Friday, April 15, 2022

Captain's Library KING OF KINGS Part 3

You may be wondering "Where's Parts 1 & 2?"...
Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus Christ
...and the answer is; we haven't run them yet!
Since it's Good Friday, we're presenting the Dell Comics adaptation of the final part of the 1961 movie, covering the period from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection.
We'll run the first part around Christmas, and the second shortly after that.
While the writer for this movie adaptation from Dell's Four Color Comics #1236 (1961) is unknown, the artist is Gerald McCann, a pulp artist who moved to comics in the early 1950s and did numerous Classics Illustrated covers and stories including "Abraham Lincoln" and "Ben-Hur".
Here's "six degrees of separation" trivia...in only five degrees!
  • John Huston, who later did a prequel movie, The Bible: In the Beginning, directed Moby Dick, using a screenplay adapted by Ray Bradbury from the Herman Melville novel.
  • Ray Bradbury wrote the voiceovers in King of Kings spoken by Orson Welles.
  • Welles' The Shadow and Mercury Theatre co-star Agnes Moorehead served as dialogue coach to  Jeffrey Hunter (Jesus Christ) in King of Kings.
  • Jeffrey Hunter later played Christopher Pike, the first captain of the Starship Enterprise in the pilot episode of Star Trek, "The Cage".
  • Star Trek did an episode, "Bread and Circuses", about a planet where parallel evolution produced a society that resembled a 20th Century version of the Roman Empire, complete with it's own Christians and Jesus Christ (who doesn't appear on-camera, but is mentioned in dialogue)!
Who says comics ain't educational?

Monday, February 14, 2022

Video's Valentine SCOOBY-DOO "Kingdom by the Sea"

When we think of Valentine's Day, our thoughts naturally turn to...

...wait!
What???
OK, let's just go with it as we present a never-reprinted story of lost (and found) love from DC's Scooby-Doo #117 (2007), a tale of Poe...I mean woe...that's filled with Easter Eggs!
Find all the Easter Eggs?
Start with the cover caption..."Twice-Told Tales of Terror!", a combination of Twice-Told Tales and Tales of Terror...anthologies of stories by Nathanael Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe...both adapted by producer Roger Corman into movies in the 1960s!
(Since Twice-Told Tales starred Vincent Price, who starred in all the Edgar Allen Poe flicks for AIP, it's usually considered part of the "Poe Cycle"!)
Writer Scott Peterson, penciler Tim Levins, and inker Dan Davis load the story with lots of Poe references both in the script and art.
Did you know that, though considered one of the first gothic horror writers, Poe was also part of the "American Romantic" movement as explained HERE!
BTW, You can read Poe's tragic/romantic poem "Annabel Lee" HERE!
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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Captain's Library JUKE BOX COMICS "Lena Horne"

This never-reprinted feature about singer/actress Lena Horne has two distinctions:

1) It's the only pre-1960s mainstream comics appearance of a Black actress or singer in a biographical feature!
2) It was illustrated by one of the few Black comic book artists of the era!


This never-reprinted short from Eastern's Juke Box Comics #2 (1948) was illustrated by Alvin Carl "AC" Hollingsworth, whose comics career ran from 1944 to 1956 and later became a noted fine artist!
Trivia: it's one of the few times Hollingsworth illustrated a Black character in his comic book work!
He did also illustrate a couple of stories in Fawcett's short-lived Negro Romances comic which we presented HERE!

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Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books
(Including Alvin "AC" Hollingsworth)

Friday, October 22, 2021

Captain's Library DUNE Conclusion

After the Climactic Battle on Arrakis (also known as "Dune")...

...Paul Atreides, known as Muad'dib to the Fremen of Arrakis, faces Emperor Shaddam IV, whose machinations caused his father's death along with hundreds of thousands of others!
But the arrogant Emperor, with the Harkonnen at his side, has no intention of surrendering...
We hoped you noted the differences between the movie (in all its' various incarnations) and the comic adaptation, which was based on an early version of the script!
Now Go See the Rebooted Version in Theatres
TODAY!

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