McQueen, Steve McQueen.
Everybody knows who these two guys are, shown here meeting socially at the 1967 wrap party for Point Blank. They weren’t great friends but had several mutual friends, due to their motorcycle enthusiasm. Such friends as Keenan Wynn and Bud Ekins, as mentioned in Lee Marvin Point Blank. Matter of fact, according to McQueen’s good friend Bud Ekins (who did the actually motorcycle jump on screen in The Great Escape for McQueen), he jokingly told me, “Keenan Wynn knew everybody. He knew you before he even met you.”
By the way, also present at the soiree were the film’s director, John Boorman, frequent Marvin costar Keenan Wynn, Burt Reynolds (directed by Boorman a few years later in Deliverance), Charles Bronson, Warren Oates….Talk about testosterone overload! No wonder the cops were called. Clearly, they wanted to join in on the fun.
Anybody want to come up with a fun or interesting caption for either picture?
DIRTY DOZEN ONSET
Here’s another rare photo of Lee Marvin, this time he’s in costume, in character (save for the strange neckwear and ever present cigarette!), and waiting to be called to the set for the 1967 blockbuster, THE DIRTY DOZEN, his biggest hit and the one he’s most remembered for above all others.
It was during such moments of waiting in which Marvin’s anxiety level would peak, sometimes sending him to the nearest watering hole if the setup took too long as described in detail in Lee Marvin Point Blank. By the look on his face, the tension is indeed building….
Lee Marvin waits almost patiently for a scene on set of The Dirty Dozen.
HIS NAME IS SAVAGE!
In 1967, the year Point Blank was released (to mixed reviews and initial lackluster business), a start-up graphic arts company thought it would help sell copies of its new adult, oversized, 40-page comic (HIS NAME IS SAVAGE!) by putting a likeness of Lee Marvin on the cover of its first issue. Savage it was named and savage it indeed was. The story and the character were both aptly named as it was shockingly violent for its time. The inside artwork paled in comparison to the cover, however.
A better use of Marvin’s likeness is on display in a more recent graphic novel entitled Digger written by Christopher Mills and drawn by Rick Burchett. Check it out as its HIGHLY recommended and the inside artwork is just as impressive as the covers.
As for His Name Is Savage!, they may have thought adding a scar over his eye on the cover image would toughen him up. They may have been right. We’ll never know, however as there was never a second issue. Cool cover, though, don’t you think? Love the use of color. Matter of fact, it was almost considered as the cover for Lee Marvin: Point Blank it was that cool looking….
HIS NAMES IS SAVAGE