Sunday, June 20, 2021


You know about the comic-based novels we're presenting in our Summer Blogathon, but what about actual comics?
Don't worry.
We have that covered...starting with a never-reprinted, over 40-year old extra-long adventure of Marvel's Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu in...where else...
during the last week of July!
Then, get comfy with the latest in our annual gothic-themed Beach Reads in...
...during the first week of August!
Note: this 50-year old tale was reprinted a decade ago...but in black and white!
This is it's first appearance in full color since 1971!
Finally, to wind up the Blogathon in the last week of August, we present...
...the never-reprinted, serialized, Origin of The Shadow from the never-reprinted 1960s Radio/Archie comics in
Hero Histories
And here's the kicker...they're text features...from the comics!
Yep, we start the Blogathon with...

...this novel beginning (appropriately enough)  on July 4th, and running a chapter a day at...
Hero Histories
...then continuing with the earlier-mentioned kung-fu and romance entries at
Pop Art Martial Arts
True Love Comics Tales
The Caped Crusader appears the second week of August, also running a chapter a day at
Hero Histories!
And winding it all up will be the (text) Radio Comics adventures of He Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men, also at
Hero Histories
...where you'll find several of his 1960s comic adventures already there and ready to read!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Space Force Saturdays SPACE WORLDS "Temptress of Jupiter!"

There are secrets aplenty under the clouds of the Solar System's largest planet...

...but will Jet Dixon and his crew discover them?
In the 1950s we weren't certain of what lay under Jupiter's cloud cover, so sci-fi writers had total freedom to guess what was there.
Artist Allen Bellman and the unknown writer gave it their best shot in Atlas' Space Worlds #6 (1952).
(The Space Squadron comic was retitled for unknown reasons, though the features were the same as in previous issues!)
The rebranding didn't work since this would be the final issue, under any title, of the run!

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday Fun HOT DOG "Harry Hotdog in Alarm! Alarm!"

It's my birthday, so I thought I'd present a never-reprinted tale about a birthday present...

... from Magazine Enterprises' Hot Dog #1 (1954) which utilized then-state of the art tech!
I bet you thought Siri and Alexa were terrible as alarm clocks!
At least that's what i hear from those who utilize them as such!
Harry Hotdog was Magazine Enterprises' primary attempt at creating a funny animal series, running four issues.
It wasn't bad, by any means, but it wasn't really distinctive, either

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Reading Room UNEXPECTED "Choice"

When DC's oversized 1979-80 sci-fi anthology Time Warp folded, the remaining stories...
...were published in the fantasy/horror anthology The Unexpected!
This never-reprinted tale of questionable "justice" from DC's The Unexpected #210, (1981) was written by George Kashdan and illustrated by "Vicatan" (Vic Catan, Jr).
It was typical of the output by long-time pro Kashdan, solid, but not really memorable.
The art by Vicatan raises it a notch with unusually-effective storytelling and clean linework.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder LOST WORLD "Winter in July!"

Now that we're past the "Dreaded Deadline Doom"...
...let proceed forward with a new adventure with Hunt Bowman and Lyssa as they encounter...climate change!
But that will prove to be the least of their worries...
Zombie Vikings!
That's something you don't see every day...even in the Lost World!
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Volume 12
(contains issues 54 to 59)