Friday, January 18, 2013

SPACE DETECTIVE "Opium Smugglers of Venus"

Art by Joe Orlando and Wally Wood
When Man finally reaches deep space, it's a sure bet that criminal activity will follow.
That's the premise of this 1950s series that combined gumshoes and ray guns.
You can read a background dossier about the character HERE and see the first part of this three-part story HERE.
One you've done that, continue with the second part (originally titled "Ballet of the Living Dead") entitled...
The series opener from Avon's Space Detective #1 (1951) was written by Walter Gibson, the primary writer of The Shadow pulp novel series under the name "Maxwell Grant", and illustrated by Joe Orlando and Wally Wood.
The Space Detective story concludes tomorrow at our "brother" blog, Atomic Kommie Comics™.

Monday, January 7, 2013


Even Sherlock Holmes' creator appeared in comic book form... shown in this never-reprinted story from DC's Real Fact Comics #19 (1949)!
This fascinating short was written by Jack Schiff, Mort Weisinger, and Bernie Breslauer, and illustrated by Jack Lehti.
Now here's Sir Arthur's creation in action...
Scripted by Paul S Newman and rendered by Bob Fujitani, this never-reprinted short appeared between two longer tales in Dell's Four Color #1245 (1962), the second (and last) of the authorized issues (by Doyle's estate) which featured original tales, not adaptations of classic Holmes tales.
We'll be back soon with another tale of mystery..