Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Kids From Rec. Road In: Kids Of The Stones Pt. 2

This week over at Rec Road: Kids Of The Stones, our mystery drama serial for teatime continues. Well, sort of. We're actually still at the casting stage.
The original Children Of The Stones, of course, featured the magnificent Iain Cuthbertson as menacing villain and mysterious village squire, Hendrick.
But where oh where are we gonna get a slimy, creepy bad guy everyone hisses at whenever they appear? Oh wait...

Monday, 14 January 2019

Doc Savage - In The Mighty Marvel Manner

Marvel's colour ( and black and white ) adaptations of Doc Savage never seem to get much love from tried and true Doc fans.
But those people forget that Marvel's Doc introduced a whole load of fans to The Man Of Bronze. Like the Spanish Warren being my Warren, Marvel's Doc Savage was my Doc Savage.
I may well have investigated Lester Dent's original stories without the comics existing, in fact I know I would've, I bought everything back then, but I'm not sure I would've been as interested.
And I still think the b/w Doc book was one of the best of the House Of Idea's magazine line.
The colour book, which came a couple of years before, is also a lot of fun, though a bit more problematic.
In the plus column, we have Steve Englehart adapting the original stories for most of the run, splitting each novel into two issues, and we also have Ross Andru, my fave Spidey artist ( I know, I know ) for nearly every issue.
The problem really, is that even with two issues for each tale, Englehart is still forced to cram, so that even for '70's Marvel, this is wordy stuff.
Also Andru seems teamed with a different inker almost every time out. Yes, those inkers include Jim Mooney, Ernie Chan, Frank Giacoia and Tom Palmer, but it does mean the book fails to settle into a solid team.
So you can see why Doc's initial excursion into The Mighty Marvel Manner didn't sell. And also why they needed the space the b/w books afforded.
But it's Doc. And The Fabulous Five. With Monk doing his best Ben Grimm. It's you, me and all our pals, with all the gadgets in the world and adventure waiting behind every corner. The ultimate boys' gang, in fact.  Who can resist?

Saturday, 12 January 2019

The Lost Cody Starbuck

Special treat time. And our old pal and FOOBA Mark Frazer has come up trumps again. Last time he found us the unpublished Barry Windsor-Smith Thing. This time, well, it's a Howard Chaykin / Cody Starbuck story that, as far as we know, has never been printed in English.

Here's Mark: This was either published in 1981 or 1982 in Spain by 'Josep Toutain' - who had collected all the previous Starbuck stories in two other volumes - the B & W stuff horribly coloured, by the way - using plates from the Starbuck portfolio as covers.
It's listed in The Art Of Howard Chaykin bibliography - but only as non-English 'European album' with no other information available.
I found it quite by accident when I was doing a simple search - and it turned up the three Starbuck volumes. I had never heard of them being collected like that & I wanted a look-see. I clearly got more than I bargained for - the lesson here being sometimes it pays to be curious.
I can't imagine why Heavy Metal or somebody else never picked this up.

Now a caveat: As with BWS's piece, I did facebook Chaykin to seek his permission to post this. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to respond, which is completely understandable, Howard Chaykin having about a million better things to do with his time than talk to the likes of me.
So just a note to Howard: If you come across this now, or at any time in the future, absolutely no offence intended, just a wish to show off this stuff to fellow fans.
And if you want it removed from the site, of course I'll do so immediately.
Hope you don't though, 'cos it's wonderful!