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Merry Christmas!!



It’s a small world and it smells funny,
I’d buy another if it wasn’t for the money.

Someone tell me that 2009 is ending because I can’t really believe it. This past twelve months has been my own, personal, annus horribilis and I’m fully intending to make 2010 the complete opposite, my own annus mirabilis. So what went right and what went wrong?

First, let’s focus on the positives. Blaq Books. We created that out of thin air with almost no funding – indeed we’ve gone into serious debt to both start it up and keep it running. With the help of a few pals it’s starting to do well and should do far better. There may be times when I question its future, but I’m positive that it can keep on keeping on. Friends overseas. Norm Breyfogle. Trevor Von Eeden. Alan Weiss. Alan Kupperberg. Bob Almond, Bob Shaw and many, many others. I’ve been blessed with some very good friends, some of whom I’ve failed and must do better to keep corresponding with. A new job in a place that’s far better than I came f…



Tom Grindberg is a polarising artist to a lot of people. For years he was dismissed as being a poor man’s Neal Adams, or a Neal Adams clone at best. This is more than slightly unfair to both Grindberg and Adams, and as much as some of Grindberg's early work is reminiscent of Adams, Grindberg was no more a clone than any amount of other artists, some of whom have managed to get away with swiping Neal for years and never got the criticism that Grindberg received. A lot of people became aware of Grindberg and his unique style when he was assigned the book Warlock, which saw him collaborating with Jim Starlin and Ron Marz in the early 1990s. Since that time Grindberg has been an artist in demand, but a quiet achiever all the same. He has worked on almost every major character for both marvel and DC, has dabbled in advertising art, produced pin-ups and much more.

As good an artist as Grindberg is it’s his sketches where he really shines. His rough …

Ghost Rider In Australia


The history of Ghost Rider in Australia is a slightly frustrating one. Despite some classic tales being reprinted, there remains a large portion of the title that never saw the light of day in an Australian reprint comic, instead, luckily, these issues were available in their original, American Marvel, form at newsagents and specialty shops during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

Created by writer Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) debuted in Marvel Spotlight #5, dated August 1972, to graduate to its own solo title in September 1973. The theory that the character was spawned from an earlier Friedrich concept, Hell-Rider, which was published by Skywald and drawn by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, is supported by similarities between the two characters, and there is a strong argument that the concept of Ghost Rider was the next step in the evolution of the Hell-Rider. Marvel assigned the name, Ghost Rider, in order to lock up the rights to…

Twenty Something Years Gone - Vintage Tour Posters


Happy Birthday Dave Simons!

If Dave Simons had lived today would have marked his 55th birthday, ironically the same age that a few people believed he was when he passed away earlier this year thanks to their own sloppy research.

Dave, I can't find a person who doesn't miss you. Personally I miss the happy emails that used to come my way, full of gossip, stories of the past, present and plans for the future and how our cats were doing. I keep expecting to get an email from Dave again, and the days don't pass when I don't check. Dave, wherever you are, may every day be a happy birthday and we'll meet again, one day, somewhere.

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