Showing posts with label The Thing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Thing. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Comic book artist and guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, is a man on a mission. His mission is to find some of the most bizarre panels from the Silver Age of comics and share them with the world. Today, we have an interesting panel from The Fantastic Four #21, which was released in 1963 and was titled "The Hate-Monger".

KAV: Ok, here's a panel from The Fantastic Four #21. There are a couple of things that I want to talk about with this panel. First,let's talk about Ben Grimm's eyeball. On second thought, let's not talk about it. YEESH! Second, we see Nick Fury (No eyepatch???) insulting the Thing's intelligence when he can't even construct a valid sentence! Nick fail English? That's unpossible!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Kav & Tony Break It Down is nothing more than two lifelong comic book fans having fun reviewing pages from comic books of the Golden and Silver Age of Comics. We know these comic books were published with a young audience in mind, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to make fun of some ridiculous plots, silly dialogue, and scientific shenanigans.

Kav sent me a page from Fantastic Four #40 which is titled "The Battle of The Baxter Building". This comic book was released in 1965 by Marvel Comics. The writer was Stan Lee, the pencils were done by Jack Kirby, the inks were done by Vince Colletta, and the lettering was done by Artie Simek. This is a classic right here, kids.

Let's take a look at a doozy of a page from this issue. Just click on the image below to read the page.

KAV: Here we see the final page of Fantastic Four #40 titled 'The Battle of the Baxter Building', wherein Dr Doom has been defeated after trying to set off a Q bomb or whatever in New York and trying to kill the FF after they lost their powers. Reed Richards, with his incredible brain power, decides to let Doom walk because he has 'diplomatic immunity' and 'shattering his ego' so that he 'may' never have enough confidence to attack again. That's a big maybe, Brainy, since you've defeated him countless times and his ego was never 'too shattered' to attack again. In fact he seems to come back each time even more pissed off, as you should have noticed with all your amazing neural capacity. As for 'diplomatic immunity', I can assure you that if Saddam Hussein tried to set of a nuclear bomb in New York City, he wouldn't be allowed to just 'walk'. It's almost like they want him free so he can come back and attack again.

TONY: Diplomatic immunity for Doctor Doom? Let's return the evil dictator back to his homeland so he can develop some more devious plans for world domination. Let's forget all his past transgressions, especially the fact that he just tried blowing up New York City which would have resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people. On top of that he has a bruised ego. He will never do anything bad ever again because he has finally learned his lesson. ARE YOU F'ING KIDDING ME?! You're killing me, Stan Lee. YOU ARE KILLING ME. Look, I understand that the Comics Code Authority sucked all the fun out of comics in 1954, but the Fantastic Four should have placed Doom in jail so he could be tried for terrorism. If I were on the Marvel staff back in '65, I'd have written a story with Doom in jail but have Mole Man bust him out of the big house. That would have been followed by an epic battle featuring the Fantastic Four with Doom and Mole Man narrowly escaping. That's some good Silver Age stuff right there, kids.

It was fun reviewing this classic page from the team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. However, Kav has sent me another Fantastic Four comic book to review, so sit tight and get ready for more Kav and Tony!

Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj is a comic book artist, a comic book writer, and a comic book guru. His works include Doctor Death vs The Vampire and Rapid City.

Tony Wright is a comic book writer and the owner of Champion City Comics. His works include The Red Devil, Day 165, and Dr Death vs The Zombie

Monday, September 24, 2012


Comic by Bob Toben

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Article by TonyDoug Wright

As comic book readers, we've engaged in countless discussions on various topics that range from what superhero is more powerful ("Who would win in a fight between the Incredible Hulk and Superman?") to what is your fantasy team-up ("Wouldn't it be cool if Spider-Man joined the Justice League?"). The debates can be lively or erupt into a forum war where moderators are left to deal with the causalities. Fortunately, there is a web-site where comic book fans can check out some cool "what if" covers where the superstars and cult figures of the comic book universe come together for some action-packed adventures.

Last year, I discovered Ross Pearsall's website, Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues , where he creates some truly amazing covers for old school comics like Brave and the Bold, Super Team Family, and Marvel-Two-In-One. Ross updates his site daily of team-ups that SHOULD have happened and provides readers with some personal commentary on his choices. Also, Ross listens to the fans and occasionally does requests for those looking for some dream team editions.

Ross was kind enough to answer some questions about his website via email. Thanks, Ross.

Ross, please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.

Not much to say, just a lifelong fan of comic art.

What inspired you to develop The Greatest Team-Ups That Never Happened?

Brave and The Bold was my favorite title growing up and I thought that it was too bad that it was discontinued before they got to some team-ups that I was hoping would happen. I wanted to see Jim Aparo's take on characters like Starman, Martian Manhunter and Captain Marvel. I decided to make a few mock up covers of what those issues might have looked like and it just grew from there. Eventually I had enough covers to start a blog and at the suggestion of a friend, I did.

Have you received any feedback from Marvel and/or DC regrading these covers you've developed?

Not form the companies themselves but I have had nice feedback from many industry professionals. Neil Gaiman. Scot Adams, Todd Nauck, Art Baltazar, Franco and Dave Gibbons have all Tweeted about the blog, Paul Chadwick and Tony Isabella have posted kind comments, and I have read nice words from Jeff Smith, JMS and Walt Simonson. Roger Stern and Erik Larsen have even made requests. It has been very gratifying for me to know that I have given some small amount of pleasure to creators that have entertained me for years.

How many covers do you have prepared in advance for your blog? How long does it generally take to complete a cover?

I am almost a year ahead of what I post on the blog. Covers usually take 5-6 hours to complete.

What cover has had the most positive feedback from your readers? Have any of your covers caused controversy among your readers?

Thing/Death and Thing/Bone have had the most hits, due to being tweeted about by their creators. My recent set of "Retro" Brave and the Bold covers seemed to be popular with a lot of folks. The hasn't been any controversy yet, thank goodness.

Are any characters "off limits" or do you consider them all fair game?

Anyone is fair game as long as there is appropriate art to use and I know enough about the characters to make a scene work.

If you want to check out Ross' site then click here. 

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