Sunday, June 25, 2017

Schwarz Weiß Sunday in honor of Alex Toth

Since he only got half a post last year ( and I have nothing important to add about Peyo ) here is another selection of black and white art - with the corresponding color pages in some cases - of the great Alex Toth.


It really seems that I´m only able to post on the weekends nowadays so there are birthdays since my last post I missed but already covered last year which thankfully are only two : Sonya Kraus and Mike Wieringo


Now usually I try to stick to the " 23 pictures per post " rule ( that´s not counting the intro, the link section and the pop culture addendum, of course ) but during my research for this post I came across some cover homages for Alex Toth´s Super Friends cover. I know that these kind of stuff is always popular with the readers ( and also one of my favorite subjects ) and since they are not enough to warrant their own spin - off post ( for which I am thankful since I still have to finish up a few old posts like the Yaya Han spin - off post from the Janet Jackson spin - off post from the Janet Jackson birthday post etc. ) I am including them here.


As always we have some wibbly - wobbly timey - wimey confusion with the links since I am posting the main stuff for this post on Sunday but it is actually Friday night when I can finally finish the post - mainly because it is the first day of the Comic Con Stuttgart Tomorrow. And against my better judgement I have decided to go which will put a considerable strain on my finances not to mention my health but those are the sacrifices I make for the chance to see Yaya Han in person. I don´t know if I can see her host the cosplay contest or at her panel ( last year I missed her and only found out she had attended the con afterwards ) because I don´t know what other events will take place, when I will arrive there, how long my health allows me to stay or even if I can find it in time. I don´t think I´ll use the photo opportunities either because while it would be a thrill to meet her ( as long as I don´t get tongue - tied or come across like a total creep ) I do know how I look on photos - and in real life - and I don´t need a reminder. But I definitely will try to find her table because I have tried to get a hold of one of her calendars and so far I couldn´t even find them on amazon.


Coming back to wrapping up the post, there is the usual assortment of websites to give thanks to or links I want to mention and we start with THE ALEX TOTH ARCHIVES where you can find the complete issue of Limited Collector´s Edition C41 with the Super Friends as well as Alex Toth´s contribution to Walt Disney´s Zorro for Dell Comics. The black and white page with Black Canary is courtesy of Dan Greenfield´s post on 13TH DIMENSION that presents thirteen of his favorite Alex Toth covers, the Black Hood page was provided by PENCIL INK , the black and white page from The Hacker´s Last Stand is from James Romberger´s article titled Cursing the Darkness : The Last Horror´s of Alex Toth on THE HOODED UTILITARIAN and the opening splash from The Vanguard was found on the RAGGED CLAWS NETWORK which has a lot of Alex Toth stories to peruse.

Speaking of stories drawn by Alex Toth, our always reliable pal Old Groove at DIVERSIONS OF THE GROOVY KIND has an unnamed The Question story ( although the title may be The Question Strikes ! ) by Roger Stern, Michael Uslan and Alex Toth that appeared in the fanzine Charlton Bullseye 5 and last but not least Rey Armenteros on THROUGH CONCENTRATED BREATH has a post on Bravo For Adventure. Thanks and kudos to all these guys.


There are a few other birthdays to mention Today like the bodacious Linda Cardellini who turns 42. She´s been on 3rd Rock From The Sun, Clueless and Good Burger but while today´s audience knows her from ER, New Girl, Mad Men ( another reason why I should get a move on and start watching that show ) and Bloodline I first became aware of luscious Linda when I saw her as the sexiest Velma this side of a Zimmerman drawing in the first two Scooby Doo movies. Now I may be biased because of all the Zimmerman drawings of Velma but for me it has always been one of great mysteries in life why she was the ugly duckling in the cartoons when she clearly had more going on for her. I mean if you like skinny girls that have more beauty than brains then Daphne is definitely the girl for you. Velma on the other side has smarts, real curves and you bet she hides some big torpedoes under her sweater that are at least DDs. If I had to choose I would go on a date with Velma Dinkley especially if she looks like Linda.


