Wednesday, 30 March 2016

DOOM PATROL OFFICIAL INDEX # 1 & 2...


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Seeing as how we've been looking at The DOOM PATROL
in a couple of recent posts, I thought you might like to see the
JOHN BYRNE-drawn covers for the two-part official index
that ICG published (gasp) 30-odd years ago.  Nice, eh?

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80 - INTRODUCING THE DOOM PATROL...


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Isn't it weird that ARNOLD DRAKE, original writer (and
co-creator) of The DOOM PATROL, also wrote X-MEN after
leaving DC to go to MARVEL?  Two misfit groups, both led by a
wheelchair-bound idealist whose intention it was to protect humanity.
If I'm not mistaken, both groups had their own BROTHERHOOD Of
EVIL to fight against, pushing credulity just a bit too far when it comes
to coincidence.  Arnold Drake later said that he thought STAN LEE
must've heard about The Doom Patrol at the preparation stage and
stolen a jump on him.  Poor Stan just can't win.  It's asserted by
some that JACK KIRBY created the X-Men, not Stan - and
now he's also accused of ripping off Arnold Drake.

Hard to believe that I bought this mag at least 30 years ago.  If
memory serves, I purchased it from PETE ROOT of AKA Books
& Comics in Glasgow's Virginia Galleries.  I more than likely bought
it primarily because I'd read the New Doom Patrol in SHOWCASE
#s 94 to 96 back in the '70s, and therefore wanted to add the original
group's first appearance to my collection.  In my never-ending quest
to give you a glimpse into yesteryear, I've decided to share the
cover and some of the interior pages with you here.

Incidentally, I've added the covers and splash pages of #s
95 & 96 of Showcase to my post about #94, which you'll see if
you click here.  Wait 'til you've savoured the mood and the magic
of the pages on display here first 'though - I wouldn't want you to
exit prematurely and miss them, especially after all the time and
trouble I've gone to in scanning them just for you.









MY KINDA TOWN...



Above is what my town's main shopping centre looked like in
the '60s.  There's a fountain and flagpoles, pillars and posts, and
the whole place had a certain kind of style and charm to it that's
sadly lacking today.  The centre has been roofed over, many of
the best shops no longer exist, and it's not the pleasant place
that it used to be.  And guess what?  They call it progress.

MONSTER OF THE MOMENT - BIG BAD BORIS...



Nope, I won't even listen to anyone who says that
BORIS KARLOFF wasn't the best FRANKENSTEIN
MONSTER ever - ever!  Nobody did it better - and it's
doubtful that anyone ever will.  No point arguing.
  
(Unless you really want to - but you'll still be wrong.)

BABE OF THE DAY - MARILYN MONROE...



Here she is, fellas...the ultimate blonde -
MARILYN MONROE.  Spittin' image of
my last girlfriend - honest.  (Well, okay -
she wore the same style of skirt.)

KID'S KLASSIC KOMIC KOVERS - AMAZING ADVENTURES #17...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

This comic is mainly reprint, in that it collects The BEAST's
origin tales from the back-up stories that appeared in the X-MEN's
own mag back in the 1960s.  They're topped and tailed by new seg-
ments to draw everything together, but it was probably prepared as
a fill-in issue for when the regular strip had missed the deadline.
However, it's worth it for the JIM STARLIN cover alone.

Monday, 28 March 2016

RONNIE RICH EGGS-ASPERATED AT EASTER...



Here's another Easter strip about the boy who wants to give
away a fortune in order to inherit another one.  From SMASH!
#116, published in 1968 - RONNIE RICH - no relation to the
American RICHIE (at least as far as I know).

NEW RANGE OF CLASSIC THUNDERBIRDS TOYS COMING IN MAY FROM CORGI...



For fans of the classic series of THUNDERBIRDS, CORGI
are releasing a new range of diecasts in May.  Well, to be honest,
TB2 and FAB 1 were released back in 2005, but TB1 and TB3
are new.  Priced at £19.99 each (TB1 & TB3 count as one item),
they're very reasonably priced considering what some people
are asking for Corgi's 2005 TB2 and FAB 1 on eBay.


THE ORIGINAL DANGER MOUSE EGGS-CAPES A TRAP...



Yet another Easter strip from SMASH! - and look at that ad for the
DINKY FAB 1.  CORGI were actually working on a prototype model
in anticipation of acquiring the licence to produce a range of THUNDER-
BIRDS toys, but Dinky got given the gig instead.  A few years back, Corgi
finally released a version of the car, which was essentially a copy of the
Dinky incarnation, not their original design.  I've got both of 'em!

DOES EASTER GET ON YOUR NERVS...?



Waahoooo!  Yet another super Easter strip from SMASH! #61, first
published in 1967.  Which would you prefer - these brilliant comic strips
or a bundle of chocolate eggs?  If you gave the second answer, tough, 'cos
you're stuck with the strips.  You think I'm made of chocolate?  (Call the
nurse, he's talking p*sh again!)  Another strip soon - stay tuned.
  

RONNIE RICH IN EASTER EGGS-CESS...



