The Sandman Saves Christmas

A campy good time awaits in this rare Kirby Christmas story!

Unusual Heroes: Dell's Dracula

Dell's Monster turned Superhero gimmick is campy fun.

Horror-Mood: On A Pale Horse

How would you like to have the Grim Reaper's job? Zane finds out!

Mystifying Marvels: Krull #1-2 (1983)

A forgotten 80's Sci-fi movie and it's forgotten comic adaptation!

DC Diversions: EKKO

Dr. Hawks dons the Ekko suit as murderballs and mayhem await!

Spotlight: Gene Day's Black Zeppelin

A plethora of hidden gems await in Day's dream anthology.

Unusual Heroes: Captain Zilog! #1

Ride the rails of insanely outdated computing technology with Captain Zilog!

Rockin' Bones #1

Monsters, Aliens and Punk Rockers...oh my!

Goin' Underground: Monolith

A couple of Larry's turn out an underrated comix gem.

Cult Classic Comics: Freakwave!

Get your Fog-Mask on, it's time to ride the Freakwave!

The Phenom of Phase

Fanzines never had this much firepower!

The Skull Killer

Pulp Fiction + Underground Comix = Classic

Saga of the Victims

70's exploitation at it's best.

The L.I.F.E. Brigade

Cheesy characters flourish within an underground art style.

Light Comitragies

A strange relic from the psychedelic era.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Science Addiction: Swiftsure #1 (Harrier, 1985)

Now this is quite a cover, eh? I wasn't sure what to make of it at first...but anything combining a corpse, an exploding spaceship, and Stonehenge (in vivid color) is enough to awake my interest. Swiftsure #1 was a sci-fi anthology series and the second comic title released by UK-based Harrier Comics. Alan Moore endorsed the title as Editorial Consultant and referred to the series as "a channeling of some of the best new talent Britain has to offer into a solid and presentable format that will allow each to develop into their own unique way, without the restrictions of a given style or genre."

That premise really sounds great, but to be perfectly honest most of the first issue of Swiftsure did little to captivate me...until I landed on the last story, "Codename: Andromeda". Written by Bill W. Ryan and penciled by Dave Harwood, together they tell the story of Kris Prescott, a scientist who dies in a spaceship explosion and is found and revived by aliens. Check out the first episode below:

The premise of "Codename: Andromeda" is captivating and well written, and has me wondering how the story turns out. I'll have to pickup more issues of Swiftsure to find out, and although some of the stories in this series are hit and's gems like this one that light the imagination in the science fiction parts of my brain. Well done, Harrier.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fanzine Fever: A+Plus #1 (Megaton, 1977)

Look closely, comic this may be the only time you ever see a Clown, a little kid and a naked woman all on a front cover! A-Plus was Detroit's answer to the fanzine/underground scene of the 70's, and featured a bevy of local and amateur talent.

The standout feature in this one has to be "The Fool", by Bill Bryan...featuring the aforementioned cast of characters appearing on the cover. Instead of talking about it, read it for yourself and make your own conclusions...and get ready for something entirely off the wall:

And there we have it. Pretty epic in a strange, unique way. I enjoyed Bryan's art-style and thought it was pretty good as far as amateur work goes. The other stories in this issue are mainly sci-fi based, including "Stargod" by Joel Stolinsky and "Tendrils of the Mind" by Kevin Siembieda. A-Plus lasted another three issues before disappearing entirely before the end of '77.

Here's the equally awesome cover for A-Plus #2, which I may review in a future post: