Saturday, February 09, 2008

Found on eBay: Marvel Comics Slurpee Cups!

Continuing this look at Marvel Comics Slurpee cups... found on eBay!


We're in the Summer, 1974 releases. As noted last time around, in 1973 the cups featured DC characters, with artwork from the Golden Age through to about '73. The Marvel cups, on the other hand, featured much more recent artwork overall!

This Black Panther illustration looks to me to be by Gil Kane, and probably came from an issue of Jungle Action (one of these days, I should see if there's a site that identifies where the artwork on the Slurpee cups came from!).


I'm guessing this is a Jim Starlin illustration of Mar-Vell, from the good Captain's own book!


This Clea illustration looks familiar, but I can't place it or the artist (the out-of-focus photo doesn't help much, does it?). Yes, Clea has a logo here! Unlike the DC cups from the previous year, if a character didn't have a logo, Marvel seemed to have created one just for the cups -- as opposed to all the typeset logos on some of the DC ones!

Edit: The Estoreal blog's author, RAB, has come up with some educated guesses as to where some of the pictures came from, so I'm sharing his thoughts here in case you don't read the comments. He figures Jim Starlin did this Clea pic, and looking at it again, I think he's hit it on the nose!


Again, a blurry photo doesn't help in identifying the artist... it could be Kirby, or it could be John Buscema who did the original art for this Crystal cup!

Edit:RAB theorizes this is two pieces of art pieced together, something I suspected, but forgot to mention in the entry. He figures Lockjaw was by Kirby, and Crys was by Buscema.


The Gil Kane artwork used for this Daredevil cup was used in other merchandising, too... I remember seeing it for the Marvel stickers, as well as on stationery!


I'll guess Buscema for this cup. Nice incorporation of the logo with the art, eh?


That must be "Gentleman" Gene Colan's art on this Dracula cup!


I believe that's John Romita's rendition of the Falcon (with Redwing) above!


Probably Buscema on this Hawkeye cup (man, I didn't realize how out of focus some of these pics were! I should start looking for replacement photos!).

Edit:RAB figures this was Dave Cockrum, and I think I'm with him on that, now that I look at it again!


Yes, Hercules had a cup! I think this picture (Romita or Buscema?) was used on the Hercules pajamas I featured in a comic ad gallery a while back, too!


Not sure who did the Ka-Zar art here, which must've come from his own title!

Edit:RAB figures this is Gil Kane and an unknown inker.


Killraven's pose looks like this was taken from the cover for an issue of Amazing Adventures, but I can't place the artist!

Edit:RAB says Craig Russell... if I could've remembered Russell did most of the Killraven artwork, I would've probably thought of that myself!


Maybe this Kull portrait was from Marie Severin? I know she did quite a few Kull stories.


And finally, here's Luke Cage, Power Man... art by either Romita or Buscema, I'd guess!

Of course, if any of you readers know where this art came from, and who did it, feel free to let me know in the comments section!


Friday, February 08, 2008

Movie of the Week: The Marx Brothers in "At the Circus!"

I think I've only seen "At the Circus" one time... and to be honest, I don't recall all that much about it, so I'll have to let the posters, stills and videos speak for themselves!



I'm afraid I didn't note which country this poster was done for!

Most fondly remembered from this movie was "Lydia the Tatooed Lady," which Groucho later performed on the Dick Cavett Show:


I seem to recall Groucho played a lawyer in this movie... I may have to revisit this movie after I get a chance to see it again!



By the way, the Kenny Baker listed above is definitely not the same Kenny Baker who inhabited the R2-D2 shell for most of the Star Wars movies! And yes, that is Eve Arden, Our Miss Brooks, listed there... and looking pretty good in the film, if I'm not mistaken! There's a memorable scene in which she does her acrobatic number with Groucho... well, if you've seen it, you remember it, I'm sure!


In this promo for (I believe) the video release, you see the first of the two simian suits used in the movie (something I know I've written about in this blog before).

Some selected stills (well, I selected them from eBay auctions), beginning with one depicting that scene I just mentioned a few paragraphs ago with Eve Arden!





