Monday, September 29, 2014

The Return of--The 1973 DC Comics Sticker Sheet! Batman! Superman! Flash!

I've covered this famed mail-away item from 1973 before, but dig this recent eBay win! That's right! It's the entire DC Comics sticker sheet, complete and like-new (tho folded)! Not only is this a terrific display of the many DC superheroes, as they were immortalized in the blistering Bronze Age, but it also represents a spectacular showcase of the best artwork from Curt Swan, Neal Adams, and Gil Kane! It's also loaded with tons of personal memories, as it's one of the very first comics items I ever mailed away for! How I bugged my mom every day after school, inquiring as to its (torturously lengthy) arrival! Then, one day, she presented me with a sturdy mailing tube that held--you guessed it! Click below to enlarge images!

In 1973, when I received (after an unbearable six-to-eight week wait) the sticker
sheet, it seems so darned huge compared to my tiny 3rd-grade self! Heck, it
seems huge now!

The sheet came rolled in a sturdy mailing tube, and many of these images soon
found themselves on doors, walls, and even (in the case of that huge Batman
image) on my parents' truck! That large Green Lantern pose was affixed to
the back of my vinyl jacket! For a day, that is. These things didn't really
adhere well to vinyl...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Special Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Spidey vs. The Hulk! Sorta...Marvel Comics!

Last time, we sat in stunned awe, as a panicked public was turned against Spidey, after being told he was an alien from another world! It was all part of a pitiful plot hatched by the evil Kraven and DAILY BUGLE publisher Jonah Jameson, but it's a very real thorn-in-the-side to the worried Web-Slinger! Now, even the army is gunning for him, as if he's a city-swingin' version of the Hulk (see panel one)! Can our hero clear his name and bring down Kraven and Jameson in the process? Where is sweet Mary Jane during all this drama? And--how much does it cost to ride on the roof of a New York City bus, anyway? More amazing 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Looks like Johnny got a lot of assistance on the art
chores for these strips, possibly from Sal Buscema...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sizzling Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Spidey is a--Robot?! 1979 Marvel Mania!

Last time, we saw a stupefied Spidey try to fight off new accusations that he was really a marauding alien from outer space! Could things possibly get any worse? Sure it can! Now, the panting public posits that the wondrous Web-Spinner is really a recondite robot! It's all part of a sinister smear campaign set up by the cranky Kraven, in cahoots with the ever-joyous J. Jonah Jameson! Can Spidey clear his name and trick the treacherous trapper on his trail? More marvelous (heh) majesty from Stan Lee (writer) and John Romita, Sr. (artist!) Click below to enlarge, then web-whip over to here to see the next thrilling installment!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ZAP! The Joker Strikes! Fabulous "Batman 1966" Custom Action Figure Packaging! Cesar Romero!

You've seen my other custom packaging jobs for the "Batman 1966" Robin and Riddler Mego-style action figures from this line, but now glance below to be knocked out by the Joker's new home! Click images below to enlarge and enjoy!

Above: The original figure with its (very "blah") packaging...

Above: My own custom card, created from several stills of actor Cesar Romero
as the Joker, with added logos, backgrounds, and "splatter" to add a chaotic
60s "pop art" feel!

Above two images: The custom backer card seen with the clamshell!

Above: The Joker figure displayed on his new dynamic custom card! Much better!

As with the others from this line, I tried to continue the basic look of the
packaging, keeping the repeating dot pattern, logos, and overall fun
feel, to tie them all together...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sensational Superhero Shirt! 60s SPIDER-MAN Sartorial Splendor! Marvel Comics!

Back with yet another super shirt that spotlights swell Silver Age artwork! This time, it's me in a terrific tee that sports the cover to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #40, one of the great Marvel comics published in 1966! It goes without saying that this magnificent masterpiece was doodled by jocular John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Monday, September 15, 2014

"1966 Batman!" Seen at the WIZARD WORLD Convention! Adam West! DC Comics!

Just back from the wacky WIZARD WORLD convention, in Richmond, Virginia! I rocked the "1966 Batman" rompers yet again, but this time with some incredible improvements! Click below to enlarge each awesome image!

Above: Me in the costume during an event earlier this year!
It's the "Rubie's" outfit, but with a custom cape and tights!
 I was also never very happy with the floppy mask,
and the "slip-over" boots, so…

Above: I purchased this officially-licensed and
inexpensive (but very nice) rubber mask from overseas!
But, how to address the gap between the neck and shoulders?!

Above: The mask arrives! Its dark blue colors need to be lightened up...

Above: Custom paint and neck-snaps were added to the cowl!

Above: After some applied paints to make the cowl match the cape
color better, here it is, with a modified "Rubie's" mask and yoke beneath it...

But another problem! The above approach really binds the neck,
giving an overall "light-bulb head" effect! Back to the drawing board...

Above: Time to employ my earlier-made custom
yoke/turtleneck, to meet the mask at the neckline…
Thanks to Charlotte Custom Couture for the
new yoke and cape!

Above: ZAP! Along with added custom boots, the new
cowl and neck yoke work like gangbusters! 

Above: Posing with a young Marvel (horrors!) fan! The gentleman
behind me is piping out the "Batman Theme!" Fear Not! No "Batusi
dance" was performed.

Above: I pose with a magnificent "'66 Catwoman," as an unidentified
Beatles (horrors!) fan photo-bombs the awesome event! The fiend!

Above: A crime-fighter's work is never done! Yet another Catwoman joins with
a passionate Poison Ivy to try to sell me---LASIK surgery?!? How did they know?

Above: Posing with a serious STAR WARS fan-family!

Above: The self-named "Crappy Justice League" was also ready
to leap into action! Either Wonder Woman needs a shave, or
I do need eye correction surgery!

Above: Across from the convention center! It's Spider-Man, posing for some
frantic photographers! At least, I hope that's what he was doing!

Above: Another colossal cosplayer and DR. WHO fan!

Above: I'm not sure who these two fine gentleman were
emulating, but their enthusiasm was inspiring! Note that
other hyper hero, the Tick, lurking in the background!

Above: BAM! Burt Ward ("Robin") and Adam West ("Batman") rock the
mikes during a power-packed panel for the multitude of
BATMAN fans in attendance!

Above: What's this? That's right! It's me (center), posing with Burt and
Adam for a once-in-a-lifetime fabulous photo! How much greatness
can ya get into one picture?!