Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ellison Reading Room CHAMBER OF CHILLS "Delusion for a Dragon Slayer"

...and we'll be re-presenting several never-reprinted comics adaptations and original comics tales over the next couple of weeks, starting with the 46-year-old story under this slightly-misleading (though really kool) Gil Kane/Tom Palmer cover...
This cover-featured adaptation of Harlan Ellison's novella "Delusions for a Dragon Slayer" by writer Gerry Conway and artist Syd Shores in Marvel's Chamber of Chills #1 (1972) was part of editor Roy Thomas' attempt to do new comic adaptations of prose tales by big-name sci-fi/fantasy authors in a group of anthology titles.
Sadly, none of the books survived past the first year without going totally-reprint, or switching over to featuring new horror characters like The Living Mummy
This particular tale shows the weaknesses of the project all too well, with the art failing to really separate Warren Glazer Griffin's fantasy world from the real one, thereby weakening the whole point of the narrative!
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I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
by Harlan Ellison
(which contains the short story this comic tale is adapted from!)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "vs the Flame-Men of Emalf"

...and his knack for being at the right place at the right time is unmatched!
"I'll be seeing you next issue to take you to Mars---"
Didn't he say that last issue?
Will Rex ever return to Mars?
Or will he become a Flying Dutchman of space?
Judging from this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Mystery Men Comics #10 (1940), it sure seems that way!
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Trump Reading Room TALES CALCULATED TO DRIVE YOU BATS "Monster Crisis"

It's fascinating how this story from 1962 can relate to present-day America...
...as the Idiot in the White House creates similar economic problems in real-life!
George Gladir wrote and Orlando Busino illustrated this tale from Archie's Tales Calculated to Drive You BATS V1N2 (1962) in an era when excessive tariffs and other such protectionist claptrap had been minimized after learning the hard way they didn't work!
Unfortunately, it seems we're destined to learn that lesson again...the hard way!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of What Th... SIDNEY MELLON'S THUNDERSKULL! "When Demons Do Clash!" Part 2

If you really think I'm gonna synopsize this startling storyline, you're outta your mind!
Click HERE to read the previous chapter, then continue...
For the answer to that question, you'll have to come back next Wednesday...
As for several other questions...
Yes, that's supposed to be Frank Miller and Chris Claremont praising Sidney Mellon; intellectual!
For the answers to the other questions, you'll have to return next Wednesday where you'll not only read the cataclysmic conclusion of this titanic tale and learn some sinister, long-suppressed secrets, but also witness the adults-only follow-up story!
(Got your attention, eh?)
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Reading Room ALARMING TALES "Hero"

Here's a short (in more ways than one) space-opera tale...
...though you won't get the pun until the end...
This story of size and space travel from Harvey's Alarming Tales #2 (1957) was produced by writer Jack Oleck, and illustrator Marvin Stein (with what appears to be uncredited layout help by Jack Kirby).
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Science Fiction Comics
Taylor History of Comics
Vol 3

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Sinister Saturnians"

The round-robin of writers and artists on this series continues...
...with more unknown creatives taking a crack at the interplanetary hero!
This tale from Fox's Fantastic Comics #11 (1940) has never been reprinted.
Pity, because it's a prime example of "compressed storytelling" that, if done today, would be a 20-page book-lengther...if not a two-parter!
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Science Fiction Comics
Taylor History of Comics
Vol 3
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