Gallery of my rejected header pics

I’ve been wanting to put a photo in the blog header for a while now because I like how it looks in some others, but none of the pics I could find really did it for me. Here’s the photos I was considering using for the header until I found that great b/w one about a Paris museum display.

Some desk-top statue, but I liked it for the pulpy Howard theme.

I don’t know where this is from, but…lady & skull.

I liked the optical illusion gag, but seemed too gothy for me.

This is kinda nifty art, but felt like it would be on a site selling henna tattoo supplies and crystals to college girls.

I dig this because of my nick, but I found a great Sleestak pic to use as my avatar so decided against it.

I thought about using this because it is annoying. But it was too annoying for me to look at every day.

Didn’t even consider this, because it would be too weird.

It’s a Land of the Lost comic, but it isn’t associated with the Sid & Marty TV show. Additionally, the critter on the cover looks too much like Jar Jar so I rejected it.

Seriously considered the ‘curling iron lodged in rectum’ X-rays. I’ll use them later this week in something else, though.

I really like this but the museum photo trumped it.

Kind of liked this for the bizarreness, but don’t feel like giving them free advertising every day. Not that the 1 people that read my goofiness once a month would spike their quarterly earnings report any. I feel the same about t-shirts with logos. If I’m wearing a shirt that has a product logo on it then i got it for free. No way will I wear anything that advertises soemthing if I have to pay for it. That’s the geatest scam ever!

“These kids’ll pay $21.95 for a t-shirt with our cigarette/spark-plug/rock-band/ill-conceived comic relief character on it? Wow…run a million of them. SUCKERS!”

I’ve got a pretty good one I considered but it’s a real photo of me and I’m saving that for a free-association bitterness blog I’m building.

What I went with…


Superman needs a spell-check

– from Action Comics #222 (nov. 1956)

Apparently, Superman-X misspoke. I don’t think he actually meant to use the word ‘idol’. Maybe he’s just being super-polite and is using a euphemism.

I also really hope that the dil idol isn’t radiating all those heat-lines from something unpleasant like super-friction.


So…whatcha doing?

Pro-Communist propoganda from Russia.
– translated as What Are You Doing For The Plan?

Anti-Communist propoganda from America.

Let’s count the similarities:

  1. Responsible, average citizen stereotype
  2. Hard-working guy
  3. Sleeves rolled up
  4. Blue-collar working clothes
  5. Concerned about stuff

Dance, my puppets…Dance!

The difference between the American and Marxist ideologies being, of course, that the American can help or not by his own choice.

If the commie refuses to aid the plan he would be forced to load the guns that will be used to execute him, his family and neighbors with the very bullets he himself manufactured in the Glorious United People’s Factory #12.

Good thing all that nonsense is in the past and we all know better now.


Ditko does Don Adams

Here’s some Steve Ditko character study art of Agent 86 of Control.

I’m posting it in memory of Don Adams, who died yesterday at the age of 82. Adams will forever be remembered by me as secret agent Maxwell Smart of the spy-spoof television show of the 60’s, Get Smart. My parents hated the show, but I loved it, and let’s all forget the movie, ok?

Well forget most of the film…there was a nifty scene in it where the agents are being pursued in their car so the drive into a prepared safe-trailer. Inside the trailer a spray removes the top-most coat of paint in a few seconds to reveal another, different paint job, When the agents’ car emerges, the bad guys are looking for a different colored vehicle, allowing easy escape.

I remember commenting back then if the CIA didn’t have something like that paint system already in operation, they would soon (from junk-science pork contracts if nothing else, like the Predator invisibility suit).

I also watched the syndicated Don Adams’ Screen Test as a way to burn some time on a Sunday afternoon.

Oh, you know what always bugged me? That idiot who did the shoe-phone ‘joke’ on that Sports Illustrated subscription commercial years ago and screwed up the gag-line.

He also voiced Inspector gadget (ugh) and one of my childhood favorites, Tennessee Tuxedo, the grifter penguin.


Beating a dead horse

I really like clicking through the Grand Comic Book Database and perusing the comic book covers of the past. The Golden Age covers are fun but I mostly enjoy checking out the Silver Age stuff.

