Saturday, August 5, 2017

Man of Animated Celluloid Steel!

In 1941, Max and Dave Fleischer, the animators who had previously brought Popeye and Betty Boop to the silver screen, presented Superman's first movie appearance in full-color cartoon shorts.
Meticulously-following co-creator Joe Shuster's character designs, the cartoons also contributed several elements to the Superman mythos including; changing clothes in a phone booth, Superman actually flying (Up to this point, he had leaped from point to point) and the catch phrase "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"
Voices were provided by the dramatic radio Superman / Clark Kent (Bud Collier) and Lois Lane (Joan Alexander) who would also reprise the roles in the first tv Superman cartoons in 1966!
Trivia: Though nominated for several Oscars, the Superman shorts lost each time!
We're proud to present one of the koolest of the original 1940s advertising posters for the cartoon series, digitally-restored and remastered, both as a limited-edition print and as a collectible t-shirt!
The bold graphic, though deceptively-simple, leaps off the page at you with it's power!
It's also the only Fleischer Superman poster we've seen that commissioned new art, rather than use existing comic book or animation art!
And best of all, it's in Swedish!
Perfect as a gift for an animation aficionado or Superman fan (or someone who's both)!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Fun BIG APPLE COMIX "Peep Shows"

I can tell you from first-hand experience...
...this is, in fact, an extremely accurate look (except for the last four panels in the story)... what visiting 42nd Street in the 1970s and 80s was like!
My high school was nearby (West 54th between 5th and 6th), and I discovered that, when you wore a sportscoat or leisure suit (which I had to wear daily), you could pass as over 18, even if you were only 15!
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Reading Room SPACE ACTION "Double Menace on Jupiter's Moon"

Strap on your rocket-packs, space cadets...
...because we're about to blast off to the seen in the 1950s!
Penciled by Lou Cameron and inked by Rocco Mastroserio, this tale from Ace's Space Action #1 (1952), was typical of pulp and comic sci-fi of the era with it's flagrant disregard for science, not to mention simple logic.
The writer is, mercifully, unknown.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Reading Room OPERATION: PERIL "Time Travelers: Adventure Among the Stars" Conclusion, they weren't shooting it out with aliens on an airless planetoid, as this misleading Odgen Whitney cover shows, but they have been transported to Saturn, where Tom is about to do battle, unarmed, against a really big green alien...
Will the Saturnians reappear?
And if they do, will it be as friend or foe?
Only writer Richard Hughes and artist Ken Bald, who produced this tale for ACG's Operation Peril #4 (1951) know the answer!
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reading Room OPERATION: PERIL "Time Travelers: Adventure Among the Stars" Part 1 they decide to seek government financing!
Looks like a classic "man vs alien in hand to hand combat" scenario!
You've seen it in Flash Gordon, Star Trek, and numerous other movies, tv shows, pulps, and comics, right?
But writer Richard Hughes and artist Ken Bald have a couple of surprises up their sleeves, as you see...tomorrow!
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Reading Room WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE "Purple Mists!"

The perils of exploring the universe are many and varied... seen in this never-reprinted story from Key Publications' Weird Tales of the Future #6 (1953)!
Though it's implied that one of the guys Rex and Tom shot was Rex's brother, that point is more-or-less ignored!
The writer is unknown, but artist Hy Fleishman signed his work in the first panel.
Fleishman worked for numerous publishers during the 1950s including Atlas (later Marvel), Story, Key, and Lev Gleason in various genres including horror, war, sci-fi, western, romance, and even humor.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Will North Korea Start World War III...and Will You be Dressed for the Occasion?

Because the North Koreans seem determined to take us back to the Cold War, Atomic Armageddon may be here soon!
Duck n' cover and prepare for the inevitable end in style with Atomic Kommie Comics™ radiation-proof (well, not really!) garb and collectibles from our vintage Atomic War collection!
And in the meantime, you can read a collection of stories from Atomic War! and World War III at our "brother" RetroBlog, War: Past, Present and Future™!