Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spectacular 70s SPIDER-MAN Sunday Strip! Peter Parker Pounces! Marvel Comics!

Spidey is at his web's end as pressures from all sides set in, in this excellent 1979 Stan Lee/John Romita Sr. strip installment! How will the web-slinger clear his good name and get his life back to (relative) normalcy? Click to enlarge, faithful ones!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

FANTASTIC FOUR #4! Original Art Recreation by Joe Sinnott! Thing! Sub-Mariner! Marvel!

Another fabby original fan commission! This time it's long-time FF inker "Joltin'" Joe Sinnott providing his own take on 1963's FANTASTIC FOUR #4! Joe would become the regular inker on the book only a few years after this issue hit the stands, so it's  a treat to see him re-think earlier issues! Just look at those perfect and smooth ink lines! The original cover, as published, appears below right! Click both to enlarge, art lovers!

Friday, October 29, 2010

An Alternate Cover for SUPER-TEAM FAMILY?! 1975 Dick Giordano Art! The Creeper Returns!

What a find! Here is the original art for what was to be the cover to SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #2! This 1975 creation, by comics legend Dick Giordano, features Bronze Age favorites the Creeper and Wildcat (re-appearing from the Golden Age of comics), in blazing battle action! Somewhere along the line, the powers-that-were decided to spotlight the Batman/Deadman reprint (drawn by Neal Adams, no less), possibly feeling that the main original tale wasn't enough of a draw! Can you imagine, frantic one? Click to enlarge!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

1969 UK IRON MAN Annual Cover Art! Don Heck! Marvel Comics!

Dig this way-cool painted cover art for a 1969 British Marvel annual! I'm unsure of the artist's name, but he was clearly inspired by the artwork of TALES OF SUSPENSE penciller Don Heck, and his work on those early Iron Man tales in that mag! An interesting and different look at the Golden Avenger! Click image to enlarge!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

INCREDIBLE HULK 159! Original Cover Recreation by Herb Trimpe! Marvel Comics!

Many Silver and Bronze Age artists make a nice living producing recreations of their art for fans and collectors, and former 70s HULK artist Herb Trimpe is no exception! Take a look at this amazing cover recreation, a scene taken from the face of 1972's HULK #169! Hulk vs Abomination at Hulkbuster base! Herb even added the logo and cover dressing, to make this illustration even more power-packed and attention-getting! Click images to enlarge!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Robin Meets Man-Bat and--Albert Bigley?! 1976 BATMAN Art! DC Comics?!

Below is a faux cover I drew (at age 11) for the then-new BATMAN book-and-record production of "Robin Meets Man-Bat!" The actual cover is seen below right, and was created by the great Neal Adams! To see even more about my youthful obsession with this little superhero tale, click here! Click images below to enlarge!

Monday, October 25, 2010

William Shatner In Your Car? Spock in Your Chevy? STARLOG Magazine!

Wow! Glom this early 80s ad from STARLOG magazine! You coulda had life-sized STAR TREK window clings of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock ride with you to work every day, startling other drivers while assuring you an eternal space in the car-pool lane! This is nutty beyond reason, and even pre-dates the "baby on board" car add-ons by about 5 years! And--Nimoy and Shatner "wave" at passing gawkers as you roar by at top speeds! Wow! Click image to enlarge! Make it so!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Special Sunday SPIDER-MAN Strip! 1979 Marvel Magic! Stan Lee!

Looks like the evil Kingpin is back to taunt Spidey again in this 1979 Stan Lee/John Romita Sr. tale from the SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip! But, what can his final plan be? Will Spidey find out in time to prevent it? Click to enlarge!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Holy Baby Pictures, Batman!" 1967 George Clooney Article! DC Comics!

Holy yard sale find! Dig this 1967 article about Nick Clooney, brother of singer Rosemary, and father to future film Batman, George! Little George appears in that 3rd pic, and certainly nobody then thought he'd go on to grow into a look-alike for his dad, and become a famous and well-regarded actor, appearing as the caped crusader in 1997's BATMAN AND ROBIN film! Click to enlarge images!

Friday, October 22, 2010

1974 Albert Bigley CAPTAIN AMERICA Art?! Power Records Live Again!

Inspired by the then-recent release of the Power Records version of CAPTAIN AMERICA #168, here is MY 1974 version of the same power-packed cover! Even at age 9, I always dug the character design for not only Cap, but his hip partner, the Falcon, too, as well as the evil Phoenix (even contemplating a Phoenix Halloween costume for that year-but went out in a home-made Cap outfit instead)! The original cover (right) sports great art by the vastly underrated Sal Buscema! Click images to enlarge!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Back to The 70s With BACK ISSUE! Big SPIDER-MAN Issue!

Any faithful reader of BIG GLEE! must run out and buy (or order here) the new issue of the superlative BACK ISSUE magazine! BI maven (and former DC Comics editor) Michael Eury uses copious amounts of material from this here very blog! You'll feast your eyes on articles and pics on 70s era Spidey, including rare art, and a new look at the 70s Spider-Man live-action show! What are ya waiting for, frantic one?

Hulk-Out With Lou Ferrigno! 1978 Articles and Pics! Marvel Comics! CBS!

