Thursday, 5 May 2016

OOOH! FANTASTIC FREE GIFT SCAR(E)S PARENTS...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

The first issue of FANTASTIC I ever purchased was #7,
but the first one I saw was #3.  That was on a trip into Glasgow
with my parents and brother one Saturday, but as its free gift was a
disgusting piece of 'confectionery' of which I never partake, I wasn't
much interested in the comic.  The first I recall being aware of the
new title however, was with #2, mainly because of the stooshie
caused by the free gift.  It perhaps seems ridiculous nowadays,
but it certainly made a fuss back in the dark ages of 1967.

Whether it was a genuine story or one cobbled up by bored
journalists on a slow news week, I remember Scottish presenter
BILL TENNENT doing a 'piece' on the STV news about parents
being worried that children who couldn't get the comic and free gift
of 'scar' stickers might take to disfiguring themselves with knives in
order to create their own set of scars.  Are kids really that stupid?
Some might be, certainly, but I rather think they'd be more likely
to draw their own scars and stick them onto their skin than
reach for the penknife dad gave them for Christmas.

Bill Tennent was a well-known Scottish TV presenter, and I'm
surprised to see that he retired from TV in the late '70s to run the
MARIE STUART Hotel in Glasgow.  I was even more surprised
to learn that he died in 1993 at the too young age of only 59.  He was
such a fixture of television in Scotland that most people around my age
will be saddened to learn of his passing if they weren't already aware of
it.  Remember the programme TIMESLIP?  For years I was sure that
it was Bill who did the introductory piece at the beginning of the first
episode, until I watched it on video in the mid-'90s. and saw it was
PETER FAIRLEY.  Perhaps Bill did the intro shown in Scot-
land as he was better-known here?  Anyone know?

Anyway, that's two subjects covered under one banner.
You sure get your money's worth on this blog.  Take a look
at the controversial stickers below.  Do they make you want to
cut yourself, or merely print out a copy and stick them all
over your face and wrists?  Either way, you're a nutter!


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

JIM REEVES IS A BLUE BOY...



JIM REEVES sounded great singing 'live', but
occasionally he had to lip-sync to his own record-
ings for some reason or other on TV shows.  Here's
one such time, but it's a great song nevertheless.
Feeling off-colour, Jim?  Tell us all about it...

BABE OF THE DAY - RAQUEL WELCH...



I can't recall if I've shown this pic before,
but who cares if I have.  When you look as
good as RAQUEL WELCH does, a little
repetition is no bad thing, right?  I knew
you'd agree.  Drool cups on standby.

SMASH! COVER GALLERY - PART ELEVEN...



You begged, pleaded and demanded - but I'm still not
going anywhere!  And look what I've got for you!  Another six
sizzling covers of the '60s & '70s sensation known as SMASH!
This was the new, MARVEL reprints-free Smash!, yet it had its
own charm and is still fondly-remembered by those who read it
back in the day.  So relive your youth (or see what you missed
if you're a youngster) by copping a gander at these six
scintillating covers featuring SIMON TEST.







PART EIGHT OF 'NEW' SUPERMAN COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Another bunch of SUPERMAN covers, from a time when
Supes was looking distinctly like a hippy.  Man, are these tales
going to look dated when DC get around to reprinting them.  As
you can see, they're not completely consecutive, but don't let that
spoil your enjoyment.  Anyway, let's forego my usual woeful
waffle and get straight into the pretty piccies.  Enjoy.
   



...'cos he wouldn't get his hair cut


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

ALSO BARKED ZARA THUSTRASIA...


My dog has a fine pair of balls - which belonged to her predecessor

On this very day 30 years ago, my dog ZARA was born.
I brought her home on July 12th, and the first thing she did was
take a dump on the living-room carpet..  Took me ages to get her
house-trained, but she had a very placid nature.  I could take bones
from her without incident and she never bit anyone in her 12 and a
half-odd years of life.  I took loads of photos of her over the years
so I thought I'd show some of them here to mark her birthday.
She was registered with the Kennel Club under the name of
 ZARA THUSTRASIA, which was a feminization of the
name ZARATHUSTRA, as in 'Also Sprach...'

So enjoy the photos and then give your own dog a pat on
the head to show how much you love and appreciate it.

"What did you wake me for?" she's asking

The bold Moonmando and Zara

Ain't she sweet?

My mate Peter from primary school gets a warm (but wet) welcome

"What do you mean 'Get down Shep'?  Who's Shep?"

Don't worry about me - I'm winning!

"What're you looking at?"

"Hey, it's snowing!"

Zara, with my old primary school in the background

Zara and me on the family estate.  (Cough!)

Having fun in the back garden

"I'll just pose here for a minute!"

Zara Thustrasia - 1986 - 1998

Monday, 2 May 2016

DON STARR IN THE DRAMA OF DOOM - PART FIVE...



Two episodes of DON STARR's adventure, The DRAMA
Of DOOM, this time out, folks.  That's four pages from yesteryear
to thrill and enthrall you, first published in TERRIFIC back in 1967.
I'm unsure whether it was reprinted from an earlier comic, but the pages
were certainly originally drawn for a traditional U.K.-sized weekly, as
you can see (if you look closely enough) that they've been re-sized
to fit Terrific's different dimensions.  Enjoy!



'NEW' SUPERMAN COVER GALLERY - PART SEVEN...


Images copyright DC COMICS

A mixed bag of covers for you this time around, folks.  Only
the first two are consecutive, the others being isolated issues I
bought at irregular intervals.  Love the above one 'though, which
is a nod to JACK KIRBY's debut JIMMY OLSEN ish (#133).
The one directly below is also a corker, with JERRY ORDWAY
demonstrating why he's one of the finest artists ever to grace
the comicbook medium.  Incidentally, number 50 is based
on the famous AURORA model kit from the 1960s.

Got a favourite?  Leave a comment saying why you're a fan
of 'The Ordster' - you never know, he may even see it.





Sunday, 1 May 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - LEE MERIWETHER...



The lovely LEE MERIWETHER - looking
just a tad like a young JOAN COLLINS in
this pic.  Lee just steals it for me 'though.

PART FOUR OF DON STARR IN THE DRAMA OF DOOM...



It's been a while, but I haven't forgotten DON STARR in The
DRAMA Of DOOM, so here's part four.  Originally published in
TERRIFIC back in 1967, it was an odd-but-welcome fit along-
side the MARVEL reprints which filled the weekly periodical.
Any memories, frantic fans?  Feel free to share.
  

Saturday, 30 April 2016

ASTONISHING TALES COVER & SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

ASTONISHING TALES was a great little comic, lasting for
36 issues from 1970 to '76.  JACK KIRBY had some of his last
work for MARVEL published in the first couple of issues (before
departing for DC - 'though he would return), and WALLY WOOD's
last regular strip for The House Of Ideas featured in #s 1-4.  Let's
face it, with artists like Kirby and Wood, as well as BARRY SMITH
and GEORGE TUSKA, the mag got off to a flying start.  Here are
the covers and splash pages from the first five issues for your
consideration and enjoyment.

Incidentally, when Wally Wood heard that Jack had defected
to DC, he contacted them to offer his services as inker of Jack's
new mags - only to be told that VINCE COLLETTA had already
been given the gig.  Now, I actually like Colletta's inks over Kirby's
pencils, but can you imagine how great the FOURTH WORLD
mags would've looked had they been inked by Woody?

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