Since he only got half a post last year ( and I have nothing important to add about Peyo ) here is another selection of black and white art - with the corresponding color pages in some cases - of the great Alex Toth.
It really seems that I´m only able to post on the weekends nowadays so there are birthdays since my last post I missed but already covered last year which thankfully are only two : Sonya Kraus and Mike Wieringo .
Now usually I try to stick to the " 23 pictures per post " rule ( that´s not counting the intro, the link section and the pop culture addendum, of course ) but during my research for this post I came across some cover homages for Alex Toth´s Super Friends cover. I know that these kind of stuff is always popular with the readers ( and also one of my favorite subjects ) and since they are not enough to warrant their own spin - off post ( for which I am thankful since I still have to finish up a few old posts like the Yaya Han spin - off post from the Janet Jackson spin - off post from the Janet Jackson birthday post etc. ) I am including them here.
As always we have some wibbly - wobbly timey - wimey confusion with the links since I am posting the main stuff for this post on Sunday but it is actually Friday night when I can finally finish the post - mainly because it is the first day of the Comic Con Stuttgart Tomorrow. And against my better judgement I have decided to go which will put a considerable strain on my finances not to mention my health but those are the sacrifices I make for the chance to see Yaya Han in person. I don´t know if I can see her host the cosplay contest or at her panel ( last year I missed her and only found out she had attended the con afterwards ) because I don´t know what other events will take place, when I will arrive there, how long my health allows me to stay or even if I can find it in time. I don´t think I´ll use the photo opportunities either because while it would be a thrill to meet her ( as long as I don´t get tongue - tied or come across like a total creep ) I do know how I look on photos - and in real life - and I don´t need a reminder. But I definitely will try to find her table because I have tried to get a hold of one of her calendars and so far I couldn´t even find them on amazon.
Coming back to wrapping up the post, there is the usual assortment of websites to give thanks to or links I want to mention and we start with THE ALEX TOTH ARCHIVES where you can find the complete issue of Limited Collector´s Edition C41 with the Super Friends as well as Alex Toth´s contribution to Walt Disney´s Zorro for Dell Comics. The black and white page with Black Canary is courtesy of Dan Greenfield´s post on 13TH DIMENSION that presents thirteen of his favorite Alex Toth covers, the Black Hood page was provided by PENCIL INK , the black and white page from The Hacker´s Last Stand is from James Romberger´s article titled Cursing the Darkness : The Last Horror´s of Alex Toth on THE HOODED UTILITARIAN and the opening splash from The Vanguard was found on the RAGGED CLAWS NETWORK which has a lot of Alex Toth stories to peruse.
Speaking of stories drawn by Alex Toth, our always reliable pal Old Groove at DIVERSIONS OF THE GROOVY KIND has an unnamed The Question story ( although the title may be The Question Strikes ! ) by Roger Stern, Michael Uslan and Alex Toth that appeared in the fanzine Charlton Bullseye 5 and last but not least Rey Armenteros on THROUGH CONCENTRATED BREATH has a post on Bravo For Adventure. Thanks and kudos to all these guys.
There are a few other birthdays to mention Today like the bodacious Linda Cardellini who turns 42. She´s been on 3rd Rock From The Sun, Clueless and Good Burger but while today´s audience knows her from ER, New Girl, Mad Men ( another reason why I should get a move on and start watching that show ) and Bloodline I first became aware of luscious Linda when I saw her as the sexiest Velma this side of a Zimmerman drawing in the first two Scooby Doo movies. Now I may be biased because of all the Zimmerman drawings of Velma but for me it has always been one of great mysteries in life why she was the ugly duckling in the cartoons when she clearly had more going on for her. I mean if you like skinny girls that have more beauty than brains then Daphne is definitely the girl for you. Velma on the other side has smarts, real curves and you bet she hides some big torpedoes under her sweater that are at least DDs. If I had to choose I would go on a date with Velma Dinkley especially if she looks like Linda.
Besides reprising her role of Velma on Scooby Doo ! Mystery Incorporated, Robot Chicken and Scooby Doo video games she lent her voice to cartoon shows like Regular Show, Gravity Falls and Sanjay and Craig and played Hawkeye´s wife on Avengers : Age Of Ultron. Usually her birthday would be a good excuse to put some videos of sexbomb Linda on the blog but since I already posted the best two videos in this post I´m going with a video of Jessica Nigri who thankfully did a terrific Velma Dinkley cosplay.
Originally the video was for a Velma appreciation post that I still haven´t gotten around to. In fact, it was not even this video since the video I had originally bookmarked got deleted and I had to look for this one. I also had to make the animated GIF below myself ( which took like forever and I could have just used the video instead of going frame by frame but the quality on those GIFs is so low ), since the only ones I found are Jessica shaking her butt and I think the best part of the video involves her boobs.
Now I really didn´t expect that I would have to make the GIF myself. I mean with Yaya Han I´m already used to it although I don´t understand it.
Supposedly Yaya is all about the boobs and less about the cosplay - at least if you read what people write online and in the comment section of her videos on YouTube - but when you look at her and Jessica Nigri´s presence on the internet ( as Jessica Nigri is Yaya Han´s biggest rival as cosplay sexbomb ) you will notice that there are less GIFs of Yaya Han than there are of Jessica Nigri. And going even further there´re at least a dozen vids of Jessica Nigri´s breast cosplay moments while I still haven´t found a single one of this kind about Yaya. I´m not entirely sure what that means.
