Monday, 20 March 2017

Preview: DC/Looney Tunes crossovers coming this summer!

There's a summer of fun heading your way as DC decide to team up their superheroes with your favourite cartoon characters.

Batman meets Elmer Fudd, Jonah Hex comes across Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny joins the Legion of Superheroes, Lobo creates mayhem in RoadRunner, the Martian Manhunter faces the threat of Marvin the Martian and Wonder Woman tries to stop the force of nature known as the Tasmanian Devil.

All these fine works of literature fun comics are yours to buy this June.


Vampirella #1 (Dynamite Ent)

Vampirella #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Paul Cornell (w) Jimmy Broxton (a)

A thousand or so years in the future Vampirella has woken up to find herself trapped in a tomb and has to break out into what becomes a strange new world.

And why is blood black?

Almost immediately Vampi engages in battle with winged men before seeking shelter in a nearby and futuristic city where things are clearly not right. That it seems comes not from just observation but a simple statement of a shop assistant who asks why a cat should be named.

Despite her wings and aggressive demeanor she seems to not stand out but a group of rampant males certainly get a good kicking from our favourite vampire.

If I have any criticism of what is a very weird story it is the annoying self censorship. Why make the characters swear if you then blank the words out? Please we're adults and kids are not going to be reading these.

Black boxes in the text just look stupid.

Recommended though!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Psycho #9 (Skywald/1972)

With such an invitation to join the Slither-Slime Man who couldn't resist picking this horror title from the seventies up. Skywald were a serious attempt to compete with the long established Warren Publishers.

Psycho was one of three main titles put out by the company which also included Nightmare and Scream. At the time these were successful but when Marvel flooded the black & white magazine market in the early seventies it was Skywald that suffered with their titles being backpedalled by distributors. Sadly none of their magazines lasted beyond #24.

Like all anthology titles you pay the entry fee and take what you get. Some stories are good others not so. It all depends on individual tastes.

The Slither-Slime Man sees a rotten Sheriff investigate some bizarre goings on in the local cemetery. Determined to find the culprit at anycost he harassed the residents of a local asylum and then kills an innocent man. However the Slither-Slime Man is on hand to bring retribution........

Up next is Ghostly Reunion, a tale of a jealous man who fears his itinerant night-worker is stealing his wife. Murder is on his mind but Gene isn't very bright.

Suffer the Little Children is the best story in this issue. Two seemingly nice kids, an absent father and a rampant couple who kill themselves in a tale that will bring the dead to life.

Unrequited love is the theme of A Plot of Dirt as a Zombie is resurrected to murder and Dracula's daughter makes an appearance a Question of Identity.

Fraudsters get their comeuppance in The Graveyard Jungle. The moral being that you should be real careful who you try to rip-off.

With the confusing All the Ways and Means to Die ending this issue, it's overall a good read. Not easy to find and usually a wee bit more pricey than the Warren magazines these are worth collecting.


Saturday, 18 March 2017

All Star Adventure Comic #93 (Planet Comics/Australia/undated)

I picked up a copy of the Australian reprint title at random whilst visiting my local comics shop. Reminiscent of the Alan Class titles that were issued in the UK, this has a slightly bigger page size but is in glorious black & white the chosen format of both British and Australian companies back then.

This comic feature stories from the Legion of Superheroes, Adam Strange and a stray horror story. All DC, the one company that Alan Class did not get reprint rights for.

I have picked up a similar comic before and like the Alan Class one's you never know what to expect when you read it, which why I enjoy this type of comic. Hit and miss sometimes but this one was certainly a hit even if I already had a copy of the last Legion story.

Here's a gallery of some other issues. They are all undated.



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Commando #5,000! (DC Thomson)

Launched in 1961 Commando has proved a success as generations of readers continue to enthrall to the adventures of war and conflict to the current day. The sole survivor of what was once a major genre of the comics industry in the UK, this "pocket sized"comic has just reached it's 5,000th issue. An incredible achievement.

The all-new story inside focuses on commando's what else could the editors have chosen for this landmark edition! It has an embossed cover by Ian Kennedy who we are told has created no less than 1,200 covers for Commando. Amazing.

I also picked up #5002, Zig-Zag-or Die which is partially set in the Spanish Civil War and the odd types of aircraft interested me. 

Two other issues are available:

Comm_5001_coverMaster Comm_4999_coverMaster

On sale now in WH Smiths and other good newsagents. Next lot out on March 23rd!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Eerie #32 (Warren/1971)

Another edition of Eerie one of Warren's great adult orientated horror/fantasy magazines entered into my small, but growing collection of this genre.

And to start the ball rolling is a tale Superhero? So what's the twist? Erm actually this guy who calls himself Crime Crusher literally does "rub out" criminals and when they seek revenge for his actions one underworld hitman pays the ultimate sacrifice when he discovers that Crime Crusher is actually already dead......

The Warning of the Hawk is set in the Himalaya's follows with a tale of greed, murder and comeuppance as the secret of the buried alien doesn't do our villain any good. Meat anyone?

Sticking with the top of the world for a setting Bill Reamy finds sanctuary with monks in The Wailing Tower, but as usual greed overtakes gratitude and hiding in the Tower isn't exactly a good idea. Should have listened the monks Bill!

Bookworm by Richard Corben comes up with a tale of a librarian and his bookworm with a wee bit of a twist and some black magic. Is that noise really the plumbing or is it deep from somewhere else?

I Fell For You is the penultimate story of a rejected prom date, a rematch, wedding and more greed. Say a lot of greed gets punished around these parts. Just stay away from the plane door. You never know where your body might fall!

The Faustian tale Soul Power concludes this issue and why people think the Devil won't get his wily way or you'll meet a fate worse than death never fails to amaze. Hey, you know Old Harry ain't real don't you.....

Pick up a copy to read just before bedtime....sweet dreams!


Monday, 13 March 2017

Weird Western Tales #24 (DC/1974)

Weird Western Tales #24 (DC)

Michael Fleischer (w) Noly Panaligan (a)

Jonah Hex, Bounty Hunter, all round anti-hero was in my opinion the best "western" character to ever hit the stands. Gritty, "realistic", hard hitting and well written. Hex's adventures have entertained in a way no other comic of this genre could.

In this issue Jonah is recovering from temporary blindness in a small town where his past actions are fast catching up with him. Driven out of Point Pyrrhus, a small frontier settlement along with an annoying actor, Jonah has to brave the desert and his foes with a man not suited to action guiding his hand.

The real hero of the story is not Jonah himself as we discover at the tragic end.

Jonah Hex is a comic worth collecting and there's further appearances in his own series over the years. The last being part of the "New 52" line in which Hex finds himself in the modern day DC universe.

There's also one where Jonah gets flung to the far future!