Wednesday, 30 September 2015
And now, another Mr. JINKS and PIXIE & DIXIE strip
(along with HUCKLEBERRY HOUND) from TV EXPRESS
WEEKLY. It's interesting to see a British take on American TV
cartoon characters, don't you think? There'll be yet another
HANNA-BARBERA page from TVEW tomorrow. Why
not drop by and we'll have a chuckle at it together?
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Talking of JAMES BOND (as we were in the previous
post), here's a pic of the late, great JIM REEVES, which,
if you pasted in a WALTHER P.P.K. (or whatever type
of gun 007 carries these days) wouldn't look out of place
as part of a promotional campaign for a Bond film. And
just think - he could've sung the theme song as well.
Here's the second SPECTRE trailer, and, below,
is the first one. Going on the premise that they always
put the best bits of a movie in the trailer, I fear the worst.
I didn't think SKYFALL was all it was cracked up to be,
and only got a record turnout because audiences were ex-
pecting something spectacular in 007's 50th anniversary
year. MARTIN CAMPBELL did a better job directing
CASINO ROYALE than SAM MENDES did with
Skybore (oops, Freudian slip).
And why does DANIEL CRAIG stand with his legs
three feet apart? Is he a JACK KIRBY fan, or what?
Ready for another dose of TV EXPRESS WEEKLY covers?
Then you've come to the right place at the right time, as another ten
front page features now present themselves for your viewing pleasure.
As you'll know (because I told you in a previous post), this weekly
periodical lasted from 1954 until 1962, before merging with TV
COMIC, which itself lasted for another 22 years.
So enjoy RON EMBLETON's excellent art on Col. PINTO,
and don't forget to return for the next part of this great series! And
if there are any Criv-ites who are old enough to have bought this
comic back in the day, let's read your reminiscences about it.
(You know where the comments section is.)
Monday, 28 September 2015
|Image copyright DC COMICS|
Back in 1974, "The World That's Coming!" had
been and gone a mere eight issues later. With the exception
of KAMANDI, none of JACK KIRBY's mags for DC managed
to stick around for long. Had he lost the magic touch he'd had at
MARVEL, or had STAN LEE played a bigger role in the success
of their collaborations than Jack gave him credit for? I know
what I think on the subject - how about you?
Posted by Kid at Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Looking back now, VALIANT's 13 and a half years of existence
feels like no time at all. It had seemingly been around forever when
I was a kid, and I'm surprised to learn that it wasn't. Of course, if you
happen to be a teenager, 13 and a half years seems like eternity, but
to decrepit old farts like myself, it's insignificant.
The comic featured several popular strips throughout its run,
including CAPTAIN HURRICANE, The STEEL CLAW, The
HOUSE Of DOLMANN, The WILD WONDERS, and KELLY'S
EYE. Difficult as it may be to believe, Britain has now been Valiant-
free for 39 years, and to me, in my dotage, that also feels like no
time at all - a mere couple of blinks away in fact.
I only started buying the weekly periodical once SMASH! was
merged with it (and then TV21), but I'd read a few issues belonging
to a friend of my brother in the mid to late '60s, so I was well-aware
of the comic and its contents before it became a regular feature
of my comics-buying practice.
Do you remember Valiant? Got any memories associated
with it that you'd care to air and share? Good! Straight over to
the comments section with you then - we're all waiting.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saturday, 26 September 2015
Time for another page from TV EXPRESS WEEKLY,
featuring HUCKLEBERRY HOUND and YOGI BEAR.
The comic eventually merged with TV COMIC, in which
some of the full page Yogi strips were reprinted in black
and white quite a number of years later. Whether any
of the other HANNA-BARBERA strips likewise
made a re-appearance, I couldn't say.
|Images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
As I've said a million times (at least) before, it's amazing how
our perception of time seems different at various stages through our
lives. Case in point: The above periodical came out a mere four years,
eight months after my purchase of The FANTASTIC FOUR #126
on Friday 6th October 1972. Nowadays, to me, such a period passes
(yes, here it comes) faster than a fart from The FLASH, but back
in 1977, a huge gulf seemed to exist between the two dates.
The reason why FF #126 now springs to mind is because the
first part of the tale was reprinted in CAPTAIN BRITAIN #35,
and glad I was to see it again, even in black and white. I've now got
three pristine replacements of the FF mag, but CB's reprint of it
resonates in my memory just as much as its original printing.
Anyway, I'm sure you don't visit this blog to read the piffle that I
write ('though feel free to disagree and tell me you hang on my every
word), so I'll give my typing finger a rest and let you now consume the
cataclysmic covers and comic pages that lay before you. If any fond
memories of your distant youth resurface as you peruse these pul-
sating panels, feel free to share them in the comments section.
After all, what's the point in keeping them to yourself?
Friday, 25 September 2015
In five days time (September 30th) it will be 43 years since
The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL #1 first went on sale.
The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL #1 first went on sale.
Today I picked up the latest issue of the current incarnation of
the title, and was pleased to see a page referring to the origin
of The FANTASTIC FOUR, which was one of the three
tales in the weekly comic all those years ago in 1972.
Happy 43rd birthday, MWOM. It only seems like