Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ah, the 70s. Before the internet, small articles like these were the ONLY way to catch up on the "where-are-they-now" stars of the past, including the Monkees! Due to renewed interest in the group, from after-school airings of their 1966-68 show, 16 MAGAZINE would run one or two page spots or updates on the guys. Click below to enlarge these two 1977 blurbs on the boys!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thought you were safe, huh? After weeks of not running any of my old childhood artwork, you got feeling secure again, no? Well, no more. Take a gander at this mid-70s pastel "art" of Marvel Comics' biggest characters. Attempts at shading, tone, and depth, all topped off with a black outline. A real conversation piece. Click to enlarge.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Here is a fascinating blurb from a 1975 issue of COMIC READER. Atlas Comics was to be a hot new comic firm offering harsh competition to DC and Marvel Comics. It was bankrolled by former Marvel maven, Marty Goodman, with Stan Lee's own brother, Larry Lieber in charge, editorially! So many top writers and artists of the day were soon drafted to work on the promising line, but a number of factors sank the enterprise quickly. You can read more about it here...Click the image below to enlarge...and take note of that last line!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wow! The original cover art for the 1974 Aurora "Comic Scenes" SUPERBOY booklet! Drawn and inked by the late (but great) Dave Cockrum (who also did kit design work for Aurora), this is one crisp and exciting piece of comic art! Read more about this booklet and model kit here! Click to enlarge image below!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Yet another biggie! Here is the original art for the cover to DC's JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 91, from 1971! A fine example of Neal Adams' use of composition, drama, and just plain darn great drawing ability! This issue spotlights another annual JLA/JSA cross-over saga, well remembered by comics fans! Click to enlarge!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Yes! More MARVELMANIA items from 1969! Sticker sheets (with great clipped art by Kirby, Jim Steranko, John Buscema, and other mainstays)! The MM catalog covers, with custom art by Jack Kirby! MARVELMANIA was the second Marvel Comics fan club, on the heels of the Merry Marvel Marching Society, and it managed to offer many now-much-sough-after (and high dollar) collectibles, such as posters, toys, portfolio sets, buttons, and more. Wanna read the whole inside story of the MM years? Click on over to Mark Evanier's site for the whole sordid tale! Click to enlarge images below, Marvelitte!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Click below to blow up these oddball MARVELMANIA fan club items! A Jack Kirby PORTFOLIO update (with Kirby pencil art)! The MM club membership card (with custom Kirby art)! The Topps 1966 printed styrofoam Thor "flyer" toy (OK-not part of MM, but still very cool to see), and the MM club catalog ad for some super groovy Marvel Buttons, with, yes, custom Kirby caricatures! Ya gotta love it all!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Neal Adams rough sketches? That's something you don't see often at all, and here is his rough for the cover to SUPERMAN 252, a double-page all-flying heroes spread! This was also one of the covers to front the first of the new "Super Spectacular" format comics from DC, well-remembered 100-page whoppers that had new material, reprints, puzzle pages, letters, and more! Does Neal's main Superman figure look familiar? It should. It was used on puzzles, shirts, signs, and other Bronze Age merchandise of the day! Click to enlarge!
Below: Yep! That's me, Christmas 1973, with my own Neal Adams-flavored SUPERMAN puzzle!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Another great one from the severely underrated Sal Buscema! This is the art to the cover of the 1972 Spider-man reprint title, MARVEL TALES! All the info you need is right on this cover! Spidey in danger! The reason WHY he MUST defeat the evil Doctor Octopus! Great design and action! All the reason why any reader HAD to buy this issue! Click to enlarge!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Spidey is still fighting to figure out just what Dr. Doom's plans mean to him, in this action-filled 1979 color AMAZING SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip installment, by the great Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click to enlarge!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Here we go with the 1974 INCREDIBLE HULK "ComicScenes" kit booklet, as drawn by Marvel Comics mainstay, "Happy" Herb Trimpe! These little 6-page epics could really sum up not only the characters and their environs, but the supporting casts, villains, motivations, and all that made them so attractive in the 70s! Click to enlarge each pulse-pounding page, frantic one!
Above left: the original 1974 HULK Aurora model kit box (signed by Trimpe)! Above Right: The original kit package, as it first appeared in 1966!
Above: the assembled HULK Aurora kit!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Anyone recall the short-lived MARVELMANIA themed restaurants from the 90s? They were set to take over the world, but, sadly, never made it past a few initial locations, being taken down, in part, by Marvel's financial burdens of the time. The chain featured Marvel-themed interiors, as well as menus and placemats, as seen here. Always great to run a JRSR piece of art, and this one is no exception! Click to enlarge!
A great 1966 Silver Age cover! This is the image that fronted BATMAN 173, as drawn by Carmine Infantino, one of the artistic architects of Batman's mid-60s "New Look" makeover! Lots of rubber cement and stat residue on the 45-year old (!) original, but still a rare treat to see and study! Did "Mr. Incognito" ever make a return appearance? Click to enlarge!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wow! This is the original art for the cover of FANTASTIC FOUR 127, by "Big" John Buscema! Done during John's great run following FF co-creator Jack Kirby's artistic 100-issue stint, these issues are still very well-remembered by fans and art lovers today! This is also the issue that followed the "Way It Began" re-cap issue, also used as a Power Records "book and record" release in 1974! Click to enlarge!
One of the 70s creators who just doesn't get enough respect (then or now) is Ernie Chan (also known as Ernie Chua). Ernie did tons of covers and interiors for SO many DC and Marvel comics back in the day, and he could really turn out some very interesting work and designs. Here is his cover art for a 1975 issue of THE FLASH, featuring tons of great, attention-getting action, an engaging scene, and well-drawn figures in motion! Click to enlarge!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
So, what fan, young or old, has NOT seen this famous HULK art? Done around 1974, by the main HULK artist of the day, Herb Trimpe, this rampagin' pose has been used on t-shirts, posters, toys, trading cards, iron-on transfers, and so much more! One of the most famous HULK illos of the day, you couldn't turn a corner and NOT see this image of ol' greenskin comin' at ya! Click to enlarge. Then get out of the way...
Here is a great 1986 article from the midst of Monkeemania-part two! This lengthy US MAGAZINE piece examines the Monkees' comeback, and very successful reunion tour of '86, with great pics and quotes from the three participating members of the group! Click to enlarge!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Click below to blow up this fab 70s GREEN LANTERN rough fan sketch! Even when doing a quick sketch, Neal shows he always has the goods! The shading! The composition! Wow! But, where's Green Arrow?
Here's a beauty from the end of the Bronze Age-the cover to AVENGERS 184, by fan-faves George Perez and Terry Austin! Terry was then best known as the hot-shot inker of the X-MEN comic (then rising in popularity at a very fast pace), and his inks on Perez were quite rare to see! The AVENGERS comic was also in a bit of a renaissance then, with a long run by John Bryne (also hot as penciller on X-MEN), great scripts, and a wonderful superhero line-up still remembered today! Wow! Click to enlarge!