Wednesday, 1 October 2014

MAKE MINE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL...


All images copyright Marvel Comics

I walked into WHS two days ago (September 30th) and saw the
latest issue of THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL (#4) sitting
on the shelves.  Hard to believe that it was 42 years to the day since the
very first issue of the weekly incarnation of this periodical went on sale
in the U.K..  Cover-dated October 7th, 1972, it had actually appeared
in the shops a week earlier, to give it a full seven days shelf life
before the next issue came in.

So what delights does the currrent version contain to enthrall and
entertain its readers?  You'll have to buy a copy to find out, because
the only strip I read these days is DAREDEVIL, which is top-notch
stuff.  Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that the other contents
aren't likewise excellent, but they fail to call out to me in the same
entrancing way that THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR does.

Okay, I've done my Marvel duty by showing you what the
mag looks like; it's now your turn as a dyed-in the-wool Marvelite
(assuming you are) to demonstrate your allegiance by running out
and buying a copy.  Why are you still here?  MWOM awaits!




And here are four more Mighty Marvel Mags currently on sale.

THE HAWAIIAN WEDDING SONG - JIM REEVES...



Had a hard day at work?  Sore head, sore feet, sore
back?  Don't worry - all your aches and pains are about
to melt away as you relax and unwind to the velvet voice
of Gentleman JIM REEVES.  Surely his CDs should be
available on the NHS?  Makes sense to me.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

BABE OF THE DAY - VELMA...



What's better than a Scooby Snack?
VELMA!  Be honest now  - the cartoon
didn't do her justice, did it?

PART TWO OF BORN AGAIN - FRANK MILLER & DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI'S DAREDEVIL...


All images copyright Marvel Comics

And now...the concluding part of FRANK MILLER's and
DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI's DAREDEVIL cover and image
gallery.  The saga came to be collectively known as BORN AGAIN
when all seven issues were gathered together in a softcover edition
in 1987.  (You can see the cover at the foot of this post.)

This was one of the very best series that MARVEL published in
the '80s - in stark contrast to comics like SECRET WARS, which 
may have sold a bundle, but paled into insignificance when compared
against the brilliance of Miller's and Mazzucchelli's masterpiece.

So, to jog your memory if you were fortunate enough to have
enjoyed this series back in the day, here are a few select images
for you to drool over - which you can also do even if you've never
seen them before.  What can I say?  I like to keep everyone happy -
that's just the sort of thoroughly decent chap I happen to be. 










Monday, 29 September 2014

THE EXPLOITS OF SPIDER-MAN COVER & IMAGE GALLERY - PART THREE...


All images copyright Marvel Comics

Well now, lookee here - another cataclysmic clutch of colourful
comics covers and images from THE EXPLOITS OF SPIDER-MAN,
published by MARVEL U.K. back in the early '90s.  As related in our first
instalment, it took me over 21 years to acquire #5, which seems to be quite
rare.  Not only didn't I see it back in '93, but I've only ever seen it available on
eBay on two occasions in all the time I've been specifically hunting it.  A BBC
children's programme called 'TAKE TWO', hosted by SARAH GREENE,
filmed the production of number 5 and broadcast it to the nation (as related
in the issue itself), so maybe that accounts for why it was so difficult to
get back in the day - perhaps  it sold out with all the heightened
awareness that the programme generated.

Guess I'll never know for sure - not that it matters much now that I
finally have the issue in my collection.  So join me in celebration of the
happy union and paste your peepers on all these pulse-pounding pages.
Just think - a 100 page, full-colour monthly mag for only £1.99 -
wouldn't it be great if they could do that now?!

Remember to come back for part four - coming soon!













CHERILEA BATMAN - MINE, MINE, MINE!



You're looking at a CHERILEA BATMAN figure
that I recently won on eBay and which will shortly be winging
its way to me.  It was originally sold in WOOLWORTHS at the
time of the Bat-craze that swept the country (and maybe even the
world) back in the 1960s, and there was also a ROBIN figure.  So
powerful is the association of this item with the time and place in
which I first purchased my original (one of a few) that I'm over-
whelmed with images of the livingroom of my old house to
such an extent that it seems that I'm still living there.

