Saturday, November 12, 2016

Reading Room UNKNOWN WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION "Hunter and the Hunted"

A tale that requires careful study...
...since, according to it's author, only one person has ever figured it out on first reading!
Originally published in the one-shot fanzine Abyss in 1970, Marvel's Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #2 (1975) reprinted the tale after it's writer-artist, Mike Kaluta gained pop culture fame as the illustrator of DC Comics' revival of the pulp hero The Shadow!
UWoSF Editor Roy Thomas commented that Kaluta “…congratulated [him] for being one of the few human beings he’s met who actually figured the story out on first reading.”
Have you figured it out, dear reader?
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A long-OOP trade paperback featuring the work of Kaluta, Jeffrey Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Berni Wrightson when they shared a NY loft in the 1970s!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Reading Room THE WALKING DEAD "Genesis of the Walking Dead" Part 2

Debris from an interstellar battle falls to Earth, contaminating our biosphere with a gas which revives the deceased...

To be Concluded...Next Friday!
Created by writer/artist Jim Somerville and published by Malibu/Aircel in 1989, it was vastly-different from the 2003-present graphic novel series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.
For collectors, there's good news and bad news...
Good news: There's only a four-issue mini series and a one-shot Special to collect!
Bad news: Because it didn't sell well (and has never been reprinted), it's HTF (hard to find) and expensive!
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Reading Room JUMPIN' JUPITER "In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh"

If you thought Jumpin' Jupiter's first story was weird...
..his third appearance from Weird Tales of the Future #4 (1953) is gonna make you plotz!
Whether it's his ongoing SpaceHawk strip or any of the numerous one-shot tales he did, Wolverton's Golden Age output was always instantly-recognizable!
This humor strip ran in #2 thru #5 of Key Publications' Weird Tales of the Future, along with several sci-fi/horror stories also written and illustrated by the amazing Basil!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Those Who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It

Thank to the "poorly educated" (Don the Con's own words)...
...we're about to relive a nightmare from almost a century ago!
Ironically, a classic work of fiction parallels the events of the past year...including last night!
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis tells the tale of Presidental candidate and demagogue Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip who uses many of Don (the Con) Trump's rhetorical tactics to sway the uneducated, bitter white men of post-Great Depression America into voting him into office and the terrible fascistic nation that results from letting such as him gain control!
The book was written in 1935 and used Adolph Hitler's rise to power in Germany as it's plotline template!
Will Don the Con continue down the path of Buzz Windrip (and Hitler)?
Lord, I hope not...
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It's ELECTION DAY...

...and you must remember...
 ...as this HTF 1952 one-shot giveaway from Harvey Comics says!
It was so popular that the book was reprinted in b/w to meet demand in time for the election!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Trump Reading Room LOOIE LAZYBONES "Holiday in HogBite Holler!"

Let's look in on the adventures of Don (the Con) Trump's "deplorables"...
..and see what America might look like under their control...
Created in 1943, Looie Lazybones floated around the Nedor Comics line as a "filler" strip until settling down in Thrilling Comics as of #56 (1946).
Young up-and-comer Frank Frazetta took over the art a couple of issues before this tale in #70 (1948) bringing it amazingly-close in visual style to the strip's "inspiration", Al Capp's Li'l Abner, which had already become a media sensation, with a radio show, feature film and tons of merchandising!
So close, in fact, that Capp hired Frazetta to "ghost" Li'l Abner in 1954!
BTW, the writer is unknown.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

You CAN Vote EARLY in Most States!

Here's a handy (very) basic guide...
...published by Harvey Comics in 1952 (60 years ago)!
Amazing how it's both generic and pertinent even decades later!
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