Friday, May 30, 2014

SPIDER-MAN #135! The Punisher Returns! 1974 Original Comic Art! John Romita Sr.!

Here is one of the most iconic and treasured covers of the Bronze Age of comics! This is the captivatin' cover for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #135, from the sweltering summer of '74! Master artist John Romita, Sr. gives us a fabulous montage scene, with a dynamic Spidey figure, flanked by his friends and foes! Click below to see and enlarge some of the riotous Romita renderings that were used to create this awesome illo! 

Above: The original cover art, with all elements added! After
some adjusting and re-sizing, it'd be ready for publishing!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Green Arrow! His Many Weapons! 1975 DC Comics Special Feature!

Check out this 1975 special piece on the gregarious Green Arrow, and his many wonderful weapons! Before the disappointing downturn to the "grim and gritty" feel in today's comics, characters such as GA would often bend toward somewhat absurd concepts (such as carrying around a vast array of "trick arrows"), all in the name of fun! Click below to enlarge this informative info sheet that tells of just some of the most interesting arrows to every fill an emerald quiver!

Sure, such silly and "unrealistic" arrows and weapons could never work in real
life, but they added so much color and fun to these great tales, resulting in them
being vividly recalled, even decades later!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Superlative SPIDER-MAN 70s Sunday Strips! "It's Religious Persecution!" Marvel!

Last time, we sat stupefied, watching a satisfied Spidey ring down the curtain on the evil cult leader, Loomis! But, is this really the end of the sinister Svengali? We know Robbie has the fingerprint evidence to send Loomis up the river, but can he get those to the cops in time? Will Loomis (now glibly playing the martyr angle) use his celebrity status to weasel out of being fingered by the fingerprints? And, what happens when the greatest villains of all are called into play? That's right! Here come--the lawyers! Yikes! More rare 1979 SPIDER-MAN daily strips, by writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr. (tho it looks like he had some uncredited artistic help on this batch)! Click below to enlarge!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Monkees vs. Catwoman?! Davy Goes Home? The Return of MonkeeMania! Hear Peter in 2005!

Swing into action again, with more rare 60s Monkees clippings, pics, and behind-the-scenes rarities! Click each below to enlarge!

Above: That's Micky's future wife, Samantha Juste, in
that final pic. Sadly, she passed away in 2014..

Above: Michael and Davy cut up between scenes, on the set
of the "Prince and The Paupers" episode in 1966..

Above three pics: The Monkees enjoy generous handfuls of
actress Julie Newmar ("Catwoman" from ABC's BATMAN), on the

set of the 1967 episode, "Monkees Get Out More Dirt!"

Above: A 1968 cover to FAVE, sporting an unusual pic of the
Monkees filming a scene for the "Nice Place to Visit" episode...

Above: My original well-worn 1976 8-track copy of MONKEES GREATEST
HITS from Arista! You can tell it got tons of play, back in the day!

Above: Micky Dolenz wows the crowd during his Q&A session at the 1986
Monkees Convention in Philadelphia! Pic taken by me! That's con organizer
Maggie McManus to the left of the pic! If I have to tell you her other 

connections to Monkees fandom, you need to turn in your "Save the
Texas Prairie Chicken" button immediately! 

Above: Peter Tork and his band Shoe Suede Blues performing live
at the Double Door Inn, during a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina!

BONUS! Click below to hear a rare 2005 interview with Peter Tork! Peter was promoting the above live show, while in NC! Here he is on the PAM STONE SHOW!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spidey vs. the Punisher! 1975 Albert Bigley Original Art! Marvel Comics?!

Another big one (this measures over 11 by 17 inches!) from my graphite-smudged past! Dig this pencil cover recreation of the fabulous front of GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN #4, from the sizzling spring of 1975! The actual cover art was created by the matchless Gil Kane, and that was all it took to inspire me to try to attain similar greatness! Notice I said "try?" Click below to enlarge, Marvel masochists!

Above, left: My (age nine) own pencilled artwork, where Spidey some-
how looks like a mannequin caught on some telephone wires, while a
less-than-menacing Punisher seems to be directing his movements!
Above, right: The actual inspiring cover art!

BONUS! Want to see yet another oddball take on the above illustration? Click below to leer at this Spanish comic cover interpretation!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spectacular Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Going After "Whitey!" '79 Marvel Comics!

Last time, we breathed a collective sigh of relief, as a spirited Spidey finally made some headway in destroying a deadly cult! He now has the leader (the loud-mouthed Loomis) on the ropes, after the madman attempted to murder an innocent girl! But, will Robbie's fingerprint samples help in putting the final nail in the Loomis cult coffin? And, will the just-arrived cops believe Spider-Man, or the word of the silver-tongued (and haired) Loomis? More mile-high majesty from writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sexist 60s Superman! Lois Lane--Clark Kent's "Mistake!" 1969 DC Comics Lunacy!

Sure. It was a different time. But, even with that little fact in mind, this 1969 LOIS LANE tale is so jaw-droppingly sexist, so completely odd, that it's hard to believe. Look below, as a harried and henpecked Superman decides to press the "re-do" button on his life, all in an attempt to get away from that pesky Lois! Along the way, Supes indulges in tons of selfish, sexist self-reflection! Well, at least we get to peer at art by the impeccable Kurt Schaffenberger! Click below to enlarge each page!

