Here is one of the most famous (and awkward) scenes in Bronze Age comics! In the early 70s, DC writer Denny O'Neil( soon to be famous for some very hip and relevant tales in GREEN LANTERN), decided the staid and moral Justice League members needed some Marvel Comics-like characterization. The answer? in JUSTICE LEAGUE #84, Batman and Black Canary reveal their hidden feelings one evening during JLA satellite "monitor duty!" With almost no pre-existing sub plot set-up or foreshadowing (Marvel woulda had the silently suffering lovelorn heroes take 3 years to lead up to this moment), the two crime-fighters find themselves in an ill-advised sudden clinch, complete with soap opera dialogue! What--? Good thing future love interest Green Arrow would soon be coming along, knocking Batman out of the romantic running and making for a much more interesting relationship! Click to enlarge!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
More great and rare articles, reviews, and pics, all spotlighting the 1966 ABC BATMAN TV show! Click to enlarge!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Click below to giant up MORE rare pics and reviews, all from the great BATMAN 1966 ABC-TV show of the storied past!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Go. Now. These are now in Target stores, in the boy's section, but sizes range up to "extra large," so if you (or a loved one) can fit into 'em....Click images to enlarge, Marvelitte!
Continuing "Bat-Week," here are some images focusing on the BATMAN TV cast after the cancellation of the show in 1968! Some mall and store personal appearances, cast reunions, and, just for good measure, a 1966 review of the show itself, from the NEW YORK TIMES! Click to enlarge!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Click below to enlarge these great behind-the-scenes images from the famed BATMAN 1966-68 ABC-TV show! Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig helmed the campy comedic capers of the Dynamic Duo, and here they are in many candid shots and rare articles! More to come, Bat-fan!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Click below to enlarge this 1979 SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip! Spidey's wrapped up his last case, but does somebody now know about his Peter Parker secret identity? By Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Here is an ultra-rare article from the printing arts magazine INDUSTRIAL ART METHODS! In this 1974 piece, we see the behind-the-scenes goings-on at Bronze Age DC Comics, complete with some rare candid shots! Tho the writer got a few facts wrong, this is a fairly straight-forward look into what it took to create the then-popular "Super Spectacular" line of comic reprints, in the days before (gulp!) computer technology! Very interesting! FUN FACT: Production man Jack Adler is a relative of radio's Howard Stern! Click to enlarge each page!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Are ya getting the impression that I really like John Romita's artwork? I do! And why not? The impeccable anatomy, staging, composition, inking, it all adds up to some of the most exciting comic art this side of Jack "King" Kirby! Take a peek at this famous 1973 SUB-MARINER cover! Not only does JRSR debut Subby's new costume (in response to ecological concerns of the day), but also gives us a shot of his most famous art assignment-Spider-Man! Who could resist? Some fans unfairly call this fairly short-lived Subby costume his "disco suit," but I always sorta dug it. You? Click to enlarge!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Check it! The original 1974 Gil Kane cover art to SPIDER-MAN #131! This infamous issue stirred up no small amount of controversy, as fans felt the title was moving into more campier areas with this little romantic plot development, altho the May/Ock relationship was begun years earlier, by sentimental Stan Lee himself! Still, a fabulous and iconic cover of the Bronze Age of Marvel! Click to enlarge!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Take a gander at this 1966 ad (below left)for the then-new Aurora model kits hitting store shelves! As featured on the back of '66 comic books, you get to see some great custom Spider-Man art (by John Romita Sr.?), NOT used on the final product (below right), and never seen again! Same with the images of Captain America and Hulk, who will also enjoy new interpretations from these generic ad poses when the final kits are revealed..ODD FACT: DC Comics mainstay Neal Adams drew the box art for the final released model kit as seen below right! Click here to read about the 1974 re-release of the Spidey kit! Click images below to enlarge!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Another superlative Nick Cardy WANTED cover from the early 70s! Nick draws Superman,Flash, and Batman, for the title that reprinted classic past comics stories! This "DC SPECIAL" try-out lead to the actual ongoing WANTED comic book! Click to enlarge!