Thursday, March 9, 2017

Albedo NR 2 Silk Screen Cover

So my comic book renaissance geek period continues, and I thought I'd share something that is truly scarce.  As many of you know, I love the independent comic book Albedo, created and published by Steven Gallacci in the mid 1980s through the early 2000s.  And many of you also know that this comic is famous for issue #2, which introduced Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo.  But what many of you may not know, is that issue was supposed to have a silk-screened cover!  That's right SA was pushing the boundaries of not only comic content, but publishing style and format too.  Sadly, the process did not work and the cover ended up being standard offset printed, but during the initial production process SA printed some copies on card stock as a test.  Again most did not turn out, but those that did he offered to collectors.  And this is one of them.
You can see the problems with registration and spattering (and this is a GOOD one),  What's neat about this copy, is that SA wrote a note on the back detailing what happened,
So there you have it, Albedo NR 2 almost had a very different cover, see below what a cropped final cover would have looked like.  At least some of these survive so that the dozen or so hard-core Albedo fans know what they looked like ;-)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Don't Be a Hurry Bug, Slow Down and Live - 1955 Disney Glass Ashtray

I've never heard of this before. I know that Disney did art for various organizations, most notably LOTS of military units in WWII, and Toys for Tots, but this is the first I've seen of this particular art.

Dated 1955 with a very cartoony bee character, this is a slogan for keeping your driving speed down. Dont' Be a Hurry Bug, Slow Down and Live.

This does retain its label on the back, so we know who manufactured this painted glass ashtray, Houze Art of Point Marion, PA. If anyone has any additional information on this particular campaign I'd be quite interested to know more about it.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Matt Wagner Grendel / Mage Custom Art from 1980s

I've recently been going through all my older comics and comic related art, sort of reliving my early 20s, and I came across this exceptionally cool piece done by Matt Wagner during the height of popularity of his Mage comic and Grendel backup stories.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Coro Advertising Postcard for Paramount Alice in Wonderland Jewelry

Way back in 1996 in the early years of the WWW, I found an image of this postcard while search for 1951 Alice in Wonderland Coro jewelry stuff.  Who knew they also did stuff for the '33 Paramount film?
I later found some of the jewelry, I'll save those for another post.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Albedo 0 - All the Printings

So I'm going through a pretty significant comic book geek period right now, and I decided I'd post my full set of Albedo #0 printings - I'm fortunate enough to have even the elusive 'gold' cover which only had a 50 copy print run.  Enjoy.
1st print first state - so-called 'gold' or 'yellow' cover, only 50 printed before SA decided it was not coming out the way he wanted.

1st print second state - same as above but with drawing board now without yellow.

1st print third state - colors inverted to make it look more like a true blueprint which is what SA was really going for anyway.

2nd print - same as first print but labeled 'second printing' inside

3rd print - ditto

4th print - reissued to look like the true 1st but with the newly added red price circle.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Unexpectedly Going to Disneyana Mania this Sunday

Well I didn't think I was, but now I am.  I'll be at the Disneyana Fan Club show and sale this Sunday July 19th.  This year will be a decidedly smaller display, but thanks to the generosity of Erin & Robby I will be there.  Hope to see you too!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

DFC Disneyana Expo Preview - Day 6

Room hopping night!  Come visit us in room #520 at the Wyndham Anaheim-Garden Grove and get a head start on Sunday's show and sale.  Perhaps you will want this complete Weetman Cinderella pastel tea set from England!

Friday, July 18, 2014

DFC Disneyana Expo Preview - Day 5

From across the pond comes this very cool toy, a filmstrip projector and complete filmstrip set for Peter Pan.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DFC Disneyana Expo Preview - Day 4

A scarce early model sheet from Cinderella of Mice Ideas.  Twenty different images adorn this sheet, a true find for the Cinderelly collector.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DFC Disneyana Expo Preview - Day 3

We'll have a very nice selection of Vernon Kilns Fantasia dinnerware, and the prize of this collection is a Milkweed Dance carafe in red.  Make this the centerpiece of your collection.