor DC Comics, most notably on the long-running WORLD'S GREATEST SUPERHEROES newspaper comic strip! Tuska also took on tons of terrific fan commissions, too, and you've only to look below to dig some of his terrific artwork, all featuring above-mentioned DC characters! Click below to enlarge! 






Wednesday, August 21, 2013

All About SPIDER-MAN! 1972 MONSTER TIMES Spotlight Spectacular! MarvelMania!

Back before the internet, most comic maniacs depended on news and fan magazines to give them full histories of comics and their cavortin' characters, and this piece from MONSTER TIMES is a great example of that! This 1972 Spidey overview is more than just another round-up of the Web-Crawler's most famous friends and foes, but also features a peek at his (then) latest writer, merry Gerry Conway, as well as dishing the latest scoops on the comic that was about to shake up the world, with the controversial  "death of Gwen Stacy" storyline! Check those great pics of Conway and Spider-artist supreme, John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, faithful one!


In addition to stellar Romita images, this feature also 
contains art by Spidey's co-creator, sturdy Steve Ditko!


Can it be? A copy of NEW GODS (from Marvel's competitor, DC 
Comics) perched in the hallowed Marvel Bullpen?!



Can any True Believer pinpoint what's on
Johnny's art table in that pic?





Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The FANTASTIC FOUR--Crossing the Delaware?! 1976 Marvel Calendar!

Here's another look inside the now-rare nifty 1976 MARVEL COMICS BICENTENNIAL CALENDAR! Each month featured an oddball look at the maniacal Marvel Superheroes re-purposed as historical figures taking part in pivotal moments of our nation's past, and, in this case, here is the fabulous Fantastic Four helping gorgeous George Washington cross the Delaware during the Revolutionary War! Drawn by long-time FF inker Joe Sinnott, this is one great-looking (if off-beat) image of the Human Torch, The Thing, and the rest of the gang! Click below to enlarge!

Not only does this awesome image feature a great drawing, the coloring is
darned amazing, too! All done with dyes on a stat, no computer colors!




Monday, August 19, 2013

BIFF! Big, Batty BURT WARD Bonanza! TV's "Robin!" 60s Oddities! Hear Burt Sing!

Let's zero in on the other half of the Dynamic Duo! It's all about Robin, as perfectly portrayed by bouncing Burt Ward, in the socko '66 BATMAN TV series! Click below to peer at little-seen pics! Hear rare musical attempts by Burt! 

Above: On the set in "Commissioner Gordon's" office...

Above, left to right: Stars Adam West ("Batman") and 
Burt Ward ("Robin") between takes!

Above: Posing on the "Batcave" set...

Above: Burt Ward squeezes in a personal call between filming sessions!


Above: Burt Ward meets fans during a 70s personal appearance! Do ya 
like that child's superhero-splattered shirt? See it here!


BAT-BONUS! Like many money-minded stars in the 60s, Burt tried his hand at a recording career, teaming with famed Frank Zappa (!) to cut a few interesting and off-beat discs! Below is one of their most daring, a 1966 song utilizing actual fan letters sent to the "Boy Wonder" from feverish Bat-fans!





Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sensational 70s SPIDER-MAN Sunday Strip! The "Disco Gangster" Strikes! Marvel!

Last time, we breathed easier as Peter Parker decided to lay off the Spidey identity for awhile, letting his own freak flag fully unfurl! Now, as he gains employment and unexpected popularity working at his pal's disco (it was 1978), new danger looms as the Kingpin's crooked cronies creep into his life! What will this mean for Peter's safety? Will it spell an end to his new life of leisure and ladies? And, didn't he know that most record players then were already equipped with automatic disc-changing capabilities (tho not by using remote control)? More 70s Marvel madness from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click to enlarge!

I always loved the fact that Peter was also an advanced student and inventor
in the comics. Made you believe he could've had a bright career as a scientist
or inventor ahead of him, once he gave up the Spidey identity for good!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rare Catwoman Fan-Made Model Kit! Julie Newmar! 1966 BATMAN Beauty!

ZAP! Here's Julie Newmar as the curvaceous Catwoman, direct from the 1966 BATMAN TV series! This 90s fan-made resin kit was painted up by me, using acrylics and enamels! Click below to enlarge pics! Click here to see other great BATMAN '66 kits!

The "sparkle" effect on her body suit was achieved using kid's "glitter gel!" 
Her hair is a dark brown coat, with a lighter gloss brown coat dry-brushed on! 




I added gloss overcoats to her mask and suit, as well as her eyes...






BAT-BONUS! Click below to see the awesome unassembled kit, in its original pre-painted form!



Friday, August 16, 2013

The Many Bizarre Lives of LOIS LANE! 1974 Superman Family Nonsense! DC Comics!

Ah, the "Silver Age" at DC Comics...That silly 60s period that saw almost every dynamic DC character endure physical changes into aliens, villains, animals, giants, monsters, and any other visually interesting thing you could shake a chunk of red Kryptonite at! The members of the ever-expanding Superman family seemed to suffer such transformational tom-foolery more than the rest! Click below to take in this mid-70s feature on lovable Lois Lane's many bouts with altered appearances, from the hallowed pages of SUPERMAN FAMILY!

So many of the transformations were the result of the DC editors needing a visually
arresting cover scene, in order to attract the eyes of young potential readers!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Here Comes the--BATCAR?! 1966 Batmobile HOT ROD Magazine Article and Rare Pics!

Who doesn't love the famous 1966 TV Batmobile? Designed by George Barris (the "King of Car Customizers"), this crime-crushing car made its debut with the ABC-TV series, and soon became as much of a star as the show's flesh-and-blood actors! So all-consuming was the interest in Batman, during this panic-packed period of "Batmania," every magazine turned its bat-beam on the fad, even HOT ROD magazine! Click below to enlarge this informative article on the "Batcar," as well as other well-loved customized autos of the era!






Above: A rare shot of the Batmobile in its traveling trailer, off to
be shown at an auto show, store opening, or fairground event!


Above: An early shot of the Batmobile in progress, before its gloss
coat and cerise pin-striping (among other details) were added!


BONUS! Lest you think love for the batty Batmobile is only a thing of the past, click below to dig this recent UK article detailing a recent car auction, and the high amount of scratch paid for this black beauty!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Stars of SHAZAM! The Saturday Morning Cast Reunites in 1992! Michael Gray! DC Comics!

From the pages of the much-missed AMAZING HEROES fanzine, here is a terrific interview with the cast of the super Saturday morning 70s SHAZAM! TV show! Hear what Michael Gray ("Billy Batson"), Les Tremayne ("Mentor") and, of course, John Davey (the later "Captain Marvel," following original star Jackson Bostwick) were up to after the show's 1976 demise! Read about the clashes, the stunts, and the behind-the-scenes shenanigans (Fires! Police involvement! Sharks!) from this action-packed show! Click below to enlarge!




Special thanks to Andy Mangels for graciously giving permission to run this 
terrific interview! Visit his star-studded site here!