Saturday, September 15, 2018

The MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN Blogathon is coming to HORROR COMICS OF THE 1950s!

Our Newest RetroBlog, Horror Comics of the 1950s starts off with a SHRIEK...
...as we re-present the complete run of Dick Briefer's third (and scariest) version of The Monster of Frankenstein to celebrate both Halloween and the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic gothic novel!
The terror begins October 1st!
Don't Miss It!

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(which reprints in b/w the complete series we're presenting in COLOR!)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "Sonic Slayers from Saturn"

I wonder if Gene Roddenberry got the idea for the Ferengi from this tale?
(He would've been in his early 20s, and in the Army Air Corps at this point.
Our military men were among comics' biggest fans.
The four-color mags were cheap, quick reads, portable, and expendible.)
Emmos has huge ears compressed under that turban?
Wow!
Give writer/artist Dick Briefer credit for coming up with consistently-weird menaces for Rex and Cynde to battle!
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Reading Room MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN COMICS "Small Fry!"

You can't tell me this isn't a "lost" Kirby Klassic from the 1950s...
...with the only question being "who was the penciler and/or inker over Jack Kirby's layouts?"
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 Jack Kirby.
This never-reprinted story from Prize's Monster of Frankenstein #33 (1954) is a prime example.
Some of the "camera angles" are easily-recognizable from later Ant-Man stories by Jack Kirby.
The Grand Comics Database lists the story's creators as "unknown", but considering the volume of work Simon & Kirby did for Prize before leaving to form their own company, Mainline, it's not unlikely this was an "inventory" story meant for insertion wherever editorial material pagecount came up short.
Sadly, the writer of the story is, as in so many cases of tale from the 1940s-60s, unknown...
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder CHRONICLES OF GENGHIS GRIMTOAD "Conclusion"

A note before we proceed...
Written by Alan Grant & John Wagner and illustrated by Ian Gibson, the series appeared in 2-page installments in all 20 issues of Marvel UK's bi-weekly Strip Magazine (their version of Marvel USA's Epic Magazine) and ended, incomplete, when the title was cancelled.
The strip was compiled along with the unpublished material to finish the story for a graphic novel version published in 1990.
We'll point out where the previously-published material ends, and the previously-unpublished material begins...
Back to our regularly-scheduled story...
Trapped by the evil Kang's forces, the rag-tag group is forced to hope the inept sorcerer Genghis Grimtoad can save their lives, though his "magic" has been less than helpful up to this point...
Note: this is where the original series stopped when the magazine Strip! was abruptly cancelled.
Sadly, there hasn't been a Book Two...
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11 Report: the Graphic Adaptation

You'd think two of the guys who worked for decades on Casper and Richie Rich...
...couldn't produce something as...violent and visceral...as this!
Well, you'd be wrong!
Writer/editor Sid Jacobson and illustrator Ernie Colon took the 9/11 Commission's Report and made it into a must-read graphic novel!
BTW, a lot of the purple prose in the adaptation is taken verbatim from the original Report!
You can read the entire GN as an interactive presentation HERE.
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and/or
(both by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Greatest Menace of All!"

I'd say the editors of Fantastic Comics felt this strip needed a "freshening-up"...
...by introducing a comic-relief character!
Apparently the audience didn't care for the new direction since this never-reprinted story from Fox's Fantastic Comics #22 (1941) was Space Smith's final Golden Age appearance!
Be here next Monday as we present a new strip that'll embody the concept of "Monday Madness"!
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Science Fiction Comics
Taylor History of Comics
Vol 3

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Reading Room CAPTAIN SCIENCE COMICS "When Time Stood Still"

It's the gift that keeps on giving...
...a trip through time and space on New Year's Eve!
Illustrated by Myron Fass, this never-reprinted tale from Avon's Captain Science Comics #4 (1952) is a classic example of how weird and wild (and totally-illogical) 1950s sci-fi can be!
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