Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SUPERMAN 4! A Look Back At The Infamous 1987 Movie! DC Comics!

Yep! SUPERMAN 4 has to be one of most hated superhero films ever committed to celluloid. Due to a change in studio and budget, the flick (part of a well-respected franchise) ended up being a sad montage of bad special effects, slipshod acting, and plot holes you could zoom a rocketship through! However, the pre-release hype and excitement was tremendous, as it also tied into "Superman's 50th Birthday" festivities at the time! Also adding to the anticipation was the fact that star Chris Reeve was taking a serious active role behind the camera, the plot was based on a dramatic topical theme, and actress Margot Kidder was returning as Lois Lane! Alas, we got a not-so special screen spectacle, one of the very few films I almost walked out on, during it's theatre debut! Click below to enlarge!

Note that all involved wanted this effort to hew close to the fabulous 1978 film, SUPERMAN-THE MOVIE, but this turkey doesn't even compare to the great, but disappointing, SUPERMAN 3!
Add Hackman's phoned-in performance, poor logic and plot holes, and...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's Captain America! The Step-by-Step Making of a Custom Halloween Costume! Marvel Comics!

I've dressed as Marvel Comics' Captain America in past Halloween seasons, making my own custom costume, but was never fully happy with the results! This year, I decided on a different attack, using the "Cap" from the recent CA movie as my visual goal! Click below to enlarge each step-by-step pic!

Below: The goal: a costume much like the second "battle" version worn in the CAPTAIN AMERICA 2011 movie!

Below: The actual "cosplay" outfit I used, tho I only incorporated the mask, top, and shoulder pouch belt from this costume!

Below: Not satisfied with the bulky off-white under-shirt as seen in the film, I opted for a form-fitting athletic top for the white shirt and sleeves, adding my own painted-on red vertical strips on the sides...That not only adds more much-needed red color to the outfit, but has a slimming and heightening effect..

Below: I already had a gun-belt from a previous Cap costume attempt, and added that...

Below: The inner top/vest added...

Below: The "shoulder pads" are added, which involved tightening the arm straps and attaching the red "suspenders" via velcro patches I affixed to the white shirt!

Below: The lower back portion attached to the rear of the gun belt....

I added store-bought "Cap" gloves, but with red/black "snowmobile gloves" over them...

Below: With the leather helmet added, along with the store-bought shield, here is the finished outfit!

Below: Avengers Assemble! The Thing, sadly, once again sulks in the background...

Below: The mask/helmet fits fabulously, with no vision or sight issues at all!

Below: SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Paul Brigham) drops by, to hold hands with an enlightened Captain America! 

Below: Cap's main 1940s squeeze, Peggy Carter, portrayed by my own hot wife, Allyson Bigley!

BONUS! Look below to see my past kooky CAP costume attempts! This one from 2003 or so, using the "Graphitti Designs" Cap shirt, a home-made shield (made from an old 50s snow sled, hand-painted, and later re-painted and used as a shield toted by a roman soldier in a church event), and a ski mask/painted face mask combo!...

Below: More recent 2010/2011 shots, using much of the above materials, but a store-bought shield, painted helmet and motorcycle goggles, and gun belt!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Robin, the Teen Wonder! 1976 Albert Bigley Art! "SOFFK!" DC Comics?!

Another blast from my past! This time, it's a riotous Robin pencil illustration, done by me in 1976 (at age 11)! I was trying to imagine and design a group of possible scenarios that would look swell as model kits, complete with nice 3-D dioramas and backgrounds, much as the fine Aurora hero kits were presented! Alas, it was all simply wishful thinking, as the Aurora folks had already made (and re-issued) their one and only Batman and Robin kits by then, but...Dig those speed strokes and ghost images! The "Teen Wonder" is belting that poor thug (or is he supposed to be the Joker?) so hard, his gun (or smoking candy bar) is being sent flying! And, is that blood coming offa Robin's left glove?! Yikes! Click to enlarge!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Special 70s SPIDER-MAN Strips! Spidey--Insane?! 1978 Marvel Comics!

