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Cavalcade Comics #14 – Kamandi and Thundarr the Barbarian

Posted in cartoons, comic books, nostalgia, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2017 by Paxton

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I’m in full on prep mode for AWESOME-tober-fest 2017 right now. It’ll be my 10th year doing it and I’ll be talking about Ghosts!

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I have a full slate of stuff lined up; books, movies, comics, and cartoons. It should be a lot of fun. I also have, as usual, a monster/Halloween themed Cavalcade Comics cover ready to go. But before we get there, my friends, I have a completely different Cavalcade Comics cover for you.

My good friend and Hellbent for Letterbox co-host Michael May started up a Thundarr the Barbarian podcast called Thundarr Road where they are following the journeys of our favorite barbarian as he traverses his way through the apocalyptic wasteland of future Earth. However, they aren’t doing it in episode order, they are following his journey geographically as if he actually made the journey from future Manhat all the way across the country west. It’s an interesting journey and it’s been fun so far. In the very first episode they had mentioned the similarities to an old 70s Jack Kirby comic called Kamandi and I thought that was a great comparison and it would have been awesome to see these two characters together.  And it’s kismet as Jack Kirby actually did early character designs on the Thundarr cartoon.

So, without further ado, here is the team up between the Jack Kirby Thundarr and Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth.

These guys would totally be post-apocalyptic besties. You could almost imagine that they would have met except Kamandi’s post-apocalyptic world was ruled by hyper intelligent animals and Thundarr’s world is ruled by wizards.

For the Thundarr, Ookla and Princess Ariel in the cover I used one of Kirby’s Thundarr drawings.

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As I said, Kirby was brought on in like 1979-1980 to do character designs for the show.  There are several of these drawings out there.  As you see I had to find an appropriate Sun Sword and add it to Thundarr’s hand.

Kamandi actually comes from Kamandi – The Last Boy on Earth #2 (1973).

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If you look in the background of my cover, some of that stuff comes from Kamandi #1 (1972) as well as Kamandi #2 (1973).

So I hope you enjoyed this cover as much as I enjoyed making it.  And go check out Michael May’s Thundarr Road podcast.  It’s a lot of fun.  And stay tuned for the 10th annual AWESOME-tober-fest Halloween celebration in like a month!

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2016: A tomb full of mummy covers

Posted in comic books, monsters, mummy, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2016 by Paxton

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We’re getting towards the end of my mummy themed weeks.  Next week, the final week of AWESOME-tober-fest, will be my usual “greatest hits” articles where I revisit previous topics in the history of my Halloween celebration.

But, now, let’s continue our slow, creeping walk down mummy lane with a variety of mummy covers for comics and magazines.

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I spoke about this character earlier in the month, so here are two more covers for The Living Mummy’s appearances in Marvel’s Supernatural Thrillers.  (Supernatural Thrillers #7, 1974, John Romita cover, Supernatural Thrillers #11, 1975, Frank Brunner cover)

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Here’s the Living Mummy teaming up with The Thing in a cover by Ron Wilson and Chic Stone (Marvel Two-in-One, 1983).

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The Gold Key Star Trek title even got in on some mummy action. (Star Trek #21, 1973)

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Wonder Woman battling mummies in a cover by Ross Andru (Wonder Woman #161, 1966).

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The Shadow wants in on some of that battling mummies action. Cover by Frank Robbins. (The Shadow #8, 1974).

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I’ve reviewed other Dell comic monster adaptations with Frankenstein, Wolf Man and Dracula.  Here are two covers for Dell’s adaptation of the Universal Mummy movie. Unfortunately Dell didn’t try to turn the mummy into a super hero.

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If you listen to the Nerd Lunch Podcast, you should remember the character of Fantomah. I talked about her on episode 197 where we were modernizing Golden Age comic characters. CT assigned me Fantomah.  Well, Fantomah was rebooted several years after her “wild jungle girl” phase into an adventurer who was descendant of ancient Egyptian royalty.

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Here are two Hammer Horror magazines featuring cover stories on the Hammer mummy movies.  I love that Mummy’s Shroud painted cover on the right.

 


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Also, check out the blog Countdown to Halloween for more Halloween-y, bloggy AWESOMEness.

