Saturday, August 25, 2018

Did You Miss the Third Week's Chapters of the Story DC Comics REFUSES to Publish...MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL?

Did you know we cracked the Captain Marvel Code which had been ending each chapter!
Remember how I told you the Captain Marvel Code-Finder was a mail-in premium that would enable you to understand the cryptic messages (like this one) in stories?
And that, without it, you'd be as helpless as an Axis spy to figure out what the message was!
And that I didn't have one of the HTF and expensive Code Finders?
Well, guess what?
We don't need it!
On the back of the Captain Marvel Club Membership Card (shown here) is that code!
Since we believe the story has historical significance, and the racism (which we abhor) is part of the tale, RetroBlogs dropped the plans we had for various summer mini-blogathons to re-present the entire, unexpurgated story scanned from the original issues of Fawcett's Captain Marvel Adventures at Hero Histories and Not Safe For Work Comics!
Enjoy, and keep up with the saga Monday through Friday!
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER OF MARS "Nemesis of the Neekians"

Just another day in the cosmos for our hero...
...ok, maybe not a typical day...
"Will we ever reach Mars, Rex?"
After a year of constant re-routing and diversions, what do you think dear reader?
As a bonus, Briefer included another of those kool "make your own spaceship" schematics!
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Return of the Ants, Man!

When we moved last year, we were pleasantly-suprised at how little insect activity there was at the new pied-a-terre.
Got an unpleaseant surprise this morning, as we discovered an invasion of ants in the bathroom!
It's been contained and almost eliminated, but we're not going to do the usual post today.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder CHRONICLES OF GENGHIS GRIMTOAD "Part 1"

The best way to learn about a totally-new universe is to dive right in...
...and learn as you go!
To Be Continued...
Next Wednesday!
Written by Alan Grant & John Wagner and illustrated by Ian Gibson, the series appeared in 2-page installments in all 20 issues of Marvel UK's bi-weekly Strip Magazine (their version of Marvel USA's Epic Magazine) and ended, incomplete, when the title was cancelled.
The strip was compiled along with the unpublished material to finish the story for a graphic novel version published in 1990.
Though intended for sale in both in the UK and USA, the trade paperback received limited distribution here and hasn't been reprinted since then,

Like most fictional worlds, this one's geography is different than ours, so you'll need a map to know where you are and where you're going...
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Reading Room CONQUEROR COMICS "Conquerors"

Easily one of the weirdest strips ever...
...from the only issue of the only comic this publisher ever produced!
What did the creators of this series have in mind?
It takes place on another world where long-dead people from Earth's past are now apparently immortal and can manipulate time itself!
In addition, it seems that every ethnic group has set itself up on their own planet...which begs the question as to how they would get there, since none of these groups had the technology for space travel!
Is it Heaven?
Unlikely, since Adolph Hitler is there!
Plus, the locals say the astronauts can't remove their helmets and breathe the air or they'll be unable to return to Earth!
Illustrated by Warren King, and scripted by an unknown writer, this lead story from the one and only issue of Conqueror Comics (1945) never had a sequel.
In fact, the publisher, Albrecht Publishing, never produced another comic!
In most cases like this, unused material would be sold off to another publisher who would use it as "filler", somewhere in their comics...but not Albrecht!
So we'll never know what would've happened to Bill and John Cotter as they explored this weird part of space/time!
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Interplanetary Outlaws"

The past few weeks' Space Smith strips were based on gangster movie plots!
This week's space opera is based on cinematic horse operas (Westerns)!
Substitute "gold/silver mine map" for "hidden planet location map", six-shooters for ray guns, and wagon/stagecoach for spaceship, and the transposition in this never-reprinted tale from Fox's Fantastic Comics #19 (1941) is obvious!
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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Reading Room ATOM-AGE COMBAT "Hungry Moss"

Here's a story from the 1950s that might've inspired the cult flick The Green Slime!
This tale from the fifth (and final) issue of the 1952-53 comic book Atom-Age Combat is one of only three stories in the entire series with actual sci-fi or alien elements!
Most of the tales were of the World War III / Atomic War type showing a long-feared "US vs the Russian and/or Chinese Commies" war using advanced technology and limited nuclear weaponry.

While the writer is unknown, the art is by longtime war comics artist Dick Ayers, best-known for Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos.
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