Thursday, 25 August 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE EGE...



B. SMITH asked for a pic of JULIE EGE, who, luckily,
was sunbathing in my back garden earlier.  So I grabbed my
camera and snapped a photo of her - lucky Criv-ites.

(Sounds totally believable to me.)

THE FANTASTIC FOUR TV SERIES (1963-'64)...



My pal JIM told me about this interesting site called
The FANTASTIC FOUR TV SERIES (1963-'64), which
tells the history of an imaginary '60s FF TV series as if it were
the real deal.  Check it out by clicking here.  Then come back
and tell me what you think about it, Criv-ite chums.

(The site's now also in my blog list for easy access.)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JULIE NEWMAR...



Yes, JULIE, we can see that you've
shaved your armpits - no need to show off,
you exhibitionist!  Put your cardie back
on, girl, before you catch a cold.

HAVE A SMILE AT C & H...



You don't need any words from me - just enjoy.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

KID'S KLASSIC (KIRBY) KOMIC KOVERS - FANTASTIC FOUR #7...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

I suppose this one can be considered an unusual cover, in that
The FANTASTIC FOUR don't actually appear on it 'in person' -
only on a poster bearing their images.  This yarn has long-been one
of my favourite FF tales, first read in the pages of WHAM!, then later
in an issue of MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS.  Readers
were perhaps a tad confused by the ending of the original ish #7, as Mr.
FANTASTIC says "There was no reducing gas, Sue!", thus making
the preceding events entirely impossible.  What he should have said
was "There was no enlarging gas, Sue!", which it was amended
to in later reprints.  Current editions of Marvel Masterworks
and Omnibus volumes carry the original error, for the
purpose of maintaing archival integrity.

BABE OF THE DAY - COTE DE PABLO...



COTE de PABLO is a spectacular-
looking lady, that's for sure.  Here she
is, courtsying to me, on account of me
 looking like a Prince.  (She knows
royalty when she sees it, that gal.)

Monday, 22 August 2016

PART TWELVE OF GERRY ANDERSON'S TV CENTURY 21 COVER GALLERY...



It's been a while, but here at last are another ten covers of the
best-selling kids comic of the 20th century - TV CENTURY 21.
(Yeah, work that one out!)  The DALEKS had departed in #104
and ALAN FENNELL was no longer the comic's editor, but, for
the moment, TV21 was still a force to be reckoned with on the
newsagent's shelves in its third year of publication.

Did you buy TV21 back in the day?  Did you stick with it
from beginning to end?  If not, when did you start to lose inter-
est in the comic, and when did it begin to show signs of decline in
your opinion?  Share your thoughts, theories and feelings in our
cataclysmic comments section after you've perused all ten of
these palpitating pictures on display before you.









Sunday, 21 August 2016

BABE OF THE DAY - JANE RUSSELL...



Okay, I admit it - I'm in love with
JANE RUSSELL.  However, it's not as
embarrassing as being a train-spotter
or a SIDNEY DEVINE fan.

BEOWULF DRAGON SLAYER...


Images copyright DC COMICS

I assume BEOWULF was a belated attempt by DC to mine
the 'sword and sorcery' vein dug by MARVEL's CONAN mag,
but it only lasted for six issues.  CLAW The UNCONQUERED
(see ad) was a similar attempt which lasted twice that, but still
lacked the comics longevity of the Cimmerian barbarian.

Beowulf has resurfaced in the DCU in the last few years, but
I missed those mags, so can only show you the covers and select
internal pages from the first three issues from 1975.  (The first ish
is another of those comics that I recall reading while sat on my
grandparents red bed-settee on one of our Sunday visits.)

Maybe one day I'll track down the remaining three issues and
complete the set, in which case I'll be sure to post the covers on
this, the best blog in the depths of my fevered imagination.  Did
you buy Beowulf at the time?  Let's hear all about it, chums.
First, however, enjoy the art and ads on view for you.

******

(Incidentally, I first saw the '1st DC Issue' blurb on the
cover of TARZAN #1 when DC took over publication from
GOLD KEY.  However, as far as I 'm aware, there never was
a prior Beowulf title, so why it didn't just say '!st Issue' I don't
know.  Any suggestions?  The blurb also appeared on the
covers of other first issues by DC.)













STAIRWAY TO SKARO (EARTH BRANCH)...


DALEKS copyright BBC TV, Estate of TERRY NATION, & DALEK Enterprises

Remember that old story that DALEKS couldn't climb stairs?
It was, of course, a lie, as this candid photograph of my Dalek pal
gliding up the stairs on his way to bed clearly demonstrates.  The
truth is that Daleks only pretended not to be able to climb stairs
 for the purpose of drama in the BBC TV series Dr. WHO.

