Now you can read all about how Dave Prowse ("Darth Vader" from the STAR WARS films) helped whip a talented (but puny) Chris Reeve into SUPERMAN shape! Prowse was in charge of bulking up Chris, so he'd more closely resemble his muscular comics counterpart for filming of the famous SUPERMAN movie epics! You get to see the grueling diet and workout regime here, as well as some rare pics from the days when comics ruled both the big and small screens! Grab those free weights, and click to enlarge images!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Raise a glass (or a a pencil)! It's time to celebrate (or despair)! This is the big, batty 1,000th BIG GLEE post! To commemorate this hysterically historic occasion, here is the exclusive audio from the summer's biggest comic convention bash-the 2011 AL BIGLEY CON! Hear dealers, fans, and others, as they reveal their deepest feelings and fears about Al, the comics he draws, Al merchandise ("Memor-AL-bilia") and more! Listen as the little-seen Al statue is revealed! Gasp as fans stand awed listening to Al's phoned-in voice message! Click the audio button below, you lucky fan!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wow! Here is the confrontation we've been waiting for! Alone, Spidey faces the treat of Dr. Doom, a man who has taken on the Fantastic Four and survived! Can one lone superhero (even one with amazing spider-powers) tackle the world's most dangerous despot and come out intact? Click to enlarge this Stan Lee/John Romita Sr. terror-filed installment of the 1977 SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Holy identity crisis! Here's a fun and funny look at the checkered past of Hank Pym, alias the size-(and name) changing Ant-Man! As most hard-core fans know, Hank hasn't had the smoothest of super-hero careers, and super-cartoonist Fred Hembeck chronicles all of his ups and downs (sorry) in this great feature from MARVEL AGE fan magazine! Maybe Ant/Giant Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket will finally get his due in upcoming AVENGERS movies? Click to enlarge!
BONUS! Lest you think I'm exaggerating Hank's severe identity confusion, click below to glare at a 1967 Pym-parodying panel from NOT BRAND ECHH!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Another peek at the thought processes that went into the making of a Bronze Age mighty Marvel masterwork! Here is the layout and rough sketch for the cover to DAREDEVIL # 136, from 1976! Ed Hannigan worked out the scene, cover "gimmick," and rough figure placement, all instructions for John Buscema, the artist on the finished, published cover! Ed designed a ton of memorable covers for Marvel in the 70s and 80s, and still provides powerful pencilling and inking today! Read more about him, and the fantastic new book on his work, here! Click image below to enlarge!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Another brain-blistering look at my early work! This time we view some not-so-fabulous FANTASTIC FOUR artwork, drawn by me in 1977, at age 12! Fully cribbed from the then-current 1977 MARVEL MEMORY ALBUM calendar, here is my attempt (using crow-quill pens and nibs) to re-create that good old Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott magic you see beneath my art, in the image below! How'd I do? Never mind. Just click to enlarge!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Dig these three alternate covers for some Silver Age THOR issues! For these overseas covers, we now get three beautifully painted scenes, as opposed to Jack Kirby's equally gorgeous front masterpieces, as the USA versions sported! These pieces were painted by the great and prolific Lopez Espi! Want to stare at more foreign Marvel masterworks? Just click here! A Marvelitte just can't lose! Click to enlarge!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Do you ever lose massive amounts of sleep, staying up late, tossing and turning, as you ponder the fate of those two famous fellas who once portrayed the Dynamic Duo on the 1966 BATMAN ABC series? Well, worry no more! Below is an all-new GLOBE article about Adam West and Burt Ward, and all their recent riotous ramblings! Both men stay extremely busy, still involved in acting (West is the popular "Mayor West" on FAMILY GUY) and much charity work, as in Burt's care and activism for homeless dogs needing care (see my "Gentle Giants" link to the right to find out more)! Caped Crusaders, both! Click to enlarge!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Once again, Spidey faces seemingly impossible odds as he matches wits and muscle against the encroaching threat of diabolical Dr. Doom! Doom is bent on nothing less than total control over the United Nations, and he's this close to getting just that! Yet another incredible example of the 1977 SPIDER-MAN color Sunday newspaper strip, by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.! Click to enlarge!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Another brain-blasting find! This is a wonderful 1978 article (from SUPER STAR HEROES magazine) spotlighting Stan Lee and his mighty Marvel Comics bullpen! Written during the late-70s Marvel boom, with the Hulk, Spidey, and others riding high on the live-action TV screen, this piece captures Stan in all his energetic glory, as he speaks about his comics, future plans, TV and movie ideas, and more! Interesting to see what came to fruition and what got left behind! Mags like this cropped up during this period, due to not only the new popularity of the comics heroes, but the massive interest in STAR WARS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and TV and film SciFi in general! Click images to enlarge!
Take a long gander at the items pictured below. These are obviously some 60s Silver Age Marvel Comics items, drawn by Marie Severin, and feature all the Marvel stalwarts, such as Spidey, Nick Fury, Iron Man, Hulk, and the rest (even Stan Lee!), but what the heck are they? Could they have been prototypes for a series of gumball machine min-stamps? Stickers? They seem to be in the mold of the famous mid-60s Marvel Mini Books, also drawn by Mirthful Marie, so...I'd love to know what you think, faithful one! Click images below to enlarge!
