Tuesday, 27 January 2015

THE BOY WITH A SKULL IN A BOX...



Let's be honest now - if you carried a skull around with you in a
box you'd be considered decidedly weird.  Having said that, sometime
back in the '70s, I bought a life-size skull by REVELL and painted it with a
greenish glow-in-the-dark paint.  One evening, me and some pals took it out
with us, and you should've seen the startled looks we got as I walked around
with Skully (the tooth is out there) tucked under my arm.  It really was a case
of exaggerated, open-mouthed, 'double-take' stares of shock and horror.
Wotta larf.  Wotta tit!  I wouldn't do it now of course, but back then I
was young, crazy and reckless (in a conservative - small 'c' - kind
of way), and was up for a jolly jape or two.

Anyway, that's enough talk about my favourite subject (me) -
time for a look at what brings use all here.  A four page BRIAN'S
BRAIN strip from the SMASH! Annual for 1967.  O joy! 



31 comments:

baab said...

I could see a re-imagining of this character in a twisted tone,that would be pretty good.

I like the logo for some uncanny reason.
Not suitable for the re-boot though.

Kid said...

Could always call it Sam's Skull I suppose, eh? In Gothic letters.

Arfon Jones said...

This would probably be the followup up to the Iron Eater...

Kid said...

I'd have to check my back issues before I could say for sure, AJ, but I'd imagine you're right.

Arfon Jones said...

Sorry, I was rather vague there! I meant my follow up to the Iron Eater... as in my next sculpture...

baab said...

You could call it that,Kid.
That ol' goth market wont go away.
The Iron Eater?
Sounds great.

baab said...

T'internet is a wonderful thing.
Did a search and would you know it popped up on AJ's blog.
I do remember The iron Eaters,especially the matchbox.
What is the connection between the two strips?

Kid said...

Ah, right, AJ. Thought you meant a previous strip. Sounds like something I'd once read.

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Don't know, Baab. Same artist maybe? I thought AJ was talking about a previous strip, then I thought he wasn't, now I think he was again. I'll have to look at my issues of Smash!

Arfon Jones said...

Arrrgh, I knew it! Now I'm confusing everyone! (That's what I get for posting comments so late at night!)
baab,what I meant was- Since I made a sculpture of the 'Iron Eater' I have been thinking of a "follow up" sculpture to sit alongside it and I though the brain would be a nice option. Really sorry to hijack the post Kid and confuse you all!

Kid said...

Don't worry about it, AJ. I'm in a permanent state of confusion anyway.

Arfon Jones said...

lol well that's something I guess! Unfortunately my state of confusion sits around me like a bubble and has a habit sucking people in if they get too close... ;)

John Pitt said...

I do hope I don't confuse matters any more, but at first I thought you were both talking about The Iron Eaters - an excellent centre-spread in The Beezer, second only to The Jellymen in excitement!
Anyway, thanks for more Brian's Brain ( yes, I remember the first post!), it was one of the highlights of Smash for me and not having had the annuals, never seen this one before!

Kid said...

JP - you've confused matters even more (for me anyway)! As for Brian's Brain - there's more to come.

John Pitt said...

Well, guess what? I'm going to confuse matters even more now, because SOMEWHERE out there in the wonderful world of blogs, SOMEONE on his blog has model iron eater (sponge) in a matchbox and I believe you, yes YOU! posted a comment about it! You may have enquiried whether or not the box would close?

Kid said...

Just shows you how the ol' memory is failing as I heave that other foot into the grave. Gaeus a link, JP.

John Pitt said...

I'll try and find it in a bit!

Kid said...

Good lad, JP. I dimly remember it now, but can't recall the exact details.

John Pitt said...

http://arfonjones.blogspot.com/2013/03/iron-eaters.html?m=1
It was only AJ himself!!

Kid said...

Took a look, remember it now. Getting old's no fun, eh?

Arfon Jones said...

Wait! Wait! Wait! Now I'm confused...I made an Iron Eater??

Kid said...

If YOU didn't, then it must've been an impostor. AJ.

Arfon Jones said...

Not him again! I thought I was rid of that whole Clone Saga thing!

Kid said...

Tell you what, AJ - if I see him I'll give him a battering for you. That should teach the cad a lesson.

Arfon Jones said...

Be careful though, last time I approved someone giving one of my doppelgangers a good-hiding, mistakes were made and it took a long time for my wounds to heal... Well, I assumed they had made a mistake...

Kid said...

Better than being flung down a smokestack and burned 'though, eh?

Arfon Jones said...

Are you threatening me Kid? Look I'm sorry I caused all that confusion, really I am!

Kid said...

Me threaten someone? Heaven forfend! But being flung down a smokestack is what usually happens to a clone in a Marvel comic, isn't it? Although that was the '70s - maybe things have changed since then.

John Pitt said...

....or was it on another blog that I saw the Iron Eater?....( leave it with me....)

Click, click, click....

Kid said...

Flibble-jibble-dribble! Help! I'm going crazy! When will it all end?

Dougie said...

I've been very happy to see UK comics characters from the Power Comics era.

I'd also like to see IPC's Barry and Boing again.

Kid said...

Ooer! I've still to show you some Whizzers from Oz, but I'll post a Barry & Boing later today sometime, Dougie.

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