Friday, 28 October 2016


Ah, whose heart doesn't beat a little faster on sight of
the stunning beauty of IMOGEN HASSALL?  Yours,
you say?  Well, the bad news is - you're obviously in a
coma and  in need of immediate medical attention!

Thursday, 27 October 2016


From Tuesday's DAILY EXPRESS.  If this doesn't
melt your heart, then it's obviously made of stone.  Click
to enlarge, then click again for optimum size.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

This one's a beauty.  From THOR's first appearance, as pencilled
by JACK KIRBY and inked by JOE SINNOTT, it portrays the god
of thunder in all his awesome glory.  Could anyone but Jack have made
an instant visual hit out of a guy with a long blond-hair and what looks
like a seagull's wings on his headgear - especially in the '60s?  I very
much doubt it.  What say the rest of you pantin' Criv-ites?


It's late October and the chilly winds are
on their way.  Purely out of the goodness of
my heart, here's a sight that will warm you
up - the sizzlingly-hot JULIE EGE.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Image copyright DC COMICS

Pencilled by JACK KIRBY, inked by WALLACE WOOD, and
appreciated by lovers of great comicbook art everywhere.  Who can
look at this page and not feel like they're back in ancient Egypt?  Or, at
the very least, an MGM production of a movie set in 'The Land of
the Pharaohs'.  Comic art at its very best, I'm sure you'll agree.

Monday, 24 October 2016


Here's VICTORIA VETRI with her
hand on my head, trying to keep me under
the water.  She's always playing around like
that, but I know she loves me really.

Sunday, 23 October 2016


Just learned via STEVE HOLLAND's blog (here)
that artist STEVE DILLON has died at the age of 54.
I met Steve once (at least) in the 2000 A.D. offices, and
used to letter ROGUE TROOPER when he illustrated it
and SIMON GELLER wrote it.  I liked his art - he had a
natural talent and was drawing professionally from the age
of 16, and was every bit as good as older, more seasoned
professionals.  The world of comics is the poorer for
his untimely passing.  Read more about the man
and his work at the above link.


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Well, lookee here - here's DAIMON HELLSTROM,
otherwise known as The SON Of SATAN.  Ooh, contro-
versial or what, but MARVEL managed to pull it off.  This
cracking collection gathers the full original run of these '70s
tales together in one volume, which can be obtained from
your local FORBIDDEN PLANET store for a paltry
sum.  Run, don't walk, to your local FP now!


Okay, peeps, here's the last batch of CADET's
sweet cigarette cards featuring STINGRAY.  You
now have all 50 cards.  Remember to click on either
image, then click again for optimum size to see these
cards in all their glory.  The THUNDERBIRDS
cards will be along before you know it.

Friday, 21 October 2016


IMOGEN HASSALL was a stunning-looking actress
who appeared in TV shows such as The SAINT and The
AVENGERS, as well as various movies throughout her act-
ing career.  I was shocked to discover only recently that she
committed suicide in 1980, aged 38.  I'd assumed, when-
ever I saw her in anything on TV, that she was still 'out
there', acting away to her heart's content.

Funny how we become so familiar with some thespians
through seeing their movies and shows constantly repeated
on telly, that, even 'though (unknown to us) they may be long
dead, we consider them still contemporary with our own lives,
and feel like we're welcoming an old friend into our living-
room whenever they pop up on some old film or other on
that box in the corner.  (Or flat screen on the wall.)

Some actors make us smile on sight of them, so
deeply are they ingrained in the memories of our youth,
and we once again enjoy their company for however long
their performance lasts in some old movie or repeated TV
show.  There's a sad side to that 'though, when the realisa-
tion eventually dawns on us that they took their last bow
and exited stage left, and that the final curtain came
down for them many years ago.

Alas, poor Imogen.  I'll look for you on TV. 


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

No, you haven't missed the first two in the series - MARVEL
publishes these cataclysmic collections out of sequence, so you still
have volumes one and two to look forward to.  However, back to this
EPIC softcover tome - just read the spiel below to see what magnifi-
cent goodies lie waiting within.  Available now from your nearest
FORBIDDEN PLANET store.  Race you there.

Thursday, 20 October 2016


MICHELLE KEEGAN was just walking
past this wall when she noticed it was about
to fall down.  Quick as a flash, she decided
to prop it up - with her elbow.  Strong as
well as stunning - what's not to like?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Here's a curious thing:  I've noticed that, in most of
the houses my family lived in over the years, there was
a discrepancy between the official tenancy commencement
dates and the actual dates we moved in. (Same goes for the
tenancy expiration dates.)  So, it's on file that our tenancy of
my present abode began on Monday 12th June 1972,  but
we didn't actually move in until Wednesday 14th.  "Why?"
you may ask.  I assume that the 14th was the earliest date
that we and the family with whom we swapped houses
could jointly book our removal vans.

So we lived in our old house for two days longer than
we should have, and moved into our new one the corres-
ponding period of time later than we were supposed to.  As
for our previous domicile before that, we were meant to take
possession on October 28th 1965, but didn't do so until ten
days later.  That means I was cheated out of my first Hallow-
e'en in what became my new house, but had an extra one in
its predecessor.  "So what's your point, you nutter?" I
seem to hear you all enquire of me in unison.

