Sunday, 28 May 2017

BABE OF THE DAY - BECKY RULE...



Now this is surely the kind of face that any
fella would love to wake up to every morning.
Let's face it 'though - the only real chance of that
happening for most of us would be to have a photo-
graph of BECKY RULE's gorgeous visage taped to
the ceiling.  (Obviously, I've got a far better chance
than the rest of you 'cos I'm incredibly hand-
some and charming.  Modest too.)

PULSATING PIN-UPS: SUPERMAN, LOIS LANE & JIMMY OLSEN...


Image copyright DC COMICS

Here's a great picture of SUPERMAN, his best pal, and his
burd, pencilled by JACK KIRBY and inked by MIKE ROYER.
It's a belter!  As to why Supes has a double parting, that's because
Jack drew it on one side and Mike inked it on the other, where it's
meant to be.  Presumably, he forgot not to ink it on the side Jack
had placed it, but hey - two partings are probably better than
one - especially when you're from KRYPTON.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

BABE OF THE DAY - IMOGEN HASSALL...



Here's IMOGEN HASSALL
holding my staff - er, my pole - er,
my rod - er, I mean my stick.  Crikey,
why does everything I say sound like a
double entendre?  (And here's me, as
pure-minded as an innocent new-
born baby.  I am, I tell you!)

HEY, DON'T BE FLY, MAN! (WINNER OF THE MOST CONTRIVED BLOG TITLE OF THE MONTH AWARD)...


Images copyright relevant owner

A pal recently gave me these two RED CIRCLE COMICS
issues of The FLY (#s 1&2), which have nifty front covers by
JIM STERANKO, so I thought I'd show them off here.  The two
back covers are by RICH BUCKLER and RUDY NEBRES re-
spectively.  Don't they look nice?  If the rumours are true, The
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was based on The Fly, so with-
out the first, we may not have had the second.



Friday, 26 May 2017

ANOTHER BABE OF THE DAY - NATALIE DORMER...



"Look into my eyes...you are feeling sleepy!"
says the lovely NATALIE DORMER, gazing
deep into my baby blues.  (The things some gals
 will try to lure me into bed!  She should just ask.
   After all, who'd say no to her?!)    

BATMAN MASK SPECS...


BATMAN & ROBIN copyright DC COMICS

A tenuous connection to BATMAN to be sure -
and can they accurately be called specs when they have
no glass to enable the wearer to see?  Ah, but what about
X-Ray Specs you ask - they had no glass either.  True,
but they did enable the wearer to 'see' things differently,
and at least they looked like specs.  Anyway, I'm sure I
had a pair of the above 'specs' when I was a kid.  Did
any of the rest of you?  Do tell in the CS.

RECOMMENDED READING: HERO-A-GO-GO! (YUP, THAT'S WHAT IT'S CALLED)...


Images copyright respective owners

If you're a child of the '60s (otherwise known today as decrepit
old fart), then you'll probably love MICHAEL EURY's new book
(from TWOMORROWS Publishing) entitled HERO-A-GO-GO!
I can't open it wide enough to scan without risk of damaging its spine,
so you'll have to glean what it's all about from the back cover spiel.
Available now from FORBIDDEN PLANET stores and all good
comics shops.  Treat yourself and buy your copy today.

BABE OF THE DAY - BECKY RULE...



BECKY RULE enjoyed being our
babe of the day so much, she asked for
yet another appearance - that's three in
a row now.  But are we complaining?
Don't be silly - we're not mental!

CRIVENS' CLASSIC COMIC COVERS: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #181...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Classic because it's the first appearance of WOLVERINE
on a cover.  Who'd have guessed the diminutive mutant would
go on to become such a huge star in the MARVEL firmament?
And would HUGH JACKMAN have made such an impact in the
X-MEN movies if he'd had to wear that garish looking costume
seen above.  Given that Hugh is around a foot taller than the
character he plays, I'm surprised Marvel haven't found an
excuse to change Wolverine's height in the comics.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

RECOMMENDED READING: MARVEL'S I AM GROOT #1...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

For all those who loved BABY GROOT in the new
GUARDIANS Of The GALAXY film (which I haven't
seen yet), here's a new comic mag (which I haven't read
yet) that you may enjoy.  On sale now at FORBIDDEN
PLANET and other good comics shops.  (There -
short and sweet - makes a nice change.)

BABE OF THE DAY - BECKY RULE...



All I can say, fellas, is that BECKY
can RULE me anytime.  ANYTIME!
(I await your first command, Becky.
Whaddya mean "Feck off!" ?)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

BABE OF THE DAY - BECKY RULE...



The bedazzling BECKY RULE
is today's babe, fellas.  This is what
I want for Christmas, so I'm putting
my order in for her now.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

ROGER MOORE REPOST: SHARING A BOND...



ROGER MOORE:
October 14th 1927 - May 23rd 2017

******

Sad news today of ROGER MOORE's passing, so here's
an amended repost from a while back in tribute to Big Rog's
portrayal of BOND... JAMES BOND (007).


