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Hepcat

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  1. I'm still working at completing my set of Philadelphia Gum Super Hero Stickers from 1967: Vintage sticker sets are typically much more difficult to complete than vintage bubble gum card sets since stickers tended to be used and thus destroyed.
  2. I have one of those too! Uncoloured. While Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was indeed a great artiste, he was capable of only air brushing. The finished line art for his T-shirt designs was rendered mainly by Wes Bennett and then from late 1964 onward Ed "Newt" Newton. I built both Rat Fink and Angel Fink as a kid and I have all the Roth custom rod kits with the exception of Surfite and all the fink kits with the exception of Scuz-Fink, Robbin' Hood Fink and Boss Fink in my present day collection. And I refuse to even consider "kiddy" Snap-Together kits for my collection! I just say "No!" to any model kit that doesn't require styrene cement to build.
  3. Are you thinking of this one? It doesn't actually end in even a breakup though.
  4. Somehow I don't think I'm the only one who's in absolute awe of the DC Funny Animal runs MrBedrock just posted.
  5. Compared to the twelve or even fifty Justice League covers I like the most, I just don't think they're very compelling. And after posting my favourites, I thought the opposite was in order.
  6. Sweat magazine enthusiasts should track down these two books with Norm Saunders' artwork gracing their covers: They're chock full of lavish and lurid illustrations by such legendary artists as Norm Saunders, Basil Gogos, James Bama and Norm Eastman. I mean what's not to like? Highly recommended!
  7. This is another Ira Schnapp ad I admired so much as a kid that I had it and the featured comic printed on a T-shirt front-and-back some twenty years ago:
  8. A few more Tom and Jerry comics: 193 Random House copy 195 Random House copy 196 199
  9. What were your favourite titles as a kid? Are they still your favourite titles from back in the 1940's? What prompted you to go to that show? Were your two sons avid comic fans? If so which titles? And are they still comic collectors? The comics on the stands were thirty cents in 1976. Were you tempted to pick up any of the new ones?
  10. It was actually 65 years ago earlier this month that the Fly was introduced in the The Double Life of Private Strong 1 cover dated June 1959. This was the comic in which the Shield, one of MLJ's Golden Age superheroes, was relaunched in a new incarnation as Lancelot Strong: (Sadly not mine.) The first thing to note here is the composition of the cover. The main Shield figure appears to have been drawn by Joe Simon but most of the rest of the cover seems to have been rendered by Jack Kirby. The origin tale of the Shield is stretched over four stories all pencilled by Jack Kirby and inked by Joe Simon: I was going to say that the Simon & Kirby artwork was once again a treat for the eyes, but I actually think it was their very best effort to this point! The Shield, initially Roger Flemming, gains his powers as a result of his father, Dr. Malcolm Flemming, training him to use the untapped portions of the human brain thus making him a superhuman. But Communist spies kill Dr. Flemming and a farm couple, Mr. and Mrs. Strong, end up raising Roger. The new Shield's superhuman powers include great strength, the ability to fly, throw lightning bolts, run really rapidly and see in the dark. The Double Life of Private Strong would last for only one more issue. Further appearances of this Lancelot Strong Shield in the Silver Age would be limited to two-pagers in Adventures of the Fly #1, 2 & 4 and guest team-ups with the Fly in Adventures of the Fly #8 & 9. Sad because this new Shield was a much more interesting character than the Golden Age Shield. Here's a good background summary of the new Shield: https://www.mightycrusaders.net/shield-lancelot-strong/ The Fly was also introduced in the same issue through a very brief two pager which included a very cool teaser ad: The issue also contained this nifty one pager starring the Fly's alter-ego Tommy Troy: Talk about great reading excitement for one thin dime! Okay, okay, in Canada one dime in 1959 contained 0.06 of a troy ounce of silver. At today's silver price of Cdn.$38.95 per troy ounce, the cost of that comic would be Cdn.$2.34. Still a great deal!
  11. Not surprisingly the cartoons I watched in the early 1960's also played a part in shaping my present day comic collecting interests. Among those were the Beany and Cecil cartoons. The two characters got their start as puppets in 1949 on the Time for Beany show that Bob Clampett produced for Paramount Pictures. From 1952 to 1955 Dell published seven Four Color Comics based on this Beany and Cecil puppet show: (Not mine.) Bob Clampett then converted Beany and Cecil into cartoon characters in 1959. CFPL-TV in London carried the Beany and Cecil cartoons for a year or two including during the 1962-63 TV season. I watched them with delight. Dell published five Beany and Cecil comics between 1962 and 1963. Sadly I have only two of these in my present day collection: That's still two better than none of course, and I have the rest of my life to add more!
  12. But would you question the creator credits Mike gave to Jim Davis for the many "Hound and the Hare" stories?
  13. I'm surprised and saddened to hear of Mike's far too early demise. I've been a regular user of Mike's site for more than fifteen years. It's the best! And I'm really glad it will continue to exist.
  14. Here's my own copy of Flash 105: As a kid I used to admire this later variant of the "Just One Second" ad: As a result some twenty years ago I had this variant of the ad: Plus a scan of my copy of Flash 106: Printed on to a T-shirt front-and-back!
  15. This one gets honourable mention when it comes to my favourite Justice League of America covers but it's not actually eligible for the list since it's an 80 pg. Giant:
  16. Two actually! Both Mutt and Jeff and Rex the Wonder Dog comics are welcome in this thread. After all, Cicero's Cat was a noteworthy part of stable of the Mutt and Jeff stable of characters and therefore both titles contain large elements of "funny" and "animal".