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at the movies: avengers: age of ultron

You all know what happened yesterday. Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latest epic superhero blockbuster in the series of low-to-middlebrow epic superhero blockbusters (and one weird little TV show) we know fondly as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened in the … Continue reading

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dogs in spacesuits in science fiction

This is the cover illustration for the first edition of Fredric Brown’s story collection Space on My Hands, published in 1951.  It’s an excellent drawing of a classic Postwar Nuclear Family with Two Baby Boomer Kids, with added great costumes … Continue reading

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unearthed at the antique show– the drawings of heinrich kley

Went to an antique and vintage objects show today, and saw this sitting on top of a stack of pages from a disassembled reprint art book.  Man, that’s a drawing.  Tons of power in the technique, and of course I’m … Continue reading

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the sheet music cover- pencils

The theme for this year’s Oh, Comics! anthology is “Music” and I decided to write a theme song for Foursquare, Kekionga’s home grown superhero.  The first page of the story called “Theme Song” is the imaginary cover for the imaginary … Continue reading

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the devil on one shoulder …

And the better angel of your nature on the other.  I can understand why Cap’s shoulder devil wears a union suit of long underwear– it’s an easy parody of any superhero uniform and an apt one for the famous Big … Continue reading

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buzz bomb!

It’s a cheerful name for a not at all cheerful thing.  Except this buzz bomb is a cheerful example of the classic Golden Age comic book premium.  Does the fact that it was produced during World War II (or perhaps … Continue reading

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have a fawcett christmas!

Rick may not have the Captain Marvel Christmas comic whose cover we saw on Sunday, but he does have this beauty, the second issue of Fawcett’s Xmas Comics, with another gorgeous Cap drawing on the cover.  He reports that the … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: christmas with the big red cheese

Come to the the Coelacanth Gallery to see our holiday decorations.  Here’s my favorite so far, a gorgeous C.C. Beck* Captain Marvel “Christmas cover”.  The snow, the trees, the giant boot… the color scheme and the lettering … they don’t … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: our neighbor to the north

Bonjour, Canada!/ Hi, Canada!   It would take a stronger blogger than I am to resist this oddly wonderful combination map and word search puzzle from Marvel Fun and Games #12 (1980).  Good luck to those who want to print … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on wednesday: medieval sketchbook world

Spent way too much time today trying to organize the article/essay/post I am writing for you about the Magritte exhibit– then when I sat down to write it, it fell totally flat. As always when a project stalls, I took … Continue reading

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