Steve Ditko Did Transformers Coloring Books - The Deadly Fuel Shortage

Steve Ditko Did Transformers Coloring Books?

Steve Ditko is a very well known name in the comic industry. Rightfully so as he helped co-create the likes of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and Speedball. There are a few of us comic book fans out there that will refuse to believe that Speedball is not a great character. As you may know, Steve Ditko helped create that character. But were you aware that Steve Ditko did Transformers coloring books?!
Steve Ditko did Transformers coloring Books - Bumblee Message

It is pretty common knowledge that Ditko was upset with Marvel in 1966. Leaving the company in fact, flocking under the Charlton publishing banner. Working on the likes of The Question, Captain Atom, as well as The Blue Beetle.
Steve Ditko Did Transformers Coloring Books - The Question

Steve Ditko really bounced around during this time period. Working for the excellent Warren Publishing’s horror magazines entitled Creepy and Eerie.
Steve Ditko Did Transformers Coloring Books - Creepy

The legendary artist also worked at DC Comics. The company would end up buying out Charlton comics, bringing those characters into their fold. As you are probable well aware of, Alan Moore when creating Watchmen, intended for the characters to be the Charlton roster. DC however felt that if Moore used them for his singular universe, naturally they couldn’t be used elsewhere.

While working at DC Comics, Ditko co-created the duo Hawk and Dove, The Creeper and created Shade, the Changing Man. Although not to be confused with the Vertigo character revived by Peter Milligan in 1990. By far though my favorite DC character, besides The Question, is hands down The Creeper!

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The artist has really ended up being a freelancer once he left Marvel in ’66. Obviously he returned now and again. Which is how Steve Ditko did Transformers coloring books for the company. Four Transformers coloring books as a matter of fact from 1984 to 1986. Transformers were huge at that time, not that the property has really ever truly faded away. Steve Ditko did the Transformers coloring books entitled The Deadly Fuel Shortage, Bumblebee to the Rescue!, The Autobot Smasher!, and The Invasion of the Decepticon Camp.

These coloring books are certainly interesting to read through. Which I might add you can do thanks to Steve-0’s Transformers Site. I say they are interesting for all manner of reasons. Including the baffling choice to momentarily destroy both Wheeljack and Prowl in The Deadly Fuel Shortage.
Steve Ditko Did Transformers Coloring Books - Wheeljack and Prowl

Or even going so far as to illustrate Bumblebee with only one arm throughout Bumblee to the Rescue!.
Steve Ditko Did Transformers Coloring Books - Bumblee only has one arm

While the fact that Steve Ditko did Transformers coloring books might not be as important as co-creating Spider-Man. It did allow us to have this illustration created.

The always complaining and Earth-hating Autobot known as Gears…holding up an Elephant!
Steve Ditko Did Transformers Coloring Books - Gears holding an Elephant

Shazam PSA - John Davey - Michael Gray

Have You Ever Seen This 70’s Shazam PSA?

In my youth there were a handful of comic book characters that I liked the most. Batman, The Creature Commandos, Captain America, as well as Captain Carrot. However when it came to heroes on television, it was a whole other matter. Especially on Saturday mornings when the The Shazam!/Isis Hour was playing on CBS. Although every episode of the show would end with a moral of the story, I didn’t know of a Shazam PSA!

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As most of you know, Shazam is the magical word that young Billy Batson must utter to transform. With a blast of lightning from the Heavens, he becomes the mighty Captain Marvel. Of course being Filmation, even with it being a live action series, they had to slip in some animation. For example when Billy seeks counsel from the Elders who chose him to be Captain Marvel. Although not featured in this particular clip, Hercules is voiced by none other than Batman‘s Adam West.

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The Shazam! TV series lasted for 3 seasons, with a total of 28 episodes. Throughout the show, Billy Batson was played by Michael Gray, with the elderly Mentor being portrayed by Les Treymane.
Shazam PSA - Michael Gray

Captain Marvel however was played by two different actors during the series. The first actor was Jackson Bostwick. I have found some reports that he was fired after two episodes of the second season. The reason being he hadn’t shown up to the set, which indeed might have had a little to do with him having his face and eye examined. A stunt on the show, which Bostwick performed himself, didn’t go as planned. The Producers thought he was holding out for a bigger paycheck. In the end, Bostwick was replaced but won a court case against Filmation who had to pay him his contract fee.
Shazam PSA - Jackson Bostwick

It was John Davey that took over the role in Shazam! after Bostwick was let go. This included the episodes where Isis (JoAnna Cameron) and Captain Marvel crossed over into each other’s TV shows. This occurred a total of six times, with three crossovers for each series.
Shazam PSA - Isis - John Davey - JoAnna Cameron

Now then, ready to see that Shazam PSA?

