Friday, November 21, 2014

Rob's Room: Sesame Street Watercolors by Jack Davis

Three original watercolor paintings by Jack Davis. These were used as Sherlock Hemlock’s Hidden Answer jigsaw puzzles from Educational Toys, Inc., 1971.  The first one has hidden S’s, the second has hidden shapes, and the third hidden numbers. (Via Raiders of the Lost tumblr)
Can you find all the hidden messages... err... hidden items, boys & girls?

Judge Dredd's Lawmaster

Judge Dredd's Lawmaster: It is a type of futuristic, heavy-duty motorcycle. It is regulated by a computer with limited artificial intelligence. It has the ability to drive itself to any location on "automatic" as well as having automatic signal indicators and voice recognition (as long as the voice circuits are on). It has twin machine guns ("bike cannon"), a laser, and can fire stun gas grenades. It also has a turbo-boost function which enables it to jump over long distances or to great heights. It can respond to verbal commands and drive itself. It superseded the obsolete Lawranger in the 21st century. In the comics lawmaster are fitted with robot brains so that if necessary they can work on their own.

Fun Fact:  In the 1995 Judge Dredd movie, an exact replica of the comic Lawmaster was made, but there was only one problem. It was too bulky to steer. So, in the 2012 Dredd movie, the filmmakers took some liberties with the Lawmaster to make it more ergonomic. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Welcome Back, Carter

Cockrum apparently did a lot of character design work before the first issue was published, as you can see in this editorial.  He designed John Carter, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkus, and many other elements of Barsoom.  Of course, this being Marvel, the title of the editorial has to reference something in pop culture: Welcome Back Carter references Gabe Kaplan’s TV show, Welcome Back, Kotter!

Rob's Room: Melting Toht Candle

Melting Toht Candle.  Available for purchase at
Thank you for making this!

Rob's Room: Batman: Year One by Jock

Batman: Year One (Reg) / Batman: Year One (Variant) by Jock

Rob's Room: "Select Your Hero": Avengers Series by Christopher Lee

"Select Your Hero": Avengers Series by Christopher Lee (via Xombie Dirge)
Check out his "Marvel Good Guys" from this same series here!

The 1981 Disney Movie: Condorman

Origin: Condorman is a 1981 American adventure/comedy superhero film from Walt Disney Productions starring Michael Crawford, Barbara Carrera and Oliver Reed. Inspired by Robert Sheckley's The Game of X, the movie follows comic book illustrator Woodrow Wilkins' attempts to assist in the defection of a female Soviet KGB agent.

Review: The film was heavily panned by critics, and has retrospectively scored an approval rating of 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. On their television show At the Movies, critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert featured the film in their round-up of the year's worst films, pointing out the less-than-special effects such as the visible harness and cable used to suspend Condorman in the air and the obvious bluescreen effect. On the other hand, John Corry of The New York Times wrote a favorable review of the film, calling it "painless and chaste, and it has a lot of beautiful scenery and beautiful clothes. There are worse things to watch while you eat popcorn."

Comic book Adaptation: A comic book adaptation of Condorman was published by Whitman Comics at the time of the film's release. A notable change in the illustrations was that Russ, the CIA boss, became an African-American. An original comic adventure sequel was also published, taking place in the U.S. itself. Woody is engaged to Natalia, and his Condorman machines are being built by a toy company — a cover for a CIA unit. Krokov and Morovich again appear, attempting to take Natalia back to the USSR by force, and Russ is again a black character.

Update: In October 2012 it was announced Disney was prepping a remake of Condorman with Robert Pattinson rumored to appear as the title character.

Fun Fact: Following Disney's acquisition of Marvel Comics in 2009, The Amazing Spider-Man editor Stephen Wacker lobbied to have Condorman brought into the Marvel Universe.

Fun Fact: In the Pixar short film Toy Story Toons: Small Fry, a Condorman toy (voiced by Bob Bergen) appears at a support group meeting for discarded kids' meal toys.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man "A Rockomic: From Beyond the Grave"

In 1972, Ron Dante recorded this album for Buddha records entitled 'Spiderman: A Rockomic', offering up infectious tunes like 'Goin' Crosstown' interspersed within a storyline. The album music was released under the name The Webspinners.

