Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PART TWO OF NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN COVER GALLERY...


Layout by Carmine Infantino, inks by Neal Adams

Out of the last few posts I've published, by far the most popular has
been part one of this NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN cover gallery series.
So, being smarter than the average bear, I figure that means there's quite
a few of you out there in bloggerland who wouldn't be averse to seeing
a few more of Neal's Dynamic Covers  from way back when.

Well, whaddaya know - here are some right here, right
now, to whet your appetite. Talk about timing, eh?! 

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano & Vince Colletta

Pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Neal Adams

Layout by Carmine Infantino, inks by Neal Adams

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

PART SIX OF SMASH! COVER GALLERY...



As I gad about the streets of Glasgow, mingling with ordinary
people and bathing in their silent but obvious admiration (egotist?
Nah!), one thought is constantly on my mind: "What can I share with
my blog members next!" Yes, hard as it may be for you to believe, you're
never far from my thoughts as I strive to bring you the very best pictorial
presentations and nostalgic nick-nacks that my vast and voluminous,
 captivating collection encompasses. (Don't you just love awesome
alliteration, even when it's mostly redundant?)

Of course, there are times when any old tat will do - but fear not, 
this isn't one of those occasions. What you see before you is another
half-dozen covers from one of the best-loved periodicals of the 1960s -
SMASH! Perhaps you need to have experienced them first time around
to truly appreciate their charm, but for those of you who did, I'm sure
you'll be truly grateful to be reunited with these fondly-recalled
covers from childhood. Just make out the cheques to...

Another six coming soon!





FABULOUS FLASHBACKS - COUNTDOWN TO TV ACTION ANNUAL...



 Launched in 1971, COUNTDOWN was, to all intents and purposes,
an attempt to duplicate the former success of the now declining TV21.
With the inclusion of GERRY ANDERSON related content and (instead
of THE DALEKS) DOCTOR WHO, the fact it was edited by TV21's
former art editor DENNIS HOOPER made comparison between the
two periodicals inevitable.


Initially, I ignored the comic - until it started to reprint (usually in black
and white) strips from TV CENTURY 21 itself. Even as a boy, I had an
overdeveloped sense of nostalgia, so the comic suddenly became a 'must-
have' for me. Truth to tell 'though, my strongest memories of the paper
are from when it metamorphosed into TV ACTION with #59.


Something else I ignored was the hardback Annual incarnation of the
weekly. In fact, I'm not even sure if I was aware of them at the time they
were published. However, a year or two back, someone gifted me the first
two in the series, and I recently acquired the third and final one, thereby
completing my collection of them. The first is simply titled COUNT-
DOWN, the second, COUNTDOWN FOR TV ACTION, and
the third, TV ACTION.


Being a rather generous chappie (somewhat against the Scottish
stereotype of tight-fisted meanie), I thought I'd share the covers and
some of the contents with you in this post. So, if you had these Annuals
when you were a youngster, you can relive precious moments from your
childhood or teenage years. If you're clapping eyes on them for the first
time, it gives you a chance to see what boring old farts like your dad
were reading over 40 years ago. Either way, you're a winner!








Monday, 14 April 2014

NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...


Pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Neal Adams

Raise your hand if you like the art of NEAL ADAMS. Wait 'til I
count 'em - one, two, three - h'mm, the pubs must still be open. Never
mind, I'll just assume that everybody likes Natty Neal's awesome artwork
and present a series of covers either pencilled and inked by him, or inked
by him over another's pencils. That way, we get the best of both worlds.
Ready? Then away we go! (See? Who says intros have to be long
and boring? Sure wasn't me!) 

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils and inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

THE DOCTOR IS IN - TV COMIC (PART THREE)...


Art by Neville Main

Coloured for DOCTOR WHO CLASSIC COMICS #2 in
1993, here are another two episodes of The Doctor's comic strip
from TV COMIC #s 676 & 677, cover-dated November 28th
and December 5th 1964 respectively.

Maybe one day, someone will get around to tying in JOHN
and GILLIAN with regular TV continuity (if it hasn't been done
already). Were they the brother and sister of SUSAN? Does TV
Comic's Doctor, seemingly like PETER CUSHING's, come from
an alternate reality? We deserve to be told - so someone please
tell us before we get much older.

In the meantime, however, enjoy these pages from the
start of the Doctor's comic strip career.



Sunday, 13 April 2014

THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING...


ISBN: 978-1-905239-30-6

Are you a fan of CAPTAIN BRITAIN? If so, five volumes
worth keeping an eye out for in your local comicbook store are the
five MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVELS reprinting all the CB stories from his
own weekly title in 1976, right up to the last issue of his monthly title in '86 -
and every titanic tale in between. The first volume came out in 2007 and the
final one in 2011, but they've probably been reprinted since, as I saw volume
one with a different cover advertised on AMAZON a just few months back.
There's also been at least one OMNIBUS volume, but as the early stories
are scanned from original issues, it's slightly more obvious than in the
smaller softcover editions, where it's barely noticeable.

Alas, I can't scan the interiors without cracking the spines, so
you'll have to take my word that the quality in these PANINI-published
volumes is extremely good, and you'd have to look twice to notice that the
early tales are, as I mentioned, scans from published comics. They're well-
worth having if you want to own every CB adventure from '76 to '86. Each
book has informative intros by comics pros like CHRIS CLAREMONT,
HERBE TRIMPE, STEVE PARKHOUSE, GARY FRIEDRICHRON
WILSON, BOB BUDIANSKY, DAVE THORPE, ALAN DAVIS
and DEZ SKINN, plus various other bonus features.

I noticed some volumes in my local FORBIDDEN PLANET a
few months back, so I'd imagine they're still available to order  for the
discerning Marvelite who wants to add them to his personal library.
  
ISBN: 978-1-905239-72-6

ISBN: 978-1-84653-401-0

ISBN: 978-1-84653-433-1

ISBN: 978-1-84653-459-1

DOES THIS HAVE THE X-FACTOR? PART ONE...


Cover art by Sandy Plunket

The very first MARVEL INDEXES (or INDICES, if you prefer)
were produced by PACIFIC COMICS DISTRIBUTORS from around
1976-'82 and then by MARVEL COMICS themselves, who have issued
various versions over the years. Two of the best ones were THE X-MEN
and THE AVENGERS series in 1987, the former being six issues and
the latter seven.

What distinguished them from earlier and later versions (the ones
I've seen anyway) was the fact that the cover reproductions were printed
almost full-size, and the odd variation aside, were mostly faithful to the way
they'd been originally published. They also sported some nice new cover
art, and 'pin-up' splash pages by various then-current Marvel artists.

Have a look at the first three and, if you like what you see, let me
know and I'll show you the other three; then perhaps I might let you
have a peek at The Avengers Index. Go on - whaddya say?


Splash page art  by John Romita Jr & Klaus Janson


Cover art by Walt Simonson


Splash page art by Walt Simonson


Cover art by Tom Grindberg & Tom Palmer


Splash page art by Tom Grindberg & Tom Palmer