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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Monday, November 11, 2019

Monday Madness WIZARD OF OZ Part 1

We're off to see the Wizard... this adaptation of the original book (not the movie), so there are a number of differences between this and the better-known film (which takes a number of liberties with the story)!
The adventure continues...
Next Monday!
This never-reprinted adaptation from Dell Junior Treasury #5 (1956) was scripted by Gaylord DuBois and illustrated by Mel Crawford.
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Future of Cool Christmas Cards is...CYBER-SANTA!

Want to send a Christmas card that's future-forward but also retro-kool?
My personal favorite is the one shown above: Santa Claus 2.0 where Future Santa (note the four arms!) meets his replacement...Cyber-Santa!
In the late 1950s-early 1960s we thought there was nothing science couldn't improve...including Santa Claus!
Galaxy Magazine's primary artist (both covers and interiors) in this era was Ed Emshwiller, who signed his work "Emsh".
Known for both detail and playfulness, Ed did a series of Christmas covers from 1951 to 1960 featuring a four-armed Santa in the future celebrating the Yuletide with humans and aliens alike!
They're included in our collection along with numerous comic book covers featuring Santa in the past, present, and future!
Order now, to have plenty of time to send them out!