Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sale from U.N.C.L.E.!

Sealed Complete Man from U.N.C.L.E. 41-dvd box sets, originally $249 from Time-Life Video, released to stores at $199, and on sale for only...$89.99 (plus tax)!
Available at Costco now (but only the warehouses, not on-line)!
If your father (or grandfather) is over 40, they'll make the perfect Father's Day gift!
If your junior-high or high-school graduate is a spy movie fan, it'll make a kool graduation gift!
They're going fast, so head over ASAP, before they're gone!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tony DeZuniga (1932-2012)

The first Filipino artist to work for American publishers, Tony also served as a broker/agent for other Pacific island artists.
Penciler/inker who was expert in every genre from romance to sci-fi to horror.
Co-created Jonah Hex and the Bronze Age Black Orchid.

DARK SHADOWS: the Review

Check out my review of the new film HERE.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

REAL Wonder Women of World War II

May is chock-full of holidays.
Among them: Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.
It's a bit late to order for Mothers Day (unless you want to pay rush charges), but, how about a gift that would cover the other two of them?
Surf on down to Women of WWII where Atomic Kommie Comics™ offers a unique set of kool kollectibles for the female World War II veteran in your life.
Whether she's your mother or grandmother, sister or aunt, or wife or ex-wife, we've got a bunch of items that show your respect and love in a kitchy, yet kool, kind of way.
Long and short-sleeve T-shirts, mugs, blank journals, even kitchen magnets, all adorned with a classic 1940s comic cover paying tribute to WWII-era WACs, WAVEs, and MCWRs!

So, if you're looking for something different to give as a gift, come to War: Past, Present & Future™ where you can see war through the eyes of those who witnessed it, those who dreamed about it, and those whose job was to make you want to be part of it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

YouTube Wednesday: Dark Shadows Past and Present

With a new film debuting on Friday, let's look at Dark Shadows...
The freaky-kool Japanese poster for House of Dark Shadows (1970)
...starting with Barnabas Collins' first appearance in 1967 on the already-year-old series...
Next, the trailer for the first Dark Shadows movie, House of Dark Shadows, done in 1970 while the show was still airing on ABC daily, and featuring the tv series' cast!
It's not a continuation, but a condensed adaptation of the first Barnabas plotline with a bigger budget (no cardboard tombstones!), location shooting, and more Hammer-style blood than daytime tv would allow!
Right after the show ended, a second feature, Night of Dark Shadows came out...

...but was nowhere near the quality of the first film.
When reruns in the 1980s and the release of the series on videotape brought a whole new audience to the show (including a young Johnny Depp), a prime-time revival was ordered in January 1991...

...but constant pre-empting due to the first Gulf War kept the ratings down, and it only lasted half a year!
The videos, however, kept selling, and a devoted audience kept growing.
A new pilot was commissioned by the WB in 2004, but didn't go to series.
(Ironically, the year before, the WB did a Lone Ranger pilot that didn't sell.
Now, Johnny Depp is filming a Lone Ranger Tonto!)
Depp, who loved the original tv series, acquired the film rights for his production company, contacted Tim Burton, and, this Friday, you'll see the results...
Take it in the same spirit as the JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek reboot, and you'll have a great time!

Trivia: Show co-creator/story editor/writer Art Wallace also wrote episodes of the original Star Trek, Space: 1999, Planet of the Apes (TV), The Invaders, and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet!
He later served as story consultant on All My Children.
And, every version of Dark Shadows since has used his characters and concepts...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Reading Room: "Good Lord!"

A very kool tribute to Weird Science and Weird Fantasy (& Weird Science-Fantasy)...
...featuring inking by the "Crusty Bunkers", an all-star art team in the vein of (appropriately enough) the "Fleagle Gang" who did a lot of sci-fi work for EC Comics and others in the 1950s!
"The Fleagle Gang", who would help each other out with tight deadlines in the 1950s, consisted of Al Williamson, Angelo Torres, Frank Frazetta, and Roy Krenkel with occasional assistance by Wally Wood and Joe Orlando.
Their work were often art "jams" with people doing anything from a figure or backgrounds in a panel to full pages at a shot.
We presented samples of the "Fleagle Gang's" art recently in our Space Ace re-presentations HERE and HERE.
The 1970s equivalent was called "The Crusty Bunkers", and consisted mostly of artists based at Neal Adams' Continuity Associates art studio.
On this particular tale from the b/w magazine Marvel Preview #1 (1975), they were...(in alphabetical order) Neal Adams, Terry Austin, Pat Broderick, Russ Heath, and Joe Rubenstein.
And, like the Fleagles, they inked the story piecemeal, so you can see several different artists' styles on various pages, and even individual panels!
Penciler Dave Cockrum himself was at an artistic peak, having finished his run on Legion of Super-Heroes and was working on the then-recently-revived X-Men series that would make Marvel mutants marketable again!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Reading Room: SPEED CARTER: SPACEMAN "Robots' Revenge"

The 1950s, when heroic astronauts fought for Truth, Justice, and the American Way...
 ..even in their pajamas, as seen in the final story from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #1 (1953)!
The Saturnian wore the Martian ambassador's skin?
Now that's gonna screw up diplomatic relations!
Written by Hank Chapman, illustrated by Joe Maneely!
Speed Carter and the Space Sentinels will return in the (dare I say?) near future!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Design of the Week--Sheldon & Leonard's Hero...CAPTAIN FUTURE!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...
Your eyes do not deceive you!
It's the 1940s magazine artwork the kool poster adorning Sheldon and Leonard's apartment (in the tv series Big Bang Theory) is based on!
It was the premiere issue of a cult-favorite pulp magazine called Captain Future that ran thru the 1940s, was reprinted in paperback in the 1960s, became a fan-fave anime series in the 1980s, and has recently been revived in hardcover!
It's already part of our Captain Future collection featuring the many faces of the Captain Future character(s) in pulps and comics, but we felt it was time to spotlight this particular piece due to it's historical significance and the fan interest we've seen on the Net.Plus, it's now on a number of items not part of our main collection, and after next Sunday, they'll no longer be available!
So act now to get the Man of Tomorrow, created in the past, before he disappears next week! (Wha?)