Sunday, March 24, 2019

Archie the Barbarian-Stan Goldberg-1984

How influential was Marvel's CONAN THE BARBARIAN comic? So much so that even staid old Archie took a sword stab at the concept!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Atomic Rabbit-1957

As I kid, I used to find Atomic Mouse Comics in junk shops all the time but I never found Atomic Rabbit ones!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wonderbug-Bill Williams-1978

Never understood how LAND OF THE LOST never got a comic book series when every other Krofft show seemingly did...including this one.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Fearless Foxdirk-1962

You heard me, that's FOXDIRK. F-O-X-D-I-R-K. No relation. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Beware of the Black Panther-1953

Most of you probably know that for many years comic books had to have at least two non-comics text pages in order to qualify for the all-important second class mailing privileges. Some companies made these pages letters pages or announcement pages. Most, though, stuck with often unreadable short fiction (although Mickey Spillane and Stan Lee wrote some back in the day!). Here we have, from the Atlas comic, UNCANNY TALES, a very modern sounding title, more than a decade before Jack and Stan brought us THE Black Panther! And it's actually a reprint from ADVENTURES INTO TERROR two years earlier! The one panel of art is credited to Tony DiPreta.

Monday, March 18, 2019

For the Love of Mike-Bob Powell-1954

Once again the great Bob Powell demonstrates his versatility, here with a satirical lampoon of a comic book romance story.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Man Who Stole the Moon-Bill Molno/Rocke Mastroserio-1959

A fun little tale with some typically low-rent Charlton artwork. The cover is even better so I've included it below as well. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Super Cops-Frank Thorne-1974

Here we have the real life Starsky and Hutch cop team that inspired a bestselling book, a good but mostly ignored feature film, and this one-shot comic book from a division of Archie. Unlike the other media, the comic was hampered by the fact that it couldn't really address the duo by the nicknames that caught the public's imagination--Batman and Robin. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

When Patsy Met Hedy-Al Hartley-1961

By request. Is it just me or does Hedy's mother look a tad old to have a 14 year old daughter? Of course, having Hedy as a daughter could age a person prematurely. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

My Favorite Martian-Mike Arens-1966

Yesterday I watched an episode of MY FAVORITE MARTIAN. It hasn't really held up as well as some of the other gimmick sitcoms of the '60s like THE MUNSTERS or BEWITCHED but it had its moments. Today I revisited one of the comics and thought it was much better! Art is credited to Disney artist Mike Arens (SCAMP).