Sunday, May 31, 2009

Slurpee Cups!

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Another bunch of cups today, with only two FF-related cups there on the bottom row!

Cover of the Day: Tales to Astonish (2nd Series) #1

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This short-lived 1970s title reprinted the Sub-Mariner stories, since Marvel Super-Heroes had crowded him out when they got finished with Tales to Astonish (the original series) Subby and Hulk stories, and went to the Hulk's own title. You can see Reed and Ben in the background.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Slurpee Cups!

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A few Inhumans to be seen on these cups... I wonder if there's a website anywhere that identifies who did the art for these cups, and where it originally came from?

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 136!

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Thus begins the first of one of the oddest two-issue FF stories ever!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Steranko History of Comics Poster!

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Lots of FF representation going on here!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 129!

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Hmmm... seeing this cover makes me wonder... did Marvel ever have the Valkyrie and Thundra ever meet? What a team-up that would've been!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Marvel Superheroes Poster!

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This must've been an early 1970s poster... note that the Thing represents the FF here, not the Torch!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 119!

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I've sometimes wondered if this issue of the FF was considered a trial for a new Thing-Torch series...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Slurpee Cup!

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Yes, I'm throwing in an Adam Warlock Slurpee cup here... he had his origin in Fantastic Four, after all!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 63!

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I've always liked Blastaar... and felt he could've been used more often, but then, him being a denizen of the Negative Zone, that's tricky, isn't it? This was one of the issues Hanna-Barbera adapted into an episode of the 1960s FF cartoon!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Slurpee Cups!

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In this batch of cups, look at the bottom row, and you'll see Galactus as he appeared on a wrap-around cup from 1977!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 114!

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I always thought this was one of the oddest covers created for this book... too much stuff thrown in there at once, trying to encapsulate the beats of the story inside!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pinball Game!

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This was part of a line of retro-styled toys that came out in the past five years or so... I thought it was neat, but I don't have it!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 104!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Marvelmania Posters!

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You can see here that the thought still was that the Torch would be the breakout character from the FF, and not the Thing, as it later turned out!

Cover of the Day: Strange Tales 130!

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While this cover is more Dr. Strange-centric, seeing the Torch and the Thing in Beatle wigs brings a smile to my face!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Mego Mister Fantastic Action figure!

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I think Mego did a pretty good job with Mr. Fantastic here! You'll see carded and boxed versions of this action figure in the future!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 85!

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 76!

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Secret Wars Action Tops!

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Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars was a branding in the 1980s that was tied in with the 12-issue maxi-series of the same name. There were all kinds of Secret Wars items produced, mainly by Mattel with their action figure line. Sadly, the FF were only represented by Dr. Doom for the most part in all the merchandising -- I'm not sure why, except that perhaps it's because only Reed, the Torch, and the Thing went to Battleworld, the location the comic took place on....?

These tops are a pretty strange marketing idea, if you ask me... but then, I suppose that there weren't many comics characters outside of Whirlwind (the erstwhile Human Top) and The Red Tornado (at DC) that would've fit the toy concept!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Strange Tales 106, Page 10, by Dick Ayers!

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Here's yet another comic art page with the Torch and the Trapster, except at this time, he was called Paste-Pot Pete!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 72!

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How many comics in the SIlver Age would've dared to publish a cover in which the title heroes only appear in the upper corner box?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Marvel Team-Up #2, Page 18, by Ross Andru!

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Here's a page from the second issue of Marvel Team-Up, with the Torch and the Trapster!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 66!

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It's the origin of Adam Warlock, although he wasn't going to get that name for years after this!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Comics Paperbacks!

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Before the comics trade paperback industry really started, the only way you could buy books reprinting comics were these books, published by Pocket Books and other companies! Even when trade paperbacks started coming out, these still kept going until about the early 1980s or so.

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 59!

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Marvel got a lot of mileage out of the Reed Richards picture on this cover!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kenner Sparkle Paints!

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Here's another Kenner toy... although it's only tangentally related to the FF (aside from the Surfer and Sub-Mariner, there's nothing here relating to them at all!). Sparkle Paint sets had a set of posters that were already colored in, but you could take the sparkle paints provided and add a whole new dimension of shininess to them!

Cover of the Day: fantastic Four 58!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Mego World's Greatest Super-Heroes Poster!

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Have I posted this promo poster for the Mego 8" Action figures line here before? Or was that on a different blog?

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 54!

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Have I mentioned before that all these covers come courtesy of the Grand Comics Database, the comics blogger's best friend?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pro! Magazine Cover!

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As you can see, this magazine featured the Marvel heroes on it... the article inside compared members of the San Diego Chargers to various Marvel heroes, believe it or not!

Cover of the Day: Marvel's Greatest Comics 40!

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From the time when Marvel was spending the money to get new covers drawn for the reprint books -- probably to help hide the fact that they were reprints! I loved this title when I was a kid... heck, I loved all the reprint books, Marvel and DC alike!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four Board Game!

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Here's the board for this 1970s item... I'll get to the box sometime in the future (that's the only problem with randomizing the photos for this blog -- stuff gets separated that should be together!).

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 45!

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fantastic Four Give-A-Show Slide!

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Kenner's Give-A-Show Projector is one of my favorite toys, and the only toy line I'm collecting. This slide is from the 1966 set that also featured Thor, Spider-Man, and Aquaman... Over on one of my other blogs,The Give-A-Show Blog, I feature stuff from these every single day (or at least, while I was writing this entry back in September - yes, I work really far ahead on these things - I was still doing daily postings... at the time you read this, I may have posted everything I have already!). There's checklists of each set, photos of these sets (as well as knockoffs and related toys), but the main crux of the blog is showing you the slides themselves -- and I've even taken the scans of the slides and created YouTube videos of them, adding music and sometimes sound effects! These are posted in chronological order. So if you want to know more about this stuff, you know where to click! And I'm sure that following this text, I've probably embedded the YouTube video that I haven't made yet as I'm writing this!

Edit Heh, I'd written up this post so far in advance, I forgot I'd referred to the Video by the time I made the video... so here it is!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 38!

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It really kind of speaks to the power of Kirby's pencils that you can look at this cover dozens of times before you think, "Man, it's really crowded in the Wizard's flying sphere, isn't it?"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

3rd Eye Marvelmania Blacklight Poster!

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Can I possibly say anything more about this? I mean, this poster kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it?

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 34!

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GIdeon would, of course, be brought back in the 1970s for a sequel story!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Thing Mexican Knock-Off Figures!

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The Thing on the right looks like it was modified from the Marx Toys Hulk plastic figure!

Cover of the Day: Fantastic Four 53!

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Yet another classic Kirby cover -- but weren't they all?