Friday, July 31, 2020


"Tin Pan Alley" was the name for a group of influential music publishers/licensors...
...mostly located on West 28th Street between 5th and 7th Avenues in NYC due to the cheap rents at the time.

This Joe Edwards-written and illustrated story from Archie's Tales Calculated to Drive You Bats #5 (1962) points out many in the music industry thought rock-and-roll was just a fad.
Yet here we are in 2020 and rock-and-roll, though altered and enhanced, is still the predominant form of popular music!
It also shows that music companies thought (and still think) performers are interchangeable!
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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Trump Reading Room: YOUR VOTE IS VITAL!

I was planning to run something different today...
...but after seeing this headline...
...I felt compelled to re-run this tale!
Here's a handy (very) basic guide...
Illustrated by Warren Kremer and Al Avision, this one-shot published by Harvey Comics in 1952 (68 years ago) was offered for only a couple of pennies a copy to anyone who wanted to utilize it to get out the vote!
Amazing how it's both generic and pertinent even decades later!
Note: Our gratitude to the ever-amazing Kracalactaka for the scans of this ultra-rare comic!
Now, unless you want things to stay as they are...or get worse...if you're over 18 and under 110...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder HARSH REALM "Hazards" Conclusion

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!
Thr trio proceed to a nearby war-ravaged city where survivors identify a photo of Dan as the "troublemaker" who caused the devastation...
To quote a certain Corellian smuggler and rogue:
"I have a bad feeling about this..."
The Quest Continues in Two Weeks!
Next Week
Return to the Lost World with Hunt Bowman!
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Reading Room ATOM-AGE COMBAT "Puzzle"

Besides tales of the US and USSR fighting World War III...
...Atom-Age Combat featured tales of combat versus aliens on other worlds, as well!
Note: the last page was the inside back cover of the comic, so it's just black-and-white.
Illustrated by Dick Ayers, this tale from Fago's Atom-Age Combat #3 (1959) touches on an interesting idea.
Someone's keeping us from leaving Earth...but they're also keeping others from approaching Earth!
Were they protecting us from them...or them from us?
Since this was the final tale in the final issue of the series, we'll never know the answer...
BTW, this was the second series called "Atom-Age Combat"!
The first was published by St John Comics with five issues in 1952-53 and a one-shot in 1958.
Fago Publications bought the title when St John dropped it's comic line, continuing the numbering from the one-shot and producing two issues.
Fago itself only lasted from 1958-59.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Monday Madness / CoronaVirus Comics MORLOCK: 2001 "Coming of Morlock!" Part 1

Welcome to the dystopian Earth of 2001... seen in 1975 by writer Michael Fleischer, penciler Al Milgrom, and inker Jack Abel!
Will Morlock be used as a weapon of the State?
Will he allow himself to be used?
Find Out
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A "Lost" Graphic Novel about Dystopia