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1  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / 0T: Funky Winkerbean pays tribute to Rawhide Kid on: July 07, 2014, 07:21:07 AM

This was posted on another thread
2  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Better change your eBay password... on: May 21, 2014, 02:02:05 PM

I changed my PayPal as well since eBay owns them...

3  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Classic 1950 toy that would NOT pass legal today: Rogers QuickTriggerShooterHat on: May 06, 2014, 12:41:03 PM
How cool is this gadget!?  Who would not have wanted at least one? JC

4  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book - Sept 24 2014 Release Date... on: March 20, 2014, 04:23:36 PM
Really? I always thought he was the worst artist working in mainstream comic books. I'm reminded of the part in Gary Groth's interview with Harlan Ellison where Ellison says, "Who was that guy, you know, the worst artist in comics?" Groth instantly answers, "Don Heck." Ellison laughs and says, "Yes! That's it. You say, 'The worst artist in comic books,' people instantly say, 'Don Heck.'"

I agree that's their opinion. I also agree that both Groth and Ellison are talented and accomplished. I enjoy Groth's magazine and Ellison is one of the best. Regardless, I’d wager all creators have their detractors.

Though their comments are not specifically addressed/mentioned in the book (Not sure why it would be expected to be), the book itself is 192 pages and over 340 images emphatically making the case, “This guy is really talented!!”

Look forward to hearing *your* opinion on Don's work... Grin

Best, JC

5  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Don Heck: A Work of Art book - Sept 24 2014 Release Date... on: March 19, 2014, 12:35:44 PM
All – the Don Heck book is set to ship Sept 24, 2014; 192 pages, over 340 art-images, full-color, hardcover-only. It’s available now for pre-order at 15% off cover price - $33.96

Below is the PREVIEWS blurb & Link:

“Don Heck remains one of the legendary names in comics, considered an “artist's artist,” respected by peers, and beloved by fans as the co-creator of Marvel Comics characters Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, and for his long stint on Marvel Comics' team book The Avengers. He joined Atlas/Marvel Comics in 1954, and along with industry giants Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Maneely, and Dick Ayers, Don became an integral player in “The Marvel Age of Comics”, drawing The X-Men, Spider-Man, Nick Fury—Agent of SHIELD, Daredevil, The Defenders, Ghost Rider, and most of Marvel's other characters. In the late 1970s he became regular artist on top tier DC Comics titles such as Teen Titans, The Flash, Justice League of America, and Wonder Woman.
In Don Heck: A Work Of Art, author John Coates has meticulously researched and chronicled information on Don’s storied 40-year career, including his time at DC, Dell, Gold Key, and as “ghost” artist on Lee Falk’s The Phantom newspaper strip. From personal recollections from Don’s surviving family, long-time friends, and industry legends, to rare interviews with Heck himself (where he discusses his career, artistic technique, triumphs, frustrations, and love of drawing), this book is full of insight into—and first-hand anecdotes from—the early days of Marvel Comics. It also features an unbiased analysis of sales on Don’s DC Comics titles, an extensive art gallery (including published, unpublished, and pencil artwork), a  Foreword by Stan Lee, and an Afterword by Beau Smith. 192 pages, over 340 art-images, full-color, hardcover-only.”

NOTE: Portions of the profits from this book go to the Hero Initiative; a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).  The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. To donate or learn more please go to http://www.heroinitiative.org/

Link to Twomorrows to pre-order

6  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Dan Spiegle book - For Immediate Release - TwoMorrows' warehouse fire leaves on: February 07, 2014, 12:03:08 PM
All, please see the Twomorrows Press Release below:

TwoMorrows' warehouse fire leaves their new Dan Spiegle book in short supply
Only a limited number of copies remain of the first comprehensive look at the classic Dell, Gold Key, and DC Comics artist.

(RALEIGH, NC) Last July, TwoMorrows Publishing released Dan Spiegle: A Life In Comic Art, co-written by Spiegle and historian John Coates (author of The Art of Nick Cardy). The book, which has garnered rave reviews from historians and fans alike, has seen the majority of its remaining copies destroyed in a warehouse fire.

