Thursday, January 22, 2015

Old Time Movies On DVD Now Working!

Problems are finally worked out on the new DVD website and here's a selection of some of the cool stuff we offer.

One of my favorite sitcoms as a kid, Ann Sheridan is the matriarch of a family of sharpshooters in the old west. The series was a hit but Sheridan died halfway through the season so the show was canceled.

Gene Deitch's awesome and hilarious minimalist cartoon adventures as seen originally on CAPTAIN KANGAROO.

Willard Waterman, radio's second GREAT GILDERSLEEVE, stars in rare episodes from the mid-fifties TV version of the long-running sitcom.

A wide-ranging selection of comedy highlights from one of show business's true renaissance men.

If you think Groucho was funny on his TV show, you should see the bits that didn't make it on the air!

One of the great serial heroes, Buster Crabbe became quite popular as a stalwart cowboy do-gooder, seen here in no less than 21 prime examples.

And speaking of serials, here's Tom Tyler in what's been said for many, many years to be THE greatest action serial of them all! Shazam!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back Issue # 78 Now Available!

In comic shops this week and with digital editions available now on the Twomorrows website, please check out the latest edition of Michael Eury's BACK ISSUE for some WEIRD articles...including my own look back at WEIRD MYSTERY TALES.

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Mac Art

Some of this has appeared on the blog before but I was looking through my files of computer art this evening and realized how damn GOOD I am at it! So here it is again, along with lots of stuff never seen here before.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Old Time Movies DVD . Com

Martin and webmaster Alan have just finished a massive reboot and overhaul to the Booksteve Rarities site where we offer up rarer than rare old TV shows and movies. In fact, it's no longer Booksteve Rarities at all! It's now Old Time Movies DVD . Com. So click the link here or at the bottom of this page and update your bookmarks for some incredible bargains! And remember, a portion of the money from this shared site goes to support the Booksteve blogs! And Booksteve! If you've ordered from us in the past, thank you. We hope you'll find something to like from the many new offerings we now have. If you haven't ordered before, take a look. A lot of this stuff you simply won't find--especially at these prices and in this quality--anywhere else.

We'd appreciate it if you'd give us a try, if only so we can see how well the new site works! Thanx!

Note: It's a tad slow in loading but worth the wait!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Help Karen Brittain's Son, Cooper

One of my wife's old friends passed this week and she has asked me to help spread the word about help for the woman's son's educational fund. Here's what Rene has to say:

"Karen Brittain was a friend of mine in high school. She went on to teach 1st grade, become an artist and a mother to her son, Cooper. Fourteen months ago she had a massive stroke and yesterday, after a strong fight, she died.

"We're trying to put together a fund for Cooper since his mom's medical bills were pretty staggering.
Please consider making a small donation to help. Thank you."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lucifer's Sword Press Release

Artist Ronn Sutton, longtime FB friend and a great contributor to both my Wally Wood blog and my Gray Morrow blog, has a new project of his own out! Here's  the press release:


Artist RONN SUTTON draws high-octane adventure inspired by the life of outlaw biker PHIL CROSS in the new graphic novel LUCIFERS SWORD MC.

January 15, 2015 - Lucifers Sword MC: Life and Death in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club is the new 96-page high-octane graphic novel now available from Motorbooks 

Lucifers Sword MC is a gritty, fictionalized, insider look at life as a 1960s U.S. biker club member. Written by Hells Angel member Phil Cross and illustrated by former Elvira: Mistress of the Dark andStarbikers comic book artist Ronn Sutton, the graphic novel takes readers on a wild ride from the late 1940s through to the 1970s.

The characters in Lucifers Sword MC are fictionalized, but based on the real bikers - including Cross, who appears as the club's prospect, Frenchie. As fans of the TV show Sons of Anarchy know, a prospect is a rookie member. Readers experience rough-and-tumble club life first-hand through Frenchie's eyes.

Artist Ronn Sutton did an enormous amount of research before taking pencil to paper. He watched Sons of Anarchy as well as classic movies such as The Wild OneEasy Rider and Angels Die Hard. He also read magazines like In The Wind and books like From Gypsy Joker To A Hells Angel (Cross' autobiography) and Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangsby Hunter S. Thompson.

After the research, the real work began. "This is the biggest project I've worked on in my 40-plus year career as a comics artist" Sutton says. "For five months I drew 15 hours per day, 7 days a week, trying to do my best work ever."

Sutton illustrated Lucifers Sword MC in the traditional comic book method, drawing in pencil first and then inking with black India ink. The graphic novel has a full colour cover and black-and-white interior. Sutton made dramatic use of black and white so action jumps off the page. 

Motorbooks' Lucifers Sword MC: Life and Death in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club has world-wide distribution and is available in bookstores, comic book shops and via Amazon online.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Phil Cross has been an active member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club for over 43 years. His autobiography From Gypsy Joker to a Hells Angel (2013) is also available from Motorbooks. This is Cross; first graphic novel, co-authored and edited by long-time motorcycle enthusiast Darwin Holmstrom.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Ronn Sutton ( is based in Ottawa, Canada. He has been drawing comic books for decades, including a nine-year run illustrating Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. The over 200 comic stories Ronn has drawn include Fear Agent, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Honey West, The Phantom, his creator-owned Starbikers as wel as horror, humor, adventure, historical and romance comics.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Will and Ebony


Recently I got into a discussion with son Bookdave regarding the Spirit's oh-so politically incorrect sidekick, Ebony White. Just about everyone acknowledges Eisner's genius and that THE SPIRIT remains a pinnacle of comic art but it gets harder and harder to accept the racially stereotyped Ebony. 

The thing is that the Spirit himself is a cipher. He has no real character other than being stalwart and tough. He's there just for the action. In many of Eisner's best stories, he simply shows up in cameo at the end. No, it's Ebony who--to me--is the true emotional heart of the strip. Visually unacceptable though he is and with an unfortunate dialect, he nonetheless is, in a way, a great character. Contrast Ebony to Steamboat in CAPTAIN MARVEL or Whitewash Jones in YOUNG ALLIES. They are offensive pure and simple, even to me as a white man. From the first time I saw them. Not so Ebony! Tonight I was hanging around the edges of a discussion of Ebony online between, among others,  African-American creators Milton Knight and Cartoon Joe. That;s what led me to dig out these pieces where Eisner himself attempted to rationalize or apologize for Ebony. But the fact remains. When Will tried to write him out and replace him with a similar white kid, Sammy, it just didn't work as well.