Thursday, 30 October 2014

I WON'T FORGET YOU - JIM REEVES...



The man with the golden voice, JIM REEVES, sings 
 a song that was released a week before he was killed in a
'plane crash on July 31st 1964.  It reached #3 in Britain,
and remained in the charts for a staggering 26 weeks.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

BABE OF THE DAY - GETYA KITTON...



Hi, fellow Criv-ites.  Just a short post to let you know
that personal circumstances yet prevent me from regular
blogging, and that it'll probably be a few weeks (longer than
anticipated) before I'm able return to thrilling and enthralling
you all (I hope) with my hyperbolic haverings.  The question
remains, 'though - will you return when I do?  In the mean-
time, here's a babe of the day to make your mouth water
and kickstart your heartbeat.

Am I good to you or what?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

BABE OF THE DAY - CALL 'ER WHAT YOU LIKE ("BUT JUST CALL ME" SHE SAYS)...



I'd hoped to be able to do the occasional post and
respond to comments in between attending to a matter of
urgency, but, unfortunately, time will not allow me to do so
for the foreseeable future.  I'll see you all when things return
to normal (or what passes for normal around here) - in the
meantime, here's an unknown babe to put a spring
in your step.  Schwiiiiinnngggg!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

BABE OF THE DAY - DALIAH LAVI (AGAIN)...



Still unable to resume regular blogging, but
here's a quick babe to prove that I haven't quite
abandoned you.  Criv-ites, I give you - the
delectable DALIAH LAVI!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

STAN LEE AT GLASGOW'S FORBIDDEN PLANET, 1991...


Stan 'the Man' Lee certainly knows how to
react to a camera pointing in his direction

Just time for a quick post to allay fears that I've disappeared
off the face of the globe or have turned up my tootsies.  Way back
in November of 1991, STAN LEE visited Glasgow's FORBIDDEN
PLANET to promote the late LES DANIELS' book, MARVEL -
FIVE FABULOUS DECADES OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST
COMICS.  Why Stan and not Les, you may wonder.  Simply put,
Stan was a bigger draw than Les - and he had written the intro,
so his presence wasn't entirely without merit.

Also in attendance that day were SPIDER-MAN, GRANT
MORRISON, MARK MILLAR and myself, as well as genial host
JIM HAMILTON, well-known proprietor of 'the city's FP store.  I
assumed the role of unelected 'official' photographer, and snapped
around a dozen photos of the event.  (Well, that's not quite true -
obviously the pics of me and Stan together [and Spidey] were
taken by someone else - but with my camera.)

And just in case you're reading this, Jim, two new A4 copies
of the photos of you and Stan will be winging their way to you in
the post tomorrow - so that's something you can look forward to. 
And if you're a comics fan who lives in Scotland, why not pay a
visit to FP at the earliest opportunity?  Go on - splash some
cash around and make yourself feel good.

Spidey hogs a little attention while Stan is distracted

Jim trying to memorise how Stan writes his signature

"Great store you have here!" says Stan, in an unsolicited testimonial

Grant and Stan have appeared together at conventions
quite a few times since this picture was taken, I believe

"Come back when you're more famous!" jokes Stan with Mark

I suspect Spidey may have been a 'ringer' - he had an English accent

You can't quite see the fiver Stan's handing me to pose with him

Me and Stan - the best of pals.  "Who is this guy?" he's thinking

"Wish I'd brought a rubber stamp with my name on it!" thinks Stan

I don't think these two wannabes ever amounted to much - shame

Finally, here's Jim Brown with Stan, looking
happy as Larry (Lieber, perhaps?) 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

ATTENTION ALL CRIV-ITES - CRIVENS IN SHUTDOWN...


Salma can hardly hide her, er, disappointment.
(Phew!  I nearly said 'nipple' - oops!)

A slight emergency (if that's not a contradiction in terms) has
arisen which will require my full attention for the next few weeks.
Sadly, therefore, with the possible exception of the BABE OF
THE DAY feature and the odd YouTube link (if even those) ,
there will be no new posts for the foreseeable future.

Hopefully my regular readers won't abandon me, and will
find something in my back catalogue (ooer, missus) to entertain
them in the meantime.  It's also unlikely that I'll be able to respond
to comments (if there are any) until I return to regular blogging,
although I'll check in when I can and publish any in waiting.

See you all when I've attended to business.

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?