Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Pete Hamill- Journalist, Editor, Comics Lover

      Hello everyone, hope all is well. Today it was announced that legendary New York journalist/editor, Pete Hamill passed away at the age of 85, after complications from a fall.
      So why would I talk about such a great writer within the confines of a "comic book" blog? Easy his autobiography, "A Drinking Life," Hamill loved comics and even admitted to wanting to write them for a living until the journalism bug hit him.
     I met Hamill at a lecture series a few years back and got to talk to him at some length before the show. Of course we talked about comics and he admitted that he had a copy of Bomba,the Jungle Boy by his bedside for his whole life.That's what I call a comic book lover !!! Take care and adopt a (Pete Hamill ) book or comic today!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Batman for Bid!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Starting tomorrow, there will be a benefit that I will be helping with.  Many of my books (both Bystander Group novels as well as "My Batman" and "Superman at 50") can be had by the highest bidder.  NewDirectionsInc is the link to the site.  There will also be music and a 45 minute performance of my Orson Welles one man play.  This will take place on Saturday (this is a 4 day event, July 30-Aug. 2) at 3:30 pm and I will be followed by a talk with the famous Cavs former point guard...Mark Price.

     There will be many things to bid on, music, talks, performances and many other things...all of which will benefit a great cause, one of recovery. 

     So please support the cause and bid on a few items while having loads of fun!

     Take care and remember to adopt a comic (any comic) book today!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Maestro (Ennio Morricone) in Comics

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Now from the title of today's blog you may well want to ask me, "What does a world class musical composer/conductor, have to do with comics?"  Maybe not much in the end, but I'll give you two answers to that question.

     First off, Morricone composed the music to the first three Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone westerns.  And it was these three "Man with No Name" westerns that were eventually translated into comic books by Dynamite Comics in the early 2000's.

     The second answer to that question is...WHO CARES! No one should EVER need a reason to talk about the brilliance of Ennio (The Maestro) Morricone, no matter what the genre or connection!

     Take care and remember to adopt a comic (any comic, just listen to Morricone's music while you read it, I promise you it will heighten your experience) book today!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Joltin Joe Passes

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  On the heels of comic book scribe Denny O'Neil passing, Marvel Comics inker/artist supreme, Joe Sinnot, who gave a smooth finish to any artist's pencils, passed away last week. 

     Joe was best known for inking Jack Kirby on Fantastic Four for many of the comic's best years in the mid 60s onward.

     Sinnott once stated that his favorite ink job was finishing Kirby's pencils for the cover of FF #57, which featured a huge close-up of Dr. Doom.  Joe will be sorely missed.

     Take care and remember to adopt a (Joe Sinnott inked) comic book today!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Great Batman Scribe Passes.

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Today I learned that one of the all time great writers of Batman comics, Denny O'Neil, died today.  Many consider him (along with writer, Frank Robbins, co-creator of Manbat) to be one of the main forces that pried Batman away from the stigma of the silly television show and thrust him into the realist world of Batman that he has lived in ever since.

     I guess in that sense, he is indeed Batman's savior.

     Denny once joked that he took pride in being born the same year Batman was...1939.

     I've shared the stage with him on more than one occasion and was treated to several meals with him when he was in Cleveland some time ago and I will share more Denny stories with you in the near future.

     Take care and remember to adopt a (Denny O'Neil) comic book today!

Friday, June 5, 2020

DC/Diamond Split!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Today I heard through the grapevine that DC Comics is splitting from long time distributor Diamond Comics.  Well doesn't this smack of the 1990s Marvel/DC everyone else distribution wars.

     In the end, more work and less money for the poor comic shop owner with discounts all round probably going to being lowered.

     All of this baloney and I have not even got my MASK OFF YET!

     Take care and remember to adopt a comic (if you can find one) book today!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A "Normal" Wednesday?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Today is new comic book day and for only the second week in a row (since the virus) it seems like today will be a regular trip to the comic shop just like the old days.

     Only with masks!

     Take care and remember to adopt a comic (any comic) book today!