Thursday, February 23, 2012

THE BLOCK

Perhaps the koolest (and least-preachy) anti-drug comic ever...
Produced in 1971 by Byron Preiss and Jim Steranko as an anti-drug mini-comic and distributed to public schools, this tale was reprinted in Steranko's magazine ComixScene in 1973.
It's a great example of effective cinematic storytelling that's remained unreprinted for almost 40 years.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

BEYOND "It Happened on Valentine's Eve"

Valentine's Day was a couple of days ago, so let's tell a terror-tale about...
...as shown in The Beyond #4, originally published in 1951!
We don't know who wrote this story, but the penciler is believed to be Sheldon Moldoff with inking probably by Jay Disbrow.

Join us next week as we present another tale your grandparents didn't want your parents to see!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

3-D: ADVENTURES IN 3-D "Hidden Depths"

Get out the red/blue 3-D glasses (red on the left, blue on the right)...
...cause it's 3-D Week at all the RetroBlogs™!
This tale, written and illustrated by Howard Nostrand (doing an uncanny Jack Davis) for Adventures in 3-D #1 (1953), was especially-designed for use as a 3-D story (unlike some comic tales that were adapted from 2-D to 3-D during the 1950s 3-D craze).

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

"What Parents Don't Know About Comic Books" by Fredric Wertham

Read the 1953 Ladies Home Journal article that began the witch hunt against comics...
...penned by Seduction of the Innocent author Fredric Wertham, himself!
Almost all the article is excerpted from the (then) upcoming book, Seduction of the Innocent.
Within a year, there would be hysteria, Senate hearings, and comic book companies would begin to drop like flies.