Monday, 31 October 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
Posted by Kid at Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
I'm not alone in thinking that part of the reason for Colletta's bad rep these days is based on poor quality reprints of his work in various magazines back in the early '70s, printed from proofs in which his fine detailing was lost and clumsily retouched by less-skilled hands. (Using a blunt felt marker by the looks of things.)
It gives me great pleasure to present Vince's inking of Jack's pencils more or less the way they would have looked when they were first completed, as opposed to the far inferior reprints which came later. Enjoy.
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, 24 October 2011
U.S. filmgoers may recall him in supporting roles as sinister KGB officer MAJOR PRIBLUDA in GORKY PARK and Dr. GEDDES in LOCAL HERO, but to Scot-tish audiences, RIKKI FULTON was a genuine comedy and acting legend. Not only in his own right, but also alongside another giant of television and theatre, JACK MILROY, in their iconic alter-egos of FRANCIE & JOSIE, the work-shy Glasgow layabouts.
Back in the merry month of May, 1982, I had the good fortune and great privilege of meeting Rikki Fulton in JOHN MENZIES (when said establishment was situated near the bottom of Glasgow's Buchanan Street, across from FRASER'S), and, for all those interested in learning how your humble host managed to rub shoulders with the great man himself, I shall now recount exactly what transpired.
I'd just stepped out of the lift on the ground floor, having been in the record & book departments on the first, when I spied a familiar figure leaning on the counter at the stationery section. "Rikki Fulton!" I gasped (more to myself than anyone else) in sheer disbelief at seeing a principal member of showbiz royalty mingling with mere mortals. (I was only 23 at the time, so can surely be forgiven my youthful exuberance.) Rikki Fulton, whom I'd seen in The FRANCIE & JOSIE Show on TV back in the 1960s, right in front of me - in the actual, living, breathing, pulsing flesh. I'd thought such figures used servants or emissaries for menial tasks like shopping, but apparently not.
I still have that little piece of paper, tucked safely into the protective clear sleeve of my FRANCIE & JOSIE vinyl LP by GOLDEN GUINEA. (Yet available on CD on ELM Records - CDELM4123.) And whenever I recall that moment, a warm glow comes over me at the thought of it. Rikki Fulton was the epitome of the perfect gentleman; kind and gracious to a stumbling, bumbling, pain in the @rse fan and treating me as though I were doing him a favour. I'll tell you, a lot of so-called celebrities in whichever field of endeavour you care to mention could learn a thing or two about how to behave to the public from the legend that was - that is - Rikki Fulton.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
|Images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
Okay, here we go with the final four issues of MARVEL's own fright-fest known as The FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER. Now that you have all 18 covers to drool over, you can keep a lookout for them in the back issue bins of your friendly neighbourhood speciality comics shop and pick up a copy or two to actually read. Or buy the softcover ESSENTIALS volume - whichever takes your fancy. And, if they haven't already, Marvel is sure to release an OMNIBUS edition for you to throw your hard-earned cash at before very long. Keep dem eyes peeled.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, October 23, 2011