Monday, September 15, 2014

"1966 Batman!" Seen at the WIZARD WORLD Convention! Adam West! DC Comics!

Just back from the wacky WIZARD WORLD convention, in Richmond, Virginia! I rocked the "1966 Batman" rompers yet again, but this time with some incredible improvements! Click below to enlarge each awesome image!

Above: Me in the costume during an event earlier this year!
It's the "Rubie's" outfit, but with a custom cape and tights!
 I was also never very happy with the floppy mask,
and the "slip-over" boots, so…

Above: I purchased this officially-licensed and
inexpensive (but very nice) rubber mask from overseas!
But, how to address the gap between the neck and shoulders?!

Above: The mask arrives! Its dark blue colors need to be lightened up...

Above: Custom paint and neck-snaps were added to the cowl!

Above: After some applied paints to make the cowl match the cape
color better, here it is, with a modified "Rubie's" mask and yoke beneath it...

Above: But another problem! The above approach really binds the neck,
giving an overall "light-bulb head" effect! Back to the drawing board...

Above: Time to employ my earlier-made custom
yoke/turtleneck, to meet the mask at the neckline…
Thanks to Charlotte Custom Couture for the
new yoke and cape!

Above: ZAP! Along with added custom boots, the new
cowl and neck yoke work like gangbusters! 

Above: Batman matches wits with Captain Cold!

Above: Posing with a young Marvel (horrors!) fan! The gentleman
behind me is piping out the "Batman Theme!" Fear Not! No "Batusi
dance" was performed.

Above: I pose with a magnificent "'66 Catwoman," as an unidentified
Beatles (horrors!) fan photo-bombs the awesome event! The fiend!

Above: A crime-fighter's work is never done! Yet another Catwoman joins with
a passionate Poison Ivy to try to sell me---LASIK surgery?!? How did they know?

Above: Somehow, my 3-hour lecture on pedestrian
safety suffered from very poor attendance.

Above: Posing with a serious STAR WARS fan-family!

Above: The self-named "Crappy Justice League" was also ready
to leap into action! Either Wonder Woman needs a shave, or
I do need eye correction surgery!

Above: Across from the convention center! It's Spider-Man, posing for some
frantic photographers! At least, I hope that's what he was doing!

Above: Another colossal cosplayer and DR. WHO fan!

Above: I'm not sure who these two fine gentleman were
emulating, but their enthusiasm was inspiring! Note that
other hyper hero, the Tick, lurking in the background!

Above: BAM! Burt Ward ("Robin") and Adam West ("Batman") rock the
mikes during a power-packed panel for the multitude of
BATMAN fans in attendance!

Above: What's this? That's right! It's me (center), posing with Burt and
Adam for a once-in-a-lifetime fabulous photo! How much greatness
can ya get into one picture?!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Shocking Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Is Spidey an "Alien Menace?!" Marvel Mayhem!

Last time, we sat terrified, as Spidey was publicly accused of being--a space alien?! Now, a fickle (and greedy) public turns on the woebegone Web-Spinner, even as our hero sets out to find a way to make a few greenbacks! Can Spidey clear his name again? Will he be able to overcome this latest lethal scheme from the cantankerous Kraven? And--how do you clean discarded beef stew out of a Spidey costume? More rare 1979 newspaper strips from smilin' Stan Lee and jazzy John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, faithful one!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Big Batty BATMAN Blow-Out! 1966 TV Series Pics, Rarities, and Sounds!

Swing back into action with more sensational '66 BATMAN TV series oddities! Click below to enlarge each!

Above two images: The high-dollar retailer Hammacher Schlemmer actually
cover-featured licensed replicas of the famed 1966 Batmobile! You can have
your own for a mere $200,000! Thanks to Mike Waller for sending this one!

Above three images: The venerable FILMFAX magazine ran this fabulous interview
with "Batwriter" Stanley Ralph Ross, one of the main crafters of the '66 show!

Above: Clipped from a 1966 fan mag, here is a quick synopsis
of the then-upcoming BATMAN feature film!

Above: Holy caloric intake! Here is a custom birthday cake created for
the King of Kustomizers (and crafter of the TV Batmobile), George Barris!

Above: A sizzling '66 article on the overwhelming wave of bountiful
Bat-merchandise that covered the planet during that mid-60s bout of "Batmania!"

Above: Adam West goes thru his paces as the Caped Crusader, while
filming the pilot episode for the series! Dig that handy Bat-extinguisher! 

Above: A striking '66 ad for one of the many recordings of the
memorable "Batman Theme!" This particular melodic offering, however, is
by the actual writer of the zippy tune!

BAT-BONUS! Click below to hear another rare cut from the kid-themed BATMAN MUSICAL STORIES LP, from titanic Tifton Records!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1975 DAREDEVIL Cover Rough Design! Gil Kane! Marvel Comics Bronze Age!

As fans well know, gregarious Gil Kane produced a prodigious palette of pandemonium-producing cover designs for Marvel Comics in the 70s, and here is another of his amazing pencil roughs! This dandy design was doodled for the captivating cover of GIANT-SIZE DAREDEVIL #1, from 1975! The "Giant Size" line was a short-lived experiment with yet another different comics package (at a time when many formats were trotted out by both Marvel and DC Comics, including expanded page editions, oversized comics, all-reprint books, magazines, digests, etc…), but was phased out within a year of its debut…Click below to enlarge another Gil Kane masterpiece!

Above, left: Gil's pencilled rough for the finished cover (right) to
GIANT-SIZE DAREDEVIL #1, with inks by fearless Frank Giacoia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Original 1975 SPIDEY SUPER STORIES Original Comic Art! John Romita Strikes!

Here's another rare piece of original comic art from the master himself, John Romita, Sr.! Dig this fabby 1975 cover to SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #10, from '75! Seems so simple, yet Johnny once again brings his trademark sense of action, design, and drama to this cover of the long-running kid's educational mag! Click below to enlarge and enjoy, web-heads!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Superb Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Mary Jane? Carole? Kraven? '79 Marvel Greatness!

Last time, we were stunned to hear the evil Kraven announce his theory that Spider-Man has to be an alien from another world! But now, nobody is laughing, including a put-upon Peter Parker! Kraven is a master tracker, so Spidey better be on guard! Can he defeat this evil jungle jerk and still make time with magnificent Mary Jane? Can he ever shake free from the unwanted attention of Jonah Jameson? And, what's more embarrassing--roller disco or the "Hero's Hunt" dance? More 1979 daily strips from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, Web-Heads!

Note how writer Lee weaves in past details, such as Harry
and Flash's disco, and the recenlty-departed Carole!  Most
newspaper comic strips were/are concerned with keeping
reader's attention on a daily basis, rarely requiring them
to recall past plots and characters!