Saturday, June 6, 2020

As America Reopens...

...go out and enjoy yourself!
Afterwards, relax and read free comics of fictional epidemics/pandemics destroying America (or Earth) in the past, present, and future...Mon-Fri here on this blog, and weekly / bi-weekly on our other RetroBlogs, including our newest one...
...Medical Comics...
...the aptly-named
(You'd be amazed at how many romance comics stories revolve around disease!)...
...Seduction of the Innocent...
...Secret Sanctum of Captain Video...

...Hero Histories...
...Horror Comics of the 1950s...
...War: Past, Present and Future...
...Western Comics Adventures...
...Crime & Punishment!
Besides the daily posts here at Atomic Kommie Comics, there'll be at several new ones spread out among the various RetroBlogs each week!
Don't Miss Them!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Friday Fun / CoronaVirus Comics PATSY WALKER "Great Idea!"

There used to be lots more to teen humor comics than just Archie and his friends...
...with every comics publisher from the late 1940s through the early 1970s doing them! 
Created by writer Stuart Little and artist Ruth Atkinson, Patsy Walker first appeared in Timely's Miss America Magazine #2 (1944).
Redheaded Patsy Walker, parents Stanley and Betty, boyfriend Robert "Buzz" Baxter, and rich, raven-haired friendly rival Hedy Wolfe appeared from the 1944 through 1967 in various teen humor anthologies as well as several self-titled comics.
Trivia: Patsy Walker (along with Millie the Model and Kid Colt: Outlaw) were the only titles published continuously by Marvel from Timely in the Golden Age, through Atlas in the 1950s, to Marvel in the  Silver Age!
Patsy, Buzz and Hedy are all part of the Marvel Universe from Marvel's Fantastic Four Annual #3 (1965) when Patsy and Hedy attended the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm!
Patsy later became the superheroine HellCat, and Buzz was revealed to be the supervillain Mad-Dog!
Patsy (and HellCat) appeared on the NetFlix series Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Defenders, making her part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Written and illustrated by the versatile Al Jaffee (before he moved over to MAD Magazine) , this never-reprinted story from Atlas' Patsy Walker #36 (1951) promoted contributing to the charity created in 1946 by newsman Walter Winchell (best known today as the narrator of the 1960s TV show Untouchables) to honor his friend, writer Damon Runyon, who died of cancer!
The charity, now called Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, still exists!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics TRUE COMICS "Yellow Jack: How the Cause of Yellow Fever was Discovered..."

Who says comics ain't educational?
Certainly not us!
And this never-reprinted real-life story from Parents Magazine Press' True Comics #1 (1941) proves it!
A perfect example of the scientific method at work!
And, yes, that's the Dr Walter Reed the hospital in Washington DC is named after...and this is why it's named after him!
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder / CoronaVirus Comics CONAN THE BARBARIAN ANNUAL "Bride of the Oculist!" Part 1

Conan meets Covid...
...sort of!
Well, he does deal with disease, eventually...
Scripted by Christopher Priest (as "James C Owlsey"), and illustrated by Ernie Chan/Chua (with an assist on layouts by John Buscema), this never-reprinted tale from Marvel's Conan the Barbarian Annual #11 (1987) does deal with disease, as shown by the disfigured Habar shown above.
But most of that material is later in the tale...which you'll see...
...Next Wednesday!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics FEATURE COMICS "Rance Keane and the Anti-Cancer Serum"

Now here's something you don't see everyday...
...a romantic triangle involving a hero, his girlfriend and the comedy-relief sidekick!
We had an anti-cancer 1940?
Rance Keane started out in Quality's Feature Comics #22 as a present-day cowboy who moonlighted as an amateur sleuth with Pee Wee as his Gabby Hayes-style sidekick.
By the time of this story in Quality's Feature Comics #36 (1940), he migrated to New York City and lost most of his rural affectations.
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Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday Madness /CoronaVirus Comics THE STAND: CAPTAIN TRIPS "Prologue: the Circle Opens" Part 1

One of Stephen King's best-selling works starts with a pandemic...
...which begins here...
(note the partial lyrics/quotes of songs from several noted composers, singers, and poets.)
To Be Continued...
Next Monday!
Marvel needed six mini-series from 2008 to 2012 to adapt the 1990 revised and expanded edition of the already-massive 1978 novel!
Trivia: Randall Flagg, a character who appears in many of King's stories, unifying them into one "multiverse", makes his debut in The Stand novel.
But, in comics, he premiered in Marvel's Dark Tower adaptation, which was published before The Stand!
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