|Steve & Zoonie - but how did they fit in the box. (I know.)|
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Here's a nice little Christmas present for you - a picture of toy firm GOLDEN GATE's STEVE ZODIAC & ZOONIE The LAZOON on a FIREBALL XL5 JETMOBILE. The copyright date on the box is 1962, so it must have been released to toyshops no later than 1963, as it wasn't unusual for a toy to carry a copyright date of the year before it came out. (Another example is MATTEL's MAJOR MATT MASON - it came out in 1967, but bears the date 1966.) Of course, it may well have come out in 1962 just like the box says.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
If you're looking to relax, unwind, and get into the Christmas spirit (no, we're not talking alcohol), here's probably the best way to do it. Find yourself a copy of the JIM REEVES' 12 SONGS OF CHRISTMAS CD, then kick back your feet and let the velvet-voiced King of Country crooners melt all your troubles away. Described as having a voice like "someone who walks through snow but leaves no footprint", this is the best Christmas album of all time. First issued in 1963, it's been a perennial favourite ever since.
You'll probably have to track down the original CD on the Internet, but the 12 Christmas songs are on an album called The JIM REEVES CHRISTMAS SONGBOOK, which mixes them with some of his gospel songs (slightly diluting the pure Christmas effect in my opinion). Never mind, this can be overcome by programming your CD player to play only the 12 Yuletide tracks - available now at your local HMV store.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Remember - A DALEK IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!
(Amazing, isn't it? A £100 toy, discarded because of two dead batteries. Wish I had that kind of dosh to throw away! Well - their loss is my gain. Thanks to Tom C for 'phoning to ask if I wanted a deserted Dalek that someone had dumped in his street.)
Posted by Kid at Thursday, December 09, 2010
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
|Copyright BBC TV|
Was his Doctor a goodie or a baddie? In the early episodes it wasn't quite clear which side he was on - apart from his own, of course - and this only added to the mystery and intrigue of the character.
The Doc made his debut on Saturday, 23rd November, 1963 - just over 47 years ago. So, as a special treat, here's the cover of the very first DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL from 1965 (for 1966). The artist, WALTER HOWARTH, obviously worked from a photo of Hartnell for reference because the likeness is spot-on. It's just a shame that he wasn't also given a photo of a police box, as that's the worst looking TARDIS I've seen in my life. You could ski off that roof - and where's the flashing light? And there should definitely have been a DALEK on that cover!
Oh well, never mind - can't have everything I suppose.
Posted by Kid at Friday, December 03, 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
|Art by DON MARTIN|
One day I'll maybe learn the reason why there's no longer a British edition of the long-running MAD MAGAZINE, but, up until its inexplicable and sudden dis-appearance, for quite a number of years it managed to hold its own amongst a myriad of other publications on newsagents' shelves and spinner-racks across the length and breadth of the country. Let's now take a look at a couple of my personal favourites of this classic and iconic magazine.
|Art by MORT DRUCKER|
|Art by NORMAN MINGO|
I can't remember the last time I saw a copy of the U.S. edition of Mad outside of a specialised comic shop, and I've certainly never seen one in years in my local W.H. SMITH's - which makes me wonder why this magazine isn't more readily available in Britain? And why, after so many presumably successful years, did the U.K. edition cease to be published?
Anyone know the answers?
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
|Pencils by Jack Kirby. Images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
Following on from the previous post, here are a few more examples of the difference that colour (or, to be more precise, choice of colour) can make to a printed page. The first example, above, is how the cover of JOURNEY Into MYSTERY #83 would have looked (more or less) back in 1962. Compare it against the much brighter, recoloured version from the first printing of MARVEL MASTERWORKS Vol. 18, 1991/ '92. (Note: A far superior version, more faithful to the original, appears in the recent softcover edition of THOR MASTERWORKS.)
|Art by Walter Simonson. Images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
What a difference colour makes. Not convinced? Take a look at these basic, flat-coloured examples of JACK KIRBY & VINCE COLLETTA THOR stories from the TALES Of ASGARD 1984 Special (Vol. 2, No.1). Alongside are the newly coloured, multi-hued MATT MILLA pages from the hardcover edition of the same tales. (First available as a 6-part mini-series.) The pages are given a whole new dimension, enabling them to go toe-to-toe with many contemporary offerings available in comics shops today.
A while ago, the U.K. mag AVENGERS UNITED reprinted the Tales of Asgard series in its original form, and it was generally met with an indifferent, sometimes even hostile reaction. It seems that kids of today have been spoiled by the photo-realistic, more complex colour-art in contemporary stories, and couldn't quite take to the four-coloured classics of yesterday. I'm pretty sure that, had MARVEL/PANINI been able to present the Matt Milla versions (which hadn't yet been done), the response would've been more positive.
I think it can only be a matter of time before Marvel start colouring all their stories from yesteryear in this same fashion and then re-presenting them as 'definitive versions' in deluxe, hardcovered volumes. As I said, it certainly gives them a whole new dimension and might help them to appeal to younger readers not yet steeped in the company's glorious history who seem to have an aversion to older material. (Hard as it is to believe.)
|ISBN # 9780-7851-3921-8|
The Complete TALES Of ASGARD is available now from all good comic shops (and has been for some time). And here, for completists, is the cover to the original 1968 TOA Special. (Vol. 1, No. 1.)