Saturday, February 8, 2014

Anti-Valentine's Day Gifts Redux


Over the past couple of weeks, we've been suggesting kool Valentine's Day kollectibles for those with True Love in their hearts!
But what of those of you who don't look forward to this Day for Lovers?
Don't worry! We haven't left you out!
Today, Atomic Kommie Comics™ offers 'Til Death Do Us Part! from Horror Comics of the 1950s™ on a host of items including greeting cards, garb, mugs, journals/diaries, even a teddy bear!
Show your ex-sweetie the TRUE meaning of Eternal Love on Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Reading Room ALARMING TALES Behind the Scenes of "Half-Man, Half-What?"

Here's yesterday's tale...
...but from the original Matt Baker/Al Williamson art!
Note the areas "whited out", probably at the request of the Comics Code Authority!
BTW, note that in the story, Dr Talbot's right side is altered, but on the cover, his left side is affected!
Let's look closely at that final panel...
Dr Talbot's right side has been totally-whited out.
Was it still metallic?
And his face originally wasn't happy!
Did the original ending show him at the beginning of the process, wondering if it would succeed, and leaving the door open for a sequel if it didn't?
Was the Comics Code Authority responsible for the odd changes?
We'll never know...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reading Room ALARMING TALES "Half-Man, Half-What?"

"Scientists tampering with things Man should not meddle in" is an old cliche...
Art by John Severin
...given a new look by a most unusual assortment of artists...at least four, along with the writer...
Art by the Bob Powell Studio
OK.
Let's identify the talents involved in this never-reprinted tale from Harvey's Alarming Tales #5 (1958)...
Cover art by John Severin
Script by Dick Wood.
Opening page (which was actually the lower part of the contents page) by the Bob Powell Studio.
Story pencils by Matt Baker.
Story inks by Al Williamson.
Tomorrow: the entire story (and cover) in original art form, with some revealing alterations and footnotes!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Reading Room UNUSUAL TALES "Man Who Could Paint on Air"

With an intruging cover like this...
...how could I resist running this rarely-seen tale by writer Joe Gill and artist Steve Ditko!
This story of artistic alien assassins and poisonous pigments appeared in Charlton's Unusual Tales #7 (1957) during one of Steve Ditko's most prolfic periods as he freelanced for several companies including Atlas (later Marvel), Charlton, and St John doing a little in every genre, even romance!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Reading Room UNKNOWN WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION "Occupation Force"

A never-reprinted adaptation of a startling short story by Frank (Dune) Herbert...
...from Marvel's short-lived 1970s b/w sci-fi anthology Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction.
Written by Gerry Conway with pencils by George Perez (along with modifications by Rich Buckler) and inks by Klaus Janson, the adaptation from Unknown Worlds' third issue (1975) is extremely-faithful to the original tale, taking a lot of dialogue verbatim from the prose story.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Anti-Valentine's Day Gifts!

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been suggesting Valentine's Day kool kollectibles for those with True Love in their hearts!
But what of those of you who don't look forward to this Day for Lovers?
Don't worry! We haven't left you out!
Today, Atomic Kommie Comics™ offers "Wrong Way Wedding" from the Weddings section of True Love Comics Tales™! on a host of items including greeting cards, mens' and womens' garb, even teddy bears!

Tomorrow...a 1950s horror comics romance classic! (We're NOT kidding!)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Now THIS is a Super Bowl...

Art by Jack Kirby...as if you couldn't tell!
You got your "Super Bowl", we got ours!
I'll pop in and out to catch a little bit of action, and see the commercials, but our "Super Nerd Bowl" is a beer and nacho-fueled marathon of cheesy space sci-fi including Gorath, Wild Wild Planet, Green Slime, Angry Red Planet, and (when we're all good and sloshed)...the 1980 Flash Gordon!
"Ah-ahhhh! Savior of the Universe!"
Hey, it's got a football player as the hero!
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