Saturday, April 25, 2009

Movie of the Week: Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy!

ac meet mummy
Lobby Card

Mexican Lobby Card

Mexican Lobby Card

Italian poster

Mexican lobby card

UK poster

Here's the trailer:

And here's the Castle Films version of the movie:

Cool Stuff: Original Comic Art!

Time once again to look at some original comic art pages that have been offered for sale sometime in the past year or so! Most of these pieces can be viewed in a larger size -- simply click on the photo, and a Flickr page will load. Clicking "All Sizes" should give you some viewing options (although apparently you may need a free Flickr account to have access to this)!


On to the art! Here's a combination you don't see often... Gil Kane pencils and Wally Wood inks on page 3 from Teen Titans #19!


Next, it's page 8 from Thor #128... do I have to tell you who did the pencils on this one?


I don't suppose I have to spell out who did the cover for Thor #149 either, do I?


Hint: It's the same artist who did page 2 from Thor 154, as seen here! (Yeah, I know, you guys all know it's Kirby, don't you?)


Next, it's page 15 from Thor #164, by the King!


Next, here's page 15 from Thor #213, by John Buscema, inked by Don Perlin!


Net, page 31 from Thor #226, by John Buscema!


Page 6 from Thor #238, Buscema again!


That's it for Thor... here's page 58 from THUNDER Agents #16, by Wood (or at least, Wood inks)!


Here's a half-page from Tomahawk #123, page 6 by Frank Thorne!


And here's a teaser for the next installment... page 1 from Tales of Suspense #15, by Don Heck!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Superhero Alliance on Facebook!

At last, an application on Facebook I can really get into! Thanks to fellow blogger Jamdin of Moongem Comics, I learned that one of the applications on Facebook is Superhero Alliance, which lets you create a superhero from a list of basic types, and fight the forces of evil (and sometimes, other superheroes)! You earn experience points by going on missions and the like.

If you join Facebook, or if you're already on Facebook, why not become my Facebook friend (you can find me by searching for Jon B Knutson), and if you create a Superhero in the Superhero Alliance game, request that I be added to your alliance once we're friends there (or send me a message when sending the friend request, and I'll initiate the alliance myself)! The more heroes you have in your alliance, the better the missions you can go on!

Heck, I'm enjoying it much more than Mousehunt, which I've been playing for a few months now!

Cool Stuff: Miscellaneous B Stuff (a lot of Beneath the Planet of the Apes)!

After that huge Batman cool stuff posting a few days ago, you guys might appreciate a variety of things, eh?


French poster for Battle for the Planet of the Apes! Way too much red, eh?


French photo-novel of Battle in Outer Space!


Beatles toy guitar!


Mego Bendy Mr. Mxyzptlk!


Beneath the Planet of the Apes French Lobby Card!


French poster!


US poster for Beneath the Planet of the Apes!


Awesome double-feature poster for Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes!


Probably the most bizarre still from Beneath the Planet of the Apes!


Another French poster!

Next time..... Bond, James Bond!

Give-A-Show Fridays: Fury and Mr. Ed!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Band From Television!

Band From TV is a band made up of television actors - half the band seems to be from Heroes (Greg Grunberg aka Matt Parkman and Adrian Pasdar aka Nathan Petrelli) and House (Hugh Laurie aka House and Jesse Spencer aka Chase) - that supports worthwhile charities. Also noteworthy in the band (to me, anyway) is former Lois Lane Teri Hatcher! Here's the official band website (which I learned about from TV Squad).

Go to their Videos page and check out the January 19, 2009 appearance from the Tonight Show, as they perform "Will It Go Around In Circles" -- these guys are good!

By the 10's: Don Winslow of the Navy!

Here's a title that started at Fawcett and then went to Charlton before changing the title! Unfortunately, I can't find a picture of issue 10's cover, so we'll have to start with issue 20!


Issue 20 - pretty nice cover!


Issue 30!


Issue 40 -- don't even ask me to explain this one, just go with it!


Issue 50 -- has this title jumped the shark already???


Issue 60!


By issue 70, the title had moved to Charlton... but it only lasted until issue 74 before Charlton renamed it... Fightin' Navy! Which is where we'll pick this up next time!

Children's Book Theatre: The Sword of Skeletor, Part 1!

Time for a new book, and this one will only be in two parts, I think! It's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in "The Sword of Skeletor"!
In case you don't want to do the clicky thing to get a larger view, I'll provide a running summary. He-Man's leading the Masters to Point Dread, where Skeletor's demons are attacking!

The battle is won, but suddenly a watery hand pulls He-Man under, where Mer-Man steals the Power Sword!

He-Man escapes from the tangleweeds that had held him, and Mer-Man delivers the sword to Skeletor.

Joining He-Man's sword to his own, Skeletor uses the reunited sword to open Castle Grayskull!

Yikes! Not sure what happened with my scan here! Anyway,the Masters reach Greyskull, but feel there's no hope... but someone else says it's never hopeless!

And I just now realized that my copy of this book is missing the centerspread, so I can only assume that the Sorceress appears to give He-Man hope, and to show him a secret way into the castle... and we'll see what happens after that next time!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Portrait of a Geek!

This time around, it's another of my gimmick articles from when I was a Navy journalist. I was covering the visit to Canada, so I figured I should write it as if it were written by Bob & Doug MacKenzie from SCTV!


Famous Monsters #147, Part 6!

It's an all-vampire installment this time around!


This installment starts with two short articles on Barry Atwater, who passed away on May 24, 1978. His role as the vampire in "The Night Stalker" (the first pilot for the Kolchak: The Night Stalker tv series) gets most of the coverage here.


And the rest of this installment features an article on Vampire Jokes, with a challenge to the readers to come up with their own!


I can only imagine that Forry Ackerman and the staff of FM were sitting around the offices of FM one night, and they started coming up with these vampire jokes... and someone kept track of all of them!


Here's an example of the jokes... What do they call a swashbuckling bloodsucker? A vam-pirate.


Fortunately (if you're not into vampire jokes), there were plenty of vintage photos from genre movies scattered throughout this article!


And here's the end of that article... if you really want to read these for yourself, you should be able to click the scans above for larger viewing options (look for "All Sizes" above the picture when the Flickr page opens).

Next time around: Some ads, and Arnold Gillespie!