Fourth of July Showdown: Uncle Sam vs Captain America

Posted in comic books, holiday, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2016 by Paxton

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Happy 4th of July! To celebrate today I’m back with a quick holiday themed Cavalcade Comics cover. If you remember, July 4th last year, I showed you Uncle Sam: The Ultimate Ninja. Well, I thought it was time to bring Uncle Sam back. But instead of my Ultimate Ninja version, I’m bringing you a more traditional version of the character. And he has a few words for Captain America.

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Yikes, Sam, that’s gonna leave a mark. I thought this idea was too perfect to pass up on this, the celebration of America’s Independence Day.  And I thought labeling it Civil War II was appropriate since Marvel is actually doing Civil War II right now.

So, where did I get the images? I found Uncle Sam from the cover of Freedom Fighters #8, June 1977.  The cover was done by Rich Buckler.

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Captain America was taken from his own title, issue #124 from 1968. It was drawn by Marie Severin.

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I had to jockey around a few things but for the most part the images fit together nicely. Now, the background. I’ll admit, I had the HARDEST time finding a background that worked. I originally wanted the background from Freedom Fighters but it was a generic city street. I wanted something more “Washington DC”, like the White House or Capitol Building. I was close to using The Flash #200 from 1970 as it had the dome in the background.  But then I happened upon another Cap issue, #444 from 1995.  And I decided to roll with that.

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As you can see, it’s got the nice government building in the background and I thought it would be great to have Cap and Sam slugging it out on the steps of that building.  I had to change the perspective a little and use layers upon layers to hide Cap’s shield, but I think it turned out nicely.

Cavalcade Comics #11 – The Frankenstein Monster vs The Winter Olympics

Posted in comic books, Frankenstein, monsters, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2015 by Paxton

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I’m temporarily sticking my head out from where I’m hibernating during the winter to post up this newest cover in my Vintage Comic Throwdown series.

This month’s cover isn’t necessarily holiday themed, as I don’t really have a “Christmas” themed cover in my back log.  But I do have a “winter-y” themed cover I can use.  Peep your ‘balls on The Frankenstein Monster vs The Winter Olympics.

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I’m sort of in love with the concept as well as the execution of this cover.  It was birthed almost entirely out of one awesome Marvel Treasury front cover as well as the back cover pin-up.  Check out that cover’s double sided awesomeness right here (click to see BIGGER).

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This is Marvel Treasury Edition #25 from June 1980.  The front cover was drawn by Al Milgrom and Jack Abel.  The back cover “pin-up” was drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz and Bruce Patterson.  So much action-y goodness that I couldn’t pass up using the majority of the elements in this layout.  You can see all of them in the cover.  The skiers, the snow, the broken light pole, the building in the background with the crowd.  All re-purposed for my Frankenstein gone amok cover.

An element that I didn’t use from the Marvel cover is the Frankenstein monster himself, which comes from Marvel’s The Frankenstein Monster #7 from Nov 1973.  Drawn by the great John Buscema.

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I love doing these monster mashups. I have another Frankenstein monster mashup stashed away as well as a return for Ghost Rider! But is it the old gunslinger Ghost Rider or the Hell Cycle ridin’ demon? You’ll have to wait to find out.

Cavalcade Comics #9 – Uncle Sam The Ultimate Ninja vs Bionic Hitler

Posted in comic books, holiday, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , on July 2, 2015 by Paxton

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Issue #9 of the Cavalcade Comics’ Vintage Comic Throwdown is a very special 4th of July issue! This month we have a lot of characters featured in a very special memorial issue. But the main character we are focusing on is Uncle Sam: The Ultimate Ninja!

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Trained in the dark arts of ninjitsu, Sam uses his deadly abilities to stop the forces of evil, namely Nazi Gorillas and Bionic Hitler. And he does it with a little help from Elvira! Tell me that’s not a special celebratory line up of awesome characters! You can’t, because it is.

I love how this came together.  I tried to pattern this cover after some Golden Age anthology titles which featured some main action or character on the right with secondary characters/villains in a sidebar on the left.

Uncle Sam Ultimate Ninja is actually based on the cover for Marvel’s Nth Man The Ultimate Ninja #2 from 1989.  I just had to mock up some striped pants, hat and chin beard.  Elvira is from Elvira’s House of Mystery #8 from 1986.

