Saturday, April 8, 2017

Holiday Reading Room EASTER WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Goldilocks and the Baby Bear's Basket"

Here's a classic fairy tale...
...adapted with style for the Easter season by Walt (Pogo) Kelly!
A never-reprinted tale from Dell's Four Color Comics: Easter with Mother Goose #140 (1947) closes out our Walt Kelly Easter Festival for this year.
Next week; one of the numerous comic book adaptations of the historical Easter.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Don Rickles (1926-2017)

While my fellow comics fans remember his "star turn" in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen...
...many don't realize he did an occasional appearance in genre TV!
Rickles' good friend Don Adams put him in Get Smart as Sid Krimm, an old army pal of Maxwell Smart's who ends up being pulled into the world of spies in the two-parter "Little Black Book".
Bonus: the original art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta for page 16 above!
Note how much detail was muddied in the printing process!
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reading Room LOST WORLDS "First Man to Reach the Moon"

In this 1952 tale, Mankind doesn't reach the Moon until 2021!
For the record, most sci-fi stories of the era show a manned Moon landing by 2000!
While we don't know who wrote this never-reprinted story from Standard's sci-fi anthology Lost Worlds #6 (1952), the illustrations are by Art Saaf, a steady contributor to comic books from the beginning of the Golden Age to the end of the Bronze Age (1940-1980).

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Trump Reading Room LOOIE LAZYBONES "Package for Pappy!"

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 in #67 (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 of this variation of O Henry's "Gift of the Magi" from #69 (1948) is unknown.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Design of the Week EASTER WITH MOTHER GOOSE!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!

Since Easter is coming, we thought we'd present an absolutely adorable piece from the 1940s by the legendary Walt (Pogo) Kelly featuring a puppy, kitten, and bunny with surprised looks on their faces as the egg they're painting hatches, producing yet another cute animal...a chick!

You just don't see stuff like this anymore!
So, why not order some kidswear or basket stuffers with this one-week-only graphic?
Everyone who sees it will go "Awwww."
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