Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Joe Howard's Chick!

Love this! Our Love Story #4 - April 1970. Cover art by John Romita and Sam Rosen.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Doctor Who: Regeneration DVD

I'm really happy that my portrait of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy will feature in this Doctor Who 50th anniversary collection; beautifully designed by Peacock Design. To quote the official blurb... The Doctor Who Regeneration set is an individually numbered, beautifully packaged, coffee table album including six DVDs of Doctor Who adventures – including fan favourites like The Caves of Androzani and The End of Time, plus an advance release of the First Doctor’s final adventure The Tenth Planet. This is already up for advanced order, right here.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Future of Fashion #7

Photography: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Model: Freja Beha Erichsen. Vogue Paris - May 2013. (click for large)

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Catwoman Meows . . .

A 1966 interview with actress, Lee Meriwether in full costume as the villainous Catwoman.

Journey to the Centre of the Tardis

For me, last weeks episode of Doctor Who was infinitely better than the previous two and tonight's episode looks promising too. According to Wikipedia, Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat gave the concept of an episode discovering the centre of the TARDIS to writer Stephen Thompson. Thompson explained that this was because Moffat was "haunted" by the 1978 story The Invasion of Time, which was set on the TARDIS but used hastily-constructed sets.

And a nicely edited fan-made clip featuring all of the Doctors...

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Dome Club

Catch it while you can. It's pretty fabulous to say the least!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Purrfect Trio!

The Original CatwomanJulie Newmar and pals. Batman tv series, 1966-1968.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Up The Junction

Anyone who likes films from the 1960's would really appreciate this one. I watched it last night for the first time since I saw it on a black & white tv as a kid. I had no idea it looked so good. It gets a 7.0 score on IMDB and deservedly so.

I've posted this before but it's worth posting again. Below: from my bookshelf; a 1966 copy of Up The Junction by Nell Dunn with one of my favourite book cover illustrations from the period. Unfortunately there's no artist credit.

Thor: The Dark World

Monday, 22 April 2013

April 1973

Cover concept licked! by designer Tom Staebler. Modelled by Lenna Sjooblom and photographed by Don Azuma.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Largin' it #65

From a Production Stat for page #14 of Amazing Spider-Man #50 - July, 1967. Witty dialogue, terrific art. Writer: Stan Lee. Artist: John Romita. Inker: Mickey Demeo. Lettering: Sam Rosen.

Vision de Futuro

Looks like the 60's all over again! Vogue Spain - May 2013. Photography: Jason Kibbler. Model: Sam Rollinson.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Barbi Doll #2

Well, today being Record Store Day I had a pretty lucky find to add to my 1970's Paraphernalia, a genuine 1975 pristine copy of this Barbi Benton album, with a free life-size Barbi poster! All this for only a fiver. There's something so typically 70's about the logo that I had to scan it separately. I'll get the poster up here at some point. As for the record? I've no idea, I haven't played it yet.

Doctor Who : Hide

By all accounts, today's episode is much stronger than the last two, so fingers crossed!

Mean Arena!

From the cupboard today... 2000AD Prog #187 - 22nd November 1980. Art by Dave Gibbons. Click on the  link for more.

I really like this descriptive comment from sauchieboy 20 April 2013 10:16. So I'm adding it here...

I loved that story, and I don't even have the excuse of being ten when I read it, since I only came across it after buying the back issues off a pal at secondary school who'd discovered the delights of drinking White Lightning cider and screwing shell-suited girls underneath the swings in the local park. 

There's something really appealing about the way Gibbon's figures look like burnished Silver Age characters, inexplicably torn from the pages of a sixties Marvel comic and dropped into the milieu of dilapidated tenement housing and hair-netted housewives which was the drab default setting during that period for any British comic story which wasn't about the second world war. The Slayers' matches could have been taking place in Pat Mills's fictional amalgam of Northpool or the Dundee/Anywhere construct of Dennis the Menace's home town.

Which, I suppose, reflected how the strip (and 2000ad in general) was seeking to disrupt and transform the stuffiness, complacency and morbidity that had afflicted British boys comics in that period by introducing what were perceived at the time as subversive American influences (Tallon was a Yank), such as excitement, colour and glamour. Once again, the colours on that art seem so much more vivid (and lurid) than the copy I have; there must have been a real art to laying down hues that would achieve the desired effect once they'd gone through the primitive printing process, and onto crappy paper.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

April 1962

From this month 51 years ago... Art direction & design by Arthur PaulPhotography by Sherman Weisburd, but no model credit this time. I love the minimal use of cover lines, unlike today's overcrowded magazine covers.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The Man Who Laughs

A plug for David Hine and Mark Stafford's new graphic novel released and on sale here this week.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


I finally got a chance to see 'Oz' in 3D today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sam Raimi delivered!

Marshal Law

From the 1988 Birmingham Comic Art Show booklet. Marshal Law by Kev O'Neill. Plus the cover of the booklet itself by the inimitable Hunt Emerson.

The Future of Fashion #6

A Whiter Tomorrow. Numéro Tokyo - May 2013.
Photography: Benjamin Lennox. Styling: Charles Varenne. Model: Ava Smith.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Superhero Style #8

From W Magazine Korea - April 2013. Photography: Alexi Lubomirski. Model: Meghan Collison.

Zenith #8

From the 1988 Birmingham Comic Art Show booklet. Zenith by Steve Yeowell.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Doctor Who: The Reunion

This is well worth listening to, on BBC Radio 4: here or BBC iPlayer: here
Sue MacGregor reunites five people who created and starred in the first series of a television landmark, Doctor Who. Fifty years later, those who crammed nervously into the BBC's Lime Grove Studios in 1963 recount the triumphs and disasters that ushered in the longest running science-fiction series in the world. Duration: 45 minutes. First broadcast: Sunday 07 April 2013.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Sophie's World

Exhibition: Sophie’s World
More news about this later, but just so you know; I'll be exhibiting a series of previously unseen photographs of the Doctors much-loved sidekick Ace, Sophie Aldred, at the Orbital Comics Gallery in London from 5th - 30th September 2013. Sophie will be making an appearance and signing too. Meanwhile, there's just one set of negatives missing that we're trying to track down. If you hear anything on the vine of grapes, please let us know, Cheers!

Jerry And The Jawa

From Vogue magazine, November 1977. Jerry Hall shares her modelling credit with a Jawa. Photography by Ishimuro.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Day Of The Daleks

I remember the day this turned up at the newsagents. What a fabulous cover by Frank Bellamy!

Monday, 8 April 2013

April 1970

From this month 43 years ago... another fashion-oriented cover from art director Arthur PaulPhotographed by Pompeo Posar and modelled by Pamela Nystal.

Sunday, 7 April 2013


A tricky one to scan, but here's the production art for 2000AD #158. Art by Carlos Ezquerra. Colours by Tom Frame.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Don't Mess With Catwoman!

Julie Newmar as Catwoman, 1966.

High Profile

Such a beautiful shot! Kate Hudson by Camilla Akrans for Harper’s Bazaar US, October 2012

Friday, 5 April 2013

RIP Carmine Infantino

At the age of 87, another comics legend shuffles off this mortal coil.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

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