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!

[Via] Toon Barn

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

Egg Monsters - Transformable Eggs

Egg Monsters…Are Transforming Egg Monsters?!

Friends, just a couple of weeks ago I was cleaning up my work space, down here in the Vault. When the telltale rattle of the mail chute made me look up from my writing. What came down the chute? Why, nothing more than three oddly transformable toy eggs. After a few seconds I realized these were transforming Egg Monsters. Right there on my desk where transforming versions of Jason Voorhees, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Dracula. Of course I still had no clue what Egg Monsters were!
Egg Monsters - Reissue

Thankfully we have the internet, right? I will certainly admit that it took me a little bit to actually find out some actual information on the Egg Monsters. While those that were sent to me are actually a modern reissue. The first Egg Monsters appear to have been released by Bandai back in 1987.
Egg Monsters - Frankensteins Monster

Thanks to a blog and Google translator, I think I understand what these toys are. If I read it correctly, friends, they were a toy line known as Charan-Poran transformable eggs. It appears these toy eggs came in all manner of types. Not just Egg Monsters but even the likes of Dinosaurs were featured in the toy line.
Egg Monsters - Dinosaurs

I very much doubt they were ever made available here in the States, at least not back in the 80s. That is however until I took a moment and looked up the Meteorbs. From the Masters of the Universe toy line.
Egg Monsters - Masters of the Universe - Meteorbs

These are in fact a series of toys that were originally known as Tamagoras. Mattel bought some from Bandai I suppose and gave it that Eternian twist. Featurning names like Tuskor, Cometroid, Ty-Grr, as well as Gore-illa to name a few. Bringing these toys into the Masters of the Universe definitely made sense at the time. Especially since Transformers were making a killing in the toy wars.

Throw in the fact that for a moment, the Universal Monsters were actually contemplated for a “Vintage Horror Movie Series” branch of the Transformers. The idea of a series of transforming Egg Monsters doesn’t seem all that strange, right?

Egg Monsters - Universal Monsters - TFWiki.Net

Image courtesy of the Transformers Wiki!

Thanks to that Italian blog we also know there were more than three characters available. Besides Jason, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Dracula – there was also toys for The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, and even The Wolf Man!
Egg Monsters - Wolfman

I suppose the question is how will I go about and obtain the rest of the toys in this series. I might indeed have an overactive imagination but I feel my Jason needs to square off against that Wolf Man!
Egg Monsters - Jason Transformed

The internet comes through for us again, friends, as here is an Egg Monsters commercial!

Sectaurs - General Spidrax

It’s Time For 1985’s The Sectaurs To Take Wing!

By 1985 there were certainly quite a few massive hits in the toy market. For example, you had Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Jem , G.I. Joe, and Gobots to name a few. However for each of those successes there at the likes of Crystar, The Wuzzles, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons as well as Sectaurs!

[Via] RetroWinnipeg

Now in no way shape or form am I disparaging those toy lines. Especially in the case of the Sectaurs. They just sadly failed to connect with kids at the time. As a matter of fact in my youth I can recall only seeing the Sectaurs on the toy shelf once. That was at our local Sears department store. While my Grandparents were shopping I was getting to know the heroic Dargon and his flying stead Dragonflyer!
Sectaurs - Coleco - List of Characters

You can probably already guess that shopping trip didn’t end with me taking any of the toys home. Far from it in fact. Pants though…boy…did I get some exciting pants. Sigh.
Sectaurs - Plaid Pants Instead of Toys

That isn’t to say I didn’t become a little more familiar with the characters, thanks to the Marvel Comics series.
Sectaurs - Marvel Comics

Indeed there turned out to be an animated series for Sectaurs. Thanks to the wonders of the internet you can watch it too!