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The Nazi Gorillas were actually from DC’s Weird War Tales #89 (1980) and I cobbled together Bionic Hitler from a few different places all of which I can’t be bothered to remember right now.  But I love him so expect Bionic Hitler to return at some point.  And Uncle Sam.  And possibly even Elvira.

This weekend is 4th of July.  Hope everyone has a safe holiday.

Cavalcade Comics #8 – Kool-Aid Man gets some NAHTZEE scalps!

Posted in comic books, Kool Aid, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , on May 26, 2015 by Paxton

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I mentioned last issue that I had a few holiday issues coming up. This was the first one. This is the Memorial Day issue of Cavalcade Comics Vintage Comic Throwdown! And in honor of all the men fighting in our armed forces, I have created this cover featuring Kool-Aid Man doing all he can for the war effort by conquering all those damn NAH-tzees.

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Back in the Golden Age, it seemed like EVERY super hero got into scraps with the bad guys.  It’s time Kool-Aid Man got in a few shots of his own.  Last issue with Magnus, I went for a more serious, hard sci-fi cover.  This is a little bit more of a goofy, Golden Age cover.  And I love it because of that.

Again, like my double Ghost Rider issue, I have a variant cover for you.

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This was the original cover concept when I began. Kool-Aid Man jumping out of a time machine ready to kick some ass. And I do love this cover, but I decided to use more of the original Nazi cover from The Victor 1971 Summer Special.  Going that route though was a lot more work because I had to take out the soldier from the window and recreate all the breaking window glass.  I also had to recreate several sections of the wall due to logo coverage.  But honestly, I think it was worth it.

Below are the covers I mashed up.  On the left is the aforementioned The Victor Summer Special.  On the right is The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man #2.  You can see the time machine concept and Kool-Aid’s body came from the latter issue.  Surprisingly, I didn’t create Kool-Aid’s frown in my Nazi cover.  That actually comes from The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man #4 where he’s scowling at the villain, Scorch.

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I do have one other “holiday issue”. It’ll be for the 4th of July. So that’s when you can expect the next issue. Happy Memorial Day week everyone!

Cavalcade Comics #7 – Magnus Robot Fighter on Skull Island

Posted in comic books, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , on April 6, 2015 by Paxton

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Here we are at issue #7 of Cavalcade Comics’ Vintage Comic Throwdown! This month I’m taking on a different type of comic cover…the painted cover.  These types of covers were very prominent in the 60s and 70s.  Plus, I used this opportunity to give the logo and the corner box a bit of an overhaul.  I may go back to the older version, but I like this new one too.

For the actual cover battle, I decided to use one of my favorite absurd characters from back in the day.  He’s just one of those kooky, high concept characters that could have only been created in the 60s.  So, without further ado, here’s Magnus Robot Fighter.  And he’s trapped on the infamous Skull Island.

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In case you didn’t know, Magnus is from the future. He’s from a future where robots have enslaved humanity. He is taught by a robot how to fight other robots and also how to harden his hands to punch and slice through metal. So, Magnus goes on a robot killing rampage to free the future human race. I thought it would be interesting to take this character that’s so identified with fighting robots and place him in a place where there are NO robots.  Hello, Magnus, have you met…Skull Island?

Magnus Robot Fighter vs Dinosaurs seemed like a winning concept to me.  Plus, I love the tagline I created at the bottom, “Trapped!…In a Land Without Robots!”  It was one of the first things that popped into my head and I couldn’t get it out until I finished this cover.

Behind the scenes…I used several different covers to bring this masterpiece to life.  Magnus himself comes from Russ Manning’s Magnus Robot Fighter #7 (1963).

As you can see I took pretty much only Magnus from this cover and the laser blast on his back I converted to the fist burst for his punch.  The rest of the comic was pieced together from several different issues of Turok Son of Stone with most of the elements coming from issues #35 and #90.

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I may have also taken a stray Pterodactyl and a volcano from some other nameless Turok issues.  I can’t remember, it all sort of blended together at the end there.

I still have at least three of these covers stashed away for future use.  One of those covers is a very special holiday issue.  Either Memorial Day or July 4th.  I haven’t decided which just yet.