Sunday, February 28, 2010

1973 Albert Bigley FLASH Cover Art! Kid Flash! Meet The Turtle! Or Not!

Yes! Here is another masterpiece from my young days! A faux cover to an imaginary issue of the FLASH! Here, the scarlet speedster and Kid Flash (possessor of the coolest superhero costume ever?) confront the slow-mo Turtle! Can the Turtle's "force-shield" mean death for the daring speeders? YOU decide, by clicking below to enlarge this image!

Seventies SPIDER-MAN Sunday Spectacular Strip! Dr. Doom Strikes!

Click the image below to enlarge this rare color 1979 SPIDER-MAN strip, by the masters Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Off-Model Madness! Marvel 1977 Patches! Thor! Daredevil!

OK, so it's not fair to pick on these mid-70s Marvel patches for being a little wonky. I had the whole 1972 Add-A-Patch DC patch series, and they looked even worse! Embroidery technology being what it was back then, this is about as good-looking a patch you were gonna get. So what if Mr. Fantastic looks like a mad Stretch Armstrong? Power Man resembles a melted Hershey bar? That Daredevil patch looks kinda cool, tho..Click to enlarge!


1977 Albert Bigley Bruce Wayne BATMAN Art! DC Comics!?

Time to take a break from good ol' Batman, and draw his alter ego, millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne! Inspired by the then-current work (circa 1977) by artist Irv Novick, here is Bruce chillin' and kickin' in the Batcave, even smiling (like he often did in the Bronze Age) at the viewer! Even the ghost image of Batman is smiling like a sick fool! Click to enlarge!

Friday, February 26, 2010

1974 John Buscema FANTASTIC FOUR Treasury Pin-Up Original Art! Marvel!

Direct from the pages of the FANTASTIC FOUR Marvel Treasury Edition from '74, here is the eye-poppin' double-page spread of the FF's cast and crew, as drawn by comic art legends John Buscema and Joe Sinnott! Click to enlarge, and feast your eyes, frantic one!

1996 Monkees JUSTUS Promo Poster! Michael Nesmith! Rhino Records!

Here is a great little 12 x 12 promo poster from Rhino Records, hyping the release of the Monkees' reunion CD, JUSTUS, from 1996! Some great  in-studio pics of Davy, Micky, Peter,and, yes, Michael! Click to enlarge!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Strange Silver Age Silly Powers of Sub-Mariner! Subby! Marvel Comics!

 Click to enlarge the panels below to marvel (heh) at the oddball powers of the Sub-Mariner! From this 1963 issue of STRANGE TALES 107, this early Silver Age depiction of Subby has him engaging in such silly business as puffing himself up like a puffer-fish (and deflating), using his "electric eel" powers, and more!

But, he's not the only superhero who's on the hook (sorry) and in hot water (I'll stop)! Take a look at some of these early (and forgotten) powers used by Subby's opponent, the Human Torch! Looks as if he can keep aflame underwater (and talk), burn so intensely that he can burrow long underground tunnels (where is the air he needs to breathe--and live?), make "flame scissors (oh, come on!)," make "flame donuts," and find time to spot petty crooks while working in thrift stores! AND he's an expert on portraits of Abe Lincoln!! What a kid! These early tales where written by Stan Lee and his brother, Larry Lieber, so there's no blaming "R. Burns" this time!

In Praise of Al Plastino! DC Comics BATMAN Silver Age Artist and More!

Dig this terrific art below. It's from the now-rare late 60s BATMAN newspaper comic strip! Drawn by Al Plastino (with a sometimes assist from Nick Cardy), this series sorta fell between the cracks of time, altho examples of it pop up now as original art. I'd LOVE to see a reprinting of the strip someday, as it depicts Batman (and his superhero cohorts) at a crossroads of his somewhat silly Silver Age period to his emerging "creature of the night" 70s mode. And that great art...To see, read, and hear more about Al Plastino, click here! While you're at it, click the image below to enlarge!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First use of "MarvelMania?" 1963 AVENGERS Marvel Comic! Stan Lee and Jack Kirby!

Look below and dig this late 1963 letters page snippet from AVENGERS # 13! Is this the first use of the phrase "Marvelmania?" Face Front, real Frantic One! Click to enlarge, tiger!

1980 Albert Bigley FANTASTIC FOUR Comic Art! Human Torch! Flair Pens!

Ah, high school. Below is my 1980 "cover art" inked drawing of the fabulous FANTASTIC FOUR! Drawn very quickly and inked with a flair pen (didn't know what else to use then), this was very obviously influenced by Jim Steranko's FF Marvel Index cover (below right) I got around that time. Alas, I had Jim's enthusiasm, but not his talent. Click to enlarge if ya really wanna.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Get Down, America! Howard the Duck For President! FOOM Cover! Gene Colan!

Click below to enlarge this fabulous 1976 FOOM cover! From the days of the Howard the Duck '76 presidential campaign, here is a fantastic Gene Colan-drawn (inks by Steve Leialoha) wraparound cover! Can you guess why Gene included Nick Fury, The Thing, and J. Jonah Jameson in the image with Howard?

