Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Monkees! In 1966 and 1996! 2010 and 2013! More Rare Clippings and Sounds!

Once more dipping into the madcap Monkees barrel, here are some rare pics, clippings, and interviews! Click below to enlarge and enjoy!

Above: Yet another alternate pic from the 1966
cover shoot for the MORE OF THE MONKEES LP!


Above: The guys ham it up on the set
of THE MONKEE'S PAW episode!


Above: The Monkees on the set of their "pad," filming the
 "Mijacogeo" episode during the second season!


Above: The little-seen back cover to the Michael Nesmith-produced
1967 LP,  THE WICHITA TRAIN WHISTLE SINGS!





Above four pics: Michael in the studio, producing the WICHITA LP in 1967!
Michael is seen directing the large group of studio musicians, as they
record his self-penned songs for the album. Mike is seen also with 

Hank Cicalo and Shorty Rogers.


Above: Davy Jones, in the recording
studio, enjoying a soft drink.


Above: Davy Jones, again in 1967, enjoys a smoke! The teen-aimed magazines
took great pains to air-brush out (no Photoshop in those days, kids)  any
offending cigs that showed up in Davy's hands or mouth in those days!


Above: A 1968 teen mag clipping, detailing
Mike and Davy's love for pets! Frik (not seen in 

the article) and Frak were Mike's long-time 
family watchdogs!


Above: Another 1968 teen magazine piece, spotlighting Micky involved
 in some home improvement! Those teen mag photogs were everywhere!


Above: Two Monkees (Peter and Davy) are snapped 
in a pic during their Far East tour in 1968!


Above: A fan-snapped pic of Peter pencil-pushing
on paper for a frantic follower in 1968!


Above: An oddball poster from the Monkees 2001 tour!
They played the famed Fillmore, in San Francisco!


Above: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork kibitz during their 2011 tour!



Above two pics: The surviving Monkees rehearse for
their incredible and well-received 2013 tour!


BONUS! Click below to hear this rare 1996 radio interview with Michael Nesmith! Nez talks about the past, the then-new Monkees LP JUSTUS, his solo work, and much more!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sensational Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "The Donor and the Donee!" Marvel!

Last time, we nervously watched a fighting-mad Spidey zero in on the evil Kingpin! Now, our stalwart superhero seems to have invaded the lair of the overweight ogre, but what next? Can Spider-Man extricate the female hostage the Kingpin holds in his clutches? Can the Wall-Crawler himself get out of this sinister scenario unharmed? More mind-melting Marvel mayhem, from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click to enlarge, Web-Heads!


Saturday, December 28, 2013

COMEDY COVER CAPERS Return! Superman! Supergirl! Lois Lane! DC Comics!

Due to overwhelming popular demand, here is another installment of DC's "Comedy Cover Capers!" Torn savagely from a 1975 issue of SUPERMAN FAMILY, this feature takes famous past cover scenes, and re-purposes them by adding new "funny" captions issuing forth from the mouths of the colorful characters! Click below to enlarge and enjoy!

The above covers feature some stunning art by
Bob Oksner, Curt Swan, and Kurt Schaffenberger!


BONUS! Click below to view the actual, unaltered covers used in the above fantastic feature!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Batman Says "Merry Christmas!" 1975 Albert Bigley Comic Art! DC Comics?

Here's a yummy yuletide greeting (drawn in 1975 by a ten-year-old me), from Batman himself! Inspired by a reprinting (in that year's oversized DC Comics Christmas tabloid) of Neal Adams' classic 1970 tale, "Silent Night of the Batman," here is the Christmas-cloaked Caped Crusader, now sporting a special message on that very cape! I recall this being displayed proudly (thanks, Mom!) on our basement door that year! Click below to enlarge!



BAT-BONUS! Click below to enlarge both the cover (by the incomparable Nick Cardy) to the hallowed holiday comic, and the interior art that inspired the above awesome illustration!



Monday, December 23, 2013

Lou Ferrigno! Life After The INCREDIBLE HULK! 70s Rarities and Pics!

Back once more with a ton or rare HULK TV rarities and articles! First up: A great clipping detailing the career of Lou Ferrigno, once the successful and long-running INCREDIBLE HULK series came to a halt in 1982! Click below to enlarge and enjoy!