"It's disheartening to have something like this happen," commented TwoMorrows publisher John Morrow. "We routinely overprint books and have our printer store them for us, only keeping a limited number of copies at our headquarters in North Carolina. In this instance, our printer had a warehouse fire, and we lost hundreds of copies of our Dan Spiegle book." The remaining copies are available for sale through www.twomorrows.com, as well as Diamond Comic Distributors and Amazon.com, but are likely to sell out soon. "While it's been incredibly well received, this isn't a book that we're likely to reprint since so many customers purchased it when it was first released. So readers should take this opportunity to grab a copy now if they still want one."

Dan Spiegle: A Life In Comic Art documents the career and life of one of the most respected—and hardest working—comic artists of the last sixty years, with a career spanning the Golden Age of comics through the Modern era. From his beginnings on the Hopalong Cassidy newspaper strip, to his thirty-year tenure on Dell and Gold Key’s licensed TV and Movie adaptions (Lost in Space, Korak, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mighty Sampson, Buck Rogers), Dan’s work is admired by fans and professionals alike. During the 1980s, he worked at DC Comics on Batman, Unknown Soldier, Tomahawk, Jonah Hex, Teen Titans, and the fan-favorite reboot of Blackhawk (taking the character back to its World War II roots), as well as his popular Crossfire series for Eclipse Comics, Dark Horse’s Indiana Jones series, and more.

In this book, author John Coates documents Dan's entire life in comics, through interviews filled with insight into the comic industry, colorful anecdotes of meeting celebrities, plus an examination of Dan’s artistic process from script to finished drawing, as well as personal reflections by Dan’s family on growing up with a father in comics. It includes dozens of images of Dan’s work, along with personal photos of family and industry peers, and numerous private commission drawings. Anyone who read comics between the mid-1950s through the 2000s probably enjoyed a comic with Dan’s art. Now they can learn about his life in comic art.

This book includes a color section, a Foreword by longtime collaborator Mark Evanier, and an Afterword by Sergio Aragonés.

TwoMorrows is offering free digital preview at this link:

104-page trade paperback with color section
ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-049-6
ISBN-10: 1-60549-049-0
Print version: $17.95 cover price
Digital Edition: $7.95
Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: MAR131309
7  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Two must read saying I came across for new writers... on: February 03, 2014, 10:11:16 PM
"I didn't know what to say so I kept writing." - Mark Twain

"The book was done but the author wasn't." - Unknown

PS: And no, these don't apply to Chuck. Not trying to be a smart-$%#! I just thought they were funny...

8  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Superhero documentary debuts tonight (Oct 15) on PBS... on: October 15, 2013, 08:18:46 AM


"Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night” on PBS.

The three-hour block documentary SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is the newest film from Emmy Award-winning producer/director Michael Kantor (BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL; MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: THE FUNNY BUSINESS OF AMERICA). The show will premiere at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. Central here in Oklahoma). Interviews include “Spider-Man” co-creator and Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee; DC Comics’ chief creative officer Geoff Johns; actors Adam West (“Batman”) and Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) among many others."
9  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Opps... I meant the first JLA/Avenegrs cross-over... on: September 04, 2013, 09:18:49 PM

10  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Don Heck was considered for CRISIS...? on: September 04, 2013, 04:20:38 PM


The story goes that Jim Shooter and/or DC Comics told Perez that they were considering Don Heck for the first CRISIS series. 

Would anyone know what publication this had been sighted? Interviews with people involved, etc.? And if, so would you please email me personally?

The reason I’m asking is that I’m finishing up my book on Don Heck for Twomorrows and this is a nice factoid I’d like to mention if I could substantiate and sight a published source. For example, it’s mentioned in Sean Howe’s book, “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” but no first-hand source is listed or that I could find. I emailed Jim Shooter via his blog but have not had a response.

Any assistance is appreciated…


11  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / With the Lone Ranger being a mess - What are some "good" westerns to check out? on: July 07, 2013, 02:50:03 PM
We’ve exhausted the discussion on the new Lone Ranger movie. Regardless of positions on the actual treatment of the characters, most of those posting here – and the professional published reviews – have trashed the movie on its own merits; too long, incoherent story, characters that are not well developed, uneven plot,  “over-done,” etc.