1980 DC Comics Talent Search Ad! Batman! Flash! Joe Orlando!

From the pages of a 1980 COMICS JOURNAL, here is an ad shouting for young art aspirants to send in their stuff! I was too young still (10th grade) to participate then, but this woulda been darned exciting to newcomers! I assume any winners got to spend 1981 doing art and cover corrections for free, or very little pay...Dig that great art by Jose Garcia Lopez! The inks look to be by Dick Giordano, and the Joe Orlando portrait seems to be by Ross Andru!
I later got to work with Joe Orlando while doing artwork for the DC Special Projects Department. Click to enlarge!

Monday, February 22, 2010

1966 Batmobile Designs! George Barris and Jim Key! Batman!

Click the image below to enlarge these great drawings by Jim Key of the 1966 Batmobile! Jim re-created the design schematics for this George Barris-created custom car from TV's 1966 BATMAN show! 

1979 Michael Nesmith INFINITE RIDER Postcard! Monkees!

Click below to blow up this grand 1979 Michael Nesmith postcard! Sent to hype his then-new (and still-great)  LP release, INFINITE RIDER ON THE BIG DOGMA, here is Mike at his late-70s, post-Monkees, disco-era best!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Tale of Two HULK Covers! TALES TO ASTONISH 101 Times Two! Kirby! Severin!

Click below to enlarge this image of the original art for the cover(s) of Marvel's TALES TO ASTONISH 101! Compare the two Marie Severin-drawn covers, the published version (left) to the unpublished and unused one (right). It was thought that the published design, with added crowd scene by Jack "King" Kirby, was more exciting and engaging, but they both seem darned --incredible!

Super Sunday SPIDER-MAN Seventies Strip! Spidey Leaves Hollywood!

Click below to enlarge this great 1979 SPIDER-MAN strip! A dejected (but never defeated) Spidey leaves Hollywood. But if you think the action is over--

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rare 1972 Spider-Man ROCKOMIC Store Display! John Romita Sr.!

Dig this great 1972 in-store display (right) for the release of the great SPIDER-MAN-ROCKOMIC LP! This groovy album got such a push, with posters, displays, press kits (below left), and so much more, no young Spider-Man fan could ignore it! I got this baby signed by the ROCKOMIC artist himself, John Romita Sr., at a mid-90s convention! Click to enlarge images!

BONUS! Click below to hear the ultra-funky, super-catchy THEME FOR SPIDER-MAN from the ROCKOMIC, and start yer groovin'!

1984 George Perez GREEN LANTERN Postcard! DC Comics! JLA!

Here is one of the rare DC Comics postcards from the 1984 set, this one spotlighting(get it?) Green Lantern, with stellar (get it? I'll stop.) art by George Perez! Click the image to enlarge and enjoy!

Friday, February 19, 2010

1975 Gil Kane X-MEN Cover Rough! Cyclops! Wolverine! Marvel Comics!

Click on the image below to enlarge this great cover rough for GIANT-SIZE X-MEN 1! This is Gil Kane's prelim pencil sketch for this historic cover! Click the other images to see the finished inked (by Dave Cockrum) art, as well as the printed cover!

Paul McCartney- A Marvel Comics Fan?! Say FOOM! Beatles vs Magneto!

Below is a segment from a 1977 FOOM magazine, spotlighting Paul McCartney and Wings, and their 70s song MAGNETO AND THE TITANIUM MAN!  During concerts, Paul would perform the song, with then-wife Linda, and flash Marvel images on screens behind the band! Another way Marvel was taking over the world in the 70s! 

Paul was a lightweight Marvel Comics fan then, and even once met famed comics artist Jack "King" Kirby! Jack presented to a delighted Paul, thanks to his kids being WINGS fans, some custom artwork backstage after a concert! See those pics below! Click images to enlarge!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Davy Jones Versus--His New Wife?! Monkees!

Click to enlarge, daydream believers!

Debit Cards in 1976? The JUSTICE LEAGUE Said So! DC Comics Prophecy!

Take a glance at this page from a 1976 issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Due to a virus that infected all paper money in the world (don't ask), one crazy scientist advises the use of (what we now call) debit cards and direct deposits!
Too bad he was 25 years too early for such a thing to catch on!
Click on images to enlarge!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

1978 Lou Ferrigno "Incredible Hulk" TV GUIDE article! Marvel Comics!

Click below to enlarge this terrific 12/1978 TV GUIDE article! Lou Ferrigno tells all about filming the HULK show, PUMPING IRON, Arnold, other "Hulks," and more!
And, dig that vintage Hulk Mego action figure atop Lou's bicep!

BATMANIA! Wacky Items from the 1966 BATMAN Craze! DC Comics!

Click on any image below to enlarge! Great graphics from the mid-60s "Batmania" craze! UK annual books, toys, original art, ads, and 45 record sleeves!