They decided that the best way of conquering the universe was
to infiltrate every planet's entertainment broadcasting system and
to establish a following amongst viewers , young and old.  TERRY
NATION was their agent on Earth, and the Daleks are now all
millionaires and known all over the universe as superstars.

See?  That's the way to do interplanetary conquest!  Take note.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

LEO BAXENDALE GOES DOWN THE PLUGHOLE...


Images copyright LEO BAXENDALE

I bought this booklet back in 1995 (21 years ago - wow)!, so
it's certainly not a new publication and many of you may already
have it.  However, for those fans of LEO BAXENDALE who don't,
it's an entertaining little read and well-worth adding to your collect-
ion.  I'd imagine that it's still readily available from REAPER
BOOKS, the link to which can be found in my blog list.

This 40 page softcover booklet features BABY BASIL,
his big brother WILLY The KID, and all their pals.  Go on
 treat yourself today.  Leo will even autograph it for you.



BABE OF THE DAY - ANGIE HARMON...



ANGIE HARMON is a 'babe'
and she's here today.  That makes
her 'Babe of the Day'.  Sorted.

PART TWO OF THE CHAMPIONS COVER GALLERY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Here's one of semi-regular commenter CJ's all-time favourite
super-teams - second only to the original X-MEN, who he's like-
wise a big fan of.  (I got that right, Col, didn't I?)  Kidding aside, we
now turn our attention to the final fab nine covers in our gallery of
MARVEL's The CHAMPIONS.  Any further comment by me
would be superfluous - so let's just look at dynamic art.

However, if you'd like to reminisce about when you first
read these issues, the comments section awaits your input.








KID KLASSICS: PAST IMPERFECT, BUT WELCOME NONETHELESS...



Here's a curious tale which I can't actually recall if I've recounted
before or not, although I've meant to for a while now.  Back in August
of 1999, myself and a young lady were spending the day in Glasgow and
decided to drop in to the Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange
Square.  One of the exhibits we looked at was a 'kinetic sculpture' by
EDUARD BERSUDSKY, entitled An Autumn Walk in the
Belle Epoque of Perestroyka (Meta-Tinguely).

It was scheduled to begin at a certain time, but with a dozen or so
people seated and expectant, the minutes crept past the annointed hour
without the demonstration of the complex contraption commencing.  The
girl I was with (who, for the purpose of this tale we'll call Sally) went off
to enquire about what was happening, only to find out that it had been
cancelled due to some kind of technical fault.  (A sign at the entrance
informing us of the fact would have been appreciated.)

Anyway, disappointed, we filed out to look at other exhibits and
soon forgot about what we'd missed.  Not long after, Sally returned
to her own country for a while, although I saw her again on two more
occasions when she was back in Scotland some time later.  However, she
doesn't feature in the rest of this story, so exit Sally, stage left.  Well, in
an odd kind of way, that's not quite true, but let's take each step
as it comes.  (The best way to take steps, I believe.)

Eduard Bersudsky's 'kinetic sculpture'

A year later to the very day, I was in Glasgow and decided to revisit
the Gallery once more.  Much to my surprise, the exhibit that had been
out of order twelve months before was still on display - and just about to
begin.  I entered the room and, believe it or not, the exact same two seats
at the far end of the row that Sally and I had occupied were empty, so I
parked myself on the very one I had sat on previously.

For the next several minutes, the audience sat in rapt attention
as the display went through its pre-ordained mechanical repertoire.
When it had completed its revolutions, I instinctively turned to Sally to
ask her opinion of what we had just witnessed - only to be surprised for a
split-second to find her chair empty.  Then reality kicked in and I realized
my mind had automatically jumped back a year, momentarily duped
by the near pefect re-creation of the previous year's events.

Bizarre I know, but for a moment I had experienced something
extremely akin to time-travel - even if it was only in my mind.  Has
anyone else ever had a similar experience?  Feel free to share.

Friday, 19 August 2016

THAT YOGI BEAR SURE HAS AN INFLATED OPINION OF HIMSELF...



Just had to show this pic, even 'though I don't think it's
the exact same inflatable YOGI BEAR I had as a kid.  How-
ever Yogi Bear is Yogi Bear, and that's a good enough ex-
cuse for me  to indulge in a bit of childhood nostalgia.

MISTER MACHINE IS A MAN...


MISTER MACHINE/MACHINE MAN copyright MARVEL COMICS

Following our MACHINE MAN EPIC COLLECTION
post, let's now take a look at the covers of the first three mags
he appeared in when he was called MISTER MACHINE, back
in 1977.  Created by JACK KIRBY for his 2001:  SPACE
ODYSSEY mag, MM appeared in the last three issues of the
ten-ish series, before being awarded his own comic.

And if you'd like to read the stories, ATOMIC KOMMIE
COMICS blog has all three issues for you to read, which you
can do by clicking on this link to part one.