Anyway, with that how about some recommendations on “good” westerns we can watch in lue of the doo-doo-ball that opened this past weekend?  Most of the below are available for streaming on Amazon, Vudu.com, or Netflix.

Chuck’s Top Ten Western movie list from the website are below, in any order:
1.   The Searchers (1956)
2.   The Wild Bunch (1969)
3.   The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966)
4.   Rio Bravo (1959)
5.   Red River (1956)
6.   Winchester '73 (1950)
7.   Bend Of The River (1952)
8.   Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
9.   Ride the High Country (1962)
10.   Ride Lonesome (1959)

Here are some additional recommendations I’ve liked, again in any order:
11.   The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) John Wayne, Dean Martin.
12.   The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart. John Ford directs.
13.   The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) Jason Robards. Sam Peckinpah directs.
14.   Naked Spur (1953) Jimmy Stewart. Anthony Mann directs.
15.   Tin Star (1957) Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins. Anthony Mann directs.
16.   Seven Men from Now (1957) Randolph Scott (not your fathers’ Randolph Scott)
17.   Stagecoach (1939) John Wayne. John Ford directs.
18.   Open Range (2003) Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, others.
19.   The Man from Laramie (1955). Jimmy Stewart. Anthony Mann directs.
20.   Oxbow Incident (1943) Henry Fonda
21.   3:10 to Yuma (1957) Glen Ford.
22.   Shane (1953) Alan Ladd
23.   The Magnificent Seven (1960) Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, others.
24.   Man of the West (1958) Cary Cooper. Anthony Mann directs. (per Turner Classic Movies when they aired it a few years ago this part was written for Jimmy Stewart, he agreed to do it but was busy filming the movie "Harvey" by the time it went to production so it went to Cary Cooper.)
25.   Silverado (1985) Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, others.***

*** Yes, I know this is blasphemy to recommend “Silverado” on Chuck’s site but I like it anyway!

Any others?
12  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Lone Ranger producer Jerry Bruckheimer interviewed on: July 05, 2013, 06:11:45 AM

Obviously talented with his movie/TV resume. Question - why isn't he movie he discusses on the screen!?
13  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Lone Ranger Movie - first review... on: July 04, 2013, 10:22:39 AM

Ouch. This reviewer confirms my initial apprehension.


Harking back to the popular radio show created in the 1930s, the Lone Ranger rapidly became a solid icon of American history on TV, delighting child and adult alike with a message of chivalry and the pursuit of justice in a rugged land where only the power of brute force determined the rules. To its detriment, this updated version doesn’t quite follow the same conventions as the original. There is not a clear distinction of good and bad, leading to a convoluted plot line and excessive violence. Even so, Johnny Depp adds an element of humor as a wacky, crazy character. The movie does have suspense and keeps audiences interested, and the music is incredible.

For those that have seen some of the original Lone Ranger episodes, or their movies, the more troubling differences are not only some of the excessive violence, but the overall spirit of THE LONE RANGER. Not only does the story become saddled with repeated politically correct elements of showing the evil white man who will stop at nothing in the name of progress to double cross, displace and kill the nice noble natives in order to achieve his greedy designs. Almost every character in the movie changes their positions and beliefs because of their greed or selfish desires. The Lone Ranger himself openly transitions from doing justice to “being an outlaw” out for revenge. This clearly leads to a morally relative standpoint and a convoluted plotline.
14  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Lone Ranger Movie - first review... on: July 01, 2013, 09:25:13 PM

It's like I had a crystal ball and read this review in my mind before it was written; lack of identity (camp or serious? They don't know which so they go for both), Depp mugging the screen, too long, missed opportunity all around.

Chuck, I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I'd love to hear your review.
15  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / Joe Kubert podcast interview from 2005 re-posted... on: August 12, 2012, 08:57:42 PM
The podcast, Comics Geek Speak, has re-posted an interview with Joe Kubert from Nov 24, 2005. The re-post is dated today.
You can stream it on the front page of their web site  or pull the podcast down from iTunes.


I’m not affiliated with the podcast, just passing along something of interest…
16  Dixonverse Message Boards / TV and Movie Discussion Archive / Re: Now it seems Depp's choice of face paint could be offensive... on: August 11, 2012, 02:18:49 PM
I'd be kind of surprised if they went the "Lone Ranger as anti-hero" route.

