Oct 30, 2008

All too often I hear a fab song and rush out and buy the CD. Then I find that every other track pales in comparison to the one track I liked in the first place. Here is a case in point. I believe Hellsongs (stupid name for a group by the way) come from Sweden. This CD mostly comprises of cover versions of “metal” music pared down into a gentler/slower/more acoustic/often piano driven way. Its an interesting concept but personally I would have chosen different songs to cover.

The one track that really works is their version of “Paranoid” (as made infamous by those Brummies Black Sabbath). Its even better than Cindy and Bert’s version. Highly recommended if only for this one track.

More Ogri

Oct 30, 2008

For a time in the late 1970s MB Games (Milton Bradley) sold a selection of 6 Jigsaw Puzzles featuring a few famous and not so famous Warren Comic Covers.

Jigsaws were available showing the cover art of Creepy 28,71,81 and Eerie 38,59,84. As I own the Creepy 28 one I thought I’d pull out the actual issue for a closer look. Cover dated August 1969 it was published at a time when Warren needed to resort to using a number of reprinted stories to find enough material to fill the magazines. Despite having seen some of the stories before the new material is still interesting. The results of an earlier competition are announced whereby a reader had to send in a script to be published. The winner was Reuben Reid. I wonder if that was the only thing he ever had published?

“Grub” also caught my eye. Scripted by Nicola Cuti (perhaps his first for Warren?) with artwork by Tom Sutton.

The splash page artwork doesn’t really look like Tom Sutton’s work. The rest of the art has a polished “Wally Wood” space opera look to it.There is a nice shock ending.

I also like the story “The Doorway” drawn by Dan Adkins. Although it had already been published in Creepy 11 a couple of years earlier this time it inspired the cover artwork and I’m back to where I began. It’s a long time since I did a Jigsaw Puzzle…………………………

The Modds

Oct 23, 2008

Its always worth checking out http://www.garagehangover.com for some obscure yet oh so catchy (and sometimes scratchy) singles. Why is there no date on this single ?? Who were the Modds ?? Andy Warhol said that in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. I never will be and neither will the Modds. Yet this charming tune is ten times better than most of the stuff I’ve heard on the radio today.

PS: For completeness I really must include the “b” side “Leave my House” here. Although it hardly sounds like the same band it is probably nearer to how they would have sounded live than the “a” side. It sounds like the amps were turned up to 11 as the guitar and vocal drowns out whatever other instruments were there at the time.

Eyeballs in the Sky

Oct 20, 2008

If you wondered how the crabs in the rockpool felt when the dog looked down on them in the “Perishers” strip cartoon (see an earlier blog)……………… Either the people who made this video have far more computer skills than me or..or.. I don’t know what to say………………….

Spot the Difference

Oct 16, 2008

A number of subtle and not so subtle changes to the script (and art) took place between the Rex Havoc stories in the Warren magazine 1984 and their collection in Warren Presents 14 a couple of years later. Here are just a few examples.

Above: Warren’s 1984 #4. Below: Warren Presents #14.

Above: Warren’s 1984 #4. Below: Warren Presents #14.

Above: Warren’s 1984 #4. Below: Warren Presents #14.

This magazine from 1973 was an interesting concept. A “how to” manual with good solid advice on how to set out a script and basic advice on lettering and artwork. I’m sure Charlton, along with all the other comic book companies of the time received unsolicited submissions in biro/pencil/on the backs of cereal packets! This was a nice thing to hand out to people explaining that a good starting point was to produce something neat,clean and tidy. Useful advice included keeping a “swipe file” and “plenty of erasers”. I presume this magazine was sold at conventions as well as being available by mail order/with subscriptions.

This magazine was the first time I’d seen the Comic Book Code spelt out in its entirety.