After another long (and merciful) drought, here is another of my splendid childhood superhero drawings. This time, it's that sexy, flame-haired crime-buster, Batgirl! Or, an odd, short, big-headed lady in a Batgirl costume. For your fun and amusement, I've included the original 1967 Carmine Infantino art that inspired this drawing by the 11-year old me. Click to enlarge if ya must.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
In the late-70s, Marvel produced several "Special Edition" insert comics for inclusion in newspapers, sales slicks, etc., in order to further promote their books and characters (and, sometimes, the sponsor's products)! Here is the cover for one such rare specially-produced comic, featuring Spidey and the Hulk, as drawn by the peerless John Romita, Sr.! Fabulous! Click to enlarge!
Friday, May 28, 2010
As most fans know, in the 70s, Marvel Comics produced overseas UK versions of their USA comics, most with new covers! Here is re-jiggered take of the cover of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 153, re-imagined by Larry Lieber and inker Frank Giacoia (I think), for the energetic English audiences! Click images to enlarge!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
As long-time BIG GLEE-ers know, I've run many posts spotlighting the wonderful 1974 Wonder Bread DC Comics trading card premiums. But, thanks to an alert fan and his skills at auction-spotting, here is the original Lee Elias art for the Batman and Robin cards! Talk about rare...! Click to enlarge and enjoy!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Click below to enlarge this unpublished AVENGERS guide sheet, as drawn by big John Buscema! JB probably pencilled this (with inks by George Klein?) for his own character reference, since he was starting a long (and now well-remembered) stint drawing the book! Great images of the team, as they existed in 1966, with Captain America, Hercules, Quicksilver, Hawkeye, and Goliath! A rare piece of Marvel Comics history!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Here is the complete comic booklet that was included with the 1974 Superman "Comic Scenes" model kit re-issue! Fabulous art by Curt Swan (inks by Frank Giacoia), complete with model instructions drawn by (I think) Dave Cockrum, soon to be famous for his X-MEN work! Click each page to enlarge!
Below: The original model kit box, (circa 1965), the 1974 "Comic Scenes" box, the built kit, and unproduced Superman kit design sketches, from the mid-60s! Click to enlarge each!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Even tho the 1970s comic SPIDEY SUPER STORIES was meant for the elementary school crowd, it still sported great covers (front and back, sometimes!) by the great John Romita Sr.! Click below to blow up this particular cover from 1975, spotlighting famous Spidey foe, Kraven the Hunter, as well as the high-flying Falcon, fresh from the drama-soaked pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA! Fantastic!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Here it is! Great original cover art from 1969, featuring ALL the major Spider-Man foes, calling themselves the Sinister Six, ganging up on poor ol' Spidey! This dynamic cover fronted a reprint of the 1964 all-Ditko annual, but his time with a great, newly-imagined cover scene! A typical superlative example of the great artwork from the hand of John Romita, Sr.! Click image to enlarge and enjoy!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wow! Dig this alternate, unused cover for 1970's CAPTAIN AMERICA # 125! At that time, "Mirthful" Marie Severin was doing tons of cover roughs for the Marvel line, and also completing many finished art jobs, too, and here is one penciled and inked cover illo that never ran at all! Was it deemed offensive, regarding the Viet Nam aggressors depicted? Did it give away the identities of said aggressors, in a way the published cover did not? YOU decide, as you click to enlarge the images!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Yep! Cast your eager eyes upon these two colorful 1974 trading cards, spotlighting two great Batman superfoes, and drawn by the great Lee Elias! These were offered as premiums in loaves of Wonder Bread, forcing young die-hard comics fans to throw tons of slices down their gullets to get these hot little items! Jump here to see more cards from this set! Click on the image below to enlarge both sides!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Most fans know the name Pablo Marcos as a long-time inker (and sometimes penciller) for Marvel and DC Comics, but take a glance at his incredible painting of DC's Dark Knight! Done for a mid-80s "Which Way" book, this is a rare look at Marcos' painted artwork! Makes you wish he did much more! Catch up with his current work by clicking here! Click to enlarge image!
Monday, May 17, 2010
What's that, frantic one? Ya say you're down because the only Marvel apparel you can find features today's ubiquitous over-rendered, darkly-colored ugly designs? You say that when ya DO find "classic" Marvel art on a shirt, it's made to look "distressed," and "ironic?" Well, chin up, true believer, 'cause the folks at Zazzle have come to the rescue! Just log on to their site, and search the mighty Marvel hero of your choice, and rejoice! Great classic art by all the greats: Romita Sr., Kane, Robbins, Tuska, Steranko, Kirby, and others, all available not only on sensational shirts, but mugs, glasses, and much more! So, rush on over and support the good stuff, armadillo!