Saturday, April 15, 2017

Holiday Reading Room EASTER WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Easter Sunday"

Our final Walt (Pogo) Kelly post for Easter... a never-reprinted piece from Four Color Comics: Easter with Mother Goose #220 (1949).
We hope you've enjoyed our presentation of these long-lost pieces by one of the field's masters.
Be here tomorrow for a never-reprinted tale of Easter...from Marvel Comics!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reading Room LOST WORLDS "Alice in TerrorLand!"

Wev'e been running some really adorable fairy tale pieces...
... but here's a comic story that combines sci-fi, a classic fantasy, and a fear many children experience at one time or another...
Penciled by Alex Toth and inked by Mike Peppe, this tale from Standard's Lost Worlds #5 (1952) takes the common kids' fear of toys coming to life and adds imagery from Lewis Carroll's Alice tales to an alien invasion scenario to create a wonderfully-creepy story.
Sadly, the writer of this wild story is unknown.
We''ll have a gentler tale by Walk Kelly tomorrow...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reading Room WEIRD THRILLERS "Menace of R Day"

In the 1950s, it was thought that war could be ended by 1999...
...and that other menaces would threaten the Earth, instead!
This somewhat-hokey, but entertaining, sci-fi tale from Ziff-Davis' Weird Thrillers #1 (1951) was both penciled and inked by Ross Andru.
Andru would later partner with Mike Esposito with Ross as the penciler and Mike doing the inking.
Whether this was because Esposito was faster at inking than Ross, or Andru enjoyed doing only pencils is unknown.
Considering Andru seemed pretty damn good at inking, it's a pity he eventually gave it up.
BTW, the writer of this never-reprinted tale of mechanical mayhem is unknown.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reading Room LOST WORLDS "Men and Fire"

In 1952, outer space was the "final frontier"...
...and humans were going to tame it, no matter what the consequences!
This never-reprinted tale from Standard's Lost Worlds #6 (1952) was penciled by Ross Andru and inked by Andru and Mike Esposito.
The writer is unknown.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reading Room CAPTAIN SCIENCE "Spawn of Pathor"

It's been awhile since we last looked in on... a new artist takes a crack at the character!
Artist Tex Blaisdell makes a valiant effort to match the Joe Orlando/Wally Wood art style from the previous few issues, but it comes up short in this never-reprinted story from Youthful's Captain Science #6 (1951).
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Reading Room BLAST-OFF "Danger! Atoms!"

Underrated writer/artist Howard Nostrand offers...
Here's the original art from the never-reprinted tale published in Harvey's 1965 one-shot anthology Blast Off!
What does it all mean?
Discuss among yourselves!
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Design of the Week Redux EASTER WITH MOTHER GOOSE!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another...unless it sells really well, like this one!
Then we "redux" it and extend it's run by a week!

Since Easter is coming, we thought we'd present an absolutely adorable piece from the 1940s by the legendary Walt (Pogo) Kelly featuring a puppy, kitten, and bunny with surprised looks on their faces as the egg they're painting hatches, producing yet another cute animal...a chick!

You just don't see stuff like this anymore!
So, why not order some kidswear or basket stuffers with this one-week-only graphic?
Everyone who sees it will go "Awwww."