Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Red Skull Gets SMASHed! Baron ZENO?! 1975 Magazine Feature! Kirby Art!

Back again with a look into the interesting innards of a 1975 SMASH magazine! This time, the capering creators of said mag provide us with a look at a colossal Captain America battle, with none other than the wretched Red Skull! Gaze at the reproduced Jack Kirby art! Swoon over the alliterative authorship of Stan Lee! Puzzle over the misspelling of Baron Zemo's name! Click all below to enlarge and enjoy!

The above imagery was reprinted from 1968's CAPTAIN
AMERICA #101, with art by Jack Kirby and Syd Shores!

Above: Dig that terrible attempt at humorous writing, in
the above feature! Who does the writer think he is, Stan Lee?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

BATMAN '66 Returns! 1995 Interview! Rare Pics and Facts! Plus: Batman--Sans Trunks?!

The Bat-spotlight once again shines on the 1966 BATMAN TV series! This time, you're served a wonderful 1995 interview with Batman himself, Adam West (complete with some very rare pics), and a look at the pulpy painted BATMAN trading cards, by nifty Norm Saunders! Just click each below to enlarge, citizen!

Above: Can it be? Batman without his briefs?! Shot during a break in
filming, Adam West waits for the rest of his gear to be delivered, in this
rare pic! But, it's not the first time the Caped Crusader has been caught
without his accessories! Click here to see!

Above: Yep! It's something you never thought you'd see!
 It's 68 year-old Adam, back in the Bat-rompers
again, in this 1996 portrait!

Above: Take a peek at the original art for some of the well-remembered '66
BATMAN trading cards, painted by the incredible Norm Saunders! The cards
were but one small part of the wave of Bat-merch that swept the world
when the ABC series was thrilling a generation! See more of Norm's
incredible artwork here! Thanks to Ray Ferry and his FREAKY MONSTERS
magazine for bringing us all of the above Bat-bounty!

Above seven images: More pieces of original Saunders
pre-production artwork for the BATMAN '66 cards!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Recalling Sub-Mariner's 1973 Costume! NEW "True Tales of a Young Comics Fan!" BACK ISSUE!

Here, fresh from its appearance in the panic-packed pages of BACK ISSUE magazine, comes my latest "True Tales of a Young Comics Fan" strip! This time, I tackle my take on the early-70s "disco duds" given to the once nearly-naked Sub-Mariner! I actually liked said sartorial swimwear, which made Subby look more like a swingin' 70s superhero, as opposed to a swimmer swaddled in solo sea-green swim trunks! Click below to enlarge and enjoy the laugh-loaded lunacy!

Wanna see more of those jazzy John Romita Subby swimwear
designs? Sure ya do! Just click here

BONUS! Click below to peer at the cover of 2016's BACK ISSUE! #91 (order here), which contains the above sensational sea-soaked strip! Gee, it must be a coincidence that my work ran in the "all jerks" issue. Heh.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Batman! Robin! Aquaman! Nick Cardy Original '74 Cover Art!

One of the most prolific and exciting artists of the 60s and 70s had to be nifty Nick Cardy! Nick drew tons of DC comics in the 60s, such as TEEN TITANS and AQUAMAN, but, once the idiosyncratic 70s started, Nick's awesome art graced many a comic cover, regardless of who drew the interiors! Here is the original cover art to the fabulously fine front of SECRET ORIGINS #7, from '74! SO was an all-reprint book that allowed newer readers to peruse older (and sometimes quite obscure) comics origin tales, bestowing instant "playground cred" upon said newly-knowledgeable reader! Click below to enlarge and appreciate!

BONUS! Recognize that unique "Robin" logo on the above cover? It was also used on the famed Robin Mego action figure packaging (below), at about the same time!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dr. Doom Gets SMASHed! The Fabulous Fable of the Fantastic Four Foe! Kirby Art!

Back with another sensational 70s kids mag that featured comics as part of their monthly magazine menagerie! This time, we look inside the pulpy pages of a 1975 SMASH magazine, to peer at their own take on Marvel's frantic Fantastic Four, and their most fearsome and freakish foes! All this, and amazing Jack Kirby art, too? Just click all below to enlarge!

