Friday, September 23, 2016

Tell a Tale Three Times WEIRD "Land of No Return"

The first, horrifying version of this tale was HERE...
...the second, far less scary version of the story, is HERE!
Now continue with the final version...
Ajax/Farrell finally gave up the ghost (as it were) in 1958, but publisher Robert Farrell remained in publishing, doing non-comics projects.
In 1969, he joined with Myron Fass, a former comics artist who had failed to make a Silver Age color comics line (MF Enterprises) profitable, but saw that Warren Publications' b/w magazines (Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella) were selling very well!
With Farrell providing art from the Ajax/Farrell files, the two launched Eerie Publications with titles like Tales of Voodoo, Weird, and Terrors of Dracula!
This version of the tale appeared in Weird V3N4 (1969)
Was the alien entity modified from the original (1953) version, or was this the original version, modified for the first publication in 1953?
We'll never know...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tell a Tale Three Times: STRANGE FANTASY "Love Trap"

Here's a tale presented during the heydey of horror comics...
...then modified to satisfy the Comics Code, then re-modified to be more horrifying!
All we know about the credits for this tale from Ajax/Farrell's Strange Fantasy #6 (1953) is that it was produced by the Iger Studio, who supplied several publishers with stories and had a history of re-using their material over and over again...as you'll see from the follow-up entry to this at our "brother" RetroBlog, Atomic Kommie Comics!
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Friday, September 2, 2016

DEVILINA "Devilina Fights Corrupta in...Curse of the Ra Scarab"

...today it's the introduction of the villainess who was supposed to be her arch-nemesis...except the book was cancelled after this issue!
Ric Estrada had some kool ideas, as this cover-featured tale from Atlas/Seaboard's Devilina #2 (1975) proves.
Since he owned the character, did he try to take it to another publisher, as Howard Chaykin did with his Scorpion series (which became Dominic Fortune at Marvel) or Rich Buckler did with his Demon Hunter (who became Devil-Slayer at Marvel and BloodWing at Galaxia Magazine)?
It might have been nice to see his concept fleshed out, but, sadly, it was not to be...
BTW, the cover was George Torjussen's sole comics credit.
He apparently got better at his art as he got older, as you can see HERE.
But he never returned to comics...
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

DEVILINA "Devilina: Satan's Domain"

In 1973, Marvel unleashed Satana, the "Daughter of Satan", so Seaboard introduced Devilina, "Satan's Sister"...
...a year later!
Ric Estrada was no stranger to drawing beautiful women or illustrating fantasy, coming off a stint as the ongoing artist on DC's Wonder Woman!
So he seemed ideally-suited to doing another scantily-clad fantasy female!
But, whether it's lack of color, or the fact he was inking himself (which he rarely did elsewhere), Estrada's art comes off as almost primitive, and despite clean storytelling and layout, rather unappealing!
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Devilina is Coming...

OK, that sounds a bit kinky...
...but, while prepping the pages for this blog, we discovered most of the stories in Devilina have nudity!
We're a PG-13 site, don't want to get "walled off" with a warning page, so, we've decided to run the two tales featuring Devilina herself as the protaganist to finish the week.
(There's no nudity)
You'll see them tomorrow and Friday.
BTW, you may note from the house ad above, rendered by Devilina creator/writer/illustrator Ric Estrada, that the book was originally-titled Tales of the Socrceress!
...as this ad by Ernie Colon, who was the primary cover artist for the company at the beginning, attests.
Colon also did this house ad featuring characters from various titles.
Trivia: Devilina was created to compete with Vampirella, but failed after only two issues.
The cover of Devilina's first issue was reused as the cover for the next-to-last issue of Vampirella's original run...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DEVILINA "Lost Tomb of Nefertiri"

They say a boy's best friend is his mummy...
...especially this one, who gives new meaning to "femme fatale"!
This tale from Atlas/Seaboard's Devilina #1 (1975), written by Gabe Levy and illustrated by Pablo Marcos, is easily as good as anthing Marvel or Warren was doing at the time.
A shame the company only lasted a year...
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