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posted on March 19, 2017

Got to see some magic happen yesterday evening. The Smithereens played at The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio and they were hands down the best rock ‘n’ roll band in the land last night, and staked their claim to being one of the best American rock bands ever. Certainly Dennis Diken is one of rock’s very best drummers, and Pat DiNizio has one of rock’s most distinctive voices… and last night Jim Babjak and Severo “The Thrilla” Jornacion stood shoulder to shoulder with them. It was a transformative evening and one of those times when you felt bad for the people who weren’t there listening to The Smithereens rock – the – house because it was the only place that mattered last night. Their love for and belief in the life-affirming power of rock ‘n’roll comes through in their playing and it can’t help but make you smile and transport you, if only for an evening, to a better place. On the day when Chuck Berry passed away, there was no finer way to celebrate his legacy than by watching and listening to The Smithereens perform their rock ‘n’ roll magic.

The Pipeline

posted on March 18, 2017

Flash Fridays – #160 April 1966

posted on March 17, 2017

Issue #161 turns out to be another Flash 80 Page Giant reprint book. Although we’ve already seen all of the Silver Age stories here, they were new to me at the time helping me catch up on the one’s I’d missed. The two Golden Age reprints in the book were also of interest. The first featured the Fiddler who I first encountered in issue #123 in the classic Flash of Two Worlds story. It was fascinating to see him in Golden Age action. The Johnny Quick story was illustrated by the masterful Mort Meskin. I didn’t realize it at the time but Meskin had illustrated the first comic book I ever bought. For the full story, check out the Match to Flame posts.

I haven’t been a huge fan of the modern incarnations of the Flash, but I recently had my interest piqued by this homage to the Flash of Two Worlds cover. Upon checking it out, I found that this latest version has some pretty good art and writing going for it. Enough so that it’s been added to my pull list. It’s interesting that, as the Flash seems to be returning to form, it’s drawn by another artist named Carmine.