Friday, October 31, 2014

Covers Redux!

Time once again to compare and contrast an original Marvel comic with the cover of the book reprinting the same issue! Most of this go-round's covers reprint the original covers with recoloring, but let's see if we can find any other changes!

First up is Fantastic Four #55 and the reprint in Marvel's Greatest Comics #42. Interesting to see how different coloring can make a cover look almost completely different, eh? The reprint is slightly reduced, and I'd imagine some minor addition had to be made on the right side as a result. The cover dress at the time required the blurb to be reworked, and as you can see it was cut and pasted into a different position. Note also that the speed lines for the Surfer have been altered above his arm to a broken line, instead of the original solid ones. The different coloring almost makes it look like the Thing was reinked, doesn't it?

Next, it's Sgt. Fury #63 and the reprint in issue #159, and the coloring is very different this time around. It looks like the art was reduced just a tiny bit, but other than that, I can't really see a major change.

There was a major reduction made when Avengers #76 was reprinted in Marvel Super Action #37... the art was reduced quite a bit to fit the larger cover dress, and the tower Arkon and the Scarlet Witch are on was cut off. Arkon's word balloon has been reworked, although it appears the original lettering was cut and pasted into its new position!  The recoloring doesn't seem as extensive as on other covers, other than the Black Panther.

It may have been the scanning of the cover of Marvel Tales #135 that makes it appear so much darker than Amazing Spider-Man #158. Other than that, we've got a reduced cover and probably some added art on the left. It's also been shifted down slightly.

Recoloring only, plus Steranko's signature moved, when Captain America #111 was reprinted in Marvel Super Action #13. It almost looks like it was rotated slightly, but that could be an optical illusion (Cap's shield seems to be oriented just slightly different).

It was all-new cover time when Avengers #27 was reprinted in Marvel Triple Action #21. Note that the Witch's costume is colored much more red than the original purplish tones. It's odd that the new cover would resemble the original so closely... and how can you beat a Kirby Kover, really?

When The Incredible Hulk #122 was reprinted in Marvel Super-Heroes #74, it looks light a slight reduction was made, and the cover shifted down about a quarter of an inch or so. Note also that the blurb was moved to accommodate the UPC code. I think the coloring on the original was much better, the Hulk shouldn't be so brightly colored!

Lastly, we have Amazing Spider-Man #69 and the reprint in Marvel Tales #52. This is another shift-it-down-and-recolor-it-with-added-balloons job, like we've seen before. I remember buying this issue of Marvel Tales off the newsstand (probably the MTA issue a few covers up, too).

Happy Halloween! Bonus Monster Stuff Post!

Just 'cause I can't let the holiday go without some kind of Halloween-related post today!
Dracula's Daughter lobby cards! More after the jump!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cool Stuff!

So, Christmas is less than two months away... are any of these items on your Christmas Want list?
Barbarella US lobby card above, Mexican lobby card below!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kirby Kovers!

It's time for another parade of Kirby Kovers!
I suspect Kirby didn't do full pencils on this one.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Favorite Movies: Batman!

OK, I'm not talking about the Michael Keaton Batman here, let me make that clear. No, I'm talking about the Adam West/Burt Ward movie, a big-screen version of the 1966 Batman TV series. This movie has been a favorite of mine since the first time I saw it as a kid on TV. Apparently, it must've aired a number of times when I was a kid, or lease it was just plain memorable, as my siblings and I would often play the climactic submarine battle (you know, where they fight on the surfaced Penguin submarine, and villains keep falling into the water).

The movie featured villains the Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman -- all played by the TV version actors, save for Catwoman, who was played by Lee Meriwether (Julie Newmar was tied up with a different movie at the time, I don't recall which one. It's a shame, too, because I think she would've been better than Lee, not that she didn't do a good job in it).

The plot was outlandish as all hell... it involved the use of a dehydrator ray that could remove all the liquid from a human being (or presumably, anything else), and then reconstitute the powder when rehydrated. This also involved the Penguin buying a US surplus navy submarine to use as a base of operations, as well as the Penguin taking the place of Commodore Schmidtlap, and Catwoman taking on the identity of a Russian reporter. The ultimate plan was to dehydrate the main council of the United Nations (or their stand-in for the movie), and hold them for ransom.

The movie takes a number of twists and turns, and provides many sequences that fans recall to this day and make reference to... such as the Bat-Shark Repellent, used when Batman is attacked by an obviously rubber shark... or a later scene when Batman has to get rid of a bomb, and everywhere he goes to try to get rid of it provides one reason after another why he can't dispose of it there ("Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!").

The movie served as the opportunity for the TV show to get some new vehicles produced with the movie budget that would be used on the show, namely the Bat-Copter and the Batboat (both of which were reproduced in toy form for years afterwards).

The biggest difference between the movie and the TV show was the lack of the classic TV theme song, as well as a greater variety of locations. Unlike some times in the TV show, Batman is not fooled at all by the Penguin's disguise as the Commodore, although he does still bring him to the Batcave (using Bat-Sleep Gas to keep the location a secret).

It's a very fun movie to watch, and one I kind of wish I could have seen on the big screen. I've only ever watched it on TV, and later on DVD, naturally. My kids have seen this, too, and they both love it, so its appeal spans generations.

As I noted, the movie's been out on DVD, and until pretty recently, it's the only incarnation of the Adam West Batman to get a DVD release, because apparently there were different licensing agreements signed for the movie than the TV show.

It's been a while since I've seen it... at least a few years, in fact. I think it might be time to check it out again soon!