Saturday, July 7, 2018

Reading Room RAVENS AND RAINBOWS "Bias"

Here's a tangled tale of time...
...as an alien plant's examination of a captive humanoid takes a lot longer than you might think!
Pacific Comics' one-shot Ravens & Rainbows (1983) was a compilation of Jeffrey Jones' fanzine work from the 1970s, most of it in color for the first time!
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "Revolt of the Robot Slaves of the Secret Planet"

Either Rex Dexter is the worst navigator in the history of space flight...
...or somebody (like creator/writer/artist Dick Breifer) is conspiring to keep him from getting home!
Considering Mars is the second-closest planet to Earth (Venus is closer, but it's in the other direction), where the hell is this unnamed world, anyway?
And why hasn't anyone noticed other ships and crews disappearing in this region of space?
This never-reprinted tale from Fox's Mystery Men Comics #11 (1940), offers no answers...
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "Unreal!"

As Mighty Thor and Tales of Asgard took over Atlas/Marvel's Journey into Mystery...
...backup tales like this one were, sadly, slowly squeezed out of the book!
The cleverly-written narration doesn't offer a clue as to which protaganist is speaking.
Of course, we assume it's the human...
Plotted by Stan Lee, scripted and penciled by his brother Larry Lieber (Stan's birth name was "Stanley Leiber"), and inked by Matt Fox, this never-reprinted story from the back of Marvel's Journey into Mystery #100 (1964) was one of the last non-Asgardian tales in the book.
They were discontinued as of #105.
Matt Fox began as a pulp illustrator for Weird Tales, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, and others.
When the pulps died in the early 1950s, he moved to Atlas Comics, where, because he wasn't a fast penciler, he inked others' pencils more often than doing solo pencil-ink assignments.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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

Now, witness the cataclysmic clash that only Sidney Mellon could devise!
Writers Gerard Jones & Will Jacobs and artists Chuck Austen, Norman Felche & Mike Christian produced the ultimate parody/tribute to the enthusiastic, youthful, but incredibly-inexperienced (and sometimes totally-inept) creators who jumped on the b/w speculator bandwagon in the late 1980s!
To ram the point home, they provided a text piece that conveyed the message that this was a spoof.
Ironically, it was too subtle for some readers...
But wait!
There's MORE!
Every magnum opus needs a climax, and Sidney Mellon's ThunderSkull is no exception!
There is an adult-only finale (that means there's naked breasts, guys!) that truly exemplifies the cry "He COMES!"!
If you're over 18, you can see it HERE!
BTW, for the patriotic among you, we previously-presented a historical piece about Independence Day HERE!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Reading Room STAR*REACH "Why Viking Lander / Mars"

A very kool, never-reprinted adaptation of a Ray Bradbury poem...
...first performed by the legendary author at the 1976 San Diego Comic-Con the week after the Viking probe landed on Mars!
AFAIK, the poem's never been reprinted in any of the Bradbury anthologies, or anywhere else, for that matter!
It's only appearance was in Star*Reach #6 (1976), illustrated by absolutely beautiful art by Alex Nino!
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Star*Reach
Greatest Hits

Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith vs the Interplanetary Gold Pirates"

The artist round-robin continues as the Space Smith strip seeks a distinctive identity...
...and a bit of continuity consistency!
But this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Fantastic Comics #12 (1940) can't even keep the spelling of Space's girlfriend/aide Diana consistent, making her "Dianna"!
It's not a bad tale.
It just doesn't offer anything to separate Space from the numerous other space adventurers!
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Science Fiction Comics
Taylor History of Comics
Vol 3

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Trump Reading Room SNAFU "Understanding the Atom: Diagram of an Atom Bomb"

Since Don the Con doesn't really understand what he's negotiating with Kim Jong Un about...
..we thought we'd offer this never-reprinted, easy-to-understand diagram from #2 (1956) of Atlas/Marvel's short-lived 1950s MAD magazine clone, SNAFU, written by Stan Lee and rendered by Joe Maneely.
Most of you are aware Marvel had a fairly-successful MAD clone in the 1970s-80s called CRAZY, but they also gave it a try back in the 1950s, with a three issue run!
#1
#2
#3
As you can see from the contents page of #2... 
...the incredibly-versatile John Severin and Joe Maneely handled literally all the artwork for the series.
Also, Irving Forbush was their Alfred E Neuman / Sylvester P Smythe-type mascot, whose face was shown constantly.
Later versions of Irv in Not Brand Echh, What Th--?, and other comics didn't show his face, and his "costume" as Forbush-Man included an all-concealing cooking pot with holes in it as a mask!
To date, none of the material from these very hard-to-find issues of Snafu has ever been reprinted, which is a pity, because it's pretty damn good!
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