Observation for Now

It has always seemed to me that the human race needs more things to wonder about, rather than less.

-- Gregory L Reece

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Racing for Fun!



The Flash 302, October 1981, also featured this centerfold spread of Jay Garrick, Wally West, and Barry Allen, three “generations” of Flashes, at the end of a footrace.

The first image is the actual centerfold. The second image is after I made the thing a little less wide, I think this one looks a lot better. What do you think?



This widening of shapes – mostly bodies and faces – was a continual feature of Carmine Infantino’s art for The Flash in this period. It’s like he drew his penciled art on Silly Putty and somebody stretched them out sideways ten or twenty percent!

Friday, December 28, 2007

I’d Buy a Cup Cake from This Man!


From The Flash 302, October 1981, comes this one-page ad for Hostess Cup Cakes.

You get a big delight in every bite!

You also get some fun Curt Swan art! I think that the Crime Director, in the last panel, looks like Kurtwood Smith, more recently known as the father in the 70s Show.


By the way, has anybody ever heard of this “villain,” the Crime Director?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Super Mousepad!

Well, we got us this hyar mousepad with Superman and Clark Kent mishmashed together on it.


Actually, it's a lenticular image which shows Supes from one angle and Clark disrobing into his super outfit from the other angle.


I guess it's been used too much. It's useless nowadays as a mousepad, because it's so smooth the the little mouse ball just slides around!


I think it's pretty neat that my scanner caught the main Super-image but also a "ghost" image of Clark changing too.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Last of Lovecraft's Heads







These are the last of John Holmes's covers for Ballantine's 1973 Lovecraft paperbacks. Ooh, pretty scary, kiddies!
PS Santa Joyce was very sweet and for Christmas gave me the 41-disc complete Man from U.N.C.L.E. series. So, even at two or three episodes a night, it would be more than a month to watch'em all! What exquisite torture!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Different Styles for Lovecraft Covers







These three have a different look than the "weird head" covers.






The one for The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is more realistic.






The ones for Charles Dexter Ward and the book of Lovercraft "revivions," The Horror in the Museum, have a strange pixilated-watercolor appearance.
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