Above: That lovable Lois! Nothing like a kick in the rump to your fellow
reporter to spread the love! And, isn't it a bit foolish to hope that the normally
 brave Lois keeps her eyes shut long enough for Clark to enact his little
identity-preserving stunt?

Above: So, Clark sees his Daily Planet job (which he himself originally
sought out, as a way to keep abreast on any breaking disasters that only 
Superman could handle) and his relationship with Lois as a "mistake?" 
Do his 1969 pals wonder what happened to "modern" Clark while he's 
disappeared into the past? Clark lands a popular DJ job with no prior 
experience or references? Then he spends his time spying on 
Lois, using his x-ray vision?!

Above: In that tiny DJ booth, Clark has time to build and activate a "Clark Kent dummy?!"  

Above: Looks like Clark also records and presses "sound-effects records" in his
spare time, too! Of course, the trecherous Liza's only interest in Clark is as
marriage material (what other goals could a working woman have, right?), and,
yes, that involves tricking or blackmailing her intended hubby into a waltz down
the isle! Note how Clark wastes no time on sympathy for the gal, as his only concern
is congratulating himself over his fooling of Liza, and staying foot loose and fiancĂ©-free!

Above: So, having an inquisitive Lois in your life is a torture beyond compare?
One enough to send a frustrated Superman rushing back to the present day? But, don't
worry, all ends well. A compassionate Clark is relieved that he never got collared by
Liza in the past, since she's now "enormously fat!" Another close call avoided!
Whew! I guess "super-sensitivity" is not one of the Man of Steel's many vaunted 

super-powers! See ya next issue, kids!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spectacular Superhero Shirt! ANOTHER 1966 Batman Trading Card Tee!

Back again with another terrific tee based on the awesome artwork of Norm Saunders, as seen within the 1966 BATMAN trading card set! Click below to take in this Silver Age-saturated sartorial spectacle! Click here to see the companion tee!

BONUS! Click below to stare at the actual '66 trading card art that was riotously re-purposed for the above shirt!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Smashing Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "To Skin a Loomis!" 1979 Marvel!

Last time, we watched nervously as a skittish Spidey swooped in to save the life of his gal-pal, after she was thrown from the rooftop of a high-rise Manhattan tower! Now, a fighting-mad Web-Slinger is ready to exact his revenge on these rooftop ruffians, and bring an end to their wave of terror and corruption! But--Can he do so, now that cute Carole can recall little of her time with her would-be-murderers? What if he rounds up the loopy leader, Loomis, but that deadly "doctor" slips away on the street? More rare 1979 SPIDER-MAN newspaper strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Friday, May 9, 2014

1992 BATMAN One-Shot Special! Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson Strike Back!

Take a gander at this amazing little one-shot comic from 1992! At a time when the level of comics draftsmanship was hitting jaw-dropping new lows, the great artistic team of Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson was showing how it should be done, in this wonderful custom-made Batman tale! Created for Canadian audiences, in an attempt to promote reading and a love of literature, this somewhat lightweight tale involves Batman taking on his old foe, the Joker, in a wild and somewhat Silver Age-like story that was sure to please older readers! Click below to take in some of the fantastic artwork from this time-tested team!

Above: That's right! Not only does this colossal comic give us Curt and Murph, two
of the greatest Silver Age artists ever, but we also get a cover drawn by Carmine Infantino,
one of Batman's main artistic chiefs in the 60s!

Above: Dig that "Swananderson" art! Does it get any better than this? 

Above: Again, much of the tale comes off as a wild and wooly
Silver Age fun-fest, but what's wrong with that?

Above: The only sad part of this wonderful comic is having to see
that dreadfully-designed 90s Batmobile in action!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sensational Superhero Shirt! 1966 BATMAN Topps Trading Cards Tee!

Take a gander at this fabulous new 2014 t-shirt, featuring 1966 BATMAN trading card graphics! The terrific painted art of Norm Saunders is plastered all over this wrap-around tee, direct from the famed '66 Topps card series! Another great one with classic graphics!

Above: That's me modeling this terrific tee! You can also ogle the original
1966 Topps cards that were freely festooned upon this colorful shirt!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Special SPIDER-MAN 70s Sunday Strips! "It Won't Be Pretty…!" Marvel Comics!

Last time, we gasped as Spidey witnessed his gorgeous girlfriend, Carole, being casually tossed from the roof of a high-rise building! And the toss-er? None other than loopy Loomis, the sinister cult leader with whom Carole had previously placed her trust! Can the Webbed Wonder swoop in to save her in time? Will this be evidence enough to shut down this kooky cult maven once and for all? More mile-high (literally!) mayhem from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge this rare color Sunday strip from 1979, Web-Heads!

Boy, Spidey had much better luck saving cute Carole from a near-fatal
fall, in the above strip, than he did rescuing Gwen Stacy, in
1973's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121 (below)! Note the
unfortunate second sound effect in panel four...