Thursday, 8 December 2016

RECOMMENDED READING: X-MEN EPIC COLLECTION VOLUME TWO...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

There's nothing I like more than a good bit of X.  In fact, it
could be said that I'm very highly Xd, but I don't like to brag.
Given my strong X drive, it's hardly surprising that this new book
is right up my street.  It's seriously Xy, so you're bound to love
it too.  MARVEL's X-MEN EPIC COLLECTION Volume
2 is in your local FORBIDDEN PLANET store now!

PICK A COLOUR - WHITE OR BLUE...?



What colour of Christmas do you think you're
going to have, Criv-ite chums?  As far as I know,
there are only two choices - white or blue - and
neither of them is mutually exclusive.

SSSSHHH! THE EMPEROR HAS A SECRET...


The DALEKS copyright BBC TV & The Estate of TERRY NATION

If you're a doddery old fart fogey like me, you'll recall when
the golden DALEK EMPEROR was challenged by ZEG, the red
Dalek, to a duel for supremacy, as recounted in TV CENTURY 21.
Although red is my favourite colour, I cheered on the Emperor and
was glad when he won.  Well, now you lucky peeps are in for a treat.
Here's a four-page tale about the very chappie, from the pages of
The DALEK OUTER SPACE Book.  Enjoy!



Wednesday, 7 December 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - VICTORIA VETRI...



This sure looks to me like VICTORIA VETRI hatching from
an egg.  I've been misinformed about the facts of life.  (I thought
that when the stork brought them, they were pre-hatched.)

SPECTACULAR SPLASH PAGES #14...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Continuing our series of spectacular splash pages, now
ain't that a kick in the head?  CAPTAIN MARVEL gives it to
The CONTROLLER, big-time, in a no holds barred, no punches
spared, and no kicks left out fight-fest that's sure to have left at
least one of them with a headache.   A JIM STARLIN (pencils)
 and AL MILGROM (inks) power-packed presentation.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

YOGI PLAYS SANTA...


Images copyright HANNA-BARBERA Productions, Inc

Here's the bold bruin YOGI BEAR in a Christmas adventure
from 1962/'63, when he was regularly appearing on TV.  He's still a
major cartoon (and big-budget movie) star today, so not only is he
smarter than the average bear, he's longer-lasting, too.  Let's see
what he and his furry friend BOO BOO are up to...











And below is the cover to the tale you've just read.

BABE OF THE DAY - LEE MERIWETHER...



Here she is, fellas - the cat's pyjamas.
None other than LEE MERIWETHER.
I'd give her a saucer of milk any time.

Monday, 5 December 2016

RECOMMENDED READING: SUPERMAN IN THE '70s...


Images copyright DC COMICS

SUPERMAN In The '70s is one in a series of books
covering different decades in the Man of Steel's comicbook
career.  It was published in 2000, but may well still be in print.
If not, eBay or Amazon should be able to accommodate you,
should you decide you just have to add it to your collection.  I
got my copy in FORBIDDEN PLANET only last week, so
you should probably check your local branch first, as
they may still have copies in stock.  Give 'em a try!
  

HAVE YOU GOT AN OLD CHRISTMAS CARD?



Christmas is the season for sentiment, and
you can't get more sentimental than this particular
song.  So sit back and relax, and let the man whose
voice is like the echo of a whisper wash away your
troubles with this soothing little number.

RECOMMENDED READING: CAPTAIN MARVEL - THE 'COMPLETE' COLLECTION...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Okay, strictly speaking, this new MARVEL softcover col-
lected edition of CAPTAIN MARVEL isn't really complete, in
that it doesn't reprint every Captain Marvel story ever published.
It does, however, contain all the issues produced by JIM STAR-
LIN, which is nothing to be sniffed at.  Just read the spiel on the
back cover, then get yourselves straight over to your nearest
FORBIDDEN PLANET store and buy one today!

******

(Incidentally, the quality of reproduction in this volume
is far superior to that of the 1990 softcover book, The LIFE
And DEATH Of CAPTAIN MARVEL, so it's worth buying
for that fact alone.  Well, just what're you waiting for??!)

