|Thursday, December 26th, 2013|
Golden Age Problems
So you thought you had problems? Golden-aged Superman had troubles that you ain't even thought of.
Take this story right here...or leave it, I don't care. But if you will, it shows the lengths that ol' Supes had to go to back then just to keep up the status quo .
by Bill Woolfolk
& Al Plastinofrom SUPERMAN #60 (UK)from SUPERMAN #91 (US)
|Tuesday, December 24th, 2013|
|Wednesday, December 18th, 2013|
Under The Sea
Are you even ready for a fetish-filled adventure?
Welp, ready or not, here it comes.
And pay attention; there'll be a quiz later.
How many fetishes can you spot?
by Moulton & Petersfrom COMIC CAVALCADE #9, 1944 Winter Issue
|Wednesday, November 20th, 2013|
Who doesn't love free comics?
Of course there's usually a catch to getting something for free. With comics it's usually because they're loaded with product placement advertising. Yet notice how very subtle the advertising is in this one. Why you might actually forget what they're pitching (yeah right
by William Harms, Angel Unzueta, Ty Templetonfrom CAPTAIN AMERICA: TRANSFORMATION AND TRIUMPH (2013)
|Monday, November 18th, 2013|
Some Churchin' For You Urchins
Chick Tracts™, we've all seen 'em before right? Those little pamphlets that you find at the bus stop or on park benches? Ring a bell? If not, remember that Google is your friend.
Anyhoo, here's one I think you never saw before.......from FLANDERS BOOK OF FAITH (ISBN: 978-0-06-133901-1) 2008
|Sunday, November 17th, 2013|
Sunday Funnies: NANCY
We've looked at Nancy strips before, and before we're done, we'll look at lots more. With years and years of material, there's a lot to look at. Originally looked at with disdain amongst comic critics, it really didn't become accepted as a classic until after Bushmiller's death, sadly. Better late than never? Maybe.
The simple art and primarily visual gags are timeless and will likely appeal to even the most discerning of today's comic connoisseurs. Don't believe the hype? See for yourself.
by Ernie Bushmillerfrom TIP TOP COMICS #206, January 1957
|Saturday, November 16th, 2013|
When Comics Were Printed On Paper
All you young'ns that read comics on your computers and phones are missing out on the joys of reading an actual printed comic. Sure, there were a lot of flaws with newsprint and ben-day dots, not the least of which was purchasing a book and finding out that page 15 had horrible ink stains from a sloppy printer. Yet there's still a lot of things that digital can't do. This story here is an example of one.from SPOOKY SPOOKTOWN #21, September 1967
|Thursday, November 14th, 2013|
Deadpool's Pizza Adventure
I still have no idea why they thought that Deadpool was a necessary member of the new Thunderbolts team, and this issue explains nothing.
Currently, Red Hulk and Leader are fighting aliens. Punisher, Elektra, and Venom are taking on a mafia family. And Wade Wilson's secret mission for the good of humanity? .......well, see for yerself.....
by Charles Soule & Jefte Palofrom THUNDERBOLTS #17, 2013
|Wednesday, November 13th, 2013|
ART: Covers By Marko Djurdjevic
Now these are the kinds of scans that make for an easy posting. All the commentary is already provided by the artist himself. So I ain't gotta say much of anything other than good design work and a strong feel for composition more than make up for the using of photoshop™. (yeah, I'm one those complainers who are usually against the over-use of digital art in modern comics
)from THE MARVEL ART OF MARKO DJURDJEVIC (ISBN: 978-0-7851-3962-1) 2009
|Wednesday, October 30th, 2013|
Too Scary For You
Just look at that evil ghost in the picture above. I dare you. That's the stuff of nightmares right there. That's the type of thing that'll make a sane man mad and a madman claw his eyes out in despair. Those horrible eyes. The glowing translucent skin. The slimy, slobbering tongue. Yes, this comic is too scary for you. I suggest clicking on another website altogether. Now.
Still here? Last chance to run right now.........DISCLAIMER: Peur Evol Inc.™© and it's affiliates will not assume any responsibility for any mental or physical traumas derived from the reading of this comic.
You've been warned. It's too scary for you.
|Monday, October 28th, 2013|
Weird War Tale
Some things you don't see much of nowadays; war comics for starters, and even rarer, war comics written and drawn by legendary talents.
Lansdale is an award-winning novelist and short story writer, while Glanzman has as much history illustrating comics as five other artists put together.
Click on their names for more info, but first have a look at this:
By Joe R. Lansdale
& Sam Glanzmanfrom WEIRD WAR TALES #2, July 1997
|Sunday, October 27th, 2013|
Sunday Funnies: LIO (with commentary)
Mosters! Aliens! Robots! Creepy crawling things that go bump in the night! Sounds like the Halloween season is here, right? Well, actually, it's always like that when Lio is around. And I love the strip because of that.