For the record I don't know that they did go the anti-hero route, I'm just betting money on it. As I said, I hope I'm wrong.

Funnier still, check out this gem/link below; seems Depp's portrayal of "Tonto" is "...Based on a White Man’s Painting of an Imaginary Native American."

Let’s tally the score; Some white guy playing one of the few iconic Native American characters, in what's a kin to playing an African-American in "black face," depicting an image of a Native Americans that's not even authentic, and made up by another white guy, who’s never even seen/met an actual Native American.

Good thing Depp is left of center or his and the studio’s “insensitive” portrayal of a native American character would be the lead news story.

Just think if the same remained true but the movie was directed, produced, and or started...Mel Gibson!?

And by the way, I *still* hope it's a  good, solid western.

17  Dixonverse Message Boards / TV and Movie Discussion Archive / Depp as "Tonto" in new Lone Ranger movie...and that's the good news. on: August 10, 2012, 11:45:07 PM
So a friend sent me this link and I know it isn't really new-news; IMO Depp is a solid actor.

What I do find is how ironic it is that a Caucasian is playing a native American (More or less ala “Blackface”) when there must be many native American actors available. Where is the left outcry!? Roger Ebert,…are your paying attention!?  Tongue

I’m more concerned about the tone of the movie and frankly, what I assume will be the American-is-not-the rugged-individual portrayal; better not show any of that nasty " American Exceptionalism."  Yawn...make way for the Lone Ranger anti-hero. In my worst Andy Rooney (60 Minutes TV news show commentator) impression; “Do you ever think that the writer who popularized the “anti-hero” concept is now sorry that what was meant to be counter-culture and originally unique is now the norm? That bothers me.”

Net-net: The anti-hero is officially the most boring, trite, over-played character in movies, television, and in popular culture in general.

Net-net part duex: ]This movie will be left-of-center in its portrayal of the Lone Ranger and be a box-office failure.  Hollywood is so out of touch with their David E. Kelley-style of portraying traditional values that they actually can't even comprehend just how what they see as an exhaustive attempt on their part not to be liberal, always ends in an insulting or at least a marginalizing portrayal. I can even imagine them pre-screening the movie before its release and commenting;

"Wow, we really went far to the right on this one.  We’re so enlightened and progressive that in the entire 180 minute movie we actually show that single  non-indigenous character in a positive light, in that one scene, in the middle of the movie, for about one minute.  It’s a good thing in the re-write we came to our senses and later at least show that same character clubbing puppies, just before attending Sunday Church service. We wouldn’t want to be accused of being bias!”  

Hope I'm wrong. We haven't had a great classic western movie since "Silverado."  Right Chuck!?  Grin

18  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / Re: OT: Did Marvel or DC publish a blurb on Don Heck's passing? on: July 11, 2012, 10:12:41 AM
No offense - and I mean that sincerely - but I wouldn't class Don Heck as "one of the greats." Honestly there was a long time when he was pretty generally recognized as being the worst artist working regularly in mainstream comics.

D, no taken. But, I think when you and others who may feel the same way see the book and its content, quotes, etc. you may think differently.

Take care, JC
19  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / OT: Did Marvel or DC publish a blurb on Don Heck's passing? on: July 10, 2012, 09:40:07 AM
All - Another Don Heck question...
Don passed away from lung cancer on February 23, 1995. I've been trying to find where (if?) Marvel Comics and/or DC Comics published some sort of blurb or tribute in their books.
It seemed standard-operating-procedure that when one of the greats in comics passed the company (or companies) they were known for would publish some sort of blurb on a given months letters' page, Marvel Age, DC's Direct Currents, Dick Giordano's "Meanwhile" column, etc. I know the various fan-magazine and comic-related web sites posted their own tributes, obit, etc.
Anyway,  I'd love to add that blurb to the upcoming Twomorrows Don Heck if it exists...
Thank you! Grin
20  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / Re: OT: Pl help identify the artist of the 1975 Hawkeye 7-11 slurpee cup...Don Heck? on: July 10, 2012, 09:05:17 AM
All - thanks!  from Dave Cockrum.

from this post and others it's from an illo that appeared in FOOM, as Chuck mentioned. Also, Giant Sized Avengers 2 "Once An Avenger ..."

