From 1975 and artist Mike Kaluta
... the Dark Knight meets Walter Gibson's
cloaked crimefighter, The Shadow
. This issue was a warm-up - and introiduction for 70s kids - to The Shadow's own DC comics series.
I recently re-read Leigh Brackett
's The Secret of Sinharat
- a/k/a Queen Of The Martian Catacombs
- and am now moving on to The Ginger Star
. Both stories feature her interplanetary antihero, Eric John Stark, one of the most fascinating characters in space opera. Every time I dig into Brackett's work, I find myself awed, humbled and inspired... and that's good.
Over on my Facebook profile over the last month or so, I've been posting a lot of cover art from the Planet Stories
pulp magazine and the Planet Comics
comic book series. Both publications have been a source of inspiration to me as I worked to finish up my own "planet comic," Perils On Planet X
This cover, for the 71st issue of Planet Comics
, is one of my all-time favorite comic book covers. How can anyone resist the combination of damsel in distress, rifle-wielding space man, and 12-foot tall, green-skinned alien Viking satyr?
Hope everyone had a terrific holiday! Once again, I present another fantastic Famous Funnies
Buck Rogers cover by legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta
. This astounding image graced the front of issue #214 in November, 1954!
Action-packed! Fast-paced! Suspenseful!
Another Wednesday in December, another amazing Famous Funnies
cover starring interplanetary avenger Buck Rogers, drawn by the late, great fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta
. This is issue #212 from July, 1954!
Join Buck Rogers' Rocket Rangers!
gorgeous Famous Funnies
covers featuring space hero Buck Rogers, as rendered by the legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta
. This is issue #213 from September, 1954!
I'm currently working on a space comic of my own, and I've been turning to classic pulp and comic book imagery for inspiration. I've been enjoying it so much, I thought I'd share my favorites here with you. Every Wednesday throughout December, I'll be sharing these fantastic Famous Funnies
covers featuring space hero Buck Rogers, as drawn by legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta
. This is issue #211 from May, 1954!
This is the cover of Marvel Graphic Novel #6, Star Slammers, written and drawn by the legendary Walter Simonson, and published in 1983. This is one of the earliest American "graphic novels," which tended to run less than 100 pages and be printed in an oversized, 8 and 1/2" x 11" album format.
Star Slammers, a space opera epic about interstellar mercenaries, was a pet project of Simonson's dating back to before he was a comics professional. In the 90's he wrote & drew a 5-issue continuation, published by Malibu (& Dark Horse Comics). I don't have those issues, but maybe someday I'll track 'em down.
I swiped this from Paul Bishop's blog
. I don't know who the artist is, but it's now one of my favorite crime pulp covers ever! Not only is that fantastic painting dynamic, but the cover copy may have just given me the name for a future Femme Noir
villainess - "Lady Loot!"
Technically, this is Limited Collector's Edition
C35, a "Treasury Sized" collection of Captain Marvel comic book stories reprinted by DC Comics in 1975. This photo cover features actor Jackson Bostwick
who portrayed the World's Mightiest Mortal for two seasons of the Filmation Saturday morning Shazam!
television series. I've been revisiting the 1974-76 series on DVD this past couple of weeks, and I remembered having this oversized comic when I was a kid. (FYI - I'll be reviewing the newly-released Warner Archive Shazam!
DVD set over at my DVD Late Show
and Space: 1970
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