Tuesday, July 28, 2009
One of my first exposures to Marvel's Green Goliath was this issue from February, 1979. Behind a great Dan Adkins cover is a solid late 70's tale by Roger Stern, David Michelinie, Sal Buscema, and Mike Esposito. Having Captain America guest star didn't hurt this book in my nine year old eyes. Like a lot of comics of the late 70's, I dug a lot of the ads inside. I always wanted to get some of this stuff but never did. A good example was the really cool Remco Spider-Man that came out around this time.
As a DC kid at the time, I wasn't as aware of some of the Marvel heroes. This cool ad got me interested in these guys.
And last but not least, true life superheroes had new albums coming out in 1979.
These cool ads added a lot to comic collecting at the time. It just doesn't seem like there are cool things like this being advertised in comics anymore, which is a shame.
Monday, July 20, 2009
With the Apollo 11 moon landing 40th anniversary today, I decided to look at some of the cool space themed comics I have. Of course, the best 1960's DC sci-fi title was Mystery In Space. Edited by noted sci-fi agent Julie Schwartz and usually written by the great Garnder Fox, the adventures of Adam Strange were always spellbinding, especially when drawn by the awesome Carmine Infantino. This particular issue, from March, 1964, is a perfect example of how great this book was. I just love this Infantino cover. It's one of his best pieces of work, in my opinion. I think I'll have to dig through more of these beauties when I have time. Work calls. I have to pay for these things somehow.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I just recently reread some of the Comic Cavalcade Archives and was entertained by these cool Golden Age stories of Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. They're typical 1940's tales but I like them a lot nevertheless. The coolest thing about this title were the covers. These captures some of the innocence of the Golden Age very well.
I recommend picking up the archives for some good Golden Age reading.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Another one of my favorite DC 100 page spectaculars is this beauty from December, 1974. If you were a fan of DC war comics, this issue had a little bit of everything. Starting with that beautiful Joe Kubert cover, the art on display in this book's 100 pages is mind blowing. It features breathtaking work by greats such as Kubert, Russ Heath, Sam Glanzman, Ross Andru, and Mort Drucker. It served as a great introduction to the DC war stories of the past for the new kids checking out the current DC books in 1974. That was the best thing about the 100 pagers. It provided a glimpse into the past through reprints that weren't seen very often at the time. Now it's fairly easy to get these classics but back then they weren't as prevalant. If you have any interest in 1970's DC comics, the 100 pagers are a great place to start.