(Yes, the guy in the curly blond hair is the circus' strongman)




And now, a bit of Harpo:


While "At the Circus" isn't one of the best Marx Brothers movies, it's still pretty fun to watch... and even a "bad" Marx Brothers movie is still way, way better than any Pauly Shore movie, if you ask me!


Give-A-Show Fridays: Rocky and Bullwinkle & Lassie!

Continuing with the double-feature from the 1961 Blue Give-A-Show Projector set, here's Rocky and Bullwinkle!


Since the images didn't scan that well for this one, I've decided to provide the text below each slide.

"Natasha, here is secret weapon..."

" get expensive present after store is closed."

At that same moment, in a nearby lot...



"Yea, Bullwinkle, a homerun!"

"But I didn't done it!"

And now, Lassie -- and again, I'll provide the text below each slide (I'll have to redo some of these when I get a new scanner)!


"We'd better hurry home, Lassie... it's starting to rain."



"I can't move it, girl, go get help!"

"All right, Lassie, I'll come. Take me to Timmy!"

"Take it easy, boy! I'll have you free in a minute."

"Just a little wet, and no worse... thanks to Lassie!"

Next week: Mighty Mouse and Peter Pan!


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Found on eBay: DC Slurpee Cups!

One of the fondest-remembered comic book merchandise tie-ins of my youth (and, I'm sure, others in my age group) are the 7-Eleven Slurpee cups featuring DC and Marvel characters... these cups can fetch a pretty penny these days, depending on the condition!

These cups are found on eBay just about all the time... plus, you can find them at comic book shows and the like!

The first series, featuring DC characters, was released in the summer of 1973... these featured artwork of the character on one side, and a bit of text about them on the other!


This Captain Cold cup is a perfect example - fortunately, the seller provided photos of both sides! By the way, as with pretty much all the "Found on eBay" posts, chances are if you click on the photo, you'll be able to get a larger view.

The artwork on this cup looks to me like Infantino's work, and must've come from a 1960s Flash issue. The artwork on these came from all eras of DC's publishing history to date!


This Aquaman cup's image should look familiar... it's the same artwork that was featured on the upper left-hand corner of Aquaman's original series! I'm not 100% positive who did the artwork, but I'd guess it's Curt Swan (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!).

This artwork was also used for one of the Stick-Ups sticker releases!


This Batman cup likewise features a fairly famous image, used in a lot of licensing! I'm 100% certain it's by Neal Adams, and was originally published in the very early 70s!


Gil Kane did the artwork for this one... and like the Aquaman cup, the image was used on the covers, as well as for those stickers! I'm not sure why his logo wasn't used, but instead his name was typeset in Cooper Black.


Yes, that's right, the Justice Society members were also featured! These Slurpee cups came out in the summertime (if I recall correctly), which was also when the annual JLA/JSA team-ups were published. The artwork is obviously from the Golden Age, and I won't even try to guess who did the artwork! The two guys with Rex Tyler were his "Minute-Men," and I think the guy on the left is named Thorndyke.


I'm guessing that this Kid Flash artwork is by Nick Cardy, possibly taken from an issue of Teen Titans in the late 60s!


Lightning Lad here is by Dave Cockrum... I'm pretty sure this was the first-ever merchandising of the Legion of Super-Heroes!


Yep, even DC's war characters made it on the cups! Well, at least Sgt. Rock, art by Joe Kubert!


I'm recognizing this Speedy artwork from the sidebar of Teen Titans (from the 25 cents "Bigger and Better" era, if I'm not mistaken), and would say this is another Cardy image!


No guess as to who did the Starman artwork... well, okay, I'm thinking Jack Burnley (I think that's how his name was spelled). This may have come from the splash for a Golden Age story that was reprinted in a 100-Page Super-Spectacular!

I'm not sure why they didn't choose art from one of the JLA issues for the JSA members!


Yep, the Shazam! cast was represented, too... this is probably a C.C. Beck Tawky Tawny, probably from one of the newer stories of the era.


I'm not sure who did the Vigilante artwork here... but I'm sure it's of contemporary vintage.

Next installment, I move to the following summer, and present some of the 1974 Marvel Slurpee cups! And I'll return to the 1973 DC Slurpee cups in the future!