Friday, March 11, 2016

Reading Room STRANGE GALAXY "Moon is Red"

In the late 1960s-early 1970s, numerous b/w comic magazines popped up...
...to publish risque material the Comics Code Authority banned from color comic books!
This tale from Eerie Publications' Strange Galaxy #V1N8 (1971) has the "feel" of a 1950s comic, which makes sense, since the script is lifted almost verbatim from a story in Avon's Strange Planets #4 (1951) called "A Nation is Born", but redrawn!
That's odd, since the publisher had been taking color comic material from Avon and other defunct publishers and simply reprinting it with grey tones added!
You'll see the original version tomorrow!

BTW, this issue, despite being #8, was actually the first issue under that title.
What it was before then is unknown, since the publisher did numerous titles in various categories including astrology, romance, true crime, etc.

"Oswal" was the pen-name of Osvaldo Walter Viola, an Argentinean writer/artist who began his career in the early 1960s creating Argentine's first super-hero, Sónoman.
His only American comics work was for Eerie Publications' titles.

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