Saturday, June 11, 2011

Design of the Week--USA is READY!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...70 years ago, the world was at war, and we knew it was only a matter of time before the United States would be drawn into battle.
To help reassure the Youth of America, the War Department worked with Dell Publishing to produce this comic book detailing how well-prepared we were for the Coming Conflict.
Ironically, looking at it from the perspective of almost three-quarters of a century later, it's a classic example of underestimating the enemy, since most of the "state of the art" equipment shown was hopelessly-outclassed by the weapons produced by both Germany and Japan!
But, it's a great example of propaganda (in a good cause)!
And, we learned quickly!
By 1943, we were able to match or surpass anything the Axis could throw against us.

Available on kool kollectibles including iPhone and iPad cases, t-shirts, mugs, etc.

BONUS: We're presenting the actual comic for FREE at our "brother" blog WAR: Past, Present & Future™, which runs military-themed comic books covering from caveman conflicts to battles beyond the stars.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Reading Room: BARBARELLA 3.2

Barbarella met a number of inhabitants of the labyrinth surrounding Lythion's capital city, Sogo, including Pygar the blind angel, and Earth scientist Durand.
With their help, Barbarella defeated the LeatherMen and is now en-route to the city itself.
While many elements were adapted into the feature film with minimal alteration, there's one startling difference...Durand, the main villain of the movie, is a good guy in the original comic strip!

More Barbarella soon.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Reading Room: BARBARELLA 3.1

It's been a while since we last looked in on Barbarella...
You're about to encounter more plot elements and characters you saw in the 1960s movie, but in somewhat different form...
More adventures of Barbarella and Pygar tomorrow...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

YouTube Wednesday: THE SHADOW Movie Adaptation by Michael Kaluta

Currently, the complete, two-issue comic adaptation of The Shadow (1995) by Michael Kaluta is appearing on our brother RetroBlog Secret Sanctum of Captain Video™ over the next four days.
Even though the script is fairly close to the movie (with a new framing sequence), visually, it's a totally-different experience!
Judge for yourself...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Reading Room: RACE FOR THE MOON "Saucer Man"

From the era when actual space travel was brand new...
 ...and flying saucers were probably real.  from Race for the Moon #3 (1958).
Pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Al Williamson, an absolutely magnificent combo, rivaling Kirby's pairings with Wally Wood and Joe Sinnott!

Science fiction was in a state of flux as real-world science began catching up with our imaginations.
Instead of far-future sagas with warp-drive ships, tales of "the day after tomorrow", when we would make our first landings on the Moon and Mars came into vogue.
That didn't mean that visitors from beyond our Solar System were left out, but the technology we used to respond to them (friendly or not) was much closer to "present-day" (1950s) tech than ray-guns and photon drives.
It's sad that, now that we're actually in the era shown in these tales, we haven't done anything close to what they show...

Monday, June 6, 2011

D-Day Special on "WAR: Past, Present & Future"

Our "brother" blog WAR: Past, Present & Future is running a special D-Day tribute strip from EC's Two-Fisted Tales by Harvey Kurtzman, John Severin, Ben Oda, and Marie Severin.
(Normally it posts weekly on Fridays.)
It's a classic example of effective graphic storytelling, appropriately by three WWII veterans!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

X-Men: First Class...the Movie

Saw it!
Loved it!
On a par with Thor and the first (not second) Iron Man!
Go see it...NOW!