Saturday, July 20, 2013

Reading Room: CAPTAIN ATOM I "Cat with the Emerald Eyes" Conclusion

Trapped in an ancient Egyptian tomb by criminals disguised as government officials, scientific adventurer Captain Atom and his team look for an escape route before the air runs out...
One of the aspects of the first Captain Atom series was that the science shown in the comic was extrapolated from "present-day" (1950s) scientific knowledge, so it was "educational".
Sadly, both the writer and artist of the series are unknown.
And, yes, the shorts and bare legs were Captain Atom's standard garb, not just desert-wear...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Reading Room: CAPTAIN ATOM I "Cat with the Emerald Eyes" Part 1

Not the Charlton/DC Super-Hero...
...but a scientific adventurer in the the vein of Doc Savage or Captain Video!
Can Captain Atom and his entourage escape?
Will they become a permanent part of the tomb, to be found centuries later by future archeologists?
The reason the panels in this never-reprinted comic from the short-lived Nation-Wide Publishing are so large is that the book itself was only 5 inches wide x 7 1/4 inches tall.
These 52-page digest-sized comics were only 5 cents (half-price) compared to normal-sized 10-cent comic books.
And, yes, the shorts and bare legs were Captain Atom's standard garb, not just desert-wear...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Reading Room: BRANT CRAIG "Case of the Racing Grellama"

Some things never change...
...including cliched mysteries featuring private eyes, whether set in the 1930s/40s or the far future...
This never-reprinted "hard-boiled dick in space" story from Youthful's Fantastic #8 (1951) was probably illustrated by Bill Molno.
The writer is unknown.
BTW, Fantastic's first issue was #8.
The book is actually Captain Science retitled!
This is the final published tale of Brant Craig, but it's not the last one you'll see here!
There's one more, horror-themed, story we're saving for Halloween week.
Don't miss it!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What I'm looking forward to at SDCC...

...with all the new merchandise from the 1960s Batman tv series...
...coming out, there's really only one thing left, an annoucement about a long-awaited DVD release, either as season boxes or a complete series set!
(And a simultaneous release of it's "brother" tv series...
...The Green Hornet, would be the icing on the cake!)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Why Haven't You Seen Pacific Rim?

Was Pacific Rim too sophisticated for the Transformers crowd?
A private screening on Thursday was packed, but a show at Imax on Friday afternoon was only 1/4 full!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Not Guilty" Doesn't Mean "Innocent"

You'll have to forgive me, but after the startling (but not unexpected) verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, I'm in no mood to post...
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