Saturday, June 27, 2009

1966 READER'S DIGEST Batman TV Sweepstakes Promotion!


Dig that cool custom Murphy Anderson art! Wow! Click image to enlarge!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Post Office of the Past-Double Shot!

SOME teachers DUG comic books!





Below-from a 1967 THOR-Is this the first hint of CONAN and the ERB properties coming to comics? Did they plant a seed in editor Roy Thomas' mind that early?

CONAN would be obtained by Roy for Marvel Comics in 1970!



Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Jimmy Olsen Must Die!"

These images say it all....



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fly Your Freak (Safety) Flag!


Great John Romita sr art on this colorful 1974 HULK bike flag. Wish JRSR had done more art featuring the character!


Odd 1966 "BATMAN" Ad!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CON Game!





From last year's summer HEROES CON in beautiful and balmy Charlotte, NC.

Signed art board with custom sketches by Big Dick Giordano, Happy Herb Trimpe, and Rampagin' Ron Wilson!

Also got my 1974 HULK Aurora model kit box signed by Herb!


Rare Bat-Art!



Some interesting BATMAN art, from a UK annual, 1966 puzzle, and the 1967 Batman Card Game..

Clap Your Hands! You're on the Winning Team!


Print some out for your own 1967 Merry Marvel Marching Society pad and button! Impress your friends! Destroy all enemies! Fight illiteracy!


Something Recent...


A few of my color sketchcards for the Rittenhouse FANTASTIC FOUR card set...

What's Wrong With This Picture?

If you can tear your eyes away from the lovely creature in the Batgirl outfit, ask yourself why this pic just don't work the way the creators intended..


Yep. The idea is that she's lying among tons of comic books. They don't "read" as comics, however. Thanks to today's use of cluttered cover logos and over-rendered and colored art, the books all appear as small, colorful blurs, as opposed to, say, a BATMAN comic, or an ARCHIE comic cover..Can you make out more than 3 logos or characters in that visual mess?

Before the 80s, clear storytelling and graphics were the rule, so a cover could snag an eye fro across a store, tipping the scales toward a sale or two, and creating potential future readers..

Not any more..

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

MORE Rare Marvel Art!


A color John Byrne piece from the centerspread of ART OF JOHN BYRNE. Sorry for the odd splice, but that's how I cut it out, to hang on my bedroom door in 1980!

Also, a great Sub-Mariner vs Iron Man sketch by Gene "The Dean" Colan!

Rare Marvel Original Art!


From early-90s original comic art catalogs, here are some rare John Romita sr sketches and guides, as well as an unpubbed INCREDIBLE HULK cover by Herb Trimpe!

Make Mine Marie!






Some rare and great Marie Severin cover design sketches from early 70s Marvel Comics!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fabulous 1969 UK Marvel Annual Cover painting!

Off-Model Madness!





I so love toys and products from before the days of style guides. Those are pre-prepared books full of company-approved images for use on toys, curtains, shirts, beach towels, etc....All committee-directed to be JUST the way all parties want the images to look.


Not so in the 60s and 70s. The firms licensing the characters got to often create the artwork for the products, resulting in some rather--odd--resuslts...Check some of these products sporting "not quite right" artwork of these well-established properties...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

1976 Spider-Man Whitman Painting!

A great painting of ol' Webhead, from the 1976 Whitman storybook.

Yes, Spidey is putting the wrap on Doc Ock beside the World Trade Center tower...

Anyone know the artist for this piece?