Oh no. Yet again…..

June 1, 2015

645

Yesterday (well it seems like it….February 2013 actually….) I lamented the end of the Fantastic Four (at issue 611) and yet another re-boot to issue number one which lasted a mere 16 issues. So in April 2014 we were presented with a fresh start and ANOTHER Fantastic Four number one. It didn’t take them long to change their minds though and after 14 issues Marvel added 16+14 to 611 and suddenly the once-World’s greatest comic magazine continued, only now sporting the original numbering with issue 642 appearing dated March 2015. After a handful of issues they’ve reached number 645 and it’s the end once more again again. Jeez!

The kookiest hat

December 1, 2014

kookiest hat

Switch off your smartphone, print this image and colour it in for the full retro lifestyle experience.

258

The unusual thing about Fantastic Four 258 cover dated September 1983 is that the whole story unfolds without ANY members of the FF making even the briefest of appearances. The hero (villain actually) of this particular comic is Victor von Doom, ruler of Latveria (where?).  More useless information that is unlikely to crop up as a question on “University Challenge” or “The Chase”.

Who buys this stuff??

March 1, 2013

Well, apart from me obviously. Books are supposed to be dead or dying with more and more people moving to eReaders. That may be ok for stuff like 50 shades of Grey but for these massive “coffee table” “art” books you just wouldn’t get the same impact on a 7 inch screen. All the same, I do wonder just how many of these minority-subject books are actually sold. A thousand? A hundred? Ten???

Someday Funnies

This book deserves to succeed but I suspect sales will be sluggish. The reviews are very mixed. After many months of hard graft by the editor and contributors this massive book was about to be published 40 years ago when the company went bust. The project was shelved until quite recently.

4

A few months ago I asked the question who needs another copy of FF1. Evidentally I do. Just bought this for the novelty value of seeing FF1 enlarged to one frame per massive page. Actually this book is a perfect example of how NOT to do things. I’d be ok with one frame per page if they were all the same size. Some frames are huge. Some are sideways. Some are small with loads of white space around them. Some cross two pages. Some even fall off the edge of a page. Rubbish really. At least it comes with a giant poster of that first November 1961 issue. Not that I’ve anywhere to put a giant poster……

The art of Betty and Veronica

If Betty wore a dark wig and Veronica went blonde could you tell which was which?

Hugo Tate

The collected works are finally available after a 20 year wait.

The Origin of Marvelman

Slim yet full of interesting information. But enough about me. What’s the book like?

DS

This book collects just about everything from Dave Stevens (1955 – 2008) that hasn’t been printed already from rough sketches to complete strips. He drew the most beautiful girls and some of the best comic covers of the 1980s.

Planet01

TV viewers in 1960 must have thought they were hallucinating if they watched “The strange world of Gurney Slade” on ITV in October of that year. I’ve managed to sit through the whole DVD and I’m still none-the-wiser. Supposedly written by Sid and Dick but I think Anthony Newley was just given free reign to be as bonkers as he liked. The series started off promisingly enough. Newley as a character in a sitcom who decides he doesn’t want to be in a sitcom any more and just wanders off set into the “real” world much to the bemusement of the rest of the actors and crew. The other 5 episodes are even more peculiar than the first one.

strange world

Oh no. Not again…..

February 1, 2013

611

1

Any takers?

December 1, 2012

I wonder if he ever found someone clueless enough to pay $50,000 for a ratty old british comic worth 50p?? I’m sure you can get a genuine USA FF1 for far less than that. And it’s not like that was the only time FF1 was re-printed in black and white. You can find it (in 4 installments) inside 1966 issues of “Wham”. It was also in the UK’s “Mighty World of Marvel” in 1972 and no doubt in a varied assortment of other UK Fantastic Four Annuals, comics and pocketbooks.

Hey look! I’ve got an Alan Class comic that contains the first Spiderman story from Amazing Adult Fantasy 15. If any rich but bonkers viewer wants to send me $50,000/£32,000 for it I’ll even throw in another 10,000 comics for free!!!

More small print

November 25, 2010

Looking through the December 2010 issue (Number 584) of Fantastic Four it was nice to see the return of Galactus. It was nice to see Steve Epting’s more realistic artwork (although he draws the FF to resemble the characters who appeared in the films). It was nice to see Ben and Johnny have a meal with Stan and Jack !

I’m not too sure about the new potion that allows Ben to become human for one week per year…..although it does improve his love life with Alicia ! Nor why the Yancy Street Gang have now become failed ex-Wall Street Traders/muggers. I’m not sure why they need HERBIE the robot from the 1970s animated cartoon to now be in the comics. But it was nice to see the small print saying they currently sell 48000 copies per month. This time last year they were claiming only 15000 issues per month. Although the circulation figures for comics are nothing like they were perhaps the “floppies” will still be around for a few more years.