Wednesday, October 17, 2018

GHOSTLY TALES "Promise" Part 1

Though Haunted Love was Charlton's Gothic romance title...
...ghostly love stories like this unique bi-lingual tale could pop up anywhere in the publisher's comic line!
Based on a classic Korean folk tale, this fascinating tale, scripted and illustrated by Sanho Kim was an experiment that, unfortunately, was never repeated.
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The Astounding Conclusion!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

TOMB OF TERROR "What D'You Know, Joe?" / WEIRD "Gruesome Shock"

Here's a tale that's so NOT nice...
...that it was told twice, by two different publishers...using the same script!
The first version, illustrated by Jack Sparling, is from Harvey's Tomb of Terror #13 (1954).
Because it was considered too gruesome (even with heavy editing) to be reprinted, it was never printed in Comics Code-approved color comics.
But, the script, by an unknown writer, was re-used verbatim in a re-drawn version for Eerie Publications' b/w magazine Weird V9N1 (1969) with Cirilo Munoz providing the expanded (6 pages compared to 5 in the original) story's art!
Which version do you prefer, reader?
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More Halloween-season romance!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

PHASE 1 "Soul Food"

It's time to kick off our month-long Halloween romance series...
...with this never-reprinted tale from SQ Productions' Phase 1 (1971)!
If writer Phil Seuling and artist Chris Notarile are unfamiliar to you, it's understandable since they didn't do much creative work in the comics industry.
In fact, this is Notarile's only comic work!
Today he runs Outlines Inc, a studio providing storyboards for movie and TV projects, as seen HERE!
Seuling wrote a dozen or so stories and text features, but is best-known as the founder of SeaGate Distributors, the first company to supply non-returnable comics to stores, creating the Direct Market and Comic Book stores as we know them!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

THRILLING ROMANCES "Impatient Hearts"

What's the best way to get married?
A big ceremony with months of planning? A quick elopement? Something in-between?
For Ron and Jeannie, as shown by artist Art Saff and an unknown writer in this never-reprinted tale from Standard's Thrilling Romances #25 (1954), a traditional family-sized wedding was the solution!
Your mileage may vary!
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We're Not Sure Yet Exactly What We'll Present!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

YOUNG ROMANCE "See Yourself as He Sees You"

Here's a totally-surreal tale from the editor who created the romance genre in comics...
...which appeared in the next-to-last issue of this series!
In 1947, Joe Simon (with Jack Kirby) created Young Romance, the first romance comic, for Prize Comics...which sold the title to DC when the publisher went out of business in 1963.
In 1973, DC returned Simon to the editorship of Young Romance as of #196.
Joe attempted to "update" the title by dropping all the traditional "romance artists" from new material, assigning edgier, experimental types like the ones who illustrated this short from #207 (1975), Jerry Grandenetti and Craig Flessel.
It didn't work, and, with sales dropping, the book (which had gone bi-monthly) ended with the next issue, #208.
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