Sunday, October 22, 2017

Design of the EEK! HALLOWEEN PAJAMA PARTY!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...The perfect design for a sleep-over during the Halloween season, an only slightly-scary Jack O Lantern interrupts a sleep-over!
Order it now, before this Halloween treat ends up as a too-late-for-Halloween trick!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Reading Room DRACULA VS ZORRO "When Titans Clash!"

...on a short voyage from Spain to France, Don Diego de la Vega and Count Vlad Dracula court the same lovely female fellow passenger.
When she abruptly rejects Diego's attentions (which she enjoyed and encouraged earlier), the playboy decides to play "guardian angel"...
To Be Continued...Next Friday!
By the way, here's how the cover for #1 actually appeared on the comic racks!
A matte-black cover with glossy-black embossed artwork and red/white highlights!
It looks really kool to the naked eye, but, as with most "enhanced" covers, it doesn't photograph well (much like vampires?)!
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Fun DRACULA VS ZORRO "Dracula's Story"

Here's a kool cross-genre tale that's been buried almost 20 years...
...featuring the evil Prince of Vampires versus the heroic Fox of California!
To be Continued, NOW, at our "brother" RetroBlog...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Holiday Reading Room TORCHY "Haunted House Date"

We end this week's Haunted House-fest with one of the most popular...
..and politically-incorrect female characters of the Golden Age!
Torchy Todd wasn't quite a stereotypical blonde bombshell!
She did have a brain, and could extracate herself from most situations!
But her main attribute was how often she could end up in "cheesecake" poses, usually showing off her legs!
Created by noted good-girl writer/artist Bill Ward, Torchy had a long career during the Golden Age as a back-up strip in Quality's Modern Comics, Doll Man Quarterly, and her own 10-issue title!
Eventually, Ward moved away from the strip and others (including Gill Fox, who wrote and illustrated this never-reprinted tale from Modern Comics #98 [1950]) tried to fill his high-heeled shoes!
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Holiday Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "I Don't Believe in...Ghosts!"

Behind this never-reprinted Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers cover...
...is an rarely-reprinted haunted house tale that's so darn good, I couldn't resist re-presenting it!
Plotted by Stan Lee, scripted by Larry Lieber, penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by George Klein, this cover-featured story from Atlas' Journey into Mystery #77 (1962) has only been reprinted once, in Marvel's Fantasy Masterpieces #9 (1967), which is where I first read it as a kid!
Since it hasn't seen publication in 50 years, I thought it was time to dig it up and dust it off for a new generation of Kirbyphiles and other comics readers!
The lead character's name, Mr Jordan, is an in-joke and a clue as to what he is!
L-R Evelyn Keyes, Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains (Mr Jordan), Edward Everett Horton

"Mr Jordan" was the title character of Here Comes Mr Jordan (1941), an angel (Claude Rains) sent to guide a recently-deceased boxer who died before his time and was returned to Earth in a different body since his own was creamated!
The movie was running on tv pretty regularly at the time, so either Lee or Leiber was inspired to give the protaganist the Jordan name in tribute.
Note the little banner at the bottom of the final page promoting The Fantastic Four?
#2 of that series had just come out!
In addition, Hank Pym (who would later become Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Goliath/YellowJacket/Wasp) had just been introed in "Man in the Ant Hill" in Tales to Astonish #27!
Within a couple of months both Spider-Man and The Hulk would debut!
And Mighty Thor would premiere in Journey into Mystery six issues later!
Bonus: the original art for the splash page....
Kool, ain't it?
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