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From Script To Page: Black Panther #30

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Coming Soon: Hunting The Guyra Ghost

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In early April, 1921, a series of strange, unexplained events began to happen in the small town of Guyra, New South Wales.

Stones were thrown at a house, seemingly from nowhere, the walls rocked with bangs and thuds and a young woman claimed to speak to her dead sister. Despite extensive investigations by police and psychics, including Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's close friend Harry Jay Moors, the events could not be explained.

 The Guyra Ghost remains one of the most notorious, and famous, paranormal events to happen in Australia, and also the world. But was it a ghost? What did haunt the Bowen family? And why was 12 year old Minnie Bowen singled out by the ghost, and attacked across two towns in rural New South Wales?

Hunting The Guyra Ghost uncovers the secrets and debunks the myths. It looks at the haunting, what came before it and what happened after. It looks at the history of the Bowen and Hodder families, how an 18 year old William Bowen married 33 year old widow Catherine…

Vale Mort Walker: 1923 - 2018

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About ten years ago, or more now, I won a charity on-line auction that consisted of sketches, signatures and a few strips from American cartoonists, such as Jim Davis, Hank Ketcham and a lot that, frankly, I'd never heard of. Most I wasn't interested in, but this one was the reason I bid - a Beetle Bailey head sketch by Mort Walker.

Even here, in Australia, I'd not only heard of, but routinely read Beetle Bailey, in paperback form mind you as it wasn't in any newspaper in Adelaide, and could appreciate the humour that Walker brought to the strip, even if it was quintessentially American. Perfectly executed slapstick humour works, no matter it's origin, or what language it might be. It's why some silent comedies are still so effective in obtaining laughs today, at times over 100 years since they first were made.

 Mort has now passed, aged 94. He sold his first cartoon, professionally, when he was 14 years old and was working until the end. That's an 80 year…

Fred Brodrick: Universal's Secret Weapon

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Over the past year and a bit I've been working on a book which I've tentatively titled "The Secret History Of The Horror Film In Australia".  This book will detail the beginnings of the genre in Australia, starting with the birth of cinema in 1896 and end in 1973. Why 1973? That's easy. Because there's plenty of other books out there that detail the resurgence of horror in Australia post-1973 so there's no need for me to rehash it.

The book will cover what movies were made here and what came into the country, along with censorship, how films were promoted and received by the public and much more. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of this year and I've yet to approach a publisher. Currently it's hitting the 100,000 word mark with no sign of ending.

Along the way I'm writing about other parts of Australian cinema and finding myself cutting them out for various reasons. Some of those articles I've been shopping around but most I'…

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