Besides reprising her role of Velma on Scooby Doo ! Mystery Incorporated, Robot Chicken and Scooby Doo video games she lent her voice to cartoon shows like Regular Show, Gravity Falls and Sanjay and Craig and played Hawkeye´s wife on Avengers : Age Of Ultron. Usually her birthday would be a good excuse to put some videos of sexbomb Linda on the blog but since I already posted the best two videos in this post I´m going with a video of Jessica Nigri who thankfully did a terrific Velma Dinkley cosplay.


Originally the video was for a Velma appreciation post that I still haven´t gotten around to. In fact, it was not even this video since the video I had originally bookmarked got deleted and I had to look for this one. I also had to make the animated GIF below myself ( which took like forever and I could have just used the video instead of going frame by frame but the quality on those GIFs is so low ), since the only ones I found are Jessica shaking her butt and I think the best part of the video involves her boobs.


Now I really didn´t expect that I would have to make the GIF myself. I mean with Yaya Han I´m already used to it although I don´t understand it.


Supposedly Yaya is all about the boobs and less about the cosplay - at least if you read what people write online and in the comment section of her videos on YouTube - but when you look at her and Jessica Nigri´s presence on the internet ( as Jessica Nigri is Yaya Han´s biggest rival as cosplay sexbomb ) you will notice that there are less GIFs of Yaya Han than there are of Jessica Nigri. And going even further there´re at least a dozen vids of Jessica Nigri´s breast cosplay moments while I still haven´t found a single one of this kind about Yaya. I´m not entirely sure what that means.


Speaking of comments, most of them are saying that it´s about time she does if not full on porn then at least nude videos. And while I agree - although for other reasons - I don´t think these comments will bear any fruit. From what I have experienced of Jessica she never lets others dictate what she does. And right now it seems she´s totally fine with going as far as she can go without doing nudity while driving all males crazy. She clearly knows what guys do while they watch her videos and she´s getting off on not giving you what you want. So when she really goes nude it will be at a time of her choosing and it will be glorious.


Now while I also think it´s high time that she did some nude pictures my reasoning is that now is the best time for her to do it. Too many celebs never grab the chance to do nude pictures when they are in good physical condition and their banging bodies are in their prime. Then, twenty ( or thirty ) years later their biological clock starts ticking, they want to prove that they still look good and do some pictures. Well, how are we supposed to come to a qualified decision ? We don´t know how she looked in the buff when she was young and sexy. So please Jessica, more for your own sake than for others, do some nude shots while you are still looking good.


Anyway, until she really decides to film something you could only watch in Germany after midnight check out JESSICA NIGRI GIFS and MiHO which has 17 Super Hot Jessica Nigri GIFs and here is Jessica Nigri as Velma Dinkley.



From cartoons and cosplay it´s back to comic books with Jerry Bingham who celebrates his 64th birthday. He has worked on such titles as House of Mystery, Secrets of Haunted House, The Warlord, Warp, Heavy Metal, Black Panther, Iron Man, Marvel Premiere, Marvel Team - Up and Marvel Two - In - One but he is best known for the Mike W. Barr penned graphic novel Batman : Son of the Demon which restored DC Comics to first place in sales after fifteen years and introduced the character of Damian Wayne.


I remember buying the expensive hardcover way back when it was first published since I had more disposable income to spend on comic books or graphic novels in those days. For more background information on the Head of the Demon GOYOMAN has the first meeting of Batman and Ra´s al Ghul from Batman 232 and according to Dan Greenfield on 13TH DIMENSION Ra´s al Ghul is The Greatest Role Christopher Lee Never Got To Play


While I don´t have enough material for a full post I still have to mention belgian cartoonist Peyo who was a big part of my life with his work on comic series like Steven Strong or Johan and Peewit but most notably with The Smurfs which were just about everywhere. I was a huge fan and one of the first things I learned to draw were the smurfs which was not the worst skill you could have in german schools around 1970. As I have often mentioned writing this blog has his own rewards because I stumble upon things I would not otherwise. So it is that I found out that there is a story for Natascha - the hot amalgamation of Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe in comic book form - he wrote for Walthéry who apparently was an apprentice of his which may be in my reading pile in the near future. I am buying the Natascha collections from Salleck Publications and the story is included in the next volume. Man, it really would have helped me in my later school days if I had been able to draw hot sexbombs like Walthéry.


