House of Mystery: ‘The Girl in the Glass Sphere’, Art by Jack Kirby

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(via Pencil Ink: a blog featuring golden, silver and bronze age comic book art and artists: House of Mystery #72 – Jack Kirby art)


Al Avison Cover: ‘The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit’, Harvey Comics, 1952

Original and final cover art by Al Avison for The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit, a give-away comic to encourage people to vote, published by Harvey Comics, 1952.

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‘Bizarre Life: The Art of Elmer Batters and Eric Stanton’: Benedikt Taschen Puts Racy Artwork on Sale at New Gallery

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Chris Gardner writes: The new Taschen Gallery on Beverly Boulevard currently features nudity and fetishism in photos and comics from two late underground artists.CCa4wZzWMAAcV2W

“Over the years, we got requests all the time to buy their works. We wanted to do a great show first, because that’s what I owe these true artists and pioneers. Their life stories, by the way, are 100 percent Hollywood drama — a mix of Goodfellas, Boogie Nights, Ed Wood and, of course, Pulp Fiction.”

Bizarre Life: The Art of Elmer Batters and Eric Stanton,” the gallery’s second show since opening in December, is on view with more than 200 works, some for sale from the private collection of head honcho Benedikt Taschen, who tells THR that he’s parting with the racy pieces out of respect….(read more)

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Press Release

Embrace Your Fantasies: Bizarre Life – The Art of Elmer Batters & Eric Stanton

If not for the moral chaos of World War II, Eric Stanton and Elmer Batters might have sublimated their indecent obsessions and spent lives illustrating catalogs, or photographing weddings. But after the clarifying effect of near death, each embraced his difference, and returned home to hack a heroic creative path through contemptuous and villainous publishers, multiple arrests, loss of family, and occasionally, freedom, to be who he had to be.

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TASCHEN Gallery announces the opening of Bizarre Life – The Art of Elmer Batters & Eric Stanton, a controversial and essential exhibit that traces the artistic struggle of these two pioneers of fetish art, from the gritty post-war streets of Times Square to their position today as cultural icons.

Eric Stanton known as The Rembrandt of Pulp Culture, was an inspiration for artists such as Richard Lindner, Allen Jones and Helmut Newton. He created thrilling panel pr_stanton_stanton_facesitting_23_1503241617_id_922446stories and colorful pulp fiction covers of voluptuous, demanding women overpowering uppity males. Today, his work is defined as female empowerment, and as caricature of female-dominance fantasy – a dichotomy that delights contemporary culture, but initially forced him into abusive underworld partnerships in a pre-feminist society averse to female strength. “A woman has to be strong. The bigger the better,” was his motto.
Elmer Batters was dubbed the Dean of Leg Art for his unique approach to photographing women’s legs and feet, but while his work brought solace to legions of foot fetishists, the courts called it dangerously perverse and hounded him his whole life. “I felt that people almost saw me as un-American for not mooning over large mammaries,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »


Behold: The Stan Lee Action Figure

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The Marvel Universe Co-Creator will be Immortalized in this Nightmare-Inducing Limited-Edition Action Figure

Graeme McMillan reports: He’s the only person to have appeared in all of the Marvel movies to date, so it was only a matter of time before Stan Lee received his own amazingly lifelike action figure. But for all the completists out there who want their own scale version of the co-creator of the Marvel Universe, be warned: There will be only 1,000 available.

The Lee figure is being advertised as the “First-Ever 1:6 Figure” of the writer and celebrity, who worked with artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to create characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men in the early 1960s. Read the rest of this entry »


Captain America #138, June 1971: Stan Lee, Tony Mortellaro, & John Romita Sr.

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Captain America #138 (June 1971)

Art John Romita Sr. & John Romita Sr
Words by Stan Lee

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Spy Ring Captured: Captain America a Powerful Force Against Spies and Saboteurs!

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CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 (March 1941)
By Jack Kirby & Joe Simon

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Comic Books’ True Origin Story: ‘The Art of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’

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Emil Lendof, Rich Goldstein write:

Joe Simon was the first guy Jack Kirby ever met who wasn’t from New York City (he came from Syracuse), but together they created most of the famous comic book characters that remain standard bearers for the industry including (but not limited to): Captain America, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Silver Surfer, Sandman, The X-Men, Thor. Kirby was the lightning-fast illustrator who dropped out of Pratt after two weeks, Simon the businessman who made sure the pair got a square deal (a mother from Kirby’s neighborhood was afraid life as an artist would land a boy “in a beret in Greenwich Village, talking to loose women”). Read the rest of this entry »


Toys for Tots Poster by Jack Kirby

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Toys for Tots Poster by Jack Kirby

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Comic Panel: Captain America ‘Tales of Suspense’ #92 August 1967

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TALES OF SUSPENSE #92 (August 1967)
Jack Kirby (pencils) & Joe Sinnott (inks)
Words by Stan Lee


Comic Panel: Avengers #16 Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers & Stan Goldberg, 1965

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Avengers #16 (May 1965)
Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers & Stan Goldberg


Vintage Sci-Fi Image of the Day

Kirby Tech: Overlord, Granny Goodness’s personal computer. Mister Miracle Super Escape Artist #2. Jack Kirby. June, 1971.

Kirby Tech: Overlord, Granny Goodness’s personal computer. Mister Miracle Super Escape Artist #2. Jack Kirby. June, 1971.

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