Another brain-blistering rare find! Here is the 1978 issue of INSIDE KUNG FU that features an astonishing article covering the filming of the live-action SPIDER-MAN CBS show! Go behind the scenes (for the filming of the "Deadly Dust" episode)with Emil Farkas, as he spills the secrets of making Spidey (and actor Nick Hammond) come out a web-spinning winner in every battle! Glom those rare pics of on-set hi-jinks! Drool over the appearance of ISIS herself, the beautiful JoAnna Cameron! What can you be waiting for? Click to enlarge and enjoy, Spidey fans! BONUS! Click here to hear a recent interview with SPIDER-MAN star himself, Nick Hammond!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Dig this truly rare peice of original art! All the famous Marvel Superheroes are gathered here on this "Marvel Banner" art, drawn, of course, by the great John Romita Sr.! Done for comic shop bags and other promotional materials, this art appeared in the mid-80s, and helped brand the characters in the minds of new readers and fans worldwide! Click to enlarge and enjoy!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Terrific! The cover to POWER MAN # 33, featuring the peerless pencilling of Ron Wilson, and the indelible inking of "Jazzy" John Romita Sr.! From the sensational 70s, this cover depicts Luke Cage, matching strength and wits against yet another inner-city bad guy! Marvel broke new ground in this series, dealing with a superhero-for-hire who was more interested in defending his home turf than battling world-beating super-villains! From the collection of Dino Mauricio! Click image to enlarge!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Yet another fabulous 70s cover! This is the front to IRON MAN # 88, from the sizzlin' summer of '76! Pencilled by cover mastermind, Gil Kane (with great inks by the prolific and terrific Frank Giacoia), here is ol' Shellhead fighting for his life against two of his most powerful foes! Once more Gil displays his mastery of dynamic anatomy and composition! In this tale, Happy and Pepper Hogan (then married) leave the strip for a number of years, due to a shocking development! You can read more about this immortal issue here! Click to enlarge!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Another find! Here is the original art for this exciting 1977 SUPER DC CALENDAR shot of Green Lantern! Drawn by the ever-perfect and still in-demand artist Jose Garcia-Lopez, here is GL in combat with his eternal foe, Sinestro! Perfect staging, anatomy, and action on display in this Bronze Age beauty! Click image to enlarge!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
ANOTHER drama-drenched full-color Sunday episode from the far-famed 1977 SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip! In this early strip, our lovable cast of characters frets over the arrival of--the demonic Doctor Doom! Fresh from the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, will Doom spell the end of law and order? Or, will be bring his own awful brand of despotic rule to the USA? By the ever-terrific team of Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. (see pic below, spotlighting this dynamic duo hard at work on the Spidey strip)! Click images to enlarge!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Here's a great 1982 TV GUIDE article on the ever-INCREDIBLE HULK CBS-TV series! Great to read about the show (that ran from 1977 to 1982) from the perspective of a stand-in and special effects man on the staff, who brings his own insights into the show and the TV biz in general! Published as the show limped into it's truncated final season, but still very informative and exciting! Click images to enlarge and enjoy!
Below: A pic from the HULK set! That's stand-in Manny Perry on the far right! Click images to enlarge!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Most folks know that Neal Adams came to comics from the world of advertising art. Here is one of his early-70s assignments, using the comic strip format to attract attention to this particular brand of furniture polish. Altho not spotlighting Superman or Batman, this strip still has all the craftsmanship and storytelling as any superhero comic Neal ever plied pencil to! For a vast overview of Neal's comics, animation, and ad art, be sure to check out his very own website! Click to enlarge!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
What?! Master artist Ernie Chan providing a new take on his classic 1976 cover for BATMAN #279? Believe it! Ernie served a long stint as the main artist on both BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS through the mid-70s, and this dynamic drawing was done recently as a fan commission! Here is Ernie's new view of this exciting Bronze Age cover scene, featuring Batman and Robin taking on the retuning foe,The Riddler! Both are packed with drama and action! But, which one do you like best? Click image to enlarge!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Are there any examples of bad John Romita Sr. original art? The answer? No. Here is the flawless and fantastic cover to HULK # 202, from 1976! From part of a well-recalled HULK run, with interior art by Sal Buscema, featuring so many twists and turns in the life of Jade-Jaws, you almost needed a checklist to keep it straight! Lots of fun, with the Hulk re-visiting Jarella's microscopic world, bringing her to our world (with somewhat tragic results), run-ins with old foes, Doc Banner settling down (for a short time) in a new civilian role and meeting a new supporting cast, and so much more! Click images to enlarge!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Back again, with more fantastic Aurora custom comic books! This time around, it's the riotous ROBIN comic, drawn by Dick Giordano (no stranger to the BATMAN mythos)! This comic/instruction booklet came packaged with the 1976 "Comic Scenes" re-issue of the original 1966 model kit! This new kit featured a new head sculpt, updating Robin's look to the then-current "Teen Wonder!" Click images to enlarge!
