Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Reading Room STRANGE WORLDS "They Call Me...Space Pirate"

You know Joe Sinnott as one of the greatest inkers of all time...
...but, when he had the time, he could pencil a mean story, too!
This simple but effective, never-reprinted tale from Atlas' Strange Worlds #5 (1959) gives an idea of the level of artistic talent available in the early days of the Silver Age to editor Stan Lee, who plotted the story which was likely scripted by his brother, Larry Lieber...who was also a competent penciler, but could be a tad long-winded, as panel 5 of the last page demonstrates!
Sinnott's layouts and storytelling are solid, but not as dynamic as fellow artists like Jack Kirby, Don Heck, and Steve Ditko, all of whom he would later magnificently enhance with his detailed inking!
Joe would continue penciling through the 1960s for Vince Colletta's studio which provided art for Charlton, Dell, and advertising clients.
Unfortunately, Colletta did most of the inking on those stories, resulting in Sinnott's work being almost unrecognizable!
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Reading Room NORGE BENSON "Peace Conference on Pax"

...and you have to ask, "how could he possiblly screw this ideal situation up?"
Well, at least he's still involved with the beatiful princess, eh?
Al Walker's kool design style and sense of humor separate this tale from Fiction House's Planet Comics #21 (1942), from becoming like the standard square-jawed space heroes who filled the rest of the book!
As to what will happen when he (and she) hit Pluto...well, be here next Monday to find out!
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Planet Comics

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Design of the Week Redux ATOMIC WAR!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
...unless it sells really well, like this one has.
Then we keep it for one more week!
This week...Duck n' cover and prepare for the inevitable end in style with Atomic Kommie Comics™ radiation-proof (well, not really!)with this garb and collectibles from our vintage Atomic War collection featuring New York City (including the iconic Empire State Building) going up in a mushroom cloud!
In addition, you can read a collection of stories from the 1950s comics Atomic War! and World War III at our "brother" RetroBlog, War: Past, Present and Future™!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Reading Room TRAGG AND THE SKY GODS "Master of the Living Bones" Conclusion

...a meteor crashes near Tragg, Lorn, and Jarn's new seaside cave home.
Keera, exiled from her defeated people's camp, sees the meteorstrike, and believing it to be another Yargonian ship, goes to investigate.
The alien sees three shadowy beings, The Dark Gods, crack open the meteor and revive the dead alien, Ostellon, within.
She also overhears the Dark Gods command Ostellon to slay Tragg, who is destined to be the father of the modern human race...including the Dark Gods' greatest nemeses in the future, Dagar the Invincible and Doctor Spektor!
Keera rushes to warn her unrequited love, Tragg, and is given sanctuary and food...
"Forget Ostellon! He and the Dark Gods are gone!"
Not in the future...which was already published!
Ostellon's battles with Dagar and Dr Spektor had already occured,,,and are available in the reprints listed below!
This was the last issue of Tragg's series to feature new material!
The next (and final) issue reprinted #1.
But that wouldn't be Tragg's last appearance!
One more adventure (with a shocking plot twist) was waiting to be told...
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Volume 1
(featuring Ostellon vs the title heroes!)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Fun TRAGG AND THE SKY GODS "Master of the Living Bones" Part 1

...but the world of Tragg and Lorn is about to take an abrupt and unexpected turn!
Editor's note: Ostellon previously appeared in Dagar #1 (1972) and #17 (1976) as well as Doctor Spektor #7 (1974)!
Your dinner's going to get cold, Keera, because an uninvited guest is coming!

To Be Concluded...
Ostellon previously appeared in both Dagar's and Doctor Spektor's Gold Key titles!
All those appearances took place, chronologically, after this never-reprinted "origin" in Gold Key's Tragg and the Sky Gods #7 by artist Dan Spiegle and writer/co-creator of all three series...Don Glut!
(Dagar was, like Conan and other barbarian heroes, set in Atlantis-era "pre-history", while Spektor ran around in the present-day 1970s!)
The most interesting concept, tossed rather casually into the story, is that Tragg and Lorn are, literally, the parents of the entire human race!
Tragg, Lorn, and Jarn (Tragg's brother) also crossed over into Spektor and Dagar's titles.
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(featuring the behind-the-scenes info on the creation of Tragg and the other Gold Key comic series Don worked on!)
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