Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR "Planet-Hopper"

Writer Marv Wolfman and artist Dan Green continue their adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' only "hard sci-fi" story (as compared to the "scientific romances" of John Carter and Carson of Venus)
 with this fast-paced installment from DC's Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle #215 (1972).
BTW, This chapter's slightly-weird title was taken from the "next issue" blurb on the final page of the previous installment.
So don't blame me.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Steve Ditko on RetroBlogs!

It's no secret we at RetroBlogs are major Steve Ditko fans as you can see from our posts at...
...Secret Sanctum of Captain Video, where we covered some of his work on Get Smart, Gorgo, and Mysterious Traveler!
...Seduction of the Innocent, which showed a Ditko tale that was later re-drawn!
(Who would have the chutzpah to think they could do a better job than Sturdy Steve???)
...Hero Histories, which features one of his greatest co-creations, Captain Atom, one of his greatest creations, Mr A, as well as his only story co-starring The Batman!
...a never-reprinted Civil War tale in War: Past Present and Future...
...even a Western Comics Adventures entry...
...and a Crime and Punishment post!
Was there anything Ditko couldn't do?
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith vs Skull Charter"

The fad of wearing "retro" 1940s clothing has spread to the mass populace... the future of Space Smith!
The current unknown writer and artist of this never-reprinted story from Fox's Fantastic Comics #14 (1941) seem to think either the series is set "present day" with added super-science goodies (like Flash Gordon), or a future where we still have 1940s-style clothing and furniture!
Weird, eh?
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Reading Room SPACE ACTION "Silicon Monsters from Galaxy X"

If you're a cheesy sci-fi fan like me, you'll go for a story with a title like...
...'cause with a title like that, you're in for a fun (if not totally rational or even coherent) time!
While the writer is unknown, the art for this tale from Ace's Space Action #2 (1952) is attributed to "Jim McLaughlin", who had a short-lived comics career doing work primarily for Ace!
After that publisher dropped comics in 1955 to concentrate on paperbacks, he did a couple of stories for Atlas/Marvel, then a run of Dell's adaptation of the TV series Gunsmoke.
Then "Jim McLaughlin" disappeared.
Unlike most comic book artists who went on to do commercial art or newspaper strips, there's no trace of "Jim McLaughlin" after his brief foray into four-color publishing...and no background about his pre-comics career!
Here's another interesting point...his art style altered considerably during his career.
In this story, the inking looks a lot like the work of long-time artist Jim Mooney!
In fact, a number of panels resemble Mooney's work on the DC strip Tommy Tomorrow, which Jim Mooney was both penciling and inking during the same period as "Jim McLaughlin's" work for Ace!
In McLaughlin's later work (particularly his Gunsmoke art), while the layouts look similar, the inking style is totally-different!
Was "Jim McLaughlin" a pen-name for a penciler working with at least two (if not more) different inkers?
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Steve Ditko Does Man-Bat and The Batman!

See the only time Steve (Spider-Man) Ditko illustrated The Batman... our "brother" RetroBlog Hero Histories by clicking HERE!
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(which reprints this tale as well as new villain Baron Tyme's return story-arc vs The Demon, also illustrated by Ditko)
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