Friday, 30 September 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - MICHELLE KEEGAN...



Here's MICHELLE KEEGAN, again
frolicking on the seashore after I returned
the titanic temptress to where I found her
a few 'Babe of the Day' posts back.

(Welcome to the world of my imagination.)

SECRET ORIGINS COVER & IMAGE GALLERY - PART THREE...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Nope, hadn't forgotten, even if it has been around three months
since the first two parts in this series of SECRET ORIGINS cover
galleries.  So let's not waste another second of boring intro from me,
let's get into the pretty piccies.  (Before we do 'though, what about
that DOLL MAN?  Somebody surely must have been high when
they came up with that stinker of a name.  I can't see criminals
trembling at the sound of it.  Laughing, yes - trembling, no.)
  













Thursday, 29 September 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



Summertime is over and there's a bit of a nip in the air.
As you can just about see from looking at JULIE EGE.

CADET'S STINGRAY SWEET CIGARETTE CARDS - PART ONE...



You'll never guess.  Today, an extremely generous friend
gave me - that's right, gave me - a full set of CADET Sweet
Cigarette STINGRAY and THUNDERBIRDS cards - for abso-
lutely nothing!  That's right - free - gratis - for nowt!  Can you
believe it?  Well, one good turn deserves another, and you, dear
Criv-ites, are the lucky recipients as I'm going to share them
with you right here on this humble blog of mine.

I'm just going to scan them in their protective sleeves to
save me some hassle, so they might be a bit squint from time
to time in their individual compartments, but I'm sure you can
live with it.  Another four parts to complete the Stingray collec-
tion, and then we'll follow that with the Thunderbirds one.  Are
you agreeable to that?  Thought you might be.  Right, let's
go.  "Anything can happen in the next half hour!"

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

KID KLASSICS: CAPTAIN ACTION-MAN (WITH COMICS COVER GALLERY)...


Playing Mantis Captain Action, with professionally
produced, shrink-wrapped replica of original box

Apparently, CAPTAIN ACTION creator STAN WESTON was
one of a trio responsible for G.I. JOE - which is interesting (to me) be-
cause, in Great Britain, G.I. Joe was rechristened ACTION MAN.  As a
lad in the '60s, I don't  recall seeing Captain Action (or Captain Magic,
as he was originally going to be named) on sale in this country, but I knew
about the character through the adverts in comics issued by NATIONAL
PERIODICAL PUBLICATIONS Inc. (DC COMICS), such as SUPER-
MAN and BATMAN, etc.  I instantly coveted this wondrous item, but it
wasn't until toy company PLAYING MANTIS re-released IDEAL's
iconic action-figure in 1998 that I finally managed to acquire one.

DC Comics published a title based on the character in the latter
half of the 1960s, but its brief five issue run indicates that it wasn't
as popular as anticipated.  Featuring art by WALLY WOOD and GIL
KANE, and written first by JIM SHOOTER and then by Kane himself,
the comics boasted some spectacular cover art, which I now unselfishly
share with you here.  They're scanned from my very own copies which I
obtained many years ago, but should still be relatively easy to obtain
from back issue specialists in comicbook stores and on eBay.

The ad below (drawn by KURT SCHAFFENBERGER) comes
from DETECTIVE COMICS #359 ("The Million Dollar Debut
of Batgirl!"), but the previous owner has defaced The PHANTOM
figure by drawing stripes on his costume.  Tsk!  Some people, eh?

I'd be interested in the reminiscences of American readers who had
this toy when they were kids, and whether any Brits actually managed
to get their hands on one back in the '60s.
      






And, if you're lucky, you may still be able to get this great book (below)
all about Captain Action from your local comicbook store.  (I got mine
in FORBIDDEN PLANET.)  This is the original printing, but I believe a
revised and updated edition was made available a year or two back.

BABE OF THE DAY - LINDA THORSON...



"Linda, Linda, wish you were mine"
run the words of an old song.  Very apt,
'cos any man alive would surely wish that
LINDA THORSON was his.  That
makes Linda a very popular girl!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

NEW OLD COMICS BLOG...



Regular commenter JOHN PITT now has his own
blog about comics, called MY OLD COMICS!, which
can be found in my blog list or simply by clicking this
link.  Drop in and leave a comment of support.

JUST OUT OF REACH - JIM REEVES...



Yeah, I know - I've played this one before, but
it's ultra-relaxing.  This song is within your reach -
it's only a click away.  Press that key now.

BABE OF THE DAY - MICHELLE KEEGAN...



"Come on in, the water's lovely!" trills the
lovely MICHELLE KEEGAN.  I'm staying
where I am 'though - 'cos from here, the view
is even lovelier.  What a stoater!

Monday, 26 September 2016

RECOMMENDED READING: THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #1 (VOLUME SIX)...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

On October 20th, a new volume of The MIGHTY WORLD
Of MARVEL goes on sale.  This mag first appeared back in 1972
and, a couple of spells in limbo aside, is still around today.  Jump
aboard for a new number one next month, Marvel fans!

RECOMMENDED READING: THE BLACK PANTHER EPIC COLLECTION VOLUME ONE...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Here's one that's available from FORBIDDEN PLANET
on Wednesday, frantic fans - The BLACK PANTHER EPIC
COLLECTION Volume One.  Beginning with T'CHALLA's
earliest appearances in The FANTASTIC FOUR mag, and con-
tinuing with his own strip from JUNGLE ACTION, if you're
a BP fan, you're sure to love this magnificent tome.

