Saturday, April 26, 2014

Best of Reading Room: SPEED CARTER: SPACEMAN "Pirate Planet"

The 1950s, when heroic astronauts fought for Truth, Justice, and the American Way...
...in outer space, as seen in this premiere tale from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #1 (1953)!
Written by Hank Chapman, illustrated by Joe Maneely.
Maneely was Stan Lee's go-to artist during the early 1950s with the ability to handle any and every genre with equal speed and versatility.
Unfortunately, he was killed in a commuter train accident in mid-1958 at the age of 32.
Had he lived, Joe would probably have been one of the creative mainstays, along with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Don Heck in Marvel Comics' ascendancy in the Silver Age.
Speed Carter: Spaceman was Atlas Comics second try at an ongoing space opera series when a short-lived Space Squadron comic bit the dust after six issues.
Speed fared no better, logging a half-dozen editions before disappearing into the infinite, but we've presented all his never-reprinted tales right HERE!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Reading Room: FLASH GORDON THE MOVIE Conclusion "Flash...AAAHHH!"

With Vultan and the HawkMen behind him, Flash Gordon pilots the captured WarRocket Ajax towards Mingo City to
a) stop the wedding of Ming the Merciless to Dale Arden
and
b) Save Earth from Total Devastation
(in that order)
Cue up the Queen soundtrack and join us for the big finale...
"Flash...AAAHHH!"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Reading Room: FLASH GORDON THE MOVIE Part 3: "...He's a Miracle...King of the Impossible..."

 When Last We Left Our Hero...
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Dr Zarkov are prisoners of Prince Vultan and the HawkMen
Prince Barin of Arboria, also a prisoner, and believing Flash has stolen the affections of Princess Aura, has chosen the Earthman as his opponent in a fight to the death...
Part 3 "...He's a Miracle...King of the Impossible..."
 What could have been and what will be...
Tomorrow in the thrilling conclusion!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reading Room: FLASH GORDON THE MOVIE Part 2: "Gordon's ALIVE!"

 When Last We Left Our Hero...
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr Zarkov rocketed to the planet Mongo, which is rapidly approaching Earth.
They discover an advanced alien civilization made up of numerous species of humanoids, all dominated by Ming the Merciless.
Living up to his name, the alien dictator orders Flash put to death, Zarkov brainwashed, and Dale prepared to become his next bride.
Flash is executed with poison gas and his body put on display...
Part 2 "Gordon's ALIVE!"
Why is it always "...to the death"?
On that nervous note, we strongly suggest you join us tomorrow for the continuation of this thrilling tale!

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