Tuesday, July 25, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST! "Chapter 5: CounterPlot!" Part 2

Sometimes it's the woman behind the man...
...who's the real heroine of the story!
Rust Masson secretly runs Copper City's government and it's underworld!
Her ex-lover, newspaperman Hal Webber, runs the Express, also secretly-owned by Rust and used as a propaganda tool.
But Hal has fallen for Rust's step-daughter Audrey, who's convinced Hal to expose her step-mother (though Audrey doesn't know it yet)!
Now the excrement has hit the rotating blades!
Will Hal, with Audrey at his side, stop Rust's plans?
To be continued in...
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Friday, June 2, 2017

WONDER WOMAN "Fight to the Death!"

Art by Carmine Infantino, Irv Novick, and Mike Esposito
The cover pretty much says it all.
Prepare for a classic Silver Age catfight!
Grok has never appeared again, not even in the many reboots that have occurred since Crisis on Infinite Earths...
Written by Bill Finger, penciled by Win Mortimer, and inked by Jack Abel, this tale has never been reprinted in color since it's first appearance in DC's Wonder Woman #177 (1969).
You may wonder about the tag line..."Turn the page for the real END!"
This is the page...
Art by Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano
...and the series was about to do the wildest reboot any comic had ever done up to that point!
My buddy, Rip Jagger, can fill you in on that fascinating story, starting HERE!
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(which concludes with the story we're re-presenting...but in black and white!)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WONDER WOMAN "Captive Queens"

Interplanetary conqueror Klamos wants a super-powered bride!
His troops have been sent to every corner of the universe to round up worthy candidates!
Having captured a de-powered Supergirl by temporarily making Earth's sun red instead of yellow, they now make their move on Wonder Woman...
"...such loyal friends?"
Except for a previous Brave & Bold tale (where they were hardly the best of friends), the two of them never met!
Either way, the mayhem concludes tomorrow!
Don't miss it!
This Bill Finger-scripted, Win Mortimer-penciled, and Jack Abel-inked tale, was totally-different from any of the previously-published Wonder Woman stories!
Not surprising, since none of the creatives had worked on her tales before!
Ironically, this story apparently served as a try-out for Mortimer and Abel, who became regular artists (along with already-established illustrator Kurt Schaffenberger) on Supergirl's two tales per issue in Adventure Comics in 1969!
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WONDER WOMAN "and Supergirl vs the Planetary Conqueror"

With the new Wonder Woman movie coming out this week...
...plus Supergirl concluding her second season (and looking forward to a third on the CW...
...we thought we'd present a kool tale featuring both of them that's never been reprinted in color since its' first appearance in 1968!
A surprise you'll see...tomorrow!
This tale from DC's Wonder Woman #177 (1968) is atypical for a number of reasons.
None of the supporting cast for either heroine appears!
Neither heroine appears in her secret identity!
In fact, neither heroine even shows up until page 5!
Plus, writer Bill Finger, penciler Win Mortimer, and inker Jack Abel weren't the regular creative staff for the book!
(That would be writer Robert Kanigher, penciler Irv Novick and inker Mike Esposito.)
It appears this was a "fill-in" meant to be used for either a blown deadline or (as it turned out in this case) a "space-saver" before a reboot involving a totally-new creative team!
We'll go into that matter at the end of the tale...
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(which concludes with the story we're re-presenting...but in black and white!)

Friday, August 19, 2016

PHANTOM LADY'S TWICE-TOLD TALES "Soda Mint Killer" & "What Price Protection?"

For the final Twice-Told Tale...
...from the issue Dr Wertham vilified in Seduction of the Innocent, The Phantom Lady deals out just desserts in this never-reprinted tale of luncheonette larceny!
Yeah, she killed them, but they deserved it!
The splendidly-sordid, but deliciously-cheesecakey art for this story from Fox's Phantom Lady #17 (1948) is, of course, by legendary good-girl illustrator Matt Baker!
The quirky story is probably by Ruth Roche.

Here's the cover to this issue...
...but, oddly enough, it has nothing to do with either Phantom Lady story in the book.
It's probably the single most famous example of comic book "good girl" art in history!
And, yes, it's by Matt Baker!
Dr Fredric Wertham described the cover in Seduction of the Innocent as "sexual stimulation by combining 'headlights' with the sadist's dream of tying up a woman."
BTW, while the story has never been reprinted (until now, see below), it was re-used... 

...and when the story was redrawn for use in 1954, both violence and sexuality were toned down, almost into nonexistencem thanks to the Comics Code!
Script in both versions probably by Ruth Roche.
However, the art in Ajax/Farrell's Phantom Lady #4 (1955) is not by Matt Baker, and though adequate, is no match for the original!
We hope you've enjoyed our Mini-Marathon of Twice-Told Tales.

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