Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Journey Through Space

Courtesy of the awesome Grand Comic Book Database comes this beauty from 1960. Not much is known about this book but the blurb on the title says it all. It's Merry Christmas time. Hope everyone out there gets all the comics they want for Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

DC Comics Calendar December, 1976

I love the 1976 DC calendar. Every month features beautiful Neal Adams-Dick Giordano art but my favorite image is Superman as Santa reading hardbound DC comics from that great Bronze Age year of the bicentennial. Another cool thing about the calendar are those goofy facts relating to the different heroes like their birthdays and anniversaries. Did you know Batman's first case was December 4th or that Captain Cold's birthday is the 11th? Neither did I.

Whenever I get down around Christmas I look at this hanging on my wall and I instantly feel better. If I don't post again before Christmas, have a great holiday season!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Joe Kubert Hawkman Sketch

I just got my copy of the deluxe edition of Joe Kubert's How To Draw From Life book. While it contains some great examples of Joe's still life work and is a valuable learning tool for any aspiring artist, I was very happy to be able to get a sketch from the man himself. It cost a pretty penny but it was worth it. I've always wanted a Kubert piece and Hawkman is one of my favorite characters so it was a no brainer for me although Sgt. Rock or Tarzan would have been cool too. Heck, anything would have great coming from Kubert. This is definitely one of the highlights of my art collection.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Brave And Bold Christmas

I always loved Batman themed Chistmas stories and this one from The Brave And The Bold #184 is one of my favorites. Featuring fantastic art from the one and only Jim Aparo and a nice script from Mike W. Barr, the teaming of Earth 1 and 2 characters was always a hit with me. The splash page is classic Aparo. The Gotham Guardian would make a fantastic Santa.

Aparo was such a good visual storyteller that no words needed to be said except at the very end. I love this sequence.

Not only did we get a classic story we got 1981 Christmas wishes from such DC legends as Joe Kubert, Sheldon Mayer, Julius Schwartz, Irv Novick, and many more.

I miss these Christmas themed issues from the 70's and 80's. It just doesn't seem the same anymore. There's no Christmas like a DC Christmas, especially during the Bronze Age.

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