Saturday, December 31, 2016

Holiday Reading Room DOCTOR STRANGE "Eternity, Eternity" Part 1

The year was 1968, going into 1969...
...and the wildest New Year's Eve story in comics history is about to begin!
Yeah.
It's a heckuva point to break off our tale until tomorrow, but you'll need an incentive to get out of bed on New Year's Day!
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "Fredreick Fenton's Future!"

Our final time travel tale of the year is about a greedy, fat, rich guy...
...who thinks of nobody but himself.
No, it's not Donald Trump...
I always wondered what would happen if a time machine ran out of power in a location that had no resources to refuel/recharge it.
Writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko supply the answer in this never-reprinted story from Marvel's Journey into Mystery #96 (1963)
Be here tomorrow as I re-present my favorite New Year's Eve story from the Silver Age of Comics!
It's a tale so graphically-awesome that two splash pages from it became highly-sought-after blacklite posters!
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "Filbert's Frightful Future!"

To wind up our collection of never-reprinted Journey into Mystery stories...
...here's the first of two featuring time travel!
(appropriate at the year's end, eh?)
The second of two never-reprinted stories from Marvel's Journey into Mystery #85 (1962), it's the more imaginative and thoughtful tale.
The other one, "Off Limits" is HERE.
Don Heck penciled and inked it.
Stan Lee plotted it, but experts are not sure if he scripted it.
Lee usually signed the later shorts he scripted, but only Heck's signature is here.
Just about everything Lee didn't script at this point was handled by his brother Larry Lieber.
(Stan's birth name is Stanley Leiber. He used "Stan Lee" on his comics work because he wanted his real name on the Great American Novel he planned to write.
When he finally realized he would be forever known for his comics and not any prose novel he might write, he legally changed his name to "Stan Lee".)
Be here tomorrow as we present a totally-different (and never-reprinted) time travel tale from Journey into Mystery.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "Off-Limits!"

Another never-reprinted goodie from the back of Journey into Mystery...
...in the days when a new strip about a Norse God got all the attention!
OK, it's a silly little tale from the back of Marvel's Journey into Mystery #85 (1962), but between Stan Lee's script and Steve Ditko's art, it has a whimsical charm that makes me glad we're re-presenting it to an appreciative audience for the first time in 53 years!
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "Perfect Crime!"

More never-reprinted tales from Journey into Mystery...
...this time a crime story that veers into science fiction!
You'll note the last two panels are re-lettered.
I suspect the Comics Code Authority felt it was too cruel to allow the criminal to die for something he technically didn't commit!
This was one of the two tales backing up Mighty Thor's very first appearance in Marvel's Journey into Mystery #83 (1963).
Don Heck penciled and inked the tale.
Stan Lee plotted it, but experts are not sure if he scripted it.
Lee usually signed the later shorts he scripted, but only Heck's signature is here.
Just about everything Lee didn't script at this point was handled by his brother Larry Lieber.
(Stan's birth name is Stanley Leiber. He used "Stan Lee" on his comics work because he wanted his real name on the Great American Novel he planned to write.
When he finally realized he would be forever known for his comics and not any prose novel he might write, he legally changed his name to "Stan Lee".)
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "Behind Locked Doors"

As we finish the year...
...we're running more of the never-reprinted short stories that backed up the early Mighty Thor tales in Journey into Mystery!
We're so patriotic, even our machines defend our country!
Today, since almost all our products are manufactured overseas, this story wouldn't make sense!
Penned by Stan Lee and rendered by Steve Ditko, this tale from the back of Marvel's Journey into Mystery #88 (1963) is truly a product of it's time!

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus' World War II-era attempt at updating his transportation...
...doesn't quite go as planned in this wraparound cover from Dell's Santa Claus Funnies #1 (1942).
Unfortunately, the artist didn't sign it, and the experts at various comic indexing sites have been unable to offer possible illustrators.
Personally, I'm thinking Walt Kelly, which is why I'm running it again, only a couple of years after first presenting it.
(The snarky reindeer are an obvious giveaway)
Any suggestions?
Merry Christmas to All!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holiday Reading Room CHRISTMAS WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Night Before Christmas"

It's Christmas Eve, and what better way to celebrate than with...
as re-told (and enhanced) by writer/artist Walt (Pogo) Kelly?
Hard to believe this cool version of the classic tale from Dell's Four Color #126 (1946) aka Christmas with Mother Goose, has been reprinted only once, and that was 27 years ago!
I echo Santa in saying "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!", and we'll see you Monday!
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