Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blessed by Comics

     Hi everyone, I hope all is well.  Within the last week I was given a gift from the world of comics.  You see, I recently wrote an obituary of a fine gentleman (Bud Jones) who wrote "Hagar the Horrible" and before that, created and wrote "Mr. Abernathy," a fine esoteric strip from the 1950s an 60s.

     Within a week I heard from the family of Mr. Jones.  His four sons had given me a present of an original, one of a kind, comic strip from 1963.  This is not only a very rare gift, but an appreciated one as well, more than I can convey in a mere blog.  But I am happy and proud his sons and their brother-in-law, Chuck, chose to honor me in this fashion.

     But this isn't the first time I have been so honored.  In my past associations with all things comics and comic related, I've met and become friends with artist supreme, Gene Colon, who always treated me like a neighbor and pal.  George Tuska, a great Iron Man artist, sent me presents of artwork because he thought I deserved such a thing for Christmas.  Greeting Cards would always come from Dan Spiegle, artist of "Lost in Space" as well as my own favorite Blackhawk.
     The great Neal Adams befriended me as well as Sea Devils artist, Russ Heath.  And let's not forget Mark Evanier who always stopped at conventions to offer me a chair and to compare diabetes notes with me.  There are more, but you get the drift.  By becoming part of the comic book and comic strip world, I have been befriended by the greats and the near greats, something I would have never imagined happening when I picked up my first comic book way back when.  I guess looking back at my life within my favorite hobby, I guess I've been blessed.

     Take care (especially Chip, Jeff, Chris, Doug and Chuck) and adopt a comic book or strip today. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Comics

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  Today I just want to wish everyone a very happy Easter.  I got to talk to my Dad for quite a while today and was overjoyed that he was feeling up to a long conversation on music and...COMICS!

     One of my favorite comics from around this time of year is the treasury sized edition of "THE BIBLE," put out by DC in the mid 1970's.  Great art by Nestor Redondo, who also worked on Rima, the Jungle Girl,  Great book overall.

     Well make sure you have a nice holiday and...

     Take care and adopt a comic book today.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Friends with No Comics

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  I've been too busy to blog for awhile, but I hope to make up for it now.  In the old days, I would try to explain the rapture to my non-comic reading friends that I received when a great new comic book hit the stands.  But most of my pleas fell on deaf ears.  So I kept to my own world and my own people.

     Now this has nothing to do with all of the popularity of the blockbuster movies out right now that are connected to comics, but just plain friendship and new technology.  I bumped into an old dear friend of mine at the Wickliffe post office and he mentioned to me that he had finally got the hang of reading and following blogs and was following my writings from the News-Herald blog site.  But he was dismayed to see I had not blogged recently.  Well here I am and a great shout out to my dear non-comic reading friend...Bruce.  Many thanks.

     Take care and adopt a comic book (this means you, Bruce) today.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Bat Anniversary Post

.     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  In this last day of March (the last day of the month of Batman's 75th anniversary) I want to advise you all of a great place to get some forgotten Batman stories, the ones from the 1950's.

     Many of the great mystery and detective stories came from those same 50's stories and many of them were reprinted in those wonderful Batman annuals and 25 cent Eighty page Giants from the 1960s.  DC Comics has recently reprinted the first seven annuals and they all contain those good whodunnits that I still love to this day.

     But I will be talking some more about the Batman anniversary when May arrives since that was the month marked on (Batman's first appearance) Detective #27.  And of course next spring I'll be talking about The Caped Crusader since that will be the 75th anniversary of Batman #1.

     But for now, take care and adopt a comic book today.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Batman in Newspapers

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  With the month of Batman winding down (it never really will for me) I wanted to talk about Batman's newspaper adventures.  Yes, the Caped Crusader spent three years in the "funnies" from 1943-1946.  These strips have been reprinted in a Dark Horse company collection some years back, but out tomorrow is a new collection, reprinting Batman strips from 1966 on.

     The second Batman try in the papers resulted from the popularity of the then red-hot television show.  Personally, I can't wait to see these as I could not collect the strip back in the day due to my young age, but on the other hand, I was far from being born during the 1943 run of strips.

     But I was around and adult enough to collect the 1990 run of Batman newspaper strips based on the popularity of that first Batman/Michael Keaton flic.  Now that run, albeit short, is in my collection and I'm only missing two story lines.  But check out the new collection due out tomorrow.  It'll be another missing piece found from the many facets of Batman over the years.

     Take care and adopt a comic book today.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Batman Gets "Sidetracked"

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  Today's headline actually has a double meaning.  The character doesn't really get sidetracked, but instead gets the front page of the News-Herald SIDETRACKS section, not to mention a blurb on the front page of the whole darned paper.  The occasion...the article I wrote about my favorite comic book character's 75th anniversary.  Of course, many thanks to Mark M, the editor who ran the piece and tweaked it making it better.

     But more on Batman this month, so take care and adopt a comic book today!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Early Batman

     Hi Everyone, hope all is well.  Today and through the rest of March, I'll be talking about Batman and his 75th anniversary.  I was introduced to the Caped Crusader through my father who bought me a copy of his comic book in the early 1960s.  Batman and Robin of course were fighting aliens on the cover, but that was okay with me.  Hey all kids like monsters, so indeed I started spending my allowance on Batman comics, only to be astonished that there were so many other different kinds of comics and heroes.

     Then, a few years later, in the school library, I ran across a reprint book of old comics from the 1940s.  It had the first Joker story from Batman #1, 1940.  That's when I realized that Batman did more than fight monsters and aliens, he was also a tough guy.  And I thought that was pretty interesting also.  Then came other types of Batman.  But more on that later.

     Take care and adopt a (Batman) comic today.