Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year's Eve!

As Homer Simpson would say...
"D'oh!"

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Power Themes 90 Vids featuring Gerry Anderson

The remix album Power Themes 90 featured a lot of Gerry Anderson shows...
...as you can see from the following videos:
Thunderbirds Are Go!
(which features other Anderson shows' music)
Stingray MegaMix

Mysterons Rap (Captain Scarlet)

Gerry Anderson's UFO

Enjoy, and remember the guy behind the curtain!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

25% Off Calendars for New Year!

From now until Jan 2, 2013, all calendars are discounted from $19.99 to $14.99!
Here are the  
Atomic Kommie Comics
2013 12-Month Calendars 
by genre

Mystery / Crime
Sherlock Holmes: the Greatest Sleuth of All! 
Basil Rathbone IS Sherlock Holmes!
Mr District Attorney


Horror
WereWolves & Vampires
Horror Comics of the 1950s
Vampires of Pulps & Comics
Werewolves of the Comics & Pulps
Zombies of Comics & Pulps
(shown above)

Camp / Kitsch
3-D Movies
3-D Comic Books
Seduction of the Innocent!!
Jungle Girls
Good Girl / Bad Grrrl


Romance
True Love Comics Tales


Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Martians, Martians, Martians!
Art of Barsoom 
Thrilling Science-Fiction Tales 
Bugs & Creepy Crawlies of Comics & Pulps
Dinosaurs of the Comics & Pulps™ 

SuperHeroes
Captains of the Comics
Heroines!
Classic Phantom Lady

Lost Heroes of the Silver Age of Comics
Lost Heroes of the Golden Age of Comics
Lost Heroes of the Golden Age of Comics Team-Ups
1st Appearance Lost Heroes of the Golden Age of Comics
Flag-Waving Lost Heroes of the Golden Age of Comics

Lost Heroes of the Golden Age of Comics vs HITLER
Classic Captain Future

Classic Green Hornet
Classic Monster of Frankenstein 

Classic SuperSnipe

Western
Western Comics Adventures
Real-Life Western Comics
The Cisco Kid and Pancho



Military
Captain MidNight
Aviators of the Golden Age of Comics
WAR: Past, Present & Future
Classic Korean War Comics

NOT available in stores, only on-line! Order now...before time runs out! ;-)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Reading Room: AMAZING ADVENTURES OF BUSTER CRABBE "Dark of the Moon"

He was Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, and Thun'da!
(And he would've been a helluva Doc Savage, if they had done a feature or serial in the 1940s!)
He was Larry "Buster" Crabbe, the first (and many say, the greatest) cinema action hero.
A two-time Olympian (with a swimming gold medal to his credit), Buster didn't even have to audition for Flash Gordon. (He came to support a friend who was auditioning, and the director, who had seen Crabbe's earlier work as Tarzan offered him the role on the spot!)
Art by Alex Toth
Like many other action-movie actors of the 1930s-1950s, Crabbe had his own comic book where he's shown as Buster Crabbe, not "Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon" or somesuch in the tale, and it's assumed that he's actually able to do anything he's been shown doing in his films.
Unlike most of the other matinee idols, Crabbe's comic adventures covered a variety of genres from Western to sci-fi, and even some cross-genre mashups as shown HERE and HERE.
(The others, except for John Wayne, were purely Western-themed series.
Wayne, because of his extensive war film work also had Korean War and present-day adventure comic stories in his comic series.)
Though the writer for this wild, never-reprinted tale from Lev Gleason's Amazing Adventures of Buster Crabbe #2 (1954) is unknown, the artists are Alex Toth (pencils), Mike Peppe (inks) and John Celardo (retouching on Buster's face in several panels).

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Reading Room: SPACEHAWK "My Friend, My Foe"

Let's look in on one of the wildest science-fantasy heroes of all...
...and, yes I said "science-fantasy", since scientific accuracy (even for the 1940s) isn't one of the  story's priorities, so it ain't "science fiction", per se!
But it is a helluva lot of fun, and that's what counts!
This action-packed tale from Novelty's Target Comics #11 (1940) was written, illustrated, and lettered by the one-and-only Basil Wolverton.
The sheer unfettered imagination of the man was astounding, creating vistas and aliens far beyond anything the technology of moviemaking at the time (except for animation) could match.
With the current fascination for high adventure and fantasy, SpaceHawk would be an ideal project for either theatrical or direct-to-home video, and I'm surprised no one is doing it!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Gerry Anderson (1929-2012)

Supercar
Stingray
Thunderbirds
Captain Scarlet
UFO
Space: 1999
That's just a part of the universe Gerry Anderson created for sci-fi/fantasy fans.
Rest in peace.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Batman & Robin Meet Santa Claus

...so, today we're giving DC Comics equal time with a kool Yule scene from the 1960s Batman TV series.
One of the hallmarks of the show was the "Bat-Climb", where the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder would encounter celebrities or characters from other shows as they scaled the wall of a building with their Bat-Rope (using a set turned sideways so the actors were merely pretending to be climbing.)

