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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Jiminy Cricket!

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If you haven’t seen Pinocchio, shame on you! It’s the classic Hollywood story of trying to get a deal with no strings attached. (Strictly the stuff of blue fairies.)  Although it’s being remade as Avengers: Age of Ultron, we prefer the Disney version. (Oh wait. They’re both Disney versions. Never mind.) Instead of The Hulk, the green character who steals the show in the original is Jiminy Cricket. The lovable Jiminy acts like Pinocchio’s conscience but you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

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Plus, Jiminy Cricket sings! Take that, Bruce Banner.

Today we present another track from the classic Dave Brubeck album (last seen here on January 8th of 2013.)

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This time, Mr. Brubeck takes on Jiminy’s signature song from the film – a Academy Award-winner! But before we get to the music, here are some wonderful pictures to go with it.

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Original model sheet  – click to enlarge

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Click the link below and make a wish!

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DJ David B.


Monday, January 19, 2015

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies #8

As previously established  I’ve always had an abiding passion for the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters, especially in their original incarnations.  Oh, I know that it’s good that they evolved over the years, but I also believe the further they got from their beginnings the weaker they got.  I’ve never had the chance to read the a lot of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies comic books, especially the early ones,  but I recently came across a treasure trove of them online.  And boy, am I happy.

I find them to be charming and wonderfully “on model” (as they say in the animation industry), so it’s a shame that the Grand Comic Book Database has no idea who wrote or drew any of these stories.  They’re also more than a little odd; that’s certainly the case with Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies #8.

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There’s a lot of  material to cover here and I won’t be covering most of it.  Like the Bugs Bunny story with an Arabian Knights theme and toxic African-American stereotypes. I know enough about funny animal comics to know that the Sniffles and Mary Jane stories are generally well thought of, but I frankly wasn’t impressed with this outing.  Plus there’s a Kandi the Cave Kid strip by Walt Kelly, but frankly, I wasn’t that crazy about it either.

What did make the cut was an unlikely team-up between two straight men, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd who along with Petunia Pig get involved in a fairly straight adventure story  It ends with a “continued” blur and them shipwrecked on a desert island

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Next up is a story where Elmer actually gets top billing over Bugs in an outing where Elmer is a farmer dissatisfied with his animals output and Bugs a prop in a stage magician’s act looking for a handout.  Elmer is clearly demonstrating poor management by cruelly berating his livestock for their poor performance which Bugs sees as an opportunity to seed descent among them.  For a moment, I actually expected Bugs to lead them into an Animal Farm style revolt but no, instead he encourages them to seek fame and fortune at the county fair.  This, of course, is an unmitigated failure, but all is well in the end thanks to the healing power of an image of FDR.

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Next up is an original character that never made it into animated cartoons, RingyRoonga.  A roonga being an imaginary African animal created for another strip in a previous issue of Looney Tunes. Here Ringy has been redesigned into a cuter, fully anthropomorphized character, a lost soul who is always being mistaken for a skunk.  In this nicely drawn story, he’s teamed with Freddy Fox, a heavy from the short Porky’s Hired Hand.

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And finally there’s the feature where the roonga originated, Pat, Patsy and Pete, a strip about two kids and their talking penguin pal.  Smith left the feature and went on to do a similar comic, Peter and Pudgie for both Crackajack and Popular Comics

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: The Astonishing Ant Man!

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Did you see the trailer for Ant Man? This wasn’t just a teaser. Or the teaser for the teaser. No, this time they finally showed the actual trailer! This may be a new record for movie promotion. The film doesn’t open until July and they’re already promoting it like it premieres next week. I’m looking forward to the next version of the trailer which we’ll see in a month or two. Soon we’ll see advertisements for it. BRAND NEW TRAILER COMING SOON!

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That having been said, Ant Man looks good. And I’ve been waiting to see an Ant Man movie since 1962, so I’ll be buying my ticket any day now.

