Saturday, July 14, 2018

Steve Ditko Does Man-Bat and The Batman!

See the only time Steve (Spider-Man) Ditko illustrated The Batman... our "brother" RetroBlog Hero Histories by clicking HERE!
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(which reprints this tale as well as new villain Baron Tyme's return story-arc vs The Demon, also illustrated by Ditko)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "Junk Room of Doom"

It's taking a helluva long time for Rex Dexter to reach the second-closest planet to Earth...
...and going through the Junk Room of Doom is not going to speed things up!
This tale from Fox's Mystery Men Comics #12 (1940), was reprinted in Fox's The Eagle #1 (1941), presumably because the strip was being moved over there to give the new title an already-established feature, but the editors changed their minds, and new features like Spider Queen and Joe Spook took over the back pages of The Eagle, instead!
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trump Reading Room TALES TO OFFEND "Lance Blastoff on the Dinosaur Planet"

Here's what a veteran of Don the Con's Space Force might be like... he goes "independent contractor" after his tour of duty!
Lance Blastoff was Frank (Do I really have to tell you?) Miller's "redneck in space" satire.
Though this tale first appeared in Dark Horse Presents #100 (1995), we're running the reprint from Dark Horse's Tales to Offend (1997) since it's in glorious full color by Marie Severin.
(The first appearance was b/w)
23 years later, he's the very embodiment of Don the Con's "Deplorables" set in an EC-style future!
He smokes!
He drinks!
He swears!
He lies to women...and they love it!
He's Lance Blastoff, and he says, "Get it while you can get it, then get going while the going's good!" Lance Blastoff: Role model for the next millennium!
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR "Tangor Joins the Fight"

...ok, it's been five years between chapters, but we've been busy!
Just go with it...
Written by Burroughs in 1940 and published in 1942, the story is basically an updating of John Carter of Mars or Carson of Venus but set "present-day" and with no hope of return to Earth since his body was destroyed in the rocket explosion.
In addition, the world our hero ends up on is not the high-adventure fantasyland of Barsoom, but the planet Poloda, where a technologically-advanced version of the Cold War between America and the USSR (with elements of Nazism) in the 1950s is being waged!
(There's an excellent piece about history behind the story HERE.)
Adapted by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by the highly-underrated Dan Green, this never-reprinted chapter from Tarzan #214 (1972) takes considerable liberties with the original storyline.
Our previous Wednesday Worlds of Wonder series, Carson of Venus, received great viewing numbers, so we thought we'd go with another Edgar Rice Burroughs series that hasn't been reprinted.
The first chapter appeared HERE, so you haven't missed anything, True Believer!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Reading Room WORLDS OF SUSPENSE "Dead End"

Non-gasoline powered autos aren't a new concept...
...but this particular one has a potentially-deadly feature for the unwary!
I know I've seen the 1950s gull-wing concept car used as the protoype vehicle, but I'll be damned if I can find it on the 'Net.
Anybody recognize it?
The art for this never-reprinted tale of greed, gasoline, and goof-ups from Atlas' World of Suspense #8 (1957) was by Howard O'Donnell, whose career in comics was brief (1953-1958), but whose art career continues to this day as a noted painter of maritime and Western subjects!
The writer is unknown.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith Rescues Doctor Kum of Jupiter"

As Space Smith struggles to find an ongoing artist...
...Earth's criminal element is apparently going through a retro-fashion fad, wearing 1940s suits and fedoras!
Space and Diana save the President of the "Federated States of Earth"!
Does that mean he's the President of the whole Earth, or just a part of it?
The unknown writer and artist of this never-reprinted story from Fox's Fantastic Comics #13 (1940) never make it clear!
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Sunday, July 8, 2018

RIP Steve Ditko (1927-2018)

Easily one of the most eccentric and unique personalities in a rather eccentric and unique field...
...Steve Ditko was not only the co-creator or sole creator of some of pop culture's most enduring characters, but a fascinating person to be around.
I had the privilege of working with him on a number of projects at various companies, and while he disliked interacting with fans, when dealing with fellow pros, he was honest (if not entirely diplomatic), knowledgeable about an amazing array of subjects, and far more "professional" than many young hot-shot artists!
By that, I mean he always met deadlines and had no problems modifying artwork to suit the editor's/client's needs, which rankles many "creatives" who feel it would "impugn their vision".
I'll miss him.

BTW, check out a rarely-reprinted Mr A story with no captions or dialogue (or any mention of Objectivism) at all...HERE!
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