Friday, October 19, 2018

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

...he was experiencing his revised origin (as compared to his origin as shown in his premiere appearance HERE!)
So far, we've witnessed Rex's great-grandfather Montague leaving Earth in 1939, Rex's childhood after being born on Mars, and his romance as a young man with Cynde, also a descendent of the group who traveled from Earth with Montague Dexter in 1939!
Many of the plot elements from the original origin were altered in this new version which led off Fox's Rex Dexter #1 (1940), which was hoped to be a new, ongoing title, spun-off from Mystery Men Comics!
However. sales weren't strong enough to warrant continuing the separate title, and Rex remained in Mystery Men Comics until the end of its' run!
Next week: Our final Rex Dexter story, featuring space zombies!
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Reading Room CRUSADER FROM MARS COMICS "Tower of Jacob Dis"

What if someone discovered the Ultimate Power?
Would he use it for good...or evil?
This tale, unseen for over 65 years, holds one possible answer!
Underrated artist George Roussos and an unknown writer told this story which appeared as filler in the back of Ziff-Davis' Crusader from Mars #1 (1952).
If this tale was created today, Jacob would be seen as almost idiotically-idealistic, and his wife as a pragmatic realist.
Sad, isn't it!
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder ZANGAR

One of the few (if not the only) red-headed jungle heroes...
...Zangar swung through all three issues of Skywald's short-lived Jungle Adventures, fronting reprints of everything from Jo-Jo to Sheena!
You have to wonder what was going through writer Gardner Fox and penciler Jack Katz's minds when they created this feature!
Is Zangar just Bob Gordon with an untreated concussion?
Or did he, almost mystically, bond with the jungle-dwelling animals?
This never-reprinted Bronze Age tale, inked by John Tartaglione and Bill Everett, leaves it somewhat nebulous...
Be Here Next Week as We Continue Zangar's High Adventures!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Reading Room AMAZING ADVENTURES OF BUSTER CRABBE "Science Lore"

Who says comics ain't educational?
 
One and two-page featurettes, based on the science known at the time, offer fascinating insight into the mindset of the sci-fi/comics writers and what info they had to work with!
This never-reprinted, Pete Morisi-illustrated piece from Lev Gleason's Amazing Adventures of Buster Crabbe #3 (1954) is typical of the era, except for the fact all the spaceship designs, combining real and fictional vessels are from different eras!
Among them are a Mongo warship from the Flash Gordon comic strip, a ship from the movies Destination Moon and/or Conquest of Space, and what's described as a "WAC Corporal", but is rendered as a German V-2!
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Madness WHACK "Flush Jordan"

Yes, it's a Flash Gordon spoof...

..but it has a cultural reference most readers won't recognize!
Ming the Merciless usually looks like this...
...so who's "Bing", the golf-playing guy in the Hawaiian shirt and porkpie hat?
He's Bing Crosby, singer, comedian, obsessive golfer, and (when this comic was published) a pop culture icon!
With that in mind, please read...
The guy at the end, whining about "Thanks for the Memory" is comedian Bob Hope...
...Bing's co-star/rival in the 1940s-50s "Road to..." movie series as well as a pop culture legend in his own right!
Note: Thanks for the Memory" was Hope's personal theme song, used primarily to close his radio show, live appearances, and TV specials!
This never-reprinted story from #2 of St John's MAD clone WHACK was illustrated by William Overgard for 3-D use, but the collapse of the 3-D comic market forced St John to publish it in regular color comic format!
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Halloween's the Perfect time for...HORROR COMICS DARK HOODIES!

You'll need something to keep from freezing your trick-or-treating butt off this Halloween.
Luckily, Atomic Kommie Comics™ has your best interests (and health) at heart, and we have exactly what you need...Horror Comics of the 1950s™ Black Hoodies!
An assortment of classic retro horror comic book covers adorns these kool pop comics collectibles featuring...
Ghouls!
Zombies!
Demons!
Skeletons!
Ghosts!
Even Aliens!
What more do you want?
Stay warm on the inside while looking oh-so-ghoulishly-cool on the outside!
Don a super-comfortable 10 oz. fleece blend (90% cotton/10% polyester) black sweatshirt with a fleece-lined hood, roomy front pouch pocket, and heavy-weight 1x1 cuff and waistband ribbing before heading out into the night to do...well, whatever it is you're doing on All Hallow's Eve!
(Don't worry, we won't tell!)
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