Saturday, November 15, 2014

Give Someone a Batman Christmas!

Want to give your Batman-obsessed loved one a "Batty" Christmas?
Combine the new blu ray (or dvd) set...

...with a not-available-in-stores digitally-restored reproduction of a 1966 Carmine Infantino/Murphy Anderson promo piece...
...created in 1966 to hype the then-new tv show!
Ironically, the visual looks more like a huge flat-screen tv than the small cathode-ray tv tubes of the 1960s!
Available in a variety of formats to fit both decor and budget!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reading Room SILVER STARR "Operation Space Disc" Conclusion

...er...Silver...the blond, square-jawed space hero's beautful girlfriend and stalwart bearded scientist ally had fallen captive to a sneering planetary dictator who lusted for the girlfriend (not the scientist)...
You'll be able to follow the Australian comic strip hero's never-reprinted in America adventures by writer Frank Ashley and illustrator Stanley Pitt if you bookmark this blog!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Reading Room SILVER STARR "Operation Space Disc" Part 3

Original art of the cover for this premiere issue of Silver Starr by Stanley Pitt
 ...travelling to Mongo...er...Spherule, Flash...I mean Silver joines forces with Barin...Miduan to overthrow Ming...no, that's dictator Gorla...oh, heck...just read it...
Tomorrow: the BIG Finale!
Written by Frank Ashley, beautifully-illustrated by Stanley Pitt.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Reading Room SILVER STARR "Operation Space Disc" Part 2

...the handsome, muscular, blond hero, his girlfriend, and their bearded scientist buddy meet the despotic ruler of another world...
And on that diverting note, we bid the visitors to Mongo...I mean Spherule "adieu" until tomorrow...
Written by Frank Ashley, illustrated by Stanley Pitt.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Reading Room SILVER STARR "Operation Space Disc" Part 1

A blond space adventurer with a hot girlfriend and bearded scientist...
 ...you were expecting, maybe, Flash Gordon?
To be continued...tomorrow!
An illustrator in the classic Alex Raymond/Austin Briggs vein, Australian Stanley Pitt worked on a number of beautifully-rendered, commercially-successful strips that could charitably be called "carbon copies" of previous series.
Ironically, his most innovative strip, Gully Foyle (based on Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination, failed to make it to market. (Read why HERE.)
Written by Frank Ashley, illustrated by Pitt for Silver Starr #1 (1952)
BTW, note that, in an era where most Australian comic books were b/w or two-color, Silver Starr gets the more-expensive full color treatment!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Reading Room "The World You WILL Live In" Part 2

In 1950, what amazing advances did we think the 21st Century would bring?
Unlike our previous post's predictions, most of these have not come true!
Only the wristwatch one has occured, on only with expensive, high-end timepieces!
This never-reprinted feature from Harvey's Flash Gordon #2 (1950) features art by Bob Powell, though the writer is unknown!
This was one of three different new one-page features that appeared in all four issues of the series which reprinted the classic Flash Gordon Sunday newspaper strip by Alex Raymond, reformatted for the comic book page, and with new covers (not by Alex Raymond).
The others were "Stories Behind the Stars" (about the myths behind constellation names) and "Know Your Planets" (about the other worlds in the solar system).

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Design of the Week SANTA'S SURPRISE!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another.
This week,we take a look at a Santa Claus who's been naughty, not nice, in this vintage, saucy, 1930s comic cover!
Available on mugs, blankets, t-shirts, and many other goodies!
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