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Get Ready For Archie Meets Batman ’66!

That’s right! Archie Andrews, that nice guy from that quaint town of Riverdale is going to meet Batman! But not just any Batman, the Batman made famous by actor Adam West. I was able to get a hold of comic book artist Dan Parent who, along with J. Bone, worked on the cover for the first issue in this series.
Archie Meets Batman '66 - Dan Parent - J. Bone

There will be 6 issues in all and if you’re wondering, it will take place in 1966. I asked Dan all the usual ridiculous questions like… “Is time travel involved?” and “is this a dream sequence?” While he was mum on details, he said that it takes place in both Gotham and Riverdale in 1966. This is a joint publishing project between Archie Comics and DC. This isn’t the first time these two companies have worked together. As I recall, there was Tiny Titians/Little Archie and His Pals (like Teen Titans). Anyway, the first issue of Archie meets Batman ’66 comes out in July.

Archie Meets Batman '66 - Francesco Francavilla

(It should be noted there will be many variant covers. Including this one by Francesco Francavilla! – Vic)

If you’re interested in Dan Parent’s other work, he currently has a Kickstarter campaign for his comic book series DIE KITTY DIE which he does with fellow artist & writer Fernando Ruiz. This comic book follows the life of a witch, Kitty Ravencraft, who exist both in comic books and the real world (inside the comic)… As you can guess from the title – people, monsters and things are constantly trying to kill her. It’s basically horror – comedy at it’s finest with plenty of references to pop culture of today and yesteryear. Lots of nostalgia! I recommend you take a look.
Archie Meets Batman '66 - Die Kitty Die

While you are waiting for Archie Meets Batman ’66, check out another post featuring the classic TV version of the Caped Crusader!

For example, the reveal of the Batman ’66 ReAction figures from Funko!

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Mondo Gallery Presents The Universal Monsters!

The Universal Monsters are hands down my favorite series of films. Indeed of all time. I have shared my literally earliest film memories on the site before. Which of course was for James Whale’s 1931 cinematic masterpiece Frankenstein. However that was only my first taste of the beautiful dark universe that the studio had to offer.

[Via] Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

This is a fact that I’ve shared on the Saturday Frights podcast once or twice before. Even as a young boy I sided with the Universal Monsters. The Frankenstein Monster, the Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon were hunted and hounded by mobs and interlopers.
Universal Monsters - Doctor Frankenstein

Granted of course the actions of Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera and The Invisible Man are a little more harder to defend.
Universal Monsters - Dracula - 1931

Having said that though I still side a little with them. The outcasts,the forgotten and shunned, are feelings I understood as I was growing up. Luckily the midnight movies I could tune in on our TV antennae, gave me a first class education on the classic horror films offered by Universal Pictures.

Now I do realize I am not in the minority when it comes to loving the Universal Monsters. Thanks to my co-writer on the Saturday Frights Facebook page, Rockford Jay, I learned this evening of a new art exhibit.

Universal Monsters - Mondo Gallery

Illustration images courtesy of Mondo.

Taking place at this very moment in Austin, Texas – you can visit the Mondo Gallery. Checking out the beautiful artwork of such talented artists like Francesco Francavilla.
Universal Monsters - Frankenstein - Francesco Francavilla

I would be remiss in not pointing out that one of personal favorites happens to be Eric Powell’s. Focusing on my favorite of the Universal Monsters – The Wolf Man!
Universal Monsters - The Wolf Man - Eric Powell

Let us not forget Jonathan Burton’s take on 1933’s The Invisible Man. A character that I feel you can still sympathize with as it was his experiment that unintentionally drove him mad.
Universal Monsters - The Invisible Man - Jonathan Burton

Then there is Stan & Vince’s work featuring The Mummy. In truth, while not my favorite Universal Monster, I personally feel this illustration captures the spirit of the classic film posters of old.
Universal Monsters - The Mummy - Stan and Vince

Want to get a better taste of the Universal Monsters artwork being featured? Thankfully there is a video that has been uploaded to YouTube!

Shazam By Francesco Francavilla!

Image Courtesy of Francesco Francavilla

Image Courtesy of Francesco Francavilla

With the wonderful post last week by Drahken chronicling the history of the character of Shazam or Captain Marvel it seemed like an opportune time to share this piece of artwork by the famed comic illustrator Francesco Francavilla featuring “The Big Red Cheese” staring down another mechanical menace.

Make sure to click the link provided above to visit Francesco’s blog to see even more fantastic artwork.

Condorman By Francesco Francavilla!

I’ve posted more than a few fine pieces of artwork by famed sequential art illustrator Francesco Francavilla of the Pulp Sunday Blog and frequent contributor to the Comic Twart site. Apparently just before Christmas the subject of the art challenge was Walt Disney’s cult favorite Condorman!

Francesco has this to say about the artwork: “The feather costume was so campy that I decided to challange myself and try to make it look cool. Hope I succeded but you decide :)”