Thursday, April 24, 2014

Black Canary, Brave and the Bold #61, and...

Here's Murphy Anderson's classic cover for The Brave and Bold #61 (1965) starring Black Canary and Starman. You know, this particular image of Black Canary reminds me of another sensationally sinuous femme fatale...

BraveBold-Black Canary

Yes, none other than the original Love Goddess herself:  Rita Hayworth! This famous publicity still is from Cover Girl, one of lovely Rita's biggest hits. 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Medusa Effect...on Models, Movie Stars, and Musicals!

There's no doubt that Medusa's long beautiful shining gleaming streaming down-to-there hair was a major influence in the swingin' sixties look. Don't believe me? Just take a look at just a few of the pop culture icons who followed our Ms. Medusa's lead.

Medusa pin-up Kirby
The Marvelous Magnificent Medusa from Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967), by Jack "King" Kirby, natch!

Life magazine 1968
Veruschka, top model; appeared in Antonioni's Blow-Up

Jean Shrimpton hair photo
Another icon from the '60s: model Jean Shrimpton

Raquel Welch
Raquel displays her best assets--her tresses ;)

Hair album soundtrack
'Nuff said

The preceding program has been brought to you in (mostly) living color by
Medusa Marvel Pop Art

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Medusa: Off Duty!

Here's the lovely Medusa as she first appeared, way back in Fantastic Four #38. Even though she's hiding out from humanity and living in a cave in the middle of nowhere, she still makes sure her cute little outfit and gloves are color coordinated. It's attention to those sorts of details that make or break a look; Tim Gunn would approve.
Fantastic Four #36 

Boutique chic.

Fantastic Four #38

Gorgon, Karnak, and Power Gir--er, Medusa--in "human" garb.
Amazing Adventures #7

Medusa in another bright yellow mini-skirted ensemble, enjoying a night on the town with Reed.
Fantastic Four #142

Alas, as we all know Sue eventually returned to Reed, so Medusa's stint as Reed's arm candy was short-lived. Ever the loyal friend to both Reed and Sue, Medusa decided to play down her own charms and she adopted a decidedly less glamorous presentation. Dressed up or down, we still love you, 'Dusa!

And for even more pulchritudinous panels of the marvelous Medusa and her various cohorts--Frightful Four, Inhumans, Fantastic Four--be sure to check out my new Panelocity site!
 Medusa ponders her post-Reed options in Fantastic Four #158

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Medusa Effect...and the Original X-Factor!

I'd like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and fun 2014!

Let's start the new year off with--yes, more Medusa! Over the years many have noted the similarity between Medusa's 1969 Spidey-bashing emerald ensemble and the early X-Factor costumes.

Medusa Jean Grey X Factor costume
Go Green! Medusa and Jean Grey 

And not only did Jean Grey and her fashionable Factor cohorts "borrow" Medusa's costume...

X-Factor costumes
Project Runway meets X-Factor: Cyke, Hank, and Jean strike a pose

...but later on Jean also swiped Medusa's fabulous follicles! Or is Ms. Grey's massive hair growth a by-product of that freaking Phoenix Force?

Medusa Jean Grey red hair

Silver Age snippet: A Kirby creation featuring Medusa and Jean and a few other familiar figures in between! Consider yourself no-prized if you can identify this extremely well-known classic cover. 

Medusa Fantastic Four Annual 3 Kirby cover

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