It's just that I sometimes find myself wondering in
what subtle way it might have affected (if at all) my per-
ceptions and memories of those times and places if events
had unfolded in the way they were meant to?  I had seven
birthdays and seven Christmases in that house, but only six
Hallowe'ens.  If we'd moved in on the official date, I'd have
had the full complement of seven All Hallows' Eves.  How-
ever, I'd only have had one in the previous house if things
had gone as the council had prescribed, and only one
birthday - whereas my next birthday fell on flitting
day, meaning it belongs to both houses.

Does it make any difference 'though?  That's just
it, I don't know.  Part of me says no, another part can't
help but wonder if it might have, because on such seem-
ingly inconsequential events, the repercussions can be po-
tentially immense.  For example, if I'd lived in my new home
from the official date we were supposed to have moved in, a
speeding car taking a corner too fast might've knocked me
down, and then I wouldn't be here now boring you with
this tedious exercise in pointless 'what ifs'.  However,
because we didn't take up residence until ten days
later, that possible fate was avoided.

Yeah, that's an extreme example, and not quite the
direction I intended to take.  What I was trying to get at
is this:  if we have a different sense of our own history, can
it affect the way we participate in our own future, and, if so,
in some peculiar way, affect that future to such an extent that
it wouldn't unfold in the manner that it did?  (Looking at what
was once our future in the past tense of course.)  Yes, I know
that's kind of vague, but it's the best my aged and addled
mind can manage, alas.  Hopefully, you'll be able
to see the target I'm aiming for.

If so, feel free to jump in with your thoughts and
theories in our captivating comments section.

Monday, 17 October 2016


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

The collector-mentality is an odd kind of compulsion.
Those of you who collect anything know that already, but
for others not 'afflicted' with the desire to own things, allow
me give you an example from my own experience to demon-
strate the point.  Back in 1980, MARVEL U.K. published
 a series of 'pocket books', digest-sized monthly mags
featuring their most popular characters.

I purchased quite a number of them, but, somehow,
I missed a few issues of The FANTASTIC FOUR and
The X-MEN pocket books.  In the former's case, it was at
least four issues, in the latter's, two.  I managed to acquire
two of the missing mags (one from each title) last year, but
 on Saturday, I received the remaining FF issues I needed,
along with two X-Men mags (one being a better-con-
dition replacement for the one I got in 2015).

Here's the thing 'though - I didn't really need them.
I already have the tales in various full-colour, full-sized
reprints several times over, yet I still felt compelled to plug
the gaps and complete the set of both periodicals - 34-plus
years after I'd bought their 'companions'.  It feels good to
finally complete something that was left unfinished, but
there's also an anti-climactic feeling as well.

Last night, I put the mags in numerical sequence
with their fellows, placed the lid on the box in which
I store them, shoved it back on my cupboard shelf, and
closed the door.  It could be years before I look at them
again, which makes me wonder if there was any point in
tracking them down after such a long period if I'm
now  just going to forget about them.

Although I feel a sense of accomplishment at
completing the task, there's also a touch of sadness
at finally 'closing the door' on a period that represents
my youth (I was only 22 when these mags began).  It's as
'though there was an open link to my past while the quest
remained ongoing, but now that it's over, the thin beam
of connecting light 'twixt then and now has flickered
and dimmed, if not actually expired.

So, satisfaction and sadness at the same event.
Anyone else ever feel this way when finally complet-
ing a long-standing undertaking?   If so, reveal all to
your fellow Criv-ites in the comments section.


Postscript:  I'm struck by the fact I completed
my collection of these mags while residing in the house
I lived at the time they first went on sale.  Why is that sig-
nificant, you may possibly wonder?  Because 33 years ago,
my family moved to a new house in another neighbourhood
for four years, before returning to our former home.  So I
started and finished the collection in the same house -
nearly 35 years apart.  Amazing, eh?  

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Was at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall today with
a pal, taking in RAI CON and snapping some photos.  This is
the first of these type of events I've ever attended (dressing up
isn't really my thing), but it was an okay way to spend the day.
Thanks to everyone who posed for a picture, and to FP for
facilitating my presence.  Were you there?  Say what you
thought of the event in the comments section.
Here's KEV from FORBIDDEN PLANET - looking happy and
giving the thumbs up because his holidays are looming

This guy looks like trouble - I've got
a feeling he'll be popping up again

This gal sure believes in advertising

Here's a shot of the hall - seemed reasonably busy

Your money or your - wife, did he say?

At last - a bit of glamour

The girl in the middle has a real pretty face

Another shot of the hall

More glamour.  (Eh?)

Two hot babes - the heating was up full

Some fine examples of Glasgow's wildlife

This guy's a 'flash-in-the-pan'

Uh-oh.  Here's that guy again - with a pal

She's holding invisible dumbbells

Okay, I give in.  What are you hiding
behind your back, young lady?

LARRY, CURLY & MO - the three stooges amigos

At last - an actual artist.  Some nice work on display

He doesn't fool me by changing his
facewear - I've seen him before

Stop horsin' around

Just beamed down from the Starship ENTERPRISE by the look of it

Even BUZZ LIGHTYEAR got in on the act

The guy from RENTOKIL.  Maybe he's
after that wildlife in a previous photo?

The lady was being robbed by this masked
bandit, but they still posed for a photo

The return of some much-needed glamour

Okay, don't shoot - you can have one of my chips

Are this pair taking the pith?

A real couple of stars

Are you looking at me?

Some nice masks on display



Dunno - anyone got a clue?

This guy's back again

The big one's a bloke - honest

A slide-show about Cosplay

The presenters.  Okay, that's yer lot!