Saturday, June 1, 2013

Meet the Max Rebo Dancers Next Week at Femmes Fantastique!

We've just uncovered a cache of pix from 1996...
Rystáll Sant (Mercedes Ngoh), Lyn Me (Dalyn Chew) and Boba Fett (Don Bies) during rehersal.
...specifically, the Jabba the Hutt throne-room reshoots from the Return of the Jedi Special Edition including some never-before-seen pix of the three dancers who appear only in the Special Edition, next week at our "brother" blog, Femmes Fantastique!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Reading Room: EARTH MAN ON VENUS "Conclusion"

Inside front cover art by Wally Wood
WOW!
Don't just sit there!
Start reading!
Well, that's it for our presentation of Avon's Earth Man on Venus (1950) one-shot comic adaptation illustrated by Wally Wood with Joe Orlando and Sid Check doing inking and minor redrawing.
(The adaptation's scripter is unknown.)
BTW, both Doggo's and Yuri's "deaths" were exaggerations.
Both survived to return in the sequel novels, Radio Beasts and Radio Planet.
Only the first novel, Radio Man/Earth Man on Venus, has been adapted into comics form.
Too bad, since the later novels are even better.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Reading Room: EARTH MAN ON VENUS "Chapter 3"

Cover art by Gene Fawcette
...an experiment in "teleportation by radio wave" inadvertantly sends technician Miles Cabot to the planet Venus, where he discovers humanoids (including a ravishingly-beautiful woman) known as "Cupians" and giant intelligent ants (who've enslaved the humanoids) who call themselves "Formians"!
Both species communicate only via telepathy on a frequency close to radio waves, so Cabot builds a device to comunicate with them.
He becomes friends with Formian Doggo and Cupian Princess Lilla, which leads to his involvement with Lilla's evil cousin Yuri, who betrays Cabot to the Formians with whom he's formed an alliance...
Tomorrow:
Continuing our presentation of Avon's Earth Man on Venus (1950) one-shot comic adaptation illustrated by Wally Wood with Joe Orlando and Sid Check doing inking and minor redrawing.
(The adaptation's scripter is unknown.)
Ironically, the comic book version has been reprinted numerous times, and is probably far more familiar to current sci-fi fans than the original story by Ralph Milne Farley (which is a shame, since the novel is pretty good)!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reading Room: EARTH MAN ON VENUS "Chapter 2"

Reprint cover art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
...an experiment in "teleportation by radio wave" inadvertantly sends technician Miles Cabot to the planet Venus, where he discovers humanoids (including a ravishingly-beautiful woman) and giant intelligent ants (who've enslaved the humanoids)!
Both species communicate only via telepathy on a frequency close to radio waves, so Cabot attempts to build a device...
 Tomorrow:
Continuing our presentation of Avon's Earth Man on Venus (1950) one-shot comic adaptation illustrated by Wally Wood with Joe Orlando and Sid Check doing inking and minor redrawing.
(The adaptation's scripter is unknown.)
Ironically, the comic book version has been reprinted numerous times, and is probably far more familiar to current sci-fi fans than the original story by Ralph Milne Farley (which is a shame, since the novel is pretty good)!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Reading Room: EARTH MAN ON VENUS "Chapter 1"

After the success of Princess of Mars and the other Barsoom tales...
..."scientific romances" became a major genre in pulp fiction, with tales of Earthmen transported to alien worlds appearing in both genre and mainstream magazines!
Tomorrow:
One of the more successful "high-adventure on other worlds" series was the Radio Man saga by Ralph Milne Farley.
Set on Venus, the tales of radio expert Miles Cabot were different enough from John Carter's adventures to warrant a half-dozen magazine serials, all of which were compiled as stand-alone novels.
Here's a kool article about the series at ERB.com.
The first story, Radio Man, was retitled Earth Man on Venus when Avon reprinted it in the 1950s.
Art by Ray Johnson
Simultaneous with the reprint was a one-shot comic adaptation illustrated by Wally Wood with Joe Orlando and Sid Check doing inking and minor redrawing.
(The adaptation's scripter is unknown.)
Ironically, the comic book version has been reprinted numerous times, and is probably far more familiar to current sci-fi fans than the original story (which is a shame, since the novel is pretty good)!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

Get outside, enjoy the beautiful weather, have fun.
But, don't forget to say "thank you" to the surviving veterans in your circle of family and friends for making it possible to do so in a free country.
A public service message from your pals at
Atomic Kommie Comics™

Sunday, May 26, 2013

DESIGN OF THE WEEK "FoxHole"

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another.
This week, celebrate Memorial Day with a Klassic Kirby Kover from the comic that was written and illustrated by veterans...FoxHole!
Available on military green shirts and other apporpriate collectibles!
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