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!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Shocking Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Is Spidey an "Alien Menace?!" Marvel Mayhem!

Last time, we sat terrified, as Spidey was publicly accused of being--a space alien?! Now, a fickle (and greedy) public turns on the woebegone Web-Spinner, even as our hero sets out to find a way to make a few greenbacks! Can Spidey clear his name again? Will he be able to overcome this latest lethal scheme from the cantankerous Kraven? And--how do you clean discarded beef stew out of a Spidey costume? More rare 1979 newspaper strips from smilin' Stan Lee and jazzy John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, faithful one!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Big Batty BATMAN Blow-Out! 1966 TV Series Pics, Rarities, and Sounds!

Swing back into action with more sensational '66 BATMAN TV series oddities! Click below to enlarge each!

Above two images: The high-dollar retailer Hammacher Schlemmer actually
cover-featured licensed replicas of the famed 1966 Batmobile! You can have
your own for a mere $200,000! Thanks to Mike Waller for sending this one!

Above three images: The venerable FILMFAX magazine ran this fabulous interview
with "Batwriter" Stanley Ralph Ross, one of the main crafters of the '66 show!

Above: Clipped from a 1966 fan mag, here is a quick synopsis
of the then-upcoming BATMAN feature film!

Above: Holy caloric intake! Here is a custom birthday cake created for
the King of Kustomizers (and crafter of the TV Batmobile), George Barris!

Above: A sizzling '66 article on the overwhelming wave of bountiful
Bat-merchandise that covered the planet during that mid-60s bout of "Batmania!"

Above: Adam West goes thru his paces as the Caped Crusader, while
filming the pilot episode for the series! Dig that handy Bat-extinguisher! 

Above: A striking '66 ad for one of the many recordings of the
memorable "Batman Theme!" This particular melodic offering, however, is
by the actual writer of the zippy tune!

BAT-BONUS! Click below to hear another rare cut from the kid-themed BATMAN MUSICAL STORIES LP, from titanic Tifton Records!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1975 DAREDEVIL Cover Rough Design! Gil Kane! Marvel Comics Bronze Age!

As fans well know, gregarious Gil Kane produced a prodigious palette of pandemonium-producing cover designs for Marvel Comics in the 70s, and here is another of his amazing pencil roughs! This dandy design was doodled for the captivating cover of GIANT-SIZE DAREDEVIL #1, from 1975! The "Giant Size" line was a short-lived experiment with yet another different comics package (at a time when many formats were trotted out by both Marvel and DC Comics, including expanded page editions, oversized comics, all-reprint books, magazines, digests, etc…), but was phased out within a year of its debut…Click below to enlarge another Gil Kane masterpiece!

Above, left: Gil's pencilled rough for the finished cover (right) to
GIANT-SIZE DAREDEVIL #1, with inks by fearless Frank Giacoia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Original 1975 SPIDEY SUPER STORIES Original Comic Art! John Romita Strikes!

Here's another rare piece of original comic art from the master himself, John Romita, Sr.! Dig this fabby 1975 cover to SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #10, from '75! Seems so simple, yet Johnny once again brings his trademark sense of action, design, and drama to this cover of the long-running kid's educational mag! Click below to enlarge and enjoy, web-heads!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Superb Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Mary Jane? Carole? Kraven? '79 Marvel Greatness!

Last time, we were stunned to hear the evil Kraven announce his theory that Spider-Man has to be an alien from another world! But now, nobody is laughing, including a put-upon Peter Parker! Kraven is a master tracker, so Spidey better be on guard! Can he defeat this evil jungle jerk and still make time with magnificent Mary Jane? Can he ever shake free from the unwanted attention of Jonah Jameson? And, what's more embarrassing--roller disco or the "Hero's Hunt" dance? More 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, Web-Heads!

Note how writer Lee weaves in past details, such as Harry
and Flash's disco, and the recenlty-departed Carole!  Most
newspaper comic strips were/are concerned with keeping
reader's attention on a daily basis, rarely requiring them
to recall past plots and characters!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The History of the Supergirl/Batgirl Team! Bronze Age DC Comics Madness!

Torn brutally from the pages of a mid-70s DC Comics "Super Spectacular" edition, here is a fabulous feature on the memorable Supergirl/Batgirl team-ups! You'd think that DC woulda paired the two heroines more often, as they were among their best known characters, but this cute combo was seen very rarely then! Click below to enlarge and learn!

Above: We get to see some swell art excerpts
from Neal Adams, Curt Swan, and Jack Abel!

BONUS! Click below to enlarge the very covers that housed the above-mentioned adventures!

Above: The cover to 1967's WORLD'S FINEST
#169, by Curt Swan and George Klein! 

Above: The cover to 1968's WORLD'S
FINEST #176, by Neal Adams!