25 November 2010
Here's a new SADISTIK pin-up by Mort Todd that will appear on the back cover of the next issue of the Italian sci-fi comic, INNER SPACE. The title "Terrore nello Spazio" (Terror in Space) was the original title of Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires and follows the tradition of original Sadistik photo novel titles based on films.
"Дьявольский Преступник Высшего качества" is a translation of Diabolikal Super-Kriminal, which in Russian becomes "The Devil Criminal of the First-Rate Quality!"
Click here to see about Inner Space #1 and an exhibit featuring the art in Italy.
23 November 2010
The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal Documentary will have its Spanish Premiere in Barcelona on December 4th, 2010 as part of the Horrorvision Festival! This year's festival is dedicated to the recently deceased Jacinto Molina aka Paul Naschy, the infamous El Hombre Lobo of Spain!
See more information at Horrorvision: http://www.laoscuraceremonia.com/horrorvision/
12 October 2010
Mark Friday, October 22 & Sunday October 24 on your kalendar and bookmark www.justin.tv/wolfcat7 on your web browser to see the fun and fearful films based on the 'dark' Italian comic books of the 1960s. The festivities last from 8 PM Eastern Standard Time and run late, late into the night! The screening also includes live chat, interaction with film and comics fans and useless trivia as the films are moderated by Mort Todd (Sadistik writer and producer of the DSK film).
The movies of mayhem include:
DANGER: DIABOLIK! (1968): In psychedelic swinging 60s, the killer Diabolik (John Phillip Law) and his gorgeous accomplice Eva (Marisa Mell) wreak havoc as they go on an outlandish crime spree!. Also featuring Adolfo (Thunderball) Celi as the villainous Valmont. Beautiful direction by the master Mario Bava and stirring soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.
KRIMINAL (1966): True to its noir comic roots, Kriminal (Glenn Saxson) dresses like a skeleton to steal diamond with suave style. Full of double crosses and excitement typical of the espionage films of the day. Colorfully directed by horror helmer Umberto Lenzi.
13 September 2010
Durant le tumulte de mai 1968, une sinistre figure s'est levée afin de tirer avantage du Pandémonium des émeutes étudiantes et des grèves parisiennes. M KRIME avait fomenté un plan *diabolique* afin de prendre le contrôle du Gouvernement Français pour ensuite s'en prendre à l'Europe, puis au monde entier! La manière dont ce plan fut contrecarré est encore un mystère... En effet, juste au moment où ses serviteurs animatroniques étaient prêts à frapper, ils tombèrent en panne... Et M KRIME disparut de la surface du globe! Fort des enseignements nés des erreurs de son père, le fils de KRIME a repris le flambeau de celui-ci. Le nouveau Krime entreprend de devenir le maître du monde à l'aide de son armée d'humanitrons, à la technologie avancée et ayant l'apparence des leaders mondiaux ainsi que celle des dirigeants des médias.
Les Etats Unis ont développé le mythe du super héros...L'Europe celui du super-vilain! De Fantômas, au fantôme de l’opéra, en passant par le monstre de Frankenstein, du docteur Mabuse ou encore Diabolik et Sadistik les super-vilains ont paradé à travers le vieux continent dans les romans de gare, les films, les bandes dessinées et même le roman-photo. Poursuivant cette sombre lignée, voici que surgit le spectre de M. KRIME, le roi du chaos!
10 September 2010
With changes in store for SADISTIK and publisher Comicfix, the first editions of these cult classic photo novels will soon be out of print. As the old Sadistik website is folded into the Comicfix website and with address changes, the original print run will no longer be available and replaced with a new second edition. Scroll to the bottom of this page to download a FREE 14 page PDF preview of SADISTIK: Monster with a 1000 Masks!
The first recorded criminal exploit of the King of Crime, SADISTIK! A decadent Prince visiting America has a hidden treasure and is targeted by the Imperceptible One… but he has to do it while juggling the Police, murderous vixens and Soviet Agents!
