Monday, November 13, 2017

Super Clothes #5

In this instalment of Super Clothes, we’ll take a look at some super PJs.

This long-sleeve flannel-esque getup is size 3T.  It’s by Billy the Kid, from the 1980s.  As an aside ... did you know that the first time the real Billy the Kid was arrested, it was for stealing clothes from a laundry?  Perhaps that story inspired the name of the clothing line!

This Superman pajama set has Velcro tabs for a cape.  No manufacturer label survives.  It’s size 7.  I like the depiction of Superman’s belt across the front of the shirt, don’t you?

Here’s something similar, also with cape tabs, but no belt art.  For a little more creativity, check out ...

This set is from PCA, size 5.  For the life of me, I’m not sure if the “fly back in time” is an attempt to reference the Back to the Future films.  To me the Super Phizzog is reminiscent of the work of Ross Andru, for instance this page from 1968’s Superman 204.

That’s all for this week, friends.  Come on back next Monday for who knows what!

Monday, November 06, 2017

New Book on "X-MEN: The Animated Series" Is Coming

This info is for everyone who likes superheroes, cartoons ("animation"), pop culture, or grew up watching FOX Kids Network in the early 1990s.

Previously on X-Men

Pre-Sale begins Oct. 31st

Previously on XMen by Eric Lewald
Previously on XMen by Eric Lewald

  Jacobs Brown Media Group/Jacobs Brown Press is pleased to announce Previously on XMen, The Making of an Animated Series by Eric Lewald is available for pre-sale beginning October 31, 2017.

    Previously on X-Men is Eric Lewald’s personal, inside account of how the series got on the air, the many challenges that were overcome, and how the show prevailed. The head writer interviewed 36 of the artists, writers, voice cast, and executives who helped make this game-changing series a worldwide success. This book is an authoritative look into the creation of the animated series that nobody expected to succeed. Lewald offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the beloved Saturday-morning cartoon series.

   The hard cover book, over 460 pages and 300 images, is estimated to begin shipping November 10, 2017.   And, when you purchase through the Jacobs Brown store, will be autographed by the author, Eric Lewald.

To interview the author, or for additional information,


Folks, I edited this book.  It's a top-to-bottom chronicle of the step-by-step development of the X-MEN: TAS show, by the guy who done did it.  Or, at least, he brought together all the people who HELPED him do it.

There's also interview material with Wolverine creator Len Wein, especially notable since Wein's passing earlier this year.

I know that lots of you guys are interested in this kind of stuff.  Believe me, this book is chock-a-block full of insights and interviews.  It lays out the step-by-step processes which brought the show to your living room.

Author Erich Lewald, my temporary email buddy for this project, has done a great job giving YOU the straight poop on how things assembled, shook together, and grew.  I love the little reminiscences about struggles with animation companies, the saga of the different cast voices, and the struggle to get stories onto the air when aspects of a story might scare the "Standards" department.

Buy the book, and learn while having fun!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

2017 Blog-o-Ween Art Source

Here's the original source for this year's Blog-o-Ween image:
It's from Captain America #24, cover-dated March, 1943.

And the resulting image was:
As you can see, I performed the sacrilege of replacing the moon and the vampire's wings.

See you here on Monday for an exciting announcement of a new book!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Hallowe'en for 2017!

For our final trip to Halloween's magical land of memories and chills, some not-chilly photos from a long-ago scary evening.

 You might call the above photo "Frankenstein."
Which would make this one "Son of Frankenstein."  Not too spooky, but plenty of fun.

That sentiment is my wish for you, Fiends and Slaybors, Boils and Ghouls ...

Happy Halloween!

See you back here on Thursday with a brief note about the Blog-o-Ween header art.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Poem: "Mephitos"

This sonnet was inspired by Robert E Howard’s story “The Black Stone,” in which a foolish visitor to a mid-European country imperiously decides to investigate the horrific rumors about a certain standing stone.  This sarsen is rumored to have been the site of human sacrifices and the unholy worship of evil entities.


Engirded on each side by liches robed
In tattered cerements, you stand alone.
Your soul is penetrated, your eyes probed
By theirs as you reel stumbling from the stone.
The tale of how you came here flees your mind,
As reason’s tatters creep and drool away,
Until appearance only stays behind —
Although the watchers fade before the day
No trace of your volition lies intact:
The others with the sunrise have arrived
But you are no more theirs, in simple fact.
Your mind knows not that it is now deprived.

     You visited the Black Stone, as your right,
          But you trespassed upon Walpurgis Night.

copyright © 2017 by Mark Alfred

See you back here on Tuesday, the 31st, for the wrap-up to this year's Blog-o-Ween!  But in the meantime, head on over to Spock’s Record Round-Up for musical fun during Spooky Spock-Tober!
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