Another gamma-drenched festival of HULK-related clippings, articles, covers, and pics, detailing the well-remembered CBS TV show! Click to enlarge each!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SPIDEY SUPER STORIES Cover Art by Albert Bigley?! Electric Company! Marvel Comics!

Right! Another fabulous blast from my past! Here is my 1974 (age 9) drawing of the cover from Marvel's SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #6 (on right-as drawn by the incomparable John Romita)! Notice that I completely omitted Iceman from the layout, as he was one of the then-unpopular X-Men! Yeech! Click here to see (and watch) more about the Bronze Age team-up between Marvel and the PBS hit show, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY! Click the images below to enlarge!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Rare BATMAN 1966 TV Series Pics and Articles! Yvonne Craig! Batgirl!

What? Can it be?! Yes! MORE rare articles and pics spotlighting the stars from 1966's BATMAN TV series! A (fairly) recent TV GUIDE blast from the Bat-cast! Rare pics of Yvonne Craig with Adam West AND some guy named Leonard Nimoy (who?)! A recent blurb from PARADE MAGAZINE! And-Adam plays trick-or-treat with Van Williams, the 60s Green Hornet! Click all Bat-images to enlarge! PLUS! Click here to see super-rare cast interview footage from the 1966 BATMAN movie!

Monday, October 18, 2010

FANTASTIC FOUR! 1974 Original Comic Art! Rich Buckler! Marvel Comics!

A great cover from the "Rich Buckler" mid-70s FANTASTIC FOUR run! The FF fight the evil Frightful Four in a battle-blasted cover image by Rich and joltin' Joe Sinnott! 'Nuff said? Click to enlarge!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sensational 70s SPIDER-MAN Strip! Stan Lee and John Romita Marvel Magic!

This is it! The long-awaited wrap-up to the deadly "disco" SPIDER-MAN storyline! It's another 1979 Marvel masterpiece from Stan Lee and John Romita sr.! Click to enlarge!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

1972 X-MEN Original Cover Art! George Tuska! Cyclops! Marvel Comics!

Here is a rare example of George Tuska art used on a Marvel cover from the early 70s! This exciting artwork from X-MEN #77 features all the original X-heroes in combat with Avengers foe, the Super-Adaptoid! This period was an overlooked one for the X-MEN comic, as the (then) poor-selling series was relegated to reprints of earlier adventures, until the arrival of the "new" X-men (Wolverine, etc...) in 1975, and renewed success fairly quickly thereafter! With inks by Vince Colletta, this is still a winning cover image, representing mighty Marvel marching into it's "Phase Two" 70s era! Click to enlarge!

Friday, October 15, 2010

1977 AQUAMAN Original Cover Art! Jim Aparo! DC Comics!

Here we see a rare sample of original Jim Aparo art, from the cover to 1977's ADVENTURE COMICS #451! Jim was known then primarily as a Batman artist (on the team-up BRAVE AND THE BOLD title), and it was a mighty treat to see him stretch his talents on this underrated Aquaman strip! The series must have garnered SOME level of attention, as it lead to Aquaman getting his own book again, albeit short-lived! Click below to enlarge and enjoy!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hear NOBODY LOVES THE HULK! Rare 1969 45 RPM Song! Marvel Comics!

That's right! If you're a comics fan over a certain (ahem!) age, you recall the ads for this little 45 RPM record from 1969! It must not have sold well, since copies were still being hawked as late as 1977 in the ubiquitous HEROES WORLD superhero toy catalogs! Here is the actual song, by the Traits, including sheet lyrics and sleeve art (with lifted Marie Severin images)! A catchy tune, evocative of it's time (sounds a bit like CCR), it sums up the Hulk story while still being a spry little foot-tapper! Click to enlarge images, music-lovers!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Batman! 1975 Original Cover Art! Nick Cardy! The Joker! DC Comics!

Another great one by DC cover artist of the 70s, Nick Cardy! This time around it's BATMAN #260, one of the famous oversized "Super Spectacular" titles that 70s fans recall so well! Nick spent most of the early 70s as DC's main cover guy, providing terrific images not only to the superhero titles, but to their horror, romance, and anthology books, too! Click below to enlarge this image and find out why!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More Spider-Man! More Nick Hammond! Marvel Comics!

Wanna hear a terrific NEW interview with Nick Hammond, the actor who portrayed Spidey and Peter Parker in the late-70s CBS live action TV series? Just click here Web-Slingers!

1977 Live-Action SPIDER-MAN Costume! Nick Hammond Meets Stan Lee! Marvel Comics!

As part of a running exhibit at current comic conventions, the original 70s Spider-Man TV outfit was displayed to enormous positive response! Worn by actor Nick Hammond (and SPIDEY stuntman Fred Waugh), this was the outfit that hewed quite closely to it's comic book origins, unlike the recent movie Spider-Man rigs. Also! Click below to enlarge an overseas Spider-Man poster (where the TV episodes were screened as 90-minute movies), and a rare pic of Spidey creator Stan Lee advising Hammond on the set of the SPIDER-MAN CBS series! AND-click here to read even more about this short, but well-remembered, 70s series!