Friday, 31 October 2014

ARE YOU A BLUE BOY?



Here's JIMBO singing BLUE BOY.
Click on that arrow and get those feet
tappin'.  Top stuff.

HAPPY HALLOWE'EN TO SID AND SHINER...



Here's a blast from the past!  The GUY FAWKES mask free with
WHIZZER & CHIPS #3 back in 1969 (issue dated November 1st,
but on sale October 25th), and the NEW Annual currently available at
the larger branches of SAINSBURY'S.  The book is priced at £7.99 on
the back cover, but is being sold at the specially discounted price of only
£3.99 - an absolute bargain.  It contains material from Annuals between
1971 and '85 -and the front cover is sourced from the very first edition,
the back cover from the second.  Go on - buy a copy and relive
your long lost childhood!

(And remember - the mask doesn't come with the Annual.
I've only included it because it's appropriate for the time of
year and I thought you might like to see it.)

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 - PAMELA GONCALVES...



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 PAMELA GONCALVES 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

Sadly, I don't think these two wannabes ever amounted to much

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.
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