Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Night Fights--Isn't It Ironic Style!!

It's Friday Night Fights time again, and all fights must contain "a summertime reference or imagery."

Well, it's definitely summer, as Warren Worthington chills at his summer crib...

...and Bobby Drake wants in on some of that lounging action!!

Unfortunately, when he gets there, a menacing stranger makes himself known...





KLANG!!

Ah, but you shouldn't count your chickens before they're hatched, Booby!


YOW!!



Ironic, indeed!!

Spacebooger reminds you that the Hulk took care of the Sentinel later that issue!!

Iceman beaten by ice in Incredible Hulk Annual #7 (1978), by Roger Stern (plot/script), John Byrne (plot/pencils) and Bob Layton (inks)

Now is the time for you to go and vote for my fight. Why?!? I have no idea whatsoever!! Just go vote!!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Best Cover You've Never Seen--The Witching Hour #70 (1977)!

"Time to make the donuts!"

OK, I thought it was funny...

P.S. This scene actually occurs in the comic (except for the scary face on the bee-hive).

P.P.S. No, the guy hasn't been shrunken--those are giant, man-sized bees!! This is what happens when you let the Red Bee train  these guys...

Cover by Luis Dominguez.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

You Got Romance In My Cowboy Comics!!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

There's no love like Cowboy Love!!

Actually, there were two separate runs of Cowboy Love, at two separate companies...

Issues #1-11 were by Fawcett, and ran from 1949-1951.

Later, Charlton, having purchased the rights to many Fawcett titles, took up the concept, including the same title font, for issues #28-31 in 1955 (it took over the numbering from Romantic Story, another series Charlton had continued from Fawcett. And after Charlton's Cowboy Love was cancelled, it resumed as Romantic Love again, at issue #28, and ran until 1973!! Because comic numbering has never made sense...)

Nope, there's nothing better than cowboy love...

Unless it's...Cowgirl Romances!!

 Marvel had 1 issue of Cowgirl Romances in 1950 (#28!! WTF, 1950s numbering!)...

 ...while Fiction House had their own Cowgirl Romances series, also starting in 1950!

 It's tempting to read too much into these covers...

 ...as while Cowboy Love usually relies on images of Western couples in romantic bliss (and often with guitars!)...

 ...Cowgirl Romances was much more likely to have a cover with the woman in danger, or locked in a passionate kiss, or gazing on as her man does her wrong with another lady...

A statement on the perceived preferences of the books' intended audiences?

Still, there's only one genre-mashing Western romance that I need:

Oh, Mary...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why 1970s Spider-Man Is The Best Spider-Man--Keeping Peter Busy!

Within the span of a very few issues, Spider-Man stuck it to the Comics Code...

...fought the Green Goblin...

...grew 4 extra arms and faced off against Morbius and the Lizard...

...and teamed up with Ka-Zar against Kraven in the Savage Land.

So, yeah, not a lot of decompression back then.

Now You Understand Why We Wanted Our MTV!

I know, some of you young whipper-snappers are asking, "How did you old folks survive prior to MTV? How did you get your recommended daily allowance of music videos, live performances, and rock star news, without a 24/7 cable channel?"

The answer, my friends, is: pay $8 apiece (or more) for reels of film to play on your 8mm home projector!!

Sure, it was hella expensive, and the selection wasn't too great, but it beat waiting around for American Bandstand or Ed Sullivan or Top Of The Pops or whatever to show what you wanted!!

I have to ask, though...as great as the Beatles were--35 films of them, and only 2 of Bowie? Only one of The Who? Shameful!!

Ad from Betty & Veronica #216 (1973)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Manic Monday Triple Overtime--Morgan Edge Is A Dickweed!!

Time for Morgan Edge to make everyone thinks he's still an evil clone working for Darkseid:

And now, he gets personal:

Oh, silly Lois...collaborating like that, when you should know that he's going to turn on you next!


Just for the record, from the very same story, here is exactly how "soft" Lois Lane is:

Yup, real soft, all right. She really needs "firming up." Uh-huh.

Morgan Edge, go frak yourself.

[BTW, Lois goes to investigate the "health farm," and she discovers that it's run by an insane millionaire who has her android staff hypnotize patients into leaving their fortune to the clinic and then kill themselves. But she defeats the evil death factory, thanks to klurkor and solar reflectors. Just so you know]

From Superman Family #196 (1979)

Manic Monday Double Bonus--Recidivist!

I hope that New York newspapers saved the template for this headline:

Even in 1940, the Sub-Mariner taking Manhattan was old news!

Seriously, Namor, have you ever tried invading other cities? Just fot the sake of variety?

From The Human Torch #2 (1940)

Manic Monday--Elvis On Ed Sullivan, But 10 Years Earlier And With Captain Marvel!!

Ahh, nothing is so fine as to find a prescient comic book...

See, it's 1946, and station WHIZ is ready to enter the crazy mixed up world of television!

But they have a bit of a problem...

Ah, but one of Billy Batson's teeny adventures winds up with Captain Marvel on camera, and:

But what can he do besides stand around and look pretty?

Nope.


Nope.

(What, early TV comedians wore top hats?!?!)

Hey--how about singing?



Oh, dear!


And so...
And...




Even poor Billy is getting the short end of the fascination of American women for the Big Red Cheese's singing!


It's a disturbing nationwide phenomenon!!


Fortunately, a jealous rival crooner (!!) slip Cap a vocal mickey, and gives him laryngitis!

Oh, man, Marvel completely choked his first TV appearance! I guess he's no Elvis!!

At least he has his crime-fighting career to fall back on...or did, until DC decided to abandon him again...

From Captain Marvel Adventures #54 (1946)