Saturday, November 30, 2019

It's Christmas at Ground Zero!

At this time of year, Christmas carols are in continuous rotation in the Atomic Kommie Comics™ office.
One of our favorites is Christmas at Ground Zero by "Weird" Al Yankovic.
(You were expecting maybe Adeste Fidelis?)
Which brings us to, perhaps, the most unusual theme for potential Christmas presents (and, you gotta admit, we've had some real weirdies!)...atomic Armageddon!

Within our sci-fi-oriented The Future WAS Fantastic!™ section is the Atomic War line of kool collectibles with classic comic book covers from the fear-filled '50s, featuring the nuclear destruction of New York City (see above), Washington DC, and Moscow on black hoodies, sweats, and tees, as well as mugs and other tchochkies!

So for all you survivalists out there, while you duck n' cover under the Christmas tree, prepare for the irradiated end stylishly with our radiation-proof (not really!) garb and goodies!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Friday Fun SANTA CLAUS FUNNIES "There's a Santa..."

Here's a kool one pager...
...written and illustrated by Walt (Pogo) Kelly from Dell's Four Color Comics #91 (1945) aka "Santa Claus Funnies"!
Until Christmas, Friday Fun will be presenting various Yultide-related items, some one or two-pagers like this, some longer stories.
Have a seat, get a mug of hot chocolate, and enjoy!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Holiday Reading Room "Thanksgiving Day" & "Like How to Carve Turkey"

A look at Thanksgiving...including before it was Thanksgiving!
Note there is a historically-inaccurate aspect below...
Interestingly, this page from Brevity Inc's one-shot giveaway Every Day is a Holly Day (1956) plays up the fallacy that turkeys were served at the first Thanksgiving, when the primary dish was eel!
In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be America's official bird and you don't eat your official bird!
Why is this comic entitled "Every Day is a Holly Day" instead of "Every Day is a Holiday"?
Because it was given away to kids by grocers who sold Holly Sugar!
Illustrated by John Rosenberger, it's a unique pamphlet covering a number of American holidays, including both Lincoln and Washington's Birthdays (before they were combined into "Presidents' Day"), Mothers' Day (though not Fathers' Day), Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and a couple of holidays we've largely abandoned...Pan-American Day and American Indian Day!
We'll present the other chapters on the dates they fall upon.
Watch for them!
Now, let's switch from reverence to sarcasm, with a never-reprinted one-pager by Arnold Roth from Humbug Publications' Humbug #5 (1957) covering a major culinary conundrum...
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder SEEKER 3000 "HumanKind" Conclusion

Boarded by the hostile Hkkkt, the crew of Seeker 3000 (a huge ship carrying the last of the human race) join forces with the friendly Medusae to battle the invaders...
To Be Continued...
...after New Year's Day!

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(the first appearance of the series)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Holiday Reading Room RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER "Who He Is and How He Came to Be!"

Much as Disney's versions of classic fairy tales have become the "accepted" ones...
...the 1964 stop-motion animated TV special of Rudolph is the one everyone knows.
But, this is the real story...
Next Tuesday:
Written by Robert L May and illustrated by Denver Gillen, this beloved tale was actually an advertising promotion designed to lure customers into doing Christmas shopping!
You can read about it HERE!

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(of the stop-motion animated TV special, which is considerably-different from this tale!)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Monday Madness WIZARD OF OZ Part 3

Dorothy Gale inadvertently crushes an evil witch with her house when it (and her) are transported by a tornado to a faraway land called "Oz".
The girl from Kansas is told that she must visit the Wizard who lives in the Emerald City, for he is the only one with the power to return her home!
Following the Yellow Brick Road (which goes directly to the green metropolis), she encounters three strange (but friendly) beings who agree to accompany her.
Overcoming dangerous obstacles, the group reaches the city...and an audience with the awesome Wizard!
Proclaiming he can return Dorothy home, Oz (as the Wizard calls himself) demands that she slay the Wicked Witch of the West or he won't aid the girl from Kansas.
Next Monday:
Return to the Emerald City...and Home?
This never-reprinted book adaptation from Dell Junior Treasury #5 (1956) was scripted by Gaylord DuBois and illustrated by Mel Crawford.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Star Wars Christmas is coming...

...and what better way to celebrate than singing Christmas carols along with C3PO and R2D2?
Produced in 1980, this Christmas album was produced by Meco Monardo (who had previously recorded Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk).
Anthony Daniels voiced C-3PO and Ben Burtt provided the sound effects he created for Star Wars to bring R2-D2 and Chewbacca to life! 
'What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)' reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1980. (It was the third digitally-recorded single in chart history.)
Trivia: Jon Bon Jovi made his first recording ever on this album (credited as John Bongiovi), singing lead vocals on 'R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.' Bon Jovi did it as a favor to his cousin Tony Bongiovi, one of the producers of the album.
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