Tuesday, 31 January 2017

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



JULIE EGE - that's all the
info you need.  Your eyes will
surely tell you the rest.

PETER CAPALDI TO LEAVE DOCTOR WHO...



Well, the news is in - PETER CAPALDI is leaving
DOCTOR WHO at the end of 2017.  That's a shame,
because I was hoping that, under new hands when current
show-runner STEVEN MOFFAT departs, Capaldi's Doc-
tor would be treated with the respect the character deserved,
and not be portrayed as the prattling buffoon that poor writ-
ing and direction turned him into.  It didn't bode well for
the show when Capaldi was shown in his first episode
dressed like WEE WILLIE WINKIE.

Although there were occasional hints of a serious,
perhaps even sinister side to Capaldi's Doctor, writer
Moffat's insistence on presenting him as a comical charac-
ter exterminated any sense of danger in the show.  To begin
the 2016 Christmas episode with the Doctor dangling from a
rooftop by his ankle, like something out of an old BUSTER
KEATON short, demonstrates the Scottish show-run-
ner's inability to grasp the essence of the character.
The Doctor is not a clown.

I feel sorry for Peter Capaldi.  Poor writing over-
shadowed his stint on the show, and he deserved much
better.  He did the best with what he was given, but, with an
occasional exception aside, he was given banal tripe, and not
even the finest of actors can make a silk purse out of a sow's
ear.  I'd been hoping Capaldi would stay on for at least one
more series so that he'd have the chance to do the Doctor
justice.  As it was, below-par writing too often meant
that he depended on the viewers' mercy.

So good riddance to Moffat.  It's just a shame that
we're also losing an actor who was more than capable
of giving us the Doctor as he should be - but, alas,
was never allowed to.

******

How do you think Peter's stint on the show will be
remembered?  Invade the comments section now and
share your thoughts with your fellow Criv-ites.

Monday, 30 January 2017

SPECTACULAR SPLASH PAGES #20...


Image copyright DC COMICS

C'mon now, admit it - this is an impressive splash page by
BERNIE WRIGHTSON, and if you have any artistic aspira-
tions at all, then you wish you could draw as good as this, don't
you?  Of course, I'm well-known in the comics world as an ab-
solutely brilliant artist who's easily the equal of all the comic-
book greats rolled into one.  Unfortunately, it's the me from
Earth Z, but, hey - that still counts in my opinion.

BABE OF THE DAY - IMOGEN HASSALL...



IMOGEN HASSALL oozes raw sex appeal
in the same way that I do - easily and generously.
That's why women faint at my feet.  Either that, or
it's 'cause I haven't changed my socks for a year.
(It's clearly the first option 'though.)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

COMIC COVERS 'SNAP'! PART TWENTY - IS THERE NO JUSTICE? OR: THE AVENGER DROPS IN!


Characters copyright ADVANCE MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS Inc.

This is another of those 'can't remember if I've done it
before posts', but we're talking pure quality here, so if I'm
repeating myself, these covers are worth seeing again anyway.
40 years to the month after DC COMICS released their take
on KENNETH ROBESON's JUSTICE INC., DYNAMITE
ENTERTAINMENT published their version, with a great
'homage' by ALEX ROSS to JOE KUBERT's 1975
cover.  Bloody brilliant - both of them!  Agree?
   


If you'd like to see all four '70s DC covers, along with
 the unused art for the first issue cover, click here.

FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST PART FORTY-NINE - E.R.B.'s KORAK SON OF TARZAN #1...


Characters copyright The Estate of EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS

I remember it was raining.  I also remember buying this
comic in a local R.S .McCOLL's before wandering into another
shop, W.&R. HOLMES.  "Better get back to school" I eventually
thought, having taken an extended lunch break and missed a couple
of lessons.  I remember taking my seat in English class and then fur-
tively browsing through KORAK #1, secure in the knowledge that I
was out of the teacher's immediate sight as long as she stayed seated
at her desk.  I remained alert 'though, ready to put the mag back
into my schoolbag at the first sign of 'teach' standing up and
going for a wander 'round the classroom.

And, contents aside, that's all I remember about this comic
from the early '70s - shops, school and schoolbag (which I still
have), and the fact that it was raining when I purchased it and as
I made my way back to school.  Hardly a riveting reminiscence by
any means, but I find myself smiling at the memory of a vanished
period of my youth whenever I gaze upon the cover and inter-
nal pages of one of my favourite comics of the past.

