Saturday, July 25, 2020

Can SURGEON X Save the World From the Pandemic?

Is This Our Tomorrow?
Find Out This Thursday at our fellow RetroBlog Medical Comics and Stories!
In the meantime, go to the website below for some kool background about the "World That's Almost Here"...

Friday, July 24, 2020

Friday Fun / Trump Reading Room HICKORY "Irrigation"

Let's have a look at how some creatives see Don (the Con) Trump's "deporables"... this never-reprinted tale from Quality's Hickory #1 (1949)
Illustrated (and probably written) by Harry Sahle, this comic series began in the anthology All-Humor Comics, then spun-off into it's own, short-lived, title when All-Humor was cancelled.
In 1948-49, superheroes were all but kaput.
Comics were experimenting with every genre imaginable to see what would sell.
Li'l Abner was a major success in newspapers and had already spawned a radio series and feature film!
Strips like Looie Lazybones had long been a part of anthology titles, and series like Ozark Ike, and Babe had earned their own titles, though it was probably due more to their emphasis on the characters' involvement in sports than their rural origins.
Hickory, the comic, only lasted six issues.
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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Reading Room ROCKET SHIP X "Our Atomic Future"

Remember when we thought the "day after tomorrow" would be...
...and all the world's woes could be solved with nuclear power?
If you're an older Baby Boomer, or one of the Greatest Generation, you might remember this tale from Fox's one-shot Rocket Ship X (1951) or something similar to it, since the unhindered (but safe) use of atomic power was being promoted as the ultimate solution to the world's oil/gasoline problems!
Oddly, when it was reprinted in Charlton's Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #5 (1956), only the first page was shown!
Sadly, no records exist to identify the writer and artist (or writer/artist) of this unfulfilled prophecy.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder HARSH REALM "Hazards" Part 2

Hard-boiled gumshoe Dexter Green is hired to find Dan Crawford, who's immersed in the VR world of Harsh Realm!
Dexter is projected into the electronic wonderland after being warned that if his avatar is killed, his body will also die!
He meets Moira, the avatar of another gamer who's been in the environment for awhile and has survived to attain "mage" status!
The two go in search of Crawford and are almost killed in an ambush but for the help of the winged Kyrn!
But, is Kyrn friend...or foe?
What does the incognito private investigator discover in this, dare I say it, wretched hive of scum and villainy?
(Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Be Here Next Wednesday!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Is THIS America's Future Under Trump?

As promised, the final, unused image...
...from the mini-series, illustrated by comics legend Basil Wolverton, about the Bible's Book of Revelations, which seems to depict Don da Con's term in office with frightening accuracy!
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Monday, July 20, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics / Monday Madness GRIMM TALES OF TERROR "Red World" Conclusion

...Scary, eh?
It's not exactly Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" but an updating with some twists of its' own...

Plotted by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, scripted by Shane McKenzie, and illustrated by Antonio Bifilco, this take on Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" from Zenescope's Grimm Tales of Terror #4 (2014) is one of the wilder "re-interpretations" of the legendary horror tale.
But then, that's the sort of thing they do so well...

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(containing this tale, plus issues 1-3 and 5-13)

Sunday, July 19, 2020

America's Future?

Is this our future...
...thanks to the ineptitude of Don da Con?
Legendary artist Basil Wolverton did these illustrations for articles in a religious organization's magazine about the Book of Revelations.
They were later compiled, along with others, into a multi-volume version of the Bible which covered from Genesis to Revelations by that same organization!
Be here Tuesday as we reveal the final image in the series that was so shocking, the editors initially refused to publish it!
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Compiled and edited by Wolverton's son, Monte, the 304-page Bible Stories includes all of Wolverton's artwork for the Worldwide Church of God project.
Recording artist and noted EC Comics authority Grant Geissman (Tales of Terror: The E.C. Companion and Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!provides an insightful foreword, while Monte Wolverton delivers commentary and background in the introduction and in each section.
This volume is authorized and commissioned by the Worldwide Church of God and endorsed by the Wolverton family.
BTW, Many of the illustrations (some never previously-published) are regarded as Basil Wolverton's finest work.