Speaking of comments, most of them are saying that it´s about time she does if not full on porn then at least nude videos. And while I agree - although for other reasons - I don´t think these comments will bear any fruit. From what I have experienced of Jessica she never lets others dictate what she does. And right now it seems she´s totally fine with going as far as she can go without doing nudity while driving all males crazy. She clearly knows what guys do while they watch her videos and she´s getting off on not giving you what you want. So when she really goes nude it will be at a time of her choosing and it will be glorious.
Now while I also think it´s high time that she did some nude pictures my reasoning is that now is the best time for her to do it. Too many celebs never grab the chance to do nude pictures when they are in good physical condition and their banging bodies are in their prime. Then, twenty ( or thirty ) years later their biological clock starts ticking, they want to prove that they still look good and do some pictures. Well, how are we supposed to come to a qualified decision ? We don´t know how she looked in the buff when she was young and sexy. So please Jessica, more for your own sake than for others, do some nude shots while you are still looking good.
Anyway, until she really decides to film something you could only watch in Germany after midnight check out JESSICA NIGRI GIFS and MiHO which has 17 Super Hot Jessica Nigri GIFs and here is Jessica Nigri as Velma Dinkley.
From cartoons and cosplay it´s back to comic books with Jerry Bingham who celebrates his 64th birthday. He has worked on such titles as House of Mystery, Secrets of Haunted House, The Warlord, Warp, Heavy Metal, Black Panther, Iron Man, Marvel Premiere, Marvel Team - Up and Marvel Two - In - One but he is best known for the Mike W. Barr penned graphic novel Batman : Son of the Demon which restored DC Comics to first place in sales after fifteen years and introduced the character of Damian Wayne.
I remember buying the expensive hardcover way back when it was first published since I had more disposable income to spend on comic books or graphic novels in those days. For more background information on the Head of the Demon GOYOMAN has the first meeting of Batman and Ra´s al Ghul from Batman 232 and according to Dan Greenfield on 13TH DIMENSION Ra´s al Ghul is The Greatest Role Christopher Lee Never Got To Play.
While I don´t have enough material for a full post I still have to mention belgian cartoonist Peyo who was a big part of my life with his work on comic series like Steven Strong or Johan and Peewit but most notably with The Smurfs which were just about everywhere. I was a huge fan and one of the first things I learned to draw were the smurfs which was not the worst skill you could have in german schools around 1970. As I have often mentioned writing this blog has his own rewards because I stumble upon things I would not otherwise. So it is that I found out that there is a story for Natascha - the hot amalgamation of Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe in comic book form - he wrote for Walthéry who apparently was an apprentice of his which may be in my reading pile in the near future. I am buying the Natascha collections from Salleck Publications and the story is included in the next volume. Man, it really would have helped me in my later school days if I had been able to draw hot sexbombs like Walthéry.
Speaking of blonde sexbombs, Today´s music video is a call back to the first Janet Jackson birthday post last month in which I mentioned the german´s favorite Fräuleinwunder next door, the charismatic Linda Hesse who turned 30 on May the 22nd. She became quite successful in a short period of time thanks to her signature tight tight pants / t - shirt and suspenders look ( okay, and her banging physique ), her smile that can melt steel and her overall cheerful personality. She has stayed down to earth which you can´t say about most people who made it in Germany.
Usually I´m not a big Schlager fan but I´m making an exception for Linda.
I couldn´t find a clip of Linda´s sexy wardrobe malfunction on Carmen Nebel but here is her first appearance on swiss tv with a similar outfit.
From all the cartoon series Alex Toth worked on as a character designer I picked the one I was addicted to growing up. Sadly I could not find any complete episodes on YouTube but this has the best picture quality.
Tight pants continued : I swear, when I decided to add this episode of The Secrets of Isis I had no hidden agenda and only chose it because I wanted to include a longer video since I can do these posts less frequently. And Shazzan sounds like Shazam whom Alex Toth did draw on occasion. Or rather Captain Marvel and one of the super heroines from Fawcett was Isis. Like I said, that was my whole thought process and I don´t know if I have some special perv powers that sense a hot babe like a big white one does blood in the water but after watching the episode I have to say that Joanna Pang who plays Cindy Lee sure knows how to fill out those pants.
Sadly Joanna Pang´s character was replaced in season two by Rennie Carol played by Ronalda Douglas but Joanna Cameron who plays the title role is also very hot. Since I used the word Isis the secret service is reading this post right now so I want to use that attention to lecture all those social justice warriors that Isis was the first weekly, american, live - action television series with a female superhero character predating the debuts of both The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman. So no matter how much fanfare they make about the new Wonder Woman movie, Isis did it first.
The series was an original Filmation creation and since Isis crossed over a few times with their Shazam ! series she was later included in DC´s comic series of the same name before getting her own tv - spin - off comic book.
Speaking of comic book history here is a different documentary since most comic afficionados are already tired of hearing about the evolution of the comic book medium in America. I hope this is interesting for those not familiar with the long tradition of four colored entertainment in Spain.
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