Wednesday, June 30, 2010

1978 Bob Larkin INCREDIBLE HULK Novel Cover Art! Marvel Comics!

Here is a terrific painted cover by master illustrator Bob Larkin! Bob created many comics, magazine, book, and novel cover art renderings for many publishers, and below is his take on Marvel's INCREDIBLE HULK! Dramatic, frightening, exciting, and realistic! This novel was one of the first of the "Marvel Pocket Novel" series, that ran from 1978 to 1980, and featured many great characters, artists and writers! Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1976 Marvel Comics Stamp Set! Hulk! Spidey! Iron Man! Kirby!

Another oddball item from the swingin' 70s! Here is one of the Marvel stamp sets sold in the Bronze Age, complete with rubber stamps of all the major Marvel stars, with art by Jack Kirby, Herb Trimpe, John Romita Sr., and other stellar stalwarts of the day! Click to enlarge all images, as you stamp out boredom!

Rare 1967 Monkees Magazine Letter! "You Nuts, You!" Davy Jones!

Dig this letter from all four Monkees, written to SCRAM magazine! I assume it was written in the 60s, since Michael Nesmith signed his name "Mike!" Looks also like Peter Tork's hand-writing and style. SCRAM is/was a pop music magazine, and this little gem ran on it's (of course) letters page! I'd love to know more about this missive, so write in if ya gots the info! Click to enlarge!

Monday, June 28, 2010

1977 BATMANIA Article! Cesar Romero Speaks! 1966 BATMAN TV Show!

POW! Here is a rare talk with Cesar Romero, from the pages of a 1977 BATMANIA fanzine! Romero, of course, peppily portrayed Bat-foe the Joker, on the 1966 BATMAN ABC TV series! Click all images below to enlarge!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Unpublished John Romita Sr. SPIDER-MAN Cover Pencils! Marvel Comics!

Interrupting the regular SPIDER-MAN Sunday newspaper strip run, here is a terrific and unseen SPIDER-MAN pencilled cover, by the master Spidey artist, John Romita, Sr.! Probably created for a specialty product in the 80s, perhaps an educational comic, this is a rare example of Romita's tight and detalied pencils, almost as slick as his finished ink work! Click to enlarge!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

AVENGERS No-Prize Time! When Captain America Throws His Not-So-Mighty Shield! Marvel Comics!

Here now, direct from 1967's AVENGERS # 35, is quite the Silver Age goof! Trapped by the sinister baddie, the Living Laser, Captain America tries to save himself and his partner by using his normally indestructible, always reliable, shield! What happens? It's instantly destroyed in the shower of lasers! Horrors! But, don't despair, frantic one, since said shield magically returns, only pages later, sans explanation! Wow! Stan Lee musta been writing this tale in double-time for an error of this majestic magnitude! Click images to enlarge, no-prize winner! Also, click here for previous no-prize installments!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Supergirl and Wonder Woman! "Super-est Romance of All Time?!" DC Comics! Silver Age!

Another terrific ad from the Silver Age of DC Comics (from the pages of 1965's JUSTICE LEAGUE 41), this one targeting the new BRAVE AND THE BOLD issue of the day! Eschewing the usual Batman team-ups, this story went for a Wonder Woman/Supergirl joining! It even sports a fantastic Jim Mooney-drawn cover! If THAT doesn't get your attention, dig that tag-line! Makes it seem like the two "super-chicks"  find the time for far more than crime-busting! "Two Super-Chicks on a new kick?" Has this tale ever been reprinted? Now we know why, true believers! Click images to enlarge!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

John Romita Sr. SPIDER-MAN Sketchcards! MJ! Goblin! Kraven!

What more needs to be said? Click below to enlarge these incredible pencilled sketchcards by the SPIDER-MAN master artist, John Romita Sr.! Wow!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

MORE Marvel No-Prize No-Nos! Hulk! Avengers! Stan Lee!

Another page from the frankly fabulous MARVEL NO-PRIZE BOOK (click here for earlier installments)! More basic blunders from the overworked minds in the 60s Marvel Bullpen, plus some 70s errors thrown in (dig the Grim Reaper's re-appearing hand, courtesy of George Perez)! Click all to look, laugh, and enlarge!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SPIDER-MAN 92! 1970 Original Marvel Cover Sketch Art! Marie Severin!

