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Barry Smith’s Conan Covers

Conan #10 was the first issue of Conan that I bought off the rack.  Barry Smith (who was not yet Barry Windsor-Smith) was really starting to show promise of what was to come and Roy Thomas’ story has stayed with me all these years later.

Diversions of a Groovy Kind recently took a look some of Barry Smith’s Conan Covers and that’s what stirred up this great memory.

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Sly Stallone is the Top Choice for “Starlight”

According to rumors coming out of 20th Century Fox, Sylvester Stallone is their number one choice to take the lead in Starlight.  Sly would play…

…Duke McQueen, a man who has long since settled down and left his days of saving the Universe and operating as the space hero everyone depended on—at least that’s what he thought. His wife long passed and his kids off embarking on their own adventures, Duke lives a quiet, solitary life until he receives an unexpected call from a distant world, calling him to action one last time.

Source: JoBlo.com

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Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 66: Willie Blyberg, Pete Iro & More!

If you’re a fan of fanzines, then you’ve got to check out Ken Meyer, Jr.’s monthly column Ink Stains.  Each month Ken (who is an amazing artist) posts… well, let’s let Ken explain…

I have a collection of over 200 fanzines from the 60’s-80’s that I plan to scan and talk about, one at a time. I hope to have some of the participants answer a few questions. Many of those participants are established comics professionals now, while some have gone on to other things. I will show a few snippets from each zine and give you a link to download a pdf of the whole thing, which I hope all of you will do!

For Ink Stains 66, Ken took a look at Wowiekazowie #1 from 1976 from Editor and Publisher: William (Willie) Blyberg

Ink Stains 66 features –

  • Covers (front and back) by Willie Blyberg
  • Tons of spot illos by Willie Blyberg, Pete Iro, Rodi and others
  • The DC Revival Craze by Bob Rodi
  • Not Far From Yancy Street by Jack Frost and Dean Mullaney
  • An Article on Nick Fury and Shield
  • Two Comic Stories by Willie Blyberg and Pete Iro
  • The Background Heroes by Kim Thompson
  • …and more!

 

This is fanzine brings back so many wonderful memories.  One of my favorites from those fanzine days.  Willie put out several great issues and this is the first.

Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

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Bettie Page, 1950’s Super Spy!

 That’s the cover to Bettie Page #1 coming to us this summer from David Avallone (writer),  Colton Worely (artist) and Dynamite Entertainment (publisher).  Set in the 1950’s, the series will explore Bettie Page’s declassified adventures as a super spy!

Now THAT sounds like fun.  For more details check out Newsarama’s Bettie Page, 1950’s Super Spy!

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Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 64: Adams, Jones, Cockrum & More!

If you’re a fan of fanzines, then you’ve got to check out Ken Meyer, Jr.’s monthly column Ink Stains.  Each month Ken (who is an amazing artist) posts… well, let’s let Ken explain…

I have a collection of over 200 fanzines from the 60’s-80’s that I plan to scan and talk about, one at a time. I hope to have some of the participants answer a few questions. Many of those participants are established comics professionals now, while some have gone on to other things. I will show a few snippets from each zine and give you a link to download a pdf of the whole thing, which I hope all of you will do!

For Ink Stains 64, Ken took a look at Word Balloons #1 from 1974 from Editor and Publisher: Gary Groth

Ink Stains 64 features –

  • Cover by Jeff Jones
  • Archie Goodwin: Comics in Crisis
  • Interview and Art from Neal Adams
  • Donald Wong Portfolio
  • Denny O’Neil Keynote Speech Transcription
  • Steranko Keynote Speech Transcription
  • Dave Cockrum Backcover
  • …and more!

 

This is a new one to me.

Ah, the memories of the glory days of fanzines.  Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

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Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 58: Blyberg, Beatty, Hembeck & More!

If you’re a fan of fanzines, then you’ve got to check out Ken Meyer, Jr.’s monthly column Ink Stains.  Each month Ken (who is an amazing artist) posts… well, let’s let Ken explain…

I have a collection of over 200 fanzines from the 60’s-80’s that I plan to scan and talk about, one at a time. I hope to have some of the participants answer a few questions. Many of those participants are established comics professionals now, while some have gone on to other things. I will show a few snippets from each zine and give you a link to download a pdf of the whole thing, which I hope all of you will do!

For Ink Stains 58, Ken took a look at Fandomonium #1 from 1978 from Editor and Publisher: Russell Allen Stamets

Fandomonium #1 features –

  • Cover by Rueben Pharms and Willie Blyberg (Does anyone know where Willie Blyberg is these days?)
  • Frontpiece by John Beatty and Bill Mutschler
  • Spot illos by Fred Hembeck and others
  • Comic Story by Willie Peppers
  • Full pagers by A.J. Hanley, Willie Blyberg and others

 

Man, this one takes me back to the early days when I discovered comics fandom.  Very cool to see Willie Blyberg and John Beatty early stuff again.

Ah, the memories of the glory days of fanzines.  Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

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