Saturday, February 15, 2014

Reading Room CAPTAIN FLIGHT "Story Behind the Cover"

Just as fellow World War II aviator Captain Aero became a space hero...
...Captain Flight followed suit in the final issue of his book.
However, his trip into space was not in comic form, but as a text story!
And it's one helluva sendoff...
Does the rest of Mankind settle on Eden?
Do the Edenites/Atlantians return to Earth?
What happens next?
We'll never know, since this story in Four Star's Captain Flight Comics #11 (1947) is Flight's final apperance!
Both cover and story illustrations are by L B Cole. but the writer is, regrettably, unkown.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Reading Room WEIRD THRILLERS "Princess of the Sea"

Though the cover may not look like it, this is a love story...
Art by Allen Anderson it's a perfect post for Valentine's Day, 2014!
Well, it sure ain't Little Mermaid, or even Splash!
Penciled by Dan Barry and inked by John Giunta, the writer of this tale of love beneath the waves from Ziff-Davis' Weird Thrillers #3 (1952) is, sadly, unknown.
Note: when the story was reprinted in the anthology Weird Romance, it was again given the cover...
...also by an artist named "Anderson", but in this case it was Brent (no relation to Allen) Anderson!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reading Room: SPACE SQUADRON "Space Demons"

Life in the year 2000 was perilous indeed...
...or so it was said 49 years earlier, when this story from Atlas' Space Squadron #3 (1951) appeared!
Letting Edgar go unpunished despite risking numerous lives was, unfortunately, a typical plot point both in this series, and in later juvenile space-based comics and tv shows like Lost in Space, where, if anyone had any sense, they would've tossed Dr Smith out an airlock without a space suit after his first attempt to kill them...
Illustrated by George Tuska who later became the final artist on the original Buck Rogers comic strip (1959-67) and then assumed the art duties for almost a decade on Marvel's Invincible Iron Man, this was a typical tale of Atlas' resident space hero of the early 1950s.
The writer is unknown, but the scripting is clearly more simplistic and juvenile-oriented than the relatively more-sophisticated Speed Carter several years later.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Reading Room WEIRD THRILLERS "Space-Age Glass"

What a great concept!
Presented in Ziff-Davis' Weird Thrillers #3 (1952), this short extrapolates a kool idea from then-current scientific knowledge.
Sadly, both writer and artist are unknown.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reading Room: WEIRD THRILLERS "Graveyard in the Antarctic"

With yet another snowstorm bearing down on the East Coast, here's a true tale of frozen fear...
...from the back of Ziff-Davis' Weird Thrillers #4 (1952)!
Illustrated by Marvin Stein, it's purportedly based on a true story.
But I've been unable to verify it...

Monday, February 10, 2014

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

It was 50 years ago today...

...Ed Sullivan presented the Beatles nationally...
Where's George Harrison?
...and set off the British Invasion of American pop culture...
Script by David Anthony Kraft. Art by George Perez & Klaus Janson
...which is ongoing to this day.