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Jul 30 15 4:24 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:
There was another full-page beauty for the third issue of JLA:
Osgood Peabody wrote:
I very clearly remember seeing this ad for the first time as a kid in 1964. It was in the waiting room of the Ontario Conservatory of Music on Dundas Street before my scheduled accordion lesson. It filled me with awe and longing. So colourful, so beautiful, but so completely unattainable! I mean where could I ever find a copy?
Well here's the copy from my collection today:
It has a little too much wear on the spine to be as nice as my other Justice League comics, but it's still the best copy I've ever encountered.
Interesting too that I've always thought I saw the ad in an old issue of World's Finest Comics but it seems that I'm wrong about the comic. An issue of Detective Comics perhaps?
Jul 30 15 4:36 PM
Nonetheless, a very nice copy. Probably better than mine.
J'onn J'onzz appears to be a bit constipated...
Jul 30 15 4:38 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:
House ads were plentiful this month....This one was the first, I believe, to promote "The War that Time Forgot" feature:
This one was the first, I believe, to promote "The War that Time Forgot" feature:
I've always lived by the maxim that you can't go wrong with any comic featuring giant pterodactyls on the cover. Here's my copy of the advertised issue:
Jul 31 15 8:22 AM
Lee Semmens wrote:Hmmm ... I've seen Sheldon Moldoff's art described as many things, but I don't think "realistic" is one of them, and certainly not more realistic than Kubert's!
Jul 31 15 10:18 AM
Yes. Sheldon Moldoff should not be judged on the basis of his work on Batman where he was deliberately trying to reproduce Bob Kane's style.
Jul 31 15 12:02 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:Brave & The Bold #34: For my money, the most entertaining origin tale ever told… the classic “Creature of a Thousand Shapes” which introduced Katar Hol and his wife Shayera to the DC universe (cover by Joe Kubert).
I never saw that issue on the newsstands as a kid. I'm not sure I ever even ran across the house ad for the issue as a kid.
I'm sure the house ad would have left me with an indelible longing for the issue had I seen it as a kid so it's just as well that I missed it . Here though is a scan of my present day copy:
It's also the single most expensive DC comic that hit the stands that month and therefore the most commonly offered for sale these days. Although over the years I've managed to acquire twelve DC comics from this month for my collection, DC comics cover dated early 1961 are as tough as hen's teeth to find. Most annoyingly that's the way these things work. High prices bring out the offerings.
Jul 31 15 12:24 PM
Jul 31 15 2:09 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:It puzzles me - was Kubert's art really that disturbing for super-hero fans at the time? I'd be really curious to hear the reaction of those of you who first picked it up back then.
Because readers and Julius Schwartz gave those issues so much play in letter columns, I was well aware as a kid that Hawkman had appeared in the Brave and the Bold title despite not having seen any of the issues on the newsstand. And to me the "Tomorrow's Stars Appear Today!" house ad that appeared on the inside cover of many of the comics DC published in 1962 provided me with my first glimpse of Hawkman and thus defined his look sans headgear wings for me:
It was in the spring of 1964 when I finally succeeded in acquiring a Brave and the Bold issue featuring Hawkman. I met a fellow roughly my age who was also perusing the comics at the News Depot on Dundas Street in downtown London. Turns out he was attending a boarding school in the northern part of the city. Very exotic! He didn't have many comics, but among the few that he had was a Brave and the Bold 43 which had my eyes bugging out I'm sure!
And all he wanted for it was some Superman or Batman title I'd just bought off the stand! Victory! I was disappointed only insofar as this early Hawkman already had the superfluous and clunky wings on his headgear.
While I really like Murphy Anderson's artwork on Hawkman, I still prefer Joe Kubert's. For one thing Joe Kubert had Hawkman's headgear properly aligned with his eye sockets and Hawkman seemed to be looking through the eyeholes of his mask. Hawkman's headgear didn't seem properly aligned with his eyes in Murphy Anderson's rendition and the whole picture of Hawkman's head just looked somewhat off to me. But I suppose the real underlying reason I prefer Joe Kubert on Hawkman is I still get a tingle of excitement, that sense of "magic" viewing his early Hawkman, a feeling which just isn't there when I view Murphy Anderson's rendition.
Aug 1 15 12:28 AM
Over at Charlton this month their version of the superhero revival continued with Space Adventures 38:
Captain Atom was a well-designed, great looking character and the stories were very nicely rendered by the inimitable Steve Ditko. The five page stories in which he appeared though were typical of the non-effort Charlton put into their comics and the Captain Atom feature stories lasted for only nine issues until #42. Part of the reason may have been that Steve Ditko was by 1961 doing more work for Marvel and wasn't available to Charlton.
