Monday, April 6, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics JUSTICE INC "Monster Bug" Part 1

The terrorist General Sodom had been defeated by The Shadow...
...but, the now-Colonel Sodom returns with another plan to spread terror and horror, this time using disease...
Is this...The End of The Avenger?
Be back next Monday for the astounding conclusion!
Since Sodom was a freelancer, why did he give himself a reduction in rank from General to Colonel?
(The same writer, Denny O'Neil, created Sodom and penned both stories, so it's not like a scripter unfamiliar with the character made a boo-boo!)
In the original 1940s series, Fergus MacMurdie was introduced in the character's origin story "Justice Inc", but since the comics adaptation was only 17 pages, he and his back story were cut from it!
As a result, he made his comics intro in this new tale!
And, he's a chemist, not a bio-chemist!
The never-reprinted DC's Justice Inc #3 (1975) was also the first of several crossovers involving the Street & Smith characters The Shadow and The Avenger (who never met in the original 1930s-1940s pulp magazines).
The two heroes themselves met in DC's The Shadow #11 (1976) as shown HERE!

You may be asking, why was the comic called "Justice, Inc." instead of "The Avenger", especially since the then-current paperback reprints...
1970s paperback reprint
...of the original pulp series (which was called The Avenger) were also titled The Avenger?
Because of trademark law!
Marvel Comics had been publishing a comic book called The Avengers (note the "s") since 1963.
Since two comics called "The Avenger" and "The Avengers" could be confusing to consumers, DC decided to retitle their comic based on the pulp/paperback Avenger character "Justice, Inc.", after Benson's crime-fighting organization.
When Gold Key Comics did an adaptation of The Avengers tv series starring Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg, it was titled "John Steed and Emma Peel".
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Friday, March 13, 2020

CoronaVirus Comics MYSTERIES WEIRD AND STRANGE "Death in the Night"

What if a pandemic was deliberately-created?
This never-reprinted story from Superior's Mysteries Weird and Strange #3 (1953) provides a possible answer!
The concept of a criminal deliberately-attempting to infect an entire city (in this case, New York City), isn't exactly new, but this tale does add an entertaining, sensationalistic spin on the concept!
Note: This is part of an on-going series throughout the entire RetroBlog line featuring disease/epidemic/pandemic tales!
Check out the other RetroBlogs on the left of this page for more such stories!
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

KEN SHANNON "Corpse that Wouldn't Sleep"

It's Halloween, so let's present a scary private eye story...
...from the 1950s, the era when horror comics were all the rage, starring private dick Ken Shannon, to whom this sort of thing happened quite often, as seen HERE!
This tale from Quality's Ken Shannon #3 (1952) was one of several cover stories during his run that featured horror comics elements, though the "monsters" were fakes created to cover-up crimes.
The superb artwork by Reed Crandall makes up for the fairly obvious plotting by an unknown writer.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

THE SPIRIT "Vietnam '50"

Before America took a direct hand...
...Vietnam was, to pop culture fans, just another exotic locale for high adventure!
Written by Will Eisner (with Jules Feiffer assisting), penciled and inked by Eisner and his studio, this tale published in November 5, 1950 Sunday newspapers uses the then-current Indo-China War as the nominal location for a story about a criminal who tries to evade justice, only to be done in by his own avarice!
Eisner would revisit the locale decades later in the Dark Horse graphic novel Last Day in Vietnam.(2000)
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(which contains the tale re-presented here!)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST "Chapter 4: Indecision"

Newspaperman Hal Weber discovers his lover and secret employer Rust Masson doesn't like it when her own stepdaughter attempts to lure Hal away from her...
To Be Continued...Tomorrow...
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