Below: Images from the gum machine-distributed Marvel Mini-Books!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
More fantastic original art by comics legend Gray Morrow! Here he depicts DC Comics' own Maid of Might, Supergirl, capturing her in a strong, yet soft and sexy, stance! Originals by Gray are hard to find, as he did comparatively little comic book work, so any example of his uniquely realistic take on superheroes is always a real treat to behold! Click to enlarge!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
You certainly recall this previous post on the swingin' '69 Marvel Comics inflatable pillows, featuring Spidey and Thor, right? Well, prepare your fragile souls for the news that Marvel produced four more life-changing products, sporting the savage Sub-Mariner, Amazing Spider-Man (again!), captivatin' Captain America, and the ever-incredible Hulk, each with art by Gene "The Dean" Colan, "Jazzy" John Romita Sr., and Jack "King" Kirby! Doubt my word? Click to enlarge the pandemonium-producing pics below, frantic one, and be grateful that we live in a world that created such life-affirming items!
What? ANOTHER great piece of Neal Adams 70s BATMAN cover art?! YES! This go-around: it's the well-recalled cover to one of the first 100-page "Super-Spectacular" comics that kicked off that oversized line of comics! Neal pulled out all the stops to make sure readers knew this giant issue was chock-a-bloc full of classic characters, from the Legion of Superheroes to the Doom Patrol to Plastic Man! The "Super Spec" line went on for years, providing readers with a wonderful mix of both reprints and new material! Click image to enlarge!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I normally don't venture outside of the Silver and Bronze comics ages here on the blog, but this mid-80s SPIDER-MAN pin-up is so mind-numbingly fine, I had to run it! Drawn by (who else) John Romita Sr., and wonderfully inked by Mike Machlan, this piece ran in the popular MARVEL FANFARE comic, a mag that featured fan-favorite artists and stories! A great look at Spidey and his colorful and kooky cast of characters! Click to enlarge both the original (below, left), and the printed version (below, right)!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Another rare color comp (done for the purpose of working out the initial cover scene) from the early Bronze Age of Marvel Comics! Created by master Marvel maven John Romita Sr., here is his color sketch for the colossal cover to CAPTAIN AMERICA # 144! Cap and Falc were burnin' up the charts at this time in '71, coming off a stellar run with art by JRSR, and were about to head into the famous "Watergate/Nomad" era, as soon to be chronicled by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema! BONUS: This issue carries the dynamic debut of Falcon's iconic red-and white outfit! Another reason why this period is still recalled clearly by comic fans everywhere! Click image to enlarge!
PLUS! Ho! Look below! It's the senses-shocking original art to the above cover! What could be better?! Click to enlarge, true believer!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Despotic Doc Doom lowers the boom (sorry) in this great early SPIDER-MAN strip from 1977! Get set for action, brought to you by the towering talents of Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.! Click to enlarge!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
How about this phantasmagoric photo, seen below left? That's right, it's Stan Lee and John Romita Sr., posing for a publicity pic around 1978 or so! They're looking over the original art for the cover to SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #5 (see below, right), then a few years old.
Ready for more webbed wonderment? Dig the original art below of Spidey himself, as drawn by John Romita Sr.! This power-packed action image was used in conjunction with the SPIDER-MAN comic strip, but also as the cover for this SPIDEY Power Records LP, featuring not only stories of ol' Web-head, but also those of the famed ELECTRIC COMPANY cast! Click all images to enlarge, web-spinner!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Another fabulous example of Neal Adams' work for the folks at Peter Pan/Power Records! Here is Neal's original 1975 rough sketch for the cover to this 1975 BATMAN LP, featuring four fantastic audio tales of Batman battling his most famous foes (tho NOT the Penguin, as Neal indicates in his pencil sketch)! Neal would go on to do much more work for the firm, creating art not only for their LPs, but for comics, promotions, and singles, working on such characters as Conan, STAR TREK, Superman, and even THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN! Click image to enlarge!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Yep! Just when you've recovered from my previous pulse-pounding post about the 1975 Marvel Comics sticker sheets, we back-track a few years earlier (to 1973) to cover the DC stickers, also produced by the fine folks at Our Way Studios! Like the later Marvel set, this HUGE sheet featured some of the most gorgeous superhero art, by such stellar stars as Nick Cardy, Gil Kane, Neal Adams, Curt Swan,and others! In full, blazing, color, and on glossy paper, this was one swell comics item to snag in those days! Click images to enlarge and enjoy!
BONUS! Dig below to see rare pics of the mid-70s DC Comics "ComicMobile," decked out in the DC stickers you see above! The "ComicMobile" was an ill-fated attempt by DC to model a mobile comics distribution service around the bookmobile services libraries provided! That's Bob Rozakis (DC's "Answer Man") below, the main driver and selected operator for the "ComicMobile's" short life!