Another peek behind the scenes at early 70s Marvel Comics! "Mirthful" Marie Severin pencils another terrific cover concept sketch, this time for the captivating cover to SPIDER-MAN # 92! Both the sketch and the finished cover (by John Romita Sr., natch) are a joy to behold, faithful ones! Ya also gotta love how the "furious lady" became Spidey's beloved-but-doomed Gwen Stacy! Click to enlarge and enjoy!

Odd Comics Shop Flyer! "Stay Off The Grid!"

Dig this recent flyer for a California comics shop! How many comic fans are really worried about "Big Brother?" Very odd! Click to enlarge!

Monday, June 21, 2010

1980 Albert Bigley CAPTAIN AMERICA Art! Marvel Comics?!

Ah, another classic from my past. Created at age 15, this is the final tear-jerking, senses-shattering pencil-and-ink page from my adaptation of some mid-60s CAP "Tales of Suspense" comics. I was fixated then on straight-edges, Flair pens purchased from the local Revco, and George Perez's art. You can read all about it here, but for now, be contented with simply gazing upon this sparkling treasure from the storied past of 1980. Click to enlarge!

Above, left: The final page to my 1980 adaptation of this famous tale, and (right) the actual 1966 John Romita-drawn version (which I had no access to, at the time)! My comic was based on an audio tape-recorded rerun episode of the MARVEL SUPERHEROES take on this tale!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Spider-Man Visits The MARVELMANIA Offices in 1970! Marvel Comics!

Another blast from the short-lived MARVELMANIA fan club and magazine of the early 70s. Here, "Spider-Man" pays a surprise visit to the MM offices, to survey and critique their latest offerings (dig the swingin' Marvel T-shirts and original poster art in the background of that one pic)! Click to enlarge, web-heads!

Friday, June 18, 2010

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 vs Marvel Comics?! Sorta...

Didja know that the guys (from both behind and in front of the camera) of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 now create a fabulously funny bit of nonsense called RIFFTRAX? Yep! They provide humorous voice-overs, spoofing old and new Hollywood films and shorts, including many made-for-schools instructional films such as "Beginning Responsibility." Why is THAT silly short so interesting? Take a look at the stills below.

That's right, the producers of this celluloid gem peppered the set of the kid's room with Marvel Comics posters, straight from an ad running in the comics from that time (1975)! Download this short (link here), and you'll see the Hulk, Captain America, Dracula Lives, and Conan posters, in living color! You'll also be subjected to a horrific spectacle of bad acting, poor special effects, and stop-action photography that will haunt you for the rest of your life, but...BONUS! The actual ad appears below, you lucky devil! And, no, I do not know who "Butch Hiatt" is. Or was.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

INCREDIBLE HULK 208! Original 1977 Comic Art! Marie Severin! Marvel Comics!

Wow! Another Marie Severin Marvel masterwork! Click below to blow up this Hulkerific 1977 cover art to the never-to-be-forgotten HULK #208! Has ol' Greenskin ever seemed more powerful and forceful? With crisp inks by Fearless Frank Giacoia, this just may be one of the greatest 70s HULK covers of them all! Wanna see a unique take on this cover by an 11-year old me? Of course ya do, so click here!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

George Tuska BATMAN Original Art Sketch! Joker! DC Comics!

Take a look below at this fantastic fan commission of Batman and the Joker, by master artist George Tuska! George was better known for his many years as a Marvel artist, on such books as IRON MAN and X-MEN (in the 60s), but here is a rare chance to see him work his magic on the DC characters, like he did on the little-seen WORLD'S GREATEST SUPERHEROES comic strip he drew for them in the late 70s! Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

AVENGERS 119! Original Comic Art! John Romita Sr.! Marvel Comics!

Yet another great original art cover from the Bronze Age of comics! Here we see the front of AVENGERS 119, as created in 1972 by John Romita Sr. (HIM again?!)! A fabulous take on Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and most of the rest of the team! Click to enlarge!

Monday, June 14, 2010

WANTED! DC Comics Nick Cardy Artwork! Batman! Joker! Flash!

