Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Christmas Gift that COMBINES SuperHeroes, Sci-Fi, AND Private Eyes--SPACE DETECTIVE!

Blending the hard-boiled gumshoe, sci-fi and superhero genres, Space Detective burst onto the comics scene in 1951.
Future-era wealthy philanthropist Rod Hathway and his secretary Dot Kenny fight interplanetary evil and helped the innocent as Avenger and Teena using the methods of 1940s gumshoes combined with the technology of the far future!
Blasters instead of revolvers!
Personal jetpacks instaed of taxis!
Stories, whose titles included "Opium Smugglers of Venus" and "SpaceShip of the Dead", delivered fast-paced action illustrated by comics legends Wally Wood and Joe Orlando, who would go on to greater graphic story glory as mainstays of EC Comics' Weird Fantasy and Weird Science titles.

Weird Trivia:
1) Despite the fact that neither character wore a mask, nobody ever commented "hey, ain't you that famous Hathway guy?" or somesuch.
(Maybe they were too busy looking at Teena's cleavage?)
2) Nobody ever calls Rod "Space Detective"! He's always called "Avenger".
3) The original user of the name "Avenger", a Doc Savage-style pulp/comic character, hadn't been published since 1944.
The trademark had lapsed, so it was used on this unrelated character from a different company.
This sort of thing is far more common in comics/pulps than you might think.
For example, three different companies have had a "Captain Marvel", none of whom were related to the other companies' versions! Marvel Comics itself has had several Captains Marvel since 1967, including a father and son and two different women!

Atomic Kommie Comics™ has revived Space Detective in our The Future WAS Fantastic™ retro sci-fi collection.
The four-issue series' slick art style is again in vogue with pop culture aficionados (like us) who are also into video games and graphic novels.
We've digitally-restored and remastered all four covers as well as recreating the series' logo!

So if you're looking for something offbeat as a stocking stuffer or main gift for that certain someone, look at Space Detective...before he comes looking for you!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Reading Room HUMBUG! "A Christmas Carol"

Here's one of the koolest adaptations of Dickens' classic story...
...and most people don't even know it exists!
Note: the interior pages were two-color instead of the usual comic book-style four color.
The next-to-last page of the story is from the one-color inside front cover, while the final page was the four-color back cover of the magazine!
Illustrated by Arnold Roth, it's never been established who wrote this tale from Humbug! #6 (1958)!
It could be Roth, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Al Jaffee, or even all of them in a collaboration!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

HUMBUG!

Not just Scrooge's favorite phrase...
Art by Jack Davis
...for just over a year in 1957-58, it was a kool humor magazine edited by Harvey Kurtzman after the cancellation of TRUMP, a magazine Kutzman intended to be a more adult version of MAD.
For their Christmastime issue, they, of course, adapted A Christmas Carol.
See it here, tomorrow...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Reading Room TREASURE CHEST "Father Kiernan Tells About Christmas Customs in Other Lands"

Here's a rarely-seen Christmas piece...
...from the little-known and never-reprinted comic series Treasure Chest, only available by subscription in Catholic schools.
The Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact was a comic published bi-weekly during the school year (September thru June) and distributed to Catholic churches and schools from 1946 to 1966, featuring wholesome stories about historical, scientific, and sports subjects, adaptations of famous fictional works, and a number of original series.
Many well-known Golden and Silver Age creators contributed work to the title including Joe Sinnott, Reed Crandall, Jim Mooney, Graham Ingels, Bernard Bailey, Bob Powell, Fran Matera, and Frank Borth.
It became a year-round bi-weekly from 1966 to 1968, then reverting to school-year only until it's cancellation in 1972.
This particular story, written by George S Foley and illustrated by an unknown artist appeared in Vol 2 #9 (Dec. 24, 1946).

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Reading Room PICTURE STORIES FROM THE BIBLE: NEW TESTAMENT "Story of Jesus: Part 1"

...today it's the granddaddy of Bible comics, DC Comics' Picture Stories from the Bible!
The story continues with a caption mentioning that Mary and Joseph escaped and then takes up with Jesus as a 'tween, so we're not running that part yet...

Originally published by All-American Comics under the DC Comics logo in 1942, later editions were done by EC Comics after publisher MC Gaines sold his rights to most of the All-American line to National Allied Publications who combined the two groups into National Periodical Publications.
(National Allied and All-American had been marketing and distributing their books together, usually using the DC Comics logo, which was the result of an earlier buyout of Detective Comics Inc by National!)
Retaining the rights to the Picture Stories series, Gaines used it as the cornerstone of his new EC Comics imprint.
Note: EC Comics, now famous (or infamous) for its horror/sci-fi titles and MAD was originally conceived as Educational Comics with lots of wholesome, young-kid oriented material like Tiny Tots Comics and Land of the Lost!
Don't remember them?
That's why "Educational" Comics became "Entertaining" Comics, though they continued reprinting Picture Stories (but without the EC logo on the front after the whole "Seduction of the Innocent" scare...)

Unlike Atlas' Bible Tales, which used a plethora of artists, the entire Picture Stories series was written by Montgomery Mulford & Edward Wertheim and illustrated by Don Cameron!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Reading Room BIBLE TALES FOR YOUNG FOLK "Nativity: the Birth of Jesus"

Over the years, many comics companies did Bible-themed projects...
...such as Atlas Comics' Bible Tales for Young Folk which presented this never-reprinted story in its first issue!
The writer is unknown, but the penciler/inker is the legendary Joe Sinnott, best known for his inking of Jack Kirby and John Buscema on the Fantastic Four during the Silver Age.
(In truth, Joe's done an incredible amount of truly-spectacular work in comics, but that's the first thing most fans think of.)
Joe also did quite a bit of work for Treasure Chest, a comic distributed semi-monthly only to parochial schools during the school year that ran over 500 issues.
Oddly, none of Sinnott's stories were Bible adaptations (which TC did a lot of).
Bible Tales lasted five issues in 1953 and '54, mixing New and Old Testament stories into each issue, illustrated by the cream of the Atlas (later Marvel) Comics crew including; Jerry Robinson, Don Rico, Syd Shores, Fred Kida, Bernie Krigstein, Bill Everett, Joe Maneely, and Gene Colan!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's Almost Christmas...and the Elves are On Strike!

You think the economic situation is bad now?
Go back 75 years ago, to November 1938 and see...when elves were part of the 99%!
(You'll note that the cover is dated January, 1939. But it was actually on sale in November, 1938! Publishers used to cover-date comics and pulps two to three months ahead of the actual on-sale date to keep the books on the stands for as long as possible!)
Thus do we at Atomic Kommie Comics™ present another retro-styled collectible for your Christmas gift-giving consideration, and offer you a bit of media history at the same time!
In this case, we proudly present one of our Christmas in the Comics line from our Cool Christmas collection: nine different digitally-remastered comic covers featuring classic characters celebrating Christmas, including The Green Lama, SuperSnipe, and Edison Bell: Boy Inventor, as well as two long-out-of-print versions of The Big Man, Santa, himself!
Available on a multitude of memorabilia including greeting cards, mugs, hoodies, and other goodies, these pop-art collectibles are NOT available in any brick-and-mortar stores, only on-line thru us!
And don't forget our Santa Claus--the Man Himself, A Christmas Carol starring Scrooge, the Hardly-Abominable SnowMan, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians lines!
There's something for everyone under the tree at
Atomic Kommie Comics™!
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