Sunday, August 19, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
With his first appearance in Fantastic Four #48 in March of 1966, the Silver Surfer has become one of Marvel Comics most popular and enduring characters. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby as the minor figure of a herald for the classic three part "Galactus Trilogy" storyline, the Surfer soon became a favorite of Lee's, who initially thought he was just a "nut on a flying surfboard". Kirby following the story ideas and brief synopsis of Lee in their usual "Marvel Method"of construction a tale, but made more of the character by adding the flying surfboard, since Kirby explained he was "tired of drawing spaceships." As the later origin story goes, a young astronomer, Norrin Radd, trying to save his home world from the planet eater, Galactus, struck a deal with the all-powerful cosmic entity. Offering to serve him in exchange for his planet's survival, Radd became the herald of Galactus warning planets of their impending doom travelling the cosmos on his silver surfboard which could fly beyond the speed of light. Christened with almost god-like powers and a silver skin, and imbued with a tiny fraction of Galactus's Power Cosmic, the Silver Surfer finally arrives at Earth only to find the superhero team of the Fantastic Four waiting to stop him and his destroying master. The Fantastic Four convince the Surfer that his cause is wrong and he must betray Galactus to save Earth, which he does, but as punishment from his master, he is exiled on our planet. The noble Silver Surfer made other classic appearances in the pages of Fantastic Four before having his own short-lived series of eighteen issues drawn mainly by John Buscema in the 1968, and since then his many reincarnations over the years in other Marvel Comics series.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The nine Champion pages from issues #4 and #6 we all in the $6-$9 range, all signed by the artist in one of the action-packed panels. By now you know the drill, pieces from Luke Cage, Power Man issues 26 and 29 were the same $6 to $10 prices, except the page one splash for issue #29 "No One Laughs at Mr. Fish" was a whopping fourteen dollars. The most expensive page in the advertisement, and it would hardly cover postage today. The Savage Sub-Mariner #69 pages seventeen and twenty six were only eight buck a pop! Rounding out this double page ad were pages from Marvel's black and white magazine Planet to the Apes from the fifth and sixth issues, but they all were higher with an average of eleven dollars a page! Great shots of our stars Taylor and the lovely Nova fighting apes in the Forbidden Zone. Lastly, if you were a real high roller, you could own the entire book of Planet of the Apes #4 with Taylor's imprisonment and trial from the classic movie, twenty pen and ink wash pages sold only as a unit for $125. Too bad Azusa did not have any Iron Man pages for sale at these prices.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Born in Cashton, Wisconsin back in the days when gasoline was replacing hay as motor fuel. Moved to Tomah, graduated cum nothing and by chance got a job on the Minneapolis Times at seven a week drawing, benday and retouching for four years. Relaxed for two at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Then to the Chicago Examiner where I worked beside T.S. Sullivant. Three years more and a spot opened up on the Chicago Tribune - next to Dean Cornwell and Garrett Price this was 1909. In early 1911 I married Delia Drew from Tomah. Started "Motorcycle Mike and Bobby" and "Make Believe" Sunday in 1919. I started a small square in a half page I was making and called it "Gasoline Alley". It grew and soon took over the half page. Captain Joseph Medill Patterson promoted it to a daily strip and a Sunday page."Gasoline Alley" has had its 40th birthday and Skeezix is 39. In 1951 Bill Perry who had been my assistant for years took the Sunday page off my rounded shoulders. The Kings moved from Glencoe near Chicago to Florida in 1929. Aberrations? Sculping the fiddle, working out visual inventions.