Monday, January 26, 2015

More Monumental MONKEES Mayhem! Concerts! Conventions! 1968 to 1997! See and Hear!

Swing back into action with another look at classic MONKEES moments! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Some rare shots of the band, snapped during their
1968 Far East tour! From the liner notes of the 1979

Above three images: From an eBay auction, rare pics of the Monkees on the set of
their TV series in 1967, filming the 2nd season episode, "It's a Nice Place to Visit!"

Above five images: From the 1968 paperback book, INSIDE POP, here is a concise
look at the origins of the group, their struggles for musical ownership and
authenticity, and much more!

Above three images: Taken by me in 1986, here are some shots from the
now-classic Monkees Convention held in Philadelphia! The last was snapped
during the band's convention-topping live show at Philly's Mann Music Center!

Above images: Peter Tork,  live in Lewisville, North Carolina! He performed
along with long-time pal James Lee Stanley (seen towering behind Peter in that
one pic), and wowed all attending fans! That last set of pics were
snapped by Cindy Bryant!

Above two images: From a UK publication, here is a late-90s piece on
Davy Jones, known in England as one of the performers on the long-running
CORONATION STREET TV series, in addition to his MONKEES role!

BONUS! Click below to hear a rare 1994 audio clip of Davy Jones, live on the BOB & SHERI SHOW from Charlotte, North Carolina! Davy discusses the Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, and even destroys an on-air live commercial spot! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shattering Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! The Prowler's Plans! Marvel!

Last time, we sat in stupefying suspense, as Spidey was suckered into a surreptitious skirmish with the newest super-foe (or is he a superhero?) on the scene, the Prowler! Now, we focus in to see exactly what the Prowler's plans are! Is he a bigger threat to the Web-Head than previously thought? Will Spidey be able to convince him to abandon his ill-thought schemes? More mile-high magic from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, then web-swing over to here for the next full-color installment!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sizzling Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! The Prowler Makes His Play! MarvelMania!

Last time, we puzzled along with Peter Parker, as he tried to untangle the mystery of the new super-villain (and would-be Spidey murderer), the Prowler! How does the presence of Hobie Brown (the window washer) tie to this startling super-foe? Will Spidey fall into the Prowler's trap, only to find out the answer to these riddles too late? More rare 1979 SPIDER-MAN daily strips, from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, then web-walk over to here for the next exciting installment!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Monkees! On Stage in '67! Peter's Tell-All Book from '76! Davy and Micky in '78!

Back again with more maniacal morsels mentioning the MONKEES! Click each below to enlarge!

Above: The Monkees, live in concert in 1967! Courtesy the "Monkees Headquarters" group!

Above: Micky, on the set of the "Monkees Marooned" episode,
catching up on the doings of his favorite rock stars in his favorite
magazine, while reporters and photographers grab more
material for upcoming issues!

Above, left: The colorful German cover for the group's fourth
LP, "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones, Ltd." Also included is the
more subdued USA version (above, right)! Click here to see how that
color-blasted image was re-purposed, many years later!

Above three images: Actual type-written notes and interviews for Peter Tork's
never-completed "tell-all" book, from 1976! Several of the teen magazines of
the day heralded the book, which Peter once said "would blow the lid off the
whole Monkees thing!" Say, Peter could still complete this tome, any day now..

Above four images: Davy and Micky on the road in 1977, after
touring the previous year with Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
From the Dave Farley collection.

Above: Micky and Davy in Harry Nilsson's play, THE POINT, in 1977!

Above: Davy and Micky serve up their vital statistics, in this 16 MAGAZINE
spread from 1978! The guys were getting coverage then, due to afternoon
syndicated reruns of THE MONKEES around the country! I recall looking at
Davy's shirt then, and thinking, "Steak & Ale? That must be some exclusive
Hollywood restaurant!"  I was 12.

Monday, January 12, 2015

POW! Robin and His "Choke Hold!" Batman! 1973 Albert Bigley Art! DC Comics?!

Another journey into the vast vaults that house my childhood (child-ish?) drawings! This time, I come out with this 1973 masterpiece, whipped up by an 8-year-old me, featuring Batman's own teen sidekick, Robin! Callously cribbed from a re-issued 1967 BATMAN coloring book, here is Robin administering a very savage choke hold (while busting a few fingers in the process) to some felon or super-foe helper! Click below to enlarge, if ya must!

Above: So, the wretched robber is being apprehended in front of a rope-festooned
trap? In front of the very bank he was robbing (or is that a bank sign)? All for that
tiny bag of change he's dropping? And--Is that blood on the crooks' shirt!?

Above: The coloring book page that inspired me to craft such timeless art!

Above: Yet another inspiration for the above superhero sketch! I was so crazed
with the Aurora Robin model kit, that I had to include its tipped-over
chemical platform in my drawing!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Surprising SPIDER-MAN 70s Sunday Strips! Spidey Saves Parker?! Marvel Comics Strikes!

Last time, we survived the shock of seeing Peter Parker almost falling to his death! He survived, thanks to his amazing spider-powers, but now ol' Pete has to spin a web of white lies to cover his secret identity! Are his friends and ever-suspicious co-workers really fooled by his tale? And--How does Hobie Brown figure into the mystery of the new Spider-Man foe (and would-be murderer), the Prowler? More rare 1979 color Sunday strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

BONUS! Click below to read all about artist John Romita, Sr., in this mid-80s bio from MARVEL AGE!

The writer of the above pulsatin' piece is Owen McCarron, the
guru behind the great 70s MARVEL FUN BOOK series!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

George Tuska! Marvel Comics Rarities and Sketchcards! Iron Man Meets Batman?!

Once again, let's take a look at some comic art rarities from an under-appreciated master, the late George Tuska! Click each image below to enlarge!

Above two images: George's gorgeous pencilled art for Marvel's hand-drawn "sketchcards!"
George centers on Iron Man, a character he's most associated with, due to his years-long
run on Shell-Head's book in the 70s!

Above: A moody take on Batman, seen here in this fan
commissioned piece! See another one here!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Shocking Sunday SPIDER-MAN Sunday Strips! "I've Become a--Murderer!" Marvel Comics!

Last time, we saw a put-upon Peter Parker pushed thru a widow from the mile-high Daily Bugle offices! Now, he struggles to save himself while keeping his Spidey identity a secret, but with some unfortunate results! But--Has the evil (or is he?) Prowler escaped for good? Can Spidey find him before he creates more havoc? What is the strange secret behind this new super-foe? More rare daily SPIDER-MAN strips from Stan Lee and John Romita.Sr.! Click below to enlarge, frantic one!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Batman! His 1939 Origin Tale! 1974 DYNAMITE Magazine Feature! POW!

At last! I've featured all the other "Superheroes Confidential" spots from 70s DYNAMITE magazines, and here is the final one! This nifty 1974 article looks back on the 1939 origin of Batman, from the minds and hands of creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger! Who he is and how he came to be! Sure, everyone and their uncle knows this story now, but in the 70s, with comics reprints and back issue very hard to get, it was solid gold to us kids! Click below to enlarge! Click here to see more DYNAMITE doings!

Wanna learn more about Robin's origin? Click here for a rare treat!