where were the hoary hosts of hoggoth? (a review of dr. strange)

I FI­NALLY SAW DR. STRANGE! I say "fi­nally" as I am one of the dy­ing breed of guys who bought and col­lected Mar­vel comic books in the '60s as the magic was hap­pen­ing. (And by the Hoary Hosts of Hog­goth, face facts: it was al­most ex­clu­sively guys who read su­per­hero comics at the time.) And Dr. Strange was al­ways one of my fav­er­avest ti­tles! As I am not a movie re­viewer, I didn't sit through a "spe­cial screen­ing." We bought our over­priced tick­ets for a Fri­day mat­inée ($9 each, and that's with a se­nior dis­count!) and bought our own pop­corn.… Con­tinue Read­ing where were the hoary hosts of hog­goth? (a re­view of dr. strange)

art spiegelman's very strange comic strip

I SAW THE ADS FOR WITZEND in late 1966 or early '67, prob­a­bly in the Rocket's Blast Comics Col­lec­tor. RBCC was the first fanzine that I bought in the '60s; it was an adzine that fea­tured ar­ti­cles on comics and ads from deal­ers and col­lec­tors of­fer­ing stuff for sale. I sent my dol­lar bill off to some strange ad­dress in New York and ea­gerly awaited an en­tire pub­li­ca­tion by my fav­er­avest artist, Wally Wood. 1 I waited for months and what I fi­nally re­ceived was Witzend 2 with a note of apol­ogy from Woody in the mail­ing en­velope. The… Con­tinue Read­ing art spiegelman's very strange comic strip

the revelations of basil wolverton will keep you awake at night

Basil Wolver­ton was an idio­syn­cratic styl­ist from the be­gin­ning. Wherever he found a pub­lisher, his work stood out from all other comic book artists of the 1950s. His out­landish style was best suited for a form of what used to be re­ferred to as big­foot or bigfeet hu­mor (which had some­thing to do with Lil' Ab­ner, noth­ing to do with Sasquatch). But the work that at­tracts the most at­ten­tion from col­lec­tors is his sci­ence fic­tion strips for sec­ondary comic book pub­lish­ers. I had been aware of Wolver­ton since the early '60s: his art popped up in old comic books and Mad… Con­tinue Read­ing the rev­e­la­tions of basil wolver­ton will keep you awake at night

addicted to marvel tales annual 1 (marvel comics 1964 part 2)

This ar­ti­cle is one of twenty-four 'book re­views' ad­dress­ing my in­tro­duc­tion to and im­me­di­ate ad­dic­tion to Mar­vel su­per­hero comics in the sum­mer of 1964. Be­fore read­ing this, I rec­om­mend that you read the first part, "ad­dicted to mar­vel comics 1964," which pro­vides the back­ground for the what fol­lows here and sub­se­quent ar­ti­cles. These twenty-four in­di­vid­ual parts will be pieced to­gether into one ar­ti­cle un­der the orig­i­nal ti­tle of "ad­dicted to mar­vel comics 1964." I was just shy of 13-years old at the time, a per­fect age to be smit­ten with the won­ders pro­vided by the Mar­vel bullpen. I had been read­ing comic books for years… Con­tinue Read­ing ad­dicted to mar­vel tales an­nual 1 (mar­vel comics 1964 part 2)

addicted to marvel comics 1964 part 1

Like so many Amer­i­cans of the Baby Boomer gen­er­a­tion, I grew up read­ing comic books. In fact, comic books have been a part of my life for so long that I can't re­call ever hav­ing not read them. At first, it was Walt Dis­ney Comics & Sto­ries and other Dell type funnybooks—and fun­ny­books as said and meant by par­ents was one word. Then came Su­per­man and Bat­man and the Flash and Gold Key movie adap­ta­tions and even Clas­sics Il­lus­trated. While DC's art was uni­formly ex­cel­lent (for comic books): such stand­outs as Gil Kane, Carmine In­fan­tino, and Mur­phy An­der­son did fine work year af­ter year. Fine… Con­tinue Read­ing ad­dicted to mar­vel comics 1964 part 1

a zen fable by fred schrier

I DON'T MUCH LIKE MUCH OF THE ART­WORK that is con­sid­ered psy­che­delic that has been done since the '80s. For me, the per­fec­tion of mod­ern psy­che­delic art loses the kines­the­sia of the acid ex­pe­ri­ence and leaves me (and that is me by my "i"-less self liv­ing my Zen fa­ble) de­void of any cosmic-consciousness res­o­nance (my term). 1 An exception—and there may be MANY ex­cep­tions ODF which I am unaware—is the artist who signs his work “ek­islev.” And the guy is a blewdy 'dig­i­tal artist' to boot! 2 Fi­nally, the book Psy­che­delic Art by Robert and Mas­ters and Jean Hous­ton (1968) is a great… Con­tinue Read­ing a zen fa­ble by fred schrier

with wally wood at the EC fan addict convention

THE EC FAN AD­DICT CON­VEN­TION of 1972—the first last only EC Fan Ad­dict Convention—was held on Memo­rial Day week­end (May 26–28) at the Hotel McAlpin in New York City. I went with the love-of-my-life, Christine Grala, the most beau­ti­ful woman in the Big Ap­ple for one week­end! We had a room at the hotel and so were set to have a fab­u­lous, fun-filled, ro­man­tic week­end. Upon pay­ing the $15 fee for two ad­mis­sions, we were handed a cou­ple of the event’s con­ven­tion books. The book was ti­tled EC Lives! and fea­tured a black and white draw­ing by EC stal­wart Wal­lace "Wally"… Con­tinue Read­ing with wally wood at the EC fan ad­dict con­ven­tion