Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Bakery Lady on phone: "Okay, how would you like it decorated."
Me: "Can you put an octopus on there?"
Bakery Lady "I don't think we have any octopuses. We have whales and sharks."
Me: "I was really hoping for a cephalopod."
Bakery Lady: I don't know that that is."
Me. "Okay forget the cephalopods. How about a graveyard?"
Bakery lady" "Er...we have little cookie tombstones."
Me: "Great, Go with that."
Bakery lady. "This is a birthday cake?"
Me: "Yeah, don't worry. The guy is dead."
Bakery lady. "Oh dear."
Me: "No, no, it's okay. He's been dead since 1937."
Bakery lady. "Um, okay. Do you want a name on the cake?"
Me: "Yes, put Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft."
Bakery lady: "Is Lovecraft one word?"
Me: "It is."
We talked about cake sizes and icing choices. Then she said, "When do you need to pick this up?"
Me: "Tomorrow will be fine."
Bakery lady. "What time are you coming because I want to be here to meet you."
It’s H.P. Lovecraft’s Birthday. There are few authors whose work has given me more flat out fun that HPL’s. He remains one of the giants of the horror/fantasy field and along with Poe, one of the most influential writers of the macabre. I wrote an appreciation of Lovecraft last year on his birthday and I really can’t add to it, so if you didn’t read it, the link is below.
Blogger is acting weird this morning so I couldn't add a picture. You all know what HPL looks like anyway.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
One series, or rather mini-series seemed to be tailor made for me. It was called TIME WARRIORS, and it teamed a modern day Mercenary named Black Jack Hogan and a barbarian warrior from pre-history named Brom. The two were mystically linked somehow and would be called to each other's time when they were needed, so Brom would come to the present when Blackjack was in danger and vice versa. Great concept, eh?
Except I didn't like the writing. The books were credited to a David North, but I don't know if that was a real guy or a house name. Gold Eagle used a lot of house names. I bought all three books in the mini series and tried to read them but they just didn't work for me. Apparently they didn't work for many other people either as Time Warriors never became a regular series.
So why did I think of this twenty three year old series suddenly? The usual thing. Digging through some boxes of books and I found one of the paperbacks. No idea why I saved it. I haven't come across the other two, so it probably just got past me when I moved in 2004. I'll put it aside for the next Friends of the Library book sale. For the Time Warriors, time has run out.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Needless to say, I was amazed seeing the way he effortlessly constructed a figure in pencil, then finished it up with a marker. A lot of people seemed to be getting Green Lantern drawings and I knew he was identified with that character, but by 77 he had long since moved on and I'd only seen a few GL stories by Kane in reprints. To me he was a Marvel artist, and at that point he was drawing Daredevil regularly and also doing Spiderman annuals, and lots and lots of covers.
Anyway, I was so fascinated by his skill that I didn't realize that I was moving up in line until the guy in front of me got his sketch and stepped aside. Kane looked up at me and said, "And what character would you like?"
I probably hesitated for a few seconds but in my memory I just said, "Daredevil."
As I said, I hadn't planned on buying anything, but at that point I was too embarrassed to say so and get out of line, and Daredevil was the first thing that came to mind since he was the current artist on the book. So Gil Kane began roughing out Daredevil, and his wife, who was sitting beside him said, "That will be twenty dollars."
Fortunately I had the cash on me. And yes, in 1977 you could have a Gil Kane Drawing of any character you wanted for twenty bucks. Of course now I wished I'd said Conan.