Thursday, December 16, 2010

Original Comic Art!

This week's installment of original comic art begins with a pair of Superman Family pages! The first one shown here is page 8 from Superman Family #192, art by Joe Staton!

The Way of the Geek #7: "Brick Mantooth"!

The pseudonymous “Brick Mantooth” is the purveyor of the PlaidStallions blog, a celebration of the 1970s in all its forms, covering toys, catalogs, fashion, and more! Brick was born just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1970, and has one older sister. He is happily married “with two wonderful kids,” and does sales and marketing for a publishing company.

By the 10s: Unusual Tales!

This By the 10s installment starts focusing on Charlton's Unusual Tales, one of their many horror/mystery titles, and we'll see how it fares as the title goes on!

Christmas Countdown: Dell Giant 54, Part 3!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Comic Book Advertisements!

First up this time around is this ad from 1974 Gold Key comic books for iron-on patches. As best as I can figure, the popularity of patches in the late 1960s and early 1970s was due to their ability to allow anyone to customize their clothing to make it distinct. It's kind of odd to think about that these days, what with clothing styles being so polarized for different cultural groups, but back in the day, I suppose there wasn't much variety in styles, so accessorizing was a good option!

There are a number of patches there that are very much in tune with their times, culturally speaking... the peace and love patches, various anti-pollution ones, etc. And there's a few here that are very geek-friendly, too, such as the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Flash Gordon, Popeye and Felix ones. I also have to say I love the Sgt. Pepper one!

And then there are some that just make me scratch my head... I mean, this ad ran in Gold Key comics, as I said, and in 1974, I'd say it was a safe bet that most of their readership was aged 12 and younger... so why did they feature patches with a variation on the Playboy Bunny, the "USA Drinking team," or "Budweiser Powered!"??? It just doesn't make much sense.

There's a wealth of coolness (and oddness) to be found on this ad from the outside back cover of those '74 Gold Key books... it's almost overwhelming, isn't it? I don't think I've ever seen so many hippie (and I use the term non-pejoratively) items in one single comic book ad!

We'll finish off this installment with this ad from the October, 1976 Marvel books... the Spider-Man Action Water Glove looked like it was the absolute coolest Spider-Man toy of the era back in the day, because it seemed to work just like Spidey's web-shooters (just with water instead of webbing). I have never seen one of these offered on eBay, no matter how long I've been searching for it! In fact, the only reference to this thing anywhere on the web seems to be this ad only, so I almost have to wonder if it actually existed!

Cool Stuff BONUS! 1966 Batman "Blue" Cards, Part 2!


Castle of Frankenstein #2!


Christmas Countdown: Dell Giant 54, Part 2!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dog of the Geek: The Barkleys!

Breed: Generic
Original Appearance:
The Barkleys, NBC 1972-1973

Other Appearances: None, unless you count their appearance in a two-page comic book ad promoting the NBC Saturday Morning Lineup.

Biography: The Barkleys, inspired by All in the Family, were father Arnie, a bus driver, his wife Agnes, two teenagers Terry and Roger, and a younger child, Chester.

Powers: None

Group Affiliation: Barkleys family

Miscellaneous: This DePatie-Freling series only had 13 episodes produced.

Cool Stuff BONUS! 1966 Batman "Blue" Cards, Part 1!


Random Videos of Geekery: Burn Notice Season 2 Gag Reel!

Burn Notice on USA Network is one of my favorite shows on TV right now, even though I probably haven't mentioned this very often! Here's the Season 2 gag reel for your enjoyment!

Christmas Countdown: Dell Giant 54, Part 1!

Time for another serialized Christmas Comic! Unfortunately, only the lead feature and some puzzle/game pages have a Christmas theme to them...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Retro-Review: Daredevil #9, Part 2!

daredevil09_010The second feature of this comic is 13 and Jinx in “Crippled Vengeance: Chapter 4,” by Dick Wood and Bernard Klein. I have to admit to some surprise that any story in this book was continued from a previous issue, as that was a rarity back in the Golden Age of Comics! But we get a decent summary (more or less) as to where the last part left off... King Questionmark had thrown a lit bomb at 13 and Jinx, but a maniac named Goebells catches it!

Puzzle Sunday!

Last week's solution:

This week's puzzle:

Cool Stuff: Bar-Bar-Bar, Bar-Bar-Barella and Batman Stuff!

Just in case you missed this stuff when Barbarella was the "Movie of the Week" feature...

Christmas Comics Countdown: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1954, Part 2!