Tho well received, TRAUMA CENTER only ran for a few episodes on ABC.


BONUS! Click below to enlarge this 1978 interview with Lou Ferrigno, from the pages of Marvel Comics' own THE HULK! magazine!

You can see a pic of Lou's "rampage" thru New York City here!




BONUS BONUS! Below is some rare HULK coverage from a 1979 PREVIEW gossip mag!


Above: Lou sits patiently while his
Hulk make-up is applied on-set!


Above: "What? No Coffee?!" Even a Hulk
needs his java to start the day!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Swingin' 70s SPIDER-MAN Sunday Strips! Spidey vs. Spidey! 1979 Marvelmania!

Last time, we sat in stunned disbelief, as we watched Spidey close in on the impish impostor who was besmirching his good name! Now, it looks as if our authentic arachnid has caught the bogus bug-man for good! But, how will he confront the crime-minded Kingpin, since the corpulent crook is surrounded by gun-holding henchmen? And, what about the safety of Nino's innocent gal-pal? Also, how will that VW owner feel once he sees that his battered "bug" has been used as a door-knocker? More magnificent milestones from writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!


Friday, December 20, 2013

It's Superman! His Many Theme Songs! 1966 Supermania! DC Comics!

Sure, we all know Batman has benefitted from one of the greatest, most memorable theme songs ("Na-Na-Na-Na-BATMAN!"), but what about his crime-fighting friend, Superman? Didja know that the Man of Steel also had mucho music penned in his honor in the past? Click below (bottom of post) to hear a few swingin' spins on Supes, from a variety of sources!  

The first tune you'll hear comes from the kid's 45 record below, and is a unique tune unto itself!



The second song is from a now-hard-to-find CHILDREN'S TREASURY OF SUPERMAN SONGS, also from 1966, and is another unique ditty! This LP was produced by the same folks (Peter Pan/Tifton/Power Records) who gave us many other audio superhero tunes and tales!



The last two rockers are based on the "It's Superman" song from the '66 Broadway musical play, IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN (lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse)! One version is by Ray Martin and His Orchestra (see LP below), the last performed by a generic kid's band!



Click below to hear these three super-songs!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The AVENGERS! In 1964 and 1977! Rare George Perez Art! Iron Man! Marvel!

Here's another inside peek at the now-rare 1977 MARVEL MEMORY ALBUM calendar! As with most of the mid-to-late-70s Marvel calendar efforts, this power-packed package contained tons of special and exclusive illustrations that only appeared here! Glance below to glom the September 1977 entry, spotlighting the mighty Avengers! Drawn by the then-current artist on the book, George Perez (with slick inks by joltin' Joe Sinnott), this gem displays the assembling associates in their early years (from 1964's AVENGERS #8), with a dramatically different line-up! Click below to enlarge!

The above line-up consists of (left to right) Rick Jones, Captain America,
Giant-Man, Kang (the vain villain of the piece), Wasp, Iron Man, and Thor!


BONUS! Click below to enlarge that month's calamitous calendar page, featuring rare shots of many famed Marvel Bullpeners, such as Frank Robbins, Archie Goodwin, Gene Colan, and others!



BONUS BONUS! Click below to enlarge the captivatin' over to the AVENGERS issue that inspired the above calendar image!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

North Carolina Recalls the 1989 BATMAN Movie! Keaton! Nicholson! DC Comics!

Unearthed at last! Here are some local (to Charlotte, North Carolina) articles and clippings dealing with the juggernaut that was 1989's BATMAN movie! The nation was rocked by this long-planned film (first announced in 1980) finally coming to the big screen, complete with casting controversies (Michael Keaton as BATMAN?!), rumors (is Robin in it or not?), and more freakish fanboy furor than you could shake a wobbly Batarang at! Click below to enlarge each article about the film, Batman fans, and the famed comics Caped Crusader himself!

I can name every Bat-item in that pic above! Terry Manus (who once told me he 
was instructed to pose as a "gosh-wow" fanboy in the above pics) was a long-time
staple of the local Metrolina Expo, a super-flea market in the 80s and 90s here,
 in the days before eBay. He always had tons of Batman and comic-related
toys for sale or trade!

