Friday, 28 April 2017


Legendary cartoonist TERRY BAVE is looking to
get in touch with his former editor and old friend BOB
PAYNTER.  Bob, if you get to read this (or hear about it),
would you contact me via the comments section and we'll
work out a way for you and Terry to get in touch.  He'd
dearly like to catch up with you and reminisce about
the good old days.

If anyone knows Bob's contact details, if you
let me know, I'll pass them onto Terry & Shiela.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Time now for some more original art, in this instance BAD
PENNY by LEO BAXENDALE, from the back page of SMASH!
#156, January 25th 1969.  I've scanned the first two panels as one, as
they have a caption running across both of them.  And, although you can
enlarge the panels by clicking on them, I've repeated the last one in two
bigger halves for greater visual impact.  The strip has been drawn on two
thin sheets of card, extended on the right-hand side, then stuck down on
a thicker piece of art board.  To give you all an idea of how poorly these
pages were treated in storage, this one has footprints on the back, in-
dicating that it was lying face down on the floor at some stage and
walked over.  (Or perhaps lay on top of a pile of art used as a
 step to reach something on a high shelf.)  Shameful, eh?

And look at the street name in the panel below.  Is this
what you'd describe as a Nightmare on Elm Street?

And here's the published page as readers would have seen it back in 1969.

Comic Box Commentary 9th Anniversary

Over 9 years ago, I created a blog called Comic Box Commentary with the plan to cover all the comics that I was enjoying at the time.

Then 9 years ago tomorrow I realized the canvas was too big and decided to be a bit more focused.

Hence the vaguely titled Comic Box Commentary became Supergirl Comic Box Commentary. And that is the origin of my terrible blog name. I suppose I should have simply started anew. But I didn't think about it that much.

How long would I do this? How often would I do this? Would I find it creatively rewarding (the reason I started it to begin with)?

Turns out, yes it is creatively rewarding. I would be posting often and for a long time.

How people found this place I'll never know.

And so today I celebrate my 9th anniversary the usual way I do - by thanking everyone who stops by, reads my comic reviews, and deals with my ramblings. I love the community of Supergirl fans who come here and the dialogue that occurs. So let me give you a round of applause. I deeply appreciate you all for visiting. In particular, I congratulate those of you who read my long reviews!

I have become friends with so many people because of this site as well. From podcasts to con meet-ups to sending each other comic stuff, it is such a fantastic group that I am honored to be included in!

Lastly, it is hard to believe how far the character has come during those 9 years! I started this site because I didn't like how Supergirl was being portrayed in the comics at the time. I also wanted to highlight her oft-forgotten history. Now she is everywhere!

So I'm raising the virtual glass of champagne to everyone! Thanks for being part of this place!

Happy Anniversary!

Number 2042: Frankenstein Friday returns for one day: Tom Sutton goes Psycho

In the early days of this blog, I showed a Frankenstein story by Dick Briefer every Friday until I exhausted my personal collection. Oddly, I did not think to include the few stories I had from the Skywald publications of the early '70s. So here, 10 years later, I am showing the first of a short-lived series. Tom Sutton, using the name Sean Todd, was the primary artist, and did the writing for the four episodes he drew in issues #3-#6.

From Psycho #3 (1971). Inking by Dan Adkins. The cover is by Boris Vallejo.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

1978 - Anatomy of a Cover - Machine Man #1 by Jack Kirby

not around

#Cartoon of the day. Enjoy the #fun and have a smile on your face!!! Look younger and feel younger :)


Well, what can you say and how do you say it?

As most of you will know by now, LEO BAXENDALE
passed away recently.  Leo was an influential creator in the
world of comics, but due to leaving mainstream comics in the
mid-1970s, is known mainly to diehard fans who read his stuff
in the '50s, '60s, and '70s.  News of his sad demise will bring him
a wider recognition among the great British public, but it's a poor
trade-off at the end of the day.  Some people you think will live
forever, some people deserve to live forever, and Leo probably
deserved it more than most.  True, he has attained a kind
of immortality through his comics creations, but even
that seems less of a reward than it should be.

Anyway, there's little point in me repeating facts
and figures about his career;  that's already been done
on other blogs, in far more detail than my tendency to the
superficial can match.  Suffice to say that, when it comes to
comics, Leo was a lion.  There have been other lions of course,
and there'll be others again, but he was among the first.  Sadly,
I never met him, but he very kindly replied to several of my fan
letters over the years, and, at my bold request in the position of
assistant editor of The ILLUSTRATED COMIC JOURNAL
back in the '90s, supplied an article for publication within its
pages.  True, it had appeared elsewhere first, but Leo
didn't think the readership of both 'venues' would
overlap, and we were glad to have it.

With each passing day, another little piece of our
childhoods is eroded away, and with Leo's passing, quite
a large chunk has been chipped off in one fell swoop.  For
what it's worth, if anything, I'm sure readers of this humble
blog extend their condolences to Leo's family and friends at
this sad time.  We're frowning at the moment, but we'll all
laugh again after an appropriate interval, especially when
we read again some of Leo's comic creations that we
enjoyed as kids, teenagers, and adults.

Rest in peace Leo Baxendale.  He may be gone, but
he'll never be forgotten as long as unruly kids indulge in
mischief and mayhem in any school playground.

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