Click below to enlarge this incredible 1973 WANTED cover, from DC Comics! Drawn by the great Nick Cardy, the ubiquitous cover maven for the firm in the Bronze Age, we get to see not only Batman and his greatest super-foes, but the Flash, and his eternal nemesis, the Trickster! Superlative work!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Super Sunday SPIDER-MAN Strip! Spidey vs Urban Crime in NY! Marvel Comics!

Click below to enlarge this 1978 gem from the hands of writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita Sr.!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

1939! The First "Real" Superman? DC Comics!

From the pages of a mid-70s AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS magazine, come this fantastic find! The first actor to portray Superman is spotlighted in this great article! Appearing for the 1939 World's Fair festivities in New York, Superman as a character was only months old, but already generating great excitement! Check out the accurate (for that era) and detailed costume! Click to enlarge!

Friday, June 11, 2010

More MARVEL NO-PRIZE MADNESS! Hawkeye's Mighty Gloved Hands!

Back again! Here's another page from 1982's MARVEL NO-PRIZE BOOK! Once again, an over-worked Stan Lee forgets or mixes up the names of his supporting characters! He even forgets that the then-new Hawkeye is a brave, bold, bare-handed kinda guy! But, cut Stan some slack, as these early 60s tales were (and are still) incredibly fun and well-done! Click to enlarge! Click here to read the previous no-prize installment!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Curse of the Werewolf! See Neal Adams' Cover Design! Marie Severin! Marvel!

Grrr! Take a look below at the evolution of a famous cover! We start with (left to right) Marie Severin's cover rough sketch, to the finished pencil-and-ink cover by "Nefarious" Neal Adams, to the published and printed cover, then the re-working of the images for the 1974 Power Records "book-and-record" release! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hulk Smash! Right After His Manicure...

MARVEL TALES 50! Original Spider-Man Cover Art By John Romita Sr.! Wow!

Yow! Take a glance at this John Romita Sr. cover, for 1973's MARVEL TALES #50! Johny re-worked his already-great original SPIDER-MAN #67 cover for this reprint (see below)! Terrific! Click images to enlarge!

Above: The original 1968 cover to SPIDER-MAN #67!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

FANTASTIC FOUR 122! Original John Romita Sr. Cover Art! Marvel Comics!

Another great Bronze Age cover! Here is the 1972 art for the cover to FANTASTIC FOUR 122, drawn by the peerless John Romita Sr.(tho that Galactus figure looks a lot like John Buscema's work)! JRSR was still trying his best to bring the Jack Kirby flavor to his FF art, in the wake of Jack leaving Marvel for DC Comics, but the great Romita flourishes are still in abundance here, as Galactus makes another play for dominance over Earth! Incredible! Click to enlarge!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Odd MONKEES Fan Art! Davy Jones! Micky Dolenz! 16 MAGAZINE!

From a 1977 16 MAGAZINE, here is one oddball piece of fan art, depicting the then-recent tours by Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz. I heard that Micky would don KISS-like makeup for his "Steppin' Stone" set, but....Wow! Click to enlarge, Monkees Fan!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

George Perez FANTASTIC FOUR Fan Sketch! Thing! Mr. Fantastic!

A great fan sketch of the fabulous Fantastic Four!  From the mid-70s days of George's fabulous run as artist on the book! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Peter Palmer:The Spectacular Super-Man?! No-Prize Time! Marvel Comics!

Yep! Good ol' overworked Stan Lee made himself many a blunder in the early days of writing the newborn Marvel Universe tales. Click below to view just a few of his famous gaffes, including a potentially lawsuit-invoking misstep! From the 1982 MARVEL NO-PRIZE BOOK!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Alex Toth Draws Superman! 'Nuff Said?

Get a load of these masterful drawings of Superman, by the master of minimalism, Alex Toth. Toth tapped right into all the essential ingredients needed for a powerful, attention-grabbing illo of the Man of Steel. The stance, spitcurl, physique (harkening back to Supe's "circus stongman" rough and tumble early designs)...This excerpt is from the great book, "Dear John-The Alex Toth Doodle Book" by John Hitchcock. If you love fabulous comic art, then look for it. Click to enlarge image below.