Friday, September 30, 2016

Reading Room BLAST-OFF "Space Court"

Let's finish the week with one more Twilight Zone-style tale...
This mild little story from Harvey Comics' Blast-Off #1 (and only) was penciled by Al Williamson, and inked by Roy Krenkel and Angelo Torres, three of the members of the "Fleagle Gang".
(Click HERE for a look at the group of legendary artists who worked together, usually uncredited, on various stories and covers for the fun of it or to help with deadlines!)
The writer is unknown.
According to the Kirby Museum, this tale was intended for the never-published Race for the Moon #5 in 1958, but remained unused until 1965!
And, it's never been reprinted!
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Reading Room TWILIGHT ZONE "Joiner"

Yesterday we presented a comics tale that could've been a kool Twilight Zone episode...
...today, submitted for your approval, we present a cover-featured Twilight Zone comic story that would've been too expensive to produce during the show's intitial run!
The first few issues of a Twilight Zone title were produced by Dell Comics, featuring ex-EC Comics artists!
(All the tales in this issue were illustrated by George Evans and Reed Crandall!)
Beneath a nicely-done George Wilson-painted cover lies a tale about a man many of us can identify with...
In Dell's Four Color #1288 (1962), writer Leo Dorfman and artists George Evans & Reed Crandall deliver a "revenge of the nerd" tale any sci-fi fan would appreciate.
Fraternal organizations with funky garb like the "lodges" shown in this story were popular until the late 1980s-early 1990s.
To give you an idea of how they were portrayed in pop culture, go HERE.
Note: this was the second of four Twilight Zone issues produced by Dell Comics before they split into two companies, Dell and Gold Key, with almost all the ongoing movie-TV tie-in licenses moving to Gold Key.
There were 92 issues of the second Twilight Zone series from 1963 until 1982, with no stories adapted from the show itself, though some share similar plot elements!
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Adapting episodes from the TV series along with several original tales!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reading Room ALARMING ADVENTURES "New Star"

Things aren't always what they seem...
...as this story, with a Twilight Zone-style ending proves!
Ah, the old "it's Earth and we didn't realize it!" trope!
Did artist Bob Powell also write this never-reprinted tale from Harvey's Alarming Adventures #2 (1962)?
His studio was supplying a lot of comics material to several different publishers, and even from his earliest work for Fox back in the late 1930s, Powell would sometimes write the stories as well!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reading Room FLIP FALCON IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION "The Devil with Lucifer!"

Is there nothing Flip Falcon can't do?
Even battle Satan himself to a standstill?
Wow!
Much attention has been given recently to fellow Fox Comics creator Fletcher Hanks for his way-out work on strips like StarDust and Fantomah.
But writer/artist Don Rico could come up with equally-astounding stories (and was a better draftsman) as this never-reprinted story from Fox's Fantastic Comics #6 (1940) proves!
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(who turned novelist after leaving comics!)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Reading Room CAPTAIN JOHNER AND THE ALIENS "Into the Abyss"

And things are about to get really desperate!

Is this...God?
Creator/writer/artist Russ Manning presents some interesting concepts in Gold Key's Magnus, Robot Fighter #21 (1968)!
Space!
Time!
Life!
Death!
Pretty "heavy" for a comic, eh?
Keep in mind, what you're seeing every week, the original readers saw every three months!
Imagine trying to keep track of this series of 4-page installments like that!
More than likely, many readers couldn't remember the details over that long a stretch, so these individual chapters would probably have an impact far out of proportion to their actual intent...which is pretty impressive at any rate!
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

20 Years Later...Mars STILL Attacks!

It's almost Halloween, and, in a fit of nostalgia, I searched the Net for info about the movie Mars Attacks. (I worked for Topps Comics when the film came out in 1996!)
Imagine my surprise to discover...thanks to the WayBack Machine, that the movie's site was operational until July of 2011, and still exists HERE!
If you want to see a classic example of pre-Web 2.0 site-making, have a look!
It's retro-kool!
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Mars Attacks!
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