Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tom Mandrake: to the New Mutants to the new students!


Tom Mandrake and I talk about learning from Joe Kubert,
his stint at Marvel in 1984 which began with no less than the first spin-off of the company-hot Mutant line,
what goes into focusing on one good series at a time,
and his Civil War horror graphic novel with John Ostrander, Kros: Hallowed Ground. A longtime mainstream comics freelancer, Tom is now teaching and researching to realize his dream to be a writer. (Part 1)



So, Presenting, artist Tom (Spectre, The Kents, Firestorm) Mandrake! His work includes a 2003-4 stint with Marvel and independent work like Grimjack for First Comics.

Podcast can be heard here https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yg7w5-8de7bd


or downloaded!
HOld up! My next Creative Wonder will be Kevin Van Hook- and it turns out, they worked on something that sounds truly epic:

I was looking up Kevin when the series I mention above with Tom comes up. Now I HAVE to find it, and its Batman Confidential sequel they crafted.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Stan Lee: What he envisioned in a comics convention experience. A Marvel Con story with Scott Edelman!


Bullpenner Scott Edelman recounts working with Stan Lee personally on the content for Marvel's very first company comics convention in 1975. We also talked earlier, as you'll find in my December podcasts.

Hey, I'm thinking of changing the name of my podcast to Creating Wonders, as I always meant the title to be a double entendre on the creators as well as the creations...but would like to make it feel more open to non-Marvel Comics folks, as I have so many coming up!
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Ol' Sparkling in 1975!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Tripping Through Pop Culture: behind the scenes of the Hollywood scenes, with author Sam Maronie!


Here's more of my talk with sci-fi convention photographer, Sam Maronie! Here's a great discussion of his nostalgic inside look at the making of classic Hollywood movies and shows, his new book Tripping Through Pop Culture.
Sam's collected memorabilia (over 50, 000 movie stills!) and a vast array of interviews with some of the behind-the-scenes people who created your favorite cult movies. Lots of books focus on the stars and their dramas-and there are big ones here, like Lynda Carter, and Bob Hope. Martha Raye, and Vincent Price all tour through old school St. Louis, too.
Sam peered under the big top's work tents, you might say. He quickly discovered the crews of many key technical positions crossed over into a fascinating array of projects. This book will make you an instant honorary insider.
If you are a collector, an avid Silver Screen fan, an old film buff, comics lover, or just someone with piqued interest- look for the Joe Phillips cover! You can order from Amazon

Or get a signed one directly from Sam at http://www.sammaroniesentertainmentfunhouse.com !
Get over there and take a look at some of SAm's career highlights.

Here's Sam talking about his debut book:


I got to know Mr. Maronie, or 'the Ape Man' as he's known on the pool hustling side of East St. Louis, as a convention photographer, for an interview about Marvel Con '75, one of his first, if not the first, photo assignment he took on of that sort. You can listen to that one in our December archives! I have more from that interview, too, coming up in our March podcasts. But here, Sam talks about his new book, and the changes in pop culture that made what was disposable now indispensible!





To download, paste and right-click this bad boy:
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Sam and a somewhat unshaven Roddy McDowall, on the set of Beneath the Plaent of the Apes, where Sam was an extra as a 'human mutant'!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tripping Through Marvel Con: a two-fer!



Harold took the train from Delaware; here's one shy fan's story about visiting Marvel Con 75, and a bit about his early collecting days. I recommend looking up Harold's encounter with STan and Roy, in our 5 minute podblast "A FAn Meets STan and Roy" too!


Some fun scans Harold sent:

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I also continued talking to the Marvle Con '75 event photographer, Sam Maronie! Here's a great discussion of his nostalgic inside look at the making of classic Hollywood movies and shows, his new book Tripping Through Pop Culture.
Sam's collected memorabilia and a vast array of interviews with some of the behind-the-scenes people who created your favorite cult movies. I met him as a convention photographer, for an interview about Marvel Con '75, one of his first, if not the first, photo assignment he took on of that sort. You can listen to that one in our December archives! I have more from that interview, too, coming up in our March podcasts. But here, Sam talks about his new book, and the changes in pop culture that made what was disposable now indispensible!




To download, paste and right-click this bad boy:
https://s122.podbean.com/pb/44b9a5cffa8ba2af9ab866121d0a5f37/5a71fb86/data2/fs84/1936752/uploads/Tripping_Thru_Pop_Culture.mp3


Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Fan Meets Stan Lee and Roy Thomas

Photo, Sam Maronie

Harold Parker was painfully shy, but he wandered down the right hallway at the right time and had a once-in-a-lifetime meeting. It could never happen these days. :-D Enjoy a five minute CM Podblast!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Marvel Con '75 through a ten year old's eyes!

To be clear, photos with this kid are from Will Alovis! Thanks, Will!
Ken and I had a hoot talking about adventure as a ten year old at Marvel Con '75, the first hosted by Marvel Comics Group. Did he meet STan? Did he pose with Red Sonja? Did he put his face in a cut-out? The pictures tell the tale...but why not listen to Ken himself? Look him up on imdb for a big smile, too. He's a massive Submariner fan, has some great Golden Age comics you'll never pry from his cold cybernetic hands, and was a big fan of Hulk, Spidey and The Thing back in those classic times, too. I have more of our audio I think I'll spring on you one day where we talk fan stuff and a bit about his career. And Harold, I almost have our interview ready, too! I had like two hours to wade through but I have almost isolated the Marvel Con stuff. I see a conglomerate Marvel Con podcast coming in March where I put out the other stuff from everyone with whom I spoke...and if I could find the host of the Movie Nights, Captain...Itchy, was it?



It was the year Jack was Back. And Stan, Roy and the Bullpen were everywhere, and that's fact! Ken donated many pictures more, but I'm saving a few just for the BAck Issue article, too!
Some of Ken, Harold Parker, and Will Alvois' great photos...

Good to be back from the holidays! Here's how I spent some of the time, along with writing a new song and helping fix things around the house and oh yea, even some partying and games and good eats.

https://ceaseill.blogspot.com/2018/01/we-all-live-in-yellow-submarine.html
http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/29059800

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Creating Marvels: The Frosty Rider song




The Frosty Rider
by C Lue Lyron

I’m holly, jolly soul
corn cob pipe, and a button nose
and I’ve got two eyes made of coal
but I’m not gonna let’em catch me, no
not gonna let’em melt Frosty the Snowman

Well there must have been some magic
in that old top hat I’m wearin’
playin’ with the village children

But I’m not gonna let police man, no
not gonna let’em stop the Frosty Snowman...

On a freezer train with Karen
rail to North Pole goes on forever
and I’ve got one black magic top hat
but I’m not gonna let’em catch me, no
not gonna let’em melt Frosty the Snowman

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Christmas card cartoon to David Anthony Kraft


and to my buddy Ed Pettis, who helped me launch the very first Creating Marvels podcast:


Merry Christmas True Believers!

C Lue