Saturday, June 5, 2021

Space Force Saturdays SPACE SQUADRON "Challenge of the Moon Things!"

With our own, delayed, Olympics finally about to get under way...
..let's see how the games are handled when multiple alien species, each with their own unique physical attributes, go head-to-head in sporting competition!
So, alien species are as sexist as humans?
Does this mean it's a (literally) universal tendency?
This never-reprinted tale from Atlas' Space Squadron #5 (1952) is amusing, showing its' Terra-centric tendencies in how EarthMen always triumph, even in sporting events that other species should win, due to naturally-superior abilities!
It's almost as if the games were rigged to favor humans...
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Friday, June 4, 2021


It's summertime, so let's go to the beach...
...and see how it's not best to change to please others!
While the artist of this tale from Archie's Tales Calculated to Drive You Bats #6 (1962) is unknown, the writer is George Gladir.
Archie Comics kept at least one MAD-style humor anthology going from the late 1950s (after MAD switched from four-color comic to black-and-white magazine) through the 1960s.
Though Tales Calculated to Drive You Bats! expired after only seven issues, it's sister title, Archie's Mad House (which initially-featured various Archie characters as hosts of the stories), survived to 1981!
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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Reading Room VOYAGE TO THE DEEP "Disaster Rises" Conclusion

An unnamed enemy has tilted the Earth's axis, creating tsunamis that have already destroyed most of the East Coast south of Washington DC, with the US capital and New York City soon to follow.
The nuclear sub Proteus heads towards the Mariana Trench in an attempt to counteract the threat, but it is attacked by a gigantic sea creature awakened by the catastrophe...
What the hell just happened???
This is, easily, one of the weirdest comics ever published.
The never-reprinted tale features art by talented, yet extremely-underrated Sam Glanzman (who also did the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea feature film adaptation), but the scriptwriter is unknown.
If you want to see more, let us know.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder LOST WORLD "VoltaMen Defeated?"

Or is this a sinister plot to catch the amazingly-effective Resistance off-guard?
New, but not-entirely trustworthy, allies are better than no allies...I hope!
Unfortunately, this series has a tendency to introduce potential situations and ongoing characters, then drop them!
Since the credited writer, Thorncliffe Herrick, is actually a house pen-name, there's no way of knowing how often scripters have been changed!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Reading Room VOYAGE TO THE DEEP "Disaster Rises" Part 1

...Dell Comics planned to do an ongoing comic series.
However, they lost the license  for reasons unknown and decided to rework the existing material into a new, similar, series...

 The saga continues...
Art for Dell's Voyage to the Bottom of the Deep #1 (1962) is by Sam Glanzman, who also did the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea movie adaptation, but the scriptwriter is unknown.
There are a lot of similarities in characters and tech between this series and the VttBotS movie.
(The TV series wouldn't debut for another two years...)
But the submarine being able to adapt its' shape as needed was something 1960s special effects couldn't handle so it was considered a defining characteristic to avoid questions of copyright infringement.
They also eliminated the big bay "windows" in the nose of the sub, moving them to the conning tower, just to be safe...
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Voyage to the Deep
TPB reprinting the complete four-issue series, plus some kool features!