Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Rolling Stones' Metamorphosis Ad, 1975

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New Gods No. 11 Splash Page Original Art by Jack Kirby

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Coronavirus-19 Update for Ohio, March 31, 2020

Update: 2,199 known Coronavirus-19 cases (266 new) in Ohio; total deaths increased to 55.
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Monday, March 30, 2020

Don Heck Draws Iron Man, 1964

From Tales of Suspense No. 52. 
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Captain America No. 109 Original Art by Jack Kirby and Syd Shores

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Songbooks By Mail

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Friday, March 27, 2020

The Fantastic Four by John Buscema and Joe Sinnott

Original art from The Fantastic Four No. 112.
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1975 Ad for Willie Nelson's The Red-Headed Stranger

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Coronavirus-19 Update for Ohio, March 27, 2020

Update: 1137 Coronavirus-19 cases (270 new) in Ohio, a 31% increase; total deaths increased from 16 to 19.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Original art by Jack Kirby for The Eternals No. 5

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Coronavirus-19 Update for Ohio, March 26, 2020

867 confirmed Coronavirus-19 cases in Ohio (163 since yesterday); fifteen deaths total. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton reported that Ohio could see 6,000 to 8,000 new cases of the virus a day at the pandemic's peak.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Magazines I've Read Recently, March 25, 2020

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The Original Art for Spider-Man No. 138 by Gil Kane and John Romita, Sr.

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Coronavirus-19 Update for Ohio, March 25, 2020

704 confirmed Coronavirus-19 cases in Ohio (140 since yesterday); two more deaths reported (ten deaths in Ohio total).
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A 1975 Ad for Neil Young's "Tonight's The Night"

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Ohio Coronavirus-19 Update, March 24, 2020

564 confirmed Coronavirus-19 cases in Ohio (120 since yesterday); three more deaths reported. The lower number of confirmed new cases yesterday was just a statistical aberration.
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Original Art for the Splash Page of Kamandi No. 20, 1974

Written and drawn by Jack Kirby. Inked by D. Bruce Berry. 
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Ohio Coronavirus-19 Update, March 22, 2020

351 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Ohio (104 since yesterday); Ohio will be under a “stay-at-home” order effective at 11:59 p.m. Monday night, until at least April 6th.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Comics I've Read Recently, March 21, 2020

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Original Art from DC's The Stalker No. 4, by Steve Ditko and Wally Wood

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Human Torch Rampage

Seeing his sidekick Toro hurt, The Human Torch goes on a killing rampage, from The Human Torch No. 4, 1941.
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Recently Read: The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The winter of 1880–1881 is called "The Snow Winter", one of the most severe seasons in US history. A succession of blizzards from October through March of the next year kept frontier families secluded; some froze to death. The Chicago and North Western Railway stopped running trains altogether because they were stuck in mounds of snow taller than the trains themselves, leaving whole towns without food and supplies.

The Long Winter, continuing from the previous book, By the Shores of Silver Lakehas the Ingalls family moving to the newly built town, De Smet, in hopes of surviving the winter. Even proximity to other townspeople is little help in blinding, relentless storms. Laura's future husband, Almanzo Wilder, plays a larger role in this chapter, author Wilder intermittently switching the viewpoint away from Laura's narrative in mid-story for the first time in the series.

As the weather is unrelenting, so is the novel's suspense. It's not a joyful read; young readers may find this book too disturbing or depressing. As a slightly modified document of a time and place in history, though, it's fine writing.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Recently Read: The Digest Enthusiast, Volume 11

The first color issue of The Digest Enthusiast makes quite the difference. Photos of old magazine covers in full color make the pages pop and help readers know what to look for when magazine hunting at conventions and used book stores. In addition to the usual news column (glad to learn about Analog's throwback logo design), TDE 11 features interviews with mystery novelist Janice Law, novelist Paul D. Marks, and Jeff Vorzimmer, editor of The Best of Manhunt (magazine). Particularly interesting to me were Vince Nowell, Sr.'s article on the bizarre 1967 sci-fi one-shot, Beyond Infinity, and TDE publisher Richard Krauss' very in-depth article "Leo Margulies: Giant of the Digests" (I had no idea there were The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. digest series published).

There's much more, of course: fiction (disclaimer: I illustrated one of the short stories, "Zymurgy for Aliens", by the late Joe Wehrle, Jr.), an article about an infamous magazine misprint, cartoons, short story reviews, a look at the latest issue of Paperback Parade and other goodies too numerous to mention here. If you love to read or collect digest magazines, you owe yourself a copy of this.
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