Tuesday, 22 July 2014

PART TWO OF THE COMPLETE FANTASTIC FOUR COVER & IMAGE GALLERY...



Welcome back!  Couldn't keep away, could you?  And who can
possibly blame you when there's some classic comicbook art by both
JOHN BUSCEMA and JACK KIRBY on display.  THE COMPLETE
FANTASTIC FOUR was a terrific MARVEL U.K. weekly periodical
which filled us in on the then-relatively recent adventures of the Fab
Four (no, Melvin, not THE BEATLES) , plus super classic stories
from the early '60s.  Who could ask for more for a mere 10 pence?

I suppose it's a shame that all these titanic tales weren't in colour,
but British readers were used to the majority of their regular weeklies
being mainly in black and white.  On the plus side (as I noted last time),
Marvel had finally managed to master the use of ZIPATONE (that's the
U.S. equivalent of LETRASET) so that the grey tones didn't obscure
the detail on the art, as had once been the case with previous titles.

Anyway, that's enough waffle from me.  I now unleash upon you
highlights from another three issues of  The Complete Fantastic Four.
More CFF still to come, frantic ones - be sure not to miss them!
  










MY PARTNER THE GHOST...



MY PARTNER THE GHOST was the American title for
ITC's RANDALL & HOPKIRK (DECEASED) when it was
broadcast in the States in the '70s.  The theme tune by EDWIN
ASTLEY is a belter, but so also is the DAVID ARNOLD theme
(sung by NINA PERSSON) from the 2000-'01 BBC remake.
Here's the latter in all its ghostly glory to send a shiver of
pleasure down your spine.

CRIVENS! JACK KIRBY'S CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN COVER & IMAGE GALLERY - PART THREE...



Now we're into the good stuff.  WALLY WOOD takes JACK
KIRBY's superb storytelling prowess to even greater levels with his
sublime delineation of DC COMICS' CHALLENGERS OF THE
UNKNOWN.  "Greater than the sum of its parts" is a bit of a cliche,
but never was it more true than when Kirby and Wood were com-
bined on the art duties of this iconic comicbook from the '50s.

As great as JOE SINNOTT, VINCE COLLETTA and MIKE
ROYER were (and I know we'll get some stick over the inclusion of
VC's name there), no one ever enhanced Kirby's art better than Wally
Wood  did - bar none.  (ALFREDO ALCALA did a great job inking
JK's pencils on DESTROYER DUCK, and had Jack been at the top
of his game at the time, the results would've been comparable to his
Wood-inked  Challs pages.  They almost were - but not quite.)

Anyway, that's my opinion on the matter.  Feel perfectly free
to disagree in the comments section - or even just say what your
favourite Challengers cover is.  Go on - be the first!
  







Monday, 21 July 2014

COMPUTER GENERATED FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER...



Having looked at KEN REID's FRANKIE STEIN,
let's now turn our attention to the original inspiration for the
strip - FRANKENSTEIN.  What we have above is a CGI clip
that someone made a while back.  I'd love to see a full-colour
remake of the 1931 movie, with a CGI BORIS KARLOFF
MONSTER.  Anyone feel the same?

PANEL-BY-PANEL - FRANKIE STEIN...



I've featured this FRANKIE STEIN page before, but this time I
thought I'd scan it from the original artwork and present it panel-by-
panel, the better for you to appreciate the mastery of KEN REID's
awesome artwork.  It's when you see art of this high standard that you
realise how woefully inferior some of the pages in the last incarnation
of THE DANDY were.  (Regardless of the feeble protestations
to the contrary of some misguided souls.)

To enjoy each panel at its best, click to enlarge.
















And below is the published page from WHAM! #134,
January 7th 1967.

BABE OF THE DAY - YVONNE CRAIG...



Here's the beautiful BATGIRL (alias YVONNE CRAIG) in
between night-time patrols around GOTHAM CITY.  Funny
way to do the ironing 'though, don't you think? 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

PART TWO OF JACK KIRBY'S CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN COVER & IMAGE GALLERY...



No, you're eyes do not deceive you - I've moved some of the images
from part one over to here, in order to allow me to add new images to the
previous instalment.  So, although you've already seen some of these pages,
this post also contains half a dozen new ones to thrill and amaze you.  Well,
what are you waiting for?  JACK KIRBY's pulsating piccies lie before you -
and don't forget to revisit the expanded version of part one - or return for
the penultimate serving of CHALLEGERS OF THE UNKNOWN -
coming soon to CRIVENS!  (Absolutely the best blog you've ever
read in the last 30 seconds.)