Last time, we looked with amazement as a worried Web-Crawler wondered about his own sanity, after fighting an ethereal Dr. Octopus! Will Spidey ever realize his latest lengthy labors are the result of that other devious doctor--the one called Doom?! Will Spidey succumb to an attack on his already-shaky psyche? How can a disturbed hero also fight Doom's powerful robot assassin, now headed to New York City? And--what snapped Spidey's web-line in that last strip? More wondrous Marvel merriment from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, then zip over to here for the next tension-frought installment!

Artist John Romita excelled not only at high-flying superhero action, but also
at drawing the quiet scenes with "real" people and events, thanks to his stints
as a romance comics artist!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lou Ferrigno is the HULK! 1979 Article and Rare Pics!

Both THE INCREDIBLE HULK and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN were taking over the small screen in 1979, so it's no wonder that this kid's tome, TV '79, would tackle both shows in one valiant volume! This time, we zero in on lovable Lou Ferrigno, as he tells the book's editors about his childhood, his struggles with hearing loss, and his days as a triumphant bodybuilder! Lou, of course, portrayed ol' Green-Skin in the famed 1977-1982 HULK CBS-TV series, and is still remembered for his bold embodiment of the titular star! Click each to enlarge!

This article fails to mention that Lou was already a HULK fan by the time
he came to be offered the role, even citing the Green One as a source
of inspiration in his early bodybuilding years!

HULK star Lou Ferrigno gets the better
of Mego's "Elastic Hulk" toy in 1980!

A rare newspaper promo (featuring both Lou and co-star Bill Bixby) hyping the one-shot
PBS special, "Mr. Rogers Talks About Superheroes," from late 1979!

Lou Ferrigno's nose and forehead prosthetic appliances! These
were affixed to Lou's face with spirit gum, then the green flesh
paint was applied over them, as well as the other portions
of Lou's face! Read about it here!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Green Lantern! The 2011 Model Kit--Built! DC Comics Greatness!

Here is my latest finished and built-up model kit--Green Lantern! This swell new 2011 kit comes from the fine folks at Moebius Models, a firm that's released great new figure kits, and exacting re-issues of the older Aurora ones, too! Their "GL" kit is in the manner of those other mid-60s DC Comics offerings, in scale, attitude, and overall look! Let's get started, as I take you on the step-by-step building process!

Below: The unassembled kit, in it's original green plastic, ready for building! Dig that nice transparent green "power-ringed" hand! The figure (tho overall well-designed and sculpted by the talented Joe Laudati) was a bit over-muscular and "cut," so I sanded away (and flattened) some of the ab muscles on the figure...

Below: Here's the base, including GL's evil robot opponent (tho the little guy looks awfully chummy)! I used some brown, black, gray, and white spray paints, in order to create a mottled "rubble" effect! Also added were some bits of rock and sand, some dark and light "splatter," and other bits of texture!

Below: The finished base, with silver and gold paint carefully applied to the robot! Some 
details were filled in using inking/technical pens, more added rubble, and 
overcoats of gloss (on the robot), and matte sprays (on the ground surface)!

Let's move on to the GL figure! 

Below: After sanding a few seams, and applying a nice hi-gloss "metallic black" to the finished figure, I used Silly Putty (!) to mask off those areas, then came in with a nice "metallic lacquer green," for those portions of the famous costume! Once dry, the Putty comes right off! 

Below: The head detailing begins!

Below: The finished figure, with translucent "power-ringed" hand, ready for attachment to the base!

I did a bit of "dry-brushing" to the hair and face of the figure, creating 
subtle light and dark areas...A bit of brushed-on gloss for the hair and mask...

I wanted the figure to "hover" much closer to the base than the kit suggests...The two figures just seemed too distant and disassociated (as if they belonged to separate kits), so I angled the joining portion of GL's right hand and power-ring effect in such a way so the figure could be nearer the base...

I hand-painted the chest insignia (what a pain), altho I almost went with a computer-generated sticker! I kept the white gloves a flat matte, to contrast with the other parts of the more reflective and bright costume! I kept the name-plate in its original green, using technical pens to fill in the black background...

Overall, a very well-done kit, by a company that recalls and loves the original Aurora superhero kits of the 60s and 70s! The designers (including comics fan and artist Terry Beatty) really went for (and succeeded in) re-creating the feel of a Silver Age GREEN LANTERN comics cover as drawn by Gil Kane! I hope they make many more such model kits, featuring those characters who never got a shot at all-plastic stardom!