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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

OUCH! THAT HAD TO HURT!

Amazing Stories, May 1952 edition
(click to enlarge)


Greetings, earthlings!
I'm celebrating my return to the current time continuum by posting this awesome painted pulp cover, and I'm looking for a few good captions.

Got a good one?
I'll bet you do!
Think up your funniest caption to the image above, and post it in the comment section below.

I'll get the ball rolling with an example:

"George was beginning to think he might not get lucky tonight after all."

See? It's easy, and I'll bet your ideas are funnier than that.
Let's see what you got!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Former TV Star Gloop Missing; Feared Dead

  'Gloop'  Hopfenglatzer, center, feared dead.




Sad news for fans of the wonderful Alex Toth designed Herculoids TV show.

Recently, I had occasion to post a comment about the Herculoids on a friends comics blog. A few short hours after I posted my comment, I became aware that the actor who played Gloop on the popular TV show THE HERCULOIDS has been missing for several weeks. Gloop, who was born Gloopus Portnoy Hopfenglatzer in 1939, was last seen in a Cracker Barrel Restaurant mensroom in Paducah, Kentucky on March 24th, 2010. Here is a direct quote from the police statement of the witness who may be the last person to see Gloop alive:


Former TV Star Gloopus 'Gloop' Hopfenglatzer, 71,  
missing and feared dead, authorities report.


"I almost didn't recognize him, he had stubble all over his...face? I guess that's what you'd call it, his face...anyway, I was in the stall finishing up my constitutional, when this guy busts into the restroom and starts pushing on the stall door! I yelled 'Occupied!', but the next thing I knew he kind of oozes under the stall door and pinned me againts the back of the stall. He smelled like Doritos and cheap vodka. I had to wait until he had finished his business, and eventually he left. It was like he didn't even see me or something. Later I was watching TV at home when I couldn't believe my eyes! "That's the guy I told you about, Snookums!" I yelled to my wife, who had been a big Herculoids fan as a kid. She said I should've gotten his autograph, but I didn't know it was him. Plus, he was a real a-hole, if you know what I mean."


"Have You Seen Me?"
WHERE IS HE NOW?
Police artist sketch of how Gloop looked on the night
of March 24th, 2010, the last time he was seen alive.

In light of this shocking and perhaps tragic news, it is ironic how I had just been writing about him in that comment section.

~ Here is the gist of my original comment posted just yesterday:

Gleep Rocks, Gloop Sucks!
Herculoids is the top 5 superheroes of ALL TIME!! and number one is Gleep! He's ten times better than Gloop! Did you know that half of Gloops shots were done by Gleep? Did you know that almost ALL of Gloop's dangerous stunts were performed by Gleep? Remember the episode where Gloop surrounded the flame monster and snuffed out the fire? That was Gleep! Gleep recieved 3rd degree burns all over his plasm, yet he kept on working! Gloop spent half of his day in the trailer, drinking! Gloop sucks!


Gleep for president!
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Now I feel kind of guilty bad-mouthing him that way, in light of his 'missing' status, but most if not all of my information for that comment was obtained directly from a recent book written by one of the stars of the show, who had worked side by side with Gloop for several seasons. Here is an excerpt, printed here with permission from the author.



The following is an excerpt from "Herculoids Unmasked" by former Herculoids star and toothpaste spokesperson Tarra, who played herself on TV's beloved HERCULOIDS television series. (please be advised some strong language is used, and some content may not be suitable for young children)
 
Tarra Van Tinkler, nee Foomphs, former actress on the TV series The Herculoids,
lately can be found late nights on HSN selling  Teefs-Blingz toothpaste.
She reveals some dark secrets about the beloved show
in her recent book,' Herculoids Unmasked'.
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"It's been 40 plus years since we wrapped that show. I'm tired of keeping secrets. I'm just going to come out and say it. Zandor Cowznofski, the man who played Zandor, my husband on the show, was gay! Everyone on the set knew it, but we all kept the secret from leaking to the public. Just like everyone knew Gleep and Gloop were really brothers, and Gleep, who often appeared as the smaller of the two, was actually older than Gloop, who was a fat drunken pig. Gleep was wonderful to work with. He was always looking out for his younger brother, Gloop, and nearly every time Gloop had a difficult stunt to do, Gleep would have to substitute for him.  It was common knowledge that Gloop liked to party, on the set and off. Most days he would spend half the day in his trailer drinking, while Gleep risked his neck filming his brother's stunts."
 
 
Onscreen passion between her and TV husband Zandor all fake,
says former TV actress. "That was the result of great acting and careful editing,"
 reveals Tarra Van Tinkler, who played herself on popular TV program in the 60's.


