Saturday, August 10, 2019

Trump Reading Room BEDLAM "Earth Invasion"

Trumpanzees should read this kick-butt piece...
...and then we'll witness if they feel like going out and shooting someone, like their fellow Trumpanzee did in El Paso!
Ready to grab those AR-15s and slaughter the local populace?
Why not?
Wackadoodles have used the "pop culture" causes violence trope for over a half century, from the "comics cause teen crime" insanity of the 1950s to the "violent videos" of the 80s and 90s, to the video games of today.
If violent video games (supposedly) cause people to become insane killers, why do countries like Japan, with far more violent video game content, have far less crime (including shootings) than America?
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday Fun SPACE MOUSE "Reservation to the Moon!"

Sometimes the heroic Space Mouse ventured into outer space to fight menaces...
...sometimes the menaces commuted to Earth!
And, sometimes, very rarely, there is no menace...just misunderstood alien visitors!
Writer/artist Frank Carin told this never-reprinted tale of misinterpreted Moon-people motives in Avon's Peter Rabbit #31 (1956)!
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Reading Room LARS OF MARS "Secret Origin"

What if 1950s sci-fi shows like Captain Video or Space Patrol were real?
Or if the aliens shown on the screen were real aliens?
As you've just read, that was the premise of the short-lived (two issues) Ziff-Davis series Lars of Mars!
Created by Jerry (Superman) Siegel and Murphy (Buck Rogers) Anderson, this premiere story from the first issue of his own title (which was #10!) established the somewhat-silly premise.
During his run, Lars battled Commies, crooks, and other aliens while protecting his "secret identity" from his nosy producer (who bore a disturbing resemblance to Lois Lane).
You'll be seeing all of Lars' stories here over the next few weeks.
Watch for them!
The cover paintings for both issues of Lars of Mars were painted by Allen Anderson, who was not related to interior artist Murphy Anderson!
Here's a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"-style fact (done in four degrees)...
1) Ziff-Davis also published a short-lived adaptation of an actual 1950s sci-fi tv series, Space Patrol, illustrated by Bernie Krigstein.
2) Krigstein illustrated the first issue of another Ziff-Davis sci-fi series: Space Busters!
3) Bernie was replaced on interior art for the second (and final) issue of Space Busters by...Murphy Anderson!
4) Allen Anderson did the painted cover for the Space Busters issue (#2) illustrated by Murphy! (Norm Saunders had painted #1's cover!)
featuring the covers of both issues of Lars of Mars!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder STORY OF OTHER WORLDS "Amazon of Barsoom"

Concluding our re-telling of long-unseen Barsoom (Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars) stories...'s the final never-reprinted Barsoom tale that ran in DC Comics' Tarzan Family in 1976!
This story from Tarzan Family #60 (1975) was written by Robert Kaniger and illustrated by Noly Zamora.
The Heliumites in this tale are blue-skinned, not red (as in all other Barsoom stories), and these red "demon apes" who carry spears and talk have never appeared in any other Barsoom tale!
As we mentioned earlier, this story and the "Secret Diaries of John Carter" mini-series have never been reprinted since their publication in 1976, even in the recent Dark Horse trade paperback that presented all the other Barsoom-based stories that appeared in DC Comics!
(It's rumored that dissatisfaction with them was the reason ERB Inc pulled the license from DC!)
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

D-Day in the Comics...Plus Other Goodies!

The final part of our Summer Mini-Blogathon is underway...
Already up are...
(Yes, it was reprinted in a Marvel Masterworks a decade ago, but those are extremely-expensive and didn't sell very well, so most of you have never seen this tale from 53 years ago!)
We gave equal time to Fury's DC counterpart, Sgt. Rock, presenting his never-reprinted D-Day adventure!
But that's not all, True Believer!
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Monday Madness FAIRY TALES "David and the Dragon"

An updated version of Lewis Carroll's Alice wasn't Dave Berg's only foray into fantasy...
...there was also the cover feature for the first issue of Alice's Ziff-Davis Comics stable-mate, Fairy Tales!
(Yes, I know it says "#10", but it's the first issue!)
The "look" of this strip is totally-different from the other Ziff-Davis material by Berg we've presented.
But, keep in mind that Dave got his start working for the Eisner-Iger Studio in 1940.
One of the attributes they looked for in their artists was the ability to mimic other illustrators' styles...including Eisner's own!
It's possible he was instructed by editor Jerry Siegel to go for a "look" similar to Walt Kelly's on his successful and popular Dell Comics Fairy Tale Parade and Mother Goose stories!
But when he started work on Alice, Siegel let him go back to his "normal" look!
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Sunday, August 4, 2019


Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week:celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the greatest rock and roll concert in history, WOODSTOCK, with a kool kollectible featuring the digitally-remastered ORIGINAL promo poster that was plastered all over record stores and head shops in 1969!
Sorry, no tie-dye shirts available!