“Comic books to me are fairy tales for grown-ups.”
Stan Lee as… Stan Lee. Groo N°50. 1989. Marvel. US.
It’s hard to imagine there is anyone who hasn’t been touched, thrilled, excited or inspired in some way by Stan Lee’s work during his long and distinguished career. In collaboration with artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett and Larry Leiber – Stan Lee co-created a magnificent universe of fictional characters that included Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Daredevil, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. He was editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, later its publisher and also chairman, before becoming the public figurehead for the company following his retirement. He continued working into his 90s and made many cameo roles in Marvel films.
Beyond his influential writing and energy, Stan was a good advocate for humankind; asking us all to be a little more tolerant and kinder as human beings. The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to focus on literacy, education, diversity and the arts.
Below is a gallery of print adverts featuring some of the co-creations of Stan Lee. Take a moment to consider the thousands upon thousands of people who have worked on these characters over the years – either in print format, animation and movies, toys, games and household goods. It all comes back to one man’s writing skills coupled with a handful of artists who shared his same vision. RIP Stan Lee, who died today aged 95.
I was sad to hear about the passing of Carlos Ezquerra on Monday aged 70. I grew up reading the British comic 2000 AD, with Judge Dredd being one of my all-time favourite characters. Alongside writers Pat Mills and John Wagner, Ezquerra created the formidable and unbending future cop Dredd and the vast city in which to place him: the crime-ridden hellhole that is Mega-City One.
2000 AD Annual 1989. UK.
With his instantly recognisable drawing style, Ezquerra’s legacy to Judge Dredd and other 2000 AD staples like Strontium Dog will be long lasting I think. Below is a selection of Ezquerra covers and ads scanned from my collection, including images from the brilliant 1980s series The Apocalypse War. Thank you Carlos for enriching my comic book experience.
2000 AD ft Judge Dredd. Prog 333. 1983.
Strontium Dog. 2000 AD Presents Judge Anderson. N°9. 1986. US.
King Krong. Judge Dredd N°34. 1986. US.
The Apocalypse War. Ezquerra/Wagner/Grant. 1982.
Below images from Eagle Comics 1985 UK colourised editions.
The Apocalypse War. Advert. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°19 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 1. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°20 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 2. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°21 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 3. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°22 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 4. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°23 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 5. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°24 1985. UK.
After a busy summer picking up new acquisitions in both France and the UK, the TVTA scanning room is piled high with books just bursting with goodness that can’t wait to get out! The following post is a companion piece to our previous post and features another fine selection of comic book covers and adverts. Enjoy 🙂
I spy with my little eye, something beginning with T… Thanos! Secret Wars II. ROTJ N°137. 1986. UK.
The Invincible Iron Man N°129. 1979. Cover by Bob Layton. UK.
ROTJ N°148. 1986. UK.
The Daredevils. Doctor Who N°78. 1983. UK.
The Warlord N°71. 1983. US. Cover by Jurgens and Giordano.
The Warlord N°10. 1977. US. Cover by Mike Grell.
Elf Quest N°16 1986. US. Wendy and Richard Pini.
Penguin – Pain and Prejudice N°4. 2012. US. Cover by Szymon Kudranski.
Alpha Flight N°72. 1989. US.
Catwoman. Penguin Pain and Prejudice N°4. 2012. US.
Suicide Squad. Penguin Pain and Prejudice N°4. 2012. US.
Spider-Man. ROTJ N°83. 1985. UK.
ROTJ N°50. 1984. UK.
And now… Introducing… A TVTA comic book special! (it was Wooof’s idea)… Dances With The Empire!
#1. All join hands dance the dance chant the chant
#2. Across the Empire the Hiromi always dance happy
#3. Do your funky D.I.S.C.O. baby!
#4. IG-88: Ben, may I have the pleasure of this next dance?
Ben: Sure, let’s dance, tin-head. And may the force be with you!
Ben Kenobi pin-up. ROTJ N°83. 1985. UK.
That’s all for now vintage mates, thanks for visiting. Stop by again soon for a quick look at some ‘Ghostbusters’ that may or may not be the ‘Ghostbusters’ you imagine… ???