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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Captain America Breaks Records!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a hit! It broke the record for a movie opening in April. And that segues nicely into this record. (See what I did there?) Yes, it’s another record about Captain America, the 93-year-old who doesn’t look a day over 90.

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Once again we celebrate the star-spangled avenger with a song you probably haven’t heard before. And once again we present a gallery of classic comic covers that feature Bucky, everyone’s favorite sidekick. True blue and loyal to the end. Good ol’ Bucky! What ever became of him?

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Click the link below and dance. But don’t break the record! (See what I did there?)

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DJ David B.


Monday, April 14, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Fight Comics #16

In one of my earliest Comic Book Compulsives I confessed that in spite of their high quality I was never all that big a fan of the output of Fiction House.  But I also admitted to a strange and abiding fondness for one of their rare attempts at superheroes, even if he was admittedly a desperately cynical collision between Superman and Captain America.  I’m speaking of course of Super-American  who appeared in Fight Comics #15-18, an unnamed average solider  from a future where everyone has superpowers that was brought back in time by scientist Allan Bruce to fight the Axis powers.

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Also in this issue another short-lived Fiction House superhero, Captain Fight who appeared in Fight Comics #16-19.  A lot of Golden Age superheroes fought evil dressed for track but Captain Fight did them one better; he did it wearing cleats.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Captain America Springs Ahead!

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Spring is here and it’s time for The Winter Soldier, the new Captain America film that just opened in theaters (check your local listings for show times). That means we have to interrupt our battle between Spider-Man and Batman over who has the most songs (Batman does), so we can pay tribute to the star-spangled avenger. Naturally we have a song to share that ties in with the film. It’s the theme song, which I know you’ll enjoy.

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To celebrate Captain America’s return to the silver screen we present this gallery of classic covers. Whatever happened to Bucky, anyway? Always liked that kid.

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Click the link below and sling your shield along to the music.

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DJ David B.


Monday, April 7, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Captain Action #5

In 1968 DC Comics published five issues of Captain Action, based of course on the classic action figure who thanks to masks and outfits sold separately could become any number of other licensed superheroes including, inexplicably, Steve Canyon (I can see Buck Rogers and maybe even Sgt. Fury but ,seriously, Steve Canyon?).    I had of course had a Captain Action so I had to have the comics, which of course due to copyright issues had absolutely nothing to do with that Captain Action.  This one was a standard issue standup archeologist Clive Arno who discovered a trove of “coins of power” which contained (or at least emulated) the powers of the Greek, Roman and Norse gods.  Being the 1960′s Clive automatically decides to use his powers to fight evil  and in the first two issues the guy was basically all powerfull but the story limitations of that obviously occurred to those involved and most of the coins were destroyed in a fire.  The surviving few provided Clive with standard issue super powers and made his son Carl, a.k.a. Action Boy, a standard speedster.  

The first two issues were kind of ‘eh’ but the series got stranger and stranger as it went along.  l could just have easily posted #4 which features the secret origin of Dr. Evil (who is in this iterition is his father-in-law, which is frankly kind of a genius way to add a little extra added soap opera to the superhero/villain conflict) and is even decades later both exceedingly odd and trippy.  But upon reflection I had to go with #5.   As far as I can tell this is the first time Gil Kane deals with the menace of American fascism but it won’t be the last, and as far as I’m concerned, this is where he did best.  For whatever reason this is a story that has stuck with me over the decades; let’s see if you feel the same.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Spider-Man Strikes Back!

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Last week our unbroken streak of Spider-Man songs was broken by Batman. This Tuesday, Spidey fights back! It’s a battle between these superstar super-heroes to see who has the most songs. (Batman does, but I’m not going to be the one to tell Spider-Man. Are you?)

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Who will win this battle of the century? (Batman. Like I said.) Be here next Tuesday to see and hear what I have in store!

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Click the link below and listen to Spider-Man’s comeback, courtesy of The Nylons.

