Friday, November 27, 2015

Wonder Woman Duds for Millionairesses

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow is now involved with the sale of clothing inspired by the costume of Wonder Woman. With sneakers costing $1075 and jackets at $7800, this apparel is not for everyone. (On the other hand, Ms. Paltrow's father Bruce was one of the guiding forces behind St. Elsewhere which was enjoyed by many in the 1980s and is one of my all-time favorite television shows.)

More details about the Wonder Woman clothing line and its prices can be found in this article.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Superman Has Some Advice

This site assumes that the above 1949 artwork is by Wayne Boring but I am 97% certain that it in fact is the handiwork of Win Mortimer. (I have written before about how underappreciated Mr. Mortimer is in the history of comics and I will continue to do so in the future as often as necessary.)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Great Cover is Up for Bid

Of course I always liked Gil Kane's Green Lantern but it was a whole new ballgame when Neal Adams came to Oa in 1970.

Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76 was the beginning of the wonderful run written by Denny O'Neil and the above Adams cover to that issue is now up for bid on the Heritage Auction website.

With 8 days remaining, the bidding seems to have stalled at $200,000. What's your guess of where the auction will end?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Batman? JLA? Toys Do Break!

I like the Batman mirror above but I don't have any good place to hang it so I won't be placing an order. Also I would worry that the mirror could easily break or chip and who needs that heartache?

I remember when I received the pre-ordered Justice League versus Starro statue at my local comic shop and I took it home to open it only to find that one of the Starro tentacles (I think the one fighting Wonder Woman) had cracked off the statue! All that careful foam packaging and still a break; those tentacles get very thin in places and I often wonder how many of the Limited Edition of that statue made it into collectors' hands safely. Fortunately, legendary comics dealer Joe Sarno took my broken statue back to his distributor and secured an unflawed replacement for me. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

9/11 on the Comics Pages

For a few years after 9/11 it seemed like a majority of comic strips in the daily newspapers would commemorate he tragedy when September rolled around. It's been fourteen years now though and memories seem to be fading.

The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times are my two hometown newspapers and each of them features multiple pages of comic strips every day. It's entirely possible that these two papers publish a majority of the comic strips that are currently in syndication.

Yet I observed just two strips in these newspapers paying tribute to 9/11 this year.

Just two.

Here is The Wizard of Id by Jeff Parker.

And here is Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Collecting the Superman Logo

Natalie Lips was a recent multi-day winner on Jeopardy and during her interview with Alex Trebek she revealed that she collects anything with the Superman logo on it.

Natalie was very personable and I was sorry to see her winning streak end after just a handful of games. But what's up with her and the Superman logo?

A large percentage of the Jeopardy contestants say they they are collectors of something or other
(and I remember one person saying that he or she collected any and all replicas of the Eiffel Tower).

I feel that the richest things to collect are content-oriented (like comics or musical recordings) as opposed to white-elephant tchotchkes (like Eiffel Towers or Alfred E. Neuman-as-Superman action figures).

But wait a second. It's coming back to me now that when I was in eighth grade I had a sweet collection of beautiful polished rocks. I think I remember I even had a rock polishing machine and polished some of them up myself.  I'm going to try to find the little box filled with that polished rock collection of mine from long ago...                                                                                                                      

Friday, August 28, 2015

Jack Kirby Day 2015

Jack Kirby was born 98 years ago today. Jack Kirby, the best comic book artist of all time!

Earlier this evening, the celebration in Mr. Kirby's honor that I told you about took place over at the Schmaltz Brewery. I hope a wonderful time was had by one and all in attendance.

Artists all over the world mark the importance of this day by drawing something that they dedicate to The Great One. The above (by Russell Payne) and below (by Jerry Ordway) are two of my favorites of these new artworks, and you can see many more for yourself over here.

Hooray for Jack Kirby!