Wednesday, October 31, 2018

CRAZY "Tales from Aesop's Stables"

Here's a "Happy Halloween" treat: a never-reprinted example of horror humor...
...from Atlas' Crazy V1N7 (1954)
Despite the title, this piece written and illustrated by Howie Post was not part of a series!
Perhaps it was, but since this was the last issue of one of Atlas' three simultaneous MAD clones, no other installments were ever seen!
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Monday, December 18, 2017

There's Nothing That Says "Christmas" Like LUST!

"She was greedy, heartless and calculating.
She knew what she wanted and was ready to sacrifice anything to get it"
Before Gil Kane's Blackmark, before Will Eisner's A Contract with God, there was It Rhymes with Lust, considered by many to be the FIRST Graphic Novel!
Created in 1950 by writers Arnold Drake (Doom Patrol, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Leslie Waller (numerous crime novels) under the pseudonym "Drake Waller" and artists Matt Baker (Phantom Lady) and Ray Osrin, the digest-sized b/w comic was a pulp noir potboiler about a steel-producing town (like Pittsburgh) and a manipulative woman named Rust who will use ANY means to control it. (It's a rather adult book, though not pornographic! Think "soft R" rating!)
Trivia: Leslie Waller, besides writing numerous crime novels, also penned the novelization of Close Encounters of the Third Kind!
The "Picture Novel" series (Lust was the first title) published by pulp/comic company St. John Publications, only ran for two books before being cancelled due to poor sales.
The book has been reprinted twice in recent years, first by Fantagraphics in the magazine The Comics Journal #277, then, in it's original format by Dark Horse Comics with a new intro by Arnold Drake.
Why do we tell you all this?
Because we at Atomic Kommie Comics believe that other companies occasionally produce kool collectibles, and in the Spirit of Christmas, we want to promote stuff that we ourselves would want under the tree. (Significant Other, please take note...)
Of course, the fact that we ourselves also produce It Rhymes with Lust collector's items like mugs, mousepads and mens'/women's clothing that would make great accompanying items in a themed gift package for a loved one who's into Graphic Novels this Yuletide never occured to us!
Nope, never!
Didn't even cross our minds!😉
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Friday, October 27, 2017

DRACULA VS ZORRO "The Journey Ends!"

...Zorro had been unsucessful in stopping Dracula from taking the lovely and innocent Carmelita Rodriguez as his latest bride.
But, the determined masked avenger has tracked the vampire and his victim to the crypts beneath the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame...
Learn more about this tale, tomorrow, at...
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Friday, October 20, 2017

DRACULA VS ZORRO "The Journey Begins!"

...both the vampiric Prince of Darkness, Dracula, and the heroic Fox of California, Zorro, board a ship from Spain to France!

...as we shall see...Saturday...
at Atomic Kommie Comics!
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Friday, July 21, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST "Chapter 4: Indecision" Part 2

Forced by his ex lover Rust Masson to assist in "knocking off" one of her former lieutenants, Hal Weber must now face the consequences of his actions...
What will happen when Hal finally reveals Rust Masson as Copper City's secret mistress?
Find Out...Monday,

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Monday, July 17, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST "Chapter 2: Caught in the Web" Part 2

Newspaperman Hal Weber runs The Copper City Express, secretly owned by his ex-lover Rust Masson, who also controls both the government and criminal element of the city!
Hal tries to maintain his journalistic integrity, but Rust's making it hard, indeed...
As the casualties begin to mount, will Hal decide the price he's paying is too high?
Find Out...Tomorrow,

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