This sampling of comics is from a mega-collection of Lio strips with artist commentary, a format I prefer to just simple reprinted strip collections. I've included the commentary content with the strips that have them.
by Mark Tatullifrom LIO'S ASTONISHING TALES (ISBN: 978-0-7407-8541-2) 2009
|Saturday, October 26th, 2013|
Aliens VS Predator VS Dracula
Y'all like a little humor mixed in with your horror? I hope so, 'cause that's what you're getting this time around.
The premise here is simple: the 'classic' Universal monsters are out to destroy the Aliens and Predator.
by Clint Mcelroy, Bill Maus & Bob Hanonfrom ILLEGAL ALIENS (one-shot) 1992
|Thursday, October 24th, 2013|
Stone Age Astronomy
No, the dragon from the above image is not in this story, it's just from the same issue. I just used it to illustrate a point. The artists who worked on the Dell/Gold Key/Whitman comics were amazing at being able to draw realistic scenes, yet horrible at depicting any believable monsters or aliens. That sort of always bugged me. I mean, I know these comics were for kids and they didn't want to give 'em nightmares, but sheesh, it looks like cartoons invaded our reality.
Anyhoo, enough ranting. The story today is one of those "based on true events" type things. If you watch any of those shows about ancient alien theory, you've probly heard this before.
by Jack Sparlingfrom SHROUD OF MYSTERY #1, 1982
|Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013|
Here's another tale of terror for y'all. Once again from the classic yet short-lived series from the now defunct Eclipse comic company. Not exactly sure why anthologies always have a shorter life-span than regular continuing series, but I guess that's the nature of the game; western readers seem to prefer much longer stories, I guess.
This story here is one that most definitely has it's roots firmly planted in the old EC tradition. All that's missing is a creepy narrator to make a bad pun at the end. But it works just as well without it.
by Chuck Dixon & Bob Hardinfrom TALES OF TERROR #12, May 1987
|Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013|
Shock Rock VS The Punisher
When you think of satire or parody, probly the last comic you'd think of would be the Punisher. Yet here we are with a comic that spoofs (homages?) the theatrical metal band GWAR. And it has all the violence that you'd expect from a GWAR concert and a Punisher comic put together.
This ain't high class literature, folks, but I thought it was a fun little short.
Also of note: I absolutely love
Frank Castle's armor that he wears on stage. (HINT TO MARVEL: we should see him wear this more often).
by Mike Lackey & Kevin Kobasicfrom
THE PUNISHER BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL #2, 1993
|Monday, October 21st, 2013|
Eyes In The Darkness
In this tale of terror, the real monster is not the paranormal one, but rather one of the regular kind of human evil.
Not all supernatural monsters have to be scary, do they?
by Glen Johnson & Buzz Dixonfrom TALES OF TERROR #3, November 1985
|Sunday, August 18th, 2013|
Sunday Funnies: PLAYBOY
Not the usual magazine you'd look to buy for reading comics, I know. Yet Hugh Hefner's PLAYBOY has a long track record for having the best of the best cartoonists and comic artists. From the earlier years when they got Jack Cole, to the more recent past when they were using Dean Yeagle in every issue, they've maintained a quality (and classy) standard. No smut here.
I'll give you a little fair warning: there is a li'l bit o' nudity in these comics, but it's not porn. Just humor.
I find these funny, but your results may vary if ya don't keep your mind in the gutter like I do.from PLAYBOY, November 2011
|Wednesday, August 14th, 2013|
This is another scanlation that I stumbled across on a random site. I couldn't find any google links for an 'official' English translation, so I guess there isn't one. Why are there so few companies that release Euro-Comics in English and so many that do mangas? I don't know.
I guess we should feel lucky that there are dedicated fans willing to translate this stuff for free. Who knows; these same fans may one day start an actual publishing company and get the English rights to the bande dessinee that they've translated.
Anyhoo, this is a simple kind of series, it's just one-page gag strips about some goblins that live in the woods. Even if you don't usually read or watch any fantasy series, you'll get the jokes.
by Corentin Martinage & Tristan Roulotfrom GOBLINS vol 1, 2007
|Tuesday, August 13th, 2013|
JONAH HEX: BOUNTY HUNTER
One of the most messed up thing about DC's "NEW 52" is the fact that All-Star Western is arguably the very best title that they're running now. Sad. They rebooted 51 other superhero comics just to prove that the western genre is not dead yet.
I guess I can't be too harsh tho', if it weren't for a whole bunch of people's recommendation, I wouldn't have ever known how awesome that the Jonah Hex series is (and was), as you'll see in this classic Hex tale from the 70s.
by John Albano & Tony Dezuñigafrom WEIRD WESTERN TALES #16, February 1973