Saturday, 30 June 2012

No Gun, No Chance!

Another piece from the cupboard... Production art from 5th May, 1979 for 2000AD Prog #111. 
Art by Ron SmithColours by Tom Frame.

A Debbie A Day #9

From the 'Def, Dumb & Blonde' album, 1989.

Umbrellas In The Rain

INSTALLING SUMMER..... ███████████████░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 45% DONE. 
Installation failed. 404 error: Season not valid in UK

It's the weekend - and it's bloody raining again! Here's something topical for those facing the same gloomy outlook.

Friday, 29 June 2012


Nick Setchfield's big Bond rewatch reaches On Her Majesty's Secret Service on this link (warning - may contain defence of George Lazenby).

A Debbie A Day #8

And a more recent track from 1999, proving Blondie can still kick it!

Thursday, 28 June 2012


A clip from Stephen Soderbergh's Solaris with the hauntingly beautiful music of Cliff Martinez.

Flashback #4

Random photos from my negative files. #4 - Chantal & Isabelle, Westende, Belgium, 1979. 
More here.

Seduction of the Innocent

As a follow-up to a much earlier post about comics and their anti-drugs stance, here are a couple of interesting anti-drug warnings from the mid-sixties to the early seventies. First up, a panel from: Amazing Spider-Man #97 - June, 1971 "In The Grip Of The Goblin" (click for large)
Story: Stan Lee. Pencils: Gil Kane. Inks: Frank Giacoia. Letters: Sam Rosen. As Marvel Wikia states: This issue was published without the Comic Book Authority Code, due to the fact that the Code did not approve any instance of illegal drug use in comic book publications at the time. Since Stan Lee's story reflected the drug use in negative light, Marvel published the story anyway. Due to the stories popularity, it led to the first revision of the Code.

On the same theme, here's an interesting film from the mid-sixties: The Seduction of the Innocent.

A Debbie A Day #7

Mint. Fine. Good. Fair. Worse for Wear. #11

Fantastic Four #38 - May, 1965
Cover Art: Jack Kirby

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Largin' it #42

Amazing Spider-Man #97 - June, 1971
"In The Grip Of The Goblin"
Story: Stan Lee
Pencils: Gil Kane
Inks: Frank Giacoia
Letters: Sam Rosen

Helicopter Girl - Angel City

From one of my favourite albums of 2004... Just love Helicopter Girl!


I'm pretty sure this was given to me by the staff of the Japanese magazine 'Designer's Workshop' when they came to the 2000AD offices to interview Alan McKenzie and I. Here's a scan of the back and front covers. Combat Comic, 1992.

A Debbie A Day #6

Largin' it #41

Fantastic Four #38 - May, 1965
"Defeated By The Frightful Four"
Story: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Chic Stone
Letters: Sam Rosen

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

From 1979 . . .

From my bookshelf: The Amazing Spider-Man collection published by Simon and Schuster, 1979. Painted cover by Bob Larkin.

Lest We Forget . . .


To celebrate the fact that it's actually not raining today (in the UK anyhow), here's a brand new and particularly uplifting track from William Orbit.

A Debbie A Day #5

Another day, another Debbie!

Largin' it #40

Amazing Spider-Man #82 - March, 1970
Story: Stan Lee
Pencils: John Romita Sr.
Inks: Jim Mooney
Letters: Sam Rosen


I saw it and I really enjoyed it! That's all I'm going to say, because reviews are for reviewers.

UPDATE I just had a thought. Why has nobody thought of doing a retro reboot of Spider-Man based on the comics of the 60's? With the high standard of historically accurate styling, a la Madmen these days, it would make a really nice alternative. Could make a good tv series too.

UPDATE 2 Well, ilove77 just agreed and I put a poll up and four others did too, so it's obviously unanimous!

Letters Of Note

Left: Gene Roddenbury. Right: Isaac Asimov from Letters of Note
For some fascinating correspondence between SF Author, Isaac Asimov and Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, check this link: Letters of Note: Getting Star Trek on the air was impossible. Thanks to Ben Eshmade of Arctic Circle for the tip-off!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

This Here's a Hijack!

Another piece of classic 2000AD production art but this one had no black-line overlay. The line work was by Carlos Ezquerra and the colours were more than likely painted by the late great Tom Frame. Prog #284 - October, 1982.

Click on the  label below for more.

There is a Parallel Universe . . .

. . . it's called Alternity.


I haven't posted any Marvel production stats for a while, so here's one from The Amazing Spider-Man #51 - August, 1967.
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: John Romita
Inker: Mickey Demeo

Lettering: Sam Rosen

Click on the  label below for more.

William Orbit - Pure Shores Instrumental

Online for the first time - the instrumental version of one of my all-time favourite tracks.


I was on a treasure hunt a few weeks back, rummaging around in junk shops with Strictly Kev who is also a keen collector of retro ephemera and we found a whole pile of these French Lisette comics from the 1960's. They were so beautifully designed and illustrated that we bought them all. Here are a couple of scans from the interior pages. Kev has posted some from his collection on his blog too, which is always well worth a look! The Giant Robot one is fab!