Clipped from Nothing But Comics: Although questions remain about how much permission Marvel Comics gave Icarus to record the album, it’s indisputable that Buddah Records was licensed by Marvel to release The Amazing Spider-Man:  From Beyond the Grave:  A Rockomic.  This unique hybrid of comic book and rock album featured wordless Spider-Man comic strips illustrated by legendary Spider-Man artist John Romita, Sr. that went along with the music on the vinyl LP.  The album’s lead singer is Ron Dante, who was also the lead singer of the fictional comics-inspired cartoon band The Archies.

Dork Note: Had this album when I was a kid!

Rob's Room: Batman, Green Arrow and The Question By Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz (1988)

Batman, Green Arrow and The Question By Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz (1988)
I remember this piece used to blow my mind...

Marvel Super Hero Metal Miniatures Set #1-3


Legionnaires' Fact File

1941: The Illustrated Story

Clipped from The PorPor Books Blog: After the great commercial and critical success of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, whiz-kid director Steven Spielberg could do no wrong by the Hollywood moguls, and thus Columbia and Universal Studios together handed over an estimated $30 million for him to make a comedy about a (true-life) Japanese attack on California in the early days of World War 2. Preceded by a massive marketing campaign, ‘1941’ was released during the 1979 Christmas season and while it failed to get much in the way of glowing reviews, it did do quite well at the box office, aided in no small part by the tremendous popularity of ‘Blues Brothers’ stars John Belushi, who played ‘Wild’ Bill Kelso, and Dan Aykroyd, who played Sgt. Frank Tree. Heavy Metal magazine released a graphic novel adaptation of the movie, ‘1941: The Illustrated Story’, by Stephen Bissette and Rick Veitch. The graphic novel is a strange collage of both original art, and advertising images and photographs from the early 40s. Thus one may see a black and white photo of popular 40s singer Kate Smith in one panel, and a distinctive illustration by Boris Artzybasheff in another. The depiction of the Japanese as buck-toothed subhumans was well in keeping with the tenor of the World War 2 era but, needless to say, is very politically incorrect by today's cultural standards. The plot is barely coherent and I won’t divulge it in any detail to avoid spoilers, but it’s sufficient to say that the entire comic – and by extension the movie script – relies heavily on the sort of crazed presentation pioneered by the early 'Mad' comic books of the 1950s. Readers looking for something different in terms of art, layout, and plot, as well as readers nostalgic for late 70’s – early 80’s comic art, might want to give this graphic novel a try.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cool Artist: David Yardin

via David Yardin

Rob's Room: New Batgirl Get a Statue!

Based upon the designs of Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr.
Well deserved! Slated for September 2015.

Cyclone in Battloid/Cycle Mode Cutaway

Cyclone:  is a type of Veritech mecha armor system that was developed by the Robotech Expeditionary Force and used extensively during the Third Robotech War against the forces of the Invid. Unlike normal mecha, this armor system functioned to enhance the survivability, strengths and abilities of individual soldiers. Its standard vehicle mode made it resemble a motorcycle that was used as the primary means of transport. By sliding a switch, the rider was able to initiate the transformation into Battloid mode where it attached to its operator's CVR-3 armor and became an extension of it. Cyclones were equipped with a modular weapon system that was mounted in vehicle mode and served as hand-held weapons in Battloid mode. The Cyclone could switch to a final mode called storage mode, in which it folded up into a cube that could be stored on larger vehicles like the Alpha fighter. This feature made the Cyclone part of standard survival equipment for downed Alpha pilots.

Scott Bernard's VR-057 Veritech Super Cyclone, also known as the Devastator series, was a Cyclone weapon system model developed by the end of the Third Robotech War. This experimental series saw only a limited number of prototypes developed for use in order to test their effectiveness of a number of newly developed weaponry. The final version was armed with a 70 kj Rail gun that fired bursts of high speed sabot rounds with armor piercing capabilities. Furthermore, its arsenal included the newly developed H-260 Valiant rifles.