Saturday, 30 April 2016

ASTONISHING TALES COVER & SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

ASTONISHING TALES was a great little comic, lasting for
36 issues from 1970 to '76.  JACK KIRBY had some of his last
work for MARVEL published in the first couple of issues (before
departing for DC - 'though he would return), and WALLY WOOD's
last regular strip for The House Of Ideas featured in #s 1-4.  Let's
face it, with artists like Kirby and Wood, as well as BARRY SMITH
and GEORGE TUSKA, the mag got off to a flying start.  Here are
the covers and splash pages from the first five issues for your
consideration and enjoyment.

Incidentally, when Wally Wood heard that Jack had defected
to DC, he contacted them to offer his services as inker of Jack's
new mags - only to be told that VINCE COLLETTA had already
been given the gig.  Now, I actually like Colletta's inks over Kirby's
pencils, but can you imagine how great the FOURTH WORLD
mags would've looked had they been inked by Woody?

Thoughts, theories, and observations can be recorded in
our captivating comments section, o cavorting Criv-ites.  So
what are you all waiting for, frantic ones?  Get typing!
  













DUDLEY D. WATKINS' LAST BIFFO...


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

When DUDLEY D. WATKINS, D.C. THOMSON's top
artist, died on August 20th 1969 of a heart attack at his drawing
board, he left a pencilled page of BIFFO The BEAR on which he'd
been working.  DAVE SUTHERLAND inked it and it was published
in The BEANO a couple of months later in #1423.  Dave then took
over the feature, being extremely adept at imitating the styles of
other artists, like LEO BAXENDALE, PADDY BRENNAN,
and, not long after, DAVEY LAW.

Had it not been for this remarkable artist continuing various
features in the styles of others, it's doubtful whether they would
have maintained their popularity for as long as they did.  DCT
owe him a debt of gratitude for his many years of service.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

PART SIX OF 'NEW' SUPERMAN COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Six more super SUPERMAN covers for you, superfans,
culled from a time when comics were (mostly) all-age friendly.
I quite liked the first post-CRISIS version of Supes, because it
managed to combine elements of the character as he was originally
portrayed  in the 1930s & '40s with those of SUPERBOY, thereby
giving DC readers the best of both versions, even 'though Super-
man never had a career as Superboy in the revised continuity.
(Don't ask me what the current state of play is in regard
to his history.  Haven't got a ruddy clue.)
  




POPEYE COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

I bought the above comic when it first came out because
the cover was based on ACTION COMICS #1, but I recently
acquired a few subsequent issues from a friend.  "So why not do
gallery?" thought I.  No sooner said than done, so here it is.

I'm not sure which covers are standard and which are
variants, although I suspect that the ads feature the standard
ones, but you can argue that out amongst yourselves.  The mag
was cancelled with #12, so I might track down the remaining
issues to complete the set.  If I ever do, I'll post them.

I've reprinted an old post after the last cover because it
details my own (unofficial) association with POPEYE when
I was a schoolkid.  Consider it a bonus, wanted or not.

The other cover to #1





This one's a mistake - it's actually the cover to #5



It's worth seeing again



You saw the ad, now here's the full cover

******

"I YAM WHAT I YAM!"


When I was at secondary school, my main claim to fame was
drawing POPEYE.  My classmates were always pleading with me
in earnest tones, "Draw Popeye, Robson, draw Popeye!"  They were
entranced by the sailor's image coming to life on the page (in the back
of a school jotter usually) with only a few deft scribbles.  The celebrity
status accorded me, the adulation bestowed upon my exalted self, the
adoring awe in which I was held - it was almost intoxicating as I
strode heroically through the school corridors.

"Look!", cried lesser pupils as I passed, prostrating themselves
in obeisance, "Tis the Mighty Robson, he who is to be regarded as
unto god by we lowly mortals!  All hail the Mighty Robson!"  Even
teachers aligned themselves with the 'Cult of The Robson' as it came
to be known;  I often used to hear them refer to me (in hushed tones
and from a respectful distance naturally) as "a bit of a cult!"

Well, okay - I might, perhaps, have indulged in the slightest bit
of hyperbole halfway through that little reminiscence, but only a
tad.  The reality was pretty close to how I recall.  (Cough!)

Anyway, I've continued to draw Popeye from time to time
over the years, and above is a picture I whipped up for someone-
or-other in the 1990s.  DUNN KWIK is one of many pseudonyms
I use on occasion, the afore-mentioned being reserved for stuff
   produced in a bit of a hurry.  Still - not too shabby, is it?   

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

RECOMMENDED READING: CAPTAIN AMERICA - MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY - MARVEL EPIC COLLECTION...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Here's a book I'm enjoying at the moment, although I'm only
about a third of the way through.  CAPTAIN AMERICA - MAN
WITHOUT A COUNTRY is one I think all you cavortin' Crivites
will like too, so rush 'round to your local FORBIDDEN PLANET
and drop your dosh on the counter in exchange for your very
own copy.  Quick - before they're all gone.
   

Monday, 25 April 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - TYRA BANKS...



TYRA BANKS shows off her odourless
armpits and says "Hey, take a sniff, fellas!"
Form an orderly queue now, no pushing!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

MOONMANDO'S GLASGOW 'GLOSSIES' (EXPANDED)...



On a recent trip to the West End of Glasgow, me and my ol'
china Moonmando had a wee suanter roon' the place while
he snapped a few photies.  Thought you might like to look at
'em.  (You can see me lurking about in the first three.)
























And below is one of the above photies (as we say
in Glasgow) after Moony has played around with it.