Saturday, October 17, 2015

Reading Room CLASSIC COMICS "Frankenstein" Conclusion

Original art for the cover by Norm Saunders
Victor Frankenstein is insane!
With his wife strangled by his own creation and his father dead from shock, the scientist collapses from exhaustion and is placed in an asylum.
This adaptation was a change of pace for writer Ruth Roche, who served as an editor for the Iger Comics Studios and Ajax/Farrell Comics as well as (probably) writing almost all the Fox-Ajax/Farrell Phantom Lady stories during the Golden Age.
She also penned the Classics Comics version of Lorna Doone.

As a bonus, here's a bio about the novel's author...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Reading Room CLASSIC COMICS "Frankenstein" Part 3

Cover by Norm Saunders
Unable to prevent his family's nanny from being wrongfully-convicted and executed for the murder of his brother, Victor Frankenstein goes on a retreat with his family to their cabin in the mountains.
He encounters his runaway creation who reveals that the death of Frankenstein's sibling was an accident caused by the Monster's inability to judge his own strength.
The Monster offers Victor a bargain; if Frankenstein will construct and animate a mate for him, the Monster will leave Europe forever.
Victor agrees...
TOMORROW, the terrifying conclusion!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Reading Room CLASSIC COMICS "Frankenstein" Part 2

Victor Frankenstein, scion of a wealthy and well-connected family, becomes obsessed with preserving human life and creating virtual immortality.
After assembling a test subject from the parts of recently-deceased men, he manages to animate the creature, who escapes when Victor is taken ill due to exhaustion.
Weeks later, when he recovers, Victor receives news that his brother has been murdered!
Returning home, Frankenstein sees the Monster wandering thru nearby woods.
Victor believes the Monster is the killer, though circumstantial evidence points to the Frankenstein family's nanny..
...as will we, TOMORROW!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Reading Room CLASSIC COMICS "Frankenstein" Part 1

For Halloween, we're going the "classics are the best" route and presenting the Classic Comics (later Classics Illustrated) adaptation of Frankenstein from the mid-1940s!
Find out the frightening truth TOMORROW!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reading Room REX HAVOC "and the AssKickers of the Fantastic"

Well, this guy's nothing like that...
Rex's premiere tale from Warren's 1984 #4 (1978) gives us all the basic elements of the tales to come.
A big, strong, not-too-swift hero and his team along with an assortment of supernatural and super-science-based enemies who are only slightly more competent.
Written by regular Warren contributor Jim Stenstrum, and illustrated by Abel Laxamana, who spent the late 1970s-early 1980s illustrating for Warren, left comics to go into animation, then popped up again in the late 1990s-early 2000s, doing superhero and, oddly enough, Simpsons comics!
Rex will return next week with another snarky tale.
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