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



"C'mon in, the water's lovely!" says the delectable JULIE
EGE.  She's not fooling me 'though - she only wants someone
to find the soap and then scrub her back.  Er, wait a second -
that's hardly a chore, is it?  "Move over, Julie!"

THE POWER OF THE DALEKS...


DR. WHO copyright BBC TV.  The DALEKS copyright
BBC TV and The Estate of TERRY NATION

A friend very kindly gave me the new DOCTOR WHO
DVD, The POWER Of The DALEKS recently.  The master
tapes were wiped in the '60s & '70s, but the soundtrack to each
episode somehow survived.  Cue some bright spark suggesting
utilising animation to resurrect the episodes for modern-day
viewing.  Great idea, woeful execution, alas.

Sadly, the animation isn't much better than an episode
of CAPTAIN PUGWASH.  So far I've watched the special
features disc and the first episode of the actual serial, but the
BBC should really have put more money into the project as
it's painfully obvious that it was produced on an extremely
limited budget.  So just what's wrong with it?

What isn't?  The accompanying booklet is riddled with
typos that render some sentences gibberish, and, on screen,
there's no consistency between the sizes of POLLY and BEN.
Sometimes Ben is taller than Polly, sometimes it's the other way
around, and sometimes they're both the same size.  You can ac-
tually see through the DOCTOR's coat to his shirt and braces
underneath, and in one scene his left hand is several times
the size of his right and can be seen through his body.

The animation is basic and jerky, the backgrounds
static, with characters often facing in the wrong direction
to what's supposed to be occurring the other way.  The ani-
mation in SCOOBY DOO is better, so that should give you
all an idea of just how bad it is.  In one scene, the Doctor and
his two companions are being kept in a room, and Ben and
Polly are seen in"suitable clothing" - which hasn't yet
been given to them at that point in the story.

Anyway, I'll persevere with the remaining episodes
when my masochistic tendencies kick in again, but I may
just book an appointment with the dentist instead.  Not quite
one to avoid, because the documentary on the making of the
programme is interesting, but don't expect PIXAR quality
animation or you're bound to be disappointed.  Marks?
  Only four out of ten, sadly.  Should've been better.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

LINKS, CHAINS, AND PAINS...



The attitude of some people often astounds me, and the
following story is a perfect  example of  just what I'm talking
about.  Almost ten years back, I worked in a watch repair shop.
At one time, after I'd left their employ, myself and a friend were
in negotiations to buy the business, but eventually pulled out of
the deal as the incompetent owners couldn't get their act to-
gether ('though I'll bet that's not what they told the per-
son they eventually sold it to).  But I digress.

One day, a women I knew came into the shop looking
to have links removed from a chain bracelet of some kind.
The standard charge for this particular procedure was £7.99,
but because she was a member of a church I'd once attended
when younger, after I'd completed the task, I smiled  at her
and said "Just give me two quid."

 The manageress was in that day observing proceed-
ings, so I was quite prepared to make up the £6 discount
out of my own pocket simply to do the woman a good turn.
She looked taken aback, and grudgingly started to reach for
her purse.  Noticing her scowl, I asked "What's up, Margaret?
You don't look too happy."  "I think you've got a cheek asking
for that" she responded.  It was my turn to be taken aback.
"Well, considering the fact I'm letting you off with nearly
 six quid, I don't understand your attitude.  Remember,
 we're running a business here, not a charity!" 

Anyway, she paid up and left, but the experience left
a bad taste in my mouth.  Had she expected me to do it for
nothing merely because we were acquainted? If I'd worked in
Asda, would she have expected  me to wave her through the
checkout with a box of biscuits without charging her?  Who
goes into a shop looking for goods or services without ex-
pecting to pay?  I'm still staggered by her attitude.

No doubt when relating her version of events to her
friends, I'd have been painted as the bad guy.  It brings to
mind the old saying - "No good deed goes unpunished."

Too true, mate - too bleedin' true.   

BING'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS...



Continuing our Yuletide theme, here's BING
CROSBY letting us all know that he'll be home
for Christmas.  Wonder if it'll be a white one?