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“But wait,” I can hear you thinking. “How can you talk about Ant Man without sharing an Ant Man record? Surely no one has written a song about this miniature marvel.” O, ye of little faith. Of course I have an Ant Man song to share with you. That’s why they call me “D.J. David B., King of the Unnecessary Records.”

The real question is whether I’ll be able to dig up a Giant Man song. You’ll just have to wait and see.

Click the link below and be somewhat entertained!

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DJ David B.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Taz’s 40th Birthday Blowout!

In spite of being superhero-centric in my comic book reading growing up I have nothing but love for the Loony Tunes characters.  So it’s always a treat when I come across a comic that gets the characters personalities right  and they’re drawn” on model” (to use the term from animation). A lot of times you get what you paid for with free comics, but I was well surprised but just how good this K-Mart giveaway was.  Written by JG Weiss and drawn by Oscar Saavedra.   1994 was the Tasmanian Devil’s 40th Anniversary and  the comic was no doubt a promotion to help raise Taz’s profile before the debut of the Taz-Mania TV series.  The pretext of the story is the gang taking Taz to K-Mart so he can pick out his own birthday present.  I really don’t want to say anything nice about K-Mart, but I really have to give the company credit for being good sports about showing Taz trashing one of their stores and indiscriminately devouring their merchandise (without paying for it).

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: The Penguin Chase!

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Gotham is back! And that means more Penguin. Only this time, with hubris!

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Penguin would rather fight than switch.

You know how some songs tell a story? Like something by Harry Chapin, perhaps? You can close your eyes and just listen to the music. The whole story unfolds in your mind’s eye. Well, have I got a treat for you!

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Just like a penguin in bondage. (Song cue.)

Listen to The Penguin Chase by none other than Sun Ra, and plain as day you can see the Penguin get beat up by fishermen for having hubris. You’re welcome.

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Mint-in-box Penguin.

Click the link below and enjoy!

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DJ David B.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Speed Carter, Spaceman #1

Here’s another Atlas comic I’ve wanted to read for a long time and never thought I would, Speed Carter, Spaceman.  You could say this was just another example of the Atlas Comics “philosophy” of identifying trends and fads then trying to get comics out exploiting them before the bandwagon came to a complete stop.  In this instance it was the then going full blast “space” fad (perpetuated by such TV shows as Tom Corbet, Space Cadet, Captain Video, etc.).  And while it’s certainly a knockoff it’s at least  a very good knockoff, beginning with a cover by Bill Everett…

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The Speed Carter stories were written by Hank Chapman and drawn by Joe Maneely.

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And the Famous Explorers of the Space feature was written by Chapman and drawn (and signed) by John Romita.

 

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Other than its “good”, I admittedly don’t have a lot else to say about Speed Carter.    Except I hope you enjoy it as much I did.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Happy Anniversary Yoe Books!

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As we come to the close of 2014, it’s a tradition to reflect on the events of the past year. Or in this case, the past five years. Yes, it’s the fifth anniversary of Yoe Books, our proud sponsors here at the I.T.C.H. blog. Yoe Books is Making Comics History!

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Man, time flies! It seems like yesterday that The Art of Steve Ditko was just a gleam in Craig Yoe’s eye. Now, some 50 books later, Yoe Books is a premiere publisher of rare, out-of-print comics and so many cool coffee table books that I had to buy a bigger coffee table. You can see the complete list here.

To celebrate this occasion in the appropriate fashion, Craig and Clizia created a crazy promotional campaign that’s worthy of Stan “The Man” Lee himself. In fact, that’s who they stole it from!

It’s called the Y.Y.Y.S. (or Yippie Yi Yoe Society, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) and it’s a hoot and a half, especially if you’re old enough to be a card-carrying member of the M.M.M.S.

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If you were one of the lucky few bloggers, critics or media outlets to receive this membership kit in the mail, consider yourself privileged. If not, I’ll share with you some images (and a song, of course) just because that’s the kind of guy I am. Face forward, true book reader!

