Several pages from the programme to 1975’s first Mighty Marvel Comic Convention at New York’s Hotel Commodore. The cover features seven examples of clip art, from a John Buscema Conan to a Frank Brunner Dr Strange. (I’ve seen the Spider-Man figure credited to Marie Severin, though I have my doubts. That looks like John Romita art to me.) Finally, the back cover presented a mournful Hulk by Herb Trimpe. Inside were printed the first pages of three new features described as “our newest, grandest and greatest creations”; Satanna The Devil’s Daughter, Skull The Slayer and The Scarecrow. All were dead within the year.
Today’s post at TooBusyThinking - here - returns to the topic of Josh Trank’s upcoming movie reboot of the Fantastic Four. Along the way, there’s discussion, amongst other things, of why;
1) Michael B. Jordan’s a fine choice for the role of Human Torch;
2) Thanksgiving should never be a Norman Rockwell moment for the FF, and;
3) why Sue and Johnny’s relationship inspired thoughts of 70”s BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.
It’s the last week of posts at TooBusyThinking, and, should you have a moment to kill, you”d be very welcome to pop over before the shutters finally come down.
(The panel above comes from 1961’s FF #2, by Kirby, Lee et al.)
Just to say, my TooBusyThinking blog has returned for one last week of posts. Today’s piece discusses the sadly unconvincing claim that the 21st century’s Fantastic Four is still “The World’s Greatest Comics Magazine”, and asks what might be done to restore the title to its long-lost status as exactly that. Along the way, as you might suspect, I’ll be touching upon the controversy about the up-coming Josh Trank movie too.
Should you have a moment to whittle away, you can find the piece here.
(The panels are from 1961’s FF #1, by Kirby and Lee et al.)
Alex Toth designs for Galactus, Blastaar, Rama-Tut, Sue Storm, The Molecule Man & more, all for the 1967 Hanna-Barbera Fantastic Four cartoon. (All from Alex Toth: By Design, by the artist & Darrell McNeil.)
Above, John Romita’s layouts for pg 19 of 1966’s Amazing Spider-Man #41. (As originally printed in 2004’s Comics Creators On Spider-Man by Tom DeFalco.) Below, the page as it finally appeared, as reprinted in 1997’s Essential Spider-Man Volume 2.
"The laws are based on Magna Carta, habeas corpus, the Petition of Right and others. Without this foundation there can be no freedom or civilisation, anyone being at the mercy of officials and liable to be spied upon and betrayed even in his own home."
(Panel by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee et al, from 1965’s Amazing Spider-Man #20.)