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The Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual 2.0

In 1975, Franz Joseph’s Technical Manual was the perfect companion to his Enterprise blueprints. While there are more accurate sources now, these were two of the best items to have during the time after The Original Series went off the air and before the movies began.

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Puss in Boots by Gordon Robinson

Puss in Boots was always one of my favourite childhood stories. It had a smart cat. In boots. I found this 1911 version illustrated by Gordon Robinson in a used book store a few years back. After the online presentation you'll have the option to download a PDF scan of the original.

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Interlac: The Language of the 30th Century

Interlac – the intergalactic universal language of the 30th century and the Legion of Super-Heroes – was first referenced in Adventure Comics No. 379, March 1969. it was turned into a tangible alphabet with Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and letterer John Costanza in Legion of Super-Heroes v2 No. 311, May 1984.

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The Legion of Super-Heroes Logos

When Superboy left the Legion in No. 259 of his former book, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes was retitled to Legion of Super-Heroes v2 for the January 1980 issue. DC Comics staff letterer Todd Klein created a new logo for the book. I've always thought it a great logo utilising three-point perspective.

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The Best of DC Digest No. 40 Cover by Gray Morrow

Beginning just as the 1970s ended, DC Comics' digest-sized comics followed on the success of the format at Archie Comics and Gold Key Comics, and lasted until the mid 1980s. They most often offered reprints based around one hero or a theme in each issue.

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Green Lantern No. 74 Cover by Gil Kane

At the end of the first era of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern, Gil Kane – the series' first artist – had gone from a reserved, unremarkable style to a bold, dynamic style informed by his mastery of structural anatomy.

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Green Lantern No. 141 Cover by Dick Giordano

Dick Giordano's last Green Lantern v2 cover as a solo artist went unpublished. Instead George Pérez's illustration – teasing the first appearance of The Omega Men in the issue – appeared on the cover of Green Lantern No. 141, June 1981.

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Green Lantern No. 124 Cover by Dick Giordano

The late Dick Giordano had a solid association with Green Lantern, notably for his collaboration with Neal Adams at the beginning of the Bronze Age, and later for drawing GL backup stories in The Flash.

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Ghosts No. 59 Cover by Luis Dominguez

Luis Dominguez was born in Argentina in the early 1920s and has had a long and distinguished career in comics in Argentina and the US. For my generation, he's well remembered for his work with DC Comics in the 1970s. From what info I've been able to find, he's still alive today.

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DC Special Series No. 2 Swamp Thing Cover by Bernie Wrightson

The late Bernie Wrightson made his name on the first 10 issues of DC Comics' Swamp Thing before moving on to Warren Publishing and other venues. He returned to Swamp Thing in 1977 to do this fantastic wraparound illustration to cover DC Special Series No. 2, which reprinted Swamp Thing Nos. 1 and 2.

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Batman No. 255 Cover by Neal Adams

At the end of his industry-changing run at DC Comics, Neal Adams turned in this solid cover. However, with Batman then running 100-page issues, the art didn't get the packaging it deserved. Shrunk to fit a smaller box in the cover template, we've always wondered how it would have looked as a normal cover.

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Giant-Size Blog Headers

Online friend Richard Guion (aka Cousin Dick) was kind enough to give this site a couple of plugs on his blogs Giant-Size Marvel and Giant-Size Geek, and I returned the favour by making new blog headers.

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Marvel Comics Giant-Size Cover Template

I've rebuilt and coloured a lot of vintage comic book covers. Now, it's your turn. Here's a template for Marvel's Giant-Size comics of the mid 1970s. I'd love to see what you create in the comments below.

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Marvel Preview No. 4 : Star-Lord by Gan and Wrightson

Star-Lord first appeared in Marvel Preview No. 4, cover dated January 1976. The character was named by Marv Wolfman, and Steve Englehart created the character from there. Steve Gan was the artist.

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Wonder Woman No. 108 Cover by Andru & Esposito

For my money, one of the best Wonder Woman covers ever. From early in the Silver Age, cover dated August 1959 and drawn by long-time WW art team Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.

