Saturday, November 16, 2019

Holiday Reading Room SANTA CLAUS FUNNIES "Santa Claus in Trouble"

Ever hear "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"?
...well, when that woman is the Ice Queen, even ol' Kris Kringle better watch out!
Some observations...
Boy, the Ice Queen is a real...#itch, ain't she?
Santa has "magic snowshoes"?
Wonder what other kool gimmicks he has lying around the toyshop...
Illustrated by Lea Bing, this never-reprinted story from Dell's Santa Claus Funnies #1 (1942) was the first in a series of annual books featuring not only Kris Kringle, but other Christmas-related characters and stories that ran from '42 to '62.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday Fun MONSTERS UNLIMITED "Best of #7"

Welcome to the final issue of Stan Lee's 1960s humor magazine...
...where the creatures are classic and the one-liners are corny!

This issue also featured a letters page...
...which promised more audience participation in the next issue!
Sadly, #8 never appeared!
In 1972, Marvel expanded its' newsstand "footprint" with a line of new b/w magazines featuring monsters, barbarians, kung fu, and movies/tv shows (including Planet of the Apes and Doc Savage)!
They also re-introduced the "monster humor" concept with a new magazine; Monster Madness!
...but you'll have to wait until next Halloween to see them!
Next Friday, a new humor series!
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Monsters Unlimited #7

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Reading Room STRANGE WORLDS "Nation is Born"

As we mentioned Tuesday, here's the Golden Age version...
..of a Bronze Age b/w magazine story we already ran HERE!
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Illustrated by Golden Age journeyman Rafael Astarita, this tale appeared in Avon's Strange Worlds #4 (1951) and was reprinted in IW's Strange Planets #9 (1959).
It was then re-illustrated, with only minor changes to the script (including a re-titling), in Eerie Publications' Strange Galaxy V1N8 (1971) as shown HERE.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder SEEKER 3000 "Medusae" Conclusion

...a survey team in one of Seeker 3000's "mule" scoutships is taken captive by aliens aboard a huge vessel!
They encounter an alien who seems more than casually-interested in the captive humans...

"Resistance is futile", eh?
As you might have guessed...
To Be Continued
Next Wednesday!

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(the first appearance of the series)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Reading Room STRANGE GALAXY "Moon is Red"

In the late 1960s-early 1970s, numerous b/w comic magazines popped up... publish the risque material the Comics Code Authority banned from color comic books!
Despite being drawn in 1970, this tale from Eerie Publications' Strange Galaxy #V1N8 (1971) has the feel of a 1950s tale, which wouldn't be surprising since the publisher both reprinted stories from defunct publishers when they could find photostats/printing film or re-illustrated stories using old scripts nearly verbatim.
In fact, this story's script is adapted from a tale in Avon's Strange Planets #4 (1951) called "A Nation is Born", which we'll re-present Thursday so you can compare them.

BTW, this issue, despite being #8, was actually the first issue under that title.
What it was before then is unknown, since the publisher did numerous titles in various categories including astrology, romance, crime, etc.

"Oswal" was the pen-name of Osvaldo Walter Viola, an Argentinean writer/artist who began his career in the early 1960s creating Argentine's first super-hero, Sónoman.
His only American comics work was for Eerie Publications' titles.
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