Great work from Bill S., who also did the awesome cover of Dracula trying to turn Sif into his queen in Thor #333. Guy has a roving eye.
It also seems like every villain at Marvel — and some of the heroes! — went through a "I should make Storm my queen!" phase. Doom, Dracula, Loki... is there a major villain who didn't try to turn Storm into his queen at some point?
That's something of a recurring theme with Chris Claremont!
I hold a grudge against these two issues, because for the sake of an inconsequential meeting between Dracula and the X-Men, they treated Rachel Van Helsing as so much cannon fodder. She deserved much, much more than to be dismissed so casually.
Movie Comics (by Fiction House, not the earlier series of the same name by DC) featured adaptations of current movies along with text pieces and original material such as "Mitzi of the Movies" (by Matt Baker!). The series ran for 4 issues. Bob Lubbers drew the covers and the stories that were adapted from current movies.
The series ran for four issues. Mickey Rooney was one of the biggest stars of the era and issue #3 featured an adaptation of the movie "Love Laughs At Andy Hardy", in what turned out to be the final installment of the crazy popular Andy Hardy series. The movie went into general release in January 1947 (U.S) and this issue hit the stands in April 1947.
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I had never seen this classic film when I found this comic, but I'd heard plenty about it (mostly from FJA in Famous Monsters of Filmland), and I was prepared to like it. Nope, I freaking loved it. This adaptation was exciting, and dramatic, and moving. I reread this book for weeks. (And for weeks, every time my toy soldiers/superheroes got into a fight, somebody was throwing gas bombs. I was an impressionable youth.)
Finally saw the movie, of course, and loved it. But that in no way diminished my affection for the comic version. For me, it's that rare adaptation that lives up to the original.
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Dec 28, 2018 17:42:32 GMT -5
5. Tomb of Dracula #1-70, Marvel Comics, 1971- 1979 based on the novel by Bram Stoker (mostly) by Marv Wolfman (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), and Tom Palmer(inker)
While I started collecting comics from an interest in monster stories, it took a while before I picked up on this series. Vampires never really interested me, but I am unable to explain why I didn't try more issues in the very early 70's. Eventually I bought an issue, enjoyed it immensely, and never missed another. Unsurprisingly, this series has been selected by a number of participants in this year's CCC celebration. I don't have a lot of new insights to offer up, so I'll just mention a few of the things I loved about TOD: 1. The supporting cast. It's one of the richest and best of any mainstream comic of the 70's: Rachel, Frank, Quincy, Blade, Taj, Harold, Hannibal, Domini, Janus... By contrast, the companion comics (Dracula Lives, Giant-Size Dracula) didn't have them, and were far lesser for it. 2. Novel stories. The vampire formula can be repetitive and boring, but Wolfman found so many new angles to keep the reader's interest: Dracula's son, the rebellion of the vampires against Dracula, Dracula forced into defending innocent children, the half-vampire vampire hunter Blade, vampire detective Hannibal King, a surprising confrontation with, of all characters, the Silver Surfer--and it worked!, the more obvious crossovers with the Frankenstein Monster and Werewolf by Night (where Gene Colan's art made me realize that I was a leg man!). 3. Dracula's character. Marv didn't let the supporting characters carry the book. Dracula was as rich and engaging as anyone in the comic, retaining the reader's sympathy without diluting his monstrous nature. 4. Consistency. Once the series found its footing, which happened very early on, there were no rough patches, no radical changes in the direction of the comic or the creative team. 5. Concluding. The series came to a satisfying end. If Marvel's Dracula had never again appeared, I wouldn't have been disappointed.
Post by Mister Spaceman on Dec 29, 2018 15:33:31 GMT -5
"President Kennedy Has Been Kidnapped!" Teen Titans Lost Annual #1 (2008)
In the 1960s and 1970s, Bob Haney seemed completely ignorant - or consciously dismissive - of any sense of continuity with everything else being produced at DC. The result was the "Haney-verse," a weirdo alternate version of the DC universe in which, most significantly, Superman and Batman each had a "Super-Son" (Denny O'Neil's second greatest sin, after robbing Wonder Woman of her powers in 1968, was to later explain away these two scions as computer simulations). Haney is perhaps best remembered for co-creating the Teen Titans in 1964 and penning their adventures for several years. Thus, his return to these characters in 2008's Teen Titans Lost Annual would seem to be cause for celebration - but who knew it would be this deliriously delightful? Haney tops himself with this yarn, in which JFK is kidnapped by aliens called the Ullustrians (they look like 1964-era Beatles cast on an episode of Star Trek) in order for him to help them defeat their enemies, the Violators. The Ullustrians leave a duplicate in JFK's place and proceed to brainwash the President into fighting for their cause. The Teen Titans catch wind of all this, help the Ullustrians defeat the Violators, and return to Earth with Kennedy, only to learn that his double has been assassinated in Dallas. The real JFK decides to return to Ullustro and begin a new life traversing the universe fighting evil. Not content with mucking about with DC continuity, Haney gives American history a radical retcon here and its every bit as fun as it sounds. (Pencils by Jay Stephens, inks by Mike Allred.)
