Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rbcc Covers 30-34...

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 30 (RBCC), 1964, Blackhawk cover tracing by ?, a pinup of The Newsboy Legion and The Guardian by Don Fowler (aka Buddy Saunders); a piece on Marvel and Gold Key by Bernie Bubnis; a review of Sax Rohmer's President Fu Manchu; a piece on Captain Marvel by Fowler; "The 1963 Alley Tally" report by Ronn Foss; "The Dealer and the Collector" by Phil Seuling; a letters column (including missives by Larry Herndon and Jerry Bails); and classified comic book ads.

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 31 (RBCC), 1964, Kenton of the Star Patrol cover big big-name-fan Ronn Foss! Ads for Komix Illustrated #12, The Comic Journal #1, and Argosy; pinups of The Parachute Patrol, Captain Wings, and others; a feature on Steve Ditko by Bernie Bubnis; a review of Bradbury's Something This Way Comes by Bob Harner; "Rocketeer Gossip" by Rick Weingroff; a letters column (including letters from THE B.N.F Jerry Bails and George R.R. Martin)

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 32 (RBCC), 1964, U.S. Jones cover by 'Ray' Note inserted saying 'This issue will be read by at least 415 people', letter from a young Paul Gambaccini, Rogofsky listing FF #1-#6 @ $2.50 each, back page ad for 'Cherokee Bookshop'. Ads for Rocket's Blast Special #4, Fantasy Heroes' Hangout, The Comic Journal #1, and Fantasy Illustrated #2; Rick Weingroff's "Rocketeer Gossip" column; a piece by Raymond Miller on comics published from 1940-'43; a Quicksilver pin-up by Don Fowler (aka Buddy Saunders).

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 33 (RBCC), 1964, Blue Beetle cover by RLM? RLMS? Don't have this so not much info. Anyone with a copy who'd like to donate some info just drop me a line.

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 34 (RBCC), 1964, It should be noted here that the actual issue #34 has #33 on the cover. Look closely at the ones I have labeled as #33 and #34. One has the Blue Beetle on the cover and is the ACTUAL #33. This one has Yank and Doodle on the cover and is the ACTUAL #34. Make sense? Yay!
Ok, now on with the show!
Yank and Doodle cover that appears to be a clipping or a very good tracing: a feature on Carmine Infantino by Bernie Bubnis; "The Birth of the Comic Book" by Lec Whittlesey; a review of Bernard Wolfe's Limbo; a piece on Whiz Comics #21 by G.B. Love; LOC by George R.R. Martin; a pinup of Green Hornet by Biljo White.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rbcc Covers 35-39...

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 35 (RBCC), 1965, Phantom and Joy Holiday cover. Circulation over 650, ads for Slam Bang Special and Amra; Paul Gambaccini's "Rocketeer Gossip" column (Gambaccini takes over for Rick Weingroff with this issue); a sketch of The Destroyer by Parley Holman; "Seuling's Corner"; "Behind the Cover of Daredevil #3" by Raymond Miller; a review of editor D.R. Benson's The Unknown short story collection by Bob Harner 3rd; a piece on Plastic Man by Dave Bibby.

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 36 (RBCC), 1965, Hangman cover by the great Howard Keltner, circulation over 700! Ahhh. Pages and pages of purple copy mimeo. I can still smell the scent of a still-damp test sheet in elementary school that looked like these. "Seuling's Corner" by Phil Seuling; Paul Gambaccini's "Rocketeer Gossip" column; a drawing of The Black Condor by RLM; ads for Alter Ego #8 and Mastermind number 1 (Oklahoma's first comic fanzine!), Star Studded Comics ad by Texas Trio, Sabre, Condor, and a host of other long-forgotten crudzines including an ad FOR a fanzine called CrudZine!. It is memorable as having an inverted sad faced logo that was a take-off of Alter Ego!

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 37 (RBCC), April 1965, Green Mask cover clip. Marvel Mystery 80, 81, 87 & 88 listed at $3.00 each! Don't have this issue, so very little info.

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 38 (RBCC), 1965, Capt. Couragous cover clip. Circulation now over 725. Action #133-142, 144-146 all mint @$1.50 each !!! Ad from Rogofsky-All Flash #1 (almost mint) for $20.00! RBCC Annual #1 ad, This 'n' That by Paul Gambaccini, 'Scenes from the Golden Age' featuring the Zebra from Green Hornet Comics, Rick Weingroff laments that the days of Superheroes on TV are behind us (!), LOC from Bill Spicer, Phil Seuling thinks that comics should have more 'negroes' and compares reading Wonder Woman comics to eating spoonfuls of sugar. Sure isn't the same gal who laid the permanent smack-down on Maxwell Lord, eh?

Rockets Blast Comic Collector # 39 (RBCC), 1965, Hulk cover by Saunders (Buddy ?). Letter from Marv Wolfman, Claude Held listing Capt America #1 @ $60.00 & Superman #1, mint, coupon out @ $75.00, Rogofsky back with Adventure Comics 49, 52-60 (almost all mint) @$10.00 each and Capt. America #1 @ $65.00.