Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Horror! The Horror! (Comics) for Halloween!

Monster Crime!
Now that's a title!
Yeah, they knew what we budding juvenile delinquents wanted back in the 1950s!
As you might have guessed, the upcoming Halloween holiday has inspired the Atomic Kommie Comics™ crew to re-present to our Horror Comics of the 1950s™ section for your All-Hallows Eve garb and goodies!
And, what titles do we have at our kool kollectibles kollection?
Besides the aforementioned Monster Crime, there's Tales of Horror, Horror from the Tomb (see a trend?), Beware! (with a Frank Frazetta cover!), and The Clutching HandThe Hand of Fate, Horrific!, Weird Adventures, Baffling, Challenge of the Unknown, Terror Tales, Haunted, The Beyond, Weird Terror, Weird Mysteries, Weird, Diary of Horror, WitchCraft, and Eerie!
Plus collectibles with our ghoulishly-graphic, viscerally-vintage Horror Comics of the 1950s™ logo!
Be the envy of all the kids on your block this Halloween with black or white t-shirts, tote bags for your candy, and mugs, magnets, buttons and other perplexing paraphernalia!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "Man on the Endless Stairway"

A never-reprinted Stan Lee-Steve Ditko Silver Age tale?
What a way to end the week, eh?
When Mighty Thor debuted in Journey into Mystery #83, the sci-fi/fantasy tales that filled the book were shifted to the back of the book where almost all of them were forgotten, even to Marvel's reprint editors!
This is one of those tales.
It hasn't been seen since it initially-appeared Marvel's Journey into Mystery #87 (1962)!
Pity, since it's a prime example of both writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko's almost-effortless mastery of their respective crafts!
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(The most recent volume in the series)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Trump Reading Room HICKORY "Irrigation"

Let's have a look at how some see Don (the Con) Trump's "detestables"...
...in this never-reprinted tale from Quality's Hickory #1 (1949)
Illustrated (and probably written) by Harry Sahle, this comic series began in the anthology All-Humor Comics, then spun-off into it's own, short-lived, title when All-Humor was cancelled.
In 1948-49, superheroes were all but kaput.
Comics were experimenting with every genre imaginable to see what would sell.
Li'l Abner was a major success in newspapers and had already spawned a radio series and feature film!
Strips like Looie Lazybones had long been a part of anthology titles, and series like Ozark Ike, and Babe had earned their own titles, though it was probably due more to their emphasis on the characters' involvement in sports than their rural origins.
Hickory, the comic, only lasted six issues.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Reading Room OUTER SPACE "For Amusement Only"

Ever wonder if all the natural disasters we experience...
...are truly "natural" in origin?
"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport."
King Lear Act 4, Scene 1
"Submitted for your approval...
A tale by writer Joe Gill and artist Steve Ditko from Charlton's Outer Space #18 (1958) that Repugs would love since it disproves "global warming".
But, it replaces it with something else cons don't believe in...life on other worlds!
A conundrum that may never be solved...at least not in...The Twilight Zone!"
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Steve Ditko Archives Volume 5
Dripping with Fear
...which reprints this tale and numerous other long out-of-print short stories illustrated by Ditko!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Reading Room SPACE ADVENTURES "Surrender Earth!"

Now this is the way to tell a high-adventure space opera...
...quick synopsis, then jump into the action!
A rather nasty variation of the "rabbits in Australia" story that classic Star Trek treated humorously in "The Trouble with Tribbles"!
Sadly, this Joe Gill-written, Pat Boyette-illustrated tale from Charlton's Space Adventures V2N4 (1968) has never been reprinted, but I think it's make a helluva episode of an anthology series or portmanteau movie, keeping the retro-50s/60s look but using current makeup and sfx technology!
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Reading Room CAPTAIN JOHNER AND THE ALIENS "An Alien Phobia"

...ok, this is an unexpected complication!
Creator/writer/artist Russ Manning's newest chapter in Gold Key's Magnus, Robot Fighter #19 (1967) is obviously leading up to something big which will blow your mind, next week!
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Reading Room ALIEN WORLDS "...and Miles to Go Before I Sleep"

We've been looking at older anthologies...
...but there were several in the 1980s that presented first-rate work as well!
Some say it's an ironic story.
I prefer to think of it as a tale of love between parents and their child taken to the nth degree...even beyond death itself!
Adapted from his own short story by noted sci-fi author Willlam F Nolan, and illustrated by Al Williamson, this never-reprinted piece from Eclipse's Alien Worlds #8 (1984) is a gentle tale that would have made a helluva episode of the classic Twilight Zone!
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which reprints the original prose short story "...and Miles to Go Before I Sleep"
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