Sunday, April 26, 2015

Special Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "The Last Quarter!" Marvel Comics!

Last time, we watched in eager anticipation, as Spidey swung into action to stop a new bandit on the scene, the Prowler! But--Is the puzzling Prowler what he seems to be? Will he turn his back on crime and return to the "straight" life? And--Will marvelous Mary Jane ever forgive poor Peter Parker, who had to miss the ballgame in order to appear as the crime-smashing Wall-Crawler? More rare 1979 daily newspaper strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, frantic one!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

POW! TV Batman and Batgirl at Discovery Place! 2015 Colossal Cosplay Contest! DC Comics!

That's right! It was cosplay-mania at this recent "Drink-and-Draw" event, staged at the wonderful kid's museum, Discovery Place, in Charlotte, North Carolina! The venue also hosted a comics-themed "open house," inviting all to attend, and encouraging fervent fans to model superhero costumes and attire! Click below to see all the photos, fun and fan-tastic frolic!

Above: Discovery Place employee and event coordinator, Kalliste Cosplay, poses
as the "TV Batgirl" (as originally portrayed on the famed 60s BATMAN series by actress
Yvonne Craig) for the drink-and-draw group! What an exacting costume!

Above: Now it's my turn to step up for the animated
artists, once again in my "TV Batman" gear!

Above: What's this? It seem we have our own personal rogue's
gallery, "cheering" us on in our art-minded efforts! You can spot

the Riddler (Amberle Linnea) and Catwoman (Tracey Buzzio)!

Above: You try holding a still pose for ten minutes or more! It's tough!
I'm used to being on the other side of this equation! But--Batgirl's arm
begins to weaken after a long pose, so...

Above: ...Batman comes to her aid! The day (and many drawings) is saved!

Above: Now, a duo pose! At least I can lean on somebody for this one!

Above: Hey! Even a superhero can get tired! 

Above: Oh no! The wily Joker (in the person of Vic Goldberg) has made the scene! This we need?

Above: As you can see, Batman went into instant
action against the newly-arrived Joker!

Above four images: Let's take a look at some of the best Bat-drawings from this
awesome event! They're all fabulous! That last one, tho…No comment.

Above: The wowed winner of the contest is flanked by Batman and Batgirl! 

Above four images: Time for Batman to mingle with
the proud citizens at this epochal event!

Shattering Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! The Football Fumble! Marvel Madness!

Last time, we saw a swingin' Spidey take action to avoid an attacking Prowler, at the scene of an in-progress football game! But, the Web-Slinger has made an egregious error in his aim, and now has made enemies (like he needed more?) of the gridiron players! Will he be able to catch (and talk some sense into) this new super-villain? Will he come out unscathed from the oncoming battle? And--How much yardage will the home team lose, thanks to Spidey's unwelcome intervention? More rare 1979 strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sensational Superhero Shirt! Batman and Robin (and Me) in 3-D! DC Comics!

Back again with yet another spectacular superhero shirt! This time, it's a new re-working of the cover to BATMAN 3-D, a gimmick comic originally produced in 1953, during the 3-D craze in movies and print! Click below to enlarge!

Above: The original 1953 comic cover (left), and me (right), with the
new 3-D tee! Cover art was drawn by Curt Swan and Charlie Paris!
But--Why did the tee mavens feel the need to add the
DETECTIVE COMICS title, and drop the fab BATMAN logo?

BONUS! Glimpse below to see yet another re-fitting of the above cover artwork!

Above: A fabulous 1956 cover, created by Curt Swan!

BAT-BONUS! Click below to see yet another use of the above awesome artwork on apparel!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sizzling Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! "Money Can't Buy Happiness!" 1979 Marvel Greatness!

Last time, we saw a put-upon Peter Parker swing into action to stop the off-beat new menace, the pernicious Prowler! Now, the innocent (tho Spidey doesn't know that--yet) super-foe must face off against a fighting-mad Web-Slinger, to prove his guiltless status! But--Has Spidey underestimated this gadget-gimmicked new opponent? Will this little scrap cause sweet Mary Jane to realize that her dull date, Parker, is really the amazing Spider-Man? And--Will we (and the football fans) ever see the end of this game? More rare 1979 newspaper strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

At Last! Hear The Rare 1966 Marvel "Golden Records!" AVENGERS #4!

You asked for it, so here (hear?) it is! Take a look below to learn about the rare 1966 Marvel Comics "Golden Records" audio releases, and even listen to a snippet from one of the actual electrifyin' LPs! Click images below to enlarge!

Above: The four Silver Age Marvel Comics picked to get the "Golden Records" treatment
in 1966! Each LP came packaged with a special reprinting of the featured comic, so
fans could read along with the audio presentation!

Above: A closer look at the AVENGERS #4 LP! Voice actor
Ron Liss also can be heard on this BATMAN disc from '66!

Above: A peek at the back cover of the LP, which touts the educational
value of the book-and-record format, in a sure pitch to skeptical
parents and potential buyers!

Above two images: A sample (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) of the interior 
of AVENGERS #4 (originally published by Marvel in 1964), used for the 
dramatization on the LP featured above!

BONUS! Want to "read along as you listen?" Click below to hear the LP's own version of the above dramatic pulp-covered pages!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Surprising Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! The Prowler Makes His Move! 1979 Marvel Comics!

Last time, we watched as a nervous Peter Parker tried to enjoy a ballgame, thinking he had swayed the Prowler (the latest super-villain on the scene) away from a savage money heist! But--Has the Prowler changed his ways? Will Peter have to bring the sensational Spider-Man into play, in order to truly stop this mysterious new foe?  And--Will Mary Jane change her brand of mouthwash? More rare 1979 Spidey strips, from the magic fingers of Stan Lee (writer) and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Monkees in Japan in 1968! Davy and Micky in 1976! Rare Vintage Pics!

Back again with a barrel of Monkees Madness! Click below to enlarge these rare pics!

Above: The captivating cover to a rare Monkees Japanese concert
tour souvenir book! And, what about the insides of the book? Peek below!

Above: The Monkees arrive in Japan in 1968, for a series of sold-out concerts!

Above five images: The Monkees live in concert, in Japan!
The group had stops in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto!

Above three images: The band during Tokyo press conferences, held during their far East tour in '68!

Above: The Monkees on the set of "Art For Monkees' Sake" in
1967 (left), and the band during their UK press
conference in 1967 (right)!

Above: Davy Jones, pulling a pint and enjoying a fag, during a
rare return to his home turf in Manchester, England, in 1967!

Above: Peter and Micky (with Davy in background) chat between
takes, on location for the episode, "Hillbilly Honeymoon!" 

Above: Tho the lyric deciphering is not quite correct, dig that fab pic faded behind the text! 

Above two images: More outrageous out-takes from the 1966
TV GUIDE photo session of the band! Click here for more!

Above two images: Here's (some of) the band in 1976, reconstituted
as DOLENZ, JONES, BOYCE & HART!  Plus: Davy hits the tennis
courts, the thing in the 70s!