Speaking of blonde sexbombs, Today´s music video is a call back to the first Janet Jackson birthday post last month in which I mentioned the german´s favorite Fräuleinwunder next door, the charismatic Linda Hesse who turned 30 on May the 22nd. She became quite successful in a short period of time thanks to her signature tight tight pants / t - shirt and suspenders look ( okay, and her banging physique ), her smile that can melt steel and her overall cheerful personality. She has stayed down to earth which you can´t say about most people who made it in Germany.


Usually I´m not a big Schlager fan but I´m making an exception for Linda.


I couldn´t find a clip of Linda´s sexy wardrobe malfunction on Carmen Nebel but here is her first appearance on swiss tv with a similar outfit.



From all the cartoon series Alex Toth worked on as a character designer I picked the one I was addicted to growing up. Sadly I could not find any complete episodes on YouTube but this has the best picture quality.



Tight pants continued : I swear, when I decided to add this episode of The Secrets of Isis I had no hidden agenda and only chose it because I wanted to include a longer video since I can do these posts less frequently. And Shazzan sounds like Shazam whom Alex Toth did draw on occasion. Or rather Captain Marvel and one of the super heroines from Fawcett was Isis. Like I said, that was my whole thought process and I don´t know if I have some special perv powers that sense a hot babe like a big white one does blood in the water but after watching the episode I have to say that Joanna Pang who plays Cindy Lee sure knows how to fill out those pants.


Sadly Joanna Pang´s character was replaced in season two by Rennie Carol played by Ronalda Douglas but Joanna Cameron who plays the title role is also very hot. Since I used the word Isis the secret service is reading this post right now so I want to use that attention to lecture all those social justice warriors that Isis was the first weekly, american, live - action television series with a female superhero character predating the debuts of both The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman. So no matter how much fanfare they make about the new Wonder Woman movie, Isis did it first.



The series was an original Filmation creation and since Isis crossed over a few times with their Shazam ! series she was later included in DC´s comic series of the same name before getting her own tv - spin - off comic book.


Speaking of comic book history here is a different documentary since most comic afficionados are already tired of hearing about the evolution of the comic book medium in America. I hope this is interesting for those not familiar with the long tradition of four colored entertainment in Spain.



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

It´s Schwarz Weiß Sunday with Alan Davis

Today is Alan Davis 61st birthday so we take another look at what should have been one of Marvel´s best selling mutant books of the 1980s - and it would have been if the title had been X - CALIBUR instead of EXCALIBUR.


Now last year I posted the complete EXCALIBUR - THE SWORD IS DRAWN graphic novel by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. The idea was to bring more attention to this severely underrated and underappreciated by comicfandom in general series. I don´t know if it was really my post that got things going but soon after the first Epic Collection was announced that reprinted this book. There had been trades before but most of them were out of print at that time so I´m glad that at least the first 11 issues of the series are out there again and can hopefully find a new audience.

Which is why instead of just doing a post with Alan Davis best inked pages - or at least the best ones I could find - I had to make it difficult for myself and make another EXCALIBUR - centric post. First the idea was to include stuff from the issues reprinted in the Epic Collection but then I decided to go for quality instead which brought the dilemma that most of the pages ( the bulk of them was found at HERITAGE AUCTIONS ) are from later issues. So this is less a celebration of the first 11 issues - although there is a page from the second issue - and more a taste of things to come. As usual I am posting the color versions alongside the black and white art but this time I couldn´t find any good original color pages. One last thing I want to clear up before we get to the wonderful art pages by Alan Davis.

For me the title of the graphic novel was not a good choice since it panders to one of the biggest common misconceptions concerning the arthurian legend. Excalibur was NOT the sword in the stone. Arthur pulls the sword out of the stone looking for a sword but the sword in the stone got destroyed later on and THEN the Lady in the Lake gives him Excalibur.


Since I always knew I was going to return to Alan Davis´ Excalibur there are a few links I kept from posting like GENTLEMEN OF LEISURE which has a post on Excalibur 16. Originally I wanted to save it for my second post on the Marvel Visionaries : Chris Claremont but since it will be in the next Epic Collection of Excalibur ( at least if the continue with the issues 12 and onwards that contain The Cross Time Caper, and don´t jump forward in continuity like they did with many other series ) I´m including it here. 