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The Bridge - Peter J. Tomasi - Sara DuVall - Abrams Comicarts

The Bridge Is A Beautiful And Moving Graphic Novel

It shouldn’t shock a single soul that visits this site, that history is important to us. Sure, we spend most of our writing time pointing out the best in retro pop culture. However, even then we have constantly gone back and shared real moments of history. Whilst in my case it might focus more on horror films, video games, and animation. The truth is I of course am always eager to learn more about significant history. Which is exactly the case with Peter J. Tomasi and Sara DuVall’s upcoming graphic novel, The Bridge. I have not had the pleasure of reading a more entertaining as well as fascinating graphic novel in some time.

Abrams Comicarts was kind enough to send me a review copy of The Bridge. I picked it up last evening to read, and the 200 pages all but flew by. I will certainly admit I had never heard of Washington and Emily Roebling before opening the book. Nor of course, was I aware of how truly remarkable a journey Washington’s life had been. Thankfully through Peter J. Tomasi’s dream project, in addition to the beautiful artwork by Sara DuVall. You too will have the chance to find out, the type of vision and determination that was needed to see the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. As well as the absolute toll it took on both Washington’s health and the tragic loss of life it required to bring such a marvel of engineering to fruition.
The Bridge - Brooklyn Bridge

Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay Tomasi is he forced me to seek out more books about the Roeblings. The Bridge starts out in 1852, with a young Washington in some ways being molded by John Roebling, his Father. Or rather being forged into the type of person who could successfully bring about the Brooklyn Bridge. A project planned out by John and begun with his Son in 1869. It was however Washington who oversaw the actual construction.
The Bridge - Sara DuVall

A Civil War veteran, whose actions would be quite befitting a film itself, Washington Roebling wasn’t alone in his vision of the bridge. Emily Roebling proved what those of us who live in an “enlightened” age already know. There is not a single job or task that a Woman isn’t equally capable of performing. When her Husband’s health was threatened, it was Emily who ensured the project was on schedule. Supporting the Roeblings was a dedicated crew, men truly risking their lives to see the dream take shape. Just as, of course, Washington did himself – which is how he earned that respect.
The Bridge - Washington Roebling

With Tomasi and DuVall’s The Bridge, I have no doubt you will be just as amazed as I was. The story is both exhilarating and uplifting, a reminder of the good that can be accomplished for a noble endeavor. You can pick up a copy of the book on April 17th at better book dealers everywhere. Of course you can visit Abrams Comicarts official page to pre-order your copy today.

While you are waiting to grab your copy of The Bridge. Why not check out this clip from PBS America?

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Superhero Newspaper Strips - Title

Did You Read Superhero Newspaper Strips?

I love the Sunday newspaper comics and have for a long time. Full of comedy, there are so many strips to choose from. I especially liked the superhero newspaper strips. My grandparents always had bundles of them in their garage, from their delicatessen. I usually got to read them before they returned what didn’t get sold.

In 1979 there were comic strips about the World’s Greatest Superheroes, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Brenda Starr. Whoops! Skip the Brenda strip. Although, it was sort of fun. Kind of adventure/soap opera.

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The superhero newspaper strips would offer full page colored posters for promotion. Just cut ‘em out and slap on your walls! Of the strips offered, my favorites were Hulk and World’s Greatest Heroes. The popularity of the Superfriends cartoon, Spider-Man cartoon and live action Hulk shows, was driving the demand for the strips.

“The World’s Greatest Heroes” strip started in 1978 and ran until 1985. Artists George Tuska and similar styled Vince Colletta were among the names working on the strip. It focused on Superman in its last years, scrapping the huge roster of characters.
Superhero Newspaper Strips - Batman

“The Incredible Hulk” strip started in 1978 and ended in 1982. It followed the basis of the big green guy’s television show, a wanderer trying to lay low while figuring out a cure for “hulking out.”
Superhero Newspaper Strips - The Incredible Hulk

Stan Lee and Larry Lieber started the strip off on it four year stint. Then, Lieber did both writing and art. Lieber eventually handed off art duties to Rich Buckler. The “Spider-Man “ strip started in 1977 and is still in daily papers today. Stan Lee wrote the bulk of the series and artists featured are John Romita Sr. and Larry Lieber, who is still working on the strip.
Superhero Newspaper Strips - Spider Man

Imagine the glee of finding stacks and stacks of these strips along your grandparents garage wall. You have nothing but time and a rainy afternoon to read this glorious stuff!

Honorable mentions for Superhero Newspaper Strips go to “The Phantom” and the “Star Wars”…

Superhero Newspaper Strips