Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reading Room WOLFF "Mother of Waters"

At last, the never-seen (in America) continuation of the saga of Wolff...
...as our post-apocalyptic barbarian and Galadra meet...guess who?
This tale from New England Library's Dracula #7 (1972), by Luis Gaska (aka Sadko) and Estaban Maroto takes a tragic turn.
But, it also sets up a major change in the storyline, as we'll see in the near-future!
Don't miss it!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

SPY SMASHER "Crime of Pearl Harbor"

...on December 6th, 1941, Spy Smasher discovered a huge Japanese submarine in the waters just outside Pearl Harbor.
Unfortunately, he was captured...
(NOTE: Considered NSFW due to racial stereotypes common to the era.)
Wow!
Those last two pages were a serious attempt at propaganda/revisionist history to an impressionable young audience!
Published in early 1942, this never-reprinted tale from Fawcett's Spy Smasher #4 was created just after the events of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, so the overt racism is somewhat understandable.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SPY SMASHER "Now It Can be Told!!!"

After the sneak attack, super heroes dealt with Pearl Harbor...
...as we see in this Golden Age tale which is NSFW due to racial stereotypes common to the 1940s and World War II!
Spy Smasher is down...but not out!
Be here TOMORROW for the thrilling conclusion!
Published in early 1942, this never-reprinted tale from Fawcett's Spy Smasher #4 was created just after the events of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, so the overt racism is somewhat understadable.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Can You Fit a Green Giant Under Your Evergreen This Christmas?

Pre-dating the "Ho-Ho-Ho-ing" frozen vegetable spokesman by over a decade, a radically-different, costumed, Green Giant appeared in (what else?) Green Giant Comics #1 (and only) in 1940!
The emerald hero was secretly Mr Brentwood (no first name given),who beat Marvel's Henry Pym in utilizing size-changing technology which enabled him to grow to between 15-150 feet depending on who illustrated the cover or the story (which you can read HERE)!
Less than a dozen copies of this incredibly-rare comic, which was distributed only in the New York City area, valued at several thousand dollars each, are thought to still exist!
The Green Giant recently cameoed (in flashback) in Alex Ross' Project SuperPowers mini-series which revives Golden Age heroes in the present day. Hopefully, we'll see more of him in the on-going series.

Atomic Kommie Comics™ has given him his own on-line storefront, plus we incorporated him into the Lost Heroes of the Golden Age of Comics™ line, in the Solo Heroes section, where characters with only one cover available to us (at the moment) go!
If you're looking for a retro-style Christmas gift for a Golden Age of Comics fan in your life, why not bundle one of our Green Giant goodies with the Project SuperPowers hardcover (or the original mini-series issues) for a kool, kollectible present?
It's what I'd want, if I didn't already have it! (one of the few perks of working here) ;-)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Turkey: BLACKHAWK "My Brother - My Enemy" Part 3: Return to Blackhawk Island!

...(yes, Blackhawk and crew pre-dated the 1960 movie) with G.E.O.R.G.E., the spy organization that supplied their new super-hero identities and equipment totally-annihilated, the Blackhawks dig out their mothballed WWII uniforms and weapons and seek out the group that wiped out their co-workers.
The only clue is a security camera's footage showing the killers' leader...Black Mask...whom Blackhawk recognizes as his long-believed dead brother, Jack!
An attempt to negotiate or capture Black Mask fails, and as he escapes, Jack tells Blackhawk where they can meet for a duel to the death...
Thus ends the first of two issues under editor Dick Giordano, who intended for Golden Age Blackhawk artist Reed Crandall to illustrate the pair of "return to basics" tales before the book's already-scheduled cancellation.
Unfortunately, personal problems prevented Crandall from doing so, and with two weeks until deadline, Giordano enlisted one of his Charlton art mainstays, Pat Boyette, to do the entire book (24 pages [plus cover] of pencils, inks, and lettering) in just under two weeks!
The finishes are a little rough, but, it's an amazing job!
We hope you've enjoyed our Thanksgiving Turkey (plus dessert) for 2016.
See you on the RetroBlogs next year at this time for more succulent stories!
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starring Kirk (Superman) Alyn