Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Swinging Seventies Black Super-Hero You NEVER Heard of...ACE OF SPADES!

In 1971, two years before The Black Panther received his own series...
...a Black Super-Hero hit the newsstands of America for a two-issue run almost nobody remembers!
Who is he?
Where did he come from?
And why don't even the most obsessive comics fans remember him?
These, and other equally-valid questions are now answered at...
Warning!
The Answers May NOT Be Suitable For the Faint-Hearted!
Click HERE at Your Own Risk!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Fun JETTA OF THE 21st CENTURY "Celestial Celebrity"

It's 2018, and high schools still have yearbooks....
...just as this tale of this era from Standard's Jetta of the 21st Century #7 (1953) projected!
It's amazing how little "teen humor" has changed in the 65 years since this tale was published!
With just a little modification, this could easily be a current Archie tale with Dilton Dooley's gizmos getting out of control!
Written and penciled by the legendary Dan DeCarlo, inked by Fred Eng.

BTW, we'd like to extend our thanks to the amazing Kracalactaka, heroic contributor to both the Digital Comic Museum and ComicBookPlus, for these Jetta scans and the ones from last week!
It's people like him who assure that comic book art will be appreciated for generations to come!
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Dan DeCarlo's Jetta

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Reading Room EVERY DAY IS A HOLLY DAY "Washington's Birthday"

Before they combined Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays into a "floating" holiday...
...Washington's Birthday was celebrated each year on this date!
Why is this comic entitled "Every Day is a Holly Day" instead of "Every Day is a Holiday"?
Because it was given away to kids by grocers who sold Holly Sugar!
Illustrated by John Rosenberger, it's a unique pamphlet covering a number of American holidays, including both Lincoln and Washington's Birthdays (before they were combined into "Presidents' Day"), Mothers' Day (though not Fathers' Day), Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and a couple of holidays we've largely abandoned...Pan-American Day and American Indian Day!
We'll be presenting the other chapters on the dates they fall upon.
Watch for them!
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Reading Room OUTER SPACE "Greater Jovians"

We ran a Steve Ditko story about Jovians a couple of weeks ago...
...now here's another one from the same issue of the same comic, but with totally-different Jovians!
Why did the editor run the two stories one-after-another in the same issue?
Why didn't he space them out a couple of issues apart?
We'll never know the answer!
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reading Room ADVENTURES INTO MYSTERY "Dark Side of the Moon!"

Elon Musk's launch of Falcon Heavy and "Starman" restored a long-lost excitement and "sense of wonder"...
...exemplified by this never-reprinted tale from Atlas' Adventures into Mystery #1 (1956)!
Remember, this was even before Sputnik was launched, so we truly had no idea of what was out there beyond what Earth-based telescopes had revealed!
Bob Powell turns in his usual superbly-rendered artwork with distinctive individualistic characters and detailed settings and textures.
The writer is unknown.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Reading Room NORGE BENSON "Interplanetary Olympics"

With Earth's Winter Olympics coming to a close this week...
...it's appropriate we present the future interplanetary version held on, where else, Pluto!
Despite the fact almost all the Planet Comics series have episodes involving aliens from the Solar System, none of the Martians from the various strips match any of the others!
As you may have guessed, continuity was not a strong point in Fiction House's editorial policies!
In addition, though promised in the "next issue" blurb for the Norge Benson story at the end of Planet Comics #24, this story didn't appear until Fiction House's Planet Comics #26 (1943)!
We're restoring it to its' proper place in the story order!
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Reading Room WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE "Beginning or the End!"

Let's start with ACTION and LOTS and LOTS of SPACESHIPS...
Is that an opening splash page or what?
The rest of the story isn't quite so frantic, but it is interesting...
Oops!
The writer of this never-reprinted story from Key's Weird Tales of the Future #6 (1953) is unknown, but the artist is Eugene E Hughes, who had a brief career in comics working exclusively for Key Publications, then disappeared from the art world (comic books/strips/commercial art) entirely!
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