Thanks for playing!!! JC
21  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / OT: Pl help identify the artist of the 1975 Hawkeye 7-11 slurpee cup...Don Heck? on: July 09, 2012, 11:27:25 AM
Re: Heck or Buscema?

All - as many of you know I'm finishing up an upcoming book on Don Heck for Tomorrows Publications; no release date yet, probably 1Q/2013.
Anyway, would you please click on the link below and confirm that the image on the cup is either Buscema or Heck?

This is the only cup remaining in question; regardless of this Hawkeye cup the only other cup that carried Heck's art was the "Black Widow." The image was taken from the cover of Daredevil #103; Heck pencils and Romita Sr. inks.
You can just email me separately at jdcoates@bellsouth.net or respond on the thread...
Thanks in advance...! 
(404) 922-1896

22  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / Re: RIP John Severin. Full Comics Jurnal Interview with Johon Severin posted on: February 14, 2012, 04:29:15 PM
23  Dixonverse Message Boards / Writing Topics Archive. / Mark Twain's Rules of Literary Art... on: November 07, 2011, 09:35:40 PM
Pulled this from Shooter's blog:


Mark Twain's Rules of Literary Art
Excerpted from "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" by Mark Twain.

  The rules governing literary art in the domain of romantic fiction require:
    That a tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere.
    They require that the episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale and shall help to develop it.
    They require that the personages of a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others.
    They require that the personages in a tale, both dead and alive, shall exhibit sufficient excuse for being there.
    They require that when personages of a tale deal in conversation, the talk shall sound like human talk, and be talk such as human beings would be likely to talk in the given circumstances, and have a discoverable meaning, also a discoverable purpose, and a show of relevancy, and remain in the neighborhood of the subject in hand, and be interesting to the reader, and help out the tale, and stop when people cannot think of anything more to say.
    They require that when the author describes the character of a personage in his tale, the conduct and conversation of that personage shall justify said description.
    They require that when a personage talks like an illustrated, gilt-edged, tree-calf, hand tooled, seven dollar Friendship's Offering in the beginning of a paragraph, he shall not talk like a negro minstrel in the end of it.
    They require that crass stupidities shall not be played upon the reader as "the craft of the woodsman, the delicate art of the forest" by either the author or the people in the tale.
    They require that the personages of a tale shall confine themselves to possibilities and let miracles alone; or, if they venture a miracle, the author must so plausibly set it forth as to make it look possible and reasonable.
    They require that the author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the personages in his tale and in their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones.
    They require that the characters in a tale shall be so clearly defined that the reader can tell beforehand what each will do in a given emergency.

    In addition to the large rules there are some little ones. These require that the author shall:

    Say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.
    Use the right word, not its second cousin.
    Eschew surplusage.
    Not omit necessary details.
    Avoid slovenliness of form.
    Use good grammar.
    Employ a simple and straightforward style.

24  Dixonverse Message Boards / TV and Movie Discussion Archive / Stephen J. Cannell tribute...Legendary TV Writer-Producer on: October 27, 2011, 07:19:31 AM
This was posted on the comic-art thread. Cannell was a TV writer and producer for 40+ years. Click the link and be surprised at how many of his shows you loved/loathed/missed...

Some iconic and original shows (“Rockford Files,” “Wiseguy,” Beretta,” “A-Team,” “21 Jump Street”, etc.), some trendy-follow-up me shows (“Riptide” was a “Magnum PI” knock-off, “Last Precinct” was “Police Academy” movie knock-off), personal childhood favs (“Baa Baa Black sheep”) , and some dogs (“Renegade”, “Cobra,” “Stingray”)

And my personal high-concept favorite: “Tenspeed and Brown shoe”

One item to note: Though some of his work was syndicated (21 Jump Street) he was this successful when there was really on three - count em - three media outlets for network shows; ABC, NBC, and CBS. That's what, only three hours of prime time over seven nights; 21 hours of weekly network TV programming.

Impressive body of work. Prolific and incredible career…! JC

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