Saturday, February 21, 2009

Movie of the Week: The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues!


By the 10's: Strange Adventures, Part 2!

Issue 110 - A great grey-toned Giant Grasping Hand!

Issue 120's cover is one we can relate to these days, isn't it?

Issue 130 - and I'm sorry, I've never found giant frogs to be that big a threat!

Issue 140 - did this story get published before the Star Trek episode "The Tholian Web" aired?

Issue 150 - You know, every cover I see blurbing an Atomic Knights story makes me wish that the Knights had gotten the cover! They were my favorite series in Strange Adventures!

Issue 160 - a possible crossover with the Eclipso series is lost, but I'm sure it was an entertaining story nonetheless!

Issue 170 - A Classic Strange Adventures cover!

Issue 180, and the introduction of Animal Man!

Issue 190 - emulating Marvel's split books like Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish!

Issue 200 wraps up this installment... find myself wishing the Enchantress had the cover spot, but I dig the comet monster, too!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cool Stuff: Original Comic Art!


This installment leads off with page 14 from Iron Man 107, by Carmine Infantino!


Bob Layton's cover for Iron Man 125!


Layton again, with the cover for Iron Man 134!


137's cover by Layton!


Jumping back a ways, here's Johnny Craig's cover for Iron Man 15!


Marie Severin's cover for Iron Man 25!


Don Heck's page 20 from Iron Man 36!


Hey, it's Tuska time again! Page 18, Iron Man 49!


Page 12, Iron Man 50, George Tuska!


Gil Kane's cover for Iron Man 52!

Well, I almost hate to say it... but there's more Iron Man pages to come next time!

Give-A-Show Fridays: Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har-Har and Auggie Doggie!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cool Stuff: Popeye Stuff!


Nice Popeye bulliten board... I'd put it up in my office!


Popeye Farm Friends? Really? I wonder how many other licensed characters this same set was sold by...


This Popeye Game and Watch is pretty valuable, from what I've heard... one of the earliest Nintendo games!


This Popeye Paint by Number set is definitely based on the style of the Hanna-Barbera Popeye cartoons of the 1970s or 80s... which was about as un-Popeye-like as you could imagine, from what I recall!


Peg Pals! What are Peg Pals? Well, looks like you make your own jointed figures with this set!


A pair of fun Popeye plates!


If I'd known the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas had this poster for sale last time I was there, I'd have bought it in a heartbeat!


Presto Paints! Sounds like a nice, non-messy idea (in theory)...


That looks like a pretty chintzy movie projector there....

Next time... it's Planet of The Apes time again!

By the 10's: Strange Adventures, Part 1!

And now we turn the By the 10's Spotlight on Strange Adventures, possibly DC's greatest sci-fi book (which turned to reprints in the 1970s or so)

As you can see on issue 10's cover, Strange Adventures' first cover star was Captain Comet, a mutant born 1 million years before his time!

A great Gil Kane cover for issue 20!

Issue 30 features another great cover, that would've fit well as a sci-fi movie poster if rendered as a painting!

Issue 40 gets Captain Comet on the cover again!

Issue 50 - I can't help but wonder how Kirby would've rendered this cover!

Issue 60 - Gotta love a time-travel story and cover!

Issue 70 - Looks like Dr. Benton Quest from Jonny Quest has created a cloning machine!

Issue 80's Gil Kane cover features what these days could be considered a Strange Sports Story in this age of poker tournaments on ESPN!

Issue 90 - a warning about too much television?

Issue 100, and it's about time we got a gorilla cover, eh?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quasimodo's Monster Magazine #5, Part 5!

As promised, the next article in this issue, starting on page 60, is about The Stepford Wives!


This part of the article notes how Palomar Pictures chose this book to adapt, as well as who to direct and who to cast, and where to film it.


Yes, that's Gilligan's Island castaway Tina Louise ("Ginger") on the lower left-hand corner of page 62! The gentleman in the upper left-hand corner is identified as Patrick O'Neal, but I could swear it's actually Peter Lawford...

This part of the article gives an overview of the filming of this movie, as well as a brief biography of lead actress Katherine Ross.


On these pages, we have bios of Patrick O'Neal, Paula Prentiss, and Peter Masterson. And that's pretty much it for the article! Feels a lot like filler to me, if you know what I'm saying!


Quasimodo's Mail Bag is next, with announcements of the contest winner names! I was hoping to find some names in here of people who went on to careers in some kind of geek-related endeavor... but the only possible name there is "Franklin Miller Jr." but since none of my five minutes of Googling seems to indicate that the comic book artist Frank Miller was a junior, that's probably not him (although he'd be the right age, methinks).

Next time around... Space: 1999!

Slideshow: Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell!

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Children's Book Theatre: Masters of the Universe - The River of Ruin Part 3!

Last Time: Skeletor is causing the earthquakes, causing the River of Rain to flow where he wants! Prince Adam and his friends arive in the valley below the Mystic Mountains to talk to the farmers there, and they blame the fishermen for the earthquakes! Suddenly, a wall of water rushes towards them! Adam changes to He-Man to avoid being crushed by the wave, and he and Teela rescue the farmers from the flood! Then, beasts start to attack, and the blame is falling on the Man of the Mountain! Adam goes to meet the Man in the Mountain, battling through beasts on the way! But the farmers' blame of the Man in the Mountain is wrong, as Moss Man tells He-Man that Skeletor is the cause! Farmer Ar-Bor and Moss Man join He-Man in the Bashasaurus vehicle to learn more!


Next: The thrilling conclusion!