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Alex Saviuk Speaks

If you read a Spider-Man book back in the 1980s through to the mid 1990s then odds are that you've seen and are familiar with the work and art of Alex Saviuk. Alex did his first work on Amazing Spider-Man in 1987, just prior to the McFarlane explosion (indeed Alex was the artist who preceded McFarlane on that book) and then worked steadily through until this day, where he draws the Sunday Spider-Man newspaper strip. Along the way Alex enjoyed the longest run by a single artist on the title Web Of Spider-Man (now defunct) by drawing 73 issues starting with issue #35 and finishing with issue #116, missing only a couple of issues in-between. From there he moved to the children's book, Spider-Man Adventures, and finished up after fourteen issues on that title. For nearly a decade Alex was Mr. Spider-Man.

Originally starting with DC Comics, Alex moved over to Marvel and Spider-Man and is now busy with his work on the syndicated strip and also his occasional forays into the world of …

The Hanging Garden

Nope, not a post about the Cure, this is about a real hanging garden. I'm not exactly sure what's prompted me to do this post right at this moment, it has been on my mind for a fair while now. I can't disclose the exact location, but trust me when I say this, this isn't an urban myth. It's an actual place and this actually happened - some people know about, the majority of the population don't know about. It's fascinating and damned morbid.

As you can see from the map Adelaide is surrounded by gardens and parklands. Towards the hills there's even more gardens and nature parks, some good, some better than others. Most have their secluded spots and as anyone connected to the field of mental health or the police in Adelaide will tell you those secluded spots are perfect for people to commit suicide. People can just walk into the wilds and vanish. It takes a lot for them to be discovered and each month will go by with another body being found and identified.…

The Australian Spanish Western Connection

The Spanish Connection
By Kevin Patrick

At first glance, there’s nothing remarkable about my copy of Double Barrel Western. Published in Sydney by Gredown Pty Ltd, this undated comic book, like so many others produced by this company, is an ad hoc collection of overseas comic strips.

Yet its contents say a great deal about the ‘globalisation’ of the comics industry - and its impact on the Australian comic book market.

For much of the postwar era, Australian publishers looked to American companies as the source for most of the material used in their locally printed comic magazines.

By the early 1970s, this was no longer the case, as titles like Double Barrel Western clearly show. While its stories are undeniably set in the American West, most of the featured comics were drawn beyond America’s borders.

Two stories featuring the drifter known as ‘Mestizo’ were written by Carlos Echevarria and illustrated by Luis Bermejo (b.1931). Another tale, ‘The Strange Death of a Gunman’, is credited to ar…

Maurice Bramley, John Dixon, Keith Chatto, Horwitz, Timely, Charlton

Today it's another grab bag of various goodies, picked up from various second hand bookshops in the country and from other sources. I've only started collecting the Horwitz line for about a year or so now but already there's a sizable collection gathering in the workroom.

Issue #4

Date: circa 1958/59.

Not sure who the cover artist is here. It has the hallmarks of a Bramley, and it's likely that it is him, but it's unsigned and Bramley more often than not signed his work. It is a Horwitz though, and this one contains Timely (Marvel) era western stories, including an early effort from John Romita.

Issue #58

Date: late 1960.

This is a Bramley. Not only is the cover done by the man but he contributes to the bulk of the insides and the book includes a great splash page of a navy ship entering Sydney Harbour. It does have what appears to be a Timely back-up story to flesh it out, but all in all this is a good book to get.

Issue #1

Date: circa 1959.

Jerry Bails & Dave Cockrum

It's been a horrid few days. First the man who can rightly be considered to be the founder of comic book fandom as we know it, Dr Jerry Bails, passed on in his sleep. That was a huge blow to me personally. I'd never met Jerry but I had corresponded with him via email, as had thousands of others, and like the others Jerry took the time out to make me feel pretty damn special. His is a loss that will reverberate around the world, but I think that Jerry would have taken it all in his stride and just laughed it all off. He was one of the last of the nice guys and I'm gonna miss him dearly. Roy Thomas is planning a tribute issue of Alter Ego - fittingly as Jerry founded AE - and when more details arrive I'll let people know.

The hits just keep coming though. This morning I woke up to the news that Dave Cockrum has also passed away. Dave was more than just a mere comic book artist - without him the X-Men as we know it might not exist. Dave created Storm and Nightcrawler and h…

Odd Beatles Review

Look closely and you'll see why this review of the latest Beatles album in todays Sunday Mail had me giggling all day. It's not the review, it's the name of the may have to click on the image to fully appreciate the joke.

More tomorrow, hopefully. The body is starting to give way.

Home, Home Again

Ahhhhh it feels good to be back home. We're both burnt to a crisp and exhausted but we're happy we did the trip. When all is said and done we've amassed a huge amount of research and taken over 300 photos - some of which I'll be sharing over the coming weeks. As it stands though we've come home to discover that the main computer is kaput. It's sitting upstairs, as good as an oversized paperweight so for now I'm having to exist using the lap-top. Not that I mind, but I am aware that I don't want to kill this machine either. My computer minded pal is coming over today so perhaps he can shed some light on how to get the bastard up and running. Still until we get it fixed, and all the photos transferred over I can still share some shots and observations.

It's hard to convey the emptiness of locations like this in a digital photo. This shot was taken when we reached the end of the road that we got lost upon, and it was this place where I decided no…

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