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 Posted:   Apr 12, 2013 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

You know as a kid I could never figure out why Nero Wolfe's right hand man was editing comic books on the side. smile

...and I never knew why a renowned comic book writer and editor was doing footwork for some fat guy obsessed with orchids.

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Artist Dan Adkins dies, age 76.

http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2013/05/rip-dan-adkins.html

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



Aside from being an accomplished artist in his own right, Mr. Adkins was to
Wally Wood what Joe Sinnott wuz 2 Jack Kirby.



Wee did say he was accomplished, no? smile



R.I.P. frown

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2013 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



A little over a month ago, Mary Skrenes posted this on the Facebook page dedicated to Mr. Trapped Inna World He Never Made:

[ "Mark Evanier, a long time dear friend to Gerbs, called me last night.



Steve Gerber will be given the posthumous Bill Finger Award at ComiCon in San Diego this July.

There are two awards, one for someone still living and the other for someone deceased. The awards go to people who did not get the recognition they deserved for their body of work. My old pal, Steve Skeates (still kicking) got one last year.

I won't be able to attend so I'm hoping his (Steve's) daughter, Samantha, will be able to accept the plaque. She and I accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Eisner Awards a few years back." ]



smile Indeed

- and Definitively In Deed. cool

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

David Yurkovitch- Mantlo: A Life In Comics.

http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=3387

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Have I mentioned this most excellent Marvel Chronology website? Well, here it is. I'm sure you, if anybody, will enjoy it. I love the editorializing the site's author adds to the proceedings:

http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Before it Gets Forever Stained by the Movie Dept.



The Avengers #67.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

...and just because I love the cover art:



The Avengers #65

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2013 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Re Avengers 65 ....the unmistakable artwork of the late great Gene Colon. I had both of those Avengers issues as I had a complete run from around issue 40 on to at least issue 200.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2013 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)

wink

And Then Cometh THE MARVEL AGE. Nothing More Needeth Be Said Department.

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2013 - 4:18 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Learn from One of the Masters (Ya Iggerant Dolts)

"Panels That Always Work" by Wally Wood (courtesy of the criminally unheralded but nonetheless brilliant writer/artist/editor Larry Hama:

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2013 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Learn from One of the Masters (Ya Iggerant Dolts)

"Panels That Always Work" by Wally Wood (courtesy of the criminally unheralded but nonetheless brilliant writer/artist/editor Larry Hama:



Brilliant!

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Artist Dick Ayers died last week, aged 90.

http://comicsalliance.com/dick-ayers-artist-obituary/

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The (Almost) Last Hurrah Dept.



It took me two and a half years to "pull the trigger", but at last I have Uncanny X-Men Masterworks Volume 8. This one went out of print fast even though it was only released in early 2012. There was one precious copy left at my local comic shop that I have been eyeing for months. How it managed to survive the release of an X-Men movie and remain on the shelf is a milagrito. I "had to" get it. Besides, what would summer be without a comic mood?

Volume 8 primarily collects issues #160-167; the "Sleazoid (Brood) Saga" of my youth, specifically sixth grade. I remember discovering these comics in that bitch Mrs. Nitti's reading class when Noel F. brought in his entire collection for all the comic nerds to read. I borrowed the entire story line and of course loved it, though I knew even then that it was a glorified Alien ripoff. However, the story remains powerful because I think being among truly outrageous beings shows just how human our Mutant heroes really are, which was the whole point of the series since the beginning.

The Brood saga was a huge deal back when these books were published. How nice that it led into Paul Smith's brilliant, but woefully short, run as Uncanny X-Men artist.

Speaking of the art, I wasn't crazy about Dave Cockrum's "new" art style upon his return to the book but by the time of the Brood saga, his work was once again superb. Maybe it had to do with Dave doing those outer space stories so well.

To witness the comics I knew upon their original publication getting the Masterworks treatment thirty years after the fact almost brings my X-Men days full circle. I'll have to wait until volume 9 gets published in January for the remainder of my primary X-Men reading days.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

This was the first copy of X-Men I bought. It was because the Hulk was in it...

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

This was the first copy of X-Men I bought. It was because the Hulk was in it...


That was published in January 1970, so you have quite a few years on me, Timmer. In a comics way, I envy you. Chronologically? Hell, no! big grin

I've posted a thread on it before but in case you missed it, this site is a veritable time machine of comic nostalgia. Just select the month and year of either publication or cover date (and publisher) and away you go:

http://www.dcindexes.com/features/timemachine.php?site=marvel&type=cover&month=1&year=1935&sort=alpha

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Die, You Bastards!" [Courtesy of the Devil's Daughter] Dept.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

This was the first copy of X-Men I bought. It was because the Hulk was in it...



My first issue of X-Men was at least 2 years earlier:

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)

smile

Married Playwrights Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente



co-authored



with Steven Rattazzi as The King that opened in late June for a limited run at The Brick Theatre in Brooklyn.



Andy Webster's The New York Times June 22nd review described it as a supple, informative and poignant
portrait" that "offer penetrating insight into the tirelessly prolific Kirby" ...

wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Learn from One of the Masters (Ya Iggerant Dolts)

"Panels That Always Work" by Wally Wood (courtesy of the criminally unheralded but nonetheless brilliant writer/artist/editor Larry Hama:



I got copies of this years ago, and always close to my art table.

Greg Espinoza

 
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