Monday, March 29, 2010

Another Convention Weekend

I had a great time this past weekend at Planet Comicon, Kansas City's largest comic book/pop culture convention. It's proving to be more and more popular every year as Saturday's crowd was the largest I had ever seen there. The highlight of the show for me was getting to talk to Silver Age Marvel legend Herb Trimpe again. Herb is one of the nicest professionals I've ever met and he drew a fantastic quick head sketch of Thor on the back of his new sketchbook, which has a lot of very cool pieces he's drawn through the years.

I also enjoyed talking to Bongo Comics editor Bill Morrison again. I've always liked the Futurama and Simpsons comics and Bill is always super friendly and cordial to everybody that comes up to him. He drew a couple of quick head shots on a couple of Futurama comics I bought from him.

The only sad part of the weekend was learning of the passing of Dick Giordano. I always liked his work on the many, many titles he pencilled and inked through the years, especially his work on Batman in the early '70's. He was also a great editor, starting with Charlton in the mid '60's and continuing on with two different stints at DC. I only got to meet him one time at one of the first conventions I went to in the early '90's but he was a true comics legend that will definitely be missed.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Incredible Hulk #212

One of the first superhero comics I remember getting when I started collecting comics was this issue of The Incredible Hulk from June, 1977, featuring a great Rich Buckler/Ernie Chan cover. I was always a fan of the Constrictor. I always thought he had a pretty cool gimmick. The interior art by the underrated Sal Buscema was another plus for this particular issue. As always, the ads inside enticed me with all the cool stuff you could buy. I really wanted one of those cool Marvel shields.

But as usual I didn't get to order one. I never ordered anything from the ads inside the various comics which I always regretted. Oh well, maybe I'll see one of these shields at a convention someday.

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