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!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Another BATMAN '66 Blast! Set Designs! The Riddler! Julie Newmar! See AND Hear!

Let's take another swing back to the days of the fabulous 1966 BATMAN ABC-TV show! Click images below to enlarge!

Above six images: Burt Ward ("Robin") and Adam West ("Batman") entertain 
young set visitors, in these posed "photo op" pics! Thanks to Steve Rosinski
for forwarding these pics!

Above: It's Burt Ward, making a wonderful surprise appearance (as Robin) at the
 5th birthday party of a lucky young fan! Thanks to Sean Moloney for this one!

Above: A great 1997 interview/article with Julie Newmar ("Catwoman")!

Above three images: From a 1990s collectibles auction catalog, here are some
very rare BATMAN set and prop designs, probably created by Leslie Thomas

How many do you recognize?

Above two images: Holy Fiasco! A letter detailing a not-so-great
set visit to the BATMAN production stages! Say it ain't so! ZAP!

Above: What's this about? Just click here to hear!

Above: POW! A letter from the BATMAN producers, expressing their distaste over
Frank Gorshin's demands for a Riddler raise! The producers held firm, bringing
in a mustache-festooned John Astin as the Prince of Puzzlers in the 2nd season!

Above: Frank Gorshin ("the Riddler") strikes a pose on the BATMAN set!

Above two images: 1965 letters from Batman comic co-creator Bob Kane, to
production head Bill Dozier, expressing his excitement over the upcoming
BATMAN TV premiere! Bob was never one to miss an opportunity to attach
himself (or his name) to any publicity-garnering events!

Above two images: Two more mighty missives from
Kane! Note his last request! What did I tell ya?

Above: Adam West takes on a young fighting fan during an in-school visit in 1975!
Thanks to Steve Rosinski for the above image!

Above: Adam West and Burt Ward circa 1989, still making convention
appearances in full costume! These would be the last years they'd do so...

Above: Adam, in the UK, filming a cameo for a 1976 episode of
SATURDAY SCENE, hosted by Sally James. Adam appeared as Batman
during a tour of the UK, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the series!

Above four images: Excerpts from a 1966 SUPERHEROES magazine, focusing
on the bombastic BATMAN phenomena! Note how worried fans were
already upset over the show's "camp" tone! Some things never change..

BAT-BONUS! Click below to hear a rare 1989 radio clip! BATMAN TV producer Bill Dozier speaks about how he brought the famed comic book (and a certain other superhero property) to the small screen!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Stan Lee Speaks! Rare 1977 OUI Magazine Interview! Spidey! Hulk! Marvel!

Here's a truly rare one from the vaults! Dig this 1977 OUI magazine article and interview about Stan "The Man" Lee! Done only months before Marvel Comics conquered the TV circuit, with their live-action CBS offerings (such as the long-running INCREDIBLE HULK series), here is Stan letting it all hang out! Say what you want about this controversial figure, but, without his influence and talent, Marvel (and their cavortin' characters) would be only a mere footnote in comics history! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Of course, Stan shoulda been listed as the co-creator of the
Marvel superheroes, as he worked with such artistic luminaries
as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Gene Colan (among others) to

craft the characters and stories...

Want proof of just how revolutionary Stan's approach to
comics (and the fans) truly was? Just click here!

Above: Stan always brought his love of language and literature to the books
he wrote (and co-wrote), and that, added to his (sometimes over-the-top) acting
chops, made for not only memorable comics, but an amazing one-of-a-kind
comics company!

Above: The code approval-less issues of SPIDER-MAN Stan refers to? Click here to see!

BONUS! Click below to see the (censored) cover that housed the above pulse-pounding article!

BONUS BONUS! Click below to glimpse the preview ad for the above indelible interview!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shattering Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "The Rhino-Stopper?!" 1979 Marvel Mania!

Last time, we joined the "gaping crowd" to witness a stupefied Spidey rush into battle against the creepy Kraven! Now, with his powers dulled, can the woebegone Web-Walker stop this jerky jungle man? Can Spidey regain his (somewhat shaky) status with a perplexed public? More rare '79 Sunday SPIDER-MAN strips, by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr….Click below to enlarge!

Above: Again, the artwork this time around looks to be completed
by someone other than Romita..Maybe Larry Lieber?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"1966 Batman" Returns! To the 2014 NC Comicon! Special Guest Stars: Neal Adams! Zatanna! "TV's Frank?!"

Just back from Durham's notorious NC Comicon, with plenty of cosplay-centric pics and surprises! Click each below to enlarge!

Above: Once again, I broke out the "1966 Batman" duds, but this
time it features an all-new cape and other awesome updates!

Above: Batman stalks the aisles! This was one of the few
times the area wasn't cramped with frenzied, frantic fans!

Above: Batman looks out over Gotham--er--I mean Durham!

Above three images: This has to be the greatest bit
of cosplay at the show! Galactus lives! Sorta.

Above: Just a glimpse at what goes on under that cowl!

Above: One congenial cosplayer came completely costumed as "Dr. Forrester," from 
the famed and much-missed MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000! Can "TV's Frank"
be far behind?!

Above: Speak of the devil! It's me with talented actor/writer Frank Conniff!

Above: It's my own lovely wife, Allyson, making an appearance with the Tardis!

Above: Hawkeye and Thor appear, sporting very detailed costumes and accessories!

Above: "Who's this poser?!"

Above: Doc Zaius from PLANET OF THE APES!

Above: The original "kitten with a whip," Catwoman!

Above: How many times can I put this guy in the slammer? The
Penguin returns! Above three images are courtesy!

Above: Time-trippin' with baby Kang!

Above two images: "I'm the (baby) Juggernaut, %^@#$*!!"

Above: The evil Mr. Freeze looks for trouble!

Above: I'm joined by Allyson Bigley as "Robin!"

Above: Artist Neal Adams, cornered and angry!

Above: A magical moment with Zatanna and Batman! 
Hey, who's that other guy on the left? Photo-bomber!!