Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Mentor "Noble" Con.

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Saturday, July 29th, from 11:00 am -8pm, Barnes and Noble will be hosting an all day event chock filled with Comis, Harry Potter and Cosplay, complete with prizes and experts giving lectures in their chosen fields.

     I'll be there showing off items from my collection highlighting super hero movies from 2017.  My lecture about comics starts at 1pmand it is entitled, "Comics: Don't Get Me Started."  It is named after my News-Herald blog.  So stop by and let's talk comics and enjoy the "Noble" Con.

     Take care and adopt a comic (from Barnes and Noble) today!

Check U Tube for San Diego Con Clips

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Now that the big comicon out west is over, check out U Tube for all the panels that you might have missed.  I'm already checking it myself...loads of fun.

     Take care and adopt a (purchased at a con) comic book today!

    

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Origins of Marvel...Stan and Jack...and Joan?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  A few days ago, Stan Lee's wife, Joan Lee passed away, she was in her 90s.

     It has always been stated by Stan in the past that when Marvel Comics were on the ropes in the late 50s, early 60s his wife Joan told him, "If you are going to quit comics anyway, start doing them the way you want to do them."

     That advice to Stan gave him the idea to go out with a bang, featuring  characterization, a connected universe and a lot of dynamic action, along with heroes with flaws.

     This new direction of Stan's, along with Jack Kirby's and Steve Ditko's (among others) unique artwork saved the company.  But who knows, it might just have started with Joan's simple suggestion to her husband, Stan.

     Take care and adopt a (Marvel) comic book today! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Upon Reflection...Adam West!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  After a month of thinking about it, I've got to say that Adam West was the saving bridge at DC Comics, between two points of cancellation.

     You see, after a decade of Batman fighting aliens and monsters in the 50s and early 60s, it was about to be cancelled.  Julie Schwartz brought the Caped Crusader back to being a detective, not a Global Guardian.  But I must admit it was a very bland and dull detective.

     But that all changed when Adam West made Batman a world wide icon.  Now that only lasted for a few years, but it was three years that attracted The Kinney Corp. to merge with Warner and buy DC Comics.  It was also three years that DC used to buyout Bob Kane and his tame approach.  It was three years that DC used to bring in a whole new staff of creative people to better Batman, laying the groundwork to where he is today.

     So maybe Adam West was Batman's life to today's dramatic Batman...who knows?  I think he was that important.

     Take care and adopt a (Adam West) comic book today! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Lake Effect Convention and New Book!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Sunday, June 4th, 2017, The Lake Effect comicon will be held at the Mentor Holiday Inn from 10am-5pm.  I'll be there signing copies of my new book, "My Favorite Year in Comics...1968." (an unauthorized collection of essays on how 1968 saved DC Comics!)

     Stop by and pick up a copy and talk comics!

     Take care and adopt a (new book about comics) today!

Wonder Woman/Pop Culture day at Barnes and Noble

     Hello everyone hope all is well.  On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, Barnes and Noble in Mentor, Ohio is celebrating Wonder Woman day.  Also they will be celebrating all things pop culture related.

     My wife and I will be appearing there from Noon-4pm showing off our Wonder Woman knick-knacks as well as giving away free drawings of the Amazon hero.  Also we will be showing off 60s and 70s t.v. tie-in paperbacks and big little books of Man from Uncle, Hardy Boys, The Avengers, Beatles, Monkees, Wizard of Oz, comics and much more.  Join us and stick around to talk cool stuff!

     Take care and adopt a (pop culture) comic book today!  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Locked in Death...Goodbye, Mr. Buckler

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Within the last few days, 70s stalwart artist, Rich Buckler, creator of Deathlok, the hero literally "locked in death," lost a long battle with cancer.  He was 68.

     Rich came out of Detroit in the late 60s and began instantly getting work from Marvel Comics.  throughout the 70s, Rich drew Fantastic Four as well as The Avengers, before creating his own character, Deathlok."

     In the 80s, Rich co-created "All-Star Squadron" with Roy Thomas.  Later in his career, I met Rich after a panel discussion and found him a very personable and bright student of the times in which he was working.  I purchased that day, a drawing of both Batman and Silver Surfer.  He was a very nice man and tremendous artist.

     Take care and adopt a (Rich Buckler) comic book today!