Friday, July 31, 2009

Swell with Pride!


Sure, Batgirl has a lot to be proud of, as a longtime member of Batman's crime-fighting family....

But, isn't she a bit TOO proud here, with her chest--uh-swelled out like that?! Holy gravity defying abilities! "I did you a favor" indeed!

Art by Juan Ortiz and Vince Colletta, from 1978's BATMAN FAMILY 19....

Fits A Million Locks?

So, here's the old JUSTICE LEAGUE super-villain, the Key. He's got the odd costume and headgear, sure.



But, according to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA # 110 (below), we're to believe he never takes off that nutty headdress? He goes to the doctor and prison still wearing that thing?!

Art by Dick Dillin and Dick Giordano, from 1974. Blame Len Wein, writer, for this strange little tidbit of info.




Above: The Key was even immortalized in plastic, as one of a group
of foes included in the 1966 Justice League playset toy from Ideal!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

1967 Batgirl/Yvonne Craig TV GUIDE Article!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

"And That's the Way It Was..."


From HULK ANNUAL 7, summer 1978.

Loved how the writers and letterer tried to approximate Cronkite's speech pattern and delivery....

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Batman's Oddest Oddball?


Dig this Batman foe from the 50s. "Mister Camera" is a petty crook who actually wears a large TV/camera device over his head! Dig that close-up where you can make out his face peering thru the many camera lenses of his headgear!

Very odd..


1972 DC Romance Ad! "You know what I mean!"

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Aurora Origins?

Anyone of a --er--certain age will be familiar with Aurora model kits. During the 60s and 70s, this New England firm produced wonderful model kits of cars, monsters, ships, planes, and ..superheroes.

Over the years, I've made around 3 different version of the Batman and Robin Aurora model kits. To be fair, my dad made the first, as I was too young to be let near the pre-sniff proof model glue and bright non-washable paints, so...
But I always wondered how the designers at the firm came up with the poses used on the hero kits. They get big points for the diorama settings, as opposed to, say, Superman simply standing with his hands on hips, but what was the planning process like?

They may have started with these two Batman and Robin poses from the comics and merchandise of the time. I think the base diorama surroundings were brought in later, to add interaction with the hero and action.
The Batman print image, of course, was by Carmine Infantino, who was the artist behind so many 60s Batman images...

Batman and Robin, it can be argued, were also in swinging poses. Both look as if one or both hands coulda been grasping handy Batropes...
YOU be the judge! Click the "World's Greatest Toys" button at right to see more great Aurora kits!


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Mirage!


Again, an attempt to create my own "Marvel handbook," circa 1976.

I picked a then-new Spidey villain, the Mirage, to begin my project. Of course, this is as far as I got, one I saw that real work was involved, and a HAPPY DAYS rerun was on TV...

Gotta love that great capsule summary of the contents of SPIDER-MAN 156, huh? See that little vignette of Spidey atop the chandelier?

LOVE that Romita Sr cover. They don't get no better..

Comic "Action" Heroes!

From around 1976, here is my attempt at a new front display piece for the Mego action figure carrying case. Love that Joker!

I discovered you could slit the plastic front and remove the old image board, and insert any new one, so I made my own, but this time, it's for the diminutive Comic Action Figures! You know, the sad little, poorly-crafted Mego plastic figures that look as if they're--uh--pleasuring themselves...heh...


This plan was soon abandoned once I realized the Mego case was the perfect size for pacing in around 20 comic books...Off to school with them I went!

AAAYYYYYYYY!


Like most kids, I was sweep up briefly in Fonzie-mania around 1976.

Gaze upon my portrait of Henry Winkler now, and try to get it out of your mind.

Try.


Marvel Handbook 1976! Villains, Too!!


One of my many projects from back then. My own "portfolio" of the Marvel Characters, years before the MARVEL HANDBOOK or such kinda thing.

As usual, I only got as far as cover pencils, and half a contents page...Sigh...

Notice my note to replace that odd head with Conan, and the wobbly "radar sense" effect around Daredevil's noggin. Too much coffee?

Cap sure looks peeved, with Spidey ramming his nether regions in his face...

I also love the "hair helmets" on the men...

Also, check my feeble attempt to portray Doc Banner's metamorphosis on that Hulk head on the content's page...

Paper Batman


Around 1977, I went thru a period using colored paper to create some "art."

The idea was to cut out only the shape you needed in THAT color, paste it together like an overlapping mosaic, and away you go.

Fun and frightening.


"No Less..."


Another old drawing by me, circa 1977.

Has a strong John Byrne flavor, so maybe I was digging his then-current MARVEL TEAM-UP run.

Spidey sure is agile, huh?

You can barely make out the "Spidey--no less" inscription..


"In your satin tights..."


Gotta love 1940s era WONDER WOMAN.

Just read it. Need I comment at all?