Sunday, August 21, 2016

Iron Man vs. Iron Fist! 1975 Original Cover Art! Great Gil Kane Goody!

Back again with another gargantuan Gil Kane pencil piece! Take a leisurely look at this riotous rough sketch, designed to facilitate the final rendering of the cover to IRON FIST #1, from 1975! Once again, Gil's mastery of action (as Iron Fist engages in battle with a befuddled Iron Man), anatomy, and movement are on full display here, as he was the artist for Marvel's cover art during this particular height of Bronze Age fever! Click below to enlarge!

Above, left: Gil Kane's rough pencil sketch for the completed
cover (right) for IRON FIST #1! Cover inks by Frank Giacoia!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

X-Con 2016! Costumes! Characters! Cut-Ups! Captain America Computer-Created Carvings!? Plus-Batman!

Dig these panic-packed pics from the fabulous X-CON, a comics and pop culture convention held this year (May 20-22, 2016) in magnificent Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Click images below to enlarge!

Above: Once again, I'm back in the Captain America cosplay outfit, promoting
the local charity group, Carolina Action Figures! Here I am with another delightfully
decked-out Cap, and an equally star-spangled Wonder Woman!




Above: Have you ever seen a cuter Harley and--uhm--Joker/Spidey/Venom?


Above: "So you say she's called 'Wonder Woman?' And she
has the nerve to wear my colors?!"



Above: Who knows how to accessorize? "The Shadow knows…."






Above two images: Another Wonder Woman (what is this--the
4th of July?!), and her very creative table of home-made wonder-wares!



Above two images: It's CIVIL WAR all over again! Captain America (me) is
locked in mortal combat with Iron Man (Rocky Melvin), as captured by the
photographing folks at Indulge Images!


Above two images: I got scanned! Thats right, the big new thing at shows
are on-site 3-D scanning services that can create your very own statue or
bust! Why not?


Above: The scanned images are sent to me for my approval! I wanted the best
of both worlds: a statue of me and my carefully-constructed cosplay costume!
All done by the talented team at 3-D Transformations!




Above three images: It's here! The very well done (and kinda
eerie) statue of yours truly has arrived!





Above four images: The likeness is very sharp, and uncanny!
They even captured my bald spot! How dare they?!?



Above: Charity cosplayer (and all-around great guy) John Tompkins is
struck silent by the sheer awe and majesty of the "Al-statue!" Can
ya blame him?


Above: ALvengers assemble! Taking my place among other legends of our day!
Hey, it was either this, or next to the "Precious Moments" hummels...


Above: Back to the convention! Day two, and it's time to break out
the "Batman '66" rompers! Who needs fake muscles and body
armor? Bat-wimps! That's who!



Above: I thought I was a material-minded fan of Silver Age Marvel Comics? 


Above: The local news team came out to cover the captivatin' con, and, somehow, I
ended up aligned with coverage for the on-site religious services offered! Holy
communion wafer, Batman!


Above: When's the last time you saw a "Spy vs. Spy" cosplay?




Above three images: Trying to perfect the 
famed "Adam West sly smile" look. And failing. 




Above three images: Recreating the famed "Batman meets
Scooby Doo" epic Saturday morning cartoon event! Sorta.


Above: The last word on "Batman at the beach," from
MAD magazine's own Sergio Aragones!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SPIDER-MAN #151! 1975 Original Comic Art! Mead (and Marvel) School Supply Madness!

Take a glance below to devour the full grandeur of one of the Bronze Age's greatest comic covers! That's right! This is the original 1975 art to the captivating cover of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #151, by the unsurpassed John Romita, Sr.! Just look at that sense of drama, the feeling of danger, the sheer artistry on display! Click below to enlarge!

Above, left: The awesome original art for the cover to (right) 1975's 
SPIDER-MAN #151! I was an avid collector of this title back then (leaving for 
good around issue #202 or so), and this was my great "lost" issue! I somehow 
missed this one (having been collecting the title for three years), and only 
much later was to grab it as a back issue! A real shame, for the insides 
feature a rare (for even then) art job by regular Ross Andru, with 
stellar inks by John Romita! A real treat!


BONUS! Look below to see how the insides of the above comic were used by the fine folks at Mead, in creating their 1976 Marvel-mad school supplies!




