Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
Martinex1: I am going to keep my own comments pretty sparse today, as I feel the pictured samples here speak for themselves. The annual Marvel Calendars that ran through the Bronze Age were special. Each published calendar was itself an event with thematic influence, fantastic art, and interesting tidbits.
I particularly enjoyed the 1976 Bicentennial edition with our favorite heroes clad in revolutionary garb. But no matter the year, I liked reading the daily notes, anniversaries, and bullpen blurbs. The calendars were another way that Marvel reached its customers and readership and brought them into the fold. It was FOOM, Bullpen Bulletins, and Stan's Soapbox rolled into a beautiful spiral bound once in a year package.
So here is a large smattering of examples from those days long ago. Which were your favorites? Which did you own? And did you manage to keep these nostalgic collectibles intact? (Thank you to the posters, and collectors on the world wide web for all of the various photos and making this post possible). Cheers!
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Redartz: This weekend is Grammy weekend; that is, the music industry's Big Show is presented Sunday night. Indeed, we are right in the thick of awards season. Recently we had the Golden Globe Awards, soon the film industry's Academy Award presentation (the Oscars) will be upon us. Then there are the Tony awards for theatre, the People's Choice Awards, the MTV Music Awards, and so on. Even the comics industry has it's Eisner Awards (which aren't televised, unfortunately).
So today let's chat about these shows. Which do you watch? Which do you avoid like a press-hounded celebrity? Do you try to catch any Oscar-nominated films? Do you follow the Grammy nominations, perhaps sample some of the music (each year the Grammys release a CD compilation of nominees; I pick it up each year)? Do you think they accurately reflect the each industry's creative apex, or are they just a bunch of empty glitter? Step up to the mike and make your speech. Don't worry, we won't cut you off..
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Martinex1: I have expressed before that I enjoy covers that use monochromatic (or nearly monochromatic) style. The less mash of colors, the more attracted I am to a book. It is not for everybody I know, but I find it appealing. Today let's take a look at "red" books that use the bold color as a wash and as a background. We will also gander at comics that have varying red hues - from sunburst orange to slightly pink.
As you consider your choices for today, choosing only four out of the broad offering, consider how the color was used and if it truly met the need of the cover's story. Let's start with some of the more consistently uniform use of red. After hours of comparing and contrasting, I found that the Marvel heroes rose to the top. The Fantastic Four particularly used the color frequently and in aggressive amounts. Perhaps in their case the coloring of their uniforms lent itself to a nice contrast. But in general, Marvel liked to use the technique. Although there have been earlier examples, the introduction of the modern Vision in Avengers #57 set the standard.