Remember those little glass-phial HUMBROL paints
that Woolworths also sold?  Because of the waxy surface of
the figure, the paint used to chip off very easily, and I used to
repaint the Caped Crusader and his crime-fighting chum with
those little enamels in an attempt to restore them to their pristine
beauty. Isn't it strange the things that remain in your head after so
many years?  Now all I have to do is keep an eye out for a Robin 
companion figure.  In the meantime, here's a photo 'borrowed'
from SUPER STUFF IN THE BRONZE AGE Blog
which shows the Dynamic Duo together.


 Although I remember these figures from childhood, -
the colours, their stance, the bases - I don't seem to recall
them being so 'distorted', with short, stumpy legs and football
shaped heads.  In my mind, they both seemed to be perfectly
proportioned - which just goes to show, I guess, that  no one
has an infallible memory - not even me.  Or perhaps such
details are beyond the concern of kids and therefore
make little impression on their young minds.

Do you remember these figures?  If so, feel free
to reminisce to your heart's content in our ever-lovin'
Criv-ites comments section.  Who's first?

BABE OF THE DAY - CINDY CRAWFORD...



CINDY CRAWFORD - simply
because she's stunning.  Agree?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

BORN AGAIN - FRANK MILLER & DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI'S DAREDEVIL - PART ONE...


All images copyright Marvel Comics

When DAREDEVIL #227 hit the newsagents' spinner-racks and
comicbook shelves back in 1986, readers sat up and took notice.  Over
the course of seven issues, the story of MATT MURDOCH's complete
professional and psychological disintegration at the scheming hands of
THE KINGPIN unfolded in a taut, suspenseful superhero action thril-
ler that demonstrated just how comics of this kind should be written -
and that FRANK MILLER was just the man to write them.

DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI's art was moody and magnificent,
and is a perfect example of the heights that the medium of sequential
art is capable of attaining.  Apparently, there have been a couple of at-
tempts to raise interest in a movie adaptation of this classic series, but
nothing ever materialised and the film rights have now reverted back
to MARVEL STUDIOS.  We can all only live in hope that a block-
buster movie of this epic adventure will one day reach cinema
screens and be a massive hit like THE AVENGERS.

In the meantime, you'll have to console yourselves with our two
part cover and image gallery scanned from the original comics.  The
series was released in a collected edition back in 1987 and again only
a few short years ago, so you should yet be able to pick up a copy from
your local comicbook store - or eBay, even.  If you don't have these
classics in your collection, then you're really missing out, man -
do something about it today!

See you in Part Two!










Saturday, 27 September 2014

STAN LEE MEETS - COVER & SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...


All images copyright Marvel Comics

STAN LEE and MARVEL are inextricably linked in the minds
of most comicbook readers of a certain age.  Hard to believe, then, that
Stan's Soapbox (which started in 1967) disappeared from the pages of 
Marvel mags around 14 years ago, as did the tagline 'Stan Lee Presents'.
Apparently, Marvel was trying to disassociate itself from its leader, who,
along with JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, DON HECK and others,
was responsible for laying the foundations for the 'House of Ideas'
back in the early '60s.

It was therefore refreshing to see Marvel embrace Stan to its
bosom again in 2006, when a series of five mags entitled STAN LEE
MEETS was issued to the comics-buying public, "commemorating 65
years of Stan Lee at Marvel".  Each issue featured Stan meeting a dif-
ferent Marvel character (written by himself), various back-up stories
in a similar vein (written by others), plus a collectors' item classic
from Marvel's back-catalogue.

Here, then, is a cataclysmic cover and splash page gallery of the
first and last tale in each magazine.  A hardback collected edition was
later issued, containing the complete five issues, so if you have a bit of
dosh to spare, you might want to consider treating yourself or a loved
one to a copy.  After all, Christmas isn't too far away - and Stan is 'The
Man'.  All together now - "Hang Loose, Face Front, Excelsior!"
 (Not forgetting " 'Nuff Said!")