Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sit on It, FanBoy/Girl! THE "Must-Have" Item for San Diego!

Remember San Diego on July 24th, 2010?
When reality became MORE frightening than a horror comic!
Holy Injury to the Eye Motif!
Commemorate one of the most infamous events in San Diego ComicCon history in comfort with this cozy convention blanket that'll keep your butt warm on the cold hotel or convention center floor while you're waiting in line for a panel, presentation, or autograph session.
A generous 50" x 60" (over 4 feet by 5 feet) with a totally machine-washable vintage four-color horror comic image, this conversation-starter is big enough to share with a cute cosplayer (or two)!
Order now for delivery in time for SDCC!
BTW, the art is also available on t-shirts, mugs, and other kool kollectibles!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Preview: THE SHADOW #6 Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Who Knows What Evil...?
Francesco Francavilla does, as this cover for #6 of Dynamite's new Shadow comic book shows!
Check out his blog entry about it, the Spider, and his appearance this weekend at Charlotte's HeroesCon HERE!
BTW, if you want more The Shadow stuff, have a look at...
The Shadow: the never-reprinted 1994 Alec Baldwin movie adaptation HERE!
The Shadow's never-reprinted Bronze Age adventures with The Batman and The Avenger as well as never-reprinted Frank Robbins-illustrated stories HERE!
The Shadow's never-reprinted, campy costumed Silver Age adventures HERE!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Listings for the Summer of RetroBlogs™...

From July 4th thru Labor Day, each RetroBlog™ will do a 1-week daily posting...
Here's the schedule..
July 9th-13th
True Love Comics Tales™ presents a full-length Gothic romance, "Kiss of the Serpent"...
...with evocative art by the late Tony DeZuniga. 

July 16th-20th
War: Past, Present and Future™ returns to the future...
...with tales of Atomic War and World War III!

July 23rd-27th
Crime and Punishment™ chills your blood on those hot summer nights...
...with the Sherlock Holmes classic novel (from Classics Illustrated, no less), The Hound of the Baskervilles!

July 30th-August 3rd
Secret Sanctum of Captain Video™ goes to sunny Italy for two sword and sandal sagas...
...with manly art by John Buscema, and
...with muscular renderings by Reed Crandall and George Evans!

August 6th-10th
Hero Histories™ presents the complete, never-reprinted saga of...
...the "NOW" biker hero co-created by Gary Friedrich (who also co-created the 1970s Ghost Rider for Marvel!)

August 13-17th
Heroines™ presents the never-reprinted, full-length, Jet Dream one-shot comic!
PLUS, the first (and only) appearance of the Silver Age Tiger Girl!

August 20th-24th
Seduction of the Innocent™ will freak you out with pre-Code horror, most of it never-reprinted!

August 27th-31st
Western Comics Adventures™ features a week of Masked Heroes, including a few brand new ones we've never presented before!

Watch for them!
Visit them!
(feel free to link, twitter, pinterest, etc)!
Please Patronize our linked on-line stores!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Reading Room: EXPLORERS IN THE UNKNOWN "Manhunt in Space"

These are the voyages of the Hunter I, it's ongoing mission... fill four pages per issue of Gold Key's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Starting with this story in VttBotS #6 (1966), the Hunter I crew had adventures set in the near-future of the late 1990s-early 2000s, much like then-current films like Green Slime, Wild Wild Planet, and Battle in Outer Space.
With only four pages per issue, there was little character development (or even names) for the crew, but lots of action!
The entire never-reprinted series was written by Dick Wood, and this first tale was illustrated by the Alberto Giolitti Studio.
If that name is familiar, Alberto Giolitti (and his studio) handled the art for the first few years of Gold Key's Star Trek comic from #3 to #39, as well as numerous other movie/tv tie-ins.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Reading Room: SPEED CARTER: SPACEMAN "Who Stole the Sun?"

When it's hot outside, sit in a room with air conditioning and read about... this hot tale from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #2 (1953)!
"Giant Gravity Magnet" that looks like a big horseshoe magnet?
And, if you destroy the magnet which was towing the Sun (without at least turning it around to head back where it came from), the Sun will continue, unabated, in whatever direction it was going!
With all due respect, Hank and Joe, this was not your finest hour.
The series continues to play up the Saturnians as the future equivalent of the Chinese Communists of the 1950s
Written (as are all the Speed Carter stories) by Hank Chapman and illustrated by Joe Maneely.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Design of the Week--King Kola

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week, an ad for a soft drink (like Kooba Cola) that never existed!
What's even kooler is that the art is by the renowned creator of Plastic Man, Jack Cole, who did very little advertising art!
(Cole was working for Harry Chesler Studios when he did this ad which appeared in several Chesler comic books.)
We've digitally-remastered it from a mint-condition comic for large repro on thing like beach blankets and posters as well as t-shirts, mugs, bags and other collectibles that would be perfect for beach and vacation use!
Order now, because next Sunday, it'll be gone like an ice cream cone in the hot sun!
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