PSYCHOADCOMICS examines Excalibur 43 as does SCANS DAILY which has a double feature with Excalibur 48 that introduces Nightcrawler´s new team : Nightcrawler´s Technet and THE ROBOT´S VOICE has 8 Exceedingly WTF Moments in Chris Claremont´s Excalibur Comics. Since we are on the subject of WTF moments in Excalibur, Brian Cronin in his column The Abandoned An´ Forsaked on COMIC BOOK RESOURCES takes a look at the Excalibur Special : The Possession that f - worded Alan Davis´ plans for the series up so badly he felt the need to address this in an issue of his run and take that story apart bit by bit. To wrap things up, one of the fan favorite members of Excalibur is the beloved Kitty Pryde and since I will probably never do a spotlight on her here is MARVEL COMICS OF THE 1980s four part series Growing Up With Pryde ( part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 ). 

Aside from the usual list of comic related birthdays I missed since my last post but which I covered in previous years like Ross Andru , Herbert Feuerstein , Brent Anderson and Neal Adams ( who got a DC post and a Marvel post ) I want to give an honorable mention to german Power Girl Sibylle Rauch. She celebrated her 57th birthday on the 14th of June and she was one of the biggest ( 38D ! ) erotic actresses back in the day.


Before becoming one of the most successful porn stars with one of the biggest german porn companies ( her sales records breaking movie BORN TO LOVE even guest starred british porn superstar Sarah Louise Young ) Sibylle played in a lot of the erotic movies that swept Germany in the 80s but her most famous roles were in the israeli series of erotic comedies EIS AM STIEL ( Lemon Popsicle in english ) that were among the most watched movies in Germany at that time. The movies follow a trio of friends on a quest to loose their virginity and as usual sex hijinks and breasts ensue.


Sibylle used that popularity to jump start a singing career ( this was the time when women with big breasts like Sabrina Salerno, Danuta or Samantha Fox became big stars thanks to the predominance of music videos ) and she was the publisher - as well as the face and body - of the german HUSTLER from 1992 till 1995. She did a lot of cocaine and I thought she had died in 1997 but apparently she survived her suicide attempt.


And we continue Todays birthdays with another bigbreasted sexbomb that was born to do porn. Paula Abdul who turns 55 was the Carmen Electra of my generation as she shook her booty like there´s no Tomorrow and slid her centerfold body up and down stripper poles like a real professional in videos like Crazy Cool. To the young kids she´s known as the crazy and drunk judge on American Idol and I´m not sure if I should be sorry or glad about missing all those episodes because Paula´s XXL porn cleavage gave the term " push up " a new definition. Or should I say a new dimension ?


Are we really to believe Simon Cowell never taped that ? Man, if Paula would have been my co host I´d be f - wording her brains out in her trailer every chance I get. I mean from what you hear Paula Abdul was like a cat in heat around Simon. Anyway, while Paula and Simon Cowell repeated the experience ( at least one of the two ) on The X - Factor Paula is not one of the judges on The X - Factor UK. Nevertheless I decided to post another performance by 4th Power from that show. They seem to go by the name of 4th Impact now but I´m too tired to go back and change all of the tags.



We also have some comic related birthdays Today starting with Shaky Kane, one of the deranged masterminds behind The Bulletproof Coffin and The Bulletproof Coffin : Disinterred who has reached the big 60. Or maybe he IS really just a figment of our collective imagination and there is no real Shaky Kane. Be that as it may what IS most definitely real are the Bulletproof Coffin comic books which longtime readers of this blog may remember me pimping as the best comic you are not reading and also the best new version of WATCHMEN without trying to be the new version of WATCHMEN. High praise indeed but I am not kidding you it´s all deserved.


I discovered this comic thanks to Terry Hooper´s fantastic blog COMIC BITS ONLINE ( which you all should follow religiously as long as it lasts ) and if I should describe it to somebody in a short sentence I would probably say it is Alan Moore and Grant Morrison going on a peyote induced trip after drinking too much tequila drawn by Jack Kirby meets Geoff Darrow with every pop culture thing you love thrown in from dinosaurs to zombies.


