DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #16 - What'd you call me?
(DEADLY HANDS of KUNG-FU #16 - Cover Dated Sept 1975 - on Newsstands August 7th, 1975 - cover art by Luiz Dominguez)
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #16 starts off with a painted cover by Luiz Dominguez. Not my favorite DHoKF cover, and certainly not my favorite Luiz Dominguez painted cover (that would be Dracula Lives #5), but... it conveys a scene from an interior story pretty well so... it's all good.
I love this beat up co
The greatest generation and everyone did their part. My Mom's dad fought in Europe and my Dad's dad worked in Grumman and later the Space Program. I recently found something that I thought lost from my Dad's dad and figured I would present it here.
If anyone knows me, it is from the Comic forums. Recently while going through boxes for a sales thread I want to put together, I came across something that I had misplaced. Certain things in the family have been entrusted
This year has been a series of kicks to the junk, but luckily, it's nearly over!
And I do have a couple cool announcements. Tomorrow, I'll be appearing on a Disney YouTube livestream to discuss my comic and how the latest issue was influenced by Disney theme parks! And this weekend, I'll be appearing at the NorthEast Comic Con in Boxboro, MA, so if you're at the show, stop by and say hi!
I made a little video about these announcements:
MARVEL TALES #53/AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #70 - Wanted...Dead or Alive!
The Amazing Spider-man was the comic I liked the most growing up. Occasionally something would strike me as interesting, but it seemed whenever I read an issue of ASM it would just entertain me in a way that the others just couldn't compare.
Before I became a regular reader around 1975 or so, I remember having #43, #75, #80 and Spectacular Spider-man (Magazine) #2. Over time I would pick up an issue her
Dell Comics - UK Price Variants
Here is a summary of the Dell UK Price Variants (UKPVs) that I have found hiding between the dates of April 1960 and July 1961 inclusive.
UK Price Variants were printed in the USA at the same time as their cents priced headliners. They are not reprints. If you'd like to know more about them, please click the picture below and you'll be magically transported to the discussion thread in which we talk about them:
AMAZING ADVENTURES #19-24 - 2018 Turned Out a BIT Different...
In the second part of the story (#19), we get 13 pages of action right off the bat and the colors look more centered and less glaring, and it certainly makes the reading experience better. Next time I see Roy Thomas, I'm going to bring both these issues and ask him about the differences in how this process shows up.
(AMAZING ADVENTURES #19 cover-dated July 1973, on newsstands April 17, 1973, wit
HOUSE OF SECRETS #50 - Ho Hum, Earth's Getting Destroyed Again...
This period in the history of DC Comics was NOT one of my favorites. There's probably a fair amount of GREAT work from this period I'm just not aware of, but... there's also so much bland junk, it's difficult for me to even begin to wade into these waters....
The Senate hearing on Comic Books in 1957 had allowed publishers like DC and others to put out a Comics Code, aimed directly at their biggest competitor (EC C
I am going to have to live with that thread title, but whatever!
I have decided the correct term for me, besides original comic art collector, is comic reader. I don't collect comics so much as store the ones I read. I bought some Moebius comics the other day off ebay and when I opened the package I realized these were now the nicest comics in my collection, almost without a doubt. So collecting high grade comics was never my thing. Yes, I grabbed some comics second hand along the way, incl
My journey into this wonderful hobby began in early 1994, when I found The Death of Superman graphic novel at Kroger, I was 11 years old then. The graphic novel collected the seven issue storyline "Doomsday!", the comic book colors inside hooked me. I had heard of this “event” but I was so late to the party that it was over. The Death and Return of Superman story arc was a trilogy of storylines; "Doomsday!", "Funeral for a Friend" and "Reign of the Supermen!", all ancient history by '94. After I
TIPPY TEEN #1 - This Looks Familiar!
Wally Wood had a long and storied career in comics, and there's plenty to go into, but of note today was his and Publisher Harry Shorten's Tower Comics. Shorten had worked as a writer and Editor at MLJ (Archie Comics) in it's early days and Wood had worked for nearly everyone. Tower Comics is primarily remembered for it's Thunder Agents by Wally Wood, but the LONGEST RUNNING comic they published was Tippy Teen, an obvious Archie Comics influenced Te
We're almost to real time now. My recap is winding to a close...I have two more books to show. Here's the first: I bought this book sight unseen from a good friend. I was absolutely stunned to open the box and see this. I knew the grade but that was all. I won't usually pay these kinds of dollars for a book (though I got a great friend-to-friend discount), but this is one that I've thought about buying for a few decades. For the grade, it has everything going for it. Nice centering, white
So, I've been enjoying my quest for Bronze. But I've pretty much backed off the pursuit of all titles but Smith Art Conans. I might attempt some early Savage Swords. I've also snagged a few minty early appearances of Iron Fist...I'm thinking about going after the keys of that series since the hype-train has slowed down on that character. Essentially, all of the material I'm pursuing is "anti-cinematic universe speculation" and I'm snagging them in higher grade. And why not! They're so be
AMAZING ADVENTURES #18 - It's All in a Name!
