Monday, February 28, 2011

FRIDAY FOSTER: The Beautiful People--Conclusion

You can read the previous parts of this story, and background on Friday Foster HERE!
With pardonable pride, we present the conclusion of the never-reprinted original story "The Beautiful People" from the one-and-only issue of the comic book version of the Friday Foster newspaper comic strip.
BTW, Ferdy Trask is a paparazzi, stalking Jenny Trevor, a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis/Grace Kelly-type socialite with two kids from her marriage to a deceased politician.
Thus ended the comic book career of Friday Foster.
It was also the final title published by Dell Comics.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

FRIDAY FOSTER: The Beautiful People--Part 2

You can read the previous part of this story HERE!
With pardonable pride, we present Part 2 of the never-reprinted original story "The Beautiful People" from the one-and-only issue of the comic book version of the Friday Foster newspaper comic strip.
Published in 1972, story is by Joe Gill, art is by Jack Sparling, deliberately imitating the style of Friday's newspaper strip artist Jorge Longaron.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Natalie Portman IS Evey Hammond in V FOR VENDETTA

Natalie Portman's turn as the tormented-but-tough Evey Hammond in the film adaptation of the graphic novel V for Vendetta was a near-Oscar-worthy performance, and a fascinating prelude to her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Nina Sayers in Black Swan. (She WON!)

FRIDAY FOSTER: The Beautiful People--Part 1

We're going to end Black History Month, as we began it, with Friday Foster!
With pardonable pride, we present the never-reprinted original story "The Beautiful People" from the one-and-only issue of her own comic book.
Published in 1973, story is by Joe Gill, art is by Jack Sparling, deliberately imitating the style of Friday's newspaper strip artist Jorge Longaron.
Oh, YES, Friday!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

ButterFly...The FIRST Black SuperHeroine--Chapter 2: Conclusion & Epilogue

Read the earlier ButterFly story HERE!
Art by Rich Buckler. Perhaps a rough for a splash-page or cover for a projected color comic reprint of the two Butterfly stories together. It was used as the cover for the fanzine "Fan Informer" in 1971.
When Last We Left Our Heroine...
After her performance was interrupted by an assassination attempt on a politician in the audience, singer Marion Michaels donned the garb of The Butterfly to try to capture the gunman.
However, the Senator's bodyguard manages to shoot the killer before he can fire again.
A small device on the dead man's belt detaches and flies off with Butterfly in pursuit.
She follows it to a warehouse and is captured by the Brothers of the Crimson Cross, a group of racists who intend to brainwash the helpless heroine and use her to provoke a race war...
 Issue #3 of Hell-Rider never came out.
A cover by Gray Morrow was shown in the back of some of the other Skywald magazines, promoting a "full length" tale (which was probably like issue #1's "linked" individual stories of Hell-Rider, ButterFly and The Wild Bunch).
Now, as to the "Secrets Behind the Strip" we advertised yesterday...
Rich Buckler, who drew this strip told the collector who bought the original art shown at the top of this entry...
It was Butterfly, a character I drew for them (but didn't create)--and I had given her a makeover (made her and supporting players more black).
I also wrote the story (but not the final script) that dealt with the KKK and corrupt politicians.
This was, I believe, the first black super-heroine in the comics, and I thought I was doing something important for them.
I got flack for this and Bill Everett was hired to touch up many of the faces (to make them look more white--go figure), and I quit when I saw the final result.
There's more, and I suggest you go to this entry of the blog 20th Century Danny Boy, where it originally appeared, to read it.

Thanks for joining us as we presented the never-reprinted Silver Age stories of Butterfly (The FIRST Black SuperHeroine)!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

ButterFly...The FIRST Black SuperHeroine--Chapter 2: Part One

Read the earlier ButterFly story HERE!
The FIRST Black SuperHeroine returns to battle a racist organization in a solo story from Hell-Rider #2. 
(Note: the first two pages are actually a two-page spread.)
Plot and art by Rich Buckler.
Script by ButterFly co-creator Gary Friedrich.
I know it's a helluva place to say it, but...
Tune In Tomorrow for the pulse-pounding conclusion!
PLUS: Secrets Behind the Strip!

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