Sunday, November 12, 2017

Design of the Week! SANTA'S ELVES ON STRIKE

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...Go back 79 years ago, to November 1938 and see...when elves were part of the 99%!
(You'll note that the cover is dated January, 1939. But it was actually on sale in November, 1938! Publishers used to cover-date comics and pulps two to three months ahead of the actual on-sale date to keep the books on the stands for as long as possible!)
And it looks like the elves aren't going to settle for sweatshop wages and conditions at the North Pole anymore!
Why not pick up this kool design on mugs, greeting cards, and other Christmas collectibles NOW!
Christmas will be here before you know it!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Salute to the Veterans!

A sincere Thank You for your service, men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, for your dedication and sacrifice!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Fun MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES "Cry of the Dire Wolf"

In the early 1970s, writer Don Glut created several characters in a new "shared" universe...
...including Doctor Spektor, the host of this Gold Key anthology, and later the protaganist of his own title.
Originally-appearing in Gold Key's Mystery Comics Digest #3 (1972), this tale was reprinted as the cover feature in Gold Key's Dr Spektor Presents Spine Tingling Tales #1 (1975), which featured the already-active mystical crimefighter Dr Spektor as a host introducing reprints of stories.
The story was meant to establish a scientific explanation for werewolves in the Glut "universe",
But, it appears either Glut or his editor had bigger plans for the characters!
The early 1970s were the era of Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods books, ostensibly offering proof that Earth was visited centuries earlier by aliens who influenced human development!
Marvel took a shot at it with "Man-Gods from Beyond the Stars", which was meant to become a series, but didn't sell well enough to warrant continuing past the first story!
Meanwhile, the legendary Jack Kirby presented his own "takes" on the subject with his sequel series to the movie 2001: a Space Odyssey and The Eternals (which was supposed to be called Return of the Gods)!
So somebody at Gold Key thought...let's take this existing tale by Don Glut and Jesse Santos about an alien spacecraft crashing on prehistoric Earth and expand on it from the humans' point of view...with the result being the never-reprinted series Tragg and the Sky Gods, the basis for our next cycle of Friday Fun tales!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Reading Room SPACE SQUADRON "Vulturos of Space"

Buckle up your jetpacks, space cadets... we hurtle to the year 2000 (as seen from the 1950s) and witness...
So much for Women's Lib in the then-future!
This never-reprinted tale from Atlas' Space Squadron #2 (1951) reflects the sexual politics of the time it was written.
In reality, by 2000, we not only had female combat pilots in the military, but female astronauts as well...women every bit as brave and comptetent as their male counterparts!
BTW: the writer and artist(s) are unknown.
See the other Captain Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron tales we've presented HERE!
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by Isaac Asimov
(under the pen-name "Paul French")
Omnibus of ALL Six Space-Opera Sagas!
David Starr: Space Ranger, Pirates of the Asteroids, Oceans of Venus, Big Sun of Mercury, Moons of Jupiter, Rings of Saturn

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reading Room UNUSUAL TALES "Where Does It Go?"

Have you ever seen a bus pass by that you're unfamilar with, and wonder...
..."Where Does It Go?"
This never-reprinted tale behind this never-reprinted Rocke Mastroserio cover offers one possibility!
While the concept is rather kool, I have to ask, why is the robot such an insulting s.o.b.?
Writer Joe Gill, penciler Bill Moino, and inker Vince Alascia probably could have provided the answer when they created this story for Charlton's Unusual Tales #29 (1961), none of them are around now to answer the question...
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