Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Cap'n Marvel by John Fantucchio

 Okay, this centerfold from Fantastic Fanzine #12 is all that and a bag of chips (please embiggen), but that durn stapled centerfold annoys me to no end

Another Blackmark by Gil Kane

Just saw this first image, but everything else is up on here in the wayback.  I've long enjoyed the paperback, then the Savage Sword mags, then the Preview magazine, and finally the softbound trade (covers of that trade feel amaz'n, by the by), but I never caught the fanzine that had that first one

The Fanzine Art Of Steve Hickman

What a space cadet we have in Cap'n!  I am a self-professed fanzine fan, especially the late sixties and early seventies, and I've been totally zoned out on Steve for a dozen years.  He was onea the pillars of that era of the fanzines, and I cannae find him mentioned once on here.  sheeesh!  Excuse the cut-up Cap'n Infinity, but that's obviously a fav for me (another idea for a post might be all the Cap'ns we've seen in the comics).  Of course, the last four are after Hickman's fanzine days, but che awesome, and there's a ton more actual Hickman fanzine art out there, but at least I finally remembered to remember

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Return Of The Mack by Wally Wood and Frank Frazetta

 Critics can be critical (duh), but I love these replies to the critics.  Wally Wood answered his in 1971, after several years of "your old stuff was better" and "you use a lotta helpers."  A coupla years after that, Fritz answered his after several years of "your old stuff was better" and "everything is too simplistic now."  sweet.  Personally, I love all the filigree on all three

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Movie Monsters by Berni Wrightson

 Okay, not ALL the movie monsters Wrightson tackled (Ghost Busters and Swamp Thing come to mind), but this is che nice, and I always dig Berni's prelims, especially the ones he did for his buddy, Jeff Jones

Thursday, August 25, 2022

The Sweet Rides Of George Lucas

...and Jack Kirby and Al Williamson!  I must confess to watching American Graffiti nine times, three of them in the theater in 1973.  I love everything about it, every actor that we see on screen, every song that we hear in the background, every car on the "main drag" (we were already cruis'n Nevada Avenue in the Springs when the flick came out, but then the cruis'n became a lifestyle).  As others have said before, the real star of AG was that yellow '32 Ford deuce coupe, and Kirby was once again ahead of his time with Johnny Storm's hotrod.  Four years later, I saw Star Wars three times in the theater, and I've lost count on how many times total.  The Millennium Falcon, I propose, is the real star of Star Wars.  Everybody loves it.  Sheldon wanted his wedding cake to look like it when he and Amy married on Big Bang Theory.  Cool aside, the first George Lucas film was THX 1138, a dark sci-fi movie from 1971 starring Robert Duvall.  Check out the plate on John Milner's "piss yellow" deuce coupe

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Reaper's Scythe by Barry Smith

 Conan prime in Red Nails was just amaz'n, and I was chilled when I picked up Savage Tales #2 at the 7-Eleven in the Springs.  That was black'n white, and much later Barry colored it for Marvel Treasury

Moebius The Architect

 Embiggen, please.  Every little window, every bird, always just a wow

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Fanzine Etcetera #2 Cover by Billy Graham

This image from 1973 is so explosive, I feel I must have put it up on here before, but cannae find it, so the fundundant blog strikes again.  Every time I see this fanzine title, I hear Yul Brenner in The King And I

Friday, August 19, 2022

The P Is Silent by Frank Frazetta

I think the cover for the German Thun'da is just georgeous, but the word balloon for that panel, "It's dead-whatever it is!" has always cracked me up.  Which is kinda lame of me, cause I recall not knowing it's name myself throughout the fifties and sixties

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Silver Star by Jack Kirby

 First is the back cover to The Jack Kirby Collector #43, which I just saw!  What's up with that?  I think it was during the gigantor phase of the Collector, and I just passed on a lot of them, for some crazy reason.  I know the front cover has long been up on here, as it was a Silver Surfer, and I've tried to post all of Jack's surfers that I see.  Anyhoo, this is fascinat'n to me, in that Silver Star starts as  another Kirby kreation wear'n the stars 'n stripes, and quickly (second image) becomes the fleshed-out Silver Star we know and love (boatload of him up in the way-back).  If you know more about this, please holla