Another slice of Easter fun from a 1967 issue of SMASH!  I'm not sure
I ever quite understood Ronnie's motivation.  If he already had more dosh
than he could ever manage to spend, then why the heck was he so eager to
get his hands on a million quid?  Sheer greed I suppose.  Typical, eh?  He
probably grew up to be a Tory politician.

GRIMLY FEENDISH AT EASTER...



The fun just goes on and on!  This time up it's GRIMLY FEENDISH's
back page eggs-capade from SMASH! #61, way, way back in 1967.  Wow!
Nearly 50 years ago - doesn't time fly!  Looks like the yolk's on GF!  (Hey
 if you think it's easy writing bad 'egg' puns, then come up with your own!)

DENNIS THE MENACE AT EASTER...


Image copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

From the DENNIS The MENACE book for 1962 comes this
Easter-themed tale of the world's wildest boy!  Eggs-actly what we
need on a day like this.  This page would've been a reprint from an
earlier issue of The BEANO - if you know which one, then con-
sider yourself a true comics fan!  (And probably an old one.)

MORE EASTER MIRTH FROM SMASH!...



No need for any preamble from yours truly - not when The SWOTS
& The BLOTS are loose.  So unwrap an Easter egg and scoff it while
you read this two-page treat from SMASH! #61, 1967.  Enjoy!
    

BEAR OF THE DAY - YOGI BEAR...



H'mm, is YOGI BEAR 'bear'-nekkid
or bare-nekkid (or is he both)?  Such deep
philosophical questions are so absorbing,
don't you think?

A SMASHING EASTER MONDAY TO EVERYONE...



I'm repeating myself again, but here are a few pages from the Easter
issue of SMASH! from 1967 - PERCY'S PETS and BAD PENNY.
There'll be more pages throughout the day so be sure to check back
a few times before Tuesday arrives.  Happy Easter Monday!



Sunday, 27 March 2016

BAD PENNY'S EASTER 'SMASH!'-UP...



More Easter treats from SMASH! #116.  This time it's two pages of
BAD PENNY, who, when she was bad, she was very bad - and when she
was very bad, she was funny.  (I don't even know if that makes any sense,
but it sounds good so it'll do for me.)  Not drawn by LEO BAXENDALE,
I'm informed - I really should enlarge these pages and examine them be-
fore attributing them to any particular artist, shouldn't I?!
  

HOPE YOUR EASTER ISN'T TOO GRIM...



Here's GRIMLY FEENDISH in an Easter adventure,
from SMASH! #116, cover-dated April 20th 1968.  Am
I good to you or what?  What?  Whaddya mean 'what'?

HUNK OF THE MONTH - BIG FRANKIE...



See?  I do occasionally cater to the tastes of
my many female fans (I'm bound to have them -
no one could be that unpopular.)  So here's a
big hunk of a monster - just for them.

HELP A HORROR OUT TODAY...



Someone gave me this book a while back, but pages 7 & 8 are
missing.  (Assuming, that is, that the page count starts from the out-
side cover.)  Have any Criv-ites got this book, and if so, would you
be prepared to provide me with scans of the missing pages?

Saturday, 26 March 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JORDAN CARVER...



The stunning JORDAN CARVER flashes
her, er, winning smile and captures the hearts of
all red-blooded males at a glance.  If you need any
assistance getting in or out of that sheet, Jordan,
I'd be glad to help - so just give the word!

FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - PART FORTY-THREE: SWAMP THING #1...


Images copyright DC COMICS

One of my favourite newsagent's back in the '70s was an
R.S. McCOLL's in the Old Village quarter of my town.  It was
situated next to an old-fashioned tearoom called The WILLOW,
which was like a LYONS tearoom from the '50s.  Today, what was
The Willow is part of a Chinese or Indian restaurant, and the news-
agent's is now a GREGGS, both of whose original incarnations I
miss in equal measure.  Roll on that Lottery win so that I can
buy and restore them to their former glory.

Just some of the comics I recall buying in that particular
McColl's were The DEMON #1, SECRET ORIGINS #1,
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY Annual #1, KULL The CON-
QUEROR #1, and today's favourite comic of the past  - SWAMP
THING #1.  Doubtless there were many other mags (some of them
British) I bought in that much-missed shop, but these are the ones
which spring to mind at this moment.  So, tell you what.  Let's
take a look at some of the pages from that classic issue of
Swamp Thing - comics don't get any better than this.

And if you have any memories of (or observations on)
 this magnificent mag, then share them with the rest of us.






And below is a pic from the '50s of the tearoom and newsagent's.
The Willow's premises had a windowed extension just out of view
to the left of the tree to accommodate more tables and chairs. 

Friday, 25 March 2016

HAVE A SMASHING EASTER, CRIV-ITES...



I've shown these two pages before, but I'm sure you'll forgive me -
after all, it's EASTER!  How many chocolate eggs have you scoffed so
far, you greedy Criv-ites?  If you're anything like me, too many!  Having
said that, think I'll have another.  In the meantime, enjoy The SWOTS
The BLOTS from SMASH! #116, back in 1968.

BABE OF THE DAY - HELEN SLATER AS SUPERGIRL...



What can one say about HELEN SLATER?
How about the obvious - "What a Super Girl!"
(I may not be original, but I sure am accurate.)
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