Saturday, June 2, 2018

It Was 50 Years Ago Today...

...that The Beatles released their "magnum opus", Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!
Considered by many (myself included) to be their finest work, it left an impact on an entire generation that reverberates to this day!
Less than a year later, writer Gary Friedrich and illustrator John Verpoorten (with an assist on caricatures by Marie Severin) produced this amazingly-detailed send-up in Marvel's Not Brand Echh #12 (1969)...

Enjoy, True Believer!
BTW, here's a list of all those who appeared on the cover...
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER "Saves the World...Again!"

...Rex has not only rebuilt a major part of Asia, but repopulates it with Americans, since all the locals were killed by the meteor strike!
Why wait?
We'll give you that kool page, from Fox's Mystery Man Comics #8 (1940), now!
Is that kool, or what?
TRIVIA: You may notice that pages 5-8 of this tale from Fox's Mystery Man Comics #7 (1940) have larger panels, and less-detailed art than the first four pages.
Did writer-artist Dick Briefer fall behind on the deadline and do the last four pages overnight?
Did the editor reject the original last four pages...forcing Briefer to re-write/re-draw them?
We'll never know...
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Reading Room MYSTERY IN SPACE "With His Head in the Stars"

In 1980 DC revived the sci-fi anthology Mystery in Space...
...which was canceled in 1966.
Despite the use of first-rate talent, including Ditko, Jim Starlin, Marshall Rogers, Dave Cockrum, Jim Aparo and others, it only ran seven issues before disappearing into the void again!
This particular tale, from #116 (1981), may demonstrate why the book failed.
It looks and feels like a 1950s-60s tale, rather than something contemporary!
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(which contains only a couple of stories from this previously-listed volume)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder CARSON OF VENUS "Lost on Venus"

...wow!
There's a lot of screaming on Venus!
The adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Lost on Venus continues under the typewriter. pencil, pen and brush of Mike Kaluta in DC's Korak: Son of Tarzan #55 (1973-74).
It's a damned good tour-de-force by the young creative, who displays a proficiency that other "hypenates" (creatives who do multiple tasks on a single project) never quite achieve!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monday (late) Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Crustaceans of Ganymede"

Since Monday was Memorial Day, we moved Space Smith to Tuesday...
...as another artist fills-in for Fletcher Hanks, bringing a Buck Rogers-esque feel to the strip!
While the scripting on this story From Fox's Fantastic Comics #7 (1940) has that Fletcher Hanks "feel", the art, definitely, is not Hanks!
It looks like the artist is trying for the same look as Dick Calkins' original Buck Rogers newspaper strip, which was incredibly-popular at the time!

The next issue would feature a totally-Fletcher Hanks tale....for the last time!
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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Complete Newspaper Dailies
Volume 1: 1929-1930

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Reading Room SPACE ADVENTURES "Homecoming.."

Space, the final frontier...
...where being a pioneer sometimes means "first to go, last to arrive", as seen in this tale from Charlton's Space Adventures #10 (1954)!
The art is by future Amazing Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, during one of the busiest times of his career (1954-55) as he penciled (and inked) almost 100 stories (plus covers) in little over a year!
Unfortunately, the writer of the story is unknown.
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