Thursday, May 31, 2012

SWEETHEARTS "I Was a Musician's Girl"

Call it "marijuana"!
Call it "marihuana"!
It's the insidious drug that will destroy America!
Or so we were told in tales like this...
From Charlton Comics' SweetHearts #122 (1954), which was actually #22, but the indicia had a typo!
While the artists are not credited, and there's no signatures, it's my opinion its' Bob Brown on pencils and Murphy Anderson on inks.
Six degrees of Marijuana: 
Sweethearts was originally-published by Fawcett Comics, taking over the numbering of Captain Midnight!
The Captain Midnight movie serial starred Dave O'Brien as Captain Midnight!
Dave O'Brien also starred in the pothead classic flick Reefer Madness as the madly-cackling Ralph Wiley!
I think not!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


It's a story about an innocent girl, Scarlett, who falls for "bad boy" Rocco...
...who happens to be an ambitious gangster in Prohibition-era Chicago!
This is Part 3 of a multi-blog post, telling a cross-genre story over several blogs, encompassing both crime and romance in equal measure with an adult-oriented plotline and lots of violence!
You can read Part 1 in Crime & Punishment™ HERE and Part 2 in True Love Comics Tales™ HERE.
Scarlett was an easily-impressed teen when she fell for Rocco Conselmo, a charismatic gangster working his way up the ranks of the Chicago's Prohibition-era underworld.
As her lover became involved in progressively-more dangerous situations, the once-star-struck girl came to realize the life-style she thought was glamorous and exciting was, in fact, sordid and lethal.
And the man she loved was becoming hard and cruel...
Scarlett's not so innocent now...
You'll find the thrilling conclusion on Friday at Atomic Kommie Comics™!
The original novel is by Sinclair Drago (aka Harry Sinclair Drago, who also wrote Westerns under the pseudonym "Bliss Lomax".)
Illustrated by Myron Fass.
The comic's scripter/adapter is unknown.
This tale has been reprinted several times in the '40s and '50s, but not since then...until now!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Disc Jockey"...Before and After...

Remember when "disc" could mean "flying saucer" or "lp record".
Or both...
Tonite, we present another case of crazy censorship by the Comics Code Authority!
First, the original version of the story, as it appeared in Harvey Comics' Black Cat Mystery #46 (1947)...
OK, a straightforward tale of just desserts illustrated by comics legend Bob Powell.
Nothing too gory or gross.
But the Comics Code Authority thought otherwise!
When the tale was reprinted in Harvey Comics' Race for the Moon #1 (1958), there were some odd art changes to the aliens...
As we said, some odd art changes to make the aliens less-insectoid...which really made no sense!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

UNKNOWN WORLD "Serpent Queen"

Wertham wrote "In ordinary comic books there are pictures for children who know how to look."
While you gaze at this magnificently-rendered splash page, ask yourself "What is the significance of a leashed one-eyed snake in this panel?"
(You'll know by the end of the tale...)
The writer of this never-reprinted tale from the one-shot anthology Unknown World #1 (1952) is unknown, but the illos are by little-known artist Bob McCarty, who did over a hundred stories in the 1950s, but rarely, if ever, signed them!
BTW, though this title was a one-shot, the numbering continued with a new title: Strange Stories from Another World, for four more issues (#2 to #5).

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

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

WEIRD MYSTERIES "Life Insurance"

When you're a kid, the idea of "life insurance" is like "health insurance"...
...something that would keep you alive just as health insurance pays for curing you!
(Makes sense, doesn't it?)
Rod Serling later did a Twilight Zone episode, "Escape Clause", using the same concept, with a different ending.

If you think about it, what we call life insurance should really be called death insurance!

The art team for this tale from Key Publications' Weird Mysteries #11 (1954) combines the legendary and the obscure with pencils by John Romita Sr (Spider-Man) and inks by Les Zakarin (who has only a couple of dozen credited stories, but probably worked, uncredited, on many more tales).
In fact, Romita apprenticed under Zakarin before going off on his own.

This story has been reprinted only once, in Stanley Publications' b/w magazine Chilling Tales of Horror #1 in 1969, but it's so much kooler in color!

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