Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 2016-June 2017 Pop Culture Calendar Sale Ends 8/1!

Because it's become the most popular sale we've ever run, we're bringing back the  
Atomic Kommie Comics
2016-17 12-Month Calendars 
at a 25% discount!
Perfect for office, dorm, or bedroom!
The IDEAL gift for the hard-to-please pop culture fan in your life (or yourself)!
Plus: they show July 2016-June 2017!
Or you can set them up to begin anytime from July 2016 to January 2017, and present 12 months of comic and pulp covers and/or movie posters!
Sherlock Holmes: the Greatest Sleuth of All!

Basil Rathbone IS Sherlock Holmes!
WereWolves and Vampires
Vampires of Pulps and Comics
Werewolves of the Comics and Pulps
Zombies of Comics and Pulps
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!
And, until Augist 1, 2016, they're FIVE BUCKS CHEAPER!
Normally $19.99, they're only $14.99!
Order now...before time runs out!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Reading Room TWILIGHT ZONE "Mars: Dead or Alive"

50 years ago, when I saw this George Wilson cover on the comics rack of my local candy store...
...I just had to read it!
(BTW, the astronaut is Steve (Doc Savage) Holland!)
Written by Dick Wood and illustrated by Nevio Zaccara, the cover-feature (though not lead story) from Gold Key's Twilight Zone #17 (1966) offered a somewhat-plausable explanation (in those pre-Mars Rover days) as to why we hadn't seen signs of life on Mars.
Wood and Zaccara also collaborated on the never-reprinted Explorers in the Unknown strip that ran in Gold Key's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea comic.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jack Davis (1924-2016)

In tribute to the late, great, Jack Davis...
Here's a never-reprinted pic of him (sitting in the tree) from Playboy Press' Trump #1 (1957)
And here's a never-reprinted Davis pencil and ink feature: " 'You Know Who' Gets Killed" from Humbug Publications' Humbug #1 (1957)!
Rest in Peace, Jack.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


He was Flash Gordon!
He was Buck Rogers!
He was Thun'da!
He was Tarzan!
And, he was the star of his own comic book series...twice!
From the 1940s to the 60s, numerous celebrities had their own comics which took the approach that anything they did on movie/tv/radio, they could do in "real life"!
While comics based on Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, et al, just did Western tales, the four-color stories of performers like John Wayne and Buster Crabbe covered as many genres as the actors themselves!
In fact, the issue this short appeared in (Lev Gleason's Amazing Adventures of Buster Crabbe #1 from 1953) had three tales, this space opera, a jungle adventure, and a Western!
This was Buster's second series.
You can read another tale from this run HERE)
The first, from Eastern Color, ran a dozen issues over two years and featured art by, among others, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, George Evans, Bob Powell, and Roy Krenkel, among others.
(You can see several of those tales HERE)
This tale was illustrated by Ed Martinott, who worked exclusively for Lev Gleason and Good Comics in the early 1950s before switching to advertising.
Pretty good work, including accurate likenesses of Crabbe in most panels.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reading Room LEFTY FLYNN "and the Diamond Death"

Take me OUT at the ball game...
Who knew baseball could be such a violent sport?
No, you won't!
This never-reprinted story from Doc Savage Comics V1N4 (1941) was Lefty's first, last, and only appearance anywhere!
Both the writer and artist of this one-shot strip are unknown.

You may ask why I decided to post this particular tale.
My two "home towns", Chicago and New York City are holding their annual intra-city "Crosstown Classics" over the next two weeks.
Chicago's White Sox and Cubs slug it out this week and NY's Mets and Yankees duel next week.
They're the only two cities left with both National League and American League teams, but until the 1950s, it was a far more common occurrence than present-day fans realize!

Besides Chi-Town and Gotham, the following cities had both AL and NL teams...
Boston had the Braves (NL) and Red Sox (AL). Braves moved to Milwaukee, then Atlanta.

St. Louis had the Browns (AL) and Cardinals (NL). Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles!

Philadelphia had the Athletics (AL) and Phillies (NL). Athletics moved to Kansas City, then ended up in Oakland!

For a while, NY had three teams, The Giants (NL), Yankees (AL) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) who were formed before Brooklyn merged with Manhattan and the Bronx (which were considered "New York City") along with Queens and Staten Island.
The Giants and Dodgers moved at the same time to California (San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively), and for several years there was no NL team in New York.
Then both the AL and NL expanded, adding two new teams in each league.
The NL got the Mets in NY and Astros in Houston.
The AL briefly put the Angels in LA, and Washington got a new Senators team. The Angels stayed in the general area, but adopted the name "California Angels", and evntually, "Angels of Aniheim".
But, wait! Didn't Washington already have a Senators team? They did, but that team moved to Minnesota and became the Twins!
And the second Senators team moved to Texas to become the Rangers!
I'm not even going to go into the second expansion that occured only seven years later and created the divisions within the leagues that now extend baseball season well into November!
Hope I made the history lecture fairly painless...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Reading Room CAPTAIN JOHNER AND THE ALIENS "Time-Distorters"

...but the extraterrestrials can't prove it!
So, not so much other aliens, but humans with some sort of time technology!
From the future?
From the past?
The last caption promises an explanation...
Plus, more cool, unique color-hold graphics from creator/writer/illustrator Russ Manning in this tale from Gold Key's Magnus, Robot Fighter #12 (1965)!
Be here next Monday as the mystery deepens...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Best of Reading Room UNUSUAL TALES "Night of the Red Snow"

As near-record heat grips most of the good ol' USA...
Art by Steve Ditko
...we re-present a chilly comics tale to take your minds off it, illustrated by the co-creator of Spider-Man, Steve Ditko!
Unfortunately, due to Charlton Comics' legendarily-bad printing, the "red" effect on the canvas is muted almost to uselessness, diminishing the ending's effectiveness!
BTW, did you note the sneaky "red herring" on the sides of the moving van on page 3?
Beautifully-rendered by Steve Ditko, this tale from Charlton's Unusual Tales #9 (1957) has no credited writer, but many researchers/historians believe the scripter is the prolific (and underrated) Joe Gill.