Saturday, October 7, 2017

Reading Room 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY "New Seed" Conclusion

When Last We Left Our Beyond-Human Protaganist...
...once known as Gordon Pruett, he had been transformed by a Monolith into a "New Seed" who now wanders time and space the way you and I wander local streets...
The remaining three issues after this introduced X-51 aka "Mister Machine", renamed "Machine Man", and now an integral part of the mainstream Marvel Universe.
You can read them HERE, HERE, and HERE, and unless you have the actual issues of 2001 in your comics collection, this blog is the only place I know of where you can do so!
Though Marvel has reprinted the later ongoing Machine Man series, it can't reprint the three issues of 2001 introducing the character, nor can it reference the Monolith's participation in the character's origin due to licensing issues!
NOTE: This wasn't the first series set in the 2001: a Space Odyssey universe!
In 1971, Polystyle's comic weekly Countdown introduced an ongoing two-page strip set sometime after 2001...
It was much more in the Dan Dare/Buck Rogers action/adventure vein than the movie.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Fun 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY "New Seed" Part 1

Our final story details what happens to humans transformed by the Monoliths...
...as described and rendered by the one and only Jack (King) Kirby!
Odd that none of the "New Seeds" bother to go back to Earth, eh?
Will this particular one just observe...or will it interfere?
Find Out...TOMORROW!
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's James Bond Day!

On this date, 55 years ago, the cinematic James Bond made his debut!
...so why not celebrate by re-reading the long out-of-print comics adaptation of that premiere tale?

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Note: Does not include Never Say Never Again or Casino Royale (1967)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Reading Room SPASM! "Saved"

Jeffrey Catherine Jones was unique, even among comics professionals...
...in being able to minimize artwork down to solid areas and as little brushwork and texturing as possible.
Few in comic books could do a similar style and make it work, though Alex Toth comes to mind.
Written and illustrated by Jones, this never-reprinted short appeared in Last Gasp's Spasm! #1 (1973), a one-shot consisting entirely of Jones' stories and single-page illustrations!
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

MYSTERIES IN SPACE: the Book You Should Have Bought...but Didn't!

Remember this spectacular wraparound cover?
This superb, never-reprinted Murphy Anderson illustration encapsulates what made DC's science fiction line in the 1950s and 60s so entertaining!
Adam Strange and Alanna! (DC's premiere space-going heroes!)
Winged Apes! (DC was famous for using apes almost anywhere you could think of!)
A ridiculous, physically-impossible image (giant arrow thrown by aforementioned winged [but normal-sized] ape through the Earth) that you just must know the story behind! (Though, sadly, in this case, there's no story behind this particular piece!)
Fireside's Mysteries in Space (1980), a $7.95 trade paperback reprint compiled from Strange Adventures, Mystery in Space, Tales of the Unexpected, and From Beyond the Unknown came and went quickly through bookstores.
Sadly, it didn't sell well, and many copies were returned to the publisher and pulped!
It's not available in e-book form, and a different 1999 tpb, Mystery in Space, doesn't reprint any of the stories featured in this compilation!
Now, when you can find a copy, it runs from $30 to $100, depending on condition!
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Monday, October 2, 2017

BLADE RUNNER: the Comics Adaptation by Archie Goodwin & Al WIlliamson

With Blade Runner 2049 opening this week...
Art by Jim Steranko
...our "brother" RetroBlog, Secret Sanctum of Captain Video is re-presenting the long out-of-print (since 1982) and hard-to-find comic adaptation by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson!
Check it out...HERE!
See Blade Runner 2049
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

The PERFECT Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Bag Stuffer! MINI-BUTTONS!

These Halloween-themed 1"-diameter Mini Buttons are just the thing to use as trick-or-treat bag stuffers or Halloween party favors!
And they won't rot kids' teeth!
A "win-win" for parents!
Your house will become Halloween Central when everyone discovers you're giving away these unique items, which kids trade and collect and stick on everyting from jackets to backpacks to sweatshirts to hats!
You can mix-and-match with several different design 10-packs at $19.99 each or a 100-pack of a single design for only $79.99 (That's less than 8 cents per button!
Cheaper than most brand-name candy!)
Order now, to get them in time for Halloween!
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