Saturday, October 19, 2019

Reading Room EERIE ADVENTURES "Perfect Hideout!"

It's a sci-fi tale...
...a horror story...
...a parable about how crime never pays!'s all these things...and more!
Illustrated by Gerald McCann, this tale from Ziff-Davis' one-shot Eerie Adventures (1951) shares a title with several other 1940s-50s tales from other publishers.
But none of the others were sci-fi, just standard "crime does not pay"-style tales...
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday Fun MONSTERS TO LAUGH WITH "Best of #3"

What Did the Late Great Stan Lee Find Funny?
Why, taking old horror/sci-fi movie and TV show pix and adding silly word balloons to them!
And Stan wanted you, the reader to participate in the fun...
Did they publish the winners?
You'll hve to be here Next Friday to find out, True Believer!
BTW, this back cover pic is from The Man Who Laughs, starring Conrad Veidt...the visual inspiration for writer/artist Jerry Robinson's creation of The Batman's arch-enemy The Joker!
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Reading Room WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE "Escape to Death!"

Yeah, you read that correctly.
"To Death", not "From Death".
Don't worry, this s-o-b deserves what he gets in the end...
It's a kool story with superb Basil Wolverton story and art.
But, there's one problem...the coloring.
Basil went to the trouble of doing a number of different alien races, but they're all colored the same shade of green!
(There is one panel with the various aliens colored differently, but even there, the coloring is not consistent.
Members of the same species are colored several different ways!)
Was this tale from Key's Weird Tales of the Future #2 recolored to play up the various species' differences when it was reprinted in Eclipse's Mr Monster's Super-Duper Special #8 in 1987?
When I get ahold of a copy, I'll let you know!
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder WALKING DEAD "Corpse Under Glass" Part 1

NOTE: This tale is decidedly NOT SAFE FOR WORK/SCHOOL!
...a crippled alien starship crashes on Earth and it's cargo, a gas (created to revive dead aliens to continue fighting their centuries-old war) leaks into the atmosphere.
Due to differences between alien and human biology, it also revives dead humans...who are sentient, but maniacal!
The President declares martial law as local government collapses, and considers using nukes to end the problem!
Meanwhile, an isolated group of survivors under siege from sentient (and well-armed) zombies manage to escape
But one of their own is accidentally left behind, and they are not about to abandon him...

The Mayhem Continues...
Next Wednesday!
Created by writer/artist Jim Somerville and published by Malibu/Aircel in 1989, it was vastly-different from the 2003-present graphic novel series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.
For collectors, there's good news and bad news...
Good news: There's only a four-issue mini series and a one-shot Special to collect!
Bad news: Because it didn't sell well (and has never been reprinted), it's HTF (hard to find) and expensive!
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Reading Room "Invasion" A Twice-Told Tale of Martian Horror!

One of the best-known Mars invasion tales is Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio show...
Edited version
...which this twice-told tale "updates" to the television era!
But, it's radically-altered from it's first appearance, and that the original version had never been reprinted!
First the toned-down version, then the original, scarier version...
Original version
 Note in the original version, both the wife and singer on tv show a lot more cleavage!
Edited version
Original version
Again, more cleavage in the original version...
Edited version
Original version
Oddly enough, the wife's cleavage is unchanged, but the look of terror in the last panel is toned down!
Edited version
Original version
Panel four in the original version is much more gruesome than the edited version.  Note the dialogue balloon is unchanged, even though there's no actual weapons fire in the edited version!
Edited version
 This last page is radically-different! Prepare yourself!
Proceed...but remember, I warned you...
Original version
The edited pages were from Race for the Moon #1 (1958)
The original story was from Witches' Tales #21 (1953)
As you can see, the Comics Code Authority insisted on some major redos, including most of the last page!

Whenever possible, we'll present examples of similar censoring of stories pre and post-Comics Code!
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday Madness DRACULA Dracula One-Page Tales #3

The English-language reprints of the 1970s Spanish Dracula magazine didn't have any Dracula...
...because they left out these kool, wordless, one-page features from the back cover of the original Spanish editions!
Note these two also feature Frankenstein's Monster!
Both England's New English Library and America's Warren Magazines (who licensed the NEL translated version) left out these entertaining pieces...despite the fact no translation was needed!
Written and illustrated by Alfonso Figueras, these one-pagers now make their American debut!
Be here every Monday in October for more kool vampire humor!
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(from 1971, featuring the first six issues of the translated-from-Spanish Dracula magazine...but not these Dracula humor strips...nor any Dracula content!)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Trespassers Will Be EATEN!

Trick-or-Treaters Will be Licked! 
Whether you're a member of Team Jacob, or just love the fanged furry furies, go WEREWOLF this Halloween with our kool kollectibles including recyclable trick-or-treat bags, mini-buttons (great for bag stuffers and they don't rot teeth), magnets, mugs, yard signs and banners, and of course, shirts and hoodies!
Order now or you'll be baying at the moon with regret!