For my money, the Rocky poster above is perfection. Everything from the tagline (“His whole life was a million-to-one shot”) to the black and white photography of a fighter and his woman looking at each other surrounded by stark white (nothing else in their world matters) with their backs to the viewer. The big, bold ROCKY. I love this poster. It’s a classic.
And it might not have been used if they’d gone with the first Rocky poster ever made!
Sly Stallone posted on his Instagram the art by Tom Jung below saying…
Very very very rare! Believe it or not this was the first poster ever made for the first ROCKY… Hand drawn.! This is the ONLY one in existence !!!!
Sly posts a lot of cool updates on his Sly Stallone Instagram. Click on the link here and see what else Sly had to say about the Tom Jung art.
Frank Stallone also regularly updates his Frank Stallone Instagram.
Yesterday we posted that Frank Miller’s 300 prequel premieres in April of this year. While I’m excited about Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, I’d really love to see Miller return with a new Sin City yarn.
Sure, Sin City is Miller’s baby. He writes, pencils, inks and letters every page of every issue. So a new Sin City tale is probably a long, long way off. However, if Miller ever decides to let another artist in on the action, I’d vote for Eduardo Risso, the cat who did the Marv drawing above.
The Bristol Board posted a much larger version of this recent Frank Miller drawing of The Dark Knight vs The Joker. I’m glad to see a new Miller drawing and that he seems to have reined it in a bit.
Ol’ Groove from Diversions of the Groovy Kind posted his choices for 10 Groovy Age Comics That Need To Be Collected.
One of his choices was The Best of Marvel Premiere. Monark Starstalker created, written and drawn by Howard Chaykin appeared in issue 32. Another Chaykin creation, Dominic Fortune, appeared in issue 56.
This got me to thinking about how much I’d like to see a collection of Chaykin’s Dominic Forturne appearances. Surely there’s a market for that!
And while we’re at it, I’d like to see hardback collections of…
- Black Terror by Beau Smith & Chuck Dixon and Dan Brereton
- Scout by Tim Truman (A definitive collection)
- MOKF – the Moench / Gulacy issues
- Black Cross by Chris Warner
That’s Eric Powell’s contribution to Mondo Gallery Presents: Universal Studios Monsters. Click over to see Bride of Frankenstein (Ken Taylor), The Invisible Man (Jonathan Burton), Creature From The Black Lagoon (Gary Pullin), Frankenstein (Jes Seamans), Dracula (Francesco Francavilla) and more!
I’m not sure who created this awesome alt-reality early 70s Expendables III poster, but whoever did deserves props.
You know what would have made the poster perfect? Add a young Sly Stallone with an “introducing Sylvester Stallone” credit.
Me-TV presents 10 Reasons Jack Lord was Truly the Most Interesting Man on Television. Here are three of my favorites…
4. He was an accomplished painter.
In his youth, Lord also studied at NYU — where he had a football scholarship, no less — and earned a degree in Fine Arts. Yes, he was an artistic athlete. He had at one time hoped to be an art instructor. At the age of 20, he had two of his works accepted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can spot his paintings through Hawaii Five-O, hanging on the walls, in episodes like “Invitation to Murder,” “How to Steal a Masterpiece,” and “‘V’ for Vashon.”
6. He was offered the role of Captain Kirk before Shatner.
In some alternate universe, Star Trek reruns are airing with Jack Lord and Martin Landau in the roles of Kirk and Spock. (Now that sounds like a Star Trek plot.) After the captain of the original pilot episode, Jeffrey Hunter, was given the boot on the show, Gene Roddenberry offered the new lead role of James Kirk to Lord. However, Lord had rather high salary demands. He reportedly wanted 50% ownership of the series. Shatner was simply cheaper.
7. He holds a notable place in James Bond history.
While he never made it aboard the Enterprise, Lord did take part in another iconic series. In the first James Bond film, Dr. No, Lord portrayed Felix Leiter, the familiar C.I.A. ally of 007. He was the first actor to play the role in the film series. He might have appeared in more — but money was again the issue. For Goldfinger, Lord wanted more screen time and higher billing. Alas, these are Bond movies, not Leiter movies.
We have enough Bruce Lee fans who check in here that I wanted to give a heads-up that Darby Pop has a Bruce Lee comic coming out in March. Bruce Lee: Walk of the Dragon is a one-shot. Here’s how it is described…
BRUCE LEE WALK OF THE DRAGON ONE SHOT
(W) Shannon Lee, Jeff Kline, Nicole Dubuc (A) Brandon McKinney, Zac Atkinson (CA) John Haun
Philosopher/teacher/real-life superhero Bruce Lee is back. And, let’s be honest, the world needs him now more than ever. Taking a brief respite from battling an otherworldly evil, Bruce Lee attempts to navigate modern-day Southern California despite still suffering from amnesia and having been “out of the loop” for over 45 years. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a simple “lunch run” soon turns into a comedy of errors involving mistaken identity, a Film Festival,” and the pokey. And despite never being one to initiate fisticuffs, Bruce continues to find it difficult to both hide his martial arts skills – and keep his shirt on.
Today we have Batman pencilled by Marshall Rogers and inked by my best bud, John Beatty. I’m fairly sure this was done in 1980, but for sure no later than 1983.
Tune in tomorrow and I’ll show you something else from the vault.