Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
This cover for the January 1959 issue of Out of the World from Charlton Comics might well be my all-time favorite Steve Ditko cover, and I know that's saying a lot. Maybe I'll change my mind some time, but I find this image of golden armored spacemen perched atop equally golden gun mounts waging battle against orange orbs to be an fascinating and completely compelling image of space.
From the get-go Ditko signed much of his work, but in this instance he does sign it but uses the anagram "S. Kodti".
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
This ain't a bad book at all, but when compared to the yarn that inspired it, it falls far short in terms of import and theme. Bubba Ho-Tep is a magnificent reflection on mortality and plays with reality itself to drive home its points in a particular effective way. Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers is a rockem' sockem' misadventure which has more fury than feeling and while its diverting it ain't compellng, not even a bit. I'm not sorry I read it, but I don't think I needed it either.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Ghosts is the third volume in Yoe Books paperback set of pre-code horror stories and in some ways is better and in some ways weaker than the previous volumes featuring Mummies and Swamp Monsters. The strength is in the quality of the stories themselves, largely drawn with pretty decent acumen by a range of artists of the era such as Jack Katz, Kenneth Landau, Ed Ashe, Charles Nicholas, Bob Forgione and others. The weakness is that unlike Swamp Monsters in particular the stories are exceedingly similar in tone despite some clever twists.