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Hiya Roboteers, welcome to Joe's Giant Robots! Here you’ll find a hodgepodge of pop culture oddities, vintage bric-a-brac, and anything I may fancy. My posts aren't politically correct at times, so if you’re easily offended you’ve been warned. Please feel free to poke around and have fun at my little internet-clubhouse. And as always gang, enjoy! ~Joe

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Thrilling Comics Alex Schomburg Comic Cover Art (October 1946-October 1949)

Hey Roboteers it’s Freaky Friday time at JoesGiantRobots.com, so let’s all get our retro-comic-book-freak-on… yowza! Here’s a heaping helping of some delicious 1946-1949 comic book good girl cover art by the awesome Alex Schomburg!

These marvelous covers were all illustrated by the same man, Alex Schomburg.

Here’s a quote from where I found these covers - the Jungle Frolics blog:

His action-packed superhero covers of the 1940s were cluttered with figures and background detail, while his lovely, leggy lasses of the jungle and outer space were often beautifully rendered with an airbrush.  For the “good girl” covers (Thrilling, Exciting, Wonder, and Startling, the last a science fiction mag which starred Lance Lewis, though the covers tended to prominently feature his sexy girlfriend, Marna, with Lance relegated to a background prop), Schomburg usually signed his name “Xela”.  He kept busy until his death at age 92 on April 7, 1998.

It’s time to get freaky, see my other questionable Freaky Friday posts here.

~Joe

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Avengers re-imagined by Deviantart artist theDURRRRIAN

Howdy Roboteers, here is a really neat-o-cool series of paintings of the Avengers as interpreted by the Deviantart artist theDURRRRIAN. My good old pally Ben sent this my way. Please have a gander at these Gang, won’t you?

Quote from the artist:

so the avenger series is finally over, and i can get on to doing more things :D i had a lot of fun with these and look forward to my next planned series (tobuscus anyone? :P)

all characters are owned by Marvel

Please enjoy gang!

~Joe

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Andy and Flo Capp by Reg Smythe

More Andy Capp in your face - along with his wife Flo. How on Earth could Andy and Flo be anything other than the lovable brow beaten drunk and his overbearing but unappreciated wife? That is what they are, aren’t they? Or are they….

I know just what you’re thinking gang, you’re thinking, “What on Earth do you mean Joe, of Joe’s Giant Robots… tell me wise and benevolent Robot Master!” Well Roboteers, the pair could be completely re-imagined, reinvigorated, re-conceived, reinvented and reinterpreted into something totally different and yet the same…

Tune in Monday, Roboteers, and the enigma posed to you today will be answered!

See all Joe’s Giant Robots Andy Capp posts here.

~Joe

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Andy Capp on Family Guy

I found this online and thought it was so freaking awesome, Andy and Flo Capp with Peter Griffin in the Drunken Clam on the TV show Family Guy!

Peter Griffin and Andy Capp

Quote from Wackycomics:

(Just a short post now, as I’ve got a busy day ahead of me!) In a Season 3 episode of Family Guy, Buster’s dad Andy Capp appeared in the Drunken Clam, challenging Peter to a game of Darts! It was only a short, 15 second clip but he appeared none-the-less! Sadly I couldn’t find a better quality video, but here it is for you too see!

~Joe

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Classic Andy Capp newspaper strips by Reg Smythe (Post 3 of 3)

Part 3 of my posting of random classic Andy Capp newspaper comics from the 1960s and 1970s. I just love Andy and Flo!

See all Joe’s Giant Robots Andy Capp posts here.

~Joe

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Classic Andy Capp newspaper strips by Reg Smythe (Post 2 of 3)

Here is post 2 of a nice random assortment of classic Andy Capp newspaper comics from the 1960s and 1970s.

See all Joe’s Giant Robots Andy Capp posts here.

~Joe

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Classic Andy Capp newspaper strips by Reg Smythe (Post 1 of 3)

My “mini Andy Capp obsession” has turned into a full blown Andy Capp bender. This is a nice random assortment of classic Andy Capp newspaper comics from the 1960s and 1970s. Oh that lovable drunken bastard!

In this ever increasingly politically correct age we live in, it’s actually refreshing to see these old comic strips. So please, Roboteers, why don’t you tie one on with Andy and me and read and enjoy the above ten classic comics.

