March, 1964 - When The Beatles Ruled Adelaide

Everyone knows the story of when the Beatles touched down in Adelaide, South Australia, on July 12, 1964. It’s been reported many times since how over 200,000 people lined Anzac Highway from the airport to the CBD, all gathered in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the Fab Three[i]. 30,000 people gathered at the Town Hall when they appeared on the balcony and waved[ii]. The reception was incredible and left a lasting impression. Paul McCartney later wrote in the official history of the band, Anthology, “Three hundred thousand people welcomed us to Adelaide. It was like a heroes' welcome. George waved too. That was the kind of place where we would go to the town hall and they would all be there in the centre of the city. If it had happened suddenly, overnight, it might have gone to our heads; but we had come up bit by bit, so it didn't (not too much). We were just very pleased that everyone had turned out. “We were still close enough to our Liverpool roots to know how it would…

From Script To Page: New Heroic Comics #84

Today's entry in the From Script To Page series is something that not many people have seen before, and certainly a rare script indeed. I've dug deep into my collection and dragged out a script from the Golden Age of comics, in particular, New Heroic Comics #84 (Famous Funnies Publications, June 1953).

New Heroic Comics was one of those true life comics. The editors had a media service who'd send them unusual stories involving heroism by very ordinary people in society. When the stories would come in, they'd cherry pick the ones that they felt would be of interest to their readers, track down the people involved, send them a standard release and, once everyone had signed, assign the script to a staff writer who'd duly write it up using the original newspaper/magazine article as the basis.

From there it went to a staff artist, such as Sam Glanzman, John Belfi, Bob Brown, Joe Certa, Bill Everett, Sid Greene, Shelly Moldoff, Ed Moore, Pete Morosi, Alex Toth, Eddie Ro…

From Script To Page: Black Panther #30

Well the Black Panther movie is out and by accounts its a winner. I've not seen it yet, hopefully I'll rectify that very soon. In the meantime, enjoy this, the second entry in a series I'll be calling From Script To Page.

Today's entry is the splash page to Black Panther #30 (Marvel Comics, May 2001), written by Christopher Priest and drawn by my chum Norm Breyfogle. What you see here is the first page of the script, the preliminary sketch, the penciled page and the final, fully inked, page as published in the comic book. Titled The Story Thus Far, the comic book focuses on the somewhat convoluted relationship between The Black Panther and Captain America from their first meeting in World War II to the (then) present day. As with anything that Priest writes, there's a lot going on in these pages.

Priest's script is one of the biggest I've seen for a Marvel comic. Running in at a hopping 43 pages, the script provides background and detail on every single pa…

From Script to Page: Silver Age Secret Files & Origins #1

A little treat for you art fans out there. It's been a long while since I've posted anything related to art and artists of any serious import, and there are reasons for this, but this isn't the time, nor the place, to get into any of that. Needless to say that, thanks to Facebook and a group I'm now part of, my love and appreciation for original comic book art is beginning to return, and with a vengeance. I'm back collecting, as it should be.

And I'm finally scanning my entire collection. This is no small task as it's now thousands of pages, original art, sketches, preliminaries, notes, letters, faxes, scripts, roughs - you name it, it's all there. It's a massive undertaking, sorting, scanning, recording, notating and finally storing all the art I own, but, honestly, it needs to be done.

One reason why it needs to be done is simple. Some of my collection consisted of notes and faxes sent from writers to artists and vice-versa. As we know, thermal f…

The Interview Series: Stan Goldberg

As promised, I'll be porting over all the interviews from the now defunct Adelaide Comics and Books web-site, and I thought there's no better place to start than with this lovely chat with Stan Goldberg.
I first interviewed Stan about Mike Esposito for the book Andru & Esposito: Partners For Life in 2005 (here's a hint - do not pay $105 for that book. If you really want one, let me know and I'll find one for you). The interview went so well that Stan instantly agreed to a follow up, which is what we have here.
It'd take far too long to mention all of Stan's credits. This was a man who was there at the beginnings of the comic book industry as we know it, he spent over 60 years in the field. He worked on almost every single Marvel character over his career and he appeared to be both immortal and invincible, visiting Australia a year or so after this interview was done in 2005. He was working right to the end of his life, an amazing achievement in itself.

To quot…

Vale Adelaide Comics and Books 2003 - 2018

And an era ends.
If you clicked on a bookmark for Adelaide Comics and Books today, then you're probably puzzled to find yourself on this blog. Allow me to explain why all your bookmarks now don't work.
I started the original Adelaide Comics and Books web-site back in 2003 with an interview with the late, and great, Gene Colan. In the frantic six years that it was active, I interviewed dozens of people and wrote many articles, and also allowed others free reign over the site, to publish anything and everything they wanted to. I have made many, many fine friends over the life of the site, but the reality is the site was last updated in late 2009. The rise of blogging and sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other social media have pretty much made web-sites redundant now. People can instantly connect with others and talk to them, you really don't need a web-site like Adelaide Comics was to get information. It's all out there and blogs, such as this, are adaptable and easier…

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