Monday, January 30, 2017

Original Art Origins of ORIGINS (OF MARVEL COMICS)! Severin Origins! Bronze Age Madness!

Confused by that pulsatin' post title? Don't be! Below we have several early cover roughs for not only the still-remembered ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS book, but two other titanic titles in that scintillating 70s series! These hefty book collections (rare for those pre-graphic novel times) were very unique and treasured, and still reside on most fan's shelves! Click below to enlarge each!

Above (left and center): Marie Severin's rough designs for the cover of the
flagship ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS (right) tome! Note the inclusion
of writer Stan Lee in the designs, and not just his hands, as seen on
the finished painted 1974 cover (created by John Romita, Sr.!)

Above, left: Another Marie Severin rough for the initial ORIGINS book, but
one that became the inspiration for the later sequel, SON OF ORIGINS (right)!

That final 1975 cover was also painted by the legendary John Romita, Sr.! Note
the addition of Conan on the rough, then a big seller for Marvel, but one
of their rare characters licensed from outside the firm! Thanks to
Anthony'sComic Book Art site for the above roughs!

Above (left and center): Two cover roughs by Romita, for the third installment in the
line, BRING ON THE BAD GUYS! Romita (who else?) handled the final painted
1976 art (right), too! Thanks to Heritage Auctions for the roughs!

BONUS! Look below to see yet another iteration of the original ORIGINS book cover!
Here, in this 1974 comics ad, we see a line-drawn (and patched together) mock cover 
that features the Silver Surfer in the line-up! Alas, the Surfer would have to wait for the 
SON OF sequel to soar thru the pages of these
books in his own solo outing!

Silver Age Avengers Strike Back! Captain America! 1975 John Romita Sr. Cover Art!

Can you ever get enough original art from the hand of John Romita, Sr.?  Of course ya can't! Peek below to drool over yet another unearthed gem, the time from the bountiful Bronze Age of comics! Here we see a vignette drawn by "Jazzy" John, for the fabulous front cover of the awkwardly-titled GIANT-SIZED MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION, from 1975! Once again, the sensational Silver Age version of the awesome Avengers are seen, as only rapturous Romita could delineate them! Click below to enlarge!

The above comic book was an all-reprint issue, featuring stories
that originally saw the light of day in the sizzlin' 60s!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

More John Romita Rarities! X-MEN "Silver Age" Trading Card Art Roughs! Cyclops! Beast!

Time to force open yet another comic art treasure chest! This time, take a look inside the bountiful box, to view some wonderfully rare Romita treasures, all from my own collection, and all from the mid-90s! Here are Johnny's pencils and rough designs for a Fleer X-MEN trading card set! Even in the 90s, JRSR still brought so much excitement and drama to his work! Click each below to enlarge!

Above, left: Here is Romita's take on the 60s version of the bouncing
and verbose Beast, seen here in a magnificent marker comp
drawing! Right: The finished, published card!

Above, left: Johnny's powerful pencil sketch layout
for the finished (right) Cyclops card!

Above, left and middle: Romita's amazing sketches for
the Angel card, seen in a dynamic flying pose,
and (right) the finished published product! 

Above, left: JRSR's perfect pencil idea for the "Professor X"
card, and (right) the final painted image!

Above: The awe-inspiring original art, as displayed on my wall!
Wanna take a closer gander at that swell MARVEL TEAM-UP PAGE?
Just click here!

BONUS! Peer below to see more Romita card roughs (from the same series as those pictured above), this time featuring the jet-setting Jean Grey, and the irascible Iceman!

BONUS BONUS! Click below to enlarge these two full and finished card set paintings by Romita!

Thanks to fearless Frank Giella for the above scans!

BONUS BONUS BONUS! What's this? Somebody would dare to dispute the gargantuan greatness of JRSR's work? Ah, art directors. Look below to check the notes from a nosy nabob who thinks to improve upon the above awe-inspiring images!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

See SPIDER-MAN #163! For You and Me! 1976 John Romita Sr. Original Comic Art!

