Saturday, November 21, 2020

Space Force Saturdays SPEED CARTER "BirdMen of Uranus"

The 1950s, when heroic astronauts fought for Truth, Justice, and the American Way...
 ..against the Uranians, who apparently are the space-age counterparts of the Chinese Communists, as least until the end of this lead story from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #2 (1953)!
While physics isn't my strong point, they must still be in the atmosphere, not the vacuum of space, or Kondor's wings wouldn't work!
Written by Hank Chapman, illustrated by Joe Maneely!
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Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday Fun / Holiday Reading Room: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER "Rudolph's Swelled Head" Part 1

Despite his immense popularity in the '40s, Rudolph didn't appear in a comic until 1950...
...when he finally received the first in a series of annual comic books from DC Comics!
To be continued...
Next Friday!
Written by Sy Reit and illustrated by Rube Grossman, this 1950 annual was the first of a series that ran until 1963.
The concept was revived in the tabloid-sized "Treasury" (10" x 14") format in 1972 and was published annually (except in '75 and '77) until 1978.
(Both DC and Marvel experimented in the 1970s with the over-sized format.
They were much bigger than normal comics with cardstock covers, though the interior pages were printed on the usual comic book paper stock.)
The series was a more-or-less sequel to the original story (which we presented HERE.) and song.
(The animated TV special that tells a totally-different version of the tale didn't appear until 1964.)
One thing you'll note is the unique idea of including activity pages as part of the story, giving us perfect chapter enders and openers in our serial presentation format.
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(of the stop-motion animated TV special)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

They're NOT a Luxury in the Pandemic Age, But a NECESSITY...Christmas Cards!

With most of us, sadly, not doing our usual big Thanksgiving or Christmas get-togethers due to Covid-19... do we communicate our holiday wishes to friends and family in this high-tech, impersonal age?
Why, Christmas Cards, of course...and not the e-mail type!
Remember how, after Thanksgiving, you'd look forward to getting those envelopes with colorful Yuletide cards (usually with lots of handwritten news and in-jokes from the sender!)
Remember the warmth with loved ones you'd feel from those?
Remember how you'd create displays on the mantlepiece or stairs with the koolest of those cards?
Well, more than ever, it's time to bring back that warm-and-fuzzy feeling!
And we have just the cards to do it...

Plus, if you want some really wild variations...
All are exclusive designs not available anywhere else!
All are available as singles for $4.99, 10-packs for $19.99 ($1.99 per card), and 20-packs for $29.99 ($1.49 per card).
Talk about a Christmas miracle!
Order now, so you'll be able to send them out around (or just after) Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder LOST WORLD "London Blitz 2.0"

We Have Already Seen...

...Hunt and Lyssa, having been accidentally-transported via Volta spacecraft from St Louis to Paris, must now find their way back to America, but without alien technology to help them...
Fiction House's Planet Comics #31 (1944) continues the trek across a devastated Europe...which, ironically mirrors the then-current situation known to us as World War II!
But even bigger changes are coming to the Lost World, as you'll see next week!
Note: While some spacecraft and submarines look similar, they're actually designed to operate in totally-different envrionments!
Spaceships fly though a near-vacuum, and low gravity so they're built to keep their interiors from exploding outward!
OTOH, subs are designed to keep incredibly-heavy water pressure from crushing them like tin cans.
Unless you can figure out how to make the vessel's structure do both effectively, a combo-use ship isn't really feasible...

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Volume 8
(which includes this story!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Holiday Reading Room CHRISTMAS WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Animals' Christmas"

...and I'll post them as a major part of the Holiday Reading Room series!
never-reprinted Walt Kelly tale from Dell's Four Color #90 (1945) subtitled Christmas with Mother Goose, the first of the annual Yuletide anthologies that ran from 1945 to 1949 which utilized fairytale characters in X-Mas settings!
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Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday Madness: Christmas at Ground Zero---It's Earlier than You Think!

At this time of year, Christmas carols are already in continuous rotation on radio stations and in the 
Atomic Kommie Comics™ office.
(Remember when this didn't happen until after Thanksgiving?)
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!
BTW, our apologies...the brand-new link directly from YouTube does a weird re-routing, so you have to click on the video embed to go directly to YouTube instead of being able to watch it on the blog!
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!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Festive Christmas FaceMasks

Though the pandemic is limiting our usual Yuletide festivities, we should be prepared...

...if we can celebrate with family and friends by using festive face masks like these
...or, if you're feeling grumpy, some
...or, last (but not least),

Each double-layer mask is reusable, washable, and built for comfort.
Every one-size-fits-all adult or kid mask features a pocket for optional filter use...and comes with two free carbon filters!
PLUS: these are exclusive designs, not available anywhere else or line-or in Brick-and-mortar stores!
(Even Amazon doesn't have them!)