"Good for you," you say, "but what's in this for us?"  Ah,
for you, the pulsating pleasure of perusing some pleasant pic-
tures, and maybe even recalling your own memories associated
with this terrific treasure from yesteryear.  Perhaps it was raining
then, too, or did the sun beat down relentlessly upon you?  Can
you remember?  Then share it with the rest of us in the com-
ments section.  It's what it was invented for.
   




SPIDER-MAN CLASSICS COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Back in December of 1980, MARVEL TALES #137 (cover-
dated March 1981) started reprinting the STAN LEE & STEVE
DITKO SPIDER-MAN classics in sequential order from the very
beginning.  Twelve years later, the same plates were used again for
SPIDER-MAN CLASSICS (natch), but this time with brand-new
covers.  The title lasted for only 16 issues, but benefitted from
superior printing compared to the Marvel Tales reprints.

So guess what, you lucky Criv-ites?  We're now going to look at
these new covers by some of the top talents in the industry, and
 enjoy mentally comparing them to the ASM Ditko originals.
   














Number 15 was also issued with a different coloured cover, along
with the 16 page 'Work In Progress' mag on the animated SPIDER-
MAN 
show, plus an animation cel, both of which you can see below



Saturday, 28 January 2017

BABE OF THE DAY - JANE RUSSELL...



Hats off to all you Criv-ites - it's the
ravishing JANE RUSSELL.  Isn't she a
picture?  (And I've got the negatives.)

THE UNTOLD LEGEND OF CAPTAIN MARVEL - COVER & IMAGE GALLERY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

It seems like only a few scant years ago when I bought
The UNTOLD LEGEND Of CAPTAIN MARVEL, but
in truth, it was a staggering 20 years back when I acquired
numbers 1 & 3 of this 3 ish mini-series.  For some unknown
or forgotten reason, #2 was never put aside for me, and it
was always my firm intention to obtain it whenever the
first opportunity to do so presented itself.

However, it was a case of 'out of sight, out of mind',
and it was only when I was occasionally looking through
the comics collection in my cupboard that I was reminded
of my task.  "Must get that missing issue!" I'd think, only to
promptly forget my resolution the second I closed the cup-
board door.  However, last time, I kept the two mags out
to remind me, and, recently, I saw the missing ish on
eBay for a reasonable price and bought it.

It arrived about an hour ago, and I instantly put it in
sequential order between its companion issues and then
sat back and congratulated myself on finally fulfilling this
long-held intention to complete the set.  However, as I said,
it only seemed a few years 'long', not the 20 it actually was.
My very next act will be to read the latter two numbers,
having read the first ish a couple of nights back.

What attracted me to the first issue in 1990 was
seeing Captain Mar-Vell in the original green and white
costume he wore in his inaugural appearance in MARVEL
SUPER-HEROES #12 way back in 1967.  The odd colour
combo shouldn't work on a superhero outfit, but somehow
it does - for me at least.  Having now re-browsed through
all three issues to get a taste of them, I'm not expecting
a classic, but it'll be good to finally lay yet another
'ghost' to rest after all this time.

So, tell you what.  Why not join me in a look at the
covers and some interior pages to celebrate me finally
completing my quest?  That way, perhaps I won't feel so
guilty about putting these comics in a cupboard and for-
getting about them for a while - until the next time
I'm in there looking for something that is.

You ready?  Okay, then let's go.





I don't care what it looks like - he's not doing that, okay?

LOOK BACK AND WONDER...



There's a paradoxical element to collecting old comics,
or, indeed, just about anything that reminds us of our past.
On the one hand, re-acquiring something we had as children
or teenagers brings that period in our lives alive again, making
it seem not so long ago as is actually the case;  on the other (on
rare moments), the realisation that we first owned something
over, say, 40 years ago, brings home to us just how much
water has passed under the bridge since then.

It's strange, therefore, to think that the very things that
bring us joy, or comfort, are the same things that can some-
times cause painful awareness of how fast our lives are racing
towards their inevitable conclusion.  At times I'll look at a comic
that I first bought in, say, 1968, and, in my mind, I'm back in the
house I lived in at the time, and long-deceased friends and family
are still alive, and favourite-but-long-gone shops are still open.
When one is 'in' that moment, it's exhilarating, but once the
moment passes (as it must), it can leave us all-too aware
that a huge gulf separates us from earlier times.