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Doctor Strange (1978) DVD Cover

You have to feel for the folks over at Shout Factory. They got the rights to re-release the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie to tie in with the release of the new feature film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And they went to the effort to remaster it from the original film elements. That's dedication, and one of the reasons genre film and TV lovers love Shout like cinephiles love Criterion and Kino Lorber. They do things right.

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Donald Trump's America Poster

One-hundred-and-five years ago, cartoonist Udo J Keppler saw the interests of capitalists and plutocrats at odds with his country's stated goals of liberty and justice for all. The Golden Calf reigned supreme.

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Battleship – The Game

Battleship is quite an old game at this point, starting out as a pencil and paper game from the First World War era. The object is to sink your opponent's ships by calling out grid references, shelling the hidden navy. Hit or miss until total victory.

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The Last Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the right man for the right time in US history. He preserved his country's Union through brutal civil war. By 1865, there was reason for hope to the end of conflict. In February of that year, he sat for what would be his last formal portrait.

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"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses…"

While built for other reasons, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, USA has come to symbolize the dreams and ambitions of generations of immigrants who came to the US to leave behind the strife in their native lands and fulfill the American Dream of peace, prosperity and freedom for their families.

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Action Comics No. 500 Cover by Andru & Giordano

As the Seventies were drawing to a close, the long-running Action Comics and its star Superman were celebrating the comic's 500th issue. Andru and Giordano were the regular cover team and they drew the iconic characters with their usual flair.

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The Secret Six No. 2 Cover by Nick Cardy

Nick Cardy is one of best DC cover artists of all time. From Aquaman to The Brave & the Bold and Superman, his work is noted for the power of its composition and the emotional depth of his characters.

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The Secret Six No. 4 Cover by Jack Sparling

An interesting cover design most likely sketched by Carmine Infantino and then passed to Jack Sparling – The Secret Six's regular artist – for illustration. From November 1968.

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The Secret Six No. 3 Cover by Jack Sparling

It was a small series of only seven issues beginning in early 1968 and running bi-monthly. The Secret Six was created and plotted by E. Nelson Bridwell, with dialogue by Joe Gill. Frank Springer drew the first two issues and Jack Sparling the remaining five.

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Detective Comics No. 379 Cover: Novick or Novick?

Just because you do a good drawing doesn't mean it's going to make the best cover, at least in the eyes of the art director or editor. Case in point, Irv Novick drew two covers for Detective Comics 379 from September 1968. The first is beautifully drawn. You can see the care he put into it with the rendering of the man's hand, for example.

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The Demon No. 1 Cover by Jack Kirby

With his Fourth World books at DC Comics cancelled, Jack Kirby moved on to a second series of books which included Omac, Kamandi, Kobra and The Demon.

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Batman No. 210 Cover: Novick or Adams?

As can happen, one artist draws a cover, and the editor chooses to have it redrawn by another artist. Case in point the cover for Batman 210, March 1969. The layout had been done by Carmine Infantino and passed on to Irv Novick who was enjoying his early years of drawing super-heroes for DC, which included Batman and The Flash.

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Spider-Man & Daredevil Special Edition No. 1 Cover by Frank Miller

Frank Miller had completed the Daredevil run with Klaus Janson which had made him a top creator at Marvel. His next major project would be 1983's Ronin limited series.

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Fantastic Voyage Posters and Wallpapers

Fantastic Voyage was released in 1966. Well-written, imaginative and with a good cast, it was one of the better science fiction films of the 60s.

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Filmation Tarzan Lord of the Jungle Season 1 DVD Cover

In 1976, Filmation had the license to produce Tarzan cartoons for Saturday mornings. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle debuted with 16 episodes that first season, and it was different than many previous portrayals of Edgar Rice Burroughs' signature character. Tarzan was shown as an intelligent and civilised character who had fantastic adventures with his animal friends in lost cities and strange civilisations, just as he was in the original novels. A lot of kids like me loved it.

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SVG Thumbnail Previews in Adobe Bridge

While MacOS has the capability to preview SVG files with Quick Look in the Finder, current versions of Adobe Bridge show the generic file icon only. That is, unless SVGs are saved out with XMP compatibility. With SVG increasing in popularity, here's how to make image selection quicker and easier with thumbnails.

