Saturday, October 5, 2019

Our Contributions to the CountDown to Halloween Blogathon... Monday through Friday on FIVE different blogs!
This Week...
Secret Sanctum of Captain Video runs comic adaptations of AIP's 1960s "Edgar Allan Poe" films...currently presenting the Vincent Price/Boris Karloff/Peter Lorre/Jack Nicholson comedy The Raven!
Seduction of the Innocent presents the premiere psychedelic adventure of Victorian monster fighter Sir Leo!
True Love Comics Tales begins the Halloween Season with a Silver Age inter-comics company romance!
Hero Histories premieres the introduction of the time-lost WereWolf Hunter!
Horror Comics of the 1950s showcases the never-reprinted introduction of...Dr Neff!
(Believe me, it's better than it sounds!)
Add in our own thrice-weekly contributions...
The never-seen in the US Dracula one-page comedy shorts from DRACULA!
The never-reprinted apocalyptic adventures in the original, 1980s Walking Dead b/w comic!
Stan Lee's humorous look at classic horror/sci-fi movies and tv shows from the never-reprinted Monsters to Laugh With & Monsters Unlimited!
That's eight days of posts in only seven days!
How do we do it???

Friday, October 4, 2019

Friday Fun MONSTERS TO LAUGH WITH "Best of #1"

Let's see how funny the legendary Stan Lee could be...
Now who could argue with that?
And so this issue's parade of classic monster pix ends with...
...but there's more next week, boys and ghouls!
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Reading Room WEIRD THRILLERS "Shadow on the Screen!"

For all those whose parents told them "TV is bad for you"...
...and "comics are bad for you", well, they were right, as this comic tale about TV proves!
This tale from Ziff-DavisWeird Thrillers #3 (1952) was illustrated by Bob Powell.
Powell, besides being a gifted illustrator was also a pioneer in the use of "color holds" in comic books.
The same technique he used on the tv screen was also used in a tale of radio and pulp hero The Shadow HERE, taking artwork that normally would be black-line and making it one of the color plates.
It was a very tricky thing to do back in those days since the interior pages were almost never proofed due to time and cost restraints.
But, Powell does some amazing things with the holds, making them line up exactly almost all the time!
Sadly, the writer of the story is, as in so many cases, unknown...
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder WALKING DEAD "Presidential Address" Part 1

...a crippled alien starship crashes on Earth and it's cargo, a gas (created to revive dead aliens to continue fighting their centuries-old war) leaks into the atmosphere.
Due to differences between alien and human biology, it also revives dead humans...who are sentient, but maniacal!

To Be Continued...
Created by writer/artist Jim Somerville and published by Malibu/Aircel in 1989, it was vastly-different from the 2003-present graphic novel series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.
For collectors, there's good news and bad news...
Good news: There's only a four-issue mini series and a one-shot Special to collect!
Bad news: Because it didn't sell well (and has never been reprinted), it's HTF (hard to find) and expensive!
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Reading Room WORLDS BEYOND "Twice Alive!"

Instead of the usual vampires or werewolves or zombies, here's a horror story...
Art by Sheldon Moldoff
...with a different, more "science fiction", approach to terror, from the HTF Worlds Beyond #1 (1951) from Fawcett.
Did the writers of the movie Fantastic Voyage read this tale when they were younger?
The art is by comics legend Bob Powell, but the writer is unknown.
The cover, by Sheldon Moldoff, shows a cavern (with bats!) instead of the inside of a human being, and probably was meant for another story, but it conveys the mood of "Twice Alive", if not the plot points.
Worlds Beyond was retitled Worlds of Fear with #2 and ran for another nine issues.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday Madness DRACULA Dracula One-Page Tales #1

While the English-language reprints of the 1970s Spanish Dracula magazine didn't have any Dracula...
...the original Spanish title had these one-page jokes on the back cover!
Both England's New English Library and America's Warren Magazines (who licensed the NEL translated version) left out these entertaining pieces...despite the fact no translation was needed!
Written and illustrated by Alfonso Figueras, these one-pagers now make their American debut!
Be here every Monday in October for more kool vampire humor!
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(from 1971, featuring the first six issues of the translated-from-Spanish Dracula magazine...but not these Dracula humor strips...nor any Dracula content!)

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Horror! The Horror (Comics)!

Monster Crime!
Now that's a title!
Yeah, they knew what budding juvenile delinquents wanted back in the 1950s!
As you might have guessed, the upcoming Halloween holiday has inspired the Atomic Kommie Comics™ crew to add like mad to our Horror Comics of the 1950s™ section.
And, what titles did we add to our kool kollectibles kollection?
Besides the aforementioned Monster Crime, there's Tales of HorrorHorror from the Tomb (see a trend?), Beware! (with a fantastic Frank Frazetta cover!), and The Clutching Hand!
We already had The Hand of FateHorrific!Weird AdventuresBafflingChallenge of the UnknownTerror TalesHauntedThe BeyondWeird TerrorWeird MysteriesWeirdDiary of HorrorWitchCraft, and Eerie!
Plus collectibles with our ghoulishly-graphic, viscerally-vintage Horror Comics of the 1950s™ logo!
BTW: the Tote Bags featuring these designs would make GREAT trick-or-treat bags!
Be the envy of all the kids on your block this All Hallows Eve!