Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Countdown to Halloween 2019 SIR LEO "Sea of Blood"

We enter into uncharted waters...
...with the first of Sir Leo's never-published-in-America stories!
This tale from the British magazine Dracula #7 (1972)...which never had a story with the title character...was written by writer/artist Jose Bea and co-writer Luis Vigil.
We're presenting the remaining three stories of the psychedelic Victorian monster-hunter during October and November.


Don't miss them!
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(from 1971, featuring the first six issues of the translated-from-Spanish Dracula magazine)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Countdown to Halloween 2019 SIR LEO "End of a Legend"

...Sir Leo Wooldrich encountered a Lovecraftian-type being lurking in the appropriately-named Black Lake...
This two-part tale from New English Library's Dracula #1 and; #2 by writer/artist Jose Bea and co-writer Luis Vigil was the only Sir Leo story published in Warren's HTF 1972 Dracula anthology which reprinted issues #1-6.
The series continued in #7 through #12, which have never been reprinted in the US, so most American fans have never seen them...unless they keep checking this blog, where we'll be re-presenting them during October.
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(from 1971, featuring the first six issues of the translated-from-Spanish Dracula magazine)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Countdown to Halloween 2019 SIR LEO "Thing from the Lake"

Here's the first chapter in the saga of a Victorian-era monster hunter...
..produced for a Spanish partworks comic series in the early 1970s!
You'll find out if a lead projectile will stop the creature (and if it doesn't...what will?)...next Tuesday!
This first part of a two-part tale from Dracula #1 (1971) was co-written by Luis Vigil & Jose Bea, and illustrated by Bea.
The Sir Leo series was published irregularly in Dracula (1971), a 12-issue partworks magazine* by Great Britain's New English Library, the first two Sir Leo tales made their American debut in Warren Publishing's HTF Dracula TPB in 1972 which reprinted #1-#6 of the British Dracula's run.
The remaining tales from #7-#12 have never been published in the US...but you'll see them during this weekly series, which is part of the CountDown to Halloween 2019 Blogathon!
*Partworks magazines are a limited series issued from weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
They usually run 12-24 issues for each volume.
When the final issue in a volume is published, the publishers offer a wraparound cover to make the complete set into a hardbound book. 
The buyer is offered the option to bind the magazines themselves or send the set to the publisher who professionally-binds the mags and sends the bound volume back to the customer.
This concept is extremely popular in Europe, but has never caught on in America, despite numerous attempts.
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(from 1971, featuring the first six issues of the translated-from-Spanish Dracula magazine)

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...
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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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