Saturday, September 1, 2018

Did You Miss the Fourth 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 31, 2018

Marie Severin (1929-2018)

We ran this never-reprinted 1970s tale only a year ago...
...but now it's in memory of the amazing lady who co-penciled (with Stu Schwartzburg) and inked it!
Written by Stu Schwartzberg, penciled by Stu and multi-talented, award-winning penciler/inker/colorist/designer Marie Severin and inked by Marie, this never-reprinted tale from Big Apple Comix #1 (1975) perfectly captures the "Noo Yawker" love-hate dichotomy!
Since one of Marie's many talents was caricature, she was also the only choice to handle movie/tv spoofs like this never-reprinted one from the appropriately-named Spoof #4 (1973)!
(BTW, the doctor on the Frank Giacoia-inked cover was Robert Young as tv sawbones Marcus Welby M.D., also the subject of a parody in this issue!)
Just a couple of samples from a talented and charming lady.
Note: the regular Friday Fun feature, Rex Dexter, will return next week.
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Reading Room NIGHT OF MYSTERY "Giant from Earth!"

Though this never-reprinted tale appeared in a one-shot horror anthology comic...'s really a straight sci-fi tale with no horror elements!
I can't be certain, but it looks like the artists for this tale from Avon's Night of Mystery (1953) are Mike Sekowsky (pencils) and Frank Giacoia, Joe Giella, or Bernard Sachs (inks).
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder CHRONICLES OF GENGHIS GRIMTOAD "Part 2"

To protect Prince Eric, heir to the throne of Haven, from death at the claws of Toadthrax the Sorcerer (servant of the usurper King Kang), King Ranald sends his son along with Queen Jade, bodyguard Quanah: the Painted Warrior along with Genghis Grimtoad (inept apprentice to court sorcerer Karbunkle Grimtoad) to Quanah's mountainous northern homeland!
Ranald and Karbunkle hold off the attackers as long as possible, and die heroically.
But their sacrifice may be in vain as Kang's troops catch up with the refugees in Boglund, Grimtoad's homeland...
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!
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Reading Room WILD "Big Wheels" by Russ Heath

You may know the late, great Russ Heath (1926-2018) from his meticulously-detailed...
...war, Western, or super-hero stories!
But we thought we'd pay tribute to his little-known humor work!
This never-reprinted tale from Atlas' Wild #3 (1954) was one of several Heath did for Atlas' 1950s MAD clones which also included Riot, Crazy, and Snafu!
Russ would later go on to occasionally-assist Harvey Kurtzman on the R-rated Little Annie Fanny...earning himself a long-term residency at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion, as recounted by Mark Evanier HERE!
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Spouse-Slayer"

The switch from using gangster movie plots reset in the far future... Western movie plots reest in the far future continues as we substitute spaceships for stagecoaches!
Whoever the writer is, (s)he had become incredibly lazy!
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