Saturday, July 31, 2010

Awkward Moments in the JUSTICE LEAGUE! The Batman/Black Canary Love Nest?! DC Comics!

Here is one of the most famous (and awkward) scenes in Bronze Age comics! In the early 70s, DC writer Robert Kanigher (best known for his long stints on DC war comics), decided the staid and moral Justice League members needed some Marvel Comics-like characterization. The answer? in JUSTICE LEAGUE #84, Batman and Black Canary reveal their hidden feelings one evening during JLA satellite "monitor duty!" With almost no pre-existing sub plot set-up or foreshadowing (Marvel woulda had the silently suffering lovelorn heroes take three years to lead up to this moment), the two crime-fighters find themselves in an ill-advised sudden clinch, complete with soap opera dialogue! What--? Good thing future BC love interest Green Arrow would soon be coming along, knocking Batman out of the romantic running and making for a much more interesting relationship! Click to enlarge!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Final Day of Bat-Week! BATMAN 1966 TV Show Pics and Reviews! Adam West!

More great and rare articles, reviews, and pics, all spotlighting the 1966 ABC BATMAN TV show! Click to enlarge!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Again With the 1966 BATMAN TV Pics and Articles! Batgirl! Robin! DC Comics!

Click below to giant up MORE rare pics and reviews, all from the great BATMAN 1966 ABC-TV show of the storied past!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

POW! MORE TV BATMAN Pics, Article and--Sounds? Zounds! Adam West!

Click below to enlarge more rare articles, pics, and even audio! Listen in to a 1967 JOEY BISHOP SHOW segment as Yvonne Craig (Batgirl!) chats it up about her new role on BATMAN!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MORE Great Images and Artifacts from BATMAN 1966! Adam West! Yvonne Craig! POW!

Continuing "Bat-Week," here are some images focusing on the BATMAN TV cast after the cancellation of the show in 1968! Some mall and store personal appearances, cast reunions, and, just for good measure, a 1966 review of the show itself, from the NEW YORK TIMES! Click to enlarge!

Monday, July 26, 2010

BATMAN! Rare 1966 TV Show Pics! Adam West! Burt Ward! DC Comics!

Click below to enlarge these great behind-the-scenes images from the famed BATMAN 1966-68 ABC-TV show! Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig helmed the campy comedic capers of the Dynamic Duo, and here they are in many candid shots and rare articles! More to come, Bat-fan!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Spectacular SPIDER-MAN Sunday Seventies Strip! Spidey's Secret Identity Exposed!?

Click below to enlarge this 1978 SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip! Spidey's wrapped up his last case, but does somebody now know about his Peter Parker secret identity? By Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

1974 DC Comics Production Article! How Are Comics Made? Sol Harrison! Jack Adler!

Here is an ultra-rare article from the printing arts magazine INDUSTRIAL ART METHODS! In this 1974 piece, we see the behind-the-scenes goings-on at Bronze Age DC Comics, complete with some rare candid shots! Tho the writer got a few facts wrong, this is a fairly straight-forward look into what it took to create the then-popular "Super Spectacular" line of comic reprints, in the days before (gulp!) computer technology! Very interesting! FUN FACT: Production man Jack Adler is a relative of radio's Howard Stern! Click to enlarge each page!

Friday, July 23, 2010

SUB-MARINER #69 Original 1973 Cover Art! John Romita Sr.! Spider-Man Strikes!

Are ya getting the  impression that I really like John Romita's artwork? I do! And why not? The impeccable anatomy, staging, composition, inking, it all adds up to some of the most exciting comic art this side of Jack "King" Kirby! Take a peek at this famous 1973 SUB-MARINER cover! Not only does JRSR debut Subby's new pollution-filtering costume (in response to ecological concerns of the day), but also gives us a shot of his most famous subject: Spider-Man! Who could resist? Some fans unfairly call this fairly short-lived Subby costume his "disco suit," but I always sorta dug it. In fact, click here for a very personal take on the debut of Subby's new water-logged togs!  Click to enlarge!

BONUS! Click below to stare at Romita's 1973 Sub-Mariner costume design roughs!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 131! Ock Marries Aunt May?! Original 1974 Cover Art! Gil Kane! Marvel Comics!

Check it! The original 1974 Gil Kane cover art to SPIDER-MAN #131! This infamous issue stirred up no small amount of controversy, as fans felt the title was moving into more campier areas with this little romantic plot development, altho the May/Ock relationship was begun years earlier, by sentimental Stan Lee himself! Still, a fabulous and iconic cover of the Bronze Age of Marvel! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1966 Aurora Marvel Comics Model Kits Ad! Spider-Man! Hulk! Cap!

Take a gander at this 1966 ad (below left)for the then-new Aurora model kits hitting store shelves! As featured on the back of '66 comic books, you get to see some great custom Spider-Man art (by John Romita Sr.?), NOT used on the final product (below right), and never seen again! Same with the images of Captain America and Hulk, who will also enjoy new interpretations from these generic ad poses when the final kits are revealed..ODD FACT: DC Comics mainstay Neal Adams drew the box art for the final released model kit as seen below right! Click here to read about the 1974 re-release of the Spidey kit! Click images below to enlarge!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DC SPECIAL 14! WANTED! Nick Cardy Superman Artwork! DC Comics!

Another superlative Nick Cardy WANTED cover from the early 70s! Nick draws Superman,Flash, and Batman, for the title that reprinted classic past comics stories! This "DC SPECIAL" try-out lead to the actual ongoing WANTED comic book! Click to enlarge!

Monday, July 19, 2010

1976 BATMAN Albert Bigley 1940s DC Comics Art! Huh?!

Trying to depict the "Golden Age" 1940s Batman and Robin, here is my 1976 pencil drawing of the Dynamic Duo in action! I think I (age 11) saw and used a still from the 40's BATMAN movie serials, thus the baggy mask and capes. Nothing can explain those legs, tho. Click to enlarge!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Neal Adams BATMAN ODYSSEY! The Follow Up! Willy Clem Calls In!

Due to the many e-mails expressing concern as to the fate of comic book store owner Willy Clem (click here), here is a recent follow-up phone call to Willy! He's doing great, but has some choice words for comics fans, professionals, and the industry itself! Click to play!

Below, left: Neal's pencils for a rejected and controversial BATMAN ODYSSEY cover! 

Below, right: Willy Clem (second from left-back row) during better times in a 2007 picture taken at that year's Comic Book Retailers Conference and Regatta.