Sunday, December 28, 2014

Superb Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! The Prowler Strikes! MarvelMania!

Last time, we let out a collective gasp, as we witnessed the wondrous Web-Slinger take a terrible tumble from the mile-high Daily Bugle building! How can Pete now save himself--and keep his Spidey identity under wraps? Who is the Prowler, and what makes him different from the other super-foes Spider-Man has confronted in the past? More fabulous and rare 1979 newspaper strips from the hands of Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.! Click below to enlarge! Click here to see the 1969 inspiration for this particular scenario!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BATMAN! 1973 Original Irv Novick Comic Art! Bronze Age DC Comics!

Yet another one from my colossal collection! This time, we zero in on a pulp-stained page from a 1973 issue of BATMAN! Drawn by Irv Novick (one of the underrated heroes of the "creature of the night" 70s Batman period), this page explodes with mood, drama, and action! Click below to enlarge!

Above, left: Irv Novick's (with able inks by Dick Giordano) original art
from BATMAN #247! Above, right: The published art! Note the many pencilled
corrections from the editor (Julie Schwartz) on the original art page!

Above: The awe-inspiring art, as displayed in my home!

BAT-BONUS! Glance below to see the captivating cover (by Dick Giordano) that housed the above indelible artwork!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Another Batty BATMAN Blast! 1966 Pics and Bits! Songs and Stories! DC Comics!

Back for another big BATMAN blast! Click below to glom rare articles, pics, and sounds! ZOUNDS!

Above: Don't be frightened! This is the cover that enveloped
the wonderful Bat-article that appears below!

Above four images: the interior Bat-article from MONSTER
WORLD, detailing not only the 1966 BATMAN show, but also the
famed live-action 40s serials that came before!

Above two images: I couldn't resist! Two great ads for classic Aurora
superhero model kits also festooned the above horror mag issue!
These kits have been re-issued many times! Just click here for a glimpse!

Above three images: Rare 60s articles and (not so nice) reviews on the
BATMAN show! Thanks to sensational Steve Thompson once again!

Above: The original 1965 contract between 20th Century Fox, and car
customizer George Barris, for the creation and construction of the TV
Batmobile! Interesting to see that Barris was already eyeing the "Futura"
concept car as the basis for the famed Bat-ride! Note the producer's "not a
chance" note in the margins! ZAP!

Above: A nifty early-90s painted ad for the return of the BATMAN show to
syndication, due to the panic-producing popularity of the 1989 BATMAN movie!

BAT-BONUS! Click below to hear the very rare tune, "The Joker's Wild!" This jaunty kiddie cut is from a 1966 album of children's Bat-songs!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Superlative Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "He Won't Conform!" Marvel Magic!

Last time, we saw a relaxed Spidey get pulled back into his usual frenzied existence, all due to a frantic call from a past girlfriend! Now, a new savage menace looms, just when it looked like ol' Peter Parker could take it easy for awhile! But, is this really a true bad guy Pete now faces? What is the mystery behind "the Prowler?" More rare full-quality 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Say, does the above high-flyin' scenario seem familiar?
It should! Just click here to see why!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Take a 1970 Tour of the Marvel Comics Bullpen! YOU Are There! Celebrate Stan!

This is it! You can take a time-warping trip back to the nifty 1970 Marvel Comics Bullpen, thanks to sensational Steve Sherman! Steve took these pics during a tantalizing tour of the halcyon "House of Ideas," and here are his color images from this never-to-be-forgotten visit! Click each image below to enlarge, faithful ones! 

Above: Outside the magic factory!

Above: The hallowed halls themselves! Dig the then-current
 "MarvelMania" posters adorning the right wall!

Above: Laughin' Larry Lieber (left) and jazzy John Romita, Sr. (right) seem
less than excited, as they work on upcoming Marvel masterpieces!

Above: A wall fulla greatness! Magazine publishers would often post their
art, proofs, and finished magazines in this manner, in order to keep up
with each step of production!

Above; That's right! That is the much-talked-about Jack Kirby cigar butt, posted for all to
see by mirthful Marie Severin (a fellow pencil-pusher), upon Jack's leaving Marvel for rival
DC Comics! It's flanked by color charts, calendars, and more Marie
cartoons and office caricatures!

Above: Tony Isabella (on left, and soon to make his mark writing 
books such as DAREDEVIL) confers with rascally Roy Thomas (right)!

Above three images: Master illustrator (best known for his stellar
SPIDER-MAN run) John Romita, hard at work in the bullpen!

Here he labors over an issue of FANTASTIC FOUR, taking
over for the just-departed Jack Kirby!

Above: Stu Schwartzberg on the job!

Above: Happy Herb Trimpe, famed long-running HULK
artist, hard at work! Or maybe just napping….?

