Saturday, September 18, 2021

Space Force Saturdays SPACE BUSTERS "Charge of the Battle Women"

Continuing the Mars Campaign of the Earth-Belzar War from Ziff-Davis' SpaceBusters #1.

Part One can be found HERE.
It's a fascinating look at male-female relationships as shown in comic books of the 1950s, proving those Lois Lane comics and their attitudes towards women weren't an aberration.
Note: Jerry Siegel, the writer who co-created Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane, was the editor (and possibly writer) of this series!
BTW, you'll notice the Amazons on the cover by legendary pulp/comics/paperback/trading card artist Norman Saunders (shown above) are wearing considerably less...armor!
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Friday, September 17, 2021

Friday Fun ZANY "Buck Dodgers" and "Flush Gordon"

A couple of comic strip parodies from one of the many MAD Magazine imitators...
From Candar's Zany #3 (1959), illustrated by Carl (Golden Age Human Torch) Burgos, writer unknown, though it might have been Burgos himself.
From Candar's Zany #2 (1958), artist and writer unknown.
These HTF and never-reprinted space adventure parodies, were from Candar, which published risque titles like French Cartoons and Cuties and College Laughs.
Though Zany only ran four issues, it had a pretty damn good lineup of writers and artists including the aformentioned Burgos (who was also the editor for the first two issues), Bill Everett (who also painted all four front covers), Joe Sinnott, Dick Briefer, John Forte, Don Orehek, Morris Waldinger, Paul Reinman, and Pete Costanza!
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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Reading Room ADVENTURE COMICS "Is a Snerl Human?"

A parable is defined as "a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson".
Writers love to tell them, and we love to read them (especially ones with sci-fi elements).
Written by Shelly Mayer and beautifully-illustrated by Alex Toth, this never-reprinted story from DC's Adventure Comics #431 (1974) came out during the era when Jack Kirby's Kamandi was being published, which might explain why it's set on the planet "Teyton" rather than a future Earth, despite the fact all the animals, except the Snerls, are obviously Earth creatures!
(Kamandi was set on a near-future Earth where intelligent animals [most in humanoid form] rule the planet.)
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder HUNT BOWMAN OF THE LOST WORLD Part 2

The original Hunt Bowman was an marksman with a bow and a decent shot with a handgun!
The new "astronaut-frozen-in-time" Buck Rogers-wannabe is obviously not the same guy!
To Be Continued
Since Bowman is from the past, is this guy also from the past...or further into the future?
Or is he a clone, created from Bowman's cells taken before he went into space?
Or is this not only a future Earth, but an alternate universe as well?
Makes you wonder why writer Bruce Jones and artist Ken Hooper even tried to adapt the original Lost World strip!
Except for the character's name, it has nothing in common with the 1940s series!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Reading Room SPACE ADVENTURES "Long Patrol"

Here's a never-reprinted Silver Age tale...
...that has a definite Golden Age "look" and "feel" to it!
Written by Joe Gill, penciled by Charles Nicholas, and inked by Vince Colletta, this story from Charlton's Space Adventures V2N6 (1969) feels like it's been edited down from a longer version.
Things happen almost arbitrarily, like the astronauts' home base knowing they've been mind-controlled by aliens, or the crewmen being deliberately-incapacitated by equipment on board we (and probably they) knew nothing about!
It's an interesting, but unsatisfying, tale...a rarity from Charlton.
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Monday Mars Madness WAR COMICS "Greg Gilday and the Martians" Part 2!
This strip is running at mach speed, adding genres every minute!
Greg Gilday isn't just Superman!
He's Moses, too!
In the Golden Age, creators, unrestrained by preconceptions, tried genre mash-ups we wouldn't dream of doing today, hoping to find a "hook" to grab readers!
Drawn (and probably written) by Richard Fletcher, this never-reprinted series only ran three chapters (this is the second, from Dell's War Comics #3, published in 1940) before disappearing despite the final strip ending with a caption promising more adventures!
Note: the Richard Fletcher who did this strip is not the Dick Fletcher who worked with Chester Gould before taking over as the artist on the Dick Tracy newspaper strip in 1977.
This guy is Richard Martin Fletcher.
The Dick Tracy artist was Richard E Fletcher and didn't begin his art career until after being discharged from the Army in 1945.
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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Halloween PPE FaceMasks!

 Whether you're answering the door to trick-or-treaters...

...or traveling about (for whatever reason)... can look kreeply-kool in one of our exclusive PPE masks!
Each double-layer mask is reusable, washable, and built for comfort.
And, the one-size-fits-all mask features a pocket for optional filter use. 
PLUS: Each mask includes a free 2-pack of carbon filter inserts!
Whatta Deal!
Just Go HERE and see several dozen exclusive designs!
Besides Halloween stuff, there's Christmas, giant robots, cowboys, and a host of other genres!
And, we'll be adding more designs as Christmas approaches!