Friday, 31 May 2013

MIKE NOBLE'S STAR TREK - PART THREE...



No point keeping you in suspense over what happens next in the
TV21 STAR TREK comic strip from 1970, so here's the beautifully
illustrated third episode by MIKE NOBLE for you to salivate over.
The next two instalments are front cover three-pagers that you won't
want to miss, so be sure to keep your peepers peeled for future
posts.  (You know it makes sense.)

Click here for Part Four.
  

Thursday, 30 May 2013

KULL THE TREE-WRESTLER...


KULL copyright Estate of ROBERT E. HOWARD

While we're looking at barbarians, let's take a peek at this KULL
THE CONQUEROR classic from CONAN THE BARBARIAN #10.
There's no point in me wittering on about it in my usual long-winded
way - quality of this sort always speaks for itself.





BARBARIANS ON THE LOOSE - KULL COVER GALLERY...


Cover by Ross Andru, Sal Buscema & Marie Severin

I still remember the (long-gone) newsagent's where I first
bought the above issue of KULL The CONQUEROR, can yet
recall perusing its pages on the walk home on that sunny Saturday
morning back in 1972 or '73.  Funnily enough, I think that's the only
issue I ever read until they were reprinted in SAVAGE SWORD
Of CONAN, a U.K. British weekly published in 1975.

Almost a decade later, I obtained a replacement for that 1st
ish, and acquired subsequent issues over a period of 15 years or
more. The art in #1 was by ROSS ANDRU & WALLY WOOD,
with MARIE & JOHN SEVERIN illustrating #s 2-9, and
Marie & FRANK CHIARAMONTE on #10.

Number 11 saw MIKE PLOOG take over the art chores as
the mag changed direction and title, being renamed KULL The
DESTROYER.  One day I may decide to collect the remainder of
the series, but until then, allow me to share the covers of these
magnificent MARVEL mags with you here.

Cover by Marie & John Severin

Cover by John Severin

Cover by John Severin

Cover by John Severin

Cover by John Severin

Cover by John Severin

Cover by John Severin

Cover by Marie & John Severin

Cover by Marie & John Severin

Cover by Mike Ploog

BONUS:  Below, Kull's first Marvel Comics appearance in
CREATURES On The LOOSE #10, cover by HERB TRIMPE
& MARIE SEVERIN, interior art by BERNI WRIGHTSON.


EXTRA BONUS:  Below, LIN CARTER's THONGOR Of
LEMURIA - cover by JIM STERANKO, interior art by VAL
MAYERIK & VINCE COLLETTA.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

CONAN CLASSIC COVER GALLERY...


Copyright Estate of ROBERT E. HOWARD

The above cover takes me back, I must say.  Purchased from
the basement comics department in the Glasgow Virgin Mega-
Store in 1994, I had it with me when I met legendary entertainer
BOB HOPE (for the second time) after his show in the City's
Royal Concert Hall at the top of Buchanan Street.

Perhaps my ol' memory is playing tricks on me, but I seem to
recall that it was in this very issue that I first learned of the then-
relatively recent death (in February) of JACK KIRBY, although I
was buying quite a few MARVEL mags fairly regularly at that
period and should already have read of the sad event.

Of course, it could be that I was simply re-reading something
of which I was already aware, but the BULLPEN BULLETINS
announcement of the "King's" demise - along with a JOE SINNOTT
illustration of The THING - made quite an impression on me, so I
tend to associate the comic, Kirby's death and Bob Hope's concert
with that one particular night on a pleasant June or July evening
in Glasgow City Centre almost 20 years ago.

There's something else which is significant about this issue -
the entire 11 issue series, in fact - and that is, as far as I'm aware,
it was the last time that Marvel Comics reprinted the '70s BARRY
(WINDSOR) SMITH classic tales of the Cimmerian mercenary,
CONAN The BARBARIAN (in colour anyway). 

So, come with us now, back to the dark days between the
sinking of Atlantis and the dawn of recorded history.  Come
with us to the raw, untamed world of - CONAN CLASSIC!

******

(To read the above issue, click here.) 











And, just to complete the circle, here's the original cataclysmic
cover to Conan The Barbarian #1 from 1970.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

BATMAN...AND THE RINGER!


BATMAN copyright DC COMICS.  Art by WALTER HOWARTH

Here's another 'errant' part of my childhood recently returned to the
fold.  I managed to pick it up on eBay for a mere couple of quid and can
now place it alongside #2, which I re-acquired 32 years ago to replace the
one I had as a youngster.  At this rate, I'll need to live for another couple
of hundred years or so to have any hope of completing the set.

To read my reminiscence of when I first owned these
collectable little BATMAN books, click here.

Monday, 27 May 2013

PART TWELVE OF MWOM COVER GALLERY - WITH CLASSIC TALE...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Only one issue of The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL this
time around, but what an issue it is.  Containing the STAN LEE &
STEVE DITKO tale, "I USED TO BE...HUMAN!", this classic
was worth the cost of 5 pence by itself back in 1973 - and then some.
I've posted this story before, from the 1968 FANTASTIC annual, but
that version's text had been slightly revised in places.  Not so with this
presentation, which is exactly as Stan typed it and ARTIE SIMEK
lettered it. (The panels were slightly cropped, however, to fit
the different U.K. page dimensions.)

There's no point in me saying "enjoy" - how can you fail to? 







PART TWO OF THE DALEKS SWEET CIGARETTE CARDS...



As you'll know from the previous post in this series, there was
once an item of confectionery for kids manufactured by CADET
(the confectionery, not the kids) which came with a collectable card in
each packet - 50 in total.  Dr. WHO & The DALEKS cards are now
extremely sought after and command quite a few pounds these days
 so I hope you appreciate my generosity in letting you see both
sides of them and not charging a penny.

Believed to be drawn by RICHARD JENNINGS, one of the
artists on the '60s Dalek Annuals and back page TV CENTURY
21 strip, they portray a far more energetic Doctor than we were then
used to seeing on our television screens.  Perhaps he had a secret stash
of extra-strength vitamin pills that he was popping, who knows?  (No
pun intended.)  Oh, and he seems to be from Earth, not Gallifrey,
according to whoever it was who scripted the cards.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this blast from the past - keep
your peepers peeled for Part Three - coming soon.









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