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Presenting The Royal Family In Signatures, Apollo XI & An Offer

Just for a change of pace, because we all need one of those every so often.  Have you ever wondered what the Queen and Prince Philip's signatures look like?  Or Prince Charles for that matter?  For years I'd see them on the idiot box writing in various visitors books and I've always wondered, what exactly do they write?  What pearls of wisdom, if any, do they leave in the books?  Do they jot down the usual stuff that we see in visitor books - are they like me and write down things like, "What a lovely list" and then sign it "Oskar Schindler"?  And yes, if you're in Australia and see that name with that comment in a book, I'll now admit, I did it!  it's me!  And I've been doing it for years now, and getting clipped in the ear by people since I started.  As to the Royals, the answer is, they write their names and that's it.  No mentions of how lovely the Milk Arrowroots were, or how the milk might have been a bit curdled, or the toilet…

The Marvel-DC Crossover by Joe Kubert That You've Never Seen

If you thought that you've seen all of the Marvel and DC Comics official cross-overs in the 1970s then you might well be wrong.  Not many people are aware of this rarely seen Marvel-DC cross-over, of sorts, that saw none other than Joe Kubert on the art chores.  Even better, this comic gave Kubert one of the few chances that he ever had to draw characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and Captain America - hell, if you look hard enough you'll even find a Kubert Archie and Jughead on the cover, along with Howard The Duck and Thor.

The comic itself was commissioned by World Color Press in 1977 to celebrate their open day.  World Color had been printing comic books since 1940 and the magazine showcased their history with photos and histories.  Sadly World Color doesn't exist anymore having been bought out not that long ago, but, in it's day, it printed virtually every American comic book that was sold on the market.

Seeing Joe Kubert's art on these characters, even as a …

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