Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sensational Superhero Shirt! BATMAN #190! The Penguin Strikes!

Yet another new shirt featuring classic Silver Age comics graphics! This time, the colossal cover to BATMAN #190 has been re-rendered in freaky fluorescent colors onto a jet-black tee! The original 1967 cover was illustrated by Carmine Infantino, and spotlights Batman and Robin being bested by the belligerent bird-man himself, the Penguin! See more such spectacular shirts here! Click image to enlarge!



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tutti Acclamano Capitan America! Rare 1974 Italian Comic Book! Marvel Madness!

Take a gander at an oddball time I picked up at a recent show! It's an awesome overseas Marvel comic, reprinting US comics material from 1974! I had the original USA version, and was captivated then (as now) by the gripping Gil Kane cover art! Click below to enlarge both versions of that memorable comic mag!

Above, left: The 1974 Italian version of the (right) US issue of
CAPTAIN AMERICA #170! Art by Gil Kane with John Romita, Sr.!
Click here to see my own interpretation of this memorable
cover scene! I told you I was impressed by it!



BONUS! Click below to enlarge this interior sample (with art by Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta) from the above Italy-imported issue!




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sensational Superhero Shirt! Spider-Man! The Madness of Mysterio!

Back again with another terrific tee, featuring classic graphics! This time, it's a shirt that spotlights the colossal cover to 1968's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #66! This famed cover featured art by jazzy John Romita, Sr., and even sports a Silver Age super-foe, Mysterio (say that three times fast)! Click below to enlarge! 

See more Silver Age Spidey shirts here!

Monday, March 28, 2016

ZOWIE! Hot Wheels Batmobile Custom Packages! Batman! Robin! Riddler! Adam West!

One of the major recent events for Bat-fans has been the detangling of the many rights issues pertaining to the 1966 BATMAN TV series! The first salvo that signified that the years-long legal thicket was being cleared, was the release of all new die-cast "TV Batmobile" toy cars, from the collector-friendly Hot Wheels folks! Originally designed for the ABC-TV show by car customizer George Barris, this iconic vehicle was eagerly snatched up by fans far and wide, then and now! But, the recently-released beautiful Batmobile came delivered in some very un-beautiful packaging! The remedy? My own custom packages on which to display the Dynamic Duo's die-cast deity! Feast your eyes on my own eye-popping presentations below! Click images to enlarge!

Above: An example of the deadly-dull packaging in which
the long-awaited Batmobiles were presented!


Above: I used the captivating cover to 1968's BATMAN #200 (by Neal Adams) as the
basis for this one pop-art package! Add a re-closeable "clamshell," and a dynamic
 display is ready!


Above: I always loved this image of actor Adam West as the Caped Crusader, and
here it is (along with added logos and graphics) used as a custom card!




Above: No other 60s BATMAN cover screams "Silver Age" quite like this
one, and it even features a main Bat-foe, the Riddler! Using elements
from the cover of BATMAN #179 (from 1966), this great
Gil Kane/Murphy Anderson art works like gangbusters!


Above: Another great Adam West BATMAN pose, this time I used an "alternate image" from
the famed 1966 TV GUIDE cover photo shoot from the show! Here is another use of
this wonderful action shot!



Above: The first image I ever saw from the BATMAN TV show (even before ever 
viewing the actual program) was the wonderful View-Master set of 3-D reels. 
The above custom Hot Wheels package uses much of the same memorable 
graphics, but with added logos and new formatting!



Above: Using the cover to a sensational '67 coloring book, here is a fabulous
custom Batmobile display! Sure, that's actually the Batboat the Dynamic Duo
is piloting there, but...See this incredible image re-purposed here, too!








BAT-BONUS! Click below to glare at the colorful custom Batmobile collection on display!




Get a closer look at some of those custom action figures here!




BONUS BAT-BONUS! Click here to see the ultimate custom Hot Wheels collectible!




Friday, February 12, 2016

Sensational Superhero Shirt! Batman and Robin-The OTHER Coloring Book Cover! DC!

What's this? Just mere days after fandom was rocked by the appearance of a new terrific tee that sported a spectacular Silver Age scene of Batman and Robin, another such shirt is made available to a panting public? That's right! Glance below to glom these images of a new piece of awesome apparel that spotlights yet another famed painted coloring book cover image of the Dynamic Duo! This well-recalled image depicts the capering Caped Crusaders zooming out to sea on the beautiful Batboat, complete with classic Bat-logo in place! Click images to enlarge!




BONUS! Glare below to view the original 1966 coloring book cover that inspired the above gargantuan garment!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1966 INCREDIBLE HULK Aurora Model Kit--Revisited! Marvel Comics Molded Madness!

Here is a real blast from the past! This is the re-issue of the famed 1966 Incredible Hulk model kit, from the folks at Polar Lights! Offered to a panting public in 2003, these fabulous re-released kits not only included the Jade Giant, but also Spider-Man, and the star-spangled superhero himself, Captain America! All three kits were re-crafted in a larger scale (1/8) size from their original 1966 counterparts! Click images below to enlarge!

After assembling the kit, and sanding away seams, I went to work
on the paints, using lots of dry-brushing and over and under-
sprays to get a great shading effect!




I wanted Hulk's "desert floor" base to look a bit more like city
 rubble, so I used lots of over-sprays and dry-brushing to get the
desired effect! I even added real sand and gravel to portions
of the base!


I added some gloss to Hulk's hair, eyes, teeth and lips, keeping
his clothing to a dull, matte look...



I also added a bit of cloth to represent a torn shirt! The final
touches involved some fine linework on the eyes,
teeth gaps, nose, ears, and hands!



The kit, which originally appeared in 1966 and 1974 (as part of
the "Comics Scenes" line) from Aurora, is a fine representation of
the Silver Age Hulk, as drawn by Jack Kirby and others!


Above: The colossal kit, now residing at the center of
my own "Hulk collection!"


Above: The 2003 trade advertisement that heralded
the re-release of these two captivatin' kits!


BONUS! Click below to view the actual box art for the model kit's original 1966 release!
Art by Neal Adams!



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sensational Superhero Shirt! Batman vs. Catwoman! 1967 Coloring Book Cover(age)!

Back again with another nifty new find! This time, it's a great new wrap-around sublimated tee that dynamically displays the cover art to a well-recalled 1967 BATMAN coloring book! The daring Dynamic Duo swings down on a highway-bound Catwoman, in this well-designed Silver Age graphic! I had a reprint of this terrific tome in the early 70s, and always loved this indelible image (the interior coloring pages weren't exactly aesthetically anemic, either)! Click below to enlarge!


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