Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dedicated Follower of Fashion

There's a new coffee table book out now on the art of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.  From the clip below you can see a preview of the inside of it.  I love stuff like that, so I'll probably pick up a copy at some point.

The other day I also heard an interview with Ray Davies.  He sang for the Kinks and along with his brother, Dave Davies sort of formed the nucleus for the British band, The Kinks.  They have a new box set of CDs out of greatest hits, and so forth.
Here's a link to the interview:

I ran across this today for anyone following stocks and such.  I can't vouch for how accurate it is, but it's another tool in the arsenal of personal finance, and stock research.  It's a web site that tracks stocks, and analysts, who pick stocks, and how accurate their predictions are.  The site is

I stuck in a few analysts that I knew, and a few ticker symbols, and seems fairly accurate, but as I said just another tool.  It's currently being built, or under construction as I think they'll add more to it over time.   There is also the Hussmann report over at MarketWatch which supposedly looks at  investment newsletters--I haven't had the time to delve into it yet.   If you have an online discount broker, I'm sure they also have such tools.  But the Tiprank site is the first one I've seen that ranks or charts analysts and their predictions. 



At 7:22 AM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

The book looks fun. I don’t know how they felt about the story arcs over the years of the characters they created. Simon (though not Kirby) lived just long enough to see Captain America return to movies in 2011. That was after seeing him bumped off in the comics in 2007.

The Kinks were a 60s basic. They helped define the era’s sound. Their vinyl was on my shelf along with other headliners from the era. Their ’93 album “Phobia” containing their last big hit “Hatred” was surprisingly good, too

At 8:41 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

Yeah, that's hard to say Richard. Maybe the recent book sheds some light on that, though I'm doubting it. I haven't read much about Simon's dealings with Marvel, but I did read a long interview with Jack Kirby in The Comics Journal, which I just posted, where he was pretty harsh on his criticism of Marvel and Stan Lee, basically saying that Lee never wrote anything. That's been arguable for a while now.

Personally I tend to think Lee's influence is overblown, and a bit shady. Granted the interview with Kirby comes from an aged, older man, that has the years of cynicism and corporate mishandling under his belt.

Though I will also add that Simon and Kirby had already been writing and drawing comics when they came to Marvel, Lee had not. A lot of people argue that once Kirby left Marvel, he never wrote or amounted to much. However, I'd disagree with that somewhat--his DC Fourth World series, with the New Gods, Mister Miracle, etc. is still being used today and looked back as a maturing of his style. He also wrote many other things like Kamandi, Silver Star, a 2001 series, Devil Dinosaur, The Demon, and lesser known books and characters.

But what did Stan Lee do after his departure? Well, not much that I see--just editorialize and be a spokesperson and huckster for Marvel, the same as he always did. I'm not saying that there's not a purpose for such things, he did great in promoting Marvel and creating an environment for Marvel back then with his soapbox and the Marvel community. I'm just saying his contributions are highly suspect to me as far as his writing of the comics go.

At least Kirby and his family have recently gotten credit and some of the royalties that they deserve, though it was hung up in ligation for many years.

I didn't know about Phobia, I'll have to check that out. I think the last thing I bought by the Kinks was Mushwell Hillbillies. I caught a Storytellers (I think was the program) on VH1 (when they used to be watchable) where Ray Davies performed his new album (the title I forget), and I was amazed at his talent and enjoyed it quite a bit. I never thought as Ray so much as an musician, more as the lead singer, but he could make his guitar sing. Cheers.


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