|The Thing as he was meant to be|
|The Thing as he was meant to be|
|Copyright DC COMICS|
Cop a gander at the above mag, not long arrived at Castel Crivens. A few years ago I saw an ad for it in a 1968 DC comic I acquired, which makes it extremely possible I saw the ad back when it first appeared. If I did, however, I'd forgotten by the time, many years later, I saw a b&w image of the cover somewhere and for some reason was left with the impression it was an in-house magazine similar to Marvel's F.O.O.M. (Perhaps the art was reused for just such a publication - if anyone knows, please enlighten me.)
As you can see, however, it's an actual newsstand comic devoted to Carmine Infantino and containing a number of diverse strips by the great man. This comic can command a fairly high price on the collectors' market, but I lucked out and managed to acquire a great condition copy for under a tenner on eBay, so I'm a very happy chappie. (Or a tenner dead, if you include p&p.)
No longer need I wonder about the contents of this DC Special, now I can see and read them for myself. And you can catch a glimpse of the stories too, as I share some pages (and an ad) from this great mag I've finally managed to get my grubby mitts on. Hooray! (Don't worry - I washed my grubby mitts first.)
Did you have this Special back in the day, fellow Crivs? If so (and even if not), share your thoughts on this collectors' item classic in the comments section.
I first purchased my original copy of the above comic sometime back in 1973 (when I was yet a schoolboy), and though I've always remembered the interior story, I'd forgotten the cover and whether it was an issue of Superman or Action Comics, and also precisely which number it was. Then I saw it on fellow blogger McScotty's 'That Was Then' blog and promptly bought a replacement via eBay. (Incidentally, DC's July '72 cover-dated issues marked a return to standard comics size after their 25 cents 52-page line introduced the year before.)
Gregory Reed, an actor who plays Superman in movies and TV, was introduced in this issue and appeared again in several others. I seem to recall seeing him in the follow-up to this tale in Action Comics #445, wherein Reed has now had plastic surgery and is a dead ringer for Superman. (I wonder if anyone would notice his resemblance to Clark Kent should the actor ever don a pair of spectacles?) I no longer remember if I saw any of Reed's subsequent appearances before his cameo in Superman #297, but that's the last time I recollect seeing him in a Superman mag.
So, another one returned to the fold, allowing me to step 49 years back into the past for a brief but welcome moment, and enjoy again the sublime art of Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. If you're around the same age as myself, see if any of the following pages ring any bells in memory's belfry - and if so, feel free to share them with your fellow Crivvies.
(And as a bonus, I've included a couple of pages from the Metamorpho back-up tale.)
|Images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
|Copyright MARVEL COMICS|
Och, what can I say? I just couldn't resist it! Another Mego 8 inch action figure of the Frankenstein Monster, this time in his winter woollies outfit from Son Of Frankenstein. A nice likeness of Boris Karloff for such a small figure, but I doubt there'll be a Bride Of Frankenstein one, as that would require some revision to the head (or a completely new one), as the Monster was burnt in the middle movie and had his face scarred and fringe singed.
While you're all here (consumed by jealousy of my 8 incher - hee-hee), which of the trio of Frankenstein movies starring Boris was your favourite - and why?