Unbenownst to all his fans, actor Zandor Cowznofski was reportedly gay, and extremely promiscuous,
 according to several sources who worked on set for the series in the late 60's.
Cowznofski died in 1977 in a widely publicized and tragic
ice-fishing/auto-erotic asphyxiation related electrical mishap.
 
 
 
According to  TV spokesperson Tarra Van Tinkler,
things were not all 'quiet on the set' of The Herculoids.
(Above, an early publicity photo featuring the soon to be replaced ill-fated 'first' Dorno.)
 
"I remember in particular one day we were filming a scene with myself, Igoo, Zok, and Gleep filling in for Gloop, as well as doing his own scenes. We had finished the main shot, and they were ready to double a shot of Gleep as himself, so Igoo and I went back to our trailers. On the way we heard something strange coming from Zandor's trailer. It was Gloop, drunk as a skunk and naked, wrapped around Zandor like a fur coat, who was also naked. It was disgusting! I should have confronted them  about it, but Igoo convinced me to keep quiet and pretend we didn't see anything. I wish I had said something to the producers, but I kept my mouth shut. Igoo had 13 children and 3 wifes to support, so he didn't want anything to ruin the shows chances for renewal."
 
The infamous Dorno Buttocks incident

"Then there was the time we filmed a scene with the young boy who played my son, Dorno. Gloop was supposed to come over and put his 'arm' around Dorno, but instead he came up behind Dorno and grabbed his butt. Right in front of everyone, he was so smashed he didn't care. We had to get a new Dorno, the kid refused to come back on the set. That was when the director demanded that Gleep replace Gloop in all his shots that could be faked. There were even shots where our special effects artist Henry Smooch was able to create the effect where Gleep and Gloop were in the same shot, but they were both actually Gleep!  Smooch and Gleep actually became quite close because of that, and the last time I saw Henry he told me he had just come back from a deep sea fishing trip with Gleep and Tundro, who was in the states promoting his line of edible mailboxes. Tundro lives in France, and in fact if you listen closely on the old episodes you can detect his French accent! He was actually raised there. Tundro knew somebody well-connected in the casting office. I can't say we were ever close, but all those scenes where I looked real concerned for Tundro? That was just great acting by me! I admit it!"
 
Tundro Marcelieau (center rear) currently resides in France,
while Igoo Martin-Smythe (far right) has a successful proctology practice in Scranton.



Is that Gleep and Gloop riding Tundro?
Nope, that's the special effects wizardry of Henry Smooch at work,
 mixing two seperate shots of Gleep to look like Gloop and Gleep!

"I remember a scene where Gleep. standing in for Gloop, was supposed to smother some flame monster or something, and he actually got hurt pretty bad. The man who played the flame monster was actually suffocated when Gleep surrounded him, Gleep was so dedicated to getting the shot...sniff...excuse me... this brings back old memories...sniff...anyway, The director yells 'Action', Gleep leaps, spreads out like a parachute and surrounds this guy, who was just some extra they doused with gasoline and lit on fire, and Gleep wanted to make it look good, so he got so close that when he smothered the flames, he smothered the man, and received 3rd degree burns all over his protoplasm. I couldn't believe it! The director actually used that scene in the episode, you'd think they would have some respect, but no, they actually used it. Gleep acted like it was all part of the job, and he even came in the next day to dub lines! He was a real trooper! We all loved him! All the while Gleep was on set getting burned, Gloop was in his trailer shooting heroin. When he found out what happened to Gleep, all he said was, "Wuwuwuwuwuwuwooo!" Can you believe that? That's all he ever said, in fact... he was effectually illiterate and had therefore some deep rooted hatred for the written word.   One episode he was supposed to deliver a simple soliloquy from Macbeth, a few lines, to end the episode. Instead he let's loose with a loud "Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuoooo!" I could smell gin on his breath from across the set! There was no love lost between us, let me tell you!"

~ Many more juicy behind the scenes details can be found in the recent book  Herculoids Unmasked, published by Obvious Parody Books and Completely Fake Publishers Co. Inc.
 
 
Herculoids publicity still, circa 1967  -  from left to right (front):
Tundro, Zandor, Tarra, Dorno,Gleep, Gloop, Igoo, and Zok (rear).
Rumors confirmed: was there infighting and debauchery behind the scenes?
Yes, according to the former actress Tarra Van Tinkler, who at the time went by
her maiden name,Tarra Foomphs. "Zandor was gay and in heat, Tundro barely spoke English,
Gloop was a dirty drunk, and Igoo was all touchy-feely with everyone,
which didn't go down well with most of the cast, except Zandor" says Van Tinkler.
 "Zok was always leaving his droppings all over the soundstage,
 and outside the trailers was filthy from it. The only cast member
 I remember fondly was Verm (Gleep), who bought me special 
chocolate eggnog malted milk-shakes at the local Rexall store."
 
