Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "Who He Is and How He Came to Be" Part 1

Remember the Origin of Rex Dexter...
...as shown HERE?
Well, forget it!
Everything you knew was wrong!
(Well, not everything, but it's a lot more dramatic when you say it with italics and/or bold lettering!)
This is the one, true, totally-accurate, never to be contradicted, origin story...which begins before Rex was born...
We'll use this convenient stopping point in the plot to point out a couple of things!
In the first story, Rex is the son of Montague, who left Earth in 1939, and he is a young adult in 2000!
In the second story, Rex is the great-grandson of Montague, who left Earth in 1939, and he is a young adult in 2040!
In the first story, Cynde is a woman Rex meets when he arrives on Earth!
In the second story, Cynde, the great-granddaughter of another couple who traveled from Earth with the Dexters in 1939, accompanies him to Earth!
There are numerous other differences, as you'll see NEXT FRIDAY!
So, why re-tell and revise Rex's origins?
Rex was introduced in Fox's Mystery Men Comics #1 (1939), and turned out to be one of the more popular strips, along with Blue Beetle!
So, after a year, publisher Victor Fox decided to give each of the two strips their own one-shot...
...which would combine a brand-new origin story about each character with selected reprints from Mystery Men Comics!
The Blue Beetle never had an origin story, since his first tale showed him already established and in action, so an origin was no problem.
But Rex's origin had been told in his first appearance!
Fox instructed creator/writer/artist Dick Briefer to re-tell the origin, and Briefer decided to "tweak" the series' concept a bit, as you'll see, next week!
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Reading Room BLACK CAT MYSTIC "A Weemer is the Best of All!"

"Whimsical" is not a word you usually associate with Jack (King) Kirby...
...but in this case, it's perfectly appropriate
Though Jack Kirby both penciled and inked (a rare occurance) this tale from Harvey's Black Cat Mystic #59 (1957), the identity of who wrote it is unknown, but it's probably Kirby or ex-partner Joe Simon, who was the editor of the book.
BTW, Black Cat Mystic, despite the title, was a science-fiction, not horror, comic!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder BRAK THE BARBARIAN "Unspeakable Shrine" Conclusion

...it's not a synopsis, but the Steve Gan art was too kool for me not to present it!
Anyway on with the story...
Afraid not, Septegundus! 
This story in Marvel's Savage Tales V1N8 (1975) was the finale for Brak's graphic story adventures!
Unlike other barbarian/high adventure characters, Brak was never reprinted or revived.
OTOH, he fared better than Lin Carter's Jandar of Callisto!
There was a text feature in the previous issue of Savage Tales about the multi-volume John Carter/Carson of Venus pastiche by the noted fantasy author being adapted by Marvel.
Unfortunately, except for a couple of promo pieces, there was never any work done on the projected strip.
Next Week:
More High Adventure with Another Never-Reprinted Series!
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(includes a never-before-published conclusion to the series!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Reading Room UNKNOWN WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION "Visitation"

A witch hunt with a sci-fi twist?
This never-reprinted story from Marvel's Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #6 (1975) tells the tale!
Ruben Yandoc was one of the first wave of Phillipino artists to work on American comics.
From 1971 to 1987, his art appeared in horror, sci-fi, and war comics from all the major publishers (DC, Marvel, Warren).
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(never-reprinted final issue, which includes the story we re-presented above!)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Madness GET LOST! "Ace of Space: Four-Flush Gordon"

If you're a poker player, you'll get the reference in the name of the title character...
...if not, we'll explain it at the end of this classic tale!
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A four flush (also flush draw) is a poker hand that is one card short of being a full flush.
"Four flushing" refers to empty boasting or unsuccessful bluffing.
Written and illustrated by the team of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito for first issue of their short-lived 1954 humor title Get Lost, for their own short lived publishing house, MikeRoss Publishing,  this was their almost-mandatory Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers spoof all humor publishers in the 1950s did!
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