I was a pretty well-read 10-year-old kid, and I think comics may have had an opposite effect on me than it does most people. MOST collectors learned to read from comics. They didn't teach me to read, they made me lazy to read. Who needs books when you have pictures to spell it all out? I didn't STOP reading books of course, but when movies like War of the Worlds (1953) was shown on regular TV, how could I not be glued to the screen? Back in th
HAWKMAN #25 - My Baby has a Temper!
Here's another series I'm pretty clueless to, but this cover lured me in and, boy am I glad it did. It sort of has a 'Coop' (Devil Girl artist Chris Cooper) look to Dillin's art (even though Coop was born the year this came out!). Anyway, I dig it a great deal - the sexy green 'Death Goddess' (not sure why she's 'green' on the cover) - the flames - Hawkman getting his butt kicked - the purple background...
MARVEL TEAM-UP #12 - Wanna Play on the Bridge?
Marvel Team-Up was the FIRST regular spin-off series for Spider-man (Spectacular Spider-man Magazine preceded it for two issues) and featured Spidey in all but 10 of its 150 issues and 1 of its 7 Annuals.
Somewhere out there, someone has all 150 issues collected, but amazingly enough all SEVEN Annuals as well. I can picture the first one in my head (Spidey and the X-Men) but for the life of me can't remember the other 6.
STRANGE TALES #174 - There Walks the GOLEM!
One of the earlier comics I ever had was this Strange Tales #174 from the Spring of 1974.
(STRANGE TALES #174 - Cover Dated June 1974 - on Newsstands March 26, 1974 - cover art by Ernie Chan? John Buscema? Tony DeZuniga?)
What a great cover and what a controversy surrounding who drew it!
I've read Gil Kane, Tony DeZuniga, John Romita, and Ernie Chan for pencils and then Ernie Chan, Tony DeZuniga, and John Romita
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #109 (and #23) - Remembering Amnesia!
No, that isn't the cover to Life with Archie #109, it's the cover to Life with Archie #23. I'm starting this post off with it because it's another cool old comic I picked up for $1 at a recent show.
Featuring a fairly ho-hum cover (as far as Archie Comics and Life with Archie in particular goes) from the nevertheless under appreciated Bob White, the story inside (Sy Reit) isn't much to talk about either. However, it
FANTASTIC FOUR #142 - It's a Thing Thang
One of the earlier comics I owned within the actual time frame it came out, I would’ve been 10 years old when SOMEONE made this available to me. The cover really stood out... and I would learn to really enjoy the personality and mannerisms of the Thing, one of the great characters of the Marvel Universe.
(FANTASTIC FOUR #142 - Cover Dated January 1974 - on Newsstands October 16th, 1973 - cover art signed by Buckler and Sinnott)
The ATOM #27 - Funny Little Guy
Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman survived the disappearance of Superheroes through most of the 50's, but DC's power was so strong during this period, that in July 1956 a re-vamped Flash hit the scene, followed by the Green Lantern 3 years later.
TWO YEARS after that (man things moved slowly back then), The Atom appeared in Showcase #34, an Atomic Age type of hero, firmly landing in the Silver Age of Comics. Culled from the concept of the Golden Age Ch
METAL MEN #9 - The FIRST Quirky Team?
I'll be quite honest. I wan't really all that familiar with the Metal Men. But the research has been fun and I've learned a lot.
And the issue I've read here (#9) was entertaining. These days, for $1 you can't beat it.
(METAL MEN #9 - Cover Dated Aug/Sept 1964 - on Newsstands June 25, 1964 - cover art by Ross Andru)
Many might think the Metal Men were some kind of rip off of the X-Men or the Marvel ‘team’ c
Life has been extra lifey this year, so I haven't had much time to post updates. And the next couple of months are going to be among the busiest of my life, so I don't know how often I will be able to update everyone.
But I am making progress on The Crimebusters #2. I'm currently working the linework for page 26 of 31 on the main story, and I'm still expecting to head to Kickstarter in January.
I took a little time away from that to color the regular cover for issue #2. There will be at le
I've been building the perfect beast that is my CGC Death and Return of Superman set, going on 12 years now. My set is an assemblage of subsets, including the "Doomsday!" and "Reign of the Supermen!" chapters, along with all the multiple printings of the various issues, Platinum Editions (Superman #75, Adventures of Superman #500), and Collector's Editions.
Another subset, or beast, is the "Funeral for a Fried" chapter, a collection of nine books that tell the story of a world without
Superman's Girl Friend LOIS LANE #98 - Romance Comics in Plain Sight
I'm going to warn you ahead of time - I may sound overly critical of Curt Swan's work here in this piece. I get that he was the definitive Superman artist for 2 1/2 decades. No question about that. But personally, I just never understood the huge fan love for his work, other than "I was 13 and these were my favorite comics." That I get. Going back and discovering his work after reading Neal Adams Superman stories? Hmmm...