Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christa Helm Podcast

Recently Rene and myself, along with our original co-author and researcher John O'Dowd, participated in a podcast regarding the life and murder of Christa Helm for Movie Geeks United. Christa's daughter, various friends and acquaintances also appear and there are some new revelations in the mix. Give it a listen!

Monday, October 27, 2014


I haven't done much computer art in a while but here's the most recent piece I did do, from earlier this month, entitled Radio Waves. One reason I haven't done any is because I'm fairly overwhelmed with transcriptions, writing gigs, typing projects and such. So posting may be a tad irregular here for a bit, as I try to get somewhat caught up. Things should proceed more or less daily at FOUR COLOR SHADOWS, however, so be sure to check it out on a regular basis! Thanx! See ya soon!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Captain Hadacol

Facebook friend Bruce G. sent me a copy of the image below and I had no idea what it was. This being teh Internet, however, I'm now pretty well-versed in the fact that Captain Hadacol and his comic book and club were used as advertising shills for Hadacol, a Louisiana patent medicine from the mid-20th century. described as "a little honey, a little alcohol and some Vitamin B." For the full fascinating story, go here:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

King Solomon's Kickstarter

In the early 1970s, a small company called Skywald popped up as competition to Warren Publishing's black and white horror mags. With titles that included PSYCHO, NIGHTMARE and SCREAM, they offered some surprisingly good stories, often by old-timers at first but later mainly by talented newcomers. Without doubt, the best thing to come out of Skywald was the US debut of artist Pablo Marcos.

After a career in mainstream comics, Marcos became known more by kids in this country when his studio in the Philippines illustrated a long series of classics for children sold as bargain books in the chain stores.

Now comes my Facebook pal Stephan Friedt with an all-new Kickstarter campaign for what looks to be a beautifully painted adaptation of KING SOLOMON'S MINES from Pablo Marcos with Mark Ellis. As always, I understand. Everything wants your money these days. But if you like good art and classic stories--especially if you were a fan of comics in the '70s--please give this project our consideration.

Monday, October 20, 2014