Above three images: A nifty 1976 school folder that 
liberally uses (on the inside and back) images from 
within SPIDER-MAN #151, spotlighting Spidey fighting 
the sinister Shocker!


Above: The much-remembered 1976 "trapper keeper" from Mead! 
This huge monster folder not only sported all six Marvel covers used with
the other superhero school supplies, but also interior poses and panels, including 
those from (you guessed it) SPIDER-MAN #151! I had this sturdy '76 school staple,  
and was happy to have something from that much-missed Spidey issue then!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sensational Superhero Shirt! BATMAN #190! The Penguin Strikes!

Yet another new shirt featuring classic Silver Age comics graphics! This time, the colossal cover to BATMAN #190 has been re-rendered in freaky fluorescent colors onto a jet-black tee! The original 1967 cover was illustrated by Carmine Infantino, and spotlights Batman and Robin being bested by the belligerent bird-man himself, the Penguin! See more such spectacular shirts here! Click image to enlarge!



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tutti Acclamano Capitan America! Rare 1974 Italian Comic Book! Marvel Madness!

Take a gander at an oddball time I picked up at a recent show! It's an awesome overseas Marvel comic, reprinting US comics material from 1974! I had the original USA version, and was captivated then (as now) by the gripping Gil Kane cover art! Click below to enlarge both versions of that memorable comic mag!

Above, left: The 1974 Italian version of the (right) US issue of
CAPTAIN AMERICA #170! Art by Gil Kane with John Romita, Sr.!
Click here to see my own interpretation of this memorable
cover scene! I told you I was impressed by it!



BONUS! Click below to enlarge this interior sample (with art by Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta) from the above Italy-imported issue!




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sensational Superhero Shirt! Spider-Man! The Madness of Mysterio!

Back again with another terrific tee, featuring classic graphics! This time, it's a shirt that spotlights the colossal cover to 1968's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #66! This famed cover featured art by jazzy John Romita, Sr., and even sports a Silver Age super-foe, Mysterio (say that three times fast)! Click below to enlarge! 

See more Silver Age Spidey shirts here!

Monday, March 28, 2016

ZOWIE! Hot Wheels Batmobile Custom Packages! Batman! Robin! Riddler! Adam West!

One of the major recent events for Bat-fans has been the detangling of the many rights issues pertaining to the 1966 BATMAN TV series! The first salvo that signified that the years-long legal thicket was being cleared, was the release of all new die-cast "TV Batmobile" toy cars, from the collector-friendly Hot Wheels folks! Originally designed for the ABC-TV show by car customizer George Barris, this iconic vehicle was eagerly snatched up by fans far and wide, then and now! But, the recently-released beautiful Batmobile came delivered in some very un-beautiful packaging! The remedy? My own custom packages on which to display the Dynamic Duo's die-cast deity! Feast your eyes on my own eye-popping presentations below! Click images to enlarge!

Above: An example of the deadly-dull packaging in which
the long-awaited Batmobiles were presented!


Above: I used the captivating cover to 1968's BATMAN #200 (by Neal Adams) as the
basis for this one pop-art package! Add a re-closeable "clamshell," and a dynamic
 display is ready!


Above: I always loved this image of actor Adam West as the Caped Crusader, and
here it is (along with added logos and graphics) used as a custom card!




Above: No other 60s BATMAN cover screams "Silver Age" quite like this
one, and it even features a main Bat-foe, the Riddler! Using elements
from the cover of BATMAN #179 (from 1966), this great
Gil Kane/Murphy Anderson art works like gangbusters!


Above: Another great Adam West BATMAN pose, this time I used an "alternate image" from
the famed 1966 TV GUIDE cover photo shoot from the show! Here is another use of
this wonderful action shot!



Above: The first image I ever saw from the BATMAN TV show (even before ever 
viewing the actual program) was the wonderful View-Master set of 3-D reels. 
The above custom Hot Wheels package uses much of the same memorable 
graphics, but with added logos and new formatting!



Above: Using the cover to a sensational '67 coloring book, here is a fabulous
custom Batmobile display! Sure, that's actually the Batboat the Dynamic Duo
is piloting there, but...See this incredible image re-purposed here, too!








BAT-BONUS! Click below to glare at the colorful custom Batmobile collection on display!




Get a closer look at some of those custom action figures here!




BONUS BAT-BONUS! Click here to see the ultimate custom Hot Wheels collectible!