For a change, today's article isn't about something created by someone else... this is a vanity project! (In stark contrast to the pure altruism that drips from every other article on this blog...) If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll likely be aware of my interest in logos and symbols, particularly when it … Continue reading Noncomics: Making Superman’s Shield
This 1985 paperback book opens with a warning: "Do not read the pages in order. If you do, the story will make no sense at all." Ah, the noble "choose your own adventure" experience! Game-books like this were all the rage back before we had convenient interactive electronic entertainment. The book looks like a proper … Continue reading Noncomics: Superman: The Man of Steel – A Which Way Book
Spider-Man: Bells of Doom!! is one of a series of audio adventures based around your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. When I was a very young kid I thought that phrase meant that he was only the Spider-Man for friendly neighbourhoods, and I always wanted to see the Spider-Man who swung around the hostile neighbourhoods. Over four … Continue reading Noncomics: Spider-Man – “Bells of Doom!!”
Having recently featured the first two novels based on Marvel comics -- The Avengers Battle the Earth Wrecker and Captain America: The Great Gold Steal -- I decided it might be interesting to take a look at a few of the other noncomics in my collection. What is a "noncomic"? Well, that's the industry-standard term … Continue reading Noncomics: X-Men – Morlock Madness
A follow-up to The Avengers Battle the Earth Wrecker, which was the first novel based on a Marvel comic, Captain America: The Great Gold Steal was published by Bantam Books in July 1968. Clunky title aside, it's actually a rather good adventure. It's better written than the Avengers novel, but the plot's a little more … Continue reading Captain America: The Great Gold Steal
If you were a Star Wars fan back in the 1970s there was no end of tie-in merchandise available. Toys, t-shirts, lampshades, pyjamas, comics, books, rhino saddles, all sorts of branded stuff was yours for the buying as long as you had the money, but that certainly wasn't true for all big movies. I was … Continue reading Superman: The Movie promo card
Apparently the world is going to end again on Saturday September 23rd, thanks to the mysterious “Planet X” gently smashing into our lovely homeworld. News of that has reminded me of this unusual novel from my collection… The Star Trek: The Next Generation / X-Men crossover novel Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman (Pocket Books, … Continue reading Star Trek / X-Men novel!