This was an excerpt from the book, "Herculoids Unmasked", by former TV star, Tarra Foomphs, who played herself on the popular series. For a revealing and shocking read, pick up a copy at your local fictictious bookstore. (currently out of print)
 

 


Brothers Vermal  'Gleep' Gleepston Hopfenglatzer
and Gloopus 'Gloop' Portnoy Hopfenglatzer share a laugh
 in happier times on the set of TV's The Herculoids in 1967.

 
  We will continue to monitor the situation and update you here with any
new reports regarding the welfare of TV's Gloop.
Police have asked all concerned parties,
"Please do not harrass the Hopfenglatzer family or throw jelly beans in support."
____________________________
 
 
For readers unfamiliar with The Herculoids, here is an episode
presented in a foreign language to make things clearer. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

BLACK CONDOR As Done By STERANKO



Rummaging through my millions of scans and comic art files, looking for the next Bad Costume Battle, I stumbled across this forgotten (by me, anyway) image of The BLACK CONDOR, as depicted by the amazing Steranko. Mr. Steranko, one of my all-time favorite artists, managed to transform the lithe, effeminate looking drag-queen we saw on the Golden Age covers in earlier posts into a rugged, muscular and downright handsome heroic figure! If the original Black Condor had looked this good, I wouldn't have lambasted him so! Well, his costume was rather silly, wasn't it?

Stay tuned, folks!

Monday, March 29, 2010

HEY, LOOK WHAT I FOUND!


Art by Michael Wurl copyright 2007


Hi, everyone!

Just taking a moment to catch up,
and I'll start posting regularly real soon.

In the meantime, I am required by law (Apocolyte's Law)
to remind everyone to stop over at my new art blog,

The Art Of Michael Wurl

and say hi to me.
 It's real lonely over there,
almost lonelier than being stuck out here
at the End Of Time!

So stop on by, leave some nice comments,
click on that little 'Follow' button thingy,
and if you get there early, I'll have doughnuts waiting.
With sprinkles and without sprinkles.
Unless you get there late,
in that case, you'll only find
sprinkles
and no doughnuts.


I'll be waiting for you!

...and I'm wearing pants,
so there won't be any embarrassing encounters,
like the last time...
...sorry about poking your eye...

Friday, March 12, 2010

THE APOCOLYTE'S RESPONSE TO LYSDEXICUSS!


Comic blogger and artist Lysdexicuss created a hilarious image combining two of the most hideaous super-hero costumes featured so far in the Battle Of The Bad Costumes, and, well, I just had to reply with my own dastardly, bastardly creation! Utilizing the two remaining hideous super-hero costumes, may I introduce to you,
 The "Blech" Condor-Soldier!

While I'm here, I might as well inform you of my latest blog,


which features cartoons, comics, and other art projects done by my some-time alter-ego.
Drop by sometime for some sweet art, and more than an occasional chuckle! I'll be waiting for you in front of the blog, wearing a red rose (as well as a red nose) so you'll know me...

In the meantime, I am busy gearing up for Round # 3 of our Battle Of The Bad Costumes, coming very soon! Thanks for all your votes and comments, and if you haven't weighed in yet, please do vote by leaving a comment.
 Thanks, bad costume watchers!



Sunday, March 7, 2010

VOTING IS STILL IN PROGRESS - Please Vote Now! ~ NEWS FLASH!!!

THIS JUST IN...Breaking Story...

Beepity beep beep beep beepity beep beep beepity beep beep bip bip blah...

Hey, gang!
Just taking a minute to remind everyone that hasn't voted in my Battle Of The Bad Costumes to take a minute and drop your vote in the comment sections below...polls are still open, and I've received many hilarious comments from readers. Looking forward to hearing from you, too! Vote now!

Now I have a real treat to share with you.
One of today's best comic bloggers is also a fantastic artist
(hey, kinda like me!).
I'm talking about the man, the myth, the legend,  LYSDEXICUSS, who brings long-lost golden age comics to us daily on his incredible blog, TEN CENT DREAMS.  Besides being an expert on comics related subjects, he is an accomplished artist and a master of many mediums. I was delighted  more than words can say when he revealed to me one of his latest 'projects', as it was inspired by this blog and the Battle Of The Bad Costumes!