Aug 1 15 1:10 AM
One of the reasons I missed seeing comics such as Justice League of America 3 and Brave and the Bold 34 that I'm sure would have captivated me at the time had I spotted them on a comic rack was that the stands at my neighbourhood comic outlets were still typically dominated by DELL, Harvey and Archie comics in late 1960. Here are three of my favourites from my current collection that hit the newstands in December 1960:
Herman and Katnip was a great though rarely seen and still largely unappreciated title.
Aug 1 15 1:19 AM
TODD TAMANEND CLARK wrote:MY FAVORITE ALBUMS FROM 1960: http://rateyourmusic.com/...rk/american_albums__1960
MY FAVORITE ALBUMS FROM 1960: http://rateyourmusic.com/...rk/american_albums__1960
Oh man! I love this album cover:
And the Bo Diddey LP you picked as a favourite:
Has this fabulous Diddley Daddy track that the Rolling Stones' would cover in 1963:
Aug 1 15 1:41 AM
Aug 2 15 9:00 AM
Here's a later updated sleeve to the Jimmy Smith LP I posted above:
Not quite as cool as the luncheonette on the original sleeve. Still I'd be there every day for breakfast or lunch if either of these places were in the neighbourhood.
Aug 3 15 10:59 AM
TODD TAMANEND CLARK wrote:MY FAVORITE ALBUMS FROM 1960: http://rateyourmusic.com/...rk/american_albums__1960 MY FAVORITE SINGLES FROM 1960: http://rateyourmusic.com/...k/american_singles__1960
MY FAVORITE ALBUMS FROM 1960: http://rateyourmusic.com/...rk/american_albums__1960 MY FAVORITE SINGLES FROM 1960: http://rateyourmusic.com/...k/american_singles__1960
Did you buy any of these records?
You seem to have started buying records fairly early in age compared to the rest of us. How old were you when you bought your first record(s)? What was the first single you bought? The first LP?
Aug 3 15 12:25 PM
Hepcat: "Did you buy any of these records?"
At this point, I was still mostly listening to my mother's records.
Hepcat: "You seem to have started buying records fairly early in age compared to the rest of us."
My mother HOPE RAMONA HARVEY had been collecting records since before I was born in 1952.
She got me started loving records when I was three.
Hepcat: "How old were you when you bought your first record(s)?
With my own money, eight.
Hepcat: "What was the first single you bought?"
"I IDOLIZE YOU" by IKE AND TINA TURNER
Hepcat: "The first LP?"
FREE JAZZ by ORNETTE COLEMAN
TODD TAMANEND CLARK
The Monongahela River, Turtle Island
Aug 3 15 8:26 PM
Free Jazz? A jazz album was a strange pick for an eight year old in 1960. I would almost certainly have chosen something by rock 'n roll artists such as Chubby Checker (The Twist!), Brian Hyland (Itsy Bitsy Polka-Dot Bikini!), the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, the Drifters or Elvis Presley.
Aug 4 15 12:26 AM
Hepcat: "Free Jazz? A jazz album was a strange pick for an eight year old in 1960."
I've been an impeccably strange non-conformist my entire life!
By nine, I was actually playing avant-garde jazz keyboard!
Aug 5 15 9:38 AM
It wasn't until I was fifteen years of age that I bought my first record. That was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in September of 1967:
Aug 5 15 7:50 PM
Aug 6 15 3:16 PM
While I only started buying the Wonder Woman title in 1963, I too really liked it. It was simply wild! The setting was colourful and exotic, it was brimming with dinosaurs and other giant menaces and true to form Robert Kanigher just kept the action going from one panel to the next. Such a refreshing change from Weisinger's trick, i.e. misleading, plots and Schwartz's storylines whose resolution hinged on some obscure scientific "fact".
Moreover the art team of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito also did a good job on the feature. The backgrounds were exotic and pleasing to the eye, and their Amazons were rather fetching (other than Wonder Woman herself although evidently they weren't allowed to deviate from the house look Kanigher had set for Wonder Woman). Granted I might have been taken aback by Wonder Tot solo stories, but I don't recall Kanigher doing any more of these after 1962. If anything, it was Wonder Girl who received quite a bit of additional focus by 1964 which was well and good.
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