Sound Of My Voice

This looks interesting, nice poster designs too. I really liked Brit Marling in Another Earth.

A Debbie A Day #3

It's Sunday... it must be February!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Gravity // Un Rêve De Demain

What an amazingly clever video by Filip Piskorzynski, with currently 5,343 Likes on Vimeo!

Tung Tung Da Saund Karda

This is awesome! Thanks to Steve Chandra Savale for spotting this one. 2.13 mins in, like wow!

Are You Pure?

As promised, the second piece of classic 2000AD production art for today, and this is an absolute beauty by the inimitable Kevin O'Neill. Prog #222, July, 1981.

Click on the  label below for more.

Bad Reception!

Another 80's photo, but this time from my Alternity series, featuring the uber-photogenic, Caroline Ridley-Faux who also appeared on my covers for Vertigo X and 2000AD.

A Debbie A Day #2

From the 1982 calendar - and here she is with Slow Motion from the Eat To The Beat album of 1979.

Twice Is The Only Way To Live

From the bookshelf; the front and back of my James Bond Pan book from 1966. This must have been published in advance of the film which I saw on the big screen as a kid in 1967. James Bond films were always a major event for my family and Maurice Binder's title sequence accompanied by John Barry and Nancy Sinatra's theme was such a thrill for me at the time that it left a lasting impression. Nick Setchfield at SFX has just written a piece about the 5th Bond film as the next instalment of his James Bond marathon here and if you like "What if?" scenarios, you might want to check out the alternative title track by Julie Rogers, on this link.

The Fink is Loose!

To celebrate the fact that I found yet more old 2000AD production art yesterday, alongside my Debbie Harry calendar, I'm going to post a double dose of vintage thrills; starting with this one from Prog #282, 18th September 1982. (The same year as my Debbie Harry calendar - serendipity!). The credits are on the artwork.

Friday, 22 June 2012

A Debbie A Day #1

Whoohoo! I was searching for some boring old documents for an application form that I have to complete and I discovered a treasure trove of stuff that I'd forgotten all about, including this! My Debbie Harry Calendar from 1982. I think I'll post one a day, starting now!

Flashback #2

Random photos scanned from my negative files. #2 - Judge Dredd, Spring, 1993.

Groovy Images From The Sixties #8

Groovy fashion by Pierre Cardin from his "Cosmonaut" Collection 1966, which inspired (pretty heavily, by the looks) Sylvia Anderson for her Captain Scarlet costume designs.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Barbarella on The Telly?

According to The Wrap"Drive" director Nicolas Refn is working with Gaumont International Television on a Barbarella TV series based on the Jean-Claude Forest comic-book character made famous by the 1968 Jane Fonda film of the same name". Sounds like it could be great with Refn's stylistic direction. Thanks to Eric Van Lustbader for the heads up on that one. On the same subject and coincidentally, Nick Setchfield of SFX just sent me the link to the unused Barbarella theme, sung by Jackie Lee of White Horses fame. I mentioned it before, but I'll do it again, Nick is writing a marathon James Bond retrospective on the SFX site and he's already up to Thunderball on this link. Here's the original title sequence to Barbarella, but with Jackie Lee's version of the theme song. She's written an interesting story about how and why it didn't make the final cut on her YouTube channel.

Bring on The Blam!

Daredevil Vol 3. #2
Story: Mark Waid
Art: Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera
Colours: Javier Rodriguez
Letters: Joe Caramagna

Bring on The Glam!

So there we were, on the way to The Michael Hoppen Gallery, just off the King's Road in Chelsea to the private view of Ellen von Unwerth's "Do Not Disturb!" I was strolling along with Jason Atomic and Manko when they suddenly spotted Bishi who was also heading to the same event. Keen to try out my new compact camera, I took a couple of shots along the way - Abbey Road stylee... sort of.

Jason, Manko and Bishi with a little bit of camera-shake despite the wiggling, anti-camera shake thing being switched on. Something I'm going to have to look into.

Well, we finally got there and it was absolutely RAMMED! as you can see. This didn't stop Manko from finding Ellen von Unwerth, who took an instant liking to her 'Charles of London' dress. (I promise you there are no product placements on here, but these things are always worth noting). 

She was also impressed that Manko had brought her 'Revenge' book along for her to sign.

Which she did. Then Bishi got to have a chat too.

Then we went outside and just as I'd taken a shot of Manko proudly displaying her signed book, Jason suddenly legged it off down the road after mumbling something that sounded like "Kelly Brook". And lo and behold, it was! Manko got the shots and great shots they are too. (click for large)

Unbeknown to the world at large, Jason has always had a sort of fascination for Kelly Brook, revealed for the first time by these pictures that Manko took later on in the evening.

On the whole, I'd say that was a fun night out and Ellen von Unwerth's new body of work was just as amazing as it always is. She is one of the absolute Best after all! It's on 'til July 21st - Details below. Meanwhile, to round things off magnificently, here's the beautiful title track from Bishi's new album, Albion Voice. Her website is great too. Here's the link.

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