What makes you different, even unique, from others?
Sometimes it's not what you think!
The highly-underrated Marc Hempel wrote and illustrated this simple, but effective (and never-reprinted) short from Eclipse's Alien Encounters #1 (1985)! Please Support Atomic Kommie Comics! Visit Amazon and Order...
Looks like a typical day in the life of our favorite interplanetary adventurer...
...but that's certainly not the case this time!
Note: this tale was scanned from microfiche, so the quality is less than ideal, but it's all we have to work with!
Note: this tale was scanned from microfiche, so the image quality is less than ideal, but it's all we have to work with!
To be fair, Rex's ego isn't so fragile that he's ashamed that Cynde had to rescue him in this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Mystery Men Comics #8 (1940), making him one of the more enlghtened heroes of the Golden Age!
...and try to forget it's also (ironically) the 72nd birthday of legendary Draft-dodger Don (the Con) Trump!
BTW, note the Union soldiers in panel 5 are wearing Confederate gray!
Why is this 1955 comic entitled "Every Day's a Holly Day" instead of "Every Day's a Holiday"?
Because it was given away to kids by grocers who sold Holly Sugar!
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" in 1962), 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.
Alas, time won't tell, since this was the last chapter of the adaptation of Burroughs' Lost on Venus published!
After the previous chapter appeared in DC's Korak: Son of Tarzan #56 (1974), the strip bounced over to its' brother title, DC's Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle #230 (1974) for this one appearance!
Why the strip didn't continue remains a mystery...
Oddly enough, when Korak was re-tooled into the Tarzan Family anthology, combining Tarzan and Korak with the John Carter and Pelucidar strips that had lost their home in Weird Worlds, Carson of Venus also came along...reprinting the strip from the beginning!
Ironically, even the reprinting of the unfinished series was incomplete, ending with the next-to-last chapter of Pirates of Venus, "Duare, Princess of Venus"!
To date, even Dark Horse, (who's reprinting practically everything Burroughs that's been published in four-color form) hasn't issued a compilation of the Carson of Venus series!
You may note the name "Phil Trumbo" under Kaluta's name on the splash page.
Phil is a fellow artist and long-time friend of Kaluta's (going back to the late 1960s) who worked on a number of projects with him, usually uncredited.
Trumbo's still active, working in comics, animation, and licensed publishing and you can see his site HERE.
Next Wednesday, we go from the sublime to the ridiculous as we leave Wein and Kaluta's exquisite Carson of Venus for...well, just be here for it!