Tuesday, December 06, 2022

I Dreamed I Was Buying Comics

 
I dreamed recently that I went to a convenience store to buy some new comics off their rack. (Mind you, at this point it's been about 40 years since I bought a comic book at a convenience store.) This particular convenience store did not have any "rack" of comics though. Instead they kept their comics in neat piles behind the counter and the manager invited me back there to look through the piles. Most of them didn't interest me but, off to the side, there was a pile of exactly four comics. They were four copies of a single comic that was a nice squarebound new issue of (of all things) Our Fighting Forces.

Now these OFF comics were just beautiful specimens. Did they feature new or reprint stories? That I don't know, but the covers were cardstock and the interior pages were a toothy white Baxter stock (not Mando!). I hadn't heard that such a comic was going to be published, but I couldn't pass it up. I decided to buy two copies, one to keep for myself and one to sell on eBay. Hmmmm, I thought, maybe I should buy all four! But no, I stuck with just the two copies. I passed my two copies of the comic to the manager and I told him I would like to buy them. He did not like the sound of that! He was no longer the nice-guy type that he had been a few minutes earlier. He had turned dour and suspicious, like I was trying to pull a fast one on him. If you want to buy two of the same comic then maybe I should sell you none of them, he said to me. At that moment, my dream ended



Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Comics Fan in the House!

Robert Garcia, elected by California to the U.S. House of Representatives a few weeks back, is a comic book fan!

Here are a few tweets he has posted and we'll be sure to keep our eyes on him in the future!




 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Almost Alex Toth

Artist Gigi Cavenago is now on my radar!

He hails from Italy and is the artist of The Magic Order volume 3. The fourth issue of that series came out last month and it contains something very noteworthy.

There is a 4-page story-within-the-story and Mr. Cavenago drew the 4-pager in the style of the great Alex Toth. Does he out-Toth Toth himself? Every fan would have to decide that for himself but the story is definitely a beautiful homage. Take a look!



 

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Little Mutts in Slumberland


Little Nemo in Slumberland is one of the most beloved newspaper comic strips of all time. Winsor McKay's creation dates back to the early 1900s and detailed the adventures of a boy who was always having all sorts of fantastical dreams. 


When Nemo visited the Mutts universe recently, he received a dose of reality rather than fantasy!
 

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

A Comic Book Horror Story

Comic book companies  would be better off respecting the history and aura of their characters rather than being so anxious to degrade their characters to gain attention. The companies should not be catering to snot-nosed, foul-mouthed teenagers nor to immature, power-drunk comics creators who want legacy characters to be blown up. There, I said it!

In the 1980s when Howard Chaykin in Blackhawk was the first writer to get a certain word into print in a major-company major-character comic book series. I was appalled. These days almost every DC and Marvel comic is filled with russa-frussa Scooby-Doo  #!@&% -type swearing. Who exactly is it that wants this nonsense in their comics?

Why don't the companies realize from the dropping sales and title cancellations that they are not going in the direction that their readers want? It's not too late to guide the horse back into the pen, it's never too late to put the toothpaste back into the tube!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Bernie Wrightson in The Castle of Frankenstein

Castle of Frankenstein was a black-and-white horror magazine with both comics and articles, published in the early 1970s by Gothic Castle Publishing Company (which was, basically, a low-rent competitor to Warren Publishing). The above Barnabas Collins cover to 1971's issue #16 is by a young Ken Kelly!

Some issues of this series featured a nice comic story by a young Frank Brunner, but purchase this issue #16 and you strike gold with a ten-page story written and drawn and lettered by a young Bernie Wrightson! Since copyright is not an issue with this comic, here is "A Case of Conscience" by Bernie Wrightson. Enjoy!







 

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Len Wein Drew Batman

 

Of course Len Wein is well remembered for his contributions to the comics world as a writer. 

I remember quite well the day in 1972 when I purchased Swamp Thing #1!

Mr. Wein enjoyed drawing also, though, and here is a sketch he drew of Batman.



 

Norm Breyfogle Drew Archie

Norm Breyfogle is remembered fondly as Batman artist, but not as many fans recall that the gentleman drew Archie also!

In 2011 and 2012 there was a 68-page magazine-sized comic entitled Life with Archie. The pages are glossy and each issue features two 25-page stories by Paul Kupperberg and Norm Breyfogle with inking by Joe Rubinstein and Bob Smith and Mr. Breyfogle himself. (Some of the issues also feature Jinx by Rick Burchett and Terry Austin.)


All the characters were perfectly on-model and I would describe the layouts as considerably more dynamic and interesting that I usually associate with Archie comics. I just purchased the complete run for $1 per issue in a bargain bin and I am very pleased with the deal I got!