Friday, May 18, 2007
Continuing in the fine tradition of my buddy Neatocoolville's 30 Days Of Star Wars countdown, I've decided to post a few of my favorite Star Wars covers from that magical time between 1977-80, when there was only one movie out and the comics were somewhat free to go interesting places with their stories. This beauty by Rick Hoberg is from December, 1977.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Over on my pal Neatocoolville's fantastic blog (see link), he's celebrating the greatest movie ever made by posting different items and articles and other cool stuff from that great time 30 years ago. He's also counting down his 30 favorite Star Wars cards. I'll have to see if he posts mine. I thought I'd post the cover of the first issue of Marvel's great adaptation by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin. It was one of my favorite comics growing up. In fact, in the latest issue of Roy's great mag Alter Ego, he writes an article about the making of the adaptation. I can't wait to read it. If you have any love of the original movie, check out the blog and AE. You won't be disappointed!
This past weekend my buddies and I went to Kansas City's biggest comic convention, Planet Comicon. We were fortunate enough to meet Marvel Comics legend Herb Trimpe, whose art graced many an Incredible Hulk tale from the mid 60's on, including this beauty from January, 1969. Herb was incredibly nice and generous. He did sketches for all of us and talked about his career and all the people he worked with at Marvel. I was very happy and a little amazed to see the long lines waiting to meet him. I didn't think he'd get that kind of response. He was signing books and doing sketches all weekend long. One of the highlights was the panel he did with fellow Bronze Age great Rich Buckler. It was very informal and entertaining. It felt like they were just talking to me and my friends one on one. It's a weird feeling to meet the people whose stuff you read growing up and having normal conversations with them. It was a lot of fun. In addition to Herb and Rich, we also got to meet David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars. Considering Star Wars and comics were my childhood and Vader was my favorite character, I was pretty blown away to say the least. He was very friendly and talked to us for quite a while. Overall, it was a very fun convention. They put it on every year around this time and it's definitely worth going to if you live in or around the Kansas City area.