Wednesday, May 25, 2005

About Signed Guitars

Signed guitars were recently discussed in an autograph collecting list group. Here were my thoughts...

Most signed guitars are cheap Squire Strats (Fender's bargain basement line) or the low end Fender's made in Mexico known as MexiStrats. To the novice they may look great, but to someone that knows, these guitars look cheap and are the equivalent of getting a photocopy signed (instead of a real glossy photo.)

Frankly, unless it's Elvis or the Beatles, a signed guitar seems like a tremendous waste to me... a musical instrument is meant to be played and it's kind of sad if it's not. I know many won't agree with me, but IMO, a signed guitar is just as loopy as asking a TV star to sign your television.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Alex Ross Does Fantastic Four #1

Somewhere, Jack Kirby is smiling.

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A great take on a classic cover. My only criticism is that the text box is somewhat obtrusive and ruins the effect of Johnny Storm's flame trail.

If this becomes available as a lithograph, count me in.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

RIP: The Riddler

Actor Frank Gorshin, best known as The Riddler on TV's "Batman," died yesterday, age 71. He had lung cancer, emphysema and pneumonia.

Not to make light of his death, but this sounds like the smoker's trifecta.

I wonder how much longer he would have lived if he didn't smoke?