Saturday, September 17, 2011

Design of the Week--Adventures in Romance

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...with the ending of the legendary soap opera All My Children this Friday, romance fans have one less thing to look forward to...
So we're offering some kool romance comic-themed collectibles to cushion the blow!
Shopping & tote bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, mugs and other nifty stuff can be found HERE.

And for those who want an ongoing fix of romance, we have a weekly blog, True Love Comics Tales™, that offers the best of 1940s-1970s romance comics, Safe for Work/School and absolutely FREE!

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Horror...the Horror (comics, that is!)

Monster Crime!
Now that's a title!
Yeah, they knew what we budding juvenile delinquents wanted back in the 1950s!
As you might have guessed, the upcoming Halloween holiday has inspired the Atomic Kommie Comics™ crew to re-present to our Horror Comics of the 1950s™ section for your All-Hallows Eve garb and goodies!
And, what titles do we have at our kool kollectibles kollection?
Besides the aforementioned Monster Crime, there's Tales of Horror, Horror from the Tomb (see a trend?), Beware! (with a Frank Frazetta cover!), and The Clutching Hand, The Hand of Fate, Horrific!, Weird Adventures, Baffling, Challenge of the Unknown, Terror Tales, Haunted, The Beyond, Weird Terror, Weird Mysteries, Weird, Diary of Horror, WitchCraft, and Eerie!
Plus collectibles with our ghoulishly-graphic, viscerally-vintage Horror Comics of the 1950s™ logo!
Be the envy of all the kids on your block this Halloween with black or white t-shirts, tote bags for your candy, and mugs, magnets, buttons and other perplexing paraphernalia!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reading Room: "Supreme Penalty" 1.0 & 2.0

...and we're doing so again!
This version appeared in Black Cat Mystery #47 (1953) during the height of the horror comics boom.
It was re-presented in Race for the Moon #1 (1959) after the Comics Code went into effect.
Let's see how things have changed...
Almost every panel has a change from the original, either in art or balloons!
Panel 4 has an interesting change in dialogue indicating the condemned survive in space...
Only change is dialogue in the first panel, which indicates the exiled criminals are still alive, but in orbit.
The figure of Judge Krenk being murdered in Panel 6, and his corpse in Panel 7 have been removed!
Panel One: Judge Krenk is said to be wounded, not dead!
Panel Six: Frances' face redrawn to look less maniacal and his sentence altered to confine him to his lab!
Interesting to note the alterations inflicted by the Comics Code!
Art (and probably story) by Bob Powell.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

YouTube Wednesday: Batman

Last Wednesday, we looked at Superman, so this week let's peek at Batman...
First, the 1943 serial (which predated the live-action Superman serials)...

Note: this is the trailer from the 1965 re-release which identifies the first serial, Batman, by the title of the second serial, Batman and Robin!
Then, the trailer for the 1966 Batman movie produced between the first and second seasons of the tv show!

And, if you're wondering why they did it that way, intead of doing the movie first, then the tv series...
1) Many American households still didn't have color tvs in 1966, so they saw the show in b/w, even though it was broadcast in color!
The movie was the first time many fans saw the live-action heroes in color!
2) The bigger budget enabled the producers to build and film a number of additional vehicles and props including the BatCopter, BatBoat, and BatCycle, and a larger Batcave set, which were then reused for the remainder of the tv series' run!
In 1989 Tim Burton brought a kool gothic feel to Batman..

...which Joel Schumacher destroyed in Batman & Robin!

and Christopher Nolan restored in the reboot, Batman Begins...

..and continued in Dark Knight!

Bonus: though it's not live-action, here's "The Dark Knight Returns" from the 1990s animated series...

...because Michael Ironside as a middle-aged Batman is just too good to miss!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This Date in History: September 13, 1999

The Moon was blown out of orbit!
Click on art to enlarge!
We have the proof right HERE, on our "brother blog" Secret Sanctum of Captain Video™!
Learn the truth!
See what the government has been keeping from you!
Audio Files!
The Truth is Indisputable!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cartoonists Remember 9/11: the Complete Set

Click on art to enlarge
As we mentioned earlier, the major newspaper syndicates rallied their cartoonists to pay homage to one of the darkest days in American history through their September 11, 2011 Sunday comic strips.
Here's the LINK to the main page where you can click on any individual strip.
Here's the LINK directly to a slide show of all the strips.
Some strips dedicated the entire piece to 9/11.
Some used the top tier of the strip (which a number of newpapers leave off).
Only the 9/11-oriented material is included at the links.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 Tenth Anniversary (2001-2011)

Photo by Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Police officers observe a moment of silence during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center.
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