Post by Prince Hal on Dec 29, 2018 21:39:06 GMT -5
Day Eight: Master of Kung Fu 45-50 (October 1976-March 1977)
I’m afraid I can’t add much to what others have said already.
This was one of the few continuing stories in comics ever whose next installment I found myself dying to read. Yes, Doug Moench could be a tad verbose and his narration and some dialogue often ran toward navel-gazing, but the novelistic scope of the story, the many “Easter eggs” (before there was such a term) subtly and not-so-subtly hidden throughout, and of course, the greatness of Paul Gulacy’s cinematic art more than compensated.
For those of us of a certain age, Gulacy’s Steranko-esque style was a welcome reminder of how good Steranko’s brief time in comics had been, and to be honest, Gulacy took Steranko’s style a step further. (Though Gulacy never showed here the mastery of anatomy, of say, Gil Kane.)
Each chapter/issue was narrated by a different character, which was nothing new if you’d seen Rashomon (I hadn’t), but was still quite a coup for comics and a nice challenge that Moench set for himself.
The stakes were impossibly high, with Fu trying to blow up the moon. A scheme worthy of his malevolent genius, for sure.
My only real beef is that for whatever reason, the covers were all penciled and inked by different artists. None really captured the atmosphere of the saga; in fact, all of them were basically standard Marvel-generic covers that gave absolutely no indication of the painstakingly rendered Gulacy art inside. (The exact opposite of the many Carmine Infantino gems for Detective and Batman that hid yet another bland Moldoff-Giella dud.)
Maybe Marvel thought the interiors were too esoteric or “out there” for the casual reader?
In any event, an epic like this should have had some unified look to the covers. Hell, you’d never even know the books were chapters in a longer arc. And I get that Gulacy wouldn’t have had time to do covers, but, come on, figure out something! This couldn't have been Archie Goodwin's fault.
"The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance." -- The Tempest, 5.1
Post by Slam_Bradley on Dec 31, 2018 15:59:06 GMT -5
Random thoughts on whatever we've got that aren't reruns...
The Monster of Frankenstein #1-3 - I loved the main series when that was set in the past. Frankie didn't work for me set in the 70s. I haven't read this in a long time.
Thunderbirds - I know nothing about the Thunderbirds.
Hansi, The Girl Who Loved The Swastika - Well that was a surprise.
Flash Gordon. 1980 - I love me some Al Williamson.
Supernatural Thrillers #1 - It! - I'm pretty sure I've read this. But not remotely recently.
BART SIMPSON'S TREEHOUSE OF HORROR - This is a fun series
Atari Force - Hey...I had this one too.
Alien: The Illustrated Story - Its seems I should read this.
The X-Files #1-16 - I like X-Files. But I've never read the funnybooks.
Quantum Leap - I love Quantum Leap, but I never read the funnybooks.
Thor #200 - I know I've read this. But I don't remember it.
The Saga of Solomon Kane - Great stuff...and I love that package.
Last of the Mohicans - One hopes it is better than the novel. I side with Mark Twain in re: Cooper's writing.
Avengers #239 - This was after I'd stopped reading Avengers.
Ray Bradbury's "The City" - I have no idea how I missed this. I must find it.
Nicolai Dante - This is a book I've been wanting to read.
Storm vs Dracula from Uncanny X-Men - Bleh! I don't find that Dracula works for me with superheroes. And, as I recall, this has the "I must have her" canard that was old when Burroughs was using it and sets my teeth on edge.
Movie Comics - I don't know this book even by reputation.
Teen Titans Lost Annual #1 - I haven't seen this one. But I like the art. It feels Allred even though he seems to have just inked it.
Post by Reptisaurus! on Jan 6, 2019 12:26:47 GMT -5
FINE since we still haven't had the totals. (Is Cei-u okay?) 5. Dell/Gold Key Peanuts 1956-1969.
The original comic BOOK adaption of one of (screw it, THE) greatest American comic strip of all time. The comic book does a good job of both capturing the tone of the daily strip and ignoring the tone of the daily strip, which makes these comics completely fascinating. The look of the strip is just a liiiitttle bit off bu the characterization of the Peanuts gang is spot on... except in the daily strip, Charlie Brown never built a robot!
It's the juxtaposition of traditional comic narratives and the relatively introverted, quiet, action-less Peanuts characters that make these books a... unique experience for us Peanuts fans. Plus Charles M. Schulz covers on most of 'em! What more could you ask for?