Saturday, August 24, 2013

Reading Room: Space Voyagers "Hot Spot"

Every few years in comics, there's a short-lived never-reprinted sci-fi space adventure series...
In the 1970s, it was DC's Space Voyagers, appearing in the back of Rima the Jungle Girl.
Though this is the origin tale, it appeared in Rima the Jungle Girl #3 (1974), after a two-parter (set after the events of this tale) ran in #1 & #2!
(Oddly, the pilot episode of the Classic Star Trek tv series, "Where No Man has Gone Before", aired as the third episode of that series.)
Scripted by Robert Kanigher and illustrated by Alex Nino, the series ran thru the first five issues of Rima before disappearing.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Reading Room: "Push Button Tyrant"

Ziff-Davis' Space Patrol comic feaured both stories based on the TV series...
...and unrelated one-shot tales, like this never-reprinted "Cold War of the Future" story from #1.
Boy, they were obsessed in the 1950s that the Commies would win the Cold War!
The writer and artist are officially unknown, but I see a great deal of Murphy Anderson's style in a number of panels.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reading Room: TALES OF HORROR "Beast from the Deep"

Today is Ray Bradbury's Birthday... let's celebrate with the only comic adaptation of one of his stories (albeit uncredited), from Minoan/Toby's Tales of Horror #7 (1953), based on the short story "The FogHorn".
Ironically, the comic tale is a far more faithful adaptation of the story than the movie Beast from 20,000 Fathoms which came out at the same time!
Though the writer of the comic is unknown, the artist was John Rosenberger, who spent the 1950s to late 1970s doing work in every comics genre from romance to superhero to horror for almost every publisher in the field!
This was one of the last comic adaptations of Bradbury's work in the 1950s.
The earlier ones were done by the legendary EC Comics crew, and initially, were also uncredited...until Ray Bradbury found out!
HEREs an article detailing what happened next.

The cover from this story is one of the dozen in the...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Reading Room: AMAZING ADVENTURES "Escape on a Planetoid"

What if the Communusts had won the Cold War?
That's the premise of this never-reprinted tale from Ziff-Davis' Amazing Adventures #3 (1951)
Oddly, they never asked Rulak what happened to the second ship...
The writer and artist are officially unknown, but I see a great deal of Murphy Anderson's style in a number of panels.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Reading Room: MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS "World Where I was King!"

We could call this "The Challenge that Made a Man Out of Bill Jones..."
...since it's a plotline out of the Charles Atlas ads that used to appear on the back covers of comic books, but with a fantasy twist!
This tale of alpha males on other worlds from Charlton's Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #3 (1957) was illustrated by the legendary Steve Ditko and an unknown writer (who could be Ditko himself or Joe Gill)!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Reading Room: EERIE "Man Hunters" we present one of his last tales, done during the period Warren Publishing was dabbling in color inserts in their normally black-and-white magazines.
Published in Eerie #60 (1974), this tender tale was scripted by Gerry Boudreau and illustrated by Wally Wood with some assistance from his studio crew.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pop-Culture-Themed 2014 12-Month Calendars

Classic comic book and pulp magazine covers and movie posters, scanned from the originals and digitally-remastered and restored!
NOT available in stores, only on-line! Order now...before time runs out! ;-)