Friday, December 7, 2018

Remember Pearl Harbor

The sneak attack that changed the course of history, told by one of the greatest graphic novelists of all!
Plus, a tale published before December 7, 1941 that predicted the attack!
Friday Fun Will Return Next Week!

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Days of Darkness

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Reading Room SANTA CLAUS PARADE "Story of 'Silent Night' "

Carolers have sung this piece for centuries...
...without knowing it's origin!
We now correct that bit of historical amnesia!
Unseen since 1952, this fascinating short from Ziff-Davis' Santa Claus Parade is the only time (AFAIK) that comics explained the origin of a non-religious Christmas Carol!
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Secrets of Santa Claus!

DID YOU KNOW...the image of Santa Claus, as we Americans know it, is based on the work of two artists over 70 years apart?
1) Thomas Nast, who illustrated the first published version of Clement Clark Moore's The Night Before Christmas in the 1860s
and
2) Haddon Sundblom, who took Nast's visual concepts, refined them, and used them to illustrate Coca-Cola's Christmas advertising campaigns from the 1930s onward!
TRIVIA:
Both Nast and Sundblom are equally famous for their other artistic accomplishments...
Nast was primarily a political cartoonist, whose illustrations of New York's "Boss" Tweed were considered the main reason the corrupt politician was forced from office!
Sundblom also created the image of the Quaker Oats man, and was a noted pin-up girl artist! (In fact, his last published artwork was a pin up girl semi-dressed in a Santa outfit for Playboy's December, 1972 cover!)

We at Atomic Kommie Comics™ offer a dozen different renderings of 'ol Kris Kringle which follow in the visual tradition of Nast and Sundblom, on a host of Cool Christmas™ collectibles ranging from tree ornaments to hot cocoa mugs to snugglies, sweatshirts and hoodies for kids and adults!
While they range from paintings to comic book cover art, they all feature the "classic" image of Santa known to Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials!
So give your "special someone", whether they're a spouse, lover, friend, or relative, a warm feeling this Christmas with a kool kollectible featuring the personification of the Christmas Spirit--Santa Claus!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Monday Madness ALICE "...in Bugville"

We end our re-presentation Ziff-Davis' Alice #10 (1951) with another non-Carroll tale...
...this time involving loveable vermin!
Yeah, you read that correctly...
Dave Berg demonstrates the wonderfully-weird imagination he would so delightfully plumb as one of MAD Magazine's premiere creators for decades!
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

It's Almost Christmas, and the Elves are ON STRIKE!

You think the economic situation is bad now?
Go back 80 years ago, to November 1938 and see...when elves were part of the 99%!
(You'll note that the cover is dated January, 1939. But it was actually on sale in November, 1938! Publishers used to cover-date comics and pulps two to three months ahead of the actual on-sale date to keep the books on the stands for as long as possible!)
Thus do we at Atomic Kommie Comics™ present another retro-styled collectible for your Christmas gift-giving consideration, and offer you a bit of media history at the same time!
In this case, we proudly present one of our Christmas in the Comics line from our Cool Christmas collection: nine different digitally-remastered comic covers featuring classic characters celebrating Christmas, including The Green Lama, SuperSnipe, and Edison Bell: Boy Inventor, as well as two long-out-of-print versions of The Big Man, Santa, himself!
Available on a multitude of memorabilia including greeting cards, mugs, hoodies, and other goodies, these pop-art collectibles are NOT available in any brick-and-mortar stores, only on-line thru us!
And don't forget our Santa Claus--the Man Himself, A Christmas Carol starring Scrooge, the Hardly-Abominable SnowMan, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians lines!
There's something for everyone under the tree at
Atomic Kommie Comics™!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday Fun SPACE MOUSE "Atomic Attack"

This is as close as you'll get to an origin for Space Mouse...
...featuring the introduction of equipment and plot elements that'll pop up over time in the series!
Oddly, it was neither the lead nor the cover-featured story in Avon's Space Mouse #1 (1953)!
Go figure!
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Dead Walk at Christmas...

There have been numerous comic adaptations of Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost story...
...but this never-reprinted one from (believe it or not) Marvel Comics, has the distinction of being illustrated by more artists than any other version!
Credited to "Diverse Hands", the art styles I recognize include Bob Hall, Frank Giacoia, Frank Springer, Dave Cockrum, Marie Severin, Carmine Infantino, Steve Leialoha, John Romita Sr, Al Milgrom, Mike Esposito, and probably anybody who wandered into the Bullpen while this book was in production!
Trivia: 
This was the final title in the Marvel Classics Comics line which had started out as color reprints of the early '70s b/w Pendulum Press "comic adaptations of classic stories" series. After a dozen issues, Marvel began doing their own adaptations, continuing for another two dozen issues.
Scripter Doug Moench was no newcomer to adapting prose to comics having worked on comics versions of literary properties including Doc Savage, The Shadow, James Bond, and Fu Manchu!
Colorist Francoise Mouly later became the art editor of The New Yorker, co-creator of the legendary comic anthology Raw, and is currently the publisher/editorial director of Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press. She is the creative partner (and spouse) of Art Spiegelman.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder FIST OF GOD "Chapter 1" Conclusion

...Mick Taggert, battle-scarred ex-soldier, now muscle-for-hire, joins a Texas gang which allies itself with an Arab sultan who wants to kidnap a woman in Mexico...
Talk about your cliffhangers...
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