Here is a great illo by the late Silver and Bronze Age art great, George Tuska! Drawn in 2000 (and appearing here from a Heroes Convention program book), here is one of the characters George was best known for, Captain America! Perfect! Click to enlarge and enjoy!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
DC Comics used to run many public service strips in their books, especially during the 50s and 60s. Below right, from WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 103, is one such PSA featuring a DC humor comic character, Peter Porkchops, telling the comics-loving kids how to behave during those wild and wacky days of summer! The rules still apply now (seems like I run into that same crowd at the movies every time), of course, but it seems we've other things to worry about than a stray "clutterbug" or two! Click to enlarge!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Another fantastic installment of the 70s SPIDER-MAN syndicated newspaper strip! Peter Parker is STILL in a frenzy over his exposed secret identity, let alone the idea that an extortionist is lording it over him and Spidey both! The suspense builds! Click to enlarge!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
This HAS to be the oddest piece of art from my own archives I've ever run. Inspired by NOT BRAND ECHH, Marvel Comic's parody and humor magazine, I drew this little beauty, but left the word balloons blank, handing over the Stan Lee-like scripting chores to my Mom, Shirley! She took the ball and ran with it, giving Stan Lee a run for his money! You now get a 1980 titanic tale featuring Lou Ferrigno, Bil Bixby (then the stars, of course, of the TV series INCREDIBLE HULK), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the Mighty Thor! Huh? Click to enlarge, if ya must!
Friday, August 27, 2010
All comics fans know the DC Comics character Zatanna. She's a magician/superhero who uses her magical powers (and gimmick of speaking her enchantments backwards) for fighting evil forces, but also drives male fans wild with her classic tux-and-fishnets combo outfit (below left)! Still classy and classic after all these years, the producers of the TV show SMALLVILLE translated her to the small screen, classic costume intact! Who would ever mess with such a famous and well-known uniform? DC Comics! In 1980, DC debuted THIS disaster (images below center and right), eliminating the magical wardrobe for a standard spandex treatment, oversized cape, elf booties, and worst of all, a long, constantly twitching ponytail! What? Thankfully, this look didn't last long, altho another stab at giving her a standard super-suit came next. Thank heavens. All the men of comicdom can resume their (heavy) breathing again! Kcilc lla segami ot egralne!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sad new for any comics fan. Voice actor, director, and actor Peter Fernandez has died. Best known as the "American voice" of SPEED RACER (he was also instrumental in re-writing and presenting the show to US audiences), but also as the voice of Spider-man, Human Torch, and even the Golden Age Flash, on a series of kid's LPs from the 60s and 70s! Click the image below to read more about the far-reaching life and career of this extremely talented man!
BONUS! Click below to hear the talented Fernandez, voicing Spider-Man himself, on a 1974 Power Records offering!
In the mid-70s, I had no access to any comic stores or specialty shops, but here WAS one used book store in my small southern town, Circle Books/Book Inn, that stocked old comics. By "old," I mean anything over 2 years of age! Any leftover money I had, after buying that week's newest DC and Marvel comics, went to the careful selection and purchase of a "vintage" back issue at the book store. One such purchase was FANTASTIC FOUR # 145, then a whopping 3 years old! I loved being able to own and study older comics and their artwork, and this ish was no exception. Who knew the Inhuman Medusa filled in for Sue Storm in the FF? That long-time SPIDER-MAN penciller Ross Andru drew a few issues? That Gil Kane created some FF covers? Wow. Anyway, below left is my attempt in '76, at age 11, to whomp up my OWN fabulous version of this cover scene, using found background images from magazines (probably WOMAN'S DAY. Thanks, mom!). Heh. You use what you have, so the Torch and Stretcho are now fighting a villainous "field monster." Hoo boy. Click to enlarge images!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Most fans have seen this color image of Superman, a gorgeous painting by pulp artist H.J. Ward, on the cover of the mid-70s SUPERMAN LIMITED COLLECTOR'S tabloid from DC Comics. It was painted in the Golden Age of the 40s, and hung for years in the offices of DC Comics. But, take a peek at the pic below left, and you'll see said painting, but with major differences to the face, hair and chest symbol! Was the art re-touched in later years to reflect Superman's evolving look (especially his highy-licensed chest logo)? A real mystery! What do YOU think? Want to read about ANOTHER mystery involving this little work of art? Click here! Click all images to enlarge!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Click below to enlarge and read this one-page TV GUIDE focus on the famous Batman foe, The Joker! From his 1966 TV portrayal by Cesar Romero, to his 1989 BATMAN movie incarnation personified by Jack Nicholson, to his animated versions, and more! Some great and rare pics, too!
