Easter Marvels

Origins Of Marvel Comics Made For Easter Marvels

Ghoul Mourning Maniacs!

It’s almost Easter and I’m organizing some of my collection. I unearthed my copy of “Origins of Marvel Comics” by Stan Lee. As I touched the cover, I was immediately awash in some fun Easter memories from 1977. What’s the connection? Well, read on…

When I was a little monster, my Godmother/Aunt Mary brought me a pad of drawing paper and pastels, with a most amazing book, called “Origins of Marvel Comics” for Easter. This is the first in a series of Marvel Fireside books, which includes “Son of Marvel Origins,” “Bring on the Bad Guys,” “The Superhero Women” and more.
Easter Marvels

“Origins of Marvel Comics” was a great introduction to the first wave of Marvel heroes for a younger reader. The book includes reprints of the Silver Age debuts of The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk , Doctor Strange and The Mighty Thor. Then, fast forwards to some tasty Bronze Age material.

Read with delight as the FF first gain their cosmic powers and battle Mole Man, to the issue 55 showdown between the Thing and Silver Surfer.

Can the Fantastic Four withstand the might of the Submariner?

The Hulk gets his turn in his first tale and tangle with the Gargoyle. He then goes swimming against Prince Namor, the Sub Mariner in issue 118.

Listen to the Hulk attempt to thwart an assassin!

Swing on a web to Spider-Man’s debut in “Amazing Fantasy” 15, and get a jolt from his battle with the Shocker in Amazing Spider-Man 72. Thor gets introduced in “Journey into Mystery” 83, against Stone Men from Saturn. He comes back in the Bronze Age offering of “The Mighty Thor ” 143. He teams up with Balder the Brave and Lady Sif against the Enchanters! Doctor Strange has his origin laid out for you in “Strange Tales” 115, then POOF! there he is in a strip from 155. The sorcerer didn’t get his own mag until a little later and had to share his first comic book home with Nick Fury. Wonder who the goldbrick was?

This was an “EGG-scelent ” Easter treat, and as you can see from the photo of Aunt Mary and I, I have the book in my grubby little hands! The photo was taken in front of Grandma Kaizer’s house and there are many more photos like it of my sisters and I, our cousins and more. It was an Easter family tradition to go to Grandma’s where she cooked her “Dupa”and Babushka off and fed the waves of family all day on Easter Sunday. All the Polish food you could think of. Grandpa would play jazz on the piano and smoke cigars. Then, we’d head outside and pose at that exact same spot for photos. That tradition carried on for at least three or four decades and Easter Sunday at Grandma’s was always a great time and now a great memory.

I Hope Peter Cottontail brings you chocolate and something to make you say, ” EGGcelsior!!”

(Apologies to Stan Lee).

He-Man Vs. The Mighty Thor

He-Man vs Thor

I see lots of He-Man fan-art whilst maintaining my 80’s Cartoon Fan-Art Tumblr but it’s rarely as good as this superb boxing match from artist Benj Bartolome.

Channeling the DC Comics fight between Superman and Muhammad Ali, this fight has Clark Kent and Ali as spectators alongside Skeletor and Loki and it looks like it could be a real bruiser!

I wonder who will win? My money is on Thor this time around.

The Mighty Thor – Enter Hercules (1966)

Continuing with the celebration of the release of the Avengers film in theaters this weekend, our next short from the Marvel Super Heroes 1966 show is none other than the God of Thunder himself, Thor! In this particular episode he has one of my favorite Marvel Comics characters as a guest star, Hercules, who just so happens to be the Prince of Power. Like in the comics of old when these two meet…they usually do not get along real well.

[via] undyingSinEdd’s YouTube Channel

EPIX Free Preview: Heroes Weekend Including Stan Lee Documentary!


Just a few days ago I was given the opportunity to review the Stan Lee documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story that is running this weekend during the EPIX Hero Weekend, which I stated in the review of the documentary is a nice lead up to the release of the Avengers next week.

I’ve learned today that EPIX is having a free preview weekend allowing us fans to watch Thor and Captain America: First Avenger as well as the Stan Lee documentary and that it started on Friday and will run through Sunday on Cox Cable, Verizon Fios and the Dish Network.

So if you find yourself with some free time, check those listings and make sure to watch With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story!

A huge thanks of course to Ain’t It Cool News for the heads up on this!

What if Games for Marvel’s Avengers had Been Released on the Atari 2600?

The 1980s were a magical time for blockbuster films. Sadly though, when it came to comic book movies, we had just a few Superman sequels and of course Batman in the late 1980s. So I was chatting with Vic Sage the other night and we started wondering what the pop culture landscape might have been like if they had released the Avengers in the 1980s. Would they have done the same release schedule? Would it have been a hit? Eventually we started talking about tie-ins and that got us thinking about video games.

Now neither of use are designers, but thanks to some great templates and the art of King Kirby, we were able to mock up what the game boxes for the solo Avengers titles (and the Avengers) might have looked like if they had been released for the Atari 2600 and in the case of the Avengers, the Atari 5200.

First we will kick off with Iron Man, which starred Bruce Boxleitner as Tony Stark…

Iron Man for the Atari 2600

Second came the big budget Hulk, with beloved Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner…

Hulk for the Atari 2600

Treat Williams took on the role of the Star Spangled Avenger…

Captain America for the Atari 2600

Schwarzenegger was already a growing star, so when he took on the mantle of the Mighty Thor, everyone was very excited…

Thor for the Atari 2600

Finally they all came together, with the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer as the Wasp and Rutger Hauer as Loki, in the biggest film of the 1980s, The Avengers. By this time, the Atari 5200 was in stores. Some say it was the high quality Avengers title that saved that system and prevented Atari from going under.

The Avengers for the Atari 5200