Saturday, May 26, 2012

DC announces one of their existing characters is gay...

 C'mon, you were thinking it...
The intolerant group One Million Moms thinks seen HERE!
What I've done (and suggest you do) is click on the e-mail link on their page, but change the text of the letter to express your honest viewpoint.
Use their own e-mail for your opinion, not theirs!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Reading Room: "Women to Love" Conclusion

A sordid story of love, lust, and larceny...
...that was so multi-genre, we ran it in four different blogs!
So go and read those posts (if you haven't already), then continue here...
Don't ya just love a happy ending?
The comic book version appeared in Avon's Complete Romance #1 (1949)
...the one-shot Avon Realistic Reprint Women to Love (1953)...
...and IW/Super Comics' Realistic Romances #9 (1958)...with a totally-unrelated cover.

Why did Avon Comics do this particular book?
Because their parent company, Avon Books had the rights to the novel!
(The book's cover is at the top of this post.)

Illustrator Myron Fass became something of a legend in the comics industry...but not as an illustrator.
After the near-death of the comics industry in the mid-1950s, he talked William Harris (inventor of the web printing press) into financing a line of magazines including girlie, news tabloid, and one of the first b/w monster magazines, Shock Tales.
In the 1960s, Harris' son Stanley became Myron's partner, and the magazine line continued, adding a short-lived line of comic books, MF Publications, in the mid-1960s which included the second Captain Marvel and more horror magazines under the imprint Eerie Publications.
After Stanley Harris and Fass had a falling-out in the aerly 1970s, Harris founded Harris Publications, which bought out Warren Publications and continued their line of b/w horror titles as both magazines and color comics!
Meanwhile, Fass continued publishing literally anything that could make a buck including one-shot magazines about history, disasters, scandals, the paranormal, celebrities, etc, at one point publishing almost 1/4 of the total number of newsstand magazines available in the USA!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reading Room: SPACE ADVENTURES "Jealousy on Kano"

One of comics legend Bernie Krigstein's few non-EC art jobs...
...which was probably unused material that Charlton purchased when they bought out Ziff-Davis' inventory.
From Space Adventures #16 (1955), it has the same look as Krigstein's SpaceBusters or Space Patrol material from the early 1950s, not his EC work from this period.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Reading Room: SPEED CARTER: SPACEMAN "BirdMen of Uranus"

The 1950s, when heroic astronauts fought for Truth, Justice, and the American Way...
 ..against the Uranians, who apparently are the space-age counterparts of the Chinese Communists, as least until the end of this lead story from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #2 (1953)!
While physics isn't my strong point, they must still be in the atmosphere, not the vacuum of space, or Kondor's wings wouldn't work!
Written by Hank Chapman, illustrated by Joe Maneely!
Speed Carter and the Space Sentinels will return in the (dare I say?) near future!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Return of the Ants, Man!

Due to the mild winter, the ants are back in the force!
Makes you wonder if Henry Pym's a little perturbed he wasn't included in the Avengers movie, and is getting his six-legged friends to "lobby" for his big screen debut...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Preview: THE SHADOW #5 Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Who Knows What Evil...?
Francesco Francavilla does, as this cover from #5 of Dynamite's new Shadow comic book shows!
Check out his blog entry about it HERE !
BTW, if you want more The Shadow stuff, have a look at...
The Shadow: the never-reprinted 1994 movie adaptation HERE!
The Shadow's never-reprinted Bronze Age adventures with The Batman and The Avenger HERE!
The Shadow's never-reprinted campy Silver Age adventures HERE!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Design of the Week Redux--United We Stand

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...a vintage World War II-era painting of the 48-star Old Glory at sunrise over a typical American town.
Available on a host of goodies like t-shirts, mugs, throw blankets, etc, it's the perfect retro-kool (and very patriotic) Memorial Day gift for Republican and Democrat alike!
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