Saturday, November 14, 2020

It's Flash's 40th Anniversary!

Before we end 2020, we wanted to acknowledge that it's the 40th Anniversary of Flash Gordon.
Though critically-reviled when it came out, the movie has attained cult-classic status, primarily due to the soundtrack by Queen...
...and over-the-top performances by (among others) Brian Blessed (Hawkman Prince Vultan), Topol (Dr Zarkoff) and Max Von Sydow (Ming the Merciless).
The adaptation was written by Bruce Jones and illustrated by legendary artist Al Williamson (who, ironically, was also doing the equally-magnificent graphic novel version of The Empire Strikes Back at the same time)!
Interestingly, Williamson inked the entire Flash adaptation, while allowing the talented Carlos Garzon (himself, no slouch) to ink the bulk of Empire.
Read it, from the beginning...HERE!
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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Halloween Horrors INNER SANCTUM "Mummy's Curse"

Inner Sanctum, a radio horror anthology was popular enough to have a b-movie series...
...sadly, it never had a comic book like Mysterious Traveler or Suspense!
But a publisher noted for comics based on a famous radio show did give it a try in one of its' books...


Street and Smith, who published The Shadow, tried out both Inner Sanctum and Lights Out as strips in other comics.
This never-reprinted feature by an unknown writer and artist(s) appeared in Super-Magician V2N7 (1943).
Though it's adapted from the dramatic radio series, the original title of the episode is unknown, and recordings of the episode apparently are, sadly, lost to the mists of time...
It was the only comic book appearance of the legendary radio show for almost 70 years...until 2012, when NBM did an all-new graphic novel adapting several of the episodes!
Most comics fans know the MAD comics spoof of the show, entitled "Outer Sanctum" by Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Elder.
But they didn't know the radio series source!
(Not that they needed to, but it does add to the humor!)
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Friday, August 28, 2020

Captain's Library BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT COMIC BOOK "Bob Spelled Backwards..." Conclusion

...Bill and Ted meet Bob, a traveller from the future who's in the same predicament they were in during the first movie...flunking out unless he gathers up famous historical figures...the most righteously-famous being Bill and Ted themselves!
What they don't know is that a heavily-armed killer from the future is on their tails!
Transported to a future shopping mall with several other famous personages, the duo gather the ensemble together...
Hope you enjoyed this never-reprinted tale because you can't find it anywhere besides the back-issue bin...presuming you can find it in the bin!
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(All 11 Evan Dorkin issues of the 12-issue Marvel Comics series plus the comic adaptation of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and other most-astounding stuff!)

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Captain's Library BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT COMIC BOOK "Bob Spelled Backwards..." Part 1

Here's the only never-reprinted issue from Marvel's sequel series to the second Bill & Ted movie...
...between issues #7 and #9, regular writer/artist Evan Dorkin missed the deadline, resulting in this...unusual...story in Marvel's Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic #8 (1992)...
We take a most-arbitrary break in the tale at this point, with the most profound advisory that you be here...
TOMORROW
...for the most totally-startling conclusion...sort of...of all!
Back in the day, comic book publishers actually cared about getting a book out on a regular monthly (or bi-monthly) schedule, no matter what the circumstances!
As a precaution, most titles had an "inventory" or "fill-in" story on-hand to stick into the production cycle if the regular writer/artist team couldn't finish on time.
The most important thing was that the fill-in story couldn't change any aspect of the already-existing story so that the ongoing plotline could continue where it left off!
So usually, the inserted tale was a flashback, dream, or an unimportant event occurring between the two regular issues.
In this case, time travel took care of not screwing up the continuity!
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(All 11 Evan Dorkin issues of the 12-issue Marvel Comics series plus the comic adaptation of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and other most-astounding stuff!)