This afternoon I visited my local Wonder Book & Video which is never a disappointment. Today’s haul included this gem from 1984: How To Draw Star Wars Heroes, Creatures, Spaceships and other Fantastical Things by Lee J. Ames. (He’s the author of over 50 how-to-draw books, duh)
Like every book of this nature, it breaks down the image into simple shapes for the younger artist to get a grasp on how to properly construct an image. And Lee isn’t a half bad artist either
There are instructions oh how to draw almost 30 different things from R2 to the Dagobah Swamp. Since the book came out in 84, it covers most of the ships and characters from the original trilogy.
The book covers all the human characters as well (Luke, Han, Leia, Lando) but the robots and ships are always the coolest to draw
Careful drawing Akbar, he’s very “phallic” looking…
Following the simple steps it’s impossible to draw these designs incorrectly
Finally toward the end there are instructions and examples of shading
James, Threepio and I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Now get to drawing…
Nothing says Halloween more than monsters. And nobody did monsters better than guys like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. But before they made the Marvel superheroes, they made…
That’s actually not quite accurate. You see before they were called Marvel Comics, they were called Timely Comics. And before Timely, they were Atlas Comics. Atlas featured the likes of Captain America, Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch. That was the 40s. By the 50s it was about westerns and romance, and by the 60s, it was monsters monsters and more monsters.
Publisher Martin Goodman saw that EC Comics was doing well with their monster line, so he had Marvel follow suit. As sales started to wain on the monster stuff, he saw DC Comics was doing well with the supers at the time…and well, we all know what happened next…
So without further ado, here is a gallery of some ass kickin’ monster comics covers from the early days of Marvel. All of these titles would eventually switch over to the popular superheroes we know today, but for now…let’s get SCARY!
Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s October, which means the bestest of all holidays is coming up. That’s right, it’s almost Christmas! But in the meantime, Halloween is less than a month away, and it’s time to break out some goodies.
This is the Shogun Warrior Ben Cooper costume from 1977. This is Mazinga and it’s a very thin vacuum formed mask, slightly different from the usual stiffer plastic they used in earlier releases.
This also appears to be a J.C. Penny catalog item, because the box is radically different as well. Made of a tougher corrugated cardboard, the front is decorated with a generic sampling image of other costumes
The mailing box is also much larger than the in-store ones, with no die cut opening on the front to see the costume inside
The costume itself is the typical “flame retarded” vinyl and cotton, and as is another typical occurrence with these types of costumes the fabric part gets pretty shredded after 30+ years
There is also a small note attached to the box indicating you have to supply your own damn boots. What a rip off
And as always…PLAY HARD
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Picked up a beat to hell copy of The Incredible Hulk #4 recently, and the content is just too good to keep to myself. So without further ado…
This particular issue is referred to as a “reader copy”. The cover is a little less than half way shredded (still attached) and has a small chunk missing from the bottom right. It is also suffering from “Marvel chipping”, where the edges of the cover are a bit brittle and tend to chip and break off if not handled properly.
My copy is also missing page 1, the title or “splash” page, which in fact makes it almost worth the cover price once again. But as is the norm for comic books of this age (it’ll be 52 years old this November) the interior is otherwise intact and in perfect reading shape.
So here for your viewing pleasure are some random panels from The Incredible Hulk vol. 1 #4
One of the best visuals in any Hulk story is the “transformation”. Especially in the early days…
The second story focused on a fight between ol greenskin with this guy:
Turns out Mongu was just a crummy robot with a dirty Commie inside.
Yes, the Hulk was challenged to a fist fight by a Russian Communist. You have to remember it was 1962, and even the Fantastic Four kinda owe their powers to the Russians…because their whole reason for sneaking into that rocket was to beat the Commies to the moon…
Also as a note: at this time Hulk was still wearing blue pants. He didn’t start wearing those stylish purple trousers until much later…
But it turns out in #4, a Hulk robot is seen sporting them first! Shades of things to come
And, as every story seemed to do in those days, ends with Bruce Banner and Rick hiding away into their underground lair to get some rest to figure out what the fu*k they were going to do tomorrow.
Little did they know they would be cancelled two issues later…
In 1976 the Japanese Microman series got it’s first remote controlled toy, er, ship, er fortress. Regarded as more a base than a vehicle, came the Transfer Fortress. A monster of a toy containing over 70 individual pieces to make 8 toys in 1.
The attention to detail was amazing, as shown by the box top interior which contained the “instruction sheet”.
Inside there were die cut cardboard inserts to hold specific parts, many of which were small easily lost. Before the choking hazard was an issue (forcing Mego to put large rubber tips on the projectiles) the Transfer Fortress came with suction cup tipped missiles which fired from the side cars which also could be played with as a gun.
To top off this beast of a toy was an insert on one side containing technical info and the famous “cut away” diagram illustration that many Microman toys came with
And the reverse side containing a cool painting of the base in action. As always it begs the question: where is this artwork now??