Friday, February 12, 2016

Sonny and Cher and Batman

What's going on here!?!?!?!?!

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Jim Aparo and The Adventurers' Club

There were just two installments of  The Adventurers' Club! Written by Jonah Hex creator John Albano and drawn by Jim Aparo at the height of the artist's prowess (back when the gentleman was working at his preferred pace of penciling and inking and lettering one page per day), this micro-series ran in DC editor Joe Orlando's very experimental Adventure Comics of 1972. Just look at the robustness of the above splash page! I remember liking very much the two Adventurers' Club installments when they came out.

That strip came to my mind when I read a recent newspaper article that discussed a rumor that a 1951 Explorers Club meeting served long-extinct mammoth meat (!) for dinner. I do hope that Jim Aparo got to taste that mammoth meat!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Not Charles Schulz!

Yesterday on Jeopardy! the above photo appeared and that recipient of the National Medal of Honor needed to be identified. The honoree was described as the creator of many comic book characters but, if you can believe it, the first contestant to answer said Charles Schulz. I yelled NO! at the television! (The second contestant to take a stab at it answered correctly.)

This year marks forty years since I first saw Stan Lee in person. Between his convention appearances and his cameos in Marvel Comics films I have by now probably seen Mr. Lee more times than I have seen some of my uncles in their entire lifetimes. And I look forward to seeing this gentleman many, many more times!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Steve Rude's Fourth World Explosion!

Steve Rude is as big a Jack Kirby fan as you and me and here's a recent treat that may have escaped your notice. Mr. Rude painted a variant cover for last year's Convergence #6 that featured a host of Fourth World characters that were of course created Mr. Kirby. A print of the above superb cover is available over here.

Friday, February 05, 2016

A Comic Book Store in France

One of my most trusted operatives took the above photograph at a comic book store in France and sent it to me today. Maybe you were curious what a comic book store in France would look like? It seems to look pretty much like other comic book stores.

The name of this shop is ALFA BD and you can visit their website over here.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Jack Kirby's Living Words

Maybe you'd like to see Jack Kirby's words come to life? I like what they did in the fun video that you can investigate for yourself right over here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Vandal Savage and The Time Tunnel of 2016

I was intrigued by The Time Tunnel back in the late 1960s. The show lasted just one season and every week the main characters would walk into the spiral tunnel you see above and be transported through time to some other era. I have no recollection of why they were time-traveling or what the point of the show was but I own the complete series on DVD and I'll be dipping into those discs in my (ha ha) spare time one of these days. I do remember that I liked the concept of the show, though.

Fast forward to 2016. Last week was the premiere of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the latest show from the team behind Arrow and The Flash. As in The Time Tunnel the characters will time-travel to a different era every episode, but with a definite purpose (namely, to neutralize the immortal Vandal Savage before he (gulp) destroys all life on earth). The cast is familiar already, each of the characters having sprouted previously on Arrow or The Flash, and I like what I see.

various incarnations of Vandal Savage

Thursday, January 21, 2016

George Tuska's Buckteeth

Paul Kupperberg was tweeting a few weeks ago about how the Superman newspaper strip would be ending. This piqued my curiosity because I hadn't been aware that there currently was any such strip.

It turns out that Mr. K was referring to the strip that ended in 1985. He has been chronologically re-presenting the strip one week at a time on his website and he was indicating that he was reaching the end of the chronology.

That strip (known for most of its run as The World's Greatest Superheroes) was drawn by George Tuska. I doubt that any comics fan has ever proclaimed Mr. Tuska to be his favorite artist, but I was a fan of the gentleman's artwork (and I especially enjoyed when he frequently drew his villains with buckteeth). Do you realize that George Tuska's comics resume dates all the way back to 1941 and Captain Marvel Adventures #2?