Saturday, June 22, 2013

Slim Whitman (1923–2013): the Man Who Saved the Earth!

Otis Dewey Whitman, Jr. saved the world in 1996...
...when Tim Burton and Danny Elfman used his "Indian Love Call" as the catalyst that destroyed the Martian invaders in the 1996 cult classic Mars Attacks...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Reading Room: SPACE ACTION "Prisoners of the Incredible Plants"

It's the end of the week, so let's "veg out" with some mindless fun... this never-reprinted tale about menacing alien plants from Ace's Space Action #2 (1952)
How else would you deal with alien plants but with defoliants and fire?
Art is by prolific journeyman Lou Cameron, the writer is unknown.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Reading Room: BRANT CRAIG "Hot Money Space Mob"

Counterfeiting will always be a problem, even in the 30th Century... we see in this never-reprinted tale from the final issue of Youthful's Captain Science!
This "hard-boiled private-eye in space" story from Youthful's Captain Science #7 (1951) was probably illustrated by Bill Molno and Rocco Mastroserio.
The writer is unknown.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reading Room: JET POWERS "First Man in History Who Could Not Die"

Though it has a Jet Powers logo...
...our white-haired hero is only the host/narrator for this never-reprinted tale of men, mortality, and millennia!
Illustrated by Bob Powell, this tale from Magazine Enterprises' Jet #4 (1951) might have been the start of an ongoing series of "Spaceways Sagas"...except #4 was the series' final issue!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Reading Room: WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE "Plaything"

Ever feel like you're totally-insignificant?
Well, there might be a very good reason, as shown in Key's Weird Tales of the Future #6 (1953)!
"As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods. They kill us for their sport."
–Shakespeare "King Lear"
While the writer is unknown, the artist was Tony Mortellaro, who did hundreds of tales in various genres for Key and Atlas/Marvel, (where he became Associate Art Director under John Romita in the 1970s).