|Double act: Lilli and Zac have been inseparable|
since they were puppies
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
The pair have been inseparable since they were taken in as stray pups a decade ago, and when an eye infection cost Zac his sight, Lilli became his guide dog.
The pair's owner has moved abroad and they are seeking a new home. Sarah Bussell, of the Blue Cross charity in Tiverton, Devon, said Zac would be lost without Lilli, and the dogs had to be re-homed together.
She said: 'They seem to have an almost telepathic understanding, which is quite amazing to see.
Altogether now... aaaahhh! Let's hope they've found a loving new home by now.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Saturday, 23 April 2011
|The mighty Christopher Reeve - gone, but not forgotten|
I note with interest that some advance reviews of the upcoming THOR movie proclaim it to be the best superhero movie since SUPERMAN in 1978. Recalling just what an impact that particular movie had on audiences, I'm looking forward to seeing if Thor can truly measure up to such fulsome praise. Nowadays, showing the impossible on screen is a much easier task than it was in 1978 - thanks to the advances in CGI technology - but most of the flying sequences in Superman still hold up pretty well, even after all this time.
Anyway, I'm not here today to talk about ol' Goldilocks - rather it's Superman I want to blather on about for a minute or two - and in particular CHRISTOPHER REEVE's impressive interpretation of The MAN Of TOMORROW. It was almost as if The SPARKY's PETER PIPER had blown his magic pipes (now there's a reference bound to confuse any American readers) and ol' Supes had stepped straight out of the pages of his own comic. Has ever a human being so personified a comicbook superhero better than Chris Reeves did?
The answer is clearly "no" (I'm talking about cinematic portrayals, so relax, all you KIRK ALYN and GEORGE REEVES fans), so it will be interesting to see just how any future interpretations of The MAN Of STEEL measure up to Reeve's definitive portrayal. BRANDON ROUTH managed a reasonable impersonation of Reeve, but failed to truly match the original.
Anyway, with a new Superman epic in the works, let's take a moment to remember the man who first gave life to the world's greatest superhero on the big screen.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Many months back, the now defunct CRIKEY! mag (#12) printed an article about Christmas Annuals. For some reason which escapes me, they had an illo of three annuals in a vertical row, so that you could see the first one, the title of the second, and part of the third. As a visual presentation it was a washout, to be frank. Why show pictures of something that you can't actually see? What really irked me was that the middle one was the 1973 KNOCKOUT ANNUAL, which has as Christmassy a cover as you could ever wish to cast eyes upon. (And you had to wish - because you sure couldn't see it on the page.)
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
One day, a 'new' editor (who'd been transferred from a discontinued comic) asked me to stop doing my sound-effects (Wham!, Smash!, Pow!, etc.) in the manner I was doing them. "It makes the strips you work on look like a Marvel Comic!", he said. You see, the traditional British way had been just to do basic, black lettering to signify a sound - serviceable, but uninspired - often looking like it had been stuck over the artwork rather than being a part of it.
|Artwork by Big John Buscema|
Well, that's a big fat lie for a start. There was absolutely nothing bad about JOHN BUSCEMA - or his art. He was one of the very few artists to adapt the principles of JACK KIRBY's power-packed storytelling into his own and perhaps even eclipse Kirby to some extent with the result.
Of course, by the time Buscema was coming into his own, Jack was somewhat in decline, due in part to an enforced reduction in the size at which he drew (which affected the look of his finished pages) and also dissatisfaction at what he saw as not being accorded his due at MARVEL COMICS, both in terms of credit and financial remuneration. Can anybody really blame him if his heart wasn't really in it to the same degree as had once been the case?
Nobody has ever really topped Kirby when he was at the height of his powers, but that was hardly the case when he was about to jump ship to DC COMICS, or when he returned to Marvel a few years later. Buscema was Jack's natural heir, so enjoy the above illustration by Big John from around the mid-to-late '70s.
Monday, 11 April 2011
Saturday, 9 April 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Take a look at this 1960s BATMAN water-pistol. I feel just a little ashamed at my loss of innocence in seeing something that I never noticed as a child, but was the designer having a laugh when he placed the stopper and trigger at Batman's embarrassing bits, or was he as oblivious to the comedic ramifications as the thousands of kids who had this cheeky toy back in the day?
Whaddya think, fellow Criv-ites? Completely innocent - or is he feeling a strange stirring in his utility belt?
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, April 06, 2011