Friday, August 29, 2008

Add-A-Patch!

For any comics fan of a certain (ahem) age, you can recall the tantalizing comic book ads for the superhero patches sold by the Add-A-Patch Emblem Company. I'll include the ad here.


Like most fans of the day, I drooled over many of the items in ads then, but really ordered few at the young age of 8 (the Our Way DC superhero stickers sets were one), but I HAD to have the Batman-related patches offered here. My parents ordered, taking full advantage of the "6 for 5" deal, I waited, and got some great patches that were immediately sewn to my already-stylin' winter nylon jacket. I was the hit of the 3rd grade.

I also somehow ended up with patches of the Superman logo, as well as various "Pows," and Biffs," all sound effects left over from the 1966 BATMAN camp days.

I also recall having the Superdog patch. Dunno where he slipped in..

Two of my patches survive today. The Riddler and Catwoman patches. I'll picture them here.
As you can see, 1973 technology wasn't up to the height of embroidery machines today, so you ended up with a rough, blocky figure definied more by the colors than lines or details.

Never got the Superman and Batman two-for patch.

Darn.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Batman-Brave and The Bold!


One of the things I loved doing as a kid was creating mock comics covers. For some reason, I HAD to have every darned logo, CCA seal, price label, and blurb in place, just like on a "real" comic book! I saw this as practice for when I'd get to draw the real thing, so...

Here is a rare example of a "cover" that I drew from out of the blue. no referencing other poses, panels, etc.

It's a typical (for the time) Batman death-trap scenario, with Flash tied up and helpless (in an electric chair, no less!), and Batman coming in for a last-minute rescue, certain to give the Joker his custom beat-down!

Don't ask about that wonky perspective, or why we need to see the top of Flash's head, but most of the go-to cover elements are in place. I somehow already understood what needed to be up front, word balloon placement, and setting up an attention- grabbing scene. 

At that time (1974), I thought the Joker HAD to be based on the "dandy-fied" 1968 Filmation cartoon version, then in afternoon rerun rotation. The pointed hairdo. The bolo tie, etc..Still a powerful design...


Don't know why I thought the cover had to priced at 12 cents, at a time when new comics where more than twice that. It could have been my interest in older comics. In those pre-comic shop and internet days, any comic that came before you were collecting seemed a long-gone prize, never to be obtained. There was an allure to all that history you thought you'd never see, except in checklists or history galleries or such....