Monday, August 25, 2014

Batman! 1939 "First Appearance" Custom "Mego" Action Figure! DC Comics!

Another Mego-style custom action figure? Yes! This is my latest, sort of a "first appearance" Batman, similar to how he was depicted during his debut, in that famed 1939 issue of DETECTIVE COMICS! Click below to enlarge each image!

Above: Select panels from the first appearance of the Caped Crusader,
from 1939's DETECTIVE COMICS #27! This primal version of the
crime-busting character was my inspiration for the figure pictured below!

Above three pics: This custom figure started with this nice "early Batman" head
sculpt, bought from a talented sculptor/customizer..The head on the right was
prepped at the same time, to be used with my "Golden Age Batman"
custom figure...

Above: The complete figure! Along with the custom head, I used a "Doc Mego" gray
bodysuit, along with a gold-painted Mego "Iron Man" belt...

Above: I customized some standard Mego boots to create the
sharply-pointed black footwear from the early days of the character!

Above: I hand-crafted the cape, using some stiff paper material...

Above: I added layers of the thick paper material to the
shoulders, to create a folded, "clasped at the neck" look..

Above: The chest insignia is hand-drawn on sticky-backed
paper, then carefully cut out, then applied to the chest...

Above: My latest Batman custom figure joins the
"Golden Age" Batman, next to a custom Mego Batcycle!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spectacular Sunday SPIDER-MAN 70s Strips! Spidey-A Space Alien?! Marvel Comics!

Last time, we gasped in terror as we witnessed Kraven, the evil jungle hunter, announce his putrid plan to capture Spider-Man! Now, the ersatz Tarzan brings un-jolly J. Jonah Jameson into his sinister circle, and wants to also enlist the aid of--Peter Parker?! How can Spidey's alter ego help defeat the Web-Slinger? Will the newly-arrived Mary Jane help "Petey-Pie" forget his old flame, Carole? More incredible Marvel majesty from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Making of the 1966 MARVEL SUPERHEROES Cartoons! Peek Behind the Scenes! Jack Kirby!

Dig this fantastic feature article from a rare 1966 issue of THE WORLD OF COMIC ART! We go behind the scenes, as awesome animators go to work creating the '66 MARVEL SUPERHEROES cartoon show! This colossal cartoon spotlighted five of the mighty Marvel characters, and used actual art from the comics themselves, making these some of the most faithful (and fun) TV adaptations of the source material ever! Any info on the making of these much-loved shows is hard to come by, so click below, and enjoy, Marvelites!

BONUS! Glance below to find out which MSH episode these hard-working artists were toiling over in this panic-producing pictorial!

Above: That's right! The CAPTAIN AMERICA episode "If This Be Treason" was
being created when this article was whipped up! The studio is hard at work
creating a cel from the first panel of page six of TALES OF SUSPENSE #70! The
art from that original 1965 comics story was by Jack Kirby and George Tuska!

BONUS BONUS! Click below to glimpse the result of their labors, as it appeared on the actual sensational '66 show!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sensational Superhero Shirt! 60s SPIDER-MAN Tee! John Romita Sr. Art! Marvel!

Can it be? Yet another new superhero tee that rocks classic Silver Age artwork? It's true! Look below to take in a new pic of awe-inspiring apparel that shows off three keen pieces of swingin' Spidey art, all by John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Dig the many snippets of 60s Silver Age art used on this titanic tee!
A delightful Doc Octopus from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #56, a grinning Green Goblin
from the inside of issue #47, and a main Spidey pose from the interior of
issue #74!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Smashing Sunday SPIDER-MAN Sunday Strips! To Snare a Jameson?! 1979 Marvel Mania!

Last time, we watched in terror, as the evil Kraven made plans to capture Spider-Man himself! But, how does joyless Jonah Jameson figure into all these menacing machinations? Now we see! With Kraven's skills, and Jameson's backing, Spidey may be in real danger this time! More mile-high Marvel magic, from Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.! Click below to enlarge, Web-Walkers!

Above: Note how writer Stan Lee makes the reader somehow admire the
misguided Jameson, never quite making him a simple just-for-laughs caricature...

BONUS! Click below to see a fabulous 1978 image of Stan Lee, flanked by Jim Shooter, firmly planted in the mighty Marvel Bullpen, as they co-plot some SPIDER-MAN newspaper adventures!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sensational Superhero Shirt! I Do My Own THING! New Jack Kirby-Drawn Tee!

Dig this nifty new tee! It spotlights Marvel Comics' own main monster, the Thing! The image on this awesome apparel is based on Jack Kirby's captivating cover to FANTASTIC FOUR # 51, from 1966! That same issue is very well-regarded today, since it featured a soul-stirring story called, "This Man...This Monster!" See more kooky comic clothing here! Click below to enlarge!

Above: Me modeling the gorgeous garment, and (upper right) the
1966 comic cover from which such amazing art was cunningly culled!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Monkees Sights and Sounds! Sensational Set Pics! Hear Rare 1967 Concert Ad!

Let's jump back into Monkeeland, with a ton more rare Monkees pics and peeks! Click below to enlarge!

Above two spreads: The Monkees engage in hilarious horseplay on
location for filming of the "Nice Place to Visit," episode in 1967!
Many scenes from these "romps" were used in the famed opening
sequences of the show!

Above: The band gets jerky in the jungle, on location for
the 1967 filming of the "Monkees Marooned" episode!

Above: Blasphemy! Who would dare defile the magnificent Monkeemobile
like this? As seen in this 1967 teen mag ad, this crazy contest set fan
against fan, as they raced (heh) to create the zaniest Monkeemobiles
ever! I'd love to see the results!

Above: The guys pose with LA radio DJ "The Real" Don Steele, in 1966!
Want to perceive a slice of Steele's studio shtick? Click here!

Above: Micky in the studio, drumming away,
during the "Headquarters" sessions!

Above: A candid shot of Peter Tork, from 1968!

Above two images: The Monkees in 1996, during the creation of their JUSTUS reunion album!

BONUS! Click below to hear a rare radio ad, spreading the word about the Monkees' January 1967 concert stop at San Francisco's famed Cow Palace!