Saturday, September 7, 2013

Reading Room: JET POWERS "Thing from the Meteor"

We ran this tale in our old, smaller format, but it deserves a bigger presentation...
More 1950s alien invaders, this time with a never-reprinted tale from Magazine Enterprises' Jet #1 (1950)!
Of course,  if the insectoid alien invaded today, Earth would've been totally-screwed since both lead-based paint and DDT are now banned!
It's a tale that '50s state-of-the-art special effects would've been hard-pressed to do convincingly, but for illustrator Bob Powell, it took only his talented pencil and brush to make you believe a sentient insect could...dare I say it...rule the world!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Reading Room: JUMBO COMICS "This Time Tomorrow"

What will TV be like in the 24th Century?

It could be a weird combo of fact and docudrama as shown in this never-reprinted tale from Fiction House's Jumbo Comics #166 (1953)
Was this meant to be the debut of an ongoing series?
Since a sequel didn't appear in the next issue of Jumbo Comics (which was the last one in the series), we'll never know.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Reading Room: "Flower of Death"

In sci fi/fantasy, meteors and meteorites often brought aliens to Earth... in this never-reprinted tale from Youthful's Captain Science #5 (1951) shows!
NOTE: May be NSFW due to politically-incorrect ethnic stereotypes.
Both the writer and artist(s) of this odd tale (that would've made a kool B-movie) are unknown!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Reading Room: DRACULA "A Story of the Stars"

A surreal 1970s sci-fi tale in a magazine called "Dracula"?
BTW, despite the magazine being called "Dracula", the legendary vampire never appears in any of the stories!
The tale, written and illustrated by Jose M Bea was originally published in England in Dracula #11 (1972), a partworks magazine* by New English Library.
Some of the stories from this project made their American debut in Warren Publishing's HTF Dracula TPB in 1972 which reprinted #1-#6 of the British Dracula's run.
The remaining tales from #7-#12 (including this one) have never been published in the US.
*Partworks magazines are a limited series issued weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
They usually run 12-24 issues for each volume.
When the final issue in a volume is published, the publishers offer a wraparound cover to make the complete set into a hardbound book. 
The buyer is offered the option to bind the magazines themselves or send the set to the publisher who professionally-binds the mags and sends the bound volume back to the customer.
This concept is extremely popular in Europe, but has never caught on in America, despite numerous attempts.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Due to Technical Difficulties (redux)...

...with Google+'s Photo app, which no longer edits pix, we're unable to bring you today's scheduled post.
However, we now have a new work-flow using another app in place, and goodies will be back tomorrow!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Due to Technical Difficulties...

...with Google+'s Photo app, which no longer edits pix, we're unable to bring you today's scheduled post.
Hopefully, we'll be up-and-running tomorrow...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Design of the Week CRIMES BY WOMEN!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another.
This week: Vacation is over, time to get back to work or school!
So why not acknowledge the fact that the workplace and/or classroom can be a battlefield with this cool catfight comic cover from Fox's Crimes by Women #6 (1949)?
Available on adult t-shirts, mugs, e-reader, laptop, and phone cases, and many other goodies!