Much has been made of the 'differences' between SEAN CON-
NERY's and ROGER MOORE's portrayals of BOND... JAMES
BOND over the years.  In my view, the way they look and talk aside,
there really wasn't much difference at all.  Depending on what you read
first, some reports said that the producers 'toughened up' Roger's Bond
because he didn't look quite so ruthless as Sean's, hence him slapping
women and  generally being mean to them.  (MAUD ADAMS in
The MAN With The GOLDEN GUN for example.)

Other reports claim the writers geared the movies towards Roger's
strengths as a 'light comedian' and that there was more humour in them.
Absolute tosh in my opinion.  Bond slapped women on occasion regardless
of who was playing him and there have always been fairly large dollops of
humour in 007 movies.  These so-called differences tend to be retroactive
rationalizations applied after the fact in answer to reporters' enquiries.  If
you ask someone what the difference is in something, the mere suggest-
ion that there is one will probably produce an answer that meets the
requirements of the question rather than the facts of the case.


The truth is, the role of Bond is merely a suit of 'clothes' which
the actor slips into and holds up in the shape of himself (more or
less) - but the 'suit' (i.e. - the part) is the character rather than any
actor playing him.  Had Sean continued as Bond in the movies Roger
appeared in, there would've been very little difference in the finished
product.  Any evolution in the style or content of the films is more
down to the requirements of being bigger and better than the
one before than it is in the actor playing the part.

The tone of Roger's first Bond movie in 1973 had been set by
its predecessor, DIAMONDS Are FOREVER, which was largely
shaped by the participation of the late TOM MANKIEWICZ, who
was also involved in LIVE & LET DIE and The MAN With The
GOLDEN GUN.  To my mind, Roger's Bond never did anything that
I couldn't imagine Sean's Bond also doing, so the only difference be-
tween the two actors' portrayals was not in the character of
007, but in the way they looked and sounded.


By the time Connery played Bond in Diamonds Are Forever,
he was tired of the role - but the role was also tired of him.  He was
41, but looked at least ten years older.  Sean was definitely the right
man for the part in the early to mid-'60s, but it's the lean, mean, hungry-
looking Sean we must remember - not the rather puffy, bloated, weary-
looking Sean of the later movies.  Moore is actually older than Connery
by at least a couple of years, but back in 1973 he looked a lot younger
than 45, the age he was when he took over the licence to kill.  Moore
was the right Bond for the '70s, just as Sean had been for the
decade before.

So, regardless of the actor playing him, Bond is the same
man;  suave, charming, debonair - and a ruthless killer when
required.  In my view, Roger was every bit as good in the role
as Sean.  So - here's to Bond... James Bond.  I say again -
"Nobody does it better!"
      

FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST PART FIFTY-FIVE - 'THE GHOSTS OF GREYMOOR CASTLE!'...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

It was in 1981 that I bought this comic in Southsea or
Portsmouth.  The story connected to a tale I'd first read
in CAPTAIN AMERICA King-Size Special #1 in 1972
or '73, and though only 8 or 9 years had passed since then,
it seemed far longer for some strange, inexplicable reason.
(Ah, the mysteries of time, eh?)  What's amazing though,
is that the same pal was with me when I bought the
second comic as when I'd bought the first one.

I was much taken by the moody, atmospheric art of
GENE COLAN, and the fact that the story was a follow-
up of sorts to one I'd read as a teenager resonated with my
even-then overdeveloped sense of nostalgia.  The flashback
sequence to that earlier tale took me straight back to The
NORFOLK Restaurant, wherein I'd first perused the
Cap Special mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Now I look at this issue and think of Southsea and
Portsmouth, though the earlier association with the '70s
still resides within its four-colour pages.  Perhaps you have
your own memories of this mag, which you're welcome to
share with us in the comments section.  C'mon, let's have
a nostalgia-fest while we're all in the mood.  There are
certainly worse ways of spending your time.
  



BABE OF THE DAY - JERI RYAN...



Had to look twice at this pic, as on first
glance, it looks like JERI RYAN is going
vampire hunting.  Or is she just holding
on to a banister rail?  Any theories?

Monday, 22 May 2017

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN ANNUAL COVER GALLERY...



I only ever had the first of these four annuals if
I recall correctly, and going by the contents, it really
wasn't all that good.  However, nostalgia is nostalgia,
so I'll have to re-acquire it one day, and the follow-up
ones as well.  In the meantime, enjoy looking at the
covers and reliving your youth if you had these
'bionic' books back in the day.



ANOTHER BABE OF THE DAY - NATALIE DORMER...



"NATALIE, I want to go out - can
have my suit back please?"  (She just
loves wearing my clothes, the kinky thing.
Still, I shouldn't complain - I'm wearing
her dress.)  Oops, too much info!

FIVE BOOKS THAT EVERY COLLECTOR OF NOSTALGIA SHOULD HAVE...


No info on the back of this one, so haven't shown it

The five books on show here should appeal to
every child of the '60s & '70s in particular.  Lots of
great photos, details and history that bring the past to
life for you to live again.  They're not new books, hav-
ing been in my collection for years, and for all I know,
updated editions may have been released since.  How-
ever, I'd imagine at least some of them are available
to order in many bookshops, as well as eBay and
Amazon.  Track 'em down today!

