Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cool Stuff: Original Comic Art!


I promised you a Human Fly page, and here it is, page 10 from issue 6, by Frank Robbins!


And here's page 15!


And page 16!


And page 31!


Moving on, here's an apparently unused page for the Hunger Dogs graphic novel, by Jack Kirby!


Page 5 from EC's Impact! #3, by Reed Crandall!


Been a while since I've mentioned this, but typically I don't save comic art page photos from the 1980s and beyond... one exception is the Kirby page above, and the other exception is Roy Thomas' Earth-2 books, All-Star Squadron and Infinity, Inc.! The above is page 25 from Infinity Inc. #6, by Jerry Ordway!


And we'll close out this installment with Kirby's cover for Invaders #4!

Movie of the Week: The Cyclops

No posters, lobby cards or stills in my collection for this movie!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Cool Stuff: Miscellanea!

Jason and the Argonauts Mexican lobby card!


Kenner's Change-A-Channel TV is a variation of their Easy-Show Projector, and a pretty cool idea! Fisher-Price would do something similar in the late 1970s.

king of the rocket men
King of the Rocketmen! Great poster, great serial... too bad it doesn't seem to be on DVD!

korg 20,000 bc cover
Hey, this is in the wrong place! It's the original painted art for issue 8 of Charlton's "Korg: 20,000 B.C." comic book, based on the Hanna-Barbera comic!

Beatles "Let it Be" poster - click for supersizing!

Here's a rare action figure based on the television miniseries "The Martian Chronicles"!

I used to have this Marx Toys Cape Kennedy set when I was a kid. I loved it! Wish I still had it!

masked marvel poster
It's been forever since I've seen the serial "The Masked Marvel"!

Next time: Micronauts!

Give-A-Show Fridays: Yogi Bear and the Jetsons!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

By the 10's: Justice League of America, Part 2!


Issue 110 - a 100-Page Super-Spectacular, but not one I think I ever had!


Issue 120 - how many times was Kanjar Ro the villain when Adam Strange guest-starred?


Issue 130 - Bizarre, isn't it?


Issue 140 - An issue that was adapted for one of the stories of Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series, and very well-done, too!


Issue 150 - I always enjoyed reading a JLA story with the Key, but I don't think I ever read this one!


Issue 160 - One of the JLA/JSA storylines from the years when they kept adding another group of heroes into the story! This started with JLA 100, with the Seven Soldiers of Victory, and continued with the Freedom Fighters, the Marvel Family and other Fawcett heroes, The Legion of Super-Heroes, and the New Gods! There was one, smaller team-up that didn't bring in another team, though.


Issue 170 - Apparently, Batman was undergoing another spike in popularity again!


Issue 180, and the JLA was starting to go downhill, in my opinion. I'll never understand why Zatanna was inducted into the League, but they changed her costume!


Issue 190 - Great cover!


Issue 200 was probably the last great issue of JLA under the original title... not long after this we had the Detroit era, and while there are fans of those stories, I'm not really one of 'em... so we'll end this By the 10's here!

Next time... get ready for Kirby, with Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!

Slideshow: Curse of Frankenstein!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Children's Book Theatre: Bride of Frankenstein, Part 2!

(note: At this stage, I'd realized I could scan spreads of the book in one pass on the scanner. All further pages from this book will be in these spreads. You can click for larger viewing options if these are difficult to read)

Continued in part 3!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quasimodo's Monster Magazine #5, Part 2!

This time around, we start with page 24, with an interview with Himan Brown, creator of the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre!


Again, the article is lead off with two filler pages of photos and titles!


In the article itself, you learn a bit about Brown's career to date, how he worked with Orson Welles, the creation of Inner Sanctum Mysteries, a famous quote about old-time radio, and sources for episodes.

Page 27 also has ads for "Frantic Dog Tags," a pellet gun with reusable pellets and silencer (!), and "X-Ray Specs"!


On this page, the interview covers Brown's version of The Golem, how he influences the scripts, the time it takes to record an episode, and now music and sound effects are done and where they come from.


These pages discuss Brown's directing of episode recordings, casting, and a few monsters featured in episodes.


These pages talk about the kind of shows Brown likes to do, the movies he's made, retirement, his time performing on the Goldbergs radio show, and how his family feels about his career.


On these pages, more about his family, his change of name, and his audiences.


I'm not sure why there's a picture of Rod Serling on page 36! The article on this page mostly talks about audiences and actors, as well as possible influences by other media. Page 37 has an ad for books on astrology and the occult, which were big at the time!


The interview concludes on these pages... talking about the music, radio audience ages, the Stepford Wives being out, how corny he found The Green Hornet, ratings, and a few other things!


The article is bookended on the backside with a list of radio stations that featured the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre, and I see that station KIXI in Seattle carried it (kind of a surprise to me, as I thought KIRO radio was the CBS affiliate, like the KIRO TV station was for CBS television).

Oh, and there's also some silly advertising.

Next up: Lee Majors, the Six Million Dollar Man!