Read the spiel, and save your shekels 'til Wednesday.
Then get straight 'round to FP - it's the place to be!

SO...YOU'VE GOT SEVEN DAYS TO LIVE - HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?



This is a tale about a man waiting to face the
electric chair, narrated by JIM REEVES (fol-
lowing a sung intro-verse), and I'm sure you're
all going to love it.  Take it away, Jim...

(BOND) BABE OF THE DAY - THE VOLUPTUOUS VALERIE LEON...



You want words?  It's VALERIE LEON
for Criven's sake - who needs words?!  Okay
then, I'll give you words - Hubba-Hubba!
Drool!  Slobber!  There!  Satisfied?

LEGENDS OF THE SUPERHEROES - BLECCCHHHHH!!!



It may come as a surprise to some of you, but ADAM
WEST and BURT WARD reprised their BATMAN and
ROBIN roles more than once over the years, and not just for
cartoons either.  In 1979, they appeared alongside other DC
heroes and villains in a couple of TV Specials called - wait
for it - LEGENDS Of The SUPERHEROES.


The other heroes were CAPTAIN MARVEL, The
FLASH, The HUNTRESS, BLACK CANARYGREEN
LANTERN, and HAWKMAN, while the super villains were 
MORDRU, SOLOMON GRUNDY, The RIDDLER (yup,
FRANK GORSHIN), The WEATHER WIZARD, Dr.
SIVANA, SINESTRO, and GIGANTA.


The ATOM and AUNT MINERVA turned up in
the second Special, but I have to be honest and say both
episodes are excruciatingly awful and you should all count
yourselves lucky if you've never seen them.  Shot on video-
tape, with a laugh-track (yup, they're meant to be funny -
but aren't) these two low-budget shows are the way
not to do superheroes.  And here's why:


You never see The Flash run, Hawkman fly (or
even flap his wings) and Green Lantern merely points his
power ring at himself and disappears.  Captain Marvel does
a spot of flying, but it's a poorly executed piece of back (or
maybe front - what do I know?) projection for a few seconds.
You have to hand it to Adam West for throwing himself into
things, but he really should have tucked the neck of his
mask inside his cape, like in the '60s TV show.


Take it from me, you can safely give these two shows
a miss - unless you're a fan of 'car-crash' TV.  They're both
genuinely execrable, 'though the second one, The ROAST,
is even worse than the first, The CHALLENGE.  I suppose
if there's anyone you really hate, you could give them this
as a present, secure in the knowledge that they'll lose
the will to live while watching it.


But no - that would surely be too cruel!  (Remember
the rumours of torture at GUANTANAMO BAY?  They
 were true - they showed this DVD to the detainees.)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

"WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO ALL YOUR STUFF WHEN YOU DIE, DADDY?"



I sometimes find myself worrying about what will happen
to my massive collection of toys, comics and books when I fall
off the twig in around 100 years or so (I'm not planning on going
early or easily).  Will I ever get around to establishing a museum of
childhood, or will all my stuff end up in charity shops or dustbins?
It's a bit  like being a parent and having to think about making
provisions for your children when you're not here.


Are you a proud collector?  What would you like to have
happen to your beloved treasures when you eventually have
to cast off this mortal coil?  None of the "I'll be dead so I don't
care" cop-outs;  what would be the ideal fate of all your material
companions through life that would allow you to bow out with
the assurance that they'd be cared for and cherished after
you've gone exploring in that 'final frontier' ?


And what's the absolute gem of your collection, the one
item that, if everything else was jettisoned by your heirs, you'd
breathe a little easier in the hereafter (if there is one - and if you
can breathe) so long as it survived and was looked after and ap-
preciated by its new owner?  Too difficult a question?  Okay,
 you can pick three items.  So what are they?  Reveal all in
the captivating comments section, Criv-ite chums.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

TRIVAGO BABE OF THE DAY - GABRIELLE MILLER...



Here's GABBY - what more do you want?

KID'S KLASSIC (KIRBY) KOMIC KOVERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA #106 - "CAP GOES WILD!"


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Always liked this cover.  True, JACK KIRBY's more abstract
style was becoming more prominent by this time, but no one can
deny that this image has impact!  If you don't have this mag, you're
probably unaware that Cap's fighting a Life Model Decoy of himself
(STEVE ROGERS), but the LMD has certain advantages that the real
Star-Spangled AVENGER doesn't, making it an uneven battle!  So
who wins?  You'll have to read the issue to find out, 'cos my lips are
sealed.  Reprinted in the new CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC
COLLECTION Volume 2 - on sale now!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - MICHELLE KEEGAN...



Amazing the stuff you find lying on the beach while taking a
stroll along the seashore.  Nobody wanted her, so I just took her
home with me.  (Well, 'finders keepers' innit?)  Says her name is
MICHELLE KEEGAN and babbles on about a place called
'Weatherfield', but I've no idea what she's talking about.

STRANGE TALES COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

In 1975, MARVEL decided to reprint Dr. STRANGE in
the mag where he'd first appeared - STRANGE TALES.  The re-
prints lasted seven issues, each issue featuring two stories ('though
some continued tales were edited into one, omitting the second story's
splash page).  In #183, the Dr. Strange 'half' of the cover of #130 (by
JACK KIRBY) was enlarged and used as the full cover, making this
ish the only one of the seven to re-use an original '60s cover image.
(The others sported brand-new artwork.)  Here then is a look
back at a brief time in the sizzlin' '70s - enjoy!