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DJ David B.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Buster 10-30-1965

I know I’ve covered the British boys weekly Buster before, but this special 40 page issue is really too good to pass up for me not to post.  Along with the spectacularly nonthreatening “Super Guy Fawkes” mask in American comic terms it was a “good jumping on point” as it introduces a lot of different new features,

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Like there’s the initial appearance of Back-Tracker Jack, a feature I’ve wanted to read ever since I saw an ad for it in another comic.  From the first panel I think I could be forgiven my assumption that Jack went time traveling into the past thanks to the offices of his magic camera.  This is not the case.  Jack is the assistant of your standard super scientist and that box wasn’t a camera but rather a device which could temporarily dredge up people from the past using hysterically incomprehensible gibberish.  Having read the first installment I can imagine how the hell they made a series out of this slender premise, which is why I hope I’ll be able to read  more.

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Here’s a novelty; I’d assumed that by 1965 that the British boys weeklies would have retired the illustrated prose story, a holdover from the days when the weeklies were equal parts comic and pulp magazine, but here it is, usually they ran one or two pages, I’ve never seen one that went on for three.  Maybe it was a reprint, a last minute filler they stuck in when another feature fell through?  No clue.

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Plus there’s the always reliable ghost breaker Maxwell Hawke

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Here’s something that came as a bit of a surprise, an English translation of Les tours de cristal (The Crystal Towers) a Bob Morane adventure written by Henri Vernes and drawn by Dino Attanasio.  It came as a bit of a surprise because while I’d seen some translated European material in British comics they had previously always been humor features — I had just assumed that they never brought over any adventure strips.  For the record Bob was a pilot turned all around adventurer who first appeared in a series of novels but who made his way to comics and animation; there’s a cool looking 1998 series that’s readily available on the web, but unfortunately not in Engish.  Yet anyway.  I’m current watching animated versions of Spirou on Netflix and Valarian on Hulu Plus so nothing’s impossible I have found — which frankly is starting to freak the hell out of me.

 

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And here’s the “origin” of Thunderbolt the Avenger, a DYI looking superhero with actual super powers.

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And here’s the first installment of the serial Toys of Doom, a prime example of the genre I have “humorously” dubbed “Doctor Doom Vs. Billy”, where a couple of British school boys fight a proper supervillain.

 

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And, finally, here’s the announcement of a Dalek kite giveaway in the next issue followed by a rare appearance by Smiler, a not half bad kids strip I know from it’s 1950′s run in Knockout.  I imagine this a reprint included for it’s fireworks theme.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Women’s Work & Wages: Cartoons Magazine Centennial 1913

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Crimson Comet #10

Here’s another Australian comic book superhero from the 1950′s, The Crimson Comet by the great John Dixon.  Though Dixon did superheroes, like the Australian version of Catman, clearly he was more interested in plainclothes adventurers like the aviator Tim Valour (which, thanks to the extra added ‘u’ in his name I keep mentally calling Tim Velour, but I’m profoundly damaged).

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I say it’s “obvious” because this story works a lot better when it focuses on private eye Ralph Rivers than when it finally shifts to The Crimson Comet, who appears to be a slightly altered version of Timely’s The Red Raven.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Jealous, Batman?

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For the past several weeks we’ve been presenting songs related to Spider-Man, in order to prove my point which is that there sure are an awful lot of songs about Spider-Man! (We don’t have very lofty goals here, folks.) I’ve been saying how Batman is the clear winner, but Spidey is a close second.

Just so Batman doesn’t get jealous, let’s swing the spotlight onto the Caped Crusader and enjoy a classic bat-tune.

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As I’ve said many, many (many) times before, this is probably the most covered song in all of comicdom: the theme from the 1966 Batman TV show. This time we’re hearing a big band arrangement by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Take it away, Brian!

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Click the link below and Batusi.

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DJ David B.


Friday, March 21, 2014

American Fashion Police 1913

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Continuing our Women’s History Month coverage, today we have a several pages from a variety of year 1913 issues of Cartoons Magazine, of male cartoonists’ commentary on women’s fashions. And in particular, on prudish by even 1913 standards, attempts by male politicians to regulate what women could wear, for the reason that “scandalous” dress by women could lead to the corruption of men’s morals. (Sounds pretty similar to Taliban reasoning, though not dealt with nearly as harshly.)

Click on the above & below pages, to make the cartoons & text large enough to read.

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