Most of the GA & SA covers are pretty cool for reasons of nostalgia, but to me it is due mostly for iconic content and not the (in some opinions) dated art. The exceptions of course would be the classic Neal Adams covers for DC.

Every now and then you come across a cover that was not typical of the era. By that I mean the toned or wash covers, which were that much more difficult and expensive back in the pre-digital days of publishing. Extravagantly rendered cover art is par for the course today, but not so much in the Silver Age. Since the Golden Age featured some beautifully drawn, painted or toned art much of the time (pulp & comic artists could whip out several a week for an editor), it had to be expediency and expense that ‘cartooned up’ the monthlies and made them more simplistic.

For instance, this cover from Detective Comics #239 (Jan 1957), that requires the inevitable word-balloon manipulation…

This great example is from Green Lantern #8 (Sept-Oct 1961).

A striking contrast to the sketchiness of the interior art.

Here’s a letter from Green Lantern #10 explaining how they did it.


Jimmy Olsen needs counselling

In Superman #123 (August of 1958), about a year before the real Supergirl first showed up in Action Comics #252 (May 1959), Otto Binder and Dick Sprang brought us the proto-type Girl of Steel.

This proto-type Super-Girl was brought about by Jimmy Olsen who wished her into existence by magic after being granted 3 wishes by a talking stick.

Yes, she was created by Jimmy…by rubbing a totem…at night…while wishing for a girl..just like Superman.


From the look Super-Girl is giving Jimmy I’d guess she knows all his secret fantasies. Nothing wrong with fantasies…I’ve got a great one starring Hayley Mills that continually runs in my brain like a picture-in-picture feature on a TV, but Jimmy has issues. Oh yeah, Jimmy is totally in love with the super-guy.

This Super-Girl is so efficient that she keeps getting in the way of Superman and creates as many problems as she solves. Apparently, Superman is incapable of doing this like looking where he is going or dialing down the power of his super-breath. So, since she is getting real annoying Super-Girl opts for self-destruction and returns to nothingness.

Superman must have learned his lesson about this because in the following year when Kara arrives he places her in an orphanage. Keeping this new Supergirl a secret from the world until she is trained in the use of her powers is a way better option than having her tearfully choose suicide.

Jimmy’s second wish has to do with Superman catching criminals, and is boring. So I’ll skip it.

For his third and final wish Jimmy wishes for Superman to meet his parents. In a telling Freudian slip, Jimmy accidentally writes the wish as ‘mate his parents’. Superman is whisked away into the past where he assists with the romance of Jor-El and Lara. Jimmy has serious, scary issues.

After a pretty dull adventure where Jor-El saves Krypton from a mad scientist by posing as a traitor, the family-to-be says their farewells on an asteroid.

Yuck. At least Superman isn’t kissing her with his eyes closed. That would be too creepy.

This issue also highlights one of the differences between the Golden and Silver Age heroes. In the Golden Age the heroes routinely killed off their adversaries. In the Silver Age it was more common for the hero to set up the bad guy, knowing they could cause their own deaths. But that was acceptable to the heroes of the time, because if they were not evil at heart they wouldn’t fall for the trap and die.

The Super-Girl as a concept must have been a hit with DC because the next time she appeared it would be for semi-keeps.

I don’t like like the new mall-rat maybe-evil Supergirl. My nostalgia filter and hesitation to like Loeb’s writing probably has a lot to do with it. I did like the Linda Danvers/Matrix Supergirl, though. I think it will probably be a few years before the character is fleshed out enough to be more interesting. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens with the character.


Warlord question

Dorian’s post about the Warlord over at postmodernbarney led me to once again wonder about something that has always gone unanswered about Mike Grell’s awesome creation.

Is that white tuft at the top of the belt part of the codpiece or is it the all-natural part of Travis Morgan showing?

from (but not directly linked to)

It’s been bugging me for the last 20-plus years and I’d like an answer.

Yet it’s not like I could ask Grell if the curtains match the carpet in the Morgan household, I mean, it’s the WARLORD!

Mike Grell is almost as deity-like as Hayley Mills and I’d be too embarrassed to ask him about it. He drew the defintive and hottest Princess Projectra back in the day and deserves my respect. I mean, Mike Grell helped me become a man.