Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "The Day Rex Dexter Failed to Save the Earth!"

Looks like a typical day in the life of our favorite interplanetary adventurer...
...but that's certainly not the case this time!
Note: this tale was scanned from microfiche, so the quality is less than ideal, but it's all we have to work with!
Note: this tale was scanned from microfiche, so the image quality is less than ideal, but it's all we have to work with!
To be fair, Rex's ego isn't so fragile that he's ashamed that Cynde had to rescue him in this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Mystery Men Comics #8 (1940), making him one of the more enlghtened heroes of the Golden Age!
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Holiday Reading Room EVERY DAY'S A HOLLY DAY "Flag Day"

Let's learn...
...and try to forget it's also (ironically) the 72nd birthday of legendary Draft-dodger Don (the Con) Trump!
BTW, note the Union soldiers in panel 5 are wearing Confederate gray!
Why is this 1955 comic entitled "Every Day's a Holly Day" instead of "Every Day's a Holiday"?
Because it was given away to kids by grocers who sold Holly Sugar!
Illustrated by John Rosenberger, it's a unique pamphlet covering a number of American holidays, including both Lincoln and Washington's Birthdays (before they were combined into "Presidents' Day" in 1962), Mothers' Day (though not Fathers' Day), Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and a couple of holidays we've largely abandoned...Pan-American Day and American Indian Day!
We'll be presenting the other chapters on the dates they fall upon.
Watch for them!
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder CARSON OF VENUS "Into the Noobolian Valley"

..."good, friendly people"?
On Amtor, aka Venus?
Alas, time won't tell, since this was the last chapter of the adaptation of Burroughs' Lost on Venus published!
After the previous chapter appeared in DC's Korak: Son of Tarzan #56 (1974), the strip bounced over to its' brother title, DC's Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle #230 (1974) for this one appearance!
Why the strip didn't continue remains a mystery...
Oddly enough, when Korak was re-tooled into the Tarzan Family anthology, combining Tarzan and Korak with the John Carter and Pelucidar strips that had lost their home in Weird Worlds, Carson of Venus also came along...reprinting the strip from the beginning!
Ironically, even the reprinting of the unfinished series was incomplete, ending with the next-to-last chapter of Pirates of Venus, "Duare, Princess of Venus"!
To date, even Dark Horse, (who's reprinting practically everything Burroughs that's been published in four-color form) hasn't issued a compilation of the Carson of Venus series!
You may note the name "Phil Trumbo" under Kaluta's name on the splash page.
Phil is a fellow artist and long-time friend of Kaluta's (going back to the late 1960s) who worked on a number of projects with him, usually uncredited.
Trumbo's still active, working in comics, animation, and licensed publishing and you can see his site HERE.
Next Wednesday, we go from the sublime to the ridiculous as we leave Wein and Kaluta's exquisite Carson of Venus for...well, just be here for it!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trump Theatre DUCK AND COVER: THE MOVIE!!!

WARNING!
This is NOT for the Faint of Heart!
Now see what misled millions of innocent young schoolchildren who thought they'd survive an atomic attack by simply ducking and covering...
Amazing what the government would lie about, eh?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Sinister Sandblasts of Space"

What will Space Smith be like without Fletcher Hanks?
Well, it certainly reads differently than under the wild imagination of Hanks...
This never-reprinted tale from Fox's Fantastic Comics #9 (1940) is another artist trying to imitate Dick Calkins' Buck Rogers in the 25th Century art, as did a fill-in illustrator HERE.
However, the next issue brings in a radically-different approach...
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