See all Joe’s Giant Robots Andy Capp posts here.

~Joe

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Andy Capp & Buster Capp!!!

I’m on a bit of a mini Andy Capp obsession of late. I’ve always loved the Andy Capp newspaper comic strip by Reg Smythe. I grew up reading this fantastic comic strip along side of classics likes Peanuts, Dick Tracy, Brenda Starr and others.

Characters included:
  •  Andy Capp

  •  Florrie “Flo” Capp
  •  Chalkie White
  •  Ruby “Rube” White
  •  Percy the rent collector
  •  Jackie the barman
  •  The Vicar
  •  Flo’s Mum

You don’t know who Andy Capp is? Shame on you. The Wiki:

Andy Capp is a British comic strip created by cartoonist Reg Smythe (1917–1998), seen in The Daily Mirror and The Sunday Mirror newspapers since 5 August 1957. Originally a single-panel cartoon, Smyth later expanded it to four panels.

And:

Andy is a working class figure who never actually works, living in Hartlepool, a harbour town in northeast England. The title of the strip is a pun, a perfect phonetic rendition of that region’s pronunciation of the word “handicap”, as well as a reference[citation needed] to the main character’s trademark flat cloth cap.

His hobbies include pigeon racing, darts, snooker (his cue’s name is “Delilah” [2]), football (which always involves fights with the other players, and frequently ends with Andy being sent off), occasionally cricket and rugby, betting on horses, getting drunk in the local pub (often falling into the canal and being fished out by a constable, and always, seven nights a week, arriving home late as a result), fishing (and not catching anything bigger than a goldfish), womanising, loafing on the sofa, and fighting with his long-suffering wife, Florrie (also known as “Flo”).

Now, I never knew that Andy and Flo had a son, Buster. Shame on me. The Wiki:

Buster Capp is the fictional son of Andy Capp and Flo, and the star of his own comic simply called Buster.

Buster has been a contentious issue among his own fans, and fans of Andy Capp. The main reason for this is that Andy is not exactly father material.

Andy was only ever seen in the very early Buster comic strips, when the full title of the comics was Buster: Son of Andy Capp. The association was dropped a year or so later but Buster continued to wear his father’s cap up until 1992, when it was ditched in favor of a more modern baseball cap.

In the later years of Buster comic there was more mention of his famous father, even having Andy himself appear in an issue. As the comic was failing, there was presumably an attempt to ring in Andy Capp fans into the comic.

Speculation on the Buster Comic forums has arisen over Buster’s origins: is the storyline supposed to take place after the Andy Capp comic series, or is it supposed to take place in an alternate universe?

~Joe

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COVERING UP: Xela Xes: Wonder Comics by Alex Schomburg

Let’s get freaky on this Freaky Friday with some very cool Alex Schomburg Wonder Comics covers I found online. Please enjoy!

Here’s a quote from Pappy’s Golden Age Comics:

In the war years Alex Schomburg was in demand by comics publishers for his covers. The eye-popping, continually inventive scenes of superheroes clobbering nasty Nazis and Japanese made the books fly off the racks. Several publishers used him. After the war he toned down his approach somewhat; there were still covers of superheroes clobbering gangsters or stick-up guys (sometimes wearing domino masks), but the covers weren’t as cluttered with men and machines.

These five covers he did for Nedor in 1947 and 1948 are some of his best. He used airbrush as his medium. I don’t know whether that was his idea or the publishers, but whatever, these covers worked. He must’ve felt his airbrush artwork was different enough to sign a pseudonym, so he became Xela.

Three of the covers shown here have the typical damsel in distress (D-I-D) covers. Those are the ones featuring the character Wonderman. The blonde on the other covers is Tara, a Fiction House-styled babe with boyfriend trailing as she adventured on various planets. It’s interesting that when women are the titular (no pun intended) characters, they can be shown kicking butt. Otherwise it’s the tried and true D-I-D cover: muscular hero coming to the rescue of voluptous babe.

And voluptuous they are…I’m not sure who did this sort of thing better, but the girls on these covers are pin-up lovers’ dreams. I also like the fact that each of the covers could be a poster, and that there are no cover blurbs or speech balloons to deface the artwork. Schomburg’s—Xela’s—artwork speaks for itself. No words were needed.

It’s time to get freaky, see my other questionable Freaky Friday posts here.

~Joe