Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrity Endorsements-1950



You'll note that in some cases the celebrities didn't even have to show up. They simply donated their names and faces and an artist painted them into the ads.















Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rare Gross Art


I wish I could have seen this summer stock production of the sexy seventies DRACULA. BUt note the unmistakable signature of the great stylist Daerick Gross!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Remembering Vaughn Bode


This past week marked the anniversary of the passing of underground comix artist Vaughn Bode. This next week marks the anniversary of his birth. A favorite of mine since I was technically too young to be reading his work, I used to draw lizards and wizards all over my school notebooks back in the seventies. Along with the esteemed Craig Yoe, I've just written a remembrance of da Bode which is up at the 13th Dimension blog here:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

R.I.P. Archie Andrews



My younger cousin introduced me to Archie when I was 8 years old and a superhero snob. But I loved the Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. stories and even joined the Archie Club. Still have my pin and membership card (of course!). I drifted away from time to time through the years but always came back to see my old friends. On stage at the old time radio conventions, I twice played Jughead opposite the original radio Archie, Bob Hastings. Bob also died this month making two Archie deaths. Wow.
Even though I was a Marvel and DC fan from day one, the characters I grew up with there aren't really the same ones I knew anymore. Archie and the gang, in spite of superficial changes, really have always been and still ARE still my old friends.
And today I cried for the loss of one.
And yet I wrote Paul Kupperberg and thanked him for writing such a moving story. When people say this is just a cheap sales gimmick, they don't know Archie like I do.
And yes, I know Archie will be back next month in his perpetual 16 1/2 year old guise, and the following month and the month after that, too. Doesn't matter when the story is as affecting as this. If you ever cared for the Riverdale teens, go out and find a copy of this issue for one of the best comic books you'll read this year.