Monday, January 30, 2012
Even as opposition to the war in Viet Nam was on the rise, DC Comics' war titles continued to offer some of the best non-superhero stories and art in comics, albeit set in WWII, mostly thanks to Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert. CAPT. STORM, here, the wooden-legged PT boat skipper, was generally drawn by Irv Novick who had started out at MLJ back in the thirties and would go on to some renown for Batman and the Flash. As you can see, the Captain tended to go mano-a-mano with the Japanese enemy...a lot.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Dell Comics chose never to subscribe to the Comics Code Authority so they weren't bound by the specific restrictions that stated: Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism and werewolfism are prohibited.
In 1966, after a brief flirtation with more classic monsters a year or two earlier, Dell launched Frankenstein, Dracula and "Werewolf" as superheroes! All of the titles were short-lived and DRACULA was revived in reprint just a few years later for another failed try at success.
They aren't great comics by anyone's definition but they offer much fun and nostalgia to anyone who appreciates a comic book that's so bad it's good.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I haven't seen this one but the posters make it look quite a hoot. Caine's first Hollywood film after his success with ALFIE and THE IPCRESS FILE, Shirley at her most delightful point and with reviews comparing it to CHARADE. I am getting a copy as soon as I can. Can't wait!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Seen above is the Feb/March '66 issue of Charlton's BLUE BEETLE, a title and character that had bounced around from one publisher to another for more than 25 years. Drawn by the much-maligned art team of Bill Fraccio and Tony Tallarico, it is often cited as one of the worst comic books of its day if not of all time.
That issue turned out to be the final issue...until Steve Ditko, recently estranged from Marvel, returned to Charlton and before the end of 1966 had completely redesigned the character in his own inimitable style, as seen here for his debut as a back-up strip in CAPTAIN ATOM. Soon enough, he would get his own title again and it would be Ditko's version on which Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons based WATCHMEN'S Night Owl.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The book offered the author's quirky take on comic book history--surprisingly making little or no mention of his own role in it as I recall-- but, even better, Golden Age reprints of, among others, Batman, Superman, Captain America, The Sub-Mariner, the Spectre and The Spirit!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The other CARRY ON film of 1966 (besides CARRY ON COWBOY which we already spotlighted here), CARRY ON SCREAMING remains a popular entry into that long-running series. It starred Harry H. Corbett in what would most likely have been the Sid James role but with regulars Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale and Joan Sims, there was no question this was a CARRY ON film.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The much loved/hated BATMAN Tv series premiered 46 years ago tonight. Soon afterwards, the revived comic strip reappeared in newspapers across the land bearing little resemblance to its venerable comic book counterpart and owing much of its campiness to the TV series!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Producers rarely knew how to successfully utilize the talents of Paul Lynde but here, in this '66 clip from THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE, he essentially plays the frustrated straight man for, of all people, his BEWITCHED co-star, Elizabeth Montgomery. Liz is almost surprisingly silly and Paul's frustration builds. The two show a rare chemistry that adds to the scene and the humor.
Monday, January 9, 2012
The recent movie may not have lived up to expectations but DC's GREEN LANTERN was another of my earliest favorite comic books. It was also the first one I ever wrote a fan letter to (although it went unpublished). Gil Kane was the artist on these and became an immediate favorite.