Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reading Room OUT OF THIS WORLD "Manana!"

Procrastination can be a killer...literally!
Sometimes, though, a subtle warning proves to be enough...
Written by Joe Gill and rendered by Steve Ditko, this Twilight Zone-esque story from Charlton's Out of This World #9 (1957) is one of Ditko's most-reprinted non-series tales!
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(which includes this two-page tale)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Reading Room: MYSTICAL TALES "Try-Out!"

Here's a never-reprinted tale from 1957...
...that could never be told today!
See if you can figure out why...
Consider...what current technology could be used in the place of the projector?
If the protaganist used anything like a smart phone, tablet, or other hand-held device, the audience would just claim another, hidden, device was supplying the images!
But when this story appeared in Atlas' Mystical Tales #8 (1957), tech was a lot simpler!
If artist Sid Check's work (especially the inking) looks similar to Wally Wood's, there's a good reason for it...Check worked in the same studio as Wood, Joe Orlando, and Harry Harrison, often assisting them the way they assisted him when deadlines loomed!
BTW, the writer is unknown!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reading Room IT RHYMES WITH LUST "Chapter 3: Deadly Female"

Rust Masson runs both the govenment and underworld of Copper City.
Her ex-lover Hal Weber unwillingly runs The Express, the newspaper she secretly owns to shape public opinion!
Now, watch her at work...
More Good and Bad Developments, Tomorrow, at...
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Trump Reading Room DEATH RATTLE "Foreshadow"

Like Trump's "deplorables", the primitives below fail to actually listen...
...in this never-reprinted tale from Kitchen Sink's Death Rattle V1N2 (1973)!
Writer-artist John Pound is still going strong almost half-a-century later!
Besides underground comics, he also worked on Marvel's Howard the Duck, and was the primary artist on the original run of Garbage Pail Kids from Topps Cards!
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(featuring the work of John Pound...plus an afterward!)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's Summertime! Drink KOOBA KOLA!

Wait a second...You CAN'T!
It doesn't exist!
(You can read the sordid tale of the soda that almost took the world by storm here!)
You can't DRINK it, but you can WEAR it!
It's the height of summer, and we at Atomic Kommie Comics™ decided to re-present the Soda That Would Not Die on collectibles ranging from BeachWear / NightShirts to mugs, iPad / netbook / messenger bags (and the irony of doing bags with "Kooba" on them hasn't escaped us!), and hoodies at KoobaCola 1 and KoobaCola 2!
So celebrate what could have been one of the bubbliest success stories of soft drink entepreneurship, but instead just fizzled out and fell flat!
(You just knew we were gonna do a pun like that, didn't you?)  ;-)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Going to ComicCon in San Diego Next Week?

Remember July 24th, 2010!
When reality became MORE frightening than a horror comic!
Holy Injury to the Eye Motif!
Commemorate one of the most infamous events in San Diego ComicCon history in comfort with this cozy convention blanket that'll keep your butt warm on the cold hotel or convention center floor while you're waiting in line for a panel, presentation, or autograph session.
A generous 50" x 60" (over 4 feet by 5 feet) with a totally machine-washable vintage four-color horror comic image, this conversation-starter is big enough to share with a cute cosplayer (or two)!
Order now for delivery in time for SDCC!
BTW, the art is also available on t-shirts, mugs, and other kool kollectibles!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Fun BIG APPLE COMIX "New York City: the Future"

In 1975, this is what we thought were headed for...
Written and illustrated by Paul Kirchner, this never-reprinted piece from Big Apple Comix (1975) is somewhat, but not totally prophetic.
Odd, though, how the armored character in the last panel looks like a Cylon, eh?
(Battlestar Galactica was created several years later...)
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Reading Room ALARMING ADVENTURES "Silent Street"

A quiet suburban street late at night...
..hardly the typical locale for a sci-fi story, eh?
We'll see...
Did Harii take possession of Bowen's body after teleporting there or do the two simply look alike?
(Harii apparently didn't arrive in a ship of his own, so teleportation is the most obvious answer.)
The "poetic" explanation would be that Harii was waiting for Vlado inside Bowen and "emerged" when Vlado arrived...except we had seen Harii back on their world, so he couldn't have been waiting on Earth!
George Tuska illustrated this never-reprinted tale from Harvey's Alarming Tales #1 (1962), but the writer is unknown...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It's HERE! The FIRST Graphic Novel!

Today begins the BIG event in the 2017 RetroBlogs mini-blogathon...
Written by Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller (as "Drake Waller"), illustrated by Matt Baker and Ray Osrin, the digest-sized 1950 one-shot from St John Publications is pulpish film noir at its' coolest!
Dark Horse Comics (which published a 2007 high-quality reprint available below) explained it thusly...
In 1950, writers Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller, both attending college on the G.I. Bill, envisioned a sophisticated, novel-length comic tailored to their peers. Collaborating with comics art master Matt Baker, known for singularly defining the genre of "good girl art" on titles such as Phantom Lady, they crafted a film-noir inspired masterwork of romance, intrigue, and moral relativity. When cynical newspaperman Hal Weber reunites with old flame Rust Masson, he finds the beguiling widow of a mining magnate willing to do anything to undermine the local political machine--her only opponent for total control of Copper City!
Buckle up your seatbelts and begin the adventure at True Love Comics Tales...
Note: The thanks of a grateful nation go to Kracalactaka, who found the scans of the St John first edition in the wilds of the internet, cleaned them up, and made them available!
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Reading Room BLACK ZEPPELIN "The Strip"

Artist Gene Day was best-known for his work on Marvel's Master of Kung Fu and Star Wars books...
...but he had a rarely-seen humorous style as well!
After Gene passed away, his family went through his files and found a wealth of unpublished and uncompleted work, whch served as the basis for the anthology mini-series Black Zeppelin.
His brothers Dan and David, also talented artists, finished the incomplete tales, and his wife Gale served as editor for the project.
In addition, several stories Gene had plotted or scripted, but not drawn, were rendered by friends like Dave Sim and saw publication in the book.
Here's the intro by Gale to this tale...
We ran one of Gene's earlier tales HERE.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Trump Reading Room aka the OutHouse HILLBILLY COMICS "Mountain Music"

Another tale of Don the Con's "Deplorables"...
...back when they were called "Hillbillies" and "rockabilly" music was all the rage!
Written and illustrated by Art Gates, this tale from Charlton's Hillbilly Comics #1 (1955) was part of a brief trend in comic books during the Li'l Abner series' greatest popularity in the mid-1950s!
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