The two female Frightful Four members, who later "defected" to Fantastic
Four membership? Medusa and Thundra!  Wanna see where SMASH
nicked the above super-foe file from? Click here!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016 Heroes Con Cosplay-Mania! Captain America! Bucky! Spidey! DC! Marvel!

Another year, another Heroes Con! Take a gander below to peer at a plethora of pandemonium-producing pics spotlighting the three-day event, including a copious collection of colossal cosplay-connected clicks! Click each image to enlarge!

Above: For this convention, I wanted to create
a sort of "riot squad" version of the Captain America
uniform, all in homage to the late-70s TV Cap, as 

portrayed by Reb Brown! Look below to see how
I did just that!

Above: This cool motorcycle helmet was a good starting point...

Above: Something is missing...To bring the helmet more in line with the
70s TV Cap, I wanted symmetrical wing designs affixed to each side, so it was
time to create a stencil, transfer the design, create masks, tape, paint,

Above: The finished helmet, after adding a 
customized visor, is ready to go!

Above: With added mask beneath the helmet, "riot squad Cap"
is almost ready! Just one more element is needed...

Above: I approached master shield maker, Brandon Redd, to
see if he could create a clear plexiglass shield, much like
the one used in the 1979 TV movies! He could, and this
riot shield was his starting point!

Above: All done! Clear shield in place, a few "riot cop" items 
added (baton/nightstick, cuffs, knee guards), and the look 
is complete!

Above: The Watcher appears at the show Pic by Matt Starnes!

Above: Archangel (Owen Davis) and Flash (Dean Davis) stop by! 

Above: Anyone who rocks the short-lived (and super
obscure) 1971 Hawkeye duds deserves a shout-out!

Above: It's the amiable Victor Goldberg,
as the irritable J. Jonah Jameson!

The rest of this costume is made up of my
standard "Cap" outfit, as seen here!

Above four images: Rockin' the cosplay panel (with sen-
sational Suzann Knudsen presiding as Black Orchid), and
our huge, captivated audience!

"Uhmm..I'm no doctor, but you might wanna get that looked at…"

Above: My favorite cosplayers! A wonderful family
has fun as the 60s X-Men (and foe)!

Above: Direct from Gizmonic Institute, I meet--Jolene Robinson?!

Above: Flanked by two beauties: Bettie Bombshell (check out Bettie Bombshell 
Cosplay on Facebook and Instagram), and Delilah, as "warrior Harley Quinn!"

Above: An amazing cosplay group, as the uncanny Inhumans!

Above: One of the funniest cosplays at the show!

Above: A terrific Colossus cosplayer!

Above: "But--I thought we were friends!"

A fun day one is over! It's a wrap!

Above: For the 2nd day of the show, I wanted to debut
my idea for a "cowboy Cap" version of the iconic image!
Jack Kirby's 1976 illustration, my inspiration for
this cowpoke costume!

Above: Based on Kirby's idea, here are my rough designs!

Above two images: The customized mask and hat are ready!

Above: I wanted a wooden shield, one that looked authentic to the
Old West time period, and was lucky enough to find this round table top!
After some roughing up, painting, and "distressing," I got the "rough
and ready" look I wanted!

Above: The finished western shield! I wanted it to look as if the
character created it, from scratch, in just a few minutes...

Above: The tunic is painted and prepped...

Above: With a custom top made in conjunction with a local
seamstress (painted 
by me), custom boots and spurs, customized
hat and mask, "cowboy Cap" is 
ready for action! 

Above: At an art dealer's table, I pose with the memorable cover to 1973's
CAPTAIN AMERICA #168! Learn more about that captivatin' comic here!

Above: Showdown with "Pirate Batman," as portrayed by Ronald Rossmann!
"Where are my guns? I guess I'm not as quick on the draw as I thought…"

Above five images: I'm joined by western versions of Agent Peggy
Carter (Allyson Bigley), and Bucky (John Tompkins)!

Above: John/Bucky meets comics legend Jim Steranko! A tremendous meeting of titans!

Above: Vociferous Victor Goldberg returns (with
friends), this time as the jovial Joker!

Above: Great Kingpin, Matt Murdock, and She-Hulk cosplays!
Court was in recess? 

Above: John Tompkins returns as the Phantom, famed newspaper strip hero!