Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Fun REX DEXTER "Invasion of the Protoplasmen"

Exiled from Earth, Rex Dexter heads home to Mars...
...not yet aware of what's transpiring on the third rock from the sun.
(BTW, note the amazingly-casual racism in the very next panel...)
Wait!
Rex was kicked off Earth only a couple of months ago (as shown HERE)!
Now, in Fox's Mystery Men Comics #6 (1940), without so much as a "Sorry about that!" or "Our bad!", Earth expects him to drop everything and save its' collective butt AGAIN?
But, that's exactly what he does!
And now, they want him to stay?
I'd ask for that in writing...and notarized.
But that's just me...

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Reading Room SOJOURN "Kingdom of the Maggot: Hunters & Bagged Prey"

In the late 1970s, during the birth of the Direct Market and comic book stores...
...several publishers experemented with formats for Direct Sales Only periodicals.
One of them was Joe Kubert's White Cliffs Publishing, which produced Sojourn, a tabloid-sized anthology of two and three-page ongoing features by established pros like Kubert himself, Doug Wildey, Dick Giordano, Sergio Aragonés and John Severin along with newbies like Steve Bissette, who devoted his two pages per issue to a single-panel spread called Kingdom of the Maggot.
The first one included this descriptive paragraph...
The spread in #2, "Bagged Prey" didn't have a description!
Sadly, there wasn't a third issue.
Trivia: The co-publisher of the project was Ivan Snyder, who created/operated the mail-order business and comic distributor Superhero Enterprises/Heroes World, whose ads and catalogs were produced by Kubert and his school's students!
None of the strips or features in Sojourn (including Kubert's new Tor stories have ever been reprinted, except John Severin's Western strip The Eagle (in Warren's The Rook) which also ran the strips planned for the never-published Sojourn #3 and #4!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder CARSON OF VENUS "Into the Land of Noobol"

...and Amtorites (Venusians) wonder why the tourist trade stinks!
We're finally into the second Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Lost on Venus as of this chapter from DC's Korak: Son of Tarzan #54 (1973).
Mike Kaluta continues doing a solid job, both writing and illustrating the adaptation.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reading Room STRANGE ADVENTURES "Radioactive Invasion of Earth!"

Remember when obsessed sci-fi toy collectors almost doomed the Earth...
...and only rock and roll music could save us?
Writer Gardner Fox was noted for his scientific accuracy and meticulously-plotted stories.
So why did he have scientists handling radioactive material without protective clothing or shielding?
Otherwise, this tale from DC's Strange Adventures #84 (1957) makes total, logical, sense!
Note: the story, penciled by Sid Greene and inked by Bernard Sachs has only been reprinted once, in Showcase Presents Strange Adventures Volume 2 (2013), and only in black and white!
Wonder why they're keeping it so well hidden?
Think about that next time you're ordering toys from Sideshow or some other vendor...and note if the toys give off a weird, unearthly glow...
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Showcase Presents
Strange Adventures
Volume 2
(which reprints this tale...but in black and white!)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Madness FANTASTIC COMICS "Space Smith and the Mummified Meteor Vacuumites"

We promised you "madness"...
...and we certainly deliver it in this installment of Space Smith from Fox's Fantastic Comics #6 (1940)!
Next week will be an interesting contrast as another artist fills in for Fletcher Hanks...with decidedly-mixed results!
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