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My comments here are going to be short but sweet. I did not know that the Original Art to Amazing Fantasy#15 was donated to the U.S. Library of Congress in 2008 by an anonymous donor. The story goes that the anonymous donor approached Steve Ditko to give him the art, and Ditko didn’t want it! https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0805/spiderman.html You can view the…

It cannot be underestimated how important the artistic team is on a comic book. It can make or break a title. The interesting thing is that over time (sometimes years) a title will go through wild swings in the life of that title. To name a few, John Byrne’s Fantastic Four, Miller’s Daredevil and Gene Colan’s Doctor Strange were all great examples…

One of the most sobering aspects of growing older is the loss of the people around you that have had a profound effect on your life. The loss of reference points to different times in your life, one by one, inevitably pass away. Those of you reading this right now,  who didn’t really connect with me here, other than the fact that…

I’m not even sure how I came across this, but I sure knew I wanted to share it from the moment I saw it. Superman debuted in 1939 and shortly after that the Max Fleischer Studios were approached to do a cartoon of the character.They weren’t really interested in doing it. They were doing Popeye Cartoons and a big success for…

About a month ago I wrote a column called You’re Creators…So Create Already. It was quite a passionate column with a lot of comments. Mostly lamenting the direction in which Marvel, in particular, had taken in their storytelling. The vast majority of comments lamented the the fact that so many characters no longer bore more than a passing resemblance to the characters that…

Last week I traveled back in time. It was a simpler time. I drank water from the outdoor water hose. I watched Saturday Morning cartoon shows and I read “The Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine”! I stepped back in time to wonderment and surprise that can only come to the innocent and wild eyed! How did I get transported back to my childhood? Back to 1967/68? Well…

You know, I realize that I am just a single comic book fan, who is fortunate enough to have a forum like Comic Book Daily, to blab on about what is on my mind regarding comic books in general. I have been a fan since the Silver Age, and that is truly where my love of comics are centered. Marvel…

Happy New Year Everyone! At the end of 2016, I decided to sell off some of my original art collection. It is always a bit of a scary proposition, because unlike Graded Comic Books the price of artwork can have real wild swings, and oftimes it has no rhyme or reason. We often talk about the advantage buyer or seller…

It would have been Big John Buscema’s 89th birthday this week. The man who was one of the Silver Age greats who literally transformed the Marvel Age of comics into the Marvel House style after Jack Kirby left Marvel for DC, and is responsible, I think, for some of the most iconic covers that have ever graced a comic book! When I think of…

Well, I am officially an old guy. Rascally Roy Thomas otherwise known as Roy (The Boy) Thomas turned 76 on November 22nd. Not only was Roy Stan Lee’s first successor as Editor-In-Chief of Marvel comics and the carrier of the torch for Marvel Comics through the late Silver Age and then beyond, but he was the reason that Conan the Barbarian…

I’ll just warn you right up front! This article is gushing praise for Al Williamson’s “The Empire Strikes Back” Artist Edition! Now I have been a huge fan of Al Williamson, all the way back to Flash Gordon as well as his work in the early Warren magazines. As I grew older and learned more about him, I was led to…

Every time one of Scott VanderPloeg’s Artist Edition reviews (AE) comes out, I feel another withdrawal coming on. As in bank withdrawal. I’m a big fan of the Artist edition format, for the obvious reason that it is great to see such high quality scans of original art in the size/format that they were produced in.The two most difficult aspects of handling…

There were Treasury Editions! Before there were Artist Editions and the like, both Marvel and DC experimented with oversize volumes that collected both reprints and original stories. They were printed in oversize volumes, roughly 10.5″ x 13.5″. Printed on regular newsprint with standard 4 colour palettes. So they were certainly not as large as the 11×17 size of Artists Editions (AE)…

When writing my article “Keeping Kirby’s Legacy Alive” I did what you are supposed to do…research. I briefly mentioned John Byrne’s 1991 Omac Prestige series. I did not reread the mini series at the time but simply mentioned how much I enjoyed it originally. So as I was looking  at the “Kirby Legacy Long Box”, I grabbed the 4 issue Prestige…

September 1st would have been Gene Colan’s 90th Birthday. And September 18th would have been Joe Kubert’s 90th Birthday! In my last couple of columns I spoke of Jack Kirby’s legacy in what would have been his 99th Birthday. There is a pattern here. Times stands still for no one and the older we get the more fantastical the passage of…

In honour of Jack “King” Kirby’s  birthday, I dug into a couple of long boxes to take a look at the King’s legacy. His entire career is legendary from the Golden Age on up. His pioneering work on every genre that was either popular or as a groundbreaking innovator are also the stuff of legend. I wanted to take a…

Nothing has been written about more in comics fandom than the split between Jack Kirby and Marvel. Jack leaving for DC. Jack returning to Marvel and all the various arguments that go along with it. My little bi-monthly column can’t begin to get into all the permutations of this topic nor do I want to. I am just glad we had the mind…

After the very sad passing of Darwyn Cooke in May, I made it a bit of a mission to get more familiar with his earlier work. I basically discovered him relatively late in his career with the New Frontier and I was hooked! But there was quite a bit of material and I still have yet to get through it.…

I started working on a Graphic Novel some two years ago. As of this writing I can tell you that is is completely penciled and inked. All 97 pages of it. So this post is basically an exercise at shameless self promotion.I admit it! The story is called Splashdown. It takes place in the early 1960’s at the height of…

After writing the last column which featured the great Daredevil # 45 cover that had Gene Colan inked by Jim Steranko, a couple of other comics came to mind with interesting artist/inker combos. These were unique and rare combinations and ones I thought were worthy of sharing with you. The first one is Captain America # 112. This was smack…