Monday, December 21, 2020

Captain's Holiday Library DOCTOR WHO "Father Christmas and the Demon Magician"

Here's a Doctor Who Christmas tale last seen in 1994...but which originally appeared in 1965!

So it's been more than a generation since Whovians have laid eyes on it in any form!
Note, though the cover (with new art by Bill Mevin who drew the original story decades earlier) is from Marvel UK's Doctor Who Classic Comics #15 (1994), the story itself is scanned from Polystyle Publications' TV Comic 732-735 (1965-66).
The reprint's scans weren't very good!
Note the toy cars are Aston Martin DB-5s, James Bond's auto from the then-current movie Goldfinger!

Who are "Grandkids" John and Gillian?
The comic strip didn't license anybody or anything but the Doctor and TARDIS from the BBC, so they created new companions and foes for the Time Lord!
No Susan, Barbara, or Ian!
No Daleks or other established aliens!
For the record, these strips are considered either apocryphal or an alternate universe.
(Unlike the 1960s Amicus movies Doctor Who and the Daleks and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., starring Peter Cushing, which are considered to be "fictionalized" re-tellings of actual events in the Whoverse!)
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!
To paraphrase the end of 007's cinematic adventures...
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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Captain's Holiday Library: Christmas Comics SMILIN' ED & HIS GANG "Visit Santa Claus Land"

One of the most popular kids' shows on radio in the 1940s-50s...
...was Smilin' Ed's Buster Brown Gang (later the Buster Brown Show), which had a long-running comic book spin-off!
Note: while this never-reprinted tale from Buster Brown Comic Book #33 (1953) was written by the show's scripter, Hobart Donovan, it's not an adaptation of a radio or tv episode!
Ed McConnell aka "Smilin' Ed" was a long-time radio personality who had his own (adult-oriented) radio show for over a decade before signing with the Buster Brown Shoe Company in 1944 to host their new juvenile radio series.
Smilin' Ed's Buster Brown Gang began on September 2, continuing on NBC radio every Saturday morning at 11:30 through April 11, 1953.
There was an adventure story to open the show, ads for Buster Brown shoes, and Froggy the Gremlin might sing a song or annoy another cast member, such as Shortfellow the Poet or Alkali Pete the Cowboy.
The character Midnight the Cat actually spoke a few lines on the show and Smilin' Ed was always prone to sing a novelty song or two by plunking his magic twanger.
The term "plunking" may have come from McConnell's habit of plunking the strings on his piano to emphasize some of the action in his stories.
McConnell was also the voice of Froggy, putting on a low, gruff, Popeye-like croak.
However, whenever McConnell had to sing a duet with Froggy, announcer Archie Presby was the voice of Froggy.
When there was a live audience, Archie would sometimes dress up in a frog costume and carry on to the delight of the screaming kids.
Additional cast members included June Foray and John Dehner.
Foray was called upon to voice Midnight and Old Grandie the Piano.
Bud Tollefson, the sound effects engineer, growled the voice of Buster's dog Tige.
Child actor Patrick Curtis (Baby Beau Wilkes in Gone With The Wind) played Buster Brown in 1949-50. "That's my dog Tige, he lives in a shoe, I'm Buster Brown, look for me in there too!"

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Captain's Holiday Library SAVED BY THE BELL "Chilling Holiday"

It's over 30 years later...

...and the gang from Bayside High is back, so here's the first of their "classic" comic book adventures unseen since their initial appearance!
Written by Angelo DeCesare, penciled by Hy Rosen, and inked by Ken Selig, this tale was part of the series' first and last appearances (Saved by the Bell #1 [1992] and Saved by the Bell Holiday Special [1993]).
The comic lasted five issues and two one-shot specials.
Though most are calling it a reboot, the show is actually a sequel (one of several that have popped up over the years), which really should be called Saved by the Bell: the Next Generation since most of the original's cast are appearing as their characters from the first series...
If you're unfamiliar with the show and characters, Entertainment Weekly has a convenient primer HERE!
Trivia: the article doesn't mention the original Saved by the Bell is actually a sequel series to Good Morning Miss Bliss, which starred former Disney movie star Hayley Mills as teacher Carrie Bliss, featured Zack, Screech, Lisa, and Mr Belding...and was set in Indianapolis!
(Apparently the surviving characters moved en masse to Bayside, California when the show was retooled!)
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Good Morning Miss Bliss / Saved by the Bell / Saved by the Bell: the College Years / SbtB:Hawaiian Style / SbtBell:Wedding in Las Vegas
(It does not include Saved by the Bell: the New Class...a sequel series which ran longer than the original series!)
...But you can get it HERE!

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

Captain's Halloween Library 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!)