Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bill Ward's TORCHY returns! (1946)








Yeah, it's another Torchy adventure made possible by our friends at comicbookplus. The September 1946 issue of Modern Comics was uploaded to that site by a guy known as freddyfly. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

It Really Happened: ROY ROGERS, KING OF THE COWBOYS


Thanks once again to comicbookplus, via this April 1947 issue of It Really Happened (scanned by freddyfly - thanks Fred!), we now have the real (sort of) skinny on how Leonard Franklin Slye became Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys.





Monday, September 24, 2018

Major League Baseball in Portland? Bring it On!


I've had baseballmania for the past few months - not because of what's going on with my team (the Twins) or the league, but because Portland has been gearing up to bid for an expansion or relocated team. The Portland Diamond Project has not yet revealed who the moneymen are, but Atlanta Brave great Dale Murphy has signed on as an advisor, and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and singer Ciara on board as part owners. The group hopes to announce a stadium location soon. 

The pic above is not a Portland Diamond Project production. It was my entry into a contest to design a sign to be waved around on ESPN's College GameDay. 

Below is the official PDP hat, which has been pretty much glued to my head since July. Yeah, it looks like a Detroit Tigers logo, but it's actually based on caps worn at various times by the old Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League.


Anyway, I attended an event yesterday where six local designers presented ideas for team names, logos and uniforms. I present them all below. These were NOT commissioned by the Portland Diamond Project, but sponsored by a number of local businesses who are as eager as I for a team. I had high hopes of seeing some cool names and designs, but left underwhelmed. I didn't like any of them, and one in particular was merely an unfunny joke. 

Still, my enthusiam for baseball in Portland is undimmed. I hope to have more news soon.