Monday, 30 March 2015

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - MARTINE BESWICK...



MARTINE BESWICK is an absolute corker of a
BOND BABE, as you can see for yourself in this still
from THUNDERBALL.   Don't you just hate SEAN
CONNERY for all the cracking burds he got paid to
snog in his movie career?  S'not fair! 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN - PART THREE...



When I first saw the cover of UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-
MAN #15, I did a double-take.  "What am I doing on the cover of
that comic?" I asked myself, seeing as how I had a double-breasted suit,
hairstyle and beard just like GORDON SAVINSKI.  (To say nothing of
the same first name.)  And believe it or not (shock, horror) there are some
who'll tell you that, just like him, I'm a bit of a b@st@rd.  (It's not true of
course - I'm the epitome of niceness.  (Ask my good buddies - SADDAM,
ADOLF and VLADIMIR.  Two of them are dead, but it shouldn't be
a problem if you can reach a happy medium.)

Anyway, that's enough guff from me, enjoy part three!


















Saturday, 28 March 2015

WHIZZER & CHIPS ANNUAL COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...



WHIZZER & CHIPS came out in October 1969 and lasted
one week past its 21st (uncelebrated) birthday issue in 1990.  The
first Annual came out towards the end of 1970 (for '71), and the last
one came out in 1993 (for '94) - making a total of 24 Annuals in all.
However, there was a  25th Annual in 2014 (for '15), with material
reprinted from earlier books in the run.  (What a comeback, eh?
A whole 21 years after the previous Annual.)

Here then, is the first instalment in a four part series of Whizzer
& Chips Annual covers, which, hopefully, you'll all enjoy.  Have
you any happy memories of receiving one of these bumper books
for Christmas when you were a lad?  Then the comments section
awaits your joyous reminiscences.

******

It's just hit me on re-reading this post that the weekly Whizzer
& Chips will have been absent from our newsagents' counters for
25 years come October.  That of course means that it's been gone
four years longer than it lasted.  Gone for a quarter of a century!
Where did the time go?  I'm numb at the thought.





THE CRUNCH COVER GALLERY - PART SEVEN...



So here we are again, with yet another instalment of THE
CRUNCH cover gallery - despite there seeming to be little or no
interest in this D.C. THOMSON title from the late 1970s.  I guess
it was exactly the same back then, otherwise the weekly periodical
would've been around for longer than it was - a mere 54 issues.  Still,
if you've nothing better to do, it won't kill you to take a moment to
cop a gander at these pulsating piccies from yesteryear.  Is there
anyone out there who remembers this comic?
   







NEVER BE WITHOUT A BEANO - ESPECIALLY ONE FROM 1954...


All images copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

Thanks to a generous benefactor, I now own issue #646
of THE BEANO from 1954.  Just think - WATKINS, REID,
BAXENDALE and LAW - all in one comic.  Things seldom (if
ever) got better than this, and I'm sharing these masterpieces
of art with all you Criv-ites!  So - where's my BLUE PETER
badge for unselfish generosity?

And just think - The BASH STREET KIDS weren't
even called that then.  A slice of history, or what?!






Friday, 27 March 2015

BABE OF THE DAY - GILLIAN SMART...



Another little cutie on BBC SCOTLAND
is weather presenter GILLIAN SMART - so
here's a nice photo of her to show you what
you're missing if you live outside of 'the
dear green place'.  Isn't she lovely?

BIG BORIS - THE ULTIMATE MONSTER...



Here's why KARLOFF THE UNCANNY was King
of the monsters.  No point arguing, it's a simple fact!

LEE & BUSCEMA - THE MARVEL WAY...



Here's an excerpt from the video version of HOW
TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY.  I was
surprised to hear that BUSCEMA sounds very similar
to KIRBY.  From the same part of town perhaps?

BABE OF THE DAY - SUZI PERRY...



SUZI PERRY is another babe I know nothing
about - apart from the fact that she has something
to do with motor cars.  She's one of regular reader
McSCOTTY's favourite burds, and who am I to
deny him a peek at a pretty pair of pins?

TOP TEN THINGS THAT MAKE STAN LEE AWESOME...



It's become popular in certain circles in the past
few years to knock STAN LEE and try and diminish his
cataclysmic contributions to comicbook culture.  Here at
CRIVENS!, we share no such negative feelings towards
Mr. MARVEL.  So here are the top ten things that
make Stan Lee awesome.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

BABE OF THE DAY - RACHEL RILEY...



Time for today's glamour (over and above my
photo on the right, that is), so here's bright-as-a-
button RACHEL RILEY to provide it for you.  No
doubt McSCOTTY will be pleased to see her as he's
a big fan of hers.  Then again, who isn't?  (Apart
from CAROL VORDERMAN, I mean.)

THE THREE QUESTION MARKS...


The very first Three Investigators adventure I ever read

I first encountered ALFRED HITCHCOCK & THE THREE
INVESTIGATORS in 1969 or '70, in a book called THE MYSTERY
OF THE GREEN GHOST which I obtained from my neighbourhood
library.  Read it, enjoyed it, forgot about it.  Until, that is, a friend told me
around a year or so later about a series of books he was reading starring
the same three amateur detectives, enthusing wildly about JUPITER
JONES, PETE CRENSHAW and BOB ANDREWS and the
adventures they became involved in.

The atmospheric endpapers in the hardback editions

I don't remember whether I was aware, from my first encounter,
that there was a series of books about the three lads, but I soon started
reading the other ones and very much enjoyed them.  I have a vague re-
collection of beginning one book in one house and finishing it in another
(after flitting in '72), as my memory seems to jump between each house
when I think of the book.  It may have been THE MYSTERY OF
THE FLAMING FOOTPRINTS, or THE NERVOUS LION,
but I'm no longer certain.


Around 15 years later, I re-read the Green Ghost adventure, and
it was almost as if I was back in the house I'd lived in when I first read
it, so strong were the images in my memory that were revived upon that
second reading.  It's now been twice that span again (30 years) and I really
must revisit my past by reading it once more sometime soon.  ROBERT
ARTHUR Jr. created the characters in the early  '60s and wrote quite
a few of the early stories, then oversaw and edited the tales (some
of which he suggested) of other contributing writers.

The first Three Investigators adventure

The kids were aged around 13 in the first series of 43 books (1964-
'87), but a couple of years later, in 1989, a new series started, in which
the three males were now around 17 or 18, and mystery writer HECTOR
SEBASTIAN was their new mentor, who usually opened and closed each
tale.  (Alfred Hitchcock last appeared in book 30.)  Robert Arthur's heirs
objected to the new stories, and legal disagreements between them and
the publishers put them on hold in 1990, after only 13 new stories.


I haven't read all of the books in either series, and although
they fall under the category of 'juvenile fiction', they also qualify
as 'adult friendly' for grown-ups looking for diverting mysteries, free
from sex, swearing or sadism.  If you've never read one before, why
not give them a try?  If you've previously read one in your youth,
you shouldn't need much persuading in getting re-acquainted.

Ah, happy memories. I think I can see
what I'm going to start collecting next.


As mentioned, I re-read The Green Ghost in
1985, in a paperback edition, below.