Happy Birthday Jim Broughton!

image While continuing to sort through boxes that were packed away after the house flood, I discovered this page from the Dayton Daily News, August 16, 2004, announcing the opening of Comics and Games Emporium -- How I got it or why I saved it, I can't guess, unless it was just my custom at the time to file away articles about any area comic book activity that I stumbled across. The gentleman in the picture, the owner of the Dayton comics shop, is Jim Broughton, whom I wouldn't properly meet until a decade later. Jim and I became friends at the bi-monthly ASH Comics and Toy Shows in Indianapolis a few years ago, and until I ran across this newspaper clipping, I never connected him to the comics shop in the story. I also never did get to Comics and Games Emporium -- and apparently I missed my chance -- but Jim Broughton, with Dan Taylor, now operate a great store, Jim & Dan's Comics & Collectibles in West Alexandria, OH, and also host a quarterly comics convention at Wright State University which I enjoy and recommend (the most recent one was this past Sunday!). Today is also Jim's birthday, and I wish him a happy one and many more!

The Elevenaire!

I'm continuing to sift through boxes of stuff that was salvaged from my house flood, and the item that surfaced today coincidentally ties in to my weekend's television viewing.img_6231The Decades TV network fills each weekend with a marathon of a different vintage television series. This time around, the selection was The Millionaire, an anthology series that ran on CBS from 1955 to 1960. The premise of the show was that an unseen multi-billionaire called John Beresford Tipton (voiced by animation actor Paul Frees), each week tasked his executive secretary, Michael Anthony (played by  Marvin Miller), with delivering a $1,000,000 cashiers check to a random person of Tipton's selection as a gift. The remainder of the half-hour dramatized how these people from all walks of life were impacted by their unexpected windfall. I parodied this series in my work for Archie Comics through a character I called The Elevenaire. The late great Stan Goldberg brought The Elevenaire's visuals to life, and Stan was kind enough to send me copies of his pencils for the inaugural story of this occasional series. Those photocopies turned up in a box stored in my basement today, so I thought I'd share some samples. img_6235 Continue reading The Elevenaire!