Saturday, October 15, 2016

Design of the EEK Redux! ZOMBIE!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another (unless it's selling really-well, like this one!)
Once more...It's an amazingly-detailed graphic of a half-eaten zombie, making the perfect Halloween gift for that loved (or loathed) one in your life!
Grab it now..before it grabs you!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Reading Room NIGHTMARE "Massacre of Mankind!"

Look at this tale and tell us, if you can...when was it created?
Was it the 1940s? 1950s? 1960s? or 1970s?
The answer will surprise you!
It was written and laid-out in the 1950s, but penciled and inked in the 1970s!
Scripted by Walter (The Shadow) Gibson and laid-out by Gene Fawcette back in 1952, the tale was fully-penciled and inked by Bill (Sub-Mariner) Everett for Skywald's b/w anthology Nightmare #2 (1971)!
To learn why it was done, you'll have to return Monday...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Frankenstein in the Swinging Sixties: ZIK! THWOCK! ARRGH!

The story we showed you HERE was not the Frankenstein Monster's only 1960s comic appearance...
...though some would like to forget this version!
After publishing a very loose adaptation of Universal Pictures' 1931 movie (as seen HERE), Dell decided to ride the "Pop Art" wave and do superhero versions of the various Universal Monsters!
For whatever reason, Universal didn't approve of the concept, but Dell went ahead anyway, removing any visual or story reference to Universal's versions of the characters to avoid trademark and copyright conflicts, utilizing only elements from the original (public domain) novels.
The end results were...unique.
Read them for yourself...if you dare...
(Issue #1 was the movie adaptation!
The superhero version started with #2)
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Reading Room: GRAPHIC SHOWCASE "Eyes of Mars" Intro & Parts 1-6

In the pre-Internet days...
...comic creator wanna-bes had to print samples of their work in "fanzines", then sell them at comic conventions and through mailing lists.
Here's the very first published efforts of a wanna-be who made good...
The Edgar Rice Burroughs-inspired creator of this story from CCCS's Graphic Showcase #1 (1967) is none other than Mike (The Shadow) Kaluta!
The strip was probably intended as weekly installments in a high-school/college paper, but was repurposed for use in the fanzine.
Graphic Showcase ran three issues, with "Eyes of Mars" appearing in all three.
You'll see them in the future...
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Frankenstein Reading Room: WEIRD "Frankenstein: the Monster's Story"

Here's a one-off tale taking elements of several of the Monster's many incarnations...
...and combining them into a fascinating tale!
Written by the magazine's associate editor Roger Elwood and illustrated by it's editor/art director Carl Burgos (who created comics' first android hero, Timely's Golden Age Human Torch), this story from Eerie Publications' Weird V1N10 (1965) is one of the few stories (after Mary Shelly's original) that doesn't leave the door open for a sequel!
Trivia: despite the numbering, this is the first issue of the magazine!
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Reading Room CAPTAIN JOHNER AND THE ALIENS "Danger from Beyond"

We Have Already Seen...
...and things suddenly look and sound...different!
Creator/writer/artist Russ Manning is gone from both this strip and Magnus as of this issue, Gold Key's Magnus, Robot Fighter #23 (1968)!
The change in style and tone is jarring, though long-time penciler Paul Norris and (especially) inker Mike Royer try to maintain the detailed, slick look Manning brought to the strip!
The new writer is unknown, but whoever it is, he seemed to have trouble following the concepts Manning was presenting!
So, pending a massive outcry from a disappointed audience, this will be our final entry to the saga of Captain Johner and the Aliens...
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Sunday, October 9, 2016


October is here, the leaves are turning orange and brown, and already our somewhat- warped thoughts naturally turn to...HALLOWEEN, the koolest holiday of all!
We at Atomic Kommie Comics™ have told you about our Horror Comics of the 1950s™ and Seduction of the Innocent™ sections, PLUS the Martians, Martians, Martians™ category of The Future WAS Fantastic™, all of which have kool retro horror-oriented goodies year-round for the older kids-at-heart.
But what about something for the younger crowd, the tweens and pre-teens, the toddlers and babies?
Well, never let it be said we ignored a target demographic!
We have a Haunted Halloween section with a subsection specifically-for those little ones who want a slightly-scary take on the spectral and spooky, as well as one for the 7-13 category who want a bit more meat on the bone (as it were).
We're also offering Yard Signs &Banners, plus; invitation and greeting cards, ghostly garb, and ghoulish goodies like monstrous mini-buttons (great as treats instead of tooth-rotting candy), reusable trick or treat bags, and other creepy collectibles.
Note to the older crowd, sorry, but the shirts 'n stuff are kid-sized only.
Have a look and order now, if you want your treats!
Wait too long and you'll be tricked!