BONUS! Click below to enlarge these fantastic original comic art pages from the comic above!
BONUS BONUS! Click below to enlarge the color guide for the bombastic box art that housed the above kit and booklet!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Wow! Take a gander at this powerful page from the magnificent book, GUIDE TO MARVEL SILVER AGE COLLECTIBLES (available at Amazon.com)! The once-ubiquitous Ben Cooper Halloween costume organization produced a DAREDEVIL costume in '66? Well, yes and no. Sharp-eyed comic fans will doubtless notice that the mask is only a re-painted BC Batman mask! Talk about cheap! And it's bubble-gum-like pink, not red! A funny look at the nutty and wonderful days before corporate control and committee-thinking and approvals! Click images to enlarge!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
OK! I give up! I've read your millions of letters, cards, e-mails, and postings (see pic below), and I give in! You demanded it! You begged for it! So, here is the return of the 70s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sunday newspaper strip! We now start at the very beginning of the long-running adventure comic, by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr., as Spidey makes his presence known to long-time nemesis, J. Jonah Jameson, in this 1977 segment! Click to enlarge images, Spidey-fans, and rejoice!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Another Silver Age Spidey-age sensation! Here's the cover art to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 54, by "Jazzy" John Romita Sr.! Devious Doctor Octopus makes his nefarious return appearance, this time leaving an innocent and injured Aunt May in his wretched wake! All the drama, excitement, and suspense that fans came to expect from early Marvel Comics, is on full display here, on this one powerful cover! Click to enlarge!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Most of us Bronze Age fans clearly recall these wonderful public service ads, featuring Superman discussing kids, their rights, and the law. Here is a rough layout for one such inaugural ad spot, by the legendary Neal Adams! Neal's layouts are on the left, and his finished PSA ad, as it appeared in many 1976 DC comic books, is on the right! Click to enlarge and enjoy!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Here we go again with another original drawing from my past! This is the cover (sorta) to SHAZAM! #25, but I re-configured it (at age 11) to become an indelible ISIS cover! The Saturday-morning super-heroine had JUST gotten her own magazine from DC Comics, and I supposed it woulda been more effective to have her make her dramatic debut with THIS cover image! Did it work? YOU be the judge! BONUS: The original comic art (by Kurt Schaffenberger) for the cover in the spotlight! Click images to enlarge!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Here's one you don't see very often at all: The exciting cover to CAPTAN AMERICA # 160! This original comic art was drawn by Alan Weiss (with help from Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia), a promising up-and-coming artist of the day, who enjoyed a short stint pencilling CAP, as well as some well-drawn DC books! Lots of power and promise in this tense cover scene (as Cap and Falc go into battle against super-obscure villain, SOLARR), direct from one of Marvel Comics' greatest publishing periods! Click to enlarge!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
MORE fabulous and funny letters from Batman fans, direct from the 1966 book, FUNNIEST FAN LETTERS TO BATMAN! I covered many of these in a previous post, and here are some more mighty and mirthful missives, from the days of Batmania and the 1966 live-action BATMAN TV show! Click to enlarge and enjoy!
Monday, April 11, 2011
ANOTHER fantastic and rare cover from the early 70s Marvel Comics period! This one is from AMAZING ADVENTURES # 2, from 1970! Drink in "Big" John Buscema's masterful rendering (inks by the great Jon Verpoorten) on these double scenes (AM was a return to the two-featured "split" books Marvel did in the early 60s)! The beauteous Black Widow (now a co-star in the IRON MAN films) swings into deadly action! The Inhumans return to their old sparring partners, the frantic Fantastic Four! Double-barreled dynamite! Click to enlarge, and keep the faith, Marvelitte!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
What?! The same comic artist who breathed life into Captain America, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Thor, once drew the pop superstars, the Monkees? True! Dig this pandemonium-producing panel from Marvel's humor mag NOT BRAND ECHH # 3, from the swingin' summer of '67! Not only do the Monkees appear to be touring Thor's Asgardian home, but so do many other luminaries of the era! Bobby Kennedy! Muhammad Ali! Bob Dylan! How many more can YOU name, old timer? A rare glimpse at the "King's" humorous caricature abilities! Click each to enlarge, and remember: Irving Forbush lives!