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The Original Star-Lord Covers

His mother murdered by aliens, Peter Quill wanted revenge and his only goal was to get out into space to see it through. The early Star-Lord adventures were darker in tone than what we see today. They also had some great covers by top illustrators. Here they are as originally published, and new versions as Star-Lord magazine.

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Wonder Woman by HG Peter

HG Peter was Wonder Woman's original artist, and this piece by him was a rejected cover from the 1940s. A perfect illustration to colour and package. A lost gem is rediscovered.

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The X-Men Chronicles by Dave Cockrum

From 1981, Cockrum's hand-painted cover for this one-shot fanzine.

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Uncanny X-Men No. 138 Cover by Byrne & Austin

One of the iconic covers in a run of iconic covers by Byrne and Austin. With fresh type and colour by me.

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Batman No. 351 Cover: Colan or Colón?

Gene Colan was the penciller on Batman in 1982, and he did up a cover for No. 351, inked by Frank Giacoia. Perhaps wanting a larger, more active Batman, Ernie Colón and Dick Giordano were tasked to re-draw the figure. Here are both of them coloured up.

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The Silver Surfer by John Buscema

I ran across a really grotty copy of the late John Buscema's pencils for this page from The Silver Surfer v3 No. 110. Detailed below are the steps from inks to layout to turn it into a cover.

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The Doom Patrol Covers III

Following up on a previous post and this one too, here are three more interpretations of The Doom Patrol done by current artists, with cover layouts by myself.

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ROM the Space Knight by Jeff Slemons

One of the early integrations of electronic features into an action figure, the ROM action figure didn't do well in the market, but the Marvel comic lasted 75 issues and four annuals. He'll return to comics in 2016 via IDW Publishing.

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The Doom Patrol Covers II

Following up on a popular post, here are three more interpretations of The Doom Patrol done by current artists, with cover layouts by myself.

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DC Comics Presents No. 26 Cover by Jim Starlin

DC Comics Presents No. 26 is more often remembered as the first appearance of The New Teen Titans, but it also marked the first appearance of Jim Starlin as a DCCP artist.

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The Doom Patrol Covers I

The original Doom Patrol was a comic book series from DC Comics in the 1960s. Created by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, they first appeared in My Greatest Adventure No. 80, 1963, and the book was renamed for the team as of No. 86. The series ran until No. 121, 1968, when the Patrol seemingly sacrificed themselves to save the small fishing village of Codsville, Maine. They'd come back in different incarnations with different characters and different levels of popularity with readers.

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Batman Year One

From 1986, this house ad was the first piece we saw from what was going to become a classic Batman storyline by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

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Wonder Woman No. 269 Cover by Andru & Giordano

From July 1980, we have a great cover by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano, a prolific cover team for many DC titles during this period.

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Star-Lord by Byrne & Austin

Back in 1976, Marv Wolfman – then editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics – came up with the name Star-Lord and passed it on to writer Steve Englehart to flesh it out. The result appeared in Marvel Preview #4, January 1976.

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Justice League of America No. 66 Cover: Dillin or Adams?

From November 1968, two versions of the cover to DC Comics' Justice League of America No. 66 have survived. The first, drawn by Dick Dillin and Joe Giella was rejected. The second was drawn by Neal Adams and made it to the newsstands. I've coloured them both up here from scans of the original art.

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Hawkman and The Justice Society of America by Joe Kubert

From 1970, Joe Kubert provided this powerful illustration for The Steranko History of Comics 1. Here it is in colour, and with trade dress from different eras of DC Comics.
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Blue Beetle No. 5 (1965) Cover by Fraccio & Giordano

From March/April 1965, Bill Fraccio and Dick Giordano deliver a combative cover for Charlton Comics' Blue Beetle No. 5. I'd be worried about giant-sized chess pieces threatening a princess, too.

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Charlton Bullseye featuring The Blue Beetle

Charlton Bullseye was a late entry with new content from Charlton Comics. Unlike the previous Bullseye – started as a fanzine in the 1970s – the second volume was an anthology which gave new talent a chance to be published. It ran for 10 issues before it was cancelled.

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