In this second-season episode ("The Duo is Slumming", featuring the one-shot villain Puzzler), airing right before Christmas in 1966, the Dynamic Duo meet Kris Kringle, played by an uncredited Andy Devine.
(After all, the producers didn't want kids to think Santa wasn't real...)

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

He's the Jolly Old Elf in a red suit!
They are BIG Green Men from Mars with an even BIGGER robot!
Before Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, they were the ingredients for the weirdest Christmas movie ever!

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians was filmed in 1964 in that bastion of the cinema, Long Island (in an unused aircraft hangar).
Starring a host of tv and b-movie actors including handsome-but-stiff Leonard Hicks as the Martian Leader (and kids' father) Kimar, 60s villain/voiceover artist Vincent Beck (who did lots of work for Irwin Allen's sci-fi shows) as the film's mustache-twirling villain, Voldar, and John Call as a pretty damn convincing Santa Claus, the flick is touted as the debut of future talentless chantuse Pia Zadora as Martian Kid Girmar. Thankfully, she has rather limited screen time.
As an example of low-budget filmmaking, it's actually pretty effective.
Every penny (what few of them they had) is up on the screen.
They make good use of stock footage (from Dr. Strangelove, no less).
And the use of then-popular Wham-O Air Blaster toy guns as the Martian weapons was either a stroke of marketing genius or clever use of limited funds. Either way, sales of the guns shot thru the roof after the film hit the kiddie matinee circuit!

If you're between 3-9 years old, the flick's a lot of fun.
If you're between 10 and whatever the local drinking age is, it'll drive you nuts, especially the theme song!
If you're over the local drinking age, do so before watching! It's available on a host of public domain dvds as well as one of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 snarkfests.

And you just knew we at Atomic Kommie Comics™ were going to include Santa Claus Conquers the Martians in our Cool Christmas collection on stuff including kid and adult sweatshirts and hoodies, mugs and coasters, tree ornaments, and greeting cards!
BTW: The image above is from the comic book tie-in, which you can read in three parts...
There was also a single of the theme, a spoken-word LP album of the movie's dialogue, and a novelization!
Now I can't get that damn theme our of my head..."Hoo-ray for Santy Claus..." AARRRGGGHHH!

An early Christmas gift from us to you:
The Mystery Science Theatre 3000 version of the film (don't tell Dr Forrester)...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday Reading Room: A CHRISTMAS CAROL "Stave Five"

Ebenezer Scrooge despised and loathed Christmas.
Not just the holiday, mind you, but also any and all who celebrated it!
But, thanks to what we today would call an "intervention" by the ghost of his business partner, Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning, profoundly changed...
Adapted by Doug Moench, based on the novella by Charles Dickens.
Credited to "Diverse Hands", the art styles I recognize include Bob Hall, Frank Giacoia, Frank Springer, Dave Cockrum, Marie Severin, Carmine Infantino, Steve Leialoha, John Romita Sr, Al Milgrom, Mike Esposito, Tom Palmer, Ron Wilson, and probably anybody who wandered into the Bullpen while this book was in production!
Support Small Business this Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Reading Room: A CHRISTMAS CAROL "Stave Four"

Thanks to the powers of the Ghost of Christmas Present, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses how, despite unfortunate circumstances or lack of money, most people (including the family of his clerk Bob Cratchit) joyously celebrate the holiday.
Then, the specter disappears, leaving Scrooge on a fog-bound London street.
But the misanthropic miser is not alone...
Tomorrow:
(C'mon, it's a Marvel book!)
Adapted by Doug Moench, based on the novella by Charles Dickens.
Credited to "Diverse Hands", the art styles I recognize include Bob Hall, Frank Giacoia, Frank Springer, Dave Cockrum, Marie Severin, Carmine Infantino, Steve Leialoha, John Romita Sr, Al Milgrom, Mike Esposito, Tom Palmer, Ron Wilson, and probably anybody who wandered into the Bullpen while this book was in production!
Support Small Business this Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Reading Room: A CHRISTMAS CAROL "Stave Three"

Scrooge travelled through time with the Spirit of Christmas Past to relive Christmases from his childhood to the recent past.
Now as Ebenezer is safely ensconced back in bed, the clock chimes, and a second specter appears...
Tomorrow:
(C'mon, it's a Marvel book!)
Adapted by Doug Moench, based on the novella by Charles Dickens.
Credited to "Diverse Hands", the art styles I recognize include Bob Hall, Frank Giacoia, Frank Springer, Dave Cockrum, Marie Severin, Carmine Infantino, Steve Leialoha, John Romita Sr, Al Milgrom, Mike Esposito, Tom Palmer, Ron Wilson, and probably anybody who wandered into the Bullpen while this book was in production!
Support Small Business this Christmas!
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