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Y.Y.Y.S. members received a clever welcome letter, a cute sticker, and a marvelous membership card (suitable for framing).

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Best of all, the kit includes a record (or, “DVD” as the kids today call them) with both the Voices of Yoe Books and the Y.Y.Y.S. Marching Song. How fun is that?

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And since I’m a nice guy (see above), here’s the Y.Y.Y.S. Marching Song for your listening pleasure. Click the link below and start marching!

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BONUS! Here’s the super-cool video that goes with the song. Just click the Yoe eyeball!

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Not sad!

DJ David B.


Monday, December 29, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Sailor Sweeney #12

Here’s an Atlas comic that I’ve wanted to read for quite a while.  For reasons unknown around the middle of the eighteen issues run of the military anthology comic Navy Action  became Sailor Sweeney, after which it became Navy Action again.  This series within a series was focused on the peace-time somewhat comic adventures of Sweeney and his mates, eating  machine “Tubby”, girl chasing “Lover Boy”, gambler  ”Big Deal” and New Yorker “Broadway”.  But whether fighting commies, busting crooks or getting involved in sit-com style antics the focus of the stories invariably were on Sweeney and his immediate superior, Petty Officer Mulligan.  Perhaps because both were smitten with the pretty Commander’s niece Joanie Jones, Mulligan hated Sweeney’s guts and always thought he was up to unspecified “something”. Which was pure paranoia on Mulligans part; because whether on duty or on shore leave, Sweeney, as well as the rest of the crew, were perfect gentlemen.  During the height of WWII,  comics were full of similar comic features where soldiers, sailors, and Marines  routinely engaged in brawls and girls chasing.   Maybe it was just a different time, or Stan Lee didn’t want to jeopardize the sales of Atlas comics at military PX’s, but Sweeney and his pals conducted themselves like perfect gentlemen.

Once you get past the really nice Joe Maneely cover you got three pretty solid stories drawn by Syd Shores (plus a darn nice non-Sweeney Navy four page story by Don Heck ,”Torpedoes Away!”, which Heck even got to sign, which I’ve chosen not to post).

 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Have A Merry Comics Christmas!

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The entire crew here at Comics Tunes Tuesdays (that’s me) wants to wish you a happy holiday and thank you for your continued patronage for these past seven years. Now enjoy this song of the season.

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Click the link below and enjoy a little peace on Earth.

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DJ David B.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

D. J. David B. Spins Comics-Tunes: Merry Christmas!

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The holidays are here and that means reliving cherished childhood memories. One of my fondest Christmas memories is driving to Little Falls, NJ (not far from the place of my birth) to see the Christmas lights. These weren’t just ordinary holiday decorations, they were really something special. You know that one house in the neighborhood that is completed covered in decorations? The people that run lights around the doors and windows, along the rain gutters, in all the trees, in order to prove to the neighbors that they’re the most devout believers on the block? We made it an annual pilgrimage to drive by this one house and see what new decorations had been added. A waving Santa on the roof, live reindeer in the garage, singing snowmen and snow-women? Nothing was too much.

Traffic was always tied up, horns were honking, and the neighbors found even more reasons to dislike this Christmas eyesore. But my favorite was the Nativity Scene. There were Joseph and Mary gathered around the Christ child. Animals were lowing. The Three Wise Men were approaching bearing gifts. Along with Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks. Yes, overwhelmed by religious fervor, anxious to out-do everyone else on the street, they included crude plywood cut-outs of popular Hanna-Barbera characters along with the Three Wise Men – changing the Christmas story slightly. Improved? You decide.

I always enjoyed the sheer sacrilege of it all, especially since that was the opposite of their intention.

To commemorate this annual atrocity we have a song about Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks.

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The cartoon cut-outs didn’t look quite this good.

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Click the link below and make a new Christmas memory!

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DJ David B.


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