Thursday, October 31, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Wolf Man"

Happy Halloween everyone, but it's gonna be trick-or-treat for... this never-reprinted story from Atlas' Crazy #5 (1954)
Dick Ayers rendered this tale in a style quite dissimilar from his usual Western or horror material.
The writer, though, is unknown, but may be Stan Lee, who was the editor of the line, and wrote quite a lot of the stories...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Drag-ula!"

With Halloween almost upon us, let's look in on the original "bat man"... this...unusual...tale from Atlas' CRAZY #2 (1954)
As was usual with the lead tale in CRAZY, it's lovingly-rendered by the amazing Bill Everett!
Heck, Bill might even have written it, since he had a number of scripting credits already!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Zombie!"

After Frank N Stein, you'd probably expect us to post Drag-Ula!
Since Walking Dead is on tonight, I'm in a "shambling undead" mood, so here's a tawdry tale know...
Veteran Bill Everett seemed to enjoy going from his usual realistic style to a more-detailed variation of Bill Elder's work on EC's MAD and Panic, as this story from Crazy V1 N4 (1954) shows.
Heck, Bill might even have written it, since he had a number of scripting credits already!
Next up...Drag-Ula!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Humor in a Jugular Vein: CRAZY "Frank N Stein"

For the remainder of the Halloween season, we're gonna tickle your funny bone...
...with a bunch of rarely (if ever) reprinted horror-themed humor strips from the 1950s!
If imitation is "the sincerest form of flattery", then Atlas Comics was easily the most sincere company in comics with no less than four MAD / PANIC imitations; Crazy, Riot, Snafu, and Wild between 1953 and 1956!
Besides humor specialists like Dan DeCarlo, the sheer volume of Atlas humor titles gave the opportunity for artists who usually did Westerns or horror or sci-fi to expand their range, like this tale illustrated (and possibly written) by veteran Bill Everett, who proved more than up to the task with this spoof from Crazy V1 N1 (1953).
Note: Marvel's reincarnated the title several times including a long-run b/w magazine in the 70s-80s.

Friday, October 4, 2013

HORRIFIC "The Teller!"

A 1950s horror comic wasn't complete without a host, so... here's a slew of them, along with their ringleader, the debonair Teller (no relation to Penn's silent partner)!
How many horror hosts narrate their own origin story?
While the writer for this never-reprinted scare-story from Comic Media's Horrific #8 (1953) is unknown, the art is by the extremely-underrated Don Heck, who did some of his best work for Comic Media's twin terror-titles Horrific and Weird Terror.
There's much more monsters and mayhem to come as we resurrect this moribund blog just in time for the Countdown to Halloween 2013 blogathon!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Yesterday at Atomic Kommie Comics™...
...we ran a most unusual tale about a shunned outsider.
Today, we present the original version of that tale with the codicil that it may be NSFW due to politically-incorrect references to mental handicaps...
Appearing in ACG's Adventures into the Unknown #61 (1955), this tale was written by Richard Hughes and illustrated by Ken Landau with a number of changes by Ogden Whitney (the last three panels of page 2, all of page 3, and panel 1 of page 4!
Among other things, an entire plot point, involving a dead dog is changed into a "mistaken identity" story!
Strangely, the dead dog plot was restored in the Comics Code-approved reprint!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tell a Tale of Terror TWICE #1! SUSPENSE DETECTIVE "Short Step to Oblivion"

With the recent revelation that Fredric Wertham lied about comics' effects on kids... seems appropriate to take a look at how his far-reaching deception altered pop culture as we know it!
BTW, most people (myself included) felt that Wertham exaggerated his claims, but altering/modifying evidence to validate his theories went over the line.
This pre-Comics Code tale appeared in Fawcett's Suspense Detective #1 (1952), illustrated by George Evans, but the writer is uncredited.
It seems to be a straightforward tale of mistaken identity and justice served with some violence mixed in, but nothing over-the-top, right?
Not according to the Comics Code Authority!
Tomorrow, check out our "brother" blog Crime & Punishment™ on Friday to see how the Code altered this story, which they considered too violent!
Join us next time as we present another tale your grandparents didn't want your parents to see!

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