Saturday, August 18, 2018

Did You Miss Last Week's Chapters of the Story DC Comics REFUSES to Publish...MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL?

Since we believe the story has historical significance, and the racism (which we abhor) is part of the tale, RetroBlogs dropped the plans we had for various summer mini-blogathons to re-present the entire, unexpurgated story scanned from the original issues of Fawcett's Captain Marvel Adventures at Hero Histories and Not Safe For Work Comics!
Enjoy, and keep up with the saga Monday through Friday!
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "Cranian Conquest of Earth"

Another Friday, another chapter about Rex Dexter almost reaching Mars...
...another chapter of Rex Dexter saving Earth again!
What is it with this guy?
For God's sake, go home to Mars already!
Let Earth fend for itself for once!
Well, you have to give Dick Briefer creadit for being able to do variations on a theme in this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Mystery Men Comics #17 (1940)!
The Cranians are the weirdest humanoid-type aliens I've seen in awhile, even if their design isn't very practical!
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Reading Room Redux ALIEN ENCOUNTERS "Outpost"

Because the printed copy of the story we presented a couple of days ago was so poor...
...we decided to re-present the never-reprinted tale using the original art!
Now that's a lot better, eh?
Note the art boards for pages 2 and 3 are from DC Comics.
The light blue (Cyan) guidelines were invisible to the film the printer used to create the negatives used for creating the printing plates!
However, in this case, the printer apparently over-exposed the film, causing a lot of the fine-line inking to be lost in the printed book!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR "Tonos Trap"

We should really call this one "Wednesday Worlds of What the Heck?"...
...since this never-reprinted tale from DC's Tarzan Family #61 (1976) has almost nothing to do with the previous tale!
You'll notice Zita and Skeeter from the previous tale are gone, there's a new female companion, a new interplanetary ship called "the Aerion", and Tangor seems to have run out of hair mousse.
Written by Robert Kanigher, penciled by Rudy Flores and Joe Kubert and inked by Flores, this was supposed to be a "new chapter" in the Beyond the Farthest Star saga.
Instead it was the series' finale.
Next Wednesday, we'll begin a rarely-seen sword and sorcery strip by Alan Grant, John Wagner, and Ian Gibson...
See ya next week, high adventure fans!
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Reading Room ALIEN ENCOUNTERS "Outpost"

From the original FantaCo 1981 b/w one-shot Alien Encounters...'s a never-reprinted tale featuring the most unexpected protaganist of all!
Didn't see that one coming, did ya?
Writer (and the book's editor) Larry Shell is one of those guys who've been around the business for decades. but few beyond the pros he interacted with know who he is!
As Larry himself explained...
I was former Director of Publications for the late, great Heroes World Distribution (the third largest comic book distributor in the country until its demise), where I edited and packaged their 250+ page monthly catalog, along with several specialty catalogs for 10 years.
My article, “How To Solicit In The Direct Market” was published in Comics Buyer’s Guide and served as a template for many small publishers for a number of years.
I have also done freelance marketing consulting for several small publishers.

I’ve been self-publishing sporadically since 1975 when I released a funny animal horror comic entitled, The Barn of Fear, whose contributors included such industry professionals as Doug Moench, Tom Sutton and Alfredo Alcala.
I also packaged a couple of other titles, 50s Funnies published by Kitchen Sink Press and the original Alien Encounters #1 published by Fantaco Enterprises. I later licensed the title to Eclipse Comics.
In the early 80s, in collaboration with Alcala, I contributed a story to Heavy Metal Magazine.
In the late 1980s, I formed Shel-Tone Publications, which published a number of trading card sets and a CD, the soundtrack to R.Crumb: The Musical
He's still around today, primarily as an original art dealer as seen HERE
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Case of the Criminal Cousin"

When I said this strip was using old gangster movies for plots, I wasn't kidding... this never-reprinted adventure from Fox's Fantastic Comics #18 (1941) clearly demonstrates!
And both Space and Diana get into civilian (1940s-style) clothing for the finale!
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Reading Room MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN COMICS "Into the 4th Dimension"

Is this a lost "Kirby Klassic" from the 1950s?
Read this never-reprinted tale from Prize's Monster of Frankenstein #31 (1954) and judge for yourself...

When Prize Comics' Monster of Frankenstein title was revived during the horror comic boom of the early 1950s, besides a wonderfully-gruesome version of Dick Briefer's Monster, it featured a number of two to four page "fillers".
Most of these tales appear to be, at the very least, laid-out by the legendary Jack (King) Kirby.
This story is a prime example.
The Grand Comics Database lists the story's illustrator as Marvin Stein, who worked primarily for the Simon & Kirby studio, so this most likely was an S&K "inventory" story laid-out by Kirby and meant for insertion wherever editorial page count came up short.
Sadly, the writer of the story is, as in so many cases, unknown...
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