Saturday, January 22, 2022

Space Force Saturdays SPACE PATROL "Balloon Men of Jupiter"

Just when you think you've seen the weirdest art Basil Wolverton could create... find something even weirder!

The multi-talented Basil Wolverton wrote, illustrated, lettered, and probably colored, this wild tale from Amazing Mystery Funnies #21 (1940).
I'd love to see someone animate these classics of surreal storytelling.
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Basil Wolverton in Space
Reprinting the entire Space Patrol series along with other kool tales and extras!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Friday Fun DIZZY DAMES Moronica in "Woman on the Street"

As we mentioned last week, there was a slew of "dumb blonde" comics in the early 1950s...
...including this anthology, Dizzy Dames, which carried the headline "Screwballs in Skirts" above the title logo!
Illustrated by Owen Fitzgerald and probably scripted by editor/art director Richard E Hughes, this never-reprinted tale from ACG's Dizzy Dames #1 (1950) features a stereotypical blonde with the rather insulting name of "Moronica".
The other ongoing strips feature equally-demeaning names for the female leads including Knothead Nellie, Man-Huntin' Minnie of Delta Pu, and Dee Licious!
To be fair to the creatives, the actual characters were unique and distinctive, not just clones of each other!
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(Yes, that's the cover. It's an academic tome, not a mass-market book!)

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Reading Room STRANGE ADVENTURES "Radioactive Invasion of Earth!"

Remember when obsessed sci-fi toy collectors almost doomed the Earth...
...and only rock and roll music could save us?
Good thing we're here to remind you...
Writer Gardner Fox was noted for his scientific accuracy and meticulously-plotted stories.
So why did he have scientists handling radioactive material without protective clothing or shielding?
Otherwise, this tale from DC's Strange Adventures #84 (1957) makes total, logical, sense!
Note: the story, penciled by Sid Greene and inked by Bernard Sachs has only been reprinted once, in Showcase Presents Strange Adventures Volume 2 (2013), and only in black and white!
Wonder why they're keeping it so well hidden?
Think about that next time you're ordering toys from Sideshow or some other vendor...and note if the toys give off a weird, unearthly glow...
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Showcase Presents
Strange Adventures
Volume 2
(which reprints this tale...but in black and white!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder YARS' REVENGE "Qotile Ultimatum"

When is a comic book not just a comic book?

When it's also a user's manual supplement explaining concepts behind a video game!
Bonus: Here's an illustration showing the positions of the planets in conflict in the game...
Writer Hope Shafer, and artists Frank Cirocco & Ray Garst created a simplified version of creator Howard Scott Warshaw's backstory for the game.
The mini-comic was included in the package with the game cartridge and actual manual.
Trivia: Yars' Revenge was the best-selling title of the entire Atari 2600 console's games line!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Reading Room MYSTERY IN SPACE "Singling"

A well-done graphic story can be understood without captions or word balloons... this never-reprinted tale from DC's Mystery in Space #111 (1980) demonstrates!
Scripter Gerald J Brown penned only a few stories before disappearing from comics.
He was also a writer/editor of the prozine Night Voyages. which ran for 10 issues between 1977 and 1984.
This issue of Mystery in Space was the first issue of a revival of the legendary anthology which was cancelled in 1966.
Sadly, the book only lasted for seven issues before being cancelled again...
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