Wednesday, July 19, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST "Chapter 3: Deadly Female" Part 2

Newspaperman Hal Weber runs the Copper City Express, which is secretly-owned by his ex-lover Rust Masson.
Rust also controls both the government and gangland of the city.
Though Rust believes she also controls Hal, her step-daughter Audrey is influencing the editor against Rust both intellectually and emotionally...
To Be Continued...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

IT RHYMES WITH LUST Part 1

Before We Begin...a Brief Overview...
...now take a deep breath and dive in!
 To Be Continued...
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Seduction of the Innocent!
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

HARVEY "Beauty and the Beach"

When summer vacation begins, comic book teens run for, where else...
...the beach!
This never-reprinted tale from Marvel's Harvey #5 (1972) was the penultimate issue of their last attempt at "teen" humor.
Written and penciled by Stu Schwartzberg and inked by Henry Scarpelli, clearly imitating Dan DeCarlo's art style which became the "look" of Archie Comics, this book and several Millie the Model titles ended in 1972-73, leaving Archie standing alone in the teen humor genre to this day.
Next Week
Our Annual Summer RetroBlog Blogathon Begins HERE with a special re-presentation of the first Graphic Novel!
A Tale of Love, Lust, Politics, Crime, and a Man Romancing a Successful Businesswoman...and Her Daughter!
It Rhymes with LUST
by Arnold Drake, Leslie Waller, Matt Baker, and Ray Osrin
A Saga So Big...So HOT...No Single Blog Can Contain It!
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

STILL STAR-CROSSED aka Romeo and Juliet: the Next Generation

You have to give Shonda Rhimes credit for chutzpah...
..it isn't many people who would try to do a live-action sequel to Romeo and Juliet!
An update, yes!
Lord knows they've been done to death!
But a live-action sequel?
Now that's chutzpah!
To be fair, the series is based on a popular YA book by Melinda Taub, and Shonda decided to carry the fact that R&J was the prototype for the soap operas of today to its' logical conclusion, making a soap opera out of it, using Taub's book as the lauching pad!
But does it work?
As Dynasty-style soap opera, definitely!
As a sequel to the original story, sort of!
As a historically-accurate period piece, it's on the level of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys!
It's enjoyable, campy fun!
But, hopefully, it'll inspire teens and 'tweens to search out the original R&J in any of the many formats it's available in...like this comics adaptation...
Sadly, ABC has moved Still Star-Crossed from Monday to the "death slot" of Saturday nights beginning July 8, so it looks like they'll "burn it off" and let the show fade into obscurity.
Watch or DVR it before it disappaears!
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

IDEAL LOVE AND ROMANCE "Unfaithful!"

Sometimes the opening caption says it all...
...as this never-reprinted tale from Timely's Ideal Love and Romances #5 (1949) demonstrates.
Artist Pete Tumlinson was extremely versatile,
Besides romance books, he did war, horror, crime, and Western stories with equal aploomb!
Rendering over 150 stories (and some covers) from 1948 to 1955, he moved into commercial art (mostly book illustration) after the big comic book implosion caused by the "Seduction of the Innocent" witchhunt put many writers and artists out of work.
The writer is unknown.
BTW, though this issue was #5, it was actually the one and only issue of Ideal Love and Romance!
Before that, it was Ideal: a Classical Comic,  
With #6 it became simply Love Romances, and survived for one hundred issues until #106 (1963)!

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