Can anyone get enough of original comic art, as drawn by the master himself, John Romita, Sr.? Here is yet another fabulous JRSR image, straight from the 1976 cover of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #163! Tho designed by dandy Dave Cockrum, Romita once again provides his action-packed impeccable inking, chock-fulla action, depth, danger, and greatness, with the corrupt Kingpin thrown in, to boot! Click below to enlarge!

Thanks to the courtesy of boisterous Bill Beam for the above original art image!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

More BATMAN 1966 Treasures! Hear Adam West Sing "Miranda!" 2016 Cosplay Hijinks! Batwoman!

Let's zoom back to the Batcave for more rare tidbits and treasures from the sensational '66 BATMAN show! Click below to enjoy and enlarge each pic and Bat-document!

Above: "Batman is like Robin's stooge?" Some nifty 1966 reviews and clippings about
 the BATMAN show, then causing a sensation amongst the nation! Say, we never
did get a PHANTOM show, did we?

Above: Yep! DC Comics (and 20th Century Fox) understandably tried to clamp down
on the then-new WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN film! Their pleas went unheeded,
and the WWOB film is now seen as a fun and silly B-movie classic, even earning
 the honor of being zapped by the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 guys!

Above: What? The arch-antagonist, the Archer--Not paid for services rendered?
"Your Bat-check is in the mail!"

Above twelve pics: Holy comics cosplay! It's Al Bigley (as "Batman"), with
Cheralyn Lambeth ("Robin"), camping it up at the 2016
Charlotte (NC) Comicon! 

Above four pics: "Batman and Robin" are interviewed by
Nina Budd ("Wonder Woman"), at the convention!

Above two pics: What's this? An evil super-crimial always seems to have to spoil the
 day's events! Here, cosplayer Victor Goldberg (as "the Joker") throws a meddlesome
monkey wrench into the works!

Above: What nefarious foe could be hiding under that
Stormtrooper armor?! Why it's Hope Roten, a lively
local cosplayer!

BIG BAT-BONUS! Click below to hear the super-rare (and super fun) 1966 Adam West-crooned novelty song, MIRANDA, as played on a great 1989 "Batman Week" KRLA radio broadcast!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

SHAZAM! "The Mighty Dr. Illusion!" Rare 1977 Audio Adventure! Power Records!

Any comics fan who grew up in the 70s just had to have dug Power Records! The folks at PR (in reality, the beloved Peter Pan people) supplied us fans with a veritable flood of superhero audio adventures, in those days before VCRs, DVDs, and DVR! We feverish fans got loads of LPs and 45s spotlighting both the Marvel and DC super-characters (and even STAR TREK and PLANET OF THE APES offerings), most featuring fun tales crafted by the actual comics creators of the day! Now you get to hear one of the rarest Power Records outings, featuring none other than the famed Captain Marvel himself! Click below to take a listen to this amazing mid-70s SHAZAM! adventure (certainly timed to capitalize on the still-running CBS-TV Saturday morning series), in the best audio quality you'll find anywhere! 

BONUS: Look below to glom the fabulous 45 cover that enveloped the above super-adventure!

The above cover art looks to be the work of Dick Giordano, doing
his best Kurt Schaffenberger impression!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Red Skull Gets SMASHed! Baron ZENO?! 1975 Magazine Feature! Kirby Art!

Back again with a look into the interesting innards of a 1975 SMASH magazine! This time, the capering creators of said mag provide us with a look at a colossal Captain America battle, with none other than the wretched Red Skull! Gaze at the reproduced Jack Kirby art! Swoon over the alliterative authorship of Stan Lee! Puzzle over the misspelling of Baron Zemo's name! Click all below to enlarge and enjoy!

The above imagery was reprinted from 1968's CAPTAIN
AMERICA #101, with art by Jack Kirby and Syd Shores!

Above: Dig that terrible attempt at humorous writing, in
the above feature! Who does the writer think he is, Stan Lee?