Most of the time I derive great satisfaction from owning
various items from my youth, whether they be replacements
or the originals, but, occasionally, I wonder if it might've been
better to leave the past in the past and instead focus on the here
and now.  When we spend our lives living in the past, it can dis-
tract us from enjoying the present as it unfolds, and 'though the
future will yet creep up on us all like a thief in the night, we can
keep half-an-eye out for its sly approach, and are, hopefully,
less likely to be surprised - at least to the same extent -
by its eventual and irrevocable arrival.

(I wonder if I'd be so entranced by the past if I didn't
have so many material objects around to remind me of it?
Perhaps they're like a magnet that attracts my attention, and
if I didn't have them, I'd never think back to the times when
I first got them.  Maybe the simple act of owning them
focusses my mind on those earlier eras.)

So what do you think, Criv-ites?  Do you believe that
life is for living, rather than 'reliving', and that we should
anticipate moments-to-come, instead of reminiscing about
times that are gone - or can there be room in life for both?
      Let's hear what you think on the matter.      

Friday, 27 January 2017

WHEN BATMAN WASN'T ADAM WEST...



What you're about to watch is a TV ad from the
early 1970s, featuring YVONNE CRAIG, BURT
WARD, and DICK GAUTIER - doing a pretty fair
impression of ADAM WEST.  The original ad was a
little longer, with an intro shot of BATGIRL on her
Batcycle, and the exterior of the building in which
the Dynamic Duo are held captive.  The ad
ends in the style of the '60s TV show.

However, the full ad's quality on YouTube
isn't great, whereas the above one is better.  (I've
included the original ad below, so you can see the
full thing, Bat-fans.)  Dick Gautier died recently, but
he was a well-known, well-respected actor and artist,
who played HYMIE the robot in GET SMART, and
STANLEY BEAMISH's boss HAL in MISTER
TERRIFIC in the 1960s.  Believe me, 'though
- that hardly does justice to his long career.

BABE OF THE DAY - IMOGEN HASSALL...



Now this is what I call a 'Babe'!  The
stunning IMOGEN HASSALL shows
how to look amazing without really try-
ing.  (I taught her all she knows on the
subject of course.)

Thursday, 26 January 2017

RECOMMENDED READING: IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOLUME TWO...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Are you a fan of the gold and scarlet armoured AVENGER
known as The INVINCIBLE IRON MAN?  Then this latest
EPIC COLLECTION from Mighty MARVEL will be sure to
float your boat and set your sporran on fire.  Don't delay - rush
'round to your local FORBIDDEN PLANET today and buy
this valiant volume before it sells out!  Read the spiel then
seal the deal!  (I'm a poet and I know it.)  Excelsior!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

RECOMMENDED READING: KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Brought this first issue of KAMANDI CHALLEGE #1
back with me from my local FORBIDDEN PLANET store
today, but I've yet to read it.  However, I've flicked through it
and it looks good, so I'm looking forward to reading the rest in
the series once I finish this one.  Did you read the original
series back in the day?  Then you'll probably love this.

WORLD OF WOOD COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright relevant owners

Back in 1986, I bought WORLD Of WOOD #s 2-4.  It
was quite a few years afterwards (mid-'90s, maybe later) that
I managed to track down the first issue, but to my surprise, #s 5
& 6 were also listed in the back issue catalogue I was ordering #1
from. (Surprise, because it was originally intended to be a four ish
series.)  On a whim, I ordered the fifth issue, which, unlike the
previous ones, was in black and white, and published a
whopping three years after its predecessors.

I wish now I'd got #6 - but, here's the thing.  Whenever
I see this series mentioned anywhere, it's always described as
having only five issues, so was #6 a misprint in the catalogue, or
was it a limited print run that most people just don't know about?
If you know the answer, let me know, will you?  I hate it when
a mystery remains unsolved.  Even better, if it really exists
and you've got it, contact me if you want to sell it.

In the meantime, enjoy Crivens' brief cover gallery of this
interesting micro-series on one of the all-time greats of comic-
book art - the one and only, legendary WALLY WOOD!






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