Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Summer of RetroBlog™!

From July 4th to Labor Day, there will be MUCH MORE MUST-READ stuff...
...on your favorite RetroBlogs™ this summer!
Each week one of the RetroBlogs™ will be going daily with a themed five-day posting!
It could be an extra-long story broken into chapters!
It could be several different stories with a common element!
It could be a grab-bag of kool stuff!
Plus, we'll be introducing a new RetroBlog™ with a week-long celebration of cross-postings across the entire line of blogs!
(Bet you can't figure out how we can link everything from romance to war to sci-fi!)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Read the Sequel to Ridley Scott's Prometheus...

At Secret Sanctum of Captain Video™, we're presenting the original, 1979 version of the classic movie adaptation graphic novel by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson.
Yes, there were comic books and magazines adapted from movies and tv shows (and you've seen a lot of them on Secret Sanctum of Captain Video™), but this was a trade paperback of all-new material based on a movie!
Officially called Heavy Metal presents ALIEN: the Illustrated Story, it was a major hit for the infant Heavy Metal publishing group spun off from National Lampoon.

Now's the time to look back at Ridley Scott's classic that spawned a franchise including four other films (including Prometheus), two crossover films, numerous books, comic books, and toys.

There's a new edition of this long-out-of-print graphic novel, scanned and mastered directly from the original art still in Walt Simonson's possession, out now!
You can order it from Amazon in either Deluxe HardCover or Trade Paperback format.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Reading Room: JOE WORKER & THE STORY OF LABOR Part 2

With union-busting becoming bigger than ever, we should take a look at the past...
...to avoid it becoming our future!
NOTE: contains scenes of racism and religious/ethnic oppression in a historical context.
May be considered NSFW today, but this comic was distributed to schoolchildren in 1948.
Still more on Monday!
With both corporations and local (state and city) governments trying to destroy the gains made for union members over the past hundred years (as shown in Wisconsin), it pays to see what was done before, and how history is on the verge of repeating itself.

Written by Malcom Atler under the pseudonym "Nat Schacnner", illustrated by Jack Alderman.
You'll note that each page is a self-contained tale.
They were originally prepared and formatted as half or full-page b/w comic strips to run in union newspapers/newsletters, then recompiled (with color added) for this comic book.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

His website said it best...
...one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think.
His more than five hundred published works...exemplify the American imagination at its most creative.
Once read, his words are never forgotten.

Reading Room: JOE WORKER & THE STORY OF LABOR Part 1

With union-busting becoming bigger than ever, we should take a look at the past...
...to avoid it becoming our future!
NOTE: contains scenes of racism and religious/ethnic oppression in a historical context.
May be considered NSFW today, but this comic was distributed to schoolchildren in 1948.
More tomorrow!
With both corporations and local (state and city) governments trying to destroy the gains made for union members over the past hundred years (as shown in Wisconsin), it pays to see what was done before, and how history is on the verge of repeating itself.

Written by Malcom Atler under the pseudonym "Nat Schacnner", illustrated by Jack Alderman.
You'll note that each page is a self-contained tale.
They were originally prepared and formatted as half or full-page b/w comic strips to run in union newspapers/newsletters, then recompiled (with color added) for this comic book.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Coming tomorrow...Joe Worker!

...a 1947 tale of a possible Communist takeover of the US , on our brother blog Seduction of the Innocent™!
Frighteningly, the over 60-year-old story, though fiction, showed the Reds using techniques Republicans are currently using to bust unions and sow racial unrest among the middle and working classes in places like Wisconsin!

Starting tomorrow, we'll be presenting a similar comic classic here: Joe Worker and the Story of Labor!
Published a year later by the National Labor Service, it details the history of labor vs management from the days of the Egyptians and Babylonians to the then-present of 1948!
With both corporations and local (state and city) governments trying to destroy the gains made for union members over the past hundred years, it pays to see what was done before, and how history is on the verge of repeating itself.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Reading Room: SPACE SQUADRON "Invaders"

Before Speed Carter, Atlas' resident space hero was Jet Dixon...
...leader of the circa-2000 Space Squadron in the 1951-52 series of the same name!
I'm still waiting on my flying car, much less interplanetary travel...
This premiere story from Space Squadron #1 was illustrated by George Tuska who later became the final artist on the original Buck Rogers comic strip (1959-67) and then assumed the art duties for almost a decade on Marvel's Invincible Iron Man!
The writer is unknown, but the scripting is clearly more simplistic and juvenile-oriented than the relatively more-sophisticated Speed Carter several years later.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Design of the Week Redux--Love at the Beach

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week, due to great sales, we repeat our popular sumertime design...with the beginning of the season of fun at the beach, here's a kool retro romance comic design on everything from beach blankets to t-shirts, to tote bags!
Summer's gonna be hot, Hot, HOT!
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