Monday, July 31, 2017

Aquaman! Supreme Master of All--Bird Life?! Odd 1963 DC Tale!

We all know Aquaman. He lives beneath the waves, and commands all sea creatures, big or small. But, what's this? Here is the King of the Seven Seas using his famed telepathic powers to command--birds?! That's right! From this odd 1963 WORLD'S FINEST tale, we see a beleaguered Sea King pressed into desperate action, turning to his last resort of mastering nearby birds to (wait for it) carry him (and Aqualad) aloft to the scene of danger! The craziest thing about this? It's not his first time doing such! Click here to see other examples of Aquaman telling birds what to do! Click images (with great art by Ramona Fradon) below to enlarge and enjoy!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Remembering "Fabulous" Flo Steinberg.

Any fan of the Silver Age of Marvel Comics will know the name of Flo Steinberg. Flo performed "gal Friday" tasks (ask your parents) around Marvel then, essentially becoming Stan Lee's valuable right hand, during this busy time of production and creative flowering for the up-and-coming comics fireball firm. 

Above: A wonderful illo by Marie Severin, spotlighting
just a few of Flo's voluminous duties at Marvel!

Sadly, Flo passed away this week, causing many a Marvelitte to flash back on her generosity (sometimes answering fan letters, and responding with packages of back-issue comics or hand-written letters from Stan or available Bullpeners), her warmth (she also had to handle those who showed up unannounced at the Marvel offices, eager to bother busy creators at work), and her plain ol' wonderful upbeat attitude. 

Above two images: Flo was spotlighted in this
offbeat 1978 issue of WHAT IF--? With awesome
art by 60s Bullpen partner Jack Kirby, yet!

I'll leave it to other sites to list Flo's many other accomplishments and life details. I'm happy to just trot out this little audio gem below. It's the famed 1966 "Voices of Marvel," a shameless piece of promotion for the the then-new comics firm, and their fan club (the Merry Marvel Marching Society). The disc leaves us with the actual invaluable voices of many departed comics greats, even as they yuk it up thru some very threadbare comedy material. Listen, raise your MMMS membership card, and enjoy!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Unseen 1968 Marie Severin HULK Annual Cover Art! Silver Age Sensation!

You read right! Below we have even more original comic art by mirthful Marie Severin!  Sure, everyone knows (and loves) jocular Jim Steranko's iconic '68 HULK annual cover (click here for it, and how Marie Severin was involved in that, too), but here is the unused and unseen original cover for that sublime Silver Age bombshell! Tho very different from the published version, Marie swoops in with action, drama, movement, and Marvel magic! Marie somehow fits in not only ol' Greenskin, but also Black Bolt and the rest of the irascible Inhuman gang! Click below to enlarge!

Above, left: The original unused Marie Severin cover art for
HULK annual #1, and (right) the published Steranko cover!
Note (on the original art) the autograph from editor/writer Roy Thomas!
Big (Glee) thanks to comics fan Narayan Skye for the above art scan!

BONUS: Cast your orbs below, and glance at how Newton, an Australian publisher, used the above rejected cover art, for this mid-70s reprint comic! Thanks to Mac Max Talley for this one!