(I bought these books in FORBIDDEN PLANET,
so why not give your local branch a try first?!)





No info on the back of this one, so haven't shown it


(BOND) BABES OF THE DAY - SHIRLEY, HONOR & TANIA...



Three babes for you today, chums!  SHIRLEY EATON,
HONOR BLACKMAN, and TANIA MALLET.  Now you're
all spoilt for choice.  Talking of which, if you could have a date
with only one of those ladies (at the age they are in the pic),
which one would be your woman of choice?

DELBERT - THE FRIENDLIEST DALEK IN THE UNIVERSE...

                                             
                                             
                                             Delbert Dalek was an oddball,
                                             simply just did not belong.
                                             Wouldn't answer to the shrill call,
                                             thought 'extermination' wrong.

                                             Delbert's Dalek-heart was loving,
                                             such a gentle, friendly soul.
                                             Didn't go for people-shoving -
                                             cosmic conquest not his goal.

                                             All the other Daleks plotted,
                                             didn't want him in their ranks.
                                             With his single eye he spotted
                                             their approach from all four flanks.

                                             Although Delbert was a softie,
                                             he got quickly off his mark.
                                             Never mind pretens'ons lofty,
                                             scarpered off into the dark.

                                             As he cowered all a-tremble,
                                             hidden by concealing rocks,
                                             something started to assemble -
                                             an imposing big blue box.

                                             Doctor Who had come to rescue
                                             Delbert from the Dalek throng.
                                             Del had not and never would do
                                             anything remotely wrong.

                                             "Quickly, Delbert, I will save you,
                                              jump in to my time machine."
                                              So he did and off they both flew,
                                              rescue's seldom been so clean.

                                              Delbert now lives down in Southsea,
                                              has a cottage all his own.
                                              In his garden he sips green tea,
                                              green tea he himself has grown.

                                              All the neighbours really love Del -
                                              wave when passing his front gate.
                                              When the postie rings his doorbell,
                                              it chimes out "Exterminate!"

                                              So for Del a happy ending,
                                              let's give credit where it's due:
                                              It's all thanks to that time-bending,
                                              Dalek-saving Doctor Who.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

OO-ER! IT'S DOCTOR WHO & THE DIABOLICAL DALEKS...

                                   

                                           Doctor Who was in his TARDIS,
                                           which can move through time and space.
                                           Thought he'd go and tease The Daleks,
                                           self-appointed 'Master-Race'.

                                           Off he went to Planet Skaro,
                                           spinning through the endless void.
                                           Righting wrongs while facing danger
                                           were the things he most enjoyed.

                                           When he landed he soon noticed
                                           what a fearful place it was.
                                           But the Doc was used to walking      
                                           into danger's gaping jaws.

                                           Off he marched to find their city,
                                           when he got there, no surprise -
                                           Daleks soon had him surrounded,
                                           ray guns waving, stalks for eyes.

                                           But the Doctor, nothing daunted,
                                           (did you know he's got two hearts?),
                                           had a lethal secret weapon
                                           known as Gallifreyan farts!

                                           Stuffed his face before he landed
                                           with a dozen tins of beans.
                                           Knew he'd need a huge advantage
                                           to defeat those Dalek fiends.

                                           Popped off farts in all directions -
                                           My!  Did those guffs really rate.
                                           Solid objects?  Easy targets!
                                           Farts they can't "exterminate".

                                           Soon the Daleks were in turmoil,
                                           trapped within their metal shells,
                                           There was simply no escaping
                                           nauseating farty smells.

                                           He was soon back in the TARDIS,
                                           showed those Daleks he was smart.
                                           They'll give him a wide berth next time -
                                           now they know Time Lords can fart.

                                           As he travelled in his TARDIS,
                                           put his feet up, drank some tea.
                                           That's the way it really happened -
                                           just as he told it to me.

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - HONOR BLACKMAN...



Here's HONOR BLACKMAN, seemingly bragging
about something.  Well, she's not wrong, is she?  In the
1964 movie GOLDFINGER, legend has it that SEAN
CONNERY's's original scripted response to Honor's
"I'm Pussy Galore" was "So I see, but what's your
  name?"  It was changed to "I must be dreaming."

If the story is true, then Honor's line must've been
changed as well, because in the movie, she says "My
name is...", which doesn't really lend itself to the pur-
ported original reply.  Maybe the story is only apoc-
  ryphal, but it's one that deserves to be true.  

Saturday, 20 May 2017

RICH BUCKLER PASSES AWAY (UPDATED)...



It's been reported that comicbook artist RICH
BUCKLER has passed away.  He was an artist that
could imitate the styles of others, but he was pretty
good in his own right too, especially as a painter.
Another great artist gone, alas, aged only 68.




PULSATING PIN-UPS: BATMAN & ROBIN...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Above is the back cover of BATMAN #1, featuring the Caped
Crusader and the Boy Wonder, below the same pair on the front
cover of the same issue.  Two pin-ups for the price of one - what
more can you ask for when it's not costing you a penny?

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