I know that a lot of people are put off by the art reminiscent of old pulp comics but let me tell you it does not only grow on you from issue to issue but while you read you suddenly understand why it couldn´t possibly be drawn in any other art style. This comic has my highest recommendation and if you don´t enjoy the heck out of this comic you are probably not a genuine pop culture geek and only picked up a comic because it´s trendy.


And it´s okay if you don´t believe me, but before you say " Hogwash ! " and turn your attention to other things maybe you would rather put your trust in Nevs Coleman on FILTHY ORPHAN or P. M. Buchan at STARBURST who has everything you need to know about The Bulletproof Coffin new and old in one place. JOSHUA MALBIN has a short review of the first issue of The Bullteproof Coffin with some preview pages and if you are not afraid of spoilers got to David Brothers post on COMICS ALLIANCE for the complete first issue plus some preview pages from issue 5 ( he also has a post on the special cut - up technique used in The Bulletproof Coffin : Disinterred issue 5 ) or you can read COMICS RECOMMENDED´s spoiler filled review of the first series and THE OUTHOUSERS has some preview pages from the first issue of The Bulletproof Coffin : Disinterred book.


The birthdays continue with Kathleen Turner who celebrates her 63rd. To tell you the truth I never understood her type casting as femme fatale but I guess it has to do more with her voice than anything else since she was chosen to be the voice of Jessica Rabbit and Jessica sounds hot like hell. 


Who looks like a real life version of the toon with the impossible curves every man dreams about is italian MILF Celina Rucci. Longtime readers may remember that I posted a video of her in a previous post. Like I predicted the video was erased from YouTube but luckily I had made some GIFs and I could substitute the original video with another one from the same scene.


With Celina´s obvious resemblance to Jessica Rabbit it was only a matter of time before she took on that role and what better opportunity could present itself than the argentinian strip show Bailando Para Un Sueno ?



We start the section of the dearly departed with another comic birthday, Robert Kanigher who co - created a lot of characters that I enjoyed in the pages of Jim Aparo´s The Brave and The Bold like Ragman, Rose and Thorn and the Metal Man, the last two with aforementioned artist Ross Andru.


He also co created characters like Poison Ivy, The Viking Prince, Enemy Ace, The Losers, The Unknown Soldier, The Haunted Tank, The Sea Devils, The Losers, Sgt. Rock and the original version of the Suicide Squad.



We stay with comic related anniversaries and the late Mark Gruenwald, one of the most beloved creators at Marvel. One of his pet projects was the Squadron Supreme which in my opinion is a much better comic than Watchmen. While Alan Moore and David Gibbons mini series has its place in comic history they didn´t have to work in an already established continuity and so didn´t have to leave the characters intact for further use. So they had it easy and I don´t doubt that Mark Gruenwald would have created something at least as good under the same circumstances.


There have been many versions of the team since and the last one I bought was the mini series about the Squadron Sinister - the evil incarnation of the team that first appeared in the Avengers - by Carlos Pacheco that was one of the few readable New Secret Wars tie ins ( I can´t call it Secret Wars because whatever you might think about the quality of Secret Wars or Secret Wars II at least those were original ideas ). The series was a huge success which according to Carlos Pacheco is due in part to the fact that Guggenheim is an even bigger fanboy than him.


Now usually I try to include a cartoon video in my posts and readers who have stumbled upon this post before it´s final version may remember that for a brief time there was a video with a deleted scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit ? instead of the one by Celina Rucci. What happened was that I found that while looking for the video of April Hunter dressed up as Jessica Rabbit. I also found the video below of a very rare PayPerView so I also included it. But then I came across the video with Celina Rucci - which I naturally had completely forgotten - and since she´s hotter than April Hunter I threw out the video with the deleted scene. Keeping with my own guidelines for the selection of videos I should have substituted the video below with a cartoon video but as I said these kind of videos are hard to come by, especially exclusive all female wrestling events.



Speaking of rare finds on YouTube, for my german readers I´m including the pilot of Stingray, one of the best tv series with the very underrated Nick Mancuso in the lead role. Ah, the good old days when all you needed to fight crime, corruption and injustice was a fast car. Tv can be so easy.



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But if both are defending themselves it IS fighting.