Monday, August 23, 2010
What's this? The cover to a trashy pulp paperback from the late 60s, featuring Adam West as a hooded hangman?! Can it be? Looks like some commercial artist was inspired by Adam's BATMAN TV portrayal, and used him as inspiration for the front of this pot-boiler! Or did he? Click to enlarge all images below, then YOU decide, Bat-Fans!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wow! A rare gem from the fabled past! Here is the cover to CREEM Magazine, from 1972, spotlighting SPIDER-MAN, and his debuting story/song LP, The ROCKOMIC! Drawn by Spidey's main artist mainstay, John Romita Sr., this is Spidey in his 70s prime, still appealing to the college-age-and-over crowd! Click images to enlarge!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Still learning to draw ol' Spidey at age 8! Here is one such drawing, from 1973, of the Web-Slinger in action! I was consuming a steady diet of his Marvel Comics adventures, both new and reprints, as well as afternoon re-runs of his famous 1967 cartoon series ("Spider-man, Spider-man/Does Whatever a Spider Can!"), so I was always eager to sketch him and his intricate costume details! Over-large head! Shrunken body! Odd feet! But a fun and silly child's drawing for all to enjoy! And, is my signature noticeable enough? Click to enlarge!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
A rare treat! Below is custom original art, re-creating the inside sleeve artwork that ran in 70s Power Records Marvel Comics offerings! The original (directly below) looks like it was pencilled by John Romita Sr, with inks by Frank Giacoia! The fan re-creation (lower left and right) was signed by John Romita, Sr. (with inks by Joe Sinnott?), using the official Power Records sleeve art as inspiration! What a lucky fan to get this gem! Not only does it feature the big Marvel Superheroes, but the horror line, and the PLANET OF THE APES cast! Click all to enlarge!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Another round of fabulous WANTED covers by the artistic mainstay of the day, Nick Cardy! Cardy's cover art was always bold, exciting, action-packed, and attention-grabbing, and his mid-70s WANTED covers were especially terrific! Click each to enlarge!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Comics artist Jack "King" Kirby is best known (among many triumphs) for co-creating and visualizing the "Marvel Universe" of characters, starting in the early 60s, and continuing through the rest of the decade. Name them: Fantastic Four, Inhumans, Hulk, X-Men, and on and on. But, one of the few successful character Jack was NOT known for is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! Stan Lee chose sturdy Steve Ditko as his artistic partner in envisioning the web-slinger (tho Jack was later called in to create Spidey's first cover scene), so it's always a treat (and a bit odd) to see a Kirby Spider-Man drawing! Click below to enlarge these sketches by Jack of ol' Web-Head!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Here are two actual ads from a 1979 TV GUIDE, showcasing the television take-over of the comics superheroes of the day! Below left is an ad for an early INCREDIBLE HULK episode, when the show was still getting raves from critics, kids, and adults alike! On the right, however, is an ad for the ultra-oddball LEGEND OF THE SUPERHEROES, a campy, video-taped hour-long presentation that gave us the first live-action versions of such DC stalwarts as Hawkman, Green Lantern, Flash, and other JUSTICE LEAGUE members! It also brought back, briefly, Adam West and Burt Ward reprising their 1966 BATMAN TV roles! That was the good part. To see how tepid this show truly was, click here for just a taste! Click images below to enlarge!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
'78 Super Spectacular Sensational Sunday SPIDER-MAN Strip! Secret ID No More?! Stan Lee! 'Nuff Said!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Another article from DC Comics' 1978 rare in-house promo mag, DIRECT CURRENTS! The gang went on location in their own NYC backyard to peek at the making of the then-new SUPERMAN-THE MOVIE! Still an unknown quantity then, fans were clamoring for ANY scrap of info on the upcoming flick, in those days before the internet and message boards! A blast from the past! Click to enlarge!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Who could resist a great illustration of Spider-man going into blazing battle against the evil and cunning Doctor Octopus? Well, instead of that, here is a terrible drawing of same! Drawn by me in '76, age 11, ol' Webhead seems to have no problem with sacking Doc right in his already-ugly puss, from a mile high! At east the good Doctor had the foresight to cover his embarrassed face during the melodramatic melee! Click to enlarge!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
During the sizzlin' 60s, DC Comics often ran this half-page filler on hobbies, CAP'S HOBBY HINTS. Today, some of the subject matter seems more arcane and obscure, since today's kids (and even adults) no longer race slot cars or make model kits. This particular installment deals with slot car racing, and the overuse of the word "screw!" Something for all! Click to enlarge!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I know I'm about to start a war here, but I never really had TOO much of a problem with the inking of Vince Colletta! Sure, his somewhat rushed and scratchy style fit a book like THOR more than, say, FANTASTIC FOUR, but glance at these great panels from a late-60s THOR issue (pencils by Jack Kirby) that really show off his inking skills to great effect! Wonderful texture, lighting and rain effects, and more! Yes, I'm also aware that Vinnie had earned the ire of fandom due to his erasing and taking shortcuts over some artist's pencils, and that IS unforgivable, but he was not without his merits...Click to enlarge!