Monday, December 9, 2013

Mad Mad Modes for Moderns Mondays - Be Batman's Girl Wonder in Capes!

This "Mad Mad Modes for Moderns" from Secret Hearts #118 (March 1967) may be one of my favorites yet. Not only are the fashions (expertly illustrated by Tony Abruzzo) utterly gorgeous and full of sixties mod goodness, but "Holy Hanna!" It's essentially an ad for Batman!

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Since this was published at the height of the campy television show, it is likely this was done to capitalize on the popularity of the character, and also serve as a sneaky advertisement for the comics! Not a bad way to start the week, eh?! 

6 comments:

  1. Funny you should mention it, because I caught an old Batman rerun the other day, featuring the wonderful Yvonne Craig.
    She, as Batgirl, had some wonderful scenes with the great Vincent Price as Egghead.
    Miss Craig sent more than a few young male minds to spinning, including mine.
    Great site, by the way! M.P.

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    1. Why thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Hi Jacque! I love your blog and all the great artwork you post. I especially appreciate that you take the time to credit the artists. Do you know anything about Tony Abruzzo? I've been trying to get more information about him but I always hit a brick wall. There is a site called "Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein" that shows how Lichtenstein (ahem) "borrowed" some of his greatest ideas from comic book artists - one of which was Tony Abruzzo. Any information you have on him would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Indigo! Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Unfortunately, I do not know anything more about Abruzzo other than that he was a fantastic artist, and his connection with the whole Lichtenstein thing as you mentioned. As you have found, an internet search really reveals nothing about who he was a person. I have also never seen his name mentioned in any book about comic book history that I can recall off the top of my head. It is unfortunate that so little is known about him and other talented comic book artists, but hopefully someone in the near future (maybe you?!) will be able to uncover more about them. If you do find anything, please let me know and I will do the same if I hear anything!

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    2. Oh that's really too bad. I've tried contacting Alter Ego magazine and the guy who runs the Deconstructing Lichtenstein site, but had no luck. Maybe if I see an old timer at the Comic Con this year I'll ask them. (I met John Romita and Jim Steranko and both of them were super nice!) Thanks though. I'll keep you posted!
      ;)

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    3. Yes, please do keep me posted! It may also be a good question to ask on the Comix-Scholars discussion list! http://www.english.ufl.edu/comics/scholars/

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