Monday, July 30, 2012

What If

I really enjoyed Marvel's What If series, which told of alternate universes where heroes and events were sometimes very different from their normal existence. I still need to get several issues to complete my run but here are a few of my favorite issues. As you can see by these particular issues, I especially liked the stories dealing with The Avengers and their various members.
Probably my favorite ish was this gem which pondered what would happen if Conan The Barbarian walked the earth in the late 70's. With art by the great John Buscema, it's a very cool book.
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Friday, July 13, 2012

It's Comic Con Time

It's that time of year again when comic and pop culture fans everywhere head out to sunny San Diego for the annual Comic Con International. It's a crazy several days for everyone there but it's always a good time. I've only been once, in 2000, and had a great time. Here's the program from that year, with art by William Stout.
My pal Neato Coolville went in 2004 and got me this cool program featuring the work of Jack "King" Kirby.
Through the years I've also bought a couple of other programs from past years. I especially like the 1986 program with art by John Romita, Sr.
This 25th anniversary program had a lot of great historical info on the show and the cool Simpsons cover just added to the special occasion.
Hopefully I can go back some year but thanks to the internet I can follow the show pretty closely from my computer desk. All I can say is that it'll be a great time for everyone there.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gold Key Flash Gordon

When I was a kid, oftentimes I'd pick up different prewrapped three packs of comics at my local mall's Woolworth store. A lot of these comics were published by Gold Key and released under the Whitman imprint. One of these three packs was one of my earliest introductions to Flash Gordon. I loved the covers of these books and while the interior stories weren't as good as the covers, I still loved these mags and was happy to find a few of the ones from back then. The covers still hold up well in my opinion.
These books are another reminder that I grew up in a great time for comics. Maybe I should buy some larger comic bags and bag these up just like in Woolworths circa 1979.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

On this 4th of July, I thought I'd share some of my favorite patriotic covers. All scans courtesy of the Grand Comics Database. Hope everyone has a fun and safe Independence Day!
All-Star Comics #4 (March-April 1941) Cover by Everett Hibbard and Sheldon Moldoff
Captain America's Bicentennial Battles (1976) Cover by Jack Kirby, John Romita, and Marie Severin
Our Army At War #295 (August, 1976) Cover by Joe Kubert
Superman #14 (January-February, 1942) Cover by Fred Ray
Superman #24 (September-October, 1943) Cover by Jack Burnley