Monday 29 August 2011
Sunday 28 August 2011
One such instance appeared in the late and largely unlamented NEWS Of The WORLD on April 3rd, 1994. I have excised the names to spare any possible distress to the families of those involved, and omitted any paragraphs which did not pertinently pertain to comics, but the tone of the piece remains intact.
STAB MAN WAS CAPTAIN MARVEL CRAZY - He collected violent mags.
The man accused of stabbing a 12-year-old schoolgirl to death in her classroom spent hours poring over violent Captain Marvel comics. The loner was enthralled by the scenes of death and mayhem in the American superhero magazines. In one edition Captain Marvel is seen battling with a knife-wielding alien. Characters say things like "Death should be a glorious event," and "Life should be a continuous series of pains."
In short, it's a hatchet job. The reporter doesn't seem to be familiar with the actual content of the comics named, otherwise he would never have described them in the way he did. (If he cared about accuracy that is.) However, comics don't have a monopoly in being 'picked on' in this manner. Newspapers, because they cast themselves in the role of righteous crusaders in pursuit of truth, justice, morality and decency (instead of just another business chasing a buck), often target other mediums that - like GALACTUS - they consider themselves to be above and beyond in the scheme of things.
The truth is much simpler. Some newspapers are nothing more than purveyors of all the worst aspects of society. They pander to the seedier and more salacious appetites of certain sections of the public while claiming, rather ridiculously in my opinion, to be "family" newspapers. (Even the scurrilous DAILY and SUNDAY SPORT make this claim, while counting down the days until some 15-year-old girl is old enough to 'get her kit off' for their readers.)
Posted by Kid at Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday 25 August 2011
I thought that as I'd devoted a fair bit of attention to the comics character FRANKIE STEIN in a couple of recent posts, it would be only fitting (and fair) to show the original character who inspired him. Above is an AURORA FRANKENSTEIN plastic model kit, built and painted by myself. This kit was re-released by REVELL not too long ago and should still be available in model shops to those of you who'd like to obtain your very own. Price is around £19.99, but shop around if the option is available to you.
|The 1970s Aurora box|
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday 23 August 2011
|Copyright relevant owner|
The above page is from a 1961 issue of TV EXPRESS WEEKLY. It's our old pal YOGI BEAR and his little chum BOO BOO, with a little 'extra' strip featuring Mr. JINKS and PIXIE & DIXIE. It's scanned in two halves, so when you double-click to enlarge to optimum size, you'll have to do each half separately. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy them.
Sunday 21 August 2011
Saturday 20 August 2011
Friday 19 August 2011
Take FANTASTIC FOUR #1 for example. Allegedly the greatest brain on the planet, REED RICHARDS decides to take a rocket into space - knowing that it doesn't have sufficient shielding to protect them from cosmic rays. What's more, he drags along his fiancee and her kid brother - who are presumably about as useful as a fart in a spacesuit when it comes to piloting the ship. Talk about irresponsible?
But there are even more howlers than you can shake a stick at. Are secret rocket bases so negligently guarded that four people could 'sneak past the guards', gain access to the rocket, and then take off without the assistance of the ground-based launch crew which would be required to accomplish lift-off? Well, in the world of four-colour comics it seems anything is possible.
|Cover art JACK KIRBY & DICK AYERS (though The TORCH's|
face has a hint of GEORGE KLEIN inks about it to my eyes)
Jump now to issue #2 - The SKRULLS From OUTER SPACE. Hark at this amazing piece of 'logic' from JOHNNY STORM as he comes up with a 'cunning plan' for smoking out the four Skrull aliens who are impersonating them. Reading in The DAILY GLOBE that a new rocket is to be tested, Johnny indulges in an amazing display of brainpower. Are you ready for this? "Our four imitators may get confused if one of us tries to sabotage that rocket site! They may think it's one of them and reveal themselves!"
Sure! The four aliens who are impersonating the four humans and are likely to be hiding out together in a group of four. For the 'plan' to succeed, the alien impersonating Johnny would have to be absent from the group at just the right time, and what are the chances of that happening? As a plan it falls far short of even being half-@rsed, but - can you believe it? Reed Richards - the greatest mind on Earth, remember - actually approves it. (And, astoundingly - to say nothing of preposterously - it actually happens that way in the comic.) Is it only me, or does anyone else think Reed is a bit of a dipstick?
|Cover art JACK KIRBY & DICK AYERS|
Issue #3? The MIRACLE MAN, greatest hypnotist on the planet, is also the thickest hypnotist on the planet. Rather than go to all the bother of hypnotizing everybody so that he can rob jewellery stores and banks and thereby amass a fortune, why not just hypnotize them into thinking he has a wallet full of cash whenever he pops out on his weekly shopping jaunt to Tesco's? "Say, miss - can you change this $100 note" he'd say, waving a piece of Monopoly money in front of the checkout girl's fizzog. It always works for me.
One can multiply examples of this kind a thousand-fold with just the application of a little thought when reading these bygone classics of yesteryear. However, perhaps I'm being a little bit harsh. These stories were intended to be read by undemanding kids who were only interested in action, adventure and excitement - logic was never part of the package and it hardly seemed to matter as long as the story thrilled and entertained its young readership.
Posted by Kid at Friday, August 19, 2011