Includes articles and odd facts about the Man of a 1000 Masks, his creators and the actors, luridly illustrated!
A Top Secret Dossier on the evolution of the European Super Criminals, photo novels and the creation of SADISTIK!
LUCIANA PAOLI PICTORIAL
The only woman able to handle the passion of SADISTIK; DANA as portrayed by actress Luciana Paoli. Rare vintage pin ups plus article and complete filmography.
MURDER AT THE MARDI GRAS
You solve the crime in this weird piece of picto-fiction from the original 1966 issue.
190 page Photo Graphic Novel $9.99
15 August 2010
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13 August 2010
A great pleasure in my life was to produce the Bob Marley biography Tale of the Tuff Gong as Editor-in-Chief of the Marvel Music line. We worked closely with the Marley family and estate through Bob's Tuff Gong Records Art Director Neville Garrick, who had painted some of Bob's album covers. I chose veteran Marvel artist Gene Colan (Iron Man, Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula) to pencil the series because of his cinematic layouts, but we wanted the finishes to be true to Bob's Jamaican and Rasta roots.
Neville introduced me to Tennyson, or Jimmy as he was also known, and he was the perfect artist to do the completed art. He did full oil painting over Gene's layouts and gave them a superb look that only a native Jamaican could bring to the project.
We spent a lot of time together and Tennyson gave the books a true Rasta perspective and opened my mind to an intense philosophy. Due to Marvel's distribution ineptitude (the graphic novels were only shipped to comic shops and not record or book stores as intended) only the first two books, Iron and Lion, were released and the final chapter Zion was completed but never released. Ever since then I have been working with the Marley estate to get the three graphic novels packaged as one trade paperback... so far with no luck.
Tennyson painted the three covers himself (plus a cover for the planned paperback edition) along with an incredible 10 page supplement that was a history of Jamaica and the Rastafari. Hopefully this reverent comic will again see print and enjoy the wide audience it truly deserves.
While at Marvel I also commissioned Jimmy to paint some covers for some horror titles. He did some wild covers featuring the muck-encrusted Man Thing and the Zombie from the classic Bill Everett comic.
After I left Marvel, I worked with Tennyson as much as possible and helped him sell some artwork including pieces from a series of African warrior paintings.
Recently I used Jimmy as a voice artist for an animated series about Sadistik, The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal. Jimmy played a character named Vex, who helps the King of Crime procure weapons and gets involved in other shenanigans. His character was inspired by the Rasta 'suffarahs' who faced persecution in the 1960s when the series is set.
Over the last six months of his life he kept painting, though he had switched from oils to watercolor. I miss Jimmy an awful lot and the world is really missing out on a uniquely awesome talent and his potential. I hope we can get the Marley book back in print to serve as a permanent testimony to his amazing skills.
I know with Jah as his guide he is in a place where Bob is able to express his thanks and praise for Tennyson's contribution to the understanding of the Rasta.
R.I.P. Tennyson--- RASTAFARI!
06 August 2010
Just released on the Cinekult series from CG Home Video, this double DVD set stars two of Italy's wildest super-criminals in wild action! THE DIABOLIKAL SUPER-KRIMINAL is directed by SS-Sunda and covers the controversial history of the Sadistik photo comics, interviewing the actors from the series along with filmmakers, comic book creators and cultural critics on the impact of the King of Crime!
Satanik (1968) is based on the Bunker/Magnus comic about a withered old hag who turns into a beautiful young woman after drinking a formula... beautiful but evil! The film, directed by Piero Vivarelli is infamous for the Diabolik-inspired strip tease performed by star Magda Konopka.
Extras include interviews with Piero Vivarelli, Lamberto Bava, Corrado Farina, Moreno Burattini, Luigi Corteggi, Maurizio Colombo, trailers, international poster gallery and the "Beware: Sadistik!" Music Video in high resolution. The DVDs are in PAL format and in Italian without English subtitles but this is the only way to see the film until an English NTSC DVD deal is negotiated and released.