Saturday, March 20, 2010

Separated at Birth: Someday you and I will take our love together to some sky

FF Wedding
Panel from Fantastic Four Annual #3 (1965), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Artie Simek


FF Wedding
Cover of Fantastic Four: The Wedding Special one-shot (January 2006), art by Gene Ha


Say, in that cover above, who are those two bums in the church doors trying to crash the wedding?:

Why, it's Stan 'n' Jack!

FF Wedding



Say, has anyone ever mentioned Reed and Sue's wedding song before?

Here's "Oh Promise Me" performed by a music box:





And by opera singer Carmela Ponselle (sister of the more famed vocalist Rosa Ponselle):





Now, the version that the 1966 Reed and Sue would have probably been most familiar with is the 1945 Nelson Eddy cover:





But I like to think that ever-with-it Ben Grimm might have picked out this arrangement for them: the smooth and satiny sound of The Platters:




Which only goes to show: sometimes a classic is more timeless than a 90s rock song:

X-Men #30
Panel from X-Men #30 (March 1994), script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Matt Ryan, colors by Joe Rosas, letters by Bill Oakley


Onna other hand, who wouldn't want this for their wedding song? I know me an' Keira Knightley will enjoy dancing to this!:



Bully & Keira



365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 79: Oh My Stars and Garters Week, Day 7

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NXM #123
Panel from New X-Men #123 (April 2002), script by Grant Morrison; pencils by Ethan van Sciver and Tom Derenick; inks by Tim Townsend, Danny Miki, Scott Hanna, and Sandu Florea; colors by HiFi Design, letters by Saida Temofonte



Saturday Morning Cartoon: The Bear That Wasn't



The Bear That Wasn't (1967), directed by Chuck Jones, narrated by Paul Frees;
based on the book The Bear That Wasn't by Frank Tashlin

See storyboards for the film by animator Irv Noble



Friday, March 19, 2010

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 78: Oh My Stars and Garters Week, Day 6

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Avengers #187
Panels from Avengers #187 (September 1979), co-plotted by Mark Gruenwald and Steven Grant, co-plotted and scripted by David Michelinie, pencilled by John Byrne, inked by Dan Green, colored by George Roussos, lettered by Jim Novak



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Here, have a macrocephalic Spider-Man.

MTU A#4
Page from Marvel Team Up Annual #4 (1981), script by Frank Miller, breakdowns by Herb Trimpe, finishes and inks by Mike Esposito, colors by George Roussos, letters by Diana Albers


365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 77: Oh My Stars and Garters Week, Day 5

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UXM #390
Panel from Uncanny X-Men #390 (February 2001), script by Scott Lobdell; pencils by Salvador Larroca; inks by Tim Townsend, Larry Stucker, Dexter Vines, Danny Miki, and Scott Hanna; colors by Hi-Fi Colour Design; letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 76: Oh My Stars and Garters Week, Day 4

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Avengers #194
Panel from Avengers #194 (April 1980), script by David Michelinie, pencils by George Perez, inks by Joe Rubinstein, colors by Ben Sean, letters by John Costanza



When the world is too dark and I need the light inside of me, I'll walk into a bar and drink fifteen pints of beer

Hellblazer #42
Hellblazer #42
Panels from Hellblazer #42 (June 1991), script by Garth Ennis, pencils by Will Simpson, inks by Mark Pennington, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by Gaspar Saladino



The Pogues "If I Should Fall from Grace with God" (1987)




The Pogues "Streams of Whiskey" (1984)




The Pogues "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge" (1989)




The Pogues "Thousands Are Sailing" (1988)




Mmmmmm...Guinness
So come fill up your glasses with brandy and wine
What ever it costs, I will pay
So be easy and free, when you're drinking with me
I'm a bull you don't meet every day



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

365 Days with Hank McCoy, Day 75: Oh My Stars and Garters Week, Day 3

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New Defenders #128

L: Panel portion from [New] Defenders #128 (February 1984), script by J. M. DeMatteis, pencils by Alan Kupperberg, inks by Mike Mignola, colors by Paul Becton, letters by Janice Chiang
(Click picture to what Hank did!)



Monday, March 15, 2010

These Romans are crazy!

CaesarHappy Ides of March! Now, unless you got yourself a good classical education back at the old alma mater, you probably only know one thing about today: that it's on March 15 that Caesar bought the farm. Also, after putting the money down and signing all the papers for his new agricultural estate, he died. (He is an ex-Caesar.) But which one of us actually knows what led to and caused the death of Caes...yes, yes, Mr. Shakespeare, I see you in the back of the class, you can put your hand down, please. Anyway, for the rest of us who don't know our Ides of March from our Fourth of July, here's the real story, unabridged and unexpurgated, of what happened to Caesar and his Home of Rome: sit back, drink your mulled wine, and read on:


The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
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And that's exactly the way it happened.

Bonus!: Jack Kirby's designs for a 1969 university production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.