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May 31st, 2010
They were Marvel's answer to Archie and Reggie! The Human Torch joined his webspinning rival for 1963's special "Tribute To Teen-Agers" issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN,#8, and you can get a closer look at my version of Steve Ditko's cover (as well as the original itself) by clicking on the image over to the side!
May 30th, 2010
My personal favorite to draw of all the classic Steve Ditko designed super-baddies has to be Flint Marko, aka The Sandman.

Here's my version of his debut on the cover of 1963's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4--click the accompanying image for a peak at both the original and larger look at my take.
May 29th, 2010
The third issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN introduced the notorious arch-villain--and eight limbed--Dr.Octopus to the world. Let me now introduce you to MY version of Sensational Steve Ditko's 1963 cover via the link embedded in the image over yonder, your one-way ticket to a glimpse of the original AND a much larger scan of my interpretation!

Eight arms to hold you indeed!!

More anon!
May 28th, 2010
Time to take a trip in The Way-Back Machine (via The Hembeck Express) as I offer up my slightly off-kilter version of Sturdy Steve Ditko's cover for 1963's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN#2, featuring the debut of senior citizen super-villain, The Vulture (not to mention a panoramic view of Ditko's Manhattan). Click the accompanying image to see the original cover, plus a much larger look at my take.

More soon!
May 19th, 2010
Appearance alert!

Yours truly will be a guest at the Lehigh Valley Comics Con in Pennsylvania this Saturday, May 22nd. The show hours are 10 am through 4 pm, and inasmuch as it's a pretty hefty haul getting there for Lynn and me, I can't say for certain I'll be there exactly when the doors open, but I should be at my table pretty soon after!! It's gonna be fun, so if you're in the area, please stop by--I look forward to meeting comic-loving inhabitants of the worlds biggest pencil!!

Additional intel can be found via the link above!!
May 18th, 2010
I've been pretty darn busy lately. Lynn and I spent a few days last week upstate, helping daughter Julie pack up and get ready to return home after completing her second year of college. Plus, I finished up a couple of projects recently and am currently working on an even more extensive (and exciting one), details of which I'll share with you in the very near future. So, I really haven't had enough time to properly write up the last two dozen or so flicks I've seen--time to watch 'em, yes; write about 'em, no.

Except I saw one last night that simply DEMANDED commentary: "The Blue Gardenia".

If you follow this link to

Hey, Did I Tell You About That MOVIE I Saw Recently?...'ll get the lowdown on Anne Baxter's ill-fated date with Raymond Burr (pictured above). I only wish I coulda found a decent pic of the flick's police captain on the 'net to poach, but alas, twas not to be. Exactly WHO played the police captain? Well, guess you'll just have to zip on over to satisfy any curiosity I may've aroused...

As a bonus, I've at least listed the other movies I tuned into in recent weeks: title, date, running times, and notable cast members. Hopefully, I may yet get the chance to someday go back and append a few comments. It'd be a shame to ignore such unsung gems as William Powell in "Jewel Robbery", Edward G. Robinson in "A Slight Case Of Murder", and the surprisingly complex plot of "Hell's Angels '69"--not to mention my first (three) encounters with Andy Hardy and (two) with Dr. Gillespie!!

But for now, it's back to the drawing board!!
May 16th, 2010
When they taught us about The Taft-Hartley act way back when in grade school, little did I suspect that Al Hartley, long-time artist for Marvel's series of "Patsy Walker" related titles, was the son of the aforementioned Hartley! Now THAT'S history!! Anyhow, today I offer up my version of Mr. H (junior)'s version of HEDY WOLFE one and only, which also has the distinction of being the EASIEST commissioned cover redo I've ever done! (Don't worry--I gave patron Arthur Chertowsky a suitable discount. It didn't take an act of Congress to make me see the wisdom of THAT! To see the original--and get a larger look at mine--click the image over yonder!!)
May 8th, 2010
Y'know, it's always big-time fun to draw Spider-Man--AND his friends and foes alike!

So, here we go!!....
To see 'em larger, click on the above images to get a closer look.

And if you're interested in purchasing any of 'em, here's access to our latest round of Ebay auctions!

More anon, pals and gals!!
May 7th, 2010
Paging through TwoMorrows nifty new publication, "Sal Buscema Comics Fast and Furious Artist" by the dynamic duo of Jim Amash (author) and Eric Nolen-Weathington (layouts, transcription, and co-editor)(which I recommend that you grab a copy of via the link provided above should you not already claim a copy as your own), two things came to mind.

One: I should share with you folks my version of Sal's cover for AVENGERS #89, likely my all time favorite junior Buscema brother cover--follow this link for a look.

And two, thank the authors for capping off their visually sumptuous tome with the single Hembeck/Sal Buscema page in existence, the Hulk's toast at the FANTASTIC FOUR ROAST. I always felt Sal did an exemplary job with that silly little sequence, and was more than mildly moved to find it chosen to round up things in their carefully assembled survey of the veteran cartoonist's long and fruitful career!! Thanks Jim and Eric (and you too, of course, Mr. B!...)

Now, if I could just drag myself away from TCM, I might actually find some time to READ the darn thing!! But I've enjoyed enough top-notch work credited to these fine scribes to confidently give this the thumbs up anyway!

Well, that's all for now!! I've gotta get back to that "Dr. Gillespie" marathon, y'know!...
May 1st, 2010
We've just started up a second page of

Hey, Did I Tell You About That MOVIE I Saw Recently?...

And we're launching things with a dozen fresh reviews, including half a dozen early Bogart pics (including "Kid Galahad", with Bette Davis and Edward G. Robinson, pictured above). Plus, you've got Fatty Arbuckle in love, Olivia DeHavilland in the loony bin, Jeff Bridges on stage, Ava Gardner on fire, Lucille Ball in a truncated series, and Death captured in a tree by Lionel Barrymore!! Additionally, I watch a man die right before my very eyes!

Go read!

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