Above: Dig those titles! Every one a winner!

BONUS! How much can ya stand? Click below for more pics, articles, and debris, all celebrating Stan Lee!

Above: A wonderful 60s newspaper article on Stan, and the then-exploding
Marvel Comics Group! It also sports a rare pic of Stan without
his trademarked hairpiece!

Above: A nice late-60s caricature of
Stan, by comics artist Don Heck!

Above six images: Stan seen in the swingin'  70s, from
press clippings, ads, and promotional pieces!

Above: Stan in the mid-80s, flanked by later Bullpen stalwarts,
Jim Shooter and Al Milgrom (toiling away on SHE-HULK covers)!

Go CRAZY With The Hulk! 1979 Magazine Spoof! Marvel Madness!

Take a gander at this jocular gem! Here is a hilarious HULK spoof from the pages of Marvel Comics' own CRAZY magazine, their own cute clone of MAD! The talented writer and artist take aim at the then-popular INCREDIBLE HULK CBS-TV show, and they shoot with guns a-blazin'! Click below to enlarge! Click here to see yet another CRAZY look at ol' Greenskin!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spectacular Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strip! The Return of Carole?! Marvel Mayhem!

Last time, we were delighted to see a stressed Spidey enjoy some down-time, now that recently-returned redhead, Mary Jane, is back in his life! But, does a past imperiled gal-pal now risk his new happiness? Why did Carole choose this moment to re-connect with Peter? Is she still truly threatened by bad guys from earlier escapades? More 1979 SPIDER-MAN strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Another Look (Up in The Sky) at the 1966 SUPERMAN Broadway Musical! DC Comics!

Dig this nice recent magazine feature on the little-known 1966 musical, IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN! Altho this plucky play is still being revived here and there, it's best known from its mid-60s run, when it rode the wave of the colorful pop art craze, and the dizzying heights of "Batmania!" Click below to enlarge, and click here to peruse past posts covering this manic musical!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HOW TO DRAW THE MARVEL WAY! The Cover Rough! John Buscema!

At last! Take a gander below to see the riotous rough sketch for the earth-shaking HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY book, from 1978! Scribbled by big John Buscema, the colorful sketch hews very close to John's final version, with noticeable alterations to the book's title itself (why not hype Marvel's own artistic method then, since, at the time, it was Marvel's singular and exciting approach to comics storytelling that put them ahead of stodgy old DC Comics, their main competitor)! Click below to enlarge!

Above, left: John Buscema's rough color sketch for the cover to this teaching
tome, and (right), the published version! Tho "how to draw comics" instructional
books are now ubiquitous (heck, I've authored one), this book (the only of
its kind then) rocked my world in late 1978, when I was a 13-year-old fan,
desperately wanting a career in comics, and eager to have a few inside
secrets spilled! Big thanks to Brian Peck for this one!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Smashing Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "A Hint of Danger!" 1979 Marvel Comics!

Last time, we were relieved to see Spidey enjoy a rare glimpse of good luck, after defeating that evil jungle joker, Kraven! But--why does he now constantly sense deadly danger wherever he goes?  Is this all part of Kraven's continuous plan to defeat the Webbed One? Will sweet Mary Jane stick around long enough to make Peter a sunny superhero? More mile-high magic from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

1974 Marvel HOLIDAY GRAB-BAG Covers! Spot the Differences! John Buscema Art!

It's that time of year again! Time to shoot a red-hot spotlight on Christmas-themed comics of the past! This time around, we take a look at the incredible cover to 1974's HOLIDAY GRAB-BAG tabloid, from mighty Marvel Comics! This well-recalled cover art was created by powerhouse penciller, big John Buscema, but glance below to cast your orbs on an awesome alternate cover to this sensational seasonal superhero-splattered scene! Click below to enlarge!

Above, left: The published 1974 cover art, as known and loved by Marvel maniacs
everywhere, and (right), the original unaltered cover art, complete with "angry faces"
on the Hulk, Captain America, and the Thing! Were the morose mugs considered too
stern to be seen on such a cheerful holiday tome? Big thanks to the
 Planet Kraalo blog for this one!

BONUS! Click below to see a rare bombastic British ad for the yuletide release!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Special Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "What's So Great About Being Human?" Marvel Comics!

Last time, we gasped in horror, as we witnessed Spidey take a terrible tumble from high atop one of New York's tallest suspension bridges! Now, it looks as if he and Kraven (the very evil instigator of the battle that placed them both in such a precarious position) are done for! But, has the Wall-Crawler's luck changed at last? Another rare run of daily 1979 SPIDER-MAN strips (by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.) for you to enjoy! Click below to enlarge! Click here for the next amazing installment!

BONUS! Click below to blow up those two titanic pics of Stan and Johnny, hard at work in the swingin' 70s!