Friday, September 14, 2018

National Batman Day

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 15th, is National Batman day and the local Mentor Barnes and Noble book store is celebrating.

     From 1pm-4pm, I'll be at the store selling and signing copies of my Batman book (My Batman and maybe yours too).  I'll also be offering the rest of my sci-fi/fantasy adventure books for sale and will be showing off interesting items from my Batman collection.

     Free coloring sheets will be given away for the kids as well as other freebies from both myself and the store.  So stop by Barnes and Nobles tomorrow, have yourself a beverage from the cafĂ© and get ready to talk all things Batman!

     Take care and adopt a (Batman) comic book today (and tomorrow)!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Henry Out As Superman!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  It seems that the great Henry C. is out as the latest Superman.  Don't know who's idea it is, DC's or Henrys, but what really scares me is that some unidentified spokesman stated that this means there will probably be no new Superman movie for several years.

     This really shoots the heck out of a JLA series (so much for catching up with Marvel) and now I can only think JLA:Infinity Wars, oops, I mean Infinity until we see a Superman flic.  And what about this Batman/Affleck stuff I hear?  Good Grief!

     Take care and read a (Superman) comic book (cause you won't see him in a new movie, that's for sure) today!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Double Dose of Comic Book Tragedy

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just the other day, it was reported that Gary Friedrich, co-creator of the motorcycle riding, "Ghost Rider" and Sgt. Fury scribe, passed away.  I met with Gary not too long ago and was all set to due an interview with him for this blog, but alas, this is not to be.

     Then just hours later, it was reported that long time Marvel staffer, colorist, inker and Hulk and Dr. Strange artist, Marie Severin passed away while in a nursing home after some recent health problems.  Marie started in the business back in the 50s as a colorist for the famed EC comics while her brother, artist supreme, John Severin, was an artist there.  Both eventually moved over to Marvel for long durations.

     For any of the old time great writers and artists to pass on, leaving the world a little worse for wear creatively is one thing, but two within hours?  This is something that seems believable only in the pages of a comic book!

     Take care and adopt a (Ghost Rider or Hulk) comic book today!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Haunted Tank Now Has Two Ghosts!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Over the weekend, artist supreme, Russ Heath passed away at the age of 91.  He drew for DC the famous "Last Bounty Hunter" story for Jonah Hex, a tremendous tale that everone should read.  He also drew for Playboy magazine, "Little Annie Fanny."

     But he will most be remembered for his run on "The Haunted Tank," (from G.I. Combat) one of DC's "Big 5" war books.  In the comic, tank commander, Jeb Stuart, talks to his ancestor, the Southern cavalry general, Jeb Stuart.  He gets advice from his long lost relative to get him and his crew out of scrapes.  But no one else can see the rebel leader, sooooo, but you get it.  And the art from Heath was something to behold.

     I will in a future blog relate to you a very sincere act of kindness from Russ, but for now, all I can say is that the "Haunted Tank" now has two ghosts residing within, both the ancient rebel officer and a fine artist and gentleman...named Russ Heath!

     Take care and adopt a (Russ Heath)comic book today!

Friday, August 24, 2018

A New Lantern Attitude!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  According to the latest Comic Shop News, Grant Morrison is revamping Green Lantern this fall, changing Hal Jordon a bit with a (Maybe) different sort of attitude.  Also, Hal will get the ring and become more of what he was supposed to do originally...be a space cop.

     Morrison also said that there will be no cosmic multi-part events but rather the book will focus on, "one and done" stories.  Let's hope that the new book is a winner, since I'm getting tired of reboots.

     Take care and adopt a (Green Lantern) comic book today!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Marvel Spiderman Co-Creator, Ditko, Dies

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Late last week, Steve Ditko, creator or co-creator of "Hawk and Dove," "Creeper," "The Question," "Dr. Strange" and "Spiderman" passed away.  But the brilliant and quirky creator/artist/writer was such a recluse in life that when his body was found, it was determined that he had already been dead for a few days.

     Steve Ditko, who some say was hard to get along with, argued with Stan Lee over the direction of Spiderman and quit the very day that he received a generous page rate hike.

     Over at DC Comics, Steve supposedly quit his own book, The Creeper, due to some minor writing that stated that one "ex-con" had some helpful information.  Steve's "objectivism" beliefs (Steve was an ardent follower of author, Ayn Rand and her beliefs) led him to think that there were no "ex" cons, only cons.  His set in stone thinking led to the creation of The Question and a sterner vision character, Mr. A.  Alan Moore based his own Rorchach character on the Question.

     I will have more on Steve Ditko, soon.

     Take care and adopt a (Steve Ditko) comic book today! 

Friday, June 29, 2018

I Have No Heart, Yet I Must Mourn. (Goodbye, Harlan)

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just yesterday, I read that "speculative fiction" (as he liked to call it) writer, Harlan Ellison passed away.  My title placed above, is a sort of take-off, paraphrase tribute to Harlan's, "I Have No Mouth, Yet I Must Scream!"

     Regular readers of this blog will no doubt know that Harlan enjoyed comic books and even wrote a few when he was not writing television, essays and the on and off movie.

     Along the television line, Harlan is known for his scripts for "Outer Limits" ("Sodjer") which I believe he sued the makers of "Terminator, citing some similarities.  And of course the Star Trek episode, "City on the Edge of Forever."

     I have some more soon on Mr. E. including a funny meeting I had with him.  But for now...

     Take care and adopt a (any type of Harlan writing) comic book today!