Saturday, 3 December 2016

RECOMMENDED READING: Dr. STRANGE - THE OATH...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

You all know the drill by now - I let the spiel on the back cover
speak for itself.  Suffice to say that if you're a Dr. STRANGE fan,
then you're sure to love The OATH - no sweary words involved.  By
The Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, race right 'round to your nearest
FORBIDDEN PLANET store and buy this book today!  (Or The
Omnipotent Oshtur will bite you on the bum!)

Friday, 2 December 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - TIA CARRERE...



What a pout, what a bod, what a babe.
It can only be the lovely TIA CARRERE.
(In case you were wondering, the strap on
her shoulder belongs to her newspaper
delivery bag.  It's a part-time job.)

THE LIGHT IN THE WINDOW...



Do you remember, as a youngster, making your way home
on a dark evening after a day out adventuring, and, as you caught
sight of your house, glimpsing the amber glow of the standard lamp
in your living-room, penetrating the curtains like a beacon to light
your way home?  Do you recall the sudden surge of renewed ener-
gy that infused your weary limbs, egging you on as you realised
you'd soon be warm and comfy in  familiar surroundings?

So do I!  In fact, 33 years ago, after my family had moved
to a new house in another neighbourhood, I'd sometimes pass my
former domicile on dark nights and trying to recapture that feeling,
as I hadn't lived long enough in our new residence to have re-created
the experience.  I'd see the light emanating from my previous home
and imagine for a moment that I still lived there.  Then the moment
would pass and I'd set course for my new abode some distance
away, warmed and fortified by memories of earlier times.

Nowadays, I reminisce fondly about that magical expe-
rience whenever I pass one of my former homes on a dusky
evening, and as I've said elsewhere before, I sometimes feel that
I could wander up the path of any of my previous houses, put my
key in the lock, and walk in to find everything just as it used to be.
You'll find that it doesn't matter how much you enjoy going out,
holidaying abroad, or travelling the world - nothing compares
to that sudden electric thrill of recognition on catching that
first sight of home and hearth when you return.

  Dulce Domum indeed.   

Thursday, 1 December 2016

THE CLASSIC LIBRARY OF HORROR...



Here are three books from 1978 that you may like to
add to your collection if you're into such things.  They're
novelisations of three classic UNIVERSAL horror movies,
and are faithful to the films that inspired them.  I'd imagine
they must pop up on eBay from time to time, so if you'd
like to own them, that would be the place to start.

I first read The BRIDE Of FRANKENSTEIN on 
  a coach trip down to Portsmouth in 1981, but I picked up
this three paperback set from a jumble sale in a church (now
demolished) across the street from one of my old houses in
the early '90s.  All three are a great little read, and worthy
additions to any bibliophile's personal library.

Hunt them down now!





I LOVE THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING - DO YOU?



Here's Der BINGSTER with a nice little
Yuletide song for all you Christmassy-Criv-
ites.  Sing along at the back now.

RECOMMENDED READING - BATMAN, GREEN HORNET & THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. ...


Characters copyright respective owners

Here's a couple of books I came home with recently that are
sure to be of interest to all you frantic Criv-ites who look back on
the 1960s with great fondness.  BATMAN Meets The GREEN
HORNET and The MAN From U.N.C.L.E. are sure to delight
and entertain you, and hey - that's what comics are all about.

Both books are collected editions of six individual issues
of each title, and would make nifty additions to your already
straining shelves, so get yourselves around to your nearest
FORBIDDEN PLANET store and buy them today!



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

I HEAR THE SOUND OF - SILVER BELLS...



Tomorrow's the first day of December and the
CHRISTMAS Season really begins in earnest.  So,
as you'll all no doubt be counting down the minutes
'til SANTA's arrival, here's a cracking little JIM
REEVES Yuletide number to set the mood.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - TIA CARRERE...



Tell you what - TIA CARRERE may be
a 'looker', but she's not much of a dancer,
is she?  My parrot can dance better than
that - and I don't have a parrot!

???

KID KLASSICS: MOONLIGHT, MEMORIES & MADNESS...


