Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Reading Room SPELLBOUND "When You Believe"

Considering A Christmas Story was directed by the guy who did Black Christmas (1974)..
...it's almost a miracle the holiday classic didn't end up like this Xmas tale of a boy and his toy gun!
Rendered beautifully by Bill Everett, this Yuletide tale from Atlas' Spellbound #16 (1953) appeared during the height of the horror comics craze of the early 1950s.
The identity of the writer is, sadly, unknown.
When the story was reprinted in Marvel's Weird Wonder Tales #3 (1974), the first panel of the opening page was slightly-modified, eliminating almost all the text!
I have no idea why!
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Monday, December 11, 2017

What "America" does Alabama's Roy Moore Want?

Is it this one?
Alabama Congressional candidate Roy Moore wants to return slavery to America (as well as eliminate womens' right to vote), as detailed in an interview he gave in 2011!
During Moore’s appearance, one host said he supported getting rid of every amendment after the Tenth Amendment.
"That would eliminate many problems," Moore said in response to the host on the audio KFile unearthed.
"You know people don't understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended," he continued.
Moore criticized the 17th Amendment, which calls for the direct election of senators by voters rather than state legislatures, and the 14th Amendment, which was passed during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War and guaranteed citizenship and equal rights and protection to former slaves.
Amendments incorporated into the U.S. Constitution after the 10th Amendment expand civil rights protections granted by the Bill of Rights.
They include the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, the 15th Amendment, which prohibited the federal and state governments from denying citizens the right to vote based on that person's race, and the 19th Amendment, which extended suffrage to women.
Click HERE to see the America Roy Moore and President Don (the Con) Trump (who recorded a robocall for the Alabaman and backs the racist/sexist) apparently want to restore!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Design of the Week Redux YULETIDE HOMICIDE

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
(Unless it sells really well, as this design has!
Then we give it another week!)
This week...it's a Yuletide homicide!
A never-reprinted cover from the 1960s featuring the police investigating the apparent demise of Kris Kringle!
We have no idea, but it'll be a crime if you don't order a kool kollectible using this artwork for a loved one (particularly one in law enforcement) as a fun stocking stuffer!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Reading Room TRAGG AND THE SKY GODS "Slaves of Fire Mountain" Conclusion

...though exiled by their tribe, Tragg and Lorn attempt to rescue the Neanderthals from the aliens who have enslaved them.
Unfortunately, they are attacked by flying reptiles as they mount the rescue, and are caught by the aliens...who recognize the would-be heroes!
Though Dan Spiegle took over the interior art, co-creator/artist Jesse Santos would continue to contribute the covers to the series.
Here's the original art for the cover seen above!
Note how tightly the composed cover is cropped, losing a considerable amount of imagery from the painting!
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Fun TRAGG AND THE SKY GODS "Slaves of Fire Mountain" Part 1

...things were not looking great for the fledgling Human race!
That's twice in two issues Tragg's been zapped!
Wonder if there's some sort of cumulative effect to being hit by energy bursts like that?
Though co-creator Don Glut continues scripting the series, the interior art has been taken over by Gold Key stalwart Dan Spiegle, who modified his normally-clean inking style to mimic co-creator/artist Jesse Santos' rougher inks.
Santos would continue doing the covers for the remainder of the book's run.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trump Theatre: Christmas at Ground Zero...It's Almost HERE!

At this time of year, Christmas carols are in continuous rotation in the Atomic Kommie Comics™ office.
One of our favorites is Christmas at Ground Zero by "Weird" Al Yankovic.
(You were expecting maybe Adeste Fidelis?)
Which brings us to, perhaps, the most unusual theme for potential Christmas presents (and, you gotta admit, we've had some real weirdies!)...atomic Armageddon!
Considering what the Orange Eunuch in the White House is currently doing, the probability that we won't make it to New Years Day without something happening is rising exponentially each day!
So why not celebrate the inevitable?

Within our sci-fi-oriented The Future WAS Fantastic!™ section is the Atomic War line of kool collectibles with classic comic book covers from the fear-filled '50s, featuring the nuclear destruction of New York City (see above), Washington DC, and Moscow on black hoodies, sweats, and tees, as well as mugs and other tchochkies!

So for all you survivalists out there, while you duck n' cover under the Christmas tree, prepare for the irradiated end stylishly with our radiation-proof (not really!) garb and goodies!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Reading Room CHRISTMAS WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Christmas Alphabet"

Nobody did Christmas-themed comics better than the legendary Walt (Pogo) Kelly...
...as this never-reprinted piece from Dell's Four Color Comics #201 (1948), one of the annual Christmas with Mother Goose anthologies, proves!
Yeah, it is difficult to find something Yuletide-related that begins with "Z"...any suggestions?
Christmas with Mother Goose was an ongoing annual from 1945 through 49.
It apparently ended when Walt Kelly left Dell to work full-time on his new Pogo newspaper strip.
But Dell continued to do Yultide annuals with a Frosty the Snowman series from 1951 to 1961 as well as continuing an already-ongoing line of Kris Kringle-themed Santa Claus Funnies running from 1944 through 1961!
(In early 1962 Dell Comics broke up into two companies, the already-established Dell, which had really just handled distribution, and Gold Key Comics, which had handled the editorial and art production chores, but not newsstand distribution.
This left Dell, which had to build a comics editorial division from scratch, without the resources to continue the Christmas-themed annuals.)
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Make Yuletide 2017 a Kick-Butt Christmas!

In our ongoing quest to suggest cool Christmas gifts for our faithful fans, we of Atomic Kommie Comics™ would like to direct you to, perhaps, the most unlikely of departments--Pop Art Martial Arts™

But, when you think about it, considering how Western-based, cops-and-robbers-oriented, and military-themed toys and gifts have been part of the Yuletide for generations (I'll never forget finding my first 11.5" GI Joe under the tree one Christmas morning back in the 1960s!), it's only natural that martial arts-oriented gifts should also be part of the holiday season!

Beyond the fact that you can't shoot your eye out with a gi, (Note: Do NOT give ninja throwing stars to kids as a present!) all these themes are based on the concept of good triumphing over evil, protecting the helpless, and having fun doing it!
And, martial arts promote physical fitness! ;-)

We offer men's, women's, and kid's garb, as well as stuff to decorate your dojo.

And what a lineup!
Kung Fu Vampires!
The ORIGINAL StreetFighter!
Sister StreetFighter!
Lady Kung Fu!
Deadly China Doll!
Five Fingers of Death!
And, for those who want a Power Rangers-style look with rubber-suited monsters aplenty--Infra-Man!

So, make it a Merry, Martial-Arts Christmas! Ho, Ho, Ho, Hi-Yahh!
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