Thursday, July 29, 2021

Reading Room SPACE WARS "Strange World"

A never-reprinted short story that could've been produced as an episode of the original Twilight Zone...
...from Charlton's Space War #22 (1963).
Was this a longer tale edited down to only three pages?
It certainly feels like it, since there are many unanswered questions like...
If these people are Tibetan, why are they dressed like the Flintstones...and why do they speak English?
How would they know anything about the Earth-Uranus War?
And why is it we have no idea how only Heffner survived?
Pencils by Dick Giordano, inks by Vince Colletta.
The writer is unknown, but the Grand Comics Database postulates Joe Gill as the most likely candidate.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder LOST WORLD "Brute in the Bubble"

This kool cover, though it does feature Lyssa and Voltamen...

...has nothing to do with the story inside!
The so called "brute in the bubble" turns out to be a potential friend!
But questions abound!
Why do they call themselves "mummy-men" when they look like humanoid canines?
And what planet did they come from?
We may never know the answers...
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Reading Room ADVENTURE COMICS "These are the Star Men"

Here's a never-reprinted space opera saga from a surprising Bronze Age source...
...a cautionary tale about taking what's not yours!

The Bronze Age run of DC's Adventure Comics began by moving the long-running Legion of Super-Heroes feature to back-up Action Comics, while Action's back-up Supergirl, was moved to take over Adventure.

When Adventure's page count (along with all DC titles) went up as the line's price increased from 15 to 25 cents in 1971, the book featured a variety of back-ups including Zatanna, classic Supergirl reprints, and inventory sci-fi tales by noted artists.
This particular one is from Adventure Comics #420 (1972), written and pencilled by Howard Purcell, an artist/writer whose work on over 600 stories and covers spanned the Golden and Silver Ages, and inked by George Roussos.
My impression is that this was a "pilot" for an ongoing These are the Star Men anthology strip, since the title really doesn't relate to the particular story, and the opening caption states "This is Con Rikon's story...", indicating it would be one of many such tales.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Monday Mars Madness ATTACK ON PLANET MARS "Chapter Four: Attack on Mars"

It's time for the fateful finale...
Art by Gene Fawcette
In the year 2430, Tarrano, an Earthman, has seized control of both the planet Venus and its outpost on Earth, Venia.
To that outpost, the tyrant has kidnapped Elza and Georg, children of the recently-murdered scientist, Dr Brende, along with reporter Jac Hallen.
While Tarrano plots his upcoming conquest of Earth and Mars, Georg and the captive Venusian princess Maida escape, and then aid Earth's government in planning a pre-emptive attack on Venia.
Meanwhile, back with the captive Jac and Elza...
Based on the novel Tarrano the Conqueror by Ray Cummings, this final chapter of the 1951 comic adaptation was penciled by Carmine Infantino and inked by Vince Alascia.
The writer of the adaptation is unknown.
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Sunday, July 25, 2021

You Think You Know All About the Newest Marvel Cinematic Universe Hero?

With the new Marvel movie...

opening September 3rd, we thought we'd show you the never-reprinted first "revamping" of the character who was created during the Kung-Fu craze of the 1970s.
While it's not as extreme as what the movie's doing, it was considered surprising and controversial at the time!

Begin the adventure unseen for over 40 years on Monday at...