Oct
07
2012

They fought for possession of Earth – with Earth itself as the weapon!

Showcase61 Spectre

Showcase 61, April 1966. Cover by Murphy Anderson.

Also see some Nick Cardy Spectre covers on Internet451, and more Spectre covers at Rip Jagger’s Dojo.

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Jul
23
2012

Jim Murray – 2000 A.D. Cover Painting

Jim Murray’s cover for 2000 AD #1011 (1996) featuring Ukko. The published version looks good, but the painted original is so much more lively and vivid.
2000 AD 1011 published cover by Jim Murray

2000 AD 1011 painted cover by Jim Murray

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Jul
22
2012

The Zombie Tarot

Fresh off the slab: a Zombie tarot deck. Trendy? Yes, but the art is really good, and thematically appropriate. Surprisingly inexpensive too. Details at Sea of Stories.

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Zombie 4ofhazards

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Jul
08
2012

Billy Gibbons & Co. – Oh Well

Go listen here. It’s a heavy, swampy take on the song. This may bode well for the new Rick Rubin produced ZZ Top album (although after hearing this, I think I’d be more interested in these guys putting out an album’s worth of something).

Billy Gibbons & Co.

The & Co is Blake Mills and Matt Sweeney. Sweeney has an interesting resume, having played with Neil Diamond, Billy Corgan, Johnny Cash, and many others. Mills has backed Lucinda Williams, and is opening for Fiona Apple this summer.

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Jul
01
2012

The Big Top

It’s the year of the circus you know!

Cover from The Big Top #1, art by Edd Ashe. If you have $3750 to spend, it could be yours.

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Jun
24
2012

Lana Del Rey and Axl Rose: the rumors are true!

Lana Del Rey and Axl Rose have finished their highly anticipated EP collaboration “Estranged Marriage”, and details are starting to leak with Rose and Del Rey’s first public comments on the collaboration. The track by track scoop:

Estranged Marriage opens with a cover of the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra classic “Some Velvet Morning”. Said Rose: “Back when Guns and Roses first started to really make it big, I used to put that Lee and Nancy album on when I needed some Axl time. It actually inspired the song November Rain…I was singing along with Nancy when she goes “Phaedra is my name”, and “cold November rain” seemed to fit perfectly. And Lana’s got such a perfect voice for the Lee part of the song, and put so much of herself into the interpretation…let me tell you, she had me tearing up a couple of times in the control room. With both of us together, it’s like fire and ice, ebony and ivory, Use Your Illusion I AND II.”

The second track continues the duet theme with a cover of “Islands In The Stream”, an early 80′s Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton hit penned by the Bee Gees. When asked why she and Rose chose to record the 1980s duet Del Rey explained “Because if you’ve heard of it, it’s sort of pop music, right? Because it’s, like, popular? And Axl has a tender side, right? And his grandma like, loved that song! And Robin Gibb just like died, right? And you know, the song is like a metaphor for his relationship with Barry? And Axl and I are all listening to it, and we’re both just, like, fuck!”

Tracks 3 and 4 showcase the two performers interpreting each other’s material. First up is Axl’s cover of “Born To Die”, followed by Lana’s take on “Rocket Queen”. When asked about these tracks, both performers were coy. Quipped Rose: “We know we’re always going to be at odds with people on something. A lot of people are afraid to be that way and we’re not. These two tracks may not be what people think they want, but I’m not singing this for you, I’m not singing it for anybody who listens to it. I’m doing it for me.”

The final track on the EP is another duet, this time on the Barbara Streisand/Neil Diamond track “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”. Rose has a long history with the song. The London Symphony Orchestra’s majestic accompanyment was initially recorded over six months in 1994 and 1995, after Rose approached Selena backstage at the Houston Astrodome about performing a duet together. Unfortunately, Selena’s tragic death before Rose completed production on the backing tracks derailed their collaboration. Rose continued working on the tracks, and deemed them ready for a singer after several overdubbing sessions with the New York Philharmonic. For the vocals, Del Rey covers the Diamond parts, while Rose channels Streisand to great dramatic effect. According to Rose, covering Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, and Nancy Sinatra on the EP came naturally to him. “I sing in about five or six different voices-that are all part of me, it’s not contrived.”

Estranged Marriage is due in stores this fall.

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Jun
18
2012

Many Faces of the Hulk

Published in FOOM sometime in the mid 70′s, a couple pages of panels by all the Hulk artists up to that time.

The artists are:

Dick Ayers
John Buscema
Sal Buscema
Steve Ditko
Mike Esposito (Credited here as Mickey Demeo)
Bill Everett
Gil Kane
Jack Kirby
Bob Powell
John Romita
John Severin
Marie Severin
Jim Steranko
Herb Trimpe

Images found at Dudes Macdougal

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Jun
17
2012

Lucha dénouement

It’s the Pope in a sombrero on his way to see some midgets wrestle!

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Jun
17
2012

Katinka Herbert’s SLAM

Katinka Herbert is a UK based photographer who’s put together a book of luchador photos. Slam is a UK only publication, so a little pricey for us Norte Americanos. This one would make a worthy companion to either of the books featuring Lourdes Grobet’s luchador photos.

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Jun
16
2012

When Luchadors Go Incognito

The mariachi hat completes the disguise!

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