Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Collectible Don da Con Comic Book Statue That Wasn't...

We talked about the comic book Trump's Space Force HERE...
...but did you know there was a collectible action figure given to IndeGoGo contirbutors who achieved a certain financial level?
Looks a lot like the comic book version, eh?
It replaced a far more realistic (if that word can apply to anything relating to Don da Con) statue...
...that never made it past the prototype stage!
Just thought you'd like to know...
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Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday Fun SPACE MOUSE & PETER RABBIT "Cold Reception"

Occasionally, Space Mouse would team up with Peter Rabbit...
...as seen in this never-reprinted summer-oriented story from Avon's Peter Rabbit #18 (1953)!
Since writer-artist Frank Carin did both strips, and the Mouse and Rabbit appeared in backups in each other's books, it seemed only appropriate they occasionally visit each other's strips!
BTW, I apologize for the poor color registration on the pages, but this was the only scan available, and, as I pointed out, this story has never been reprinted, so there was no better source material to work from!
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Reading Room LARS OF MARS "Terror from the Sky"

Commies and atomic weapons!
As the song says, "They go together like Love and Marriage..."
Could this be an attempt to set up an ongoing Lex Luthor-esque arch-enemy (but with lots of hair) for our hero in this final story from Ziff-Davis' Lars of Mars #10 (1951)?
Consider the fact that this Lars tale was produced by the duo who created the short-lived character, writer Jerry (Superman) Siegel and and artist Murphy (Buck Rogers) Anderson (who also did a lot of work on Superman during the Silver and Bronze Ages) and you'll see a lot of Man of Steel-style elements.
And, yes, Raskov returned the next issue with new super-scientific weapons...
Trivia:
The cover paintings for both issues of Lars of Mars were painted by Allen Anderson, who was not related to interior artist Murphy Anderson!
Here's a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"-style fact (done in four degrees)...
1) Ziff-Davis also published a short-lived adaptation of an actual sci-fi tv series, Space Patrol, illustrated by Bernie Krigstein.
2) Krigstein illustrated the first issue of another Ziff-Davis sci-fi series: Space Busters!
3) Bernie was replaced on interior art for the second (and final) issue of Space Busters by...Murphy Anderson!
4) Allen Anderson did the painted cover for the Space Busters issue illustrated by Murphy! (Norm Saunders had painted the first issue's cover!)
featuring the covers of both issues of Lars of Mars!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder SEEKER 3000! Conclusion

...(behind this amazingly Star Trek-esque cover by Dave Cockrum and Joe Sinnott)
Don't you love a strip that provides its' own synopsis?
Note the final blurb?
That's because these images are from the Seeker 3000 Premiere which reprinted the Marvel Premiere #41 tale on higher-quality paper than the original, so we presented images from that edition here!
The cover by Andrew Currie and Arthur Nichols was an updated recreation of the original Cockrum/Sinnott cover!
Except for the final blurb, not a single word or image was changed, so we felt it was the right choice for you blog readers!
Next Wednesday, before we begin re-presenting the never-reprinted sequel mini-series, we'll run two behind-the-scenes features!
One from the HTF FOOM Magazine #21 (1979) detailing what co-creators Doug Moench and Tom Sutton had in mind for future installments.
The other one's the backup from this very issue, showing the radically-different plans for the mini-series by new writer/artist team Dan Abnett & Ian Edgington and Currie & Nichols!
Trivia: Both Dave Cockrum and Tom Sutton became major contributors to Star Trek comics history!
Cockrum illustrated Marvel's adaptation of Star Trek the Motion Picture as well as covers and occasional interiors for the ongoing follow-up series which lasted 18 issues.
Tom Sutton was the primary illustrator for DC's Star Trek series when the property moved from Marvel to DC after Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan!
He also rendered the art for the adaptations of Star Trek III: the Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home!
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(the first appearance of the series)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Reading Room CRUSADER FROM MARS COMICS "Peek into the Future"

What did the near future of 2019 (or so) look like to readers of the 1950s?
Pretty much like this never-reprinted page from Ziff-Davis' Crusader from Mars #1 (1952)!
You'll note none of the predictions have come to pass...though the last one about cars is in the development stage!
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday Madness FAIRY TALES "Frog King"

Where do you think the cliche of kissing a frog who turns into a handsome prince comes from?
From the fairy tale this story is based on!
But will you notice one important difference between the comic and the fairy tale?
Hoo boy, is she a fickle bitch or what?
Did you note that she doesn't even kiss the frog?
Both the writer and artist of this re-telling of the classic story from Fairy Tales #11 (1951) are unknown.
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Design of the Week ADVENTURES IN ROMANCE: SEPTEMBER SQUALL

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days!
This Week...
With autumn right around the corner, it's time to wind summer up with a kool klassic romance comics cover design that exemplifies the time of year!
Available on a slew of collectibles!
FREE BONUS: You can read the actual tale behind the cover HERE!
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