Saturday, August 3, 2019

TRUMP'S SPACE FORCE Serious or Satire?

Self-identified con comics writer Chuck Dixon created this one-shot...
..which claims to be a "work of satire and parody"!
Consider the following...
Don da Con has lost over 100 pounds from his real-world weight!
(Or those spacesuits have built-in Spanx!)
Fellow three-wife-philandering con and hypocrite Newt Gingrich is shown to have tech knowledge far beyond his real-world mental capacity!
And, like many senior citizens (but not anyone under 65 with an average IQ or higher), he wears a baseball cap with a suit or blazer!
We won't even go into the plot point that anyone who disagrees with Don da Con is a disguised alien!
To any rational person, this is, indeed, a satire!
But to a con, (including many of the "deplorables"), the story reads as "possible if not probable".
But then, they thing pro wrestling is unscripted...
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday Fun SPACE MOUSE "Major Moto"

While this never-reprinted tale from Avon's Space Mouse #4 (195x) mentions the Moon...
..our heroic couple doesn't actually land on it!
Saturnians are metamorphs?
Who knew...besides writer/artist Frank Carin?
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Reading Room: SPACE ADVENTURES "Creatures of Jarga"

It's summertime!
Let's lighten up a bit with some kool spacemen vs monsters action...
...illustrated by one of the artists who also did Space Western Comics!
So much for a "non-interference directive"...
From Charlton's Space Adventures #5 (1953), this art by John Belfi was done during the same period he was illustrating Spurs Jackson and His Space Vigilantes in Space Western Comics.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder JOHN CARTER "Lights of Doom"

The John Carter movie is in theaters now...
...so we're presenting the never-reprinted "Secret Diaries" mini-series that ran in DC Comics' Tarzan Family in 1976!
This all-new tale from Tarzan Family #64 (1976) was written by Bob Kanigher, penciled by Noly Zamora and inked by Vic Catan with several panels modifed/redrawn by editor Joe Kubert.
Unfortunately, the story ends on a cliffhanger as the remaining two issues of Tarzan Family featured a reprint of Carter's first DC Comics appearances in Tarzan #207-208...
DC then cancelled both of their Burroughs-related titles as ERB.Inc announced plans to publish their own line of comic books which, unfortunately didn't work out, as seen HERE.
In 1977, Marvel Comics was granted the license for ERB characters, doing both Tarzan and John Carter as stand-alone titles ignoring any storylines DC had produced (including adaptations).
When Marvel's Burroughs titles were cancelled in 1979, unused artwork for both of them was adapted (ironically) into other licensed-property titles!
The unused Tarzan story became, with rescripting and additional art, a two-part BattleStar Galactica tale .
John Carter's unpublished tale was modified into a two-part Star Wars story (#53-54) with John Carter becoming Aron Peacebringer, Dejah Thoris relabeled Alisande, and Tars Tarkas losing a couple of arms, turning orange, and renamed Keral Longknife!

As we mentioned earlier, the "Secret Diaries" mini-series has never been reprinted since it's publication in 1976, even in the recent Dark Horse trade paperback that presented all the other John Carter stories that appeared in DC Comics!
There is one more never-reprinted Barsoom tale (without John Carter or any established characters) from DC which you'll see next week!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Reading Room: "Supreme Penalty" Versions 1.0 & 2.0

...and we're doing so again!
This version appeared in Harvey's Black Cat Mystery #47 (1953) during the height of the horror comics boom.
It was re-presented in Harvey's Race for the Moon #1 (1959) after the Comics Code went into effect.
Let's see how things have changed...
Almost every panel has a change from the original, either in art or balloons!
Panel 4 has an interesting change in dialogue indicating the condemned survive in space...
Only change is dialogue in the first panel, which indicates the exiled criminals are still alive, but in orbit.
The figure of Judge Krenk being murdered in Panel 6, and his corpse in Panel 7 have been removed!
Panel One: Judge Krenk is said to be wounded, not dead!
Panel Six: Frances' face redrawn to look less maniacal and his sentence altered to confine him to his lab!
Interesting to note the alterations inflicted by the Comics Code Authority!
Art (and probably story) by Bob Powell.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Monday Madness ALICE "...and the Man Who Made the Weather"

We've come to the end of the 1950s comic book tales of Alice...
...with a story featuring a non-Lewis Carroll character!
Writer-artist Dave Berg kept up the surreal storylines in Ziff-Davis' Alice #11 (1951) all the way to the end of the run!
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Design of the Week HOLO-MAN

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...he's the hero of tomorrow who was created yesterday (the 1980s, to be exact) and is here today!
Read his (one and only) adventure HERE and HERE.
Then collect his limited-edition tchochkes HERE!
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