Saturday, October 4, 2014

Reading Room WEIRDWORLD "John Buscema Scrapbook" & "How This Book Came To Be"

Before you begin the actual tale on Monday, here are some of the never-reprinted "extras"...
 ...unseen for 35 years, from Marvel Super Special #11 (1979)!

Tomorrow:
Writer/co-creator Doug Moench narrates the secret history of WeirdWorld!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reading Room WEIRDWORLD "Lord of Tyndall's Quest" Conclusion

(actually, it's easier if you read the first two tales HERE and HERE, then continue...)
Despite the book selling very well, Marvel didn't use WeirdWorld to leap into the mystical fantasy market for another year.
But. when they did, it was with a new art team and a new approach, both in terms of plot and illustration.
Before we continue with the story on Monday, you might want to familiarize yourself with the geography of WeirdWorld, courtesy of co-creator Doug Moench and new art team of John Buscema, Rudy Nebres, and Peter Ledger...

See you on Monday!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Reading Room WEIRDWORLD "Lord of Tyndall's Quest" Part 1

In the late 1970s, the publishing world clamored for more Tolkein-esque fantasy...
...to satiate the demand caused by the release of the animated Lord of the Rings movie!
So Marvel took a one-shot story that received a suprisingly-strong audience response and had co-creators Doug Moench and Mike Ploog expand the storyline...
You'll note that Alex Nino is inking this never-reprinted tale from Marvel Premiere #38 (1977), instead of Ploog inking his own pencils.
Ploog had done the pencils for this story shortly after the first tale over a year earlier and when the go-ahead was finally given, he had left Marvel for other projects, so Nino stepped in with one of his few inking assignments over another artist, and did a spectacular job!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reading Room WEIRDWORLD "An Ugly Mirror on WeirdWorld"

And so the saga begins...
...with this never-reprinted tale tucked away in the back of the one-shot Marvel Super Action #1 (1976).
You may note two of the pages are scans of the original art, not the printed book.
Whenever possible, we'll run originals because, quite frankly, some of the printed pages had serious flaws.
The tale, by writer Doug Moench and artist Mike Ploog might have remained simply a one-off, except for the first Lord of the Rings movie.
The animated film (which adapted both Fellowship of the Ring and most of Two Towers) generated an amazing amount of fan interest, resulting in a complete reprinting of JRR Tolkein's entire output, as well as publishers looking to capitalize on the revived interest in mystical fantasy.
Marvel, seeing a potential series in WeirdWorld, offered Moench and Ploog a color try-out, which you'll see tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

War of the Worlds Classic Movie Posters

Because Halloween makes me think of War of the Worlds, here's a link to a batch of 6 limited-edition posters from the first (and best) movie version of HG Wells' novel.
Photographed from the original posters (not from second-generation repros, tiny pix in books or low-rez internet files), the art has been lovingly-restored and digitally-remastered.
And, best of all, every one of the posters features those really-kool Martian war machines!
And there's even a couple of foreign versions...
Enjoy! ;-)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Reading Room STRANGE TALES "Beware of Meeks Bringing Gifts"

A couple of days ago, we brought you a never-reprinted sci-fi comics tale...
...but, while it has never been reprinted, that doesn't mean the story wasn't reused...this time with an oddly-contemporary aspect...
What?
Newspeople have a responsibility to uncover and tell the truth objectively and honestly?
Please don't tell FoxNews that...
We do know that Jack Kirby penciled this (also) never-reprinted story from Atlas' Strange Tales #86 (1961).
However, everything else is pure speculation.
It's thought Sol Brodsky inked the story (though it has aspects of Dick Ayers' style as well).
And, since it's not signed "Stan Lee" (as most confirmed Lee-scripted tales were),  the consensus is that Stan's brother Larry Lieber penned the story.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monstrous Mini-Buttons! THE Perfect Halloween Treat:

These Halloween-themed 1"-diameter Mini Buttons are just the thing to use as trick-or-treat bag stuffers or Halloween party favors!
And they won't rot kids' teeth!
A "win-win" for parents!
Your house will become Halloween Central when everyone discovers you're giving away these unique items, which kids trade and collect and stick on everyting from jackets to backpacks to sweatshirts to hats!
You can mix-and-match with several different design 10-packs at $19.99 each or a 100-pack of a single design for only $84.99 (That's less than 9 cents per button!
Cheaper than most brand-name candy!)
Order now, to get them in time for Halloween!
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