Thursday, July 31, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 14

Day 14 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

A truly great cover courtesy Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella. Infantino was really on a roll with these Batman covers!


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 12

Day 12 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

A cliffhanger cover worthy of the
Batman TV show.


Monday, July 28, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 11

Day 11 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog--two ads this time.

Ira Schnapp used negative space so darn well...


Sunday, July 27, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 10

Day 10 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

Another superb ad...I love the little toy (Corgi?) replicas of the Bat-Copter, Batmobile, and Bat-Jet that Batman had made up, presumably to help as visual aids for Robin.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 9

Day 9 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

I love that reverse-colored Batman logo, with a white outline. Unusual!


Friday, July 25, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 8

Day 8 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog--not one, not two, but three ads!

All three ads brilliantly composed by master designer Ira Schnapp.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 7

Day 7 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

Whoever would've guessed a tiny yellow circle would become so significant?


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 6

Day 6 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

Two classic pin-ups by Infantino and Anderson. Weird how that second image has never actually been a comic book cover...


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 5

Day 5 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

"But Bork Can Kill You!"--possibly the greatest comic book story title of all time?


Monday, July 21, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 4

Day 4 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

I love that old school Batman logo. I'd love to see them bring it back in some capacity, even though its kinda square.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 3

Day 3 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

One of my favorite ads, since it uses nothing but "B' characters, who never got as much attention as Supes or Bats.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 2

Day 2 of our team-up with Dial B For Blog!

I don't know what the heck a "Magic Photo Kit" is/was, but I bet they didn't at the time, either--it was the mid-60s, it had Batman on it, done and done.


Friday, July 18, 2008

16 Days of The Batman, Part 1

To mark the premiere of The Dark Knight, today is the first day of the 16-day team-up between Coming Super-Attractions and Dial B For Blog! Welcome to all you Dial "B" fans who have never visited here before!

For the next sixteen days, this blog will be presenting the genuine versions of the DC house ads that Robby has brilliantly altered and placed on his site. So each day check out Robby's site, then head back here.

This was all Robby's idea, and I dial "T" for "Thanks" to him for including my humble little blog in his 16-day celebration of all things Batman!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Brave and The Bold - 1965

Since we'll be teaming up with brilliant Dial B For Blog at the end of the week, I thought I'd run team-up ads for the rest of the week.

This was a fairly unusual team-up, most super-heroines had a tough time headlining a book, so putting two of them together was a, er, bold move.

Designed by the venerable Ira Schnapp, this ad features a lot of text, even more than he usually had to work with. As usual, he nailed it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Dr. No - 1963

Definitely one of the more curious publications in DC's history--Dr. No?!?

I've heard some rumor--I can't quite remember it all now--that had something to do with someone at DC in the late 1960s going through old files and discovering that, connected to publishing this book, DC in fact had the rights to make James Bond comics all through the 1960s, during what was arguably Bond's most popular time. And they never noticed! Arrrgghhhh!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Spectre - 1992

I love this ad; it's not usual that you get a piece of artwork this loose and rough for an ad; but of course for The Spectre it works.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Elongated Man - 1992

I remember really enjoying this series--it was breezy and fun, snappily written with nice art by the late great Mike Parobeck.

Of course, this was the last time Ralph and Sue were allowed any fun in the DC Universe.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Teen Titans - 1969

In honor of my friend Russell Burbage's excellent Titans-related story today over on my Hey Kids, Comics! blog, I thought I'd run a Teen Titans ad.

Russell's story involves the brief 1970s revival of the book, but ads for that title are exceedingly hard to find, so I had to "settle" for this ad, from the first, near-legendary run of the title.

In any case, this is a fantastic ad, exciting as heck (as is the cover itself, of course). I like how the text colors match the logo, too.

Starting next Friday, July 18th: Coming Super-Attractions! first blog team-up, with none other than the brilliant Dial B For Blog! Be sure not to miss it, it'll be a happening!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Binky / Top Guns of the West - 1969

If you had to summarize the sheer variety of DC's output in the sixties in just one ad, this might be it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Flash - 1968

Definitely not one's of DC's most carefully put-together ads--"Look, just buy the damn book, okay?"

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Coming Super-Attractions..." - 1959

Another nice "Coming Super-Attractions" ad, sent courtesy Robby Reed of Dial B For Blog. Thanks Robby!

"Baby Lois Lane"?
Comics don't get much better than that.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Bat Lash - 1968

"...Can he save the west? Or ruin it!" doesn't make a lot of sense to me, grammatically. But what do I know? I went to art school.

In any case, a nice ad.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Thunderbolt - 1992

I think Pete Cannon, Thunderbolt, holds the distinction of being the only comics character that was bought by DC but now is no longer owned by DC, unlike his fellow Charlton alumni.

...on second thought, strike that. I think DC doesn't own the old Fawcett characters Bulletman and Bulletgirl, either. In any case, that was the first thing I thought of when I saw this ad--that DC couldn't revive this, even if they wanted to!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

DC Salutes The Bicentennial - 1976

How could I not run this ad today? One of the craziest offers DC ever made. For only the cost of twenty-five mangled comics, you can win...a belt buckle.

Happy July 4th everybody!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

"Coming...Super-Attractions!" - 1961

Robby Reed of Dial "B" For Blog pointed out that I have yet to actually run any ads emblazoned with the phrase "Coming...Super-Attractions!", and it was high time I did.

So Robby sent this nifty ad along, plus one more, which we'll see soon. Thanks Robby!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008