Posts Tagged ‘comic books’

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The Demon That Devoured Cleveland

July 13, 2012


(NOTE: Click on images to enlarge!)

One day back in 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio KISS’ Gene Simmons arrived in town for a day promoting his new solo album. Each of the four KISS members, Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss, released solo LPs simultaneously on the Casablanca Records label. When Simmons left town at the end of the day, all of northeast Ohio knew he was there!


Accompanied by Casablanca Records’ Gary Bird and a photographer/reporter from not Rolling Stone (Are you crazy?), not Creem, not Circus, but 16 Magazine, the ‘entourage’ spent time with Simmons at the WMMS radio studios, among other destinations & activities. Simmons took calls from listeners and talked about his new solo album. He ‘Guest DJed’ and had listeners in the palm of his hand (I remember tuning in that day thanks to WMMS’ hyping it ahead of time).

Simmons kept busy that day in Cleveland. Interviewed by the famed Jane Scott of The Plain Dealer, various other local media types, and also shadowed that day by WMMS’ Denny Sanders. Sanders was taping a segment on Simmons for WEWS’ Afternoon Exchange television program.

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

A clip of the Afternoon Exchange segment is available online. The interview with Simmons took place at Cosmic Comics, a leading comic book store in
Cleveland in the 70’s & 80’s that was owned by Marvel & DC Comics writer and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella. Cosmic Comics was in downtown
Cleveland located at the Colonial Arcade.

Since I don’t post videos on Bangagong! you can watch it by clicking HERE to watch the 1978 WEWS clip of Gene Simmons in Cleveland.

Seen here is the two page spread that appeared in 16 Magazine from that day in Cleveland. 16 Magazine was an enormous success with young teens and
pre-teens during the 60’s & 70’s with Gloria Stavers at the helm, a fireball of a businesswoman and a media whiz. 

  

 

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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Rock Star Literature Pt. 1

December 9, 2011

After all the grief my Old Man gave me way back then, glad to know I wasn’t the only one into comic books ‘back in the day’! Apparently I was in good company. (Click on image to enlarge!)

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I’m Back-k-k-k-k-k!

April 23, 2010

I made it! After having three heart attacks, major open heart surgery in July 2006 (five bypasses) and then another open heart surgery just this past month on March 12, ’10  ( a new mitral valve replacement) I am still alive and kicking! (I must have had wayyyy too much fun in the 60’s & 70’s!)

Apologies for neglecting this website for so long but the past 15 months or more have been tough with a variety of health issues (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys). But we made it through, feeling pretty good and the wife says June 1 I can start kicking butt and taking names on this website (married to a nurse…*sigh*….. and she always sides with the doctors! Go figure.) soon as I am 100%, which won’t be long.

My thanks to Dr. Paulowski (my cardiologist) and Dr. Novoa (heart surgeon) and their staffs in addition to Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH. Want your life saved? Go to Aultman!

Check back in, lots more to add (Music Hall, Agora, Public Hall memories,and m-o-r-e!).

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Wanted: Time Machine

February 19, 2008
 
 
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When I first saw the photo of the newstand above my first thought was, “Man, wish I had a time machine and a $100.00 bill from 1938!” Notice at the bottom towards the right hand side the three copies of ACTION COMICS #1 that featured the debut of Superman. So this photo was taken in the spring of 1938. Actually if I could go back to the spring of 1938 I’d take more than a hundred bucks. I’d take enough to buy Harry Donenfeld dinner and drinks and buy the original art! Have no idea what year the photo below was taken but the same principles apply (hope that kid saved some of them!). Give me a time machine and some cash!
 
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Contact Doc Lehman at: DocLehman@sssnet.com
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