Manus' collection was impressive, and it's odd to think there are now
many fans who have equally large collections consisting only of Bat-toys 

made for and after the 1989 movie, premiering at the time of this 
article's publication!


The article above was written by Lawrence Toppman, who still writes
opinion-swaying reviews (and is kind to today's deluge of comic-centric
films) for the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, and Bill James was (and is still)
part of this area's JOHN BOY & BILLY radio show!



Oh, if only this reviewer could see the BATMAN films to come! More plot-holes,
more outrageousness, more guest stars mugging shamelessly throughout the sequels!


Wanna read more about the Monkees 1968 film, HEAD? Just click here!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Smashing 70s SPIDER-MAN Sunday Strips! The Revenge of Nino?! 1979 Marvel Mayhem!

Last time, we gasped in awe, as a fighting-mad Spidey vowed to end the crime campaign of his devious double! But, the man named Nino (the sinister Spider-Man impostor) has the same idea, as he closes in on the corpulent Kingpin, the villain behind all these maniacal machinations! Can the real Wall-Crawler intervene in time to save life and limb? Can Spidey clear his name? More mile-high Marvel madness from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, Web-Heads!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Superman! Tour His "Fortress of Solitude!" 1976 Neal Adams Fun Feature!

Dig this terrific Superman feature, tucked neatly into the pages of a 1976 DC Comics tabloid tome! It's a detailed tour of the Man of Steel's own private sanctuary, the fabulous Fortress of Solitude! Drawn by Neal Adams (a rarity then, as Adams was pulling away from comics work for better-paying commercial and ad art venues), here is a look at the exact contents and layout of this secret sanctum, led by Supes himself! Click below to enlarge and enjoy!


So, why a giant key for entrance into the Fortress? Why not just the huge, super-heavy
door for Superman or Supergirl to push open, keeping all other non-powered intruders out?
And, why not just call the "disintegration pit" a "super garbage disposal unit?"

So, Supes was first to not only have the internet, but one that connects
with other dimensions! And you thought Batman was anal retentive, with
his similar Batcave, trophies, computers, and paraphernalia!



Bonus! Click below to see the cover to the oversized tabloid that housed the above special feature! Click here to learn more about that sensational '76 comic!



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rare 1970 Robin Solo Tale! JIMMY OLSEN Strikes Again! DC Comics!

It feels like a lost "New Look" tale from the mid-60s, but it's really a 1970 Robin solo story, tucked discreetly in the tacky back pages of JIMMY OLSEN #130! Drawn wonderfully by Murphy Anderson (one of the artistic architects of the mid-60s "Batmania" period), this wacky tale gets extra points for featuring Batman's sidekick in his then-current "Teen Wonder" persona, working solo and sporting a slightly "mod" outfit (longer cape and hair, modified mask, etc.), and a more "Marvel-like" attitude! Click below to enlarge and enjoy this "lost" adventure!


So, it's OK for a well-known superhero to win public contests? It's OK to spy
on competitive businesses? It's OK to send a non-super powered Jimmy Olsen
 out into a world where Robin's (and Batman's) foes will be gunning for him?

Hardcore SUPERMAN fans will spot this page's
tip-off on things to come later in the tale!


So, the mysterious  "flying man" wasn't Superman, huh? How about Hawkman,
Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, or one of the other 623 flying superheroes that
populated the DC universe then?


Exactly how do the crooks check on Batman's whereabouts? Did
they glimpse his latest FaceBook status update?  And, instead
of using his deductive abilities to realize it was Jimmy subbing as
Robin, Clark simply uses his x-ray vision to peek under Olsen's
disguise! Does he do that with everyone, superhero or not,

just to always be on the safe side?

So, once again, Superman has to save Jimmy's hash, when he coulda
simply let the cub reporter get all the glory and learn from his mistakes.
It's 1970 DC, where adult "authority figures" are still in full sway!
Meanwhile, over at rival Marvel Comics (where they're rapidly
overtaking DC in sales and popularity),  youth (embodied especially

in their SPIDER-MAN) was being portrayed as in  charge, and fully 
competent, tho maybe not fully confident!