Saturday, October 29, 2016

Frankenstein Reading Room ADVENTURES OF JERRY LEWIS "Scared Silly" Part 3

...Jerry Lewis had rented a supposedly-haunted house for $12 a month.
It was "haunted"...by former horror movie stars Boris Killoff (Krankenstein), Bela Le Ghouli (Drinkula), and Peter Leery (Dog Boy), who were preparing for a return to the silver screen!
The trio had invited a noted film director to visit, hoping to impress him with their ability to still scare moviegoers!
But there's been a complication, as Bela Le Ghouli explains...
Don't ya just love a happy ending?
As a bonus, here's a feature from this issue about artist Bob Oksner, whom I've felt has been under appreciated by today's fans...
This winds up the Frankenstein Reading Room for this year.
It'll return next year when the wind blows cold and the moon shines bright.
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Frankenstein Reading Room ADVENTURES OF JERRY LEWIS "Scared Silly" Part 2

...he had rented a supposedly-haunted house for $12 a month.
It was "haunted"...by former horror movie stars Boris Killoff (Krankenstein), Bela Le Ghouli (Drinkula), and Peter Leery (Dog Boy), who were preparing for a return to the silver screen!
Who will trap whom?
See the inane answer...tomorrow!
With the Comics Code limiting use of the classic monsters to humorous or decidedly non-threatening versions, DC decided to limit them to funny/satirical tales.
Jerry would go on to meet versions of the Mummy, Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and other film and print fiction monsters.
However, fellow DC Comic comedian Bob Hope would end up with ongoing appearances by dopplegangers of Frankie (Coach Franklin Stein), Drac (Dr. Van Pyre), and Wolfy (Professor Von Wolfman) as the faculty of Benedict Arnold High School, which Hope's nephew attends!
That these new characters look exactly like the trio of monsters in this story is attributable to the fact they share the same artist, Bob Oksner!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Frankenstein Reading Room ADVENTURES OF JERRY LEWIS "Scared Silly" Part 1

Our final Frankenstein Reading Room tale is...unique...
...as Frankenstein and friends meet...Jerry Lewis???
This rather weird tale from DC's Adventures of Jerry Lewis #83 (1964), written by Arnold Drake and illustrated by Bob Oksner, was typical of the sort of stories that appeared in the comics DC published based on real-life entertainment personalities.
Though all but non-existent now, from the 1940s until the 1970s, almost every company published a couple of them!
Most were based on adventure/action actors like John Wayne, Buster Crabbe, or Roy Rogers, usually with an Old West theme.
But DC's longest-running ones were based on Jerry Lewis (124 issues plus a Super DC Giant from 1952 to 1971) and Bob Hope (109 issues from 1950 to 1969), both of which leaned heavily on fantasy/sci-fi plotlines!
In fact, outside of Universal movie re-runs on TV, the place kids most frequently saw Frankenstein and his pals in the 1960s were in the Lewis and Hope comics!
(More tomorrow)
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Holy Halloween, Batman! Wertham Was RIGHT!

In Seduction of the Innocent, Dr Fredric Wertham claimed, "The Batman type of story may stimulate children to homosexual fantasies, of the nature of which they may be unconscious" and "Only someone ignorant of the fundamentals of psychiatry and of the psychopathology of sex can fail to realize a subtle atmosphere of homoeroticism which pervades the adventures of the mature 'Batman' and his young friend Robin."
There's a delightfully-snarky article about Wertham's conclusions HERE.
And catch the Halloween ep of Modern Family tonite on ABC!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Reading Room ROBOTMEN OF THE LOST PLANET "Chapter Three: Rise of the Humans!"

When Last We Left What Remained of Humanity...
...in the far future, robots have rebeled and conquered the human race.
Mankind's survivors have been forced from cities and towns and now live in caves on their outskirts.
But, after ten years of robot oppression, humans are about to take back the planet...
...in the far future, robots have rebeled and conquered the human race.
Humanity's survivors have been forced from cities and towns and now live in caves on the outskirts.
But, after ten years, newly-armed humans are about to take back the planet...
This 1952 one-shot title from Avon Comics was scripted by Walter (The Shadow) Gibson and rendered by Gene Fawcette.
Avon did an amazing amount of one-time-only titles, probably more than any other publisher.
Some of them were adaptations of novels Avon's paperback division had published, like An Earthman on Venus.
Others, like RobotMen, were original stories.
(BTW: we originally planned to run this next Monday.
But. that's Halloween, and we have something special planned, so the conclusion was "bumped up" in the schedule!
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