[Via] William Sweeney

Coleco obviously did their best to push this new toy line. It just wasn’t to be and soon they vanished. That isn’t to say they didn’t leave a mark. Because as a matter of fact they are about to make a return, thanks to a successful Kickstarter by ZICA toys!
Sectaurs - Dargon - ZICA toys

Sectaurs - General Spidrax - ZICA toys

The new toys while obviously not including those epic puppet insect steeds. Will at least be released in 1/18 scale, more in fitting with current toy lines. As well as having interchangeable hands and be packaged on a blister card. The original Sectaurs were 7″ tall, that’s only four inches shorter than a Barbie doll! Actually, fellow Retroist author Doug McCoy had something to say about the height of the toys too.
Sectaurs - Mantor - ZICA toys

Sectaurs - Zak - ZICA Toys

At the time of this post, there is still 3 days left for you to pledge to the Kickstarter. ZICA toys set a goal of $40,000 and have hit a little over $43,000 so far.

Now for a more revealing and professional look at the Sectaurs, why not watch this video by Toy Galaxy?

[Via] Toy Galaxy

Retroist Scoreboard: Trolling Transformers and Swimming with Sharks

School may be out for summer, but soundtrack school is never closed. This week’s releases are a crash course in the classics, both old and modern.

La-La Land Records is very much “in the now” with its latest and future releases. Though opinions seem to be, shall we say, widely varied as to whether the big-screen comedy rehash of ’90s syndicated super-hit Baywatch was worth committing to film, La-La Land is still giving the movie’s score a chance on CD. Composed by Christopher Lennertz, the Baywatch score may well be one of the better things about the movie, and there’ll be 3,000 copies pressed so fans of either the movie or the composer can give it a spin.

Baywatch

Coming next month from La-La Land is an even bigger release – a deluxe, 2-CD limited edition of Steve Jablonsky‘s score from Transformers: The Last Knight. That will be released on July 11th, and is also likely to be an edition of only 3,000 copies. The label will start taking orders closer to the release date.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Dragon’s Domain Records has a pair of new releases that’ll begin shipping on July 10th: Brian May‘s score from the 1986 movie Sky Pirates (bear in mind that this is the Australian film composer Brian May of Mad Max fame, not the Queen guitarist), and a CD containing a pair of lesser-known TV movie scores by the late, great Basil Poledouris, Prison For Children and Single Bars, Single Women. Sky Pirates is a limited edition of 1,000 copies, while there will be 2,000 copies of the Poledouris scores made available.

Sky Pirates

Buysoundtrax.com’s in-house label BSX Records has some digital-only releases that’ll delight fans of ’80s movies – they’ve made Jerrold Immel‘s score from Mega Force available for download, which includes music Immel composed for the movie that was later dropped, such as the original, never-before-heard end credit music that was left on the cutting room floor in favor of a song.

Mega Force

Also on tap is Richard Band‘s original score from 1986’s Troll – you know, back when movies about trolls were creepy, and didn’t drown their audience in covers of 1980s hits.

Troll

Quartet Records is targeting the end of June for a remastered release of Jerry Goldsmith‘s score for the 1973 prison break drama Papillon. The original multi-track studio tapes of the original record sessions were recently recovered in Italy and have been remastered by Mike Matessino; among the material that these tapes brought to light were “source music” (music which characters in the movie can hear from an on-screen source) composed by longtime Goldsmith collaborator Alexander Courage (also composer of the original Star Trek theme). Only 1,000 copies of this CD are being pressed.

Papillon

Kritzerland Records‘ blurb for their latest release makes it very clear that they know this movie’s place in cinematic history. Is it a golden age delight uncovered and remastered for the first time? No, friends…it’s the Chuck Cirino score from the Syfy original movie Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre. That awareness of the movie’s unique stature extends to its print run: Kritzerland is only pressing 500 copies of this new classic for the ages, and then, as it says at the end of many a shark movie (or as it should say), fin.

Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre

Nothing new from Intrada this week, but the scuttlebutt on their release for next week involves gate addresses, chevrons, dial-home devices, and probably some zat guns. Watch this space.

Mega Force