Sunday, 29 May 2016

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - MADELINE SMITH (AGAIN)...



Oh, go on then, seeing as how you
insist.  Let's have another nice photo of
mesmerizing MADELINE SMITH.
(It's me she wants, not you.)

THE 'OUTSIDER'...



I was looking at a photo of where I used to live back
in the mid-'60s and early '70s, comparing the field where I
used to play across from my house with how it looks today
(see here) and a memory jumped into my mind.  Which was
that, on the evening of the flitting, after settling into our
new home, I made my way back along to that field.

It was almost an instinct.  After all, I didn't know
anyone in our new neighbourhood, so it felt natural to
continue the habit of nearly seven years and seek out the
environs that were familiar to me.  As I entered the field, a
group of local kids sitting in a far corner, turned and saw
me approaching them.  "What are you doing here?"
one of them asked in an unwelcoming tone.

I didn't understand their sullen coldness towards me
then, but I think I do now.  We hadn't informed any of our
neighbours of our intention to move, so it would have been a
surprise to them on the day.  Maybe our moving was regard-
ed as a betrayal of sorts, an abandonment of the area and
those who lived there - as if we'd thought we were too
good for the place and turned our backs on it.

In only a few short hours the locals now viewed
me as no longer belonging there, but it was yet too early
for me to feel part of our new neighbourhood - leaving me
in a kind of limbo as far as 'district identity' goes.  Luckily, I
didn't feel too displaced, as our new residence sat atop a hill
just as our old one had done, so the general impression of
the topography was similar in some ways, which doubt-
less helped me adjust to the new locale.

I've never quite forgotten just how quick people
can be to shut others out of a group at the drop of a
hat and consider them 'outsiders'.  Luckily, I've never
had a 'gang' mentality, so it didn't much bother me that
I was no longer regarded as one of 'the lads'.  Still,
 like I said - I've never quite forgotten. 

Saturday, 28 May 2016

PART EIGHT OF TOPPS 1966 BATMAN CARDS...


Images copyright DC COMICS & TOPPS

Seven TOPPS BATMAN cards this time around instead
of the usual six, as that leaves another seven in the first series of
55 cards to complete the set.  Whether I get around to showing
the remaining two series is entirely down to you, Criv-ites, so
if you want to see 'em, say so in the comments section.

Did you have these cards as a kid?  Any memories
of them, feel free to share, o bombastic Bat-fans.

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - MADELINE SMITH...



MADELINE SMITH thinks that ROGER
MOORE is incredibly handsome - just wait 'til she
cops a look at me!  (Well, me and big Rog could
almost be twins, what with my halo and all.)

Friday, 27 May 2016

CRIVENS! THE INCREDIBLE TRI-MAN - PART FIVE...



Things are still hotting up for our hero in these two titanic episodes,
SMASH! fans.  Most of you will recognize certain elements borrowed
from MARVEL's SPIDER-MAN, but if you're going to copy a teenage
superhero, you might as well imitate an'A' lister.  Is anyone else looking
at these strips apart from JP, McScottyTC, and me?  If so, leave a
comment to reassure me that I'm not wasting everybody's time.



BABE OF THE DAY - JORDAN CARVER...



JORDAN CARVER feels a little
'tyred' today.  (I've waited ages to use
that pun - wish I hadn't now.)  Never
mind, just look at those pins.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

POPEYE POPS IN FOR A POST...



Back around the mid-'70s, I found a bendy
POPEYE toy and took it home with me.  I was
famous for drawing the spinach-chomping sailor in
school, so I had sort of an affinity with the character.
I can no longer remember what happened to my little
flexible friend, alas, but umpteen years later (in the
21st century), I acquired a similar-sized, pose-
able plastic figure of the mighty mariner.

No, that's not him in the photo, that's a
larger scale, fabric-clothed Popeye (which I
bought later) produced by the same company, but
I was tidying up my room earlier in preparation for
decorating, and 'Pops' was hanging on the wall.  I
think it's a great collectable item and decided to
show him off on the blog to cheer up all you
comics-lovin', cavortin' Criv-ites.

So consider yourselves cheered.

RECOMMENDED READING: DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Well, something had to be done, and DC COMICS have
now decided to do it.  What the result of that something will be
yet remains to be seen, as DC has a history of making changes to
their universe that succeeds only in turning off readers in droves.
Some elements of the first CRISIS weren't that bad, but all sub-
sequent tinkerings have left many long-time fans feeling confused
and angry.  The NEW 52 was a pile of poo, and now DC are in
full 'back-pedal' mode as they seemingly seek to distance
themselves from that step in the wrong direction.

This issue is intriguing and shows promise, but only the
final result will tell whether this 'rebirth' of the DC Universe
is alive and kicking or sadly stillborn.  There's talk of new cos-
tumes, which suggests that DC still don't quite realize that part
of the problem is the absence of the original, iconic outfits,
with which most people are familiar.

Any Criv-ites read the above ish?  Thoughts, theories
and observations are most welcome, so get typing.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

YAHOOO! PART FOUR OF THE INCREDIBLE TRI-MAN...



1969!  SMASH!  TRI-MAN!  SOLANO LOPEZ!
That's all you need to know, frantic ones - go to it!
(So who says I can't be concise when I want to be?)



KULL THE CONQUEROR SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...


Characters copyright ROBERT E. HOWARD ESTATE

Okay, so you've seen a dozen CONAN The BARBARIAN
splash pages - now it's time to turn our attention towards another
ROBERT E. HOWARD character, KULL The CONQUEROR!
Just look at the talent arrayed in this post:  BERNI WRIGHTSON,
ROSS ANDRU, WALLY WOOD, MARIE & JOHN SEVERIN,
FRANK CHIARAMONTE, and MIKE PLOOG.  Hey, that's
some series artists we've got here.  Kull was a great comic with
great art, but you don't need me to tell you that.

So, with no further ado ('cos I'm fresh out), let's savour the
greatness together.  Feel free to wax eloquent in our cavortin'
comments section.  It's what it was invented for.











Tuesday, 24 May 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - ABI TITMUS...



ABI TITMUS looks down at me on the floor
after giving me a good whacking with that there
cane of hers.  We're just taking a rest -  she'll be
resuming her exertions in five minutes.  (And
to think that some people pay for this.)

BARRY SMITH CONAN THE BARBARIAN SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...


Characters copyright ROBERT E. HOWARD ESTATE

Regular (sort of) reader MOONMANDO enjoyed seeing
the splash page from CONAN The BARBARIAN #6 in a recent
post, so I thought I'd make him happy by showing the splash pages
from the first dozen issues.  Smith had pretty much abandoned his
attempts at imitating JACK KIRBY's style by this time and,
boy, what an improvement that turned out to be!

Any memories associated with these images?  Got a
 favourite?  You know where the comment section is.











PART TWELVE OF THE CRUNCH COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

I'd not long turned 21 when this crop of The CRUNCH
comics went on sale back in 1979.  Only seems like yesterday
to me, not the 36 and a half years that it actually is.  As I've said
before, I felt that DCT were trying to emulate the style of IPC's
2000 A.D. with this weekly periodical, but it was destined for a
far shorter lifespan than its esteemed rival, which is still being
published today, nearly 40 years after it first came out.

The final five covers coming soon, comics fans.