Here is his hilarious almagam conglomeration of the worst of the worst costumes so far!
Absolutely fantastic, wouldn't you agree?
(click to enlarge)

More of Lysdexicuss' imaginative and fascinating artwork can be found daily at the link above, his brand new art blog, HUNGRY COMIX. Click on his links here and go show him some o' yer love, won't you?

Thanks,  Lysdexicuss!

_________________________________

(Also, for fans of Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, head over to APOCOLYTE'S WORLD OF COMICS to enjoy my revealing and exclusive interview with Pappy himself!  There are also several fantastic and seldom seen early comic posts from Pappy's early blogging days on display for your edification and entertainment! You'll love it!)

There!
Now your whole day is planned. See you soon!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

BATTLE OF THE BAD COSTUMES - ROUND 2


After an inadvertant hiatus, we now continue with our ongoing Battle Of The Bad Costumes!

I can't wait to see what happens this time!
Remember, I need your help! Vote NOW!

In this corner, our first combatant comes from the suggestion of reader BEMaven! Look on in wonderment, while the Red Bee as depicted by the great Lou Fine on HIT Comics #1, 1940 strides out of the locker room! The Red Bee comes to the ring wearing his original red and yellow costume, complete with horizontal striped spandex tights, a red burglar mask, and foofy, poofy, sheer gossamer sleeves.
His challenger, the Black Condor, as depicted by another Golden Age great, Gil Fox, from CRACK Comics #22, 1942, sports an augmented swimming trunk type outfit, with purple booties, purple 'wings/cape' attached to both wrists, purple belted swim trunks, and lastly his bare chest is covered (barely) by a diagonal strap, and a purple dickie...ahem...not going there...

Please help me decide which super costume is the absolute worst, by voting via leaving a comment!
I can't do this without your help!
So far you've helped me decide which costume is more atrocious, B'wana Beast or the Golden Age Unknown Soldier (to be revealed soon)!

Now, gentlemen, I want a clean fight...when you hear the bell, I want you both to come out...swishing?
Let the battle BEGIN!

DING!


As an extra bonus, I am including each hero's respective origin story, from HIT #1 and CRACK #1.
Please vote for the worst costume only, not the story! Thank you!

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From HIT COMICS #1, 1940
Story by Toni Blum(?), art by Charles Nicholas(?)
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From CRACK COMICS #1, 1940
Story by Will Eisner, art by Lou Fine

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It seems these two heros experienced wardrobe updates from issue to issue, so for no reason, I will also display some bonus imagery from various covers.

Here the Red Bee trades his striped tights for solid red.
Art by Lou Fine.


The very next issue, he is wearing solid yellow tights!
Art by Lou Fine.



Check out the girlish gams on the Black Condor!
Art by Gil Fox.


Art by Gil Fox.


Art by Gil Fox.
Keep those legs crossed...please!
Or buy some long pants!


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Did you vote yet?
Please vote by leaving a comment!

(PS - If you know of any other hideous costumed heros, won't you let me know, like BEMaven did?
Your suggestion may be the next bout! Together we can determine the worst superhero wardrobe ever!)

Thank you!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

BATTLE OF THE BAD COSTUMES! - Round 1


Ladies and Gentlemen,
Are ... You ... Ready ...  to RRRRRrrrrrrrumble?!

In this corner, we have a scrappy B'WANA BEAST, straight off of the cover of SHOWCASE  # 66, 1967, wearing a 'Magneto' helmet trimmed in leopard skin, red striped socks also trimmed in leopard skin, matching leopard skin brief covered by a red and white striped towel.

...and, his challenger,
in the other corner, the battler known as THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER from the cover of OUR FLAG COMICS # 4, 1942, wearing a flattering skin-tight 'gay nazi' ensemble.

The challenge? I am trying to locate the worst super-hero costume ever, and I'm starting right here!
You can see our stylish opponents, and I need YOUR HELP to judge which costume is worst!
If you were a crimefighter, and you had to wear only either one or the other, which costume would you NOT be caught dead in?

Please help me by letting me know your vote via leaving a comment below.

Good luck, come out swinging, and may the Worst Costume win!

DING!




PLEASE TELL ME WHICH COSTUME IS WORST!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

PSSSSSTTT....HEY, YOU....C'MERE!


Wanna see one of the earliest Walt Kelly POGO stories?
Of course ya do!
Click here and go to
APOCOLYTE'S WORLD OF COMICS!

I'll meet you there!


JACK DAVIS PAYS OFF "THE DEBT"


Original artwork posted at
 BLACK 'N' WHITE AND RED ALL OVER.
Story by Carl Wessler. Art by Jack Davis.
From IMPACT #3, EC Comics, 1955.