Image copyright DC COMICS

Above is the cover to a comic which reminds me of three
other comics at the same time.  "How is such a feat of mighty
memory-mastery possible?" you may be asking.  So, let us now,
by the power of our imaginations, return to October 7th, 1972, and
the Old Village quarter of my home town, where I, resplendent in my
brother's cast-off cord jacket - slightly too big for me and worn for
the first time that Saturday morning - was attending a jumble sale
held in aid of the 8th Scout Troop in the 'old hall' in the
grounds of the Old Parish Church.

This and subsequent images copyright MARVEL COMICS

I'd previously purchased The MIGHTY WORLD Of
MARVEL #2 earlier that morning, and, later, SUPERMAN
#251 en route to the village.  Now, in the kind of hall that spoke
of a long-vanished age - anything from the '20s to the '50s - I was to
add MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #1 and TERRIFIC #1 to my awe-
some acquisitions.  The previous owner seemed to have used the issue
of MSH as a dartboard at some point, but it was still readable, and it
was probably the first time I'd owned a complete copy of that par-
ticular Terrific, a weekly which had been launched five years
earlier and graced the shelves for a mere 43 issues.


Looking for a place to pore over my comics as I left
the jumble sale, I wandered around to the back of an adjacent,
nigh-derelict building which adjoined the local, centuries old public
house next to the church (and overlooked the graveyard).  It was an
inquisitive boy's delight, and a week or so later, under the dark velvet
canvas of the star-kissed heavens, myself and a friend were crawling
across the roof of the pub, and even using the exterior, cast-iron fire-
escape staircase to gain access to the back 'courtyard' below.  This
location became the source of surreptitious exploration every so
often over a period of two or three years and holds many
happy memories for me.


So, I can't look at any one cover without also thinking
of the other three - or of that jumble sale, my cord jacket, and an
old pub next to the final resting place of long-gone local 'worthies',
who had doubtless quaffed many a flagon of ale centuries before in
the very building over whose slates two teenage boys daringly
    defied death in the airy Autumn moonlight.

******

Interestingly, I occasionally visit the upstairs lounge bar for a
soft drink and a bag of crisps, and have done for many a year now.
It's an odd sensation to think, while sitting there, that I'm under the
very roof I once crawled over as a 14 year old lad so very long ago.
I sometimes wonder if any modern-day counterparts of me and my
pals have ever retraced our footsteps (and handprints) in the years
since we first braved the slates, but it's unlikely.  The building at
the back of the pub is now residential and access to the roof
   can no longer be obtained through its grounds.

******

 For an earlier mention of my rooftop adventures, click here.

Monday, 28 November 2016

RAMPAGING REPOST: A POOH IN THE CORNER OF THE HOUSE - (OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT - CLOSE ENOUGH)...



Continuing the theme of the previous two posts, here's
another earlier one which might add some clarity to the
topic.  (Then again, it might not - so no promises.)

******

Returning to an oft-repeated theme on this blog which I've
probably battered to death - that of memories and associations.
Take the above EP record as an example.  ("Don't want it!" you
contemptuously reply.)  I got it at an Autumn or Christmas Fayre in
1981/'82, held by the church at the top of the street and across the
road from the house I'd lived in from 1965-'72.  Note I said by and
not in.  That's because the fayre (let's call a spade a spade - jumble
sale) was held in my old primary school at the foot of the street,
primarily (no pun intended) because it had more space to ac-
commodate the aspirations of the event's organisers.

So, to hopefully helpfully reiterate:  I obtained the record
while living in my current home, from my old primary school
in the same street as my former house.  That would explain why,
whenever I look at it, I associate it with the area where I acquired
it, but - so strong is the link, that I also associate it with my old
room and can actually 'see' it there in my mind's eye as plain
as day, in some kind of 'false memory'.  Weird, eh?

"Ah, that's easy to explain!" you proclaim.  "You associate
the record with your old school and you associate your old
school with your old house, so it's only natural that you'd con-
nect the record to the house, too!"  And doubtless you're right.
However, it's still an odd feeling to have what appears to be a
memory of something that was never actually so.  Anyone
have any similar instances they'd care to share?

Go on - we won't laugh.  Promise.