Saturday, March 18, 2017

Holiday Reading Room EASTER WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Lost Chick"

Some of Walt Kelly's Easter tales were totally-new...
...not just reworkings of classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales!
This never-reprinted short from Dell's Four Color Comics: Easter with Mother Goose #185 (1948) takes chraacters who had not appeared together before and also explained where the Easter Bunny gets his supply of eggs from.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Reading Room AMAZING ADULT FANTASY "Beware of the Giants!"

It's not often you see Stan Lee's signature on cover art...
...perhaps because it was probably meant as the title page for the following story (and, to tell the truth, I think the splash page would've been a better cover)...
Bet you thought I had forgotten St Patrick's Day, eh? 
This Stan Lee-scripted/Steve Ditko-illiustrated piece from Atlas' Amazing Adult Fantasy #14 (1962) has one fatal flaw...the clothing and archetecture are more mid-European (Germany/Austria/Switzerland) than Celtic (Irish/Scottish)!
BTW, one of the rarely-noted aspects of the book were the kool individualized contents pages for each issue...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Reading Room IMAGINE "Days of Future Past"

Three years before Chris Claremont made it the most famous story title in comics history...
...another comics creator used the Moody Blues' album title Days of Future Passed!
This tale by writer/artist Gene Day from Star*Reach's Imagine #2 (1978) is closer in premise to Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" than the Moody Blues' album.
Gene is survived by his brothers David and Dan, both of whom still work in publishing (and comics from time to time).
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reading Room OUT OF THIS WORLD "Perfect Forecaster"

The recent late-season winter storm made me wonder why we don't yet have...
...and this rarely-seen tale from Charlton's Out of this World #10 (1958) provides an amusing solution!
Could Dorothy be...a mutant?
Writer Joe Gill and artist Steve Ditko aren't telling...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reading Room PLANET COMICS "Life on Other Worlds: Pluto"

While many in the Midwest and on the East Coast stay home due to blizzard-like conditions...
...let's visit an even colder planet that's no longer a planet (at least officially)...Pluto!
Mind you, Pluto was a planet when this chapter of the ongoing feature Life on Other Worlds appeared in Fiction House's Planet Comics #45 (1946).
In fact, it had only been discovered 16 years earlier and little was known about it beyond the fact that it was out there at the edge of the Solar System!
So, it was a blank slate for sci fi writers to play with, as artist Murphy Anderson and the unknown writer did in this "cool" 2-pager!
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Trump Reading Room aka the Outhouse HICKORY "Reel Life"

Let's have a look at how some see Don (the Con) Trump's "deplorables"... this never-reprinted tale from Quality's Hickory #6 (1949)
Illustrated (and probably written) by Harry Sahle, this comic series began in the anthology All-Humor Comics, then spun-off into it's own, short-lived, title when All-Humor was cancelled.
In 1948-49, superheroes were all but kaput.
Comics were experimenting with every genre imaginable to see what would sell.
Li'l Abner was a major success in newspapers and had already spawned a radio series and feature film!
Strips like Looie Lazybones had long been a part of anthology titles, and series like Ozark Ike, and Babe had earned their own titles, though it was probably due more to their emphasis on the characters' involvement in sports than their rural origins.
Hickory, the comic, only lasted six issues.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Toddlers' and Kids' EasterWear Egg-citment!

Choose from Ducky's 1st Easter...
Bibs, creepers, toddlers' and kids' t-shirts, sweatshirts, and adult goodies like maternitywear!
NOTE: The organic clothing is from American Apparel!
Order now, so you'll have it in time for Easter!