Saturday, September 29, 2018

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the First Publication of FRANKENSTEIN in October!

Start with the Classic Comics adaptation...
...written by Ruth Roche and illustrated by Robert Hayward Webb & Ann Brewster!
...written by Don Segall and illustrated by Bob Jenney!
...from Atlas/Marvel's MAD clone, CRAZY!
Sample a startling one-shot tale...
...written by noted horror editor Roger Elwood and illustrated by the creator of the Golden Age Human Torch, Carl Burgos!
See a faithful adaptation of the first Hammer Studios Frankenstein flick...
...scripted by Donne Avenell and rendered by Alberto Cuyas
Then go with a swinging Sixties update...
..from Marvel's Not Brand Echh by writer Arnold Drake and artist Tom Sutton under a freaky Marie Severin cover!
Then try out a never-reprinted fummetti of...
...from DC's Movie Comics #1 (1939)!
If you think that's weird, how about Frankie as a Swinging Sixties SUPERHERO???
...courtesy of writer DJ Arneson and artist Tony Tallarico?

And, finally, beginning October 1st, running Monday through Friday until Halloween...
...Dick Briefer's legendary 1950s horror comic-inspired sequel to the original novel!
So get your fill of Frankie all October at our RetroBlogs!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "Puppet of the Ugly Queen"

...with a scheme involving one of the oldest concepts in sci-fi!
"As she dies, the spell is broken.."
But, the Ugly Queen's body is still alive as the souls/intellects switch bodies!
So, Cynde doesn't go through the trauma of experiencing death!
But, we lose the closest Rex will ever come to an ongoing arch-enemy...
Body-switching in fiction has gone on as long as fiction itself has existed!
Whether it's via magic, technology, or super-human psychic powers, 
Both Edgar Rice Burroughs and HP Lovecraft used it in novels.
TV series like Star Trek, The Avengers (Steed and Mrs Peel, not Marvel characters), X-Files, and many others have featured their primary cast members' bodies switched with antagonists!
Movies including All of Me, Freaky Friday (all of them) and the highly-underrated I Married a Monster from Outer Space based their premises on the concept.
In comics, this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Mystery Men Comics #23 (1941) is one of the first (if not the first) takes on the subject!
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Mystery of the Missing X-Man!

What's the secret behind this 40-year old Dave Cockrum X-Men illustration...
...featuring both the original and 1975 revival teams, currently being used as a Variant Cover for the new Uncanny X-Men #1 (2018) from Marvel Comics?
Ask yourself this...who's missing from the art...and why?
Then click HERE to find out the answer!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder BRAK THE BARBARIAN "Sword and the Road"

Who is Brak the Barbarian?
Though we presented his first comic appearance last week, most current comics fans are totally-unaware of him!
So let's clear up the matter...
After this never-reprinted text feature from Marvel's Savage Tales V1N6 (1974), there were two more Brak short-story collections; When the Idols Walked (1978) and Fortunes of Brak (1980).
All the books were re-edited into the collection shown below.
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(includes a never-before-published conclusion to the series!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Reading Room OUT OF THIS WORLD "Secret of Capt X"

Here's an "out of this world" tale...
...that, for the life of me, I still don't understand, even after re-reading it several times!
What the hell just happened?
This lovely Ditko-rendered story from Charlton's Out of This World #8 (1958) makes no sense!
Why couldn't the Korellans simply leave?
Why were they kidnapping and forcing others to adapt to their planet?
Since they can be moved to another planet with no ill effects, why remain on Korella?
Most experts blame Charlton mainstay Joe Gill for this silly story, but could someone else be responsible?
We'll never know...
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Madness MAN FROM S.R.A.M. "vs the Devil-Man from S.U.N.E.V."

Last week we presented the Man from S.R.A.M. in his only published adventure!
...but there's one more tale to be told!
Written by Otto Binder (with re-write by Editor Joe Simon?) and illustrated by George Tuska, this story produced for Harvey's never-published Jigsaw #3 features a different Martian form for the protaganist, as well as a different vehicle from the previous chapter!
At the same time, Tuska also drew all three issues of Harvey's SpyMan, another cross-genre (super hero/spy/sci-fi) series just before moving on to a long run as Marvel's primary Silver Age Iron Man artist after Gene Colan!
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Design of the Week: HALLOWEEN HOLE-IN-THE-HEAD!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...
With Halloween coming, it seems only appropriate that we go with scary themes for the next few weeks.
Kicking off our compilation of creepy collectibles is this ghoulishly-graphic image from one of the types of comic books that gave Dr Fredric Wertham such fits in the 1950s!
(Wertham was the psychiatrist who claimed that horror comics caused juvenile delinquency, resulting in the demise of the genre and the near-death of the comic book industry. Despite his heroic efforts, juvenile delinquency continued to flourish!)
Yeah, it's gruesome, but in a campy, cartoonish fashion!
Isn't that exactly what you're looking for in Halloween-wear?
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