Monday, 30 November 2015

BABE OF THE DAY - LESLEY ANN WARREN...



No puns, please, about 'warren' and 'bunny' (you know what I'm
talking about) - here's LESLEY ANN WARREN.  'Nuff said.

BONUS - DOUBLE DOUBLE COMICS INTERLUDE...


Images copyright DC COMICS

While I find the time for scanning the splash pages inside my
remaining DOUBLE DOUBLE COMICS, here are the covers
of some I don't have - yet.  I wonder if the same contents some-
times appeared under different covers?  Anyone know?  Spill
the beans in the comments section, comics lovers!






KID'S KLASSIC KOMIC KOVERS - BATMAN'S DETECTIVE COMICS ANNIVERSARY ISSUES...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Don't you just love Anniversary issues?  I know I do!
So here are some DETECTIVE COMICS covers for you to
appreciate just because they were close to hand.  Look at #572,
fourth image down (not counting the one above), which came out
in December 1986.  Difficult to believe I first read it 29 years ago -
and it's still in the same condition as when I bought it back then.
And check out #627 - bringing things nicely full circle.

Got a favourite?  Then tell us which one, Effendi!








Sunday, 29 November 2015

SPOT THE CLUE WITH ZIP NOLAN...



I never really bought LION comic (occasional issues apart,
maybe) 'til THUNDER was merged with it, but I'd read a few issues
belonging to pals and was therefore aware of its most popular strips.
(ROBOT ARCHIE, The STEEL CLAW, The SPIDER, and of
course, ZIP NOLAN.  (I'd better give MOWSER a mention as
well, 'cos you know how temperamental he is.)

This strip appeared in the 1971 LION & THUNDER Holiday
Special, but is undoubtedly a reprint from a '60s ish of Lion weekly.
Not that it matters, because if you haven't seen it before, it's new
to you.  Well, can you spot the clue before it's revealed?

BABE OF THE DAY - GRACE LEE WHITNEY...



GRACE, that's not what Doctor
McCOY meant when he asked you
for a stool sample.  Phasers on
schwiiiiiiiinnnnngggg!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

PART TWO OF DOUBLE DOUBLE COMICS...


Images copyright DC COMICS & MARVEL COMICS

The reasoning behind DOUBLE DOUBLE COMICS was
explained in part one, cavortin' Criv-ites, so be sure to check it
out if you missed it.  I'm surprised that the idea was never used in
the States, but I suppose distributors over there simply bagged
three or four unsold comics and got rid of them that way.

Anyway, here's a look back at the stories included in this
particular issue of DDC.  Are they as you remember them, or
did your copy have a different collection of Dynamic Classics
inside?  Tell everybody all about it in the comments section
after you've enjoyed these iconic images.







SUPERGIRL - ADVENTURE COMICS COVER & SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Y'know, for someone who claims to be a comics collector, I'm
sometimes surprised by how few issues I have of particular titles.
For example, the 5 covers you see here are all the ADVENTURE
COMICS I own - and I don't do too much better in the SUPERBOY
stakes either.  I may have related this tale before, but I used to have
a bit of a crush on SUPERGIRL (still do actually - do you blame
me?), as did one of my pals, JOHN FIDLER, who was ROBIN
to my BATMAN when we were kids.

We were sitting in the doorway of my back garden cellar one
day, looking through my comics, and John pointed to Supergirl's
bosom and said "I like these bits!".  I agreed, and we then decided to
create a Super-potion when we grew up - not for ourselves, but to
bestow on a couple of Supergirl lookalikes so that we could each
have a Super girlfriend of our very own.  Ah, the innocence
of youth, eh?  Or, what a pair of pillocks!  You decide.

Anyway, that's enough of embarrassing reminiscences from my
boyhood, time now to enjoy these Super covers and splash pages.
Got a favourite?  Be sure to share it with your fellow Criv-ites.














DOUBLE DOUBLE COMICS - PART ONE...


Images copyright DC COMICS

I thought I'd already published a post on DOUBLE DOUBLE
COMICS, but I can't locate it anywhere on the Blog.  That doesn't
mean it doesn't exist of course, only that I can't find it.  Anyway, a few
days ago, a pal gave me this issue from the famous U.K. series, created
by distributor THORPE & PORTER, who combined four coverless
U.S. comics returned by newsagents into one big bumper periodical
with a 'new' cover derived from the front of an American title.

T&P were apparently breaking the law doing this, as the indicia
at the foot of each comic's splash page said that it "shall not be sold
or distributed with any part of its cover or markings removed", but
perhaps they had special dispensation.  The interesting thing about the
DD Comics was that there was no guarantee that any two copies with
the same new cover contained the same four comics, and sometimes
the odd MARVEL mag or two was included in what was usually a
DC COMICS mix (hence the new covers always featuring, as
far as I can determine, characters from the DC stable).

As you'll notice below, chronological issues weren't bound in
sequence unless by sheer coincidence, and I doubt that any special
effort was made for continued stories either.  However, four issues
originally priced at 10d or 12d each for only 1'9d represented ex-
tremely good value for money.  The price later increased to 2'6d,
or 12 and a half pence in decimal money, but then reduced to
10p.  However, I've read that some of the later issues contained
only three comics, so maybe that explains the lower price.

More issues in future posts, Criv-ites.  Don't miss 'em!