Saturday, April 16, 2022

Space Hero Saturdays SPACEHAWK "and the Vulture Men From the Void"

You'll note our hero is no longer "The SpaceHawk", just "SpaceHawk"...

...which is still more than enough to scare the poop out of most space-going evil-doers!
As I've been going through other Novelty Publications titles, I discovered that they did occasional ads like this for "brother" books...
...using story panels pretty much in the format of a movie preview trailer using film clips!
Interesting, eh?
In the meantime, a different Space Hero will thrill you with an astounding astral adventure...

Friday, April 15, 2022

Friday Holiday Fun EASTER WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Inside an Easter Egg"

Sometimes Walt (Pogo) Kelly did single page shorts...
...sometimes he combined several unrelated short pieces into a theme, like what you might see inside an Easter Egg! this never-reprinted piece from Dell's Four Color Comics: Easter with Mother Goose #103 (1946) demonstrates!
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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Reading Room SENSATION MYSTERY "Vengeance of the Invisible Men!"

Here's a kool, never-reprinted, 1950s sci-fi tale...
...using a combination of different genre cliches!
Illustrated by the legendary Murphy Anderson, this story from DC's Sensation Mystery #110 (1952) combines the following cliches:
Glasses that enable somone to see things nobody else can see!
Creatures from the center of the Earth rising up to attack up!
A heroic human in alien/creature form stopping the enemy from destroying/enslaving humanity!
All of which leads me to believe the unknown writer of this tale is Gardner Fox, who was also working for DC as well as being well-versed in such concepts because he was both an established pulp and paperback novelist and an avid sci-fi fan!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder SPACE ACE "Yo, Bro!" Part 1

This particular comic series was a sequel to a video game and its' short-lived TV series...
...continuing the plotline established in both!
To Be Continued...
Next Wednesday
Written by Robert (Walking Dead) Kirkman and illustrated by Paulo Borges, this opening chapter from CrossGen's Don Bluth Presents Space Ace #1(2003) shows a nice balance between comedy and drama.
CrossGen published almost 70 titles between 2000 and 2004.
Besides creator-owned properties, the company also did a number of licensed projects like this, including Bluth's other big video game Dragon's LairJohn Carpenter's Snake Plisskin, and Masters of the Universe!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Reading Room STRANGE TALES "Save Me From the Weed!"

Yesterday's tale about sentient shrubbery reminded me of a later story...
...with a similar plot, featuring some amazing art by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers!
Unlike the previous story, this one doesn't diminish the dignity of the hero, whom the protagonist considers "unambitious"...until the end.
Plotted by Stan Lee and scripted by Larry Lieber, this tale from Atlas/Marvel's Strange Tales #94 (1962) was published with a cover date of March, the same month Fantastic Four #3 came out (note the blurb at the bottom of the story).
Strange Tales itself would shortly become the home of several ongoing series including Doctor StrangeThe Human Torch (later The Human Torch and The Thing), and Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
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Atlas-Era Strange Tales #5

Monday, April 11, 2022

Monday Madness WORLD OF FANTASY "Useless Ones!"

As more and more Baby Boomers leave the workforce, will that vast number of retirees still be considered...
Or will they finally get the respect they deserve, and perhaps even envy from stressed-out remaining workers?
This never-reprinted tale from Atlas' World of Fantasy #1 (1956) takes a rather patronizing attitude towards the older characters.
And, if written today, the scientist might be shown as envying the retired couple, who are able to enjoy their now-free time!
Ilustrated by Tony DiPreta, the story's plotter/scripter is unknown.
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