Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy 50th, dear Doctor...

Sitting in front of the telly..
...waiting for the simulcast of the 50th Anniversary show.
Saw An Adventure in Space and Time last night.
Thought it was great.
Hopefully it'll inspire Whovians who think the show began with Christopher Eccleston (or Tennant, or Smith) to check out the earlier adventures...
Note: my favorite Doctor is Jon Pertwee, and, despite not being "canon", my first was Peter Cushing.)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Reading Room: JOHN F KENNEDY "Death of the Assassin"

50 years ago today, America lost a great man...
...several days later, the assassin was assassinated.
There's been an incredible amount of speculation as to why either killing occured.
The Warren Report presented it's evaluation of the matter, including their analysis of the actions of Jack Ruby, the man who shot President Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
In early 1967, Esquire magazine presented a cover story about it...
...and, instead of doing the usual article with photos, engaged Jack Kirby, the primary artist and co-creator of the Marvel Comics universe to write and draw the piece, using, among other things, exact quotes from the Warren Commission's report.
(Note: normally, I post images "same size" on this blog like the ones above.
In this case, in order to make the tiny footnotes referencing specific pages from the Warren Commission and other sources report legible, I've posted larger files for the story pages that you have to click on to see full-size.)
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Inked by Chic Stone, the art was colored by Kirby using Dr Martin dyes on photostats of the original art.
Apparently, Esquire's art director felt the coloring was clean enough that it could be used as the actual art instead of as "color guides" for standard comic book hand-separated "flat color".
It gives the art a "children's storybook" softness unique to comics until the late 1980s when similar coloring techniques became more prevelent in comic books.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Reading Room: JOHN F KENNEDY "From Triumph to Tragedy"

Cover for the comic we've been re-presenting this week
...his term in the Highest Office in the Land had been tumultuous, including a barely-avoided nuclear conflict.
But the worst was yet to come...
Tomorrow:
by Jack (King) Kirby
This 1964 one-shot from Dell Comics appeared on newsstands about six months after Kennedy's death and was one of the first comics to go thru multiple printings!
Written by Paul S Newman (no, not the actor), penciled by John Tartaglione (with assists by Joe Sinnott) and inked by Dick Giordano & Frank McLaughlin.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Reading Room: JOHN F KENNEDY "The Highest Office in the Land"

...John F Kennedy entered politics without any experience and won a seat in the US Congress in his very first election!
Serving first in the House, and then the Senate, he aspired to the highest position any American can hold...President!
But he faced a major hurdle...the fact he was a Roman Catholic in a country that had previously only had Protestants as Presidents, and many believed a Catholic as President would prioritize the Pope's wishes and Vatican dictates over America's needs.
Kennedy emphasized that he believed in the division of Church and State and that he would always do what was best for the USA, first and foremost...
Tomorrow:
This 1964 one-shot from Dell Comics appeared on newsstands about six months after Kennedy's death and was one of the first comics to go thru multiple printings!
Written by Paul S Newman (no, not the actor), penciled by John Tartaglione (with assists by Joe Sinnott) and inked by Dick Giordano & Frank McLaughlin.

And now a word from our sponsor (us)...
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reading Room: JOHN F KENNEDY "From Tragedy to Triumph"

...though John Kennedy had survived combat in World War II, his older brother Joe had not been so fortunate, as his aircraft was destroyed.
Now the war is over...
Tomorrow:
This 1964 one-shot from Dell Comics appeared on newsstands about six months after Kennedy's death and was one of the first comics to go thru multiple printings!
Written by Paul S Newman (no, not the actor), penciled by John Tartaglione (with assists by Joe Sinnott) and inked by Dick Giordano & Frank McLaughlin.

And now a word from our sponsor (us)...
...kool kollectibles with the cover art from this HTF comic book featuring Kennedy's most famous quote; "Ask not what your country can do for you..." (You know the rest.) for this week ONLY!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Reading Room: JOHN F KENNEDY "PT-109"

...uh-oh, better get those life-jackets on, guys!
Tomorrow:
This 1964 one-shot from Dell Comics appeared on newsstands about six months after Kennedy's death and was one of the first comics to go thru multiple printings!
Written by Paul S Newman (no, not the actor), penciled by John Tartaglione (with assists by Joe Sinnott) and inked by Dick Giordano & Frank McLaughlin.

And now a word from our sponsor (us)...
...kool kollectibles with the cover art from this HTF comic book featuring Kennedy's most famous quote; "Ask not what your country can do for you..." (You know the rest.) for this week ONLY!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Reading Room JOHN F KENNEDY "Origins"

Since the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy is this Friday...
Page 1 of the comic, designed to look like a typical school workbook...
...we're presenting the one-shot biographical comic published about six months after his untimely passing.
Tomorrow:
This 1964 one-shot from Dell Comics appeared on newsstands about six months after Kennedy's death and was one of the first comics to go thru multiple printings!
Written by Paul S Newman (no, not the actor), penciled by John Tartaglione (with assists by Joe Sinnott) and inked by Dick Giordano & Frank McLaughlin.

And now a word from our sponsor (us)...
...kool kollectibles with the cover art from this HTF comic book featuring Kennedy's most famous quote; "Ask not what your country can do for you..." (You know the rest.) for this week ONLY!
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