Sunday, February 25, 2018

CAPTAIN MARVEL #10! Original 1969 Unused Cover Art! Marie Severin!

Another rare one revealed at last! Below is the amazing original unpublished cover art to the colossal CAPTAIN MARVEL #10, from 1969! Pencilled by masterful Marie Severin, this unused cover was substituted for a different one, also by Marie (with inks by John Verpoorten)! Both are packed with action, drama, and danger! Click image below to enlarge and enjoy!

Above, left: The powerful pencilled image not used for the cover!
Was it deemed not dynamic enough? Did it "give away" the threat?
Above, right: The printed cover, with more perspective and
depth, and keeping secret the effects of the enemy's weapon!
Thanks to Ronn Sutton for the above images! 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

More Monkees Madness! Recent Articles! The Songwriters! GOOD TIMES! Mike Solo!

Here we go again, swinging back with even more articles (old and new) that throw a red-hot spotlight on the Monkees! New bios! Run-downs on riotous recording sessions! On the road in '67! GOOD TIMES in 2016! Click images below to enlarge!

Above ten images: A nice recap of the Monkees' first few months of existence, from the fine folks at SHINDIG magazine!

Above: Rare newspaper clippings, detailing the Monkees on
tour in 1967! Thanks to Jeremy Maine for these!

Above three images: A recent issue of GUITAR PLAYER brings focus to the
new Monkees tours, the chart-topping GOOD TIMES! release, and even the
instruments and equipment favored by Peter and Micky!

Above eight images: Pulled from a recent issue of
CARMEL magazine, here is a nice look at Mike and
his newer doings, from the new Monkees shows, to his
INFINITE TUESDAY book, and so much more! Mike called
Carmel (California) his home for many years in the

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Hulk! 1975 Jack Kirby Original Cover Art! The Many Uses!

Dig this amazing illo, drawn by none other than Jack "King" Kirby himself, for the long-running Hulk reprint mag, MARVEL SUPERHEROES! Click below to enlarge this amazing artwork, and to discover where else this powerful piece was used!

Above, left: Kirby's pencilled masterpiece (possibly done for a Marvel calendar of the day, such as his piece here), and the heavily revised version (middle), with inks by Vince Colletta, and a new Hulk face provided by John Romita, and (right) the finished comic cover! Goliath-sized thanks to John Gandour for providing the above images!

Above: After yet another revision, the cover art was
re-purposed for this sensational '79 paperback reprint!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

1974 Clark Kent Wonder Bread Trading Card! Original Comic Art! Superman!

I've already revealed most of the super-rare comic art from the '74 Wonder Bread trading cards (here and here), but dig this wonderful image of Clark Kent, done for the same set! This bit of Bronze Age goodness is a wonderful inked image of Kent flashing his famous costume, ready to go into action! Now again, the prickly question of who created this indelible image pop up! I still think it looks a lot like the work of legendary Lee Elias, or possibly Pat Gabriele! But what's your take? Click image below to enlarge!

Thanks to the wonderful Douggary Grant for passing along this piece of powerful pictorial pen-work!

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Monkees/Comic Book Connection! All-New 2017 Al Bigley Documentary Comic!

At last! Here is my 2-page comic strip commentary (done for the wonderful BACK ISSUE! magazine), all about the many vast connections between those madcap Monkees and your favorite comic strips and characters! Sure, I've mentioned such link-ups before (here and here), but click below to enlarge this concise and clear comic confab that lays it all out and tells it like it is! Dig?

BONUS! Look below to see the colossal cover that housed the above fantastic feature!

Want to order this fantastic issue (which also features
great articles on THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, McCartney,
KISS, and tons more) for you own? Just click

Monday, November 27, 2017

Neal Adams JUSTICE LEAGUE 1976 Pencils! Hear the '66 JLA Song! Wonder Woman!

Take a look at these very rare power-packed pencils, by nefarious Neal Adams! They were produced as part of the famed Hall of Justice action figure playset, for the primo provider of pulp-procured products of the 70s, Mego! The Justice League never looked better! These amazing scenes were used to surround the exterior of the playset, and even include Green Lantern, a figure Mego never even produced! You'll also see Neal's roughs for the '76 Wonder Woman "Collapsing Tower" playset, part of the infamous "Comic Action Heroes" line! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Neal's roughs for the Hall of Justice and Wonder Woman
playsets from the mid-70s. Note how Neal was instructed to add
Supergirl over an existing SHAZAM! figure. See it here!

BONUS: Click below to hear the rare 1966 JUSTICE LEAGUE SONG, from Tifton Records!
Wait 'till you hear the voice of Batman...Yikes!

Above: The cover art for the '66 Tifton SONGS AND STORIES ABOUT THE JUSTICE LEAGUE LP.
Note the hyping of Plastic Man and Metamorpho, slated to get their own Filmation
cartoons that never were!

Above: Tifton re-released the LP in 1976, this time under the "Power Records" banner!
The same LP of tunes and tales, but with the Aquaman, Flash, and Wonder
Woman songs excised! Don't worry! You can hear them all on this very blog! 
Hit that search window!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rare Spanish Marvel Painted Stickers! Lopez Espi Strikes Back! X-Men! Avengers!

Take a look at this beautiful blast of rare overseas stickers! Each one painted by the amazing Lopez Epsi, who re-imagined tons of classic Marvel covers (click here to view), these 1980 cards are wonderful realistic depictions of a ton of famed Marvel superheroes! Quite a selection of characters in one big 30-card set! Click images below to enlarge, ogle, and enjoy!