Friday, 18 April 2014

JOHN BYRNE'S FANTASTIC FOUR COVER GALLERY - PART FIVE...



In answer to hundreds of requests (I was up all night typing them),
here's the fifth batch of Jumpin' JOHNNY BYRNE covers from his
1980s run on THE FANTASTIC FOUR. Fans of the series who no
longer own the original issues could do worse than spend their hard-
earned shekels on the two-set MARVEL OMNIBUS volumes
containing all of JB's Fabulous Foursome adventures.

For any of you who may be interested in purchasing them,
here's the necessary information:

Volume one - ISBN # 978-0-7851-5824-0

Volume two - ISBN # 978-0-7851-8543-7

Both editions contain loads of great extras and should prove
welcome additions to any true Marvelite's bookshelves. Why
not check out your local FORBIDDEN PLANET store
for them at the earliest opportunity?!









LEGOMAN BREAKS LOOSE!



Given the huge success of the recent LEGO movie, you can
bet your bottom dollar that there'll be more of them. I haven't seen
the film yet, but one Lego-related image that appealed to me when first
I saw it was the above homage to the famous NEAL ADAMS cover
for SUPERMAN #233. I thought that you might enjoy it too, if you
haven't already seen it - so here it is. (Along with the original. My
generosity surely knows no bounds.)

Neal drew both covers by the way.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

PART FOUR OF THE SENSATIONAL '60s HERO, JOHNNY FUTURE...



Sharp-eyed readers who own any issues of FANTASTIC that these
JOHNNY FUTURE instalments originally appeared in, may have noticed
that they've been 'tidied up' slightly from the published versions. The process
involves removing prominent printing blemishes and age-discolouration to
make them appear as fresh and new as if they were issued only yesterday,
rather than 47 years ago. After all, LUIS BERMEJO's spectacular
art deserves nothing less than the best , I'm sure you'll agree.

Incidentally, I post these stories merelyto maintain interest in the
character and, even 'though I have all the original issues, I'd buy a deluxe,
hardback Omnibus edition of the tales if one were to become available. I don't
financially profit in any way from presenting JF's adventures, so therefore I'm
not depriving whoever may own the copyright of any money. On the contrary,
by helping to keep alive interest in the character, I may well be creating a
ripe field for harvesting should the copyright holders ever get around
to producing a collected edition.

So, hands up - who'd buy one if it were to become available? 


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PART TWO OF NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN COVER GALLERY...


Layout by Carmine Infantino, inks by Neal Adams

Out of the last few posts I've published, by far the most popular has
been part one of this NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN cover gallery series.
So, being smarter than the average bear, I figure that means there's quite
a few of you out there in bloggerland who wouldn't be averse to seeing
a few more of Neal's Dynamic Covers  from way back when.

Well, whaddaya know - here are some right here, right
now, to whet your appetite. Talk about timing, eh?! 

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano & Vince Colletta

Pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Neal Adams

Layout by Carmine Infantino, inks by Neal Adams

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

PART SIX OF SMASH! COVER GALLERY...



As I gad about the streets of Glasgow, mingling with ordinary
people and bathing in their silent but obvious admiration (egotist?
Nah!), one thought is constantly on my mind: "What can I share with
my blog members next!" Yes, hard as it may be for you to believe, you're
never far from my thoughts as I strive to bring you the very best pictorial
presentations and nostalgic nick-nacks that my vast and voluminous,
 captivating collection encompasses. (Don't you just love awesome
alliteration, even when it's mostly redundant?)

Of course, there are times when any old tat will do - but fear not, 
this isn't one of those occasions. What you see before you is another
half-dozen covers from one of the best-loved periodicals of the 1960s -
SMASH! Perhaps you need to have experienced them first time around
to truly appreciate their charm, but for those of you who did, I'm sure
you'll be truly grateful to be reunited with these fondly-recalled
covers from childhood. Just make out the cheques to...

Another six coming soon!





FABULOUS FLASHBACKS - COUNTDOWN TO TV ACTION ANNUAL...



 Launched in 1971, COUNTDOWN was, to all intents and purposes,
an attempt to duplicate the former success of the now declining TV21.
With the inclusion of GERRY ANDERSON related content and (instead
of THE DALEKS) DOCTOR WHO, the fact it was edited by TV21's
former art editor DENNIS HOOPER made comparison between the
two periodicals inevitable.


Initially, I ignored the comic - until it started to reprint (usually in black
and white) strips from TV CENTURY 21 itself. Even as a boy, I had an
overdeveloped sense of nostalgia, so the comic suddenly became a 'must-
have' for me. Truth to tell 'though, my strongest memories of the paper
are from when it metamorphosed into TV ACTION with #59.


Something else I ignored was the hardback Annual incarnation of the
weekly. In fact, I'm not even sure if I was aware of them at the time they
were published. However, a year or two back, someone gifted me the first
two in the series, and I recently acquired the third and final one, thereby
completing my collection of them. The first is simply titled COUNT-
DOWN, the second, COUNTDOWN FOR TV ACTION, and
the third, TV ACTION.


Being a rather generous chappie (somewhat against the Scottish
stereotype of tight-fisted meanie), I thought I'd share the covers and
some of the contents with you in this post. So, if you had these Annuals
when you were a youngster, you can relive precious moments from your
childhood or teenage years. If you're clapping eyes on them for the first
time, it gives you a chance to see what boring old farts like your dad
were reading over 40 years ago. Either way, you're a winner!








Monday, 14 April 2014

NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...


Pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Neal Adams

Raise your hand if you like the art of NEAL ADAMS. Wait 'til I
count 'em - one, two, three - h'mm, the pubs must still be open. Never
mind, I'll just assume that everybody likes Natty Neal's awesome artwork
and present a series of covers either pencilled and inked by him, or inked
by him over another's pencils. That way, we get the best of both worlds.
Ready? Then away we go! (See? Who says intros have to be long
and boring? Sure wasn't me!) 

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils and inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils & inks by Neal Adams

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

Pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano