Friday, June 14, 2019

Holiday Reading Room EVERY DAY'S A HOLLY DAY "Flag Day"

Let's learn...
...and try to forget it's also (ironically) the 73rd birthday of legendary Draft-dodger Don (the Con) Trump!
BTW, note the Union soldiers in panel 5 are wearing Confederate gray!
Why is this 1955 comic entitled "Every Day's a Holly Day" instead of "Every Day's a Holiday"?
Because it was given away to kids by grocers who sold Holly Sugar!
Illustrated by John Rosenberger, it's a unique pamphlet covering a number of American holidays, including both Lincoln and Washington's Birthdays (before they were combined into "Presidents' Day" in 1962), Mothers' Day (though not Fathers' Day), Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and a couple of holidays we've largely abandoned...Pan-American Day and American Indian Day!
Note: We're still not back to our daily schedule, but we're gearing up for our traditional multi-blog Summer Mini-Marathons which we'll announce over the 4th of July weekend and begin the week after, aling with daily posts here!
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary "Part 5: The Landing"

...and the action is about to get hot and heavy!
Let's dive right in!
Illustrated by the highly-underrated George Evans, this chapter appeared as a backup in Gilberton's World Around Us #31 (1961).
This particular issue was subtitled "Hunting", but the stand-alone lead tales in the front had little relationship to the serials in the back of the book!
To see Part 6: Beachhead...click HERE!
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by Robert Venditti, Kevin Maurer & Andrea Mutti

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary "Part 3: The Decision"

...tension rises as the make-or-break deadline approaches!
Will the Allies attack or wait?
Spoiler: they don't wait!
Illustrated by the highly-underrated George Evans, this chapter appeared as a backup in Gilberton's World Around Us #29 (1960).
This particular issue was subtitled "Vikings", but the stand-alone lead tales in the front had little relationship to the serials (including this and "Red Planet Mars") in the back of the book!
To see Part 4: Night Drop...click HERE!
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary "Part 1: Key to Victory"

...today, artist George Evans expands on that feature with a multi-part serial about the invasion of Normandy, along with a recap of events setting the stage...
Illustrated by the highly-underrated George Evans, this chapter appeared as a backup in Gilberton's World Around Us #27 (1960).
This particular issue was subtitled "Illustrated Story of High Adventure", but the stand-alone lead tales in the front had little relationship to the serials in the back of the book!
To see Part 2: Target Normandy...click HERE!
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by Robert Venditti, Kevin Maurer & Andrea Mutti

Monday, June 3, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary "The Normandy Invasion"

Here's a never-reprinted short about June 6th, 1944's historic event...
...from Gilberton's Classics Illustrated Special Issue #166A (1962)
Considered one of the most accurate artists to render military comics, George Evans presents a brief, concise mini-feature about the turning point in World War II!
But that's not all, folks!
Tomorrow through Thursday, we'll be doing a crossover event between us and our "brother" RetroBlog War: Past, Present & Future...a six-part never-reprinted serial about the D-Day invasion featuring more amazingly-detailed art by George Evans (and other Fleagle Gang members)!
It'll begin here tomorrow with Part 1, linking to Part 2 on War: Past, Present & Future the same day, and following the same pattern on Wednesday and Thursday for the remaining chapters!
Don't miss it!
BTW, see our previous D-Day tribute posts HERE!
And yes, we're back after an unplanned hiatus due to almost dying.
(Actually, my heart did stop for about two minutes, but I was brought back from "walking into the light", as they say!)
I'm better now, and eager to present more time-lost stuff to you eager readers!
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by Wayne Vansant

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

JACKIE ROBINSON "Baseball Hero" Part 2

...After demonstrating amazing athletic skills in multiple sports in high school and college (UCLA), Jackie Robinson began playing baseball in the Negro League for the Kansas City Monarchs, where his prowess caught the eye of a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers!
Jackie was assigned to the Dodgers' International League farm team the Montreal Royals, just one step below the major leagues.
But the first Black player in the previously all-White professional leagues was about to discover the path to the majors was destined to be a rocky one...
Be Here Thursday When Jackie Debuts as a Brooklyn Dodger!
Written by Charles Dexter, and illustrated by an unknown artist, this book-length tale from Fawcett's Jackie Robinson (1949) detailed his life and career up to mid-1949.
Intended as a one-shot, it sold so well that it went to a bi-monthly series the next summer!
We'll be serializing it for the next couple of weeks on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in tribute to the legendary baseball player's 100th birthday!
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Digitally-restored and remastered from a scan of the actual original cover!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday Madness ALICE "Flying Saucers"

I always wondered what happens when someone takes the concept of "flying saucers" literally...
...as the amazing Dave Berg did in this cover-featured tale from Ziff-Davis' Alice #11 (1953)!
Not quite the sort of "flying saucers" we usually present, eh?
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY Collectible Movie Poster and Lobby Cards

Poster
...with the poster and lobbycards from the first movie about the first Black player in the major leagues (which starred Jackie Robinson as himself), now offered as posters and prints, digitally-remastered and restored from the actual poster and cards!
The originals are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars!
But these affordable reproductions can put these HTF examples of classic Black Americana in your den, study, game/media room, bedroom or wherever you want at reasonable cost!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

JACKIE ROBINSON "Baseball Hero" Part 1

One of the longest-running baseball-themed comics was about one of the most controversial players of all time...
...Jackie Robinson, the first Black man to play in the previously all-White major leagues!
Be Here Tuesday When Jackie Amazes the Skeptics!
Written by Charles Dexter, and illustrated by an unknown artist, this book-length tale from Fawcett's Jackie Robinson (1949) detailed his life and career up to mid-1949.
Intended as a one-shot, it sold so well that it went to a bi-monthly series the next summer!
We'll be serializing it for the next couple of weeks on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in tribute to the legendary baseball player's 100th birthday!
Please Support Atomic Kommie Comics
Digitally-restored and remastered from a scan of the actual original cover!
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