Saturday, July 23, 2016

Join the Summer Fun on RetroBlogs!

This past week you may have missed these RetroBlogs Mini-Marathon entries...
This never=reprinted, John Buscema-illustrated, adaptation at Secret Sanctum of Captain Video!
This never-reprinted origin story at War: Past, Present & Future and Hero Histories!
Plus the explanation of how this female spy vs Nazis story...
...became this superheroine vs Commies tale at Heroines!
What's Next?
Watch this blog to find out!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Best of Reading Room: STRANGE TALES "When a Planet Dies!"

Hoo Boy! Is it HOT!
We need some cooling off!
But maybe not this much...
This splash page from Marvel's Weird Wonder Tales #22 (1973), was actually a reworking of this (literally) cool story from Strange Tales #97 (1962)!
While the art is credited to Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, who wrote the tale is not entirely clear.
A number of people, myself included, think it's scripted by Kirby himself.
Bonus: Here's the cover from a previous issue of Weird Wonder Tales that supplied the Dr Druid figure on the reworked splash page...
Art by Jack Kirby, John Romita (Dr Druid's face) and Joe Sinnott
 ...and here's the original art for the splash page!
The production artist "flipped" a stat of the Dr Druid figure and fit it where the bearded aliens are on the original.
To paraphrase "the World's Most Interesting Man", stay cool, my friends!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Reading Room: SPACE ADVENTURES "Long Patrol"

Here's a never-reprinted Silver Age tale...
...that has a Golden Age "look" and "feel" to it!
Written by Joe Gill, penciled by Charles Nicholas, and inked by Vince Colletta, this story from Charlton's Space Adventures V2N6 (1969) feels like it's been edited down from a longer version.
Things happen almost arbitrarily, like the astronauts' home base knowing theyve been mind-controlled by aliens, or the crewmen being deliberately-incapacitated by equipment on board we (and proabably they) knew nothing about!
It's an interesting, but unsatisfying, tale...a rarity from Charlton.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How a Spitfire Became a Phantom!

We've begun the summer mini-marathon at our "sister" RetroBlog, Heroines...
... with the explanation of how the tale above was altered/transformed/morphed into this story! a tale of publishing, print production, and paste-ups!
It's a two-for-one deal you won't want to miss!
Click HERE to read it!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trump Reading Room aka the OutHouse FARMER'S DAUGHTER "Calendar Girl"

With Don the Con's "model" wife Melania dominating the headlines...
..we thought we'd take a look at another blonde poser who would appeal to the RNC crowd!
This never-reprinted story from Stanhall's Farmer's Daughter #1 (1954) was typical of the sort of lowbrow humor the publisher specialized in.
With titles including Broadway-Hollywood Blackouts and G.I. Jane, Stanhall produced adult-oriented (but never more risque than PG-13) humor.
Animator Hal Seegar was the editor/writer/illustrator for the non "good girl" strips, while Bill Williams handled the art over Seegar's layouts for the more risque material (like this one).

Monday, July 18, 2016


When Last We Left the First Extraterrestrials on Earth...
After an initial misunderstanding, it seems human/alien relations are going smoothly...
So, it turns out Johner's friends may not be the first aliens on Earth!
These "false men" not the shapeshifters Zarz's people use as spies, but something that can posess other life-forms!
But whether they're a race of previously-unknown Earthlings or from another world is a question for the future...
This tale by creator/writer/artist Russ Manning, from Gold Key's Magnus, Robot Fighter #11 (1965), introduces a new plotline that will run through a number of issues.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer Fun on RetroBlogs!

Every summer we run mini-marathons on the various RetroBlogs...
At Secret Sanctum of Captain Video, we'll present no less than three different, never-reprinted comic versions of this legendary Ray Harryhausen film, one of them featuring art by the late, great, John Buscema!
(but we're not going to tell you which one!)
In a cross-over between War: Past, Present, and Future and Hero Histories, there will be never-reprinted tales of two World War I aviator-heroes from the 1960s!
Hero Histories will also feature the final, never-reprinted tale of the campy Silver Age version of The Shadow...
...and the first (also never-reprinted) story of the Silver Age Plastic Man by Gil Kane!
War: Past, Present and Future will also present another never-reprinted story published in the 1960s, Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos in...ready for it?...KOREA!
What's summer without a good "beach read"?
And there's nothing better than a never-reprinted Gothic Romance at True Love Comics Tales!
Justice doesn't take a holiday during the summer, as the 1950s hard-boiled saga of private eye Johnny Dynamite receives a re-telling at Crime & Punishment!
Don't think we've forgotten
We just haven't finalized the plans for them...yet!