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Monday, November 30, 2009

CARL SAGAN ROCKS! ................................ featuring DJ 'Big Wheels' Hawking

More comics later today...had to take a break for a bit...
In the meantime check out my new favorite song, won't you?
I guarantee a smile will form on your face!


Lyrics:
[Sagan]
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch
You must first invent the universe

Space is filled with a network of wormholes
You might emerge somewhere else in space
Some when-else in time

The sky calls to us
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day
Venture to the stars

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

The Cosmos is full beyond measure
Of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature

I believe our future depends powerfully
On how well we understand this cosmos
In which we float like a mote of dust
In the morning sky

But the brain does much more than just recollect
It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes
it generates abstractions

The simplest thought like the concept of the number one
Has an elaborate logical underpinning
The brain has its own language
For testing the structure and consistency of the world

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

The sky calls to us
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day
Venture to the stars

[Hawking]
For thousands of years
People have wondered about the universe
Did it stretch out forever
Or was there a limit

From the big bang to black holes
From dark matter to a possible big crunch
Our image of the universe today
Is full of strange sounding ideas

[Sagan}
How lucky we are to live in this time
The first moment in human history
When we are in fact
Visiting other worlds

A still more glorious dawn awaits,
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with a 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

A still more glorious dawn awaits,
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with a 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way


The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean
Recently we've waded a little way out
And the water seems inviting ---

Saturday, November 28, 2009

BOB POWELL and MAJOR INAPAK, THE SPACE ACE!


Here's a little gem that many of you have seen before, but some of you have not, so...

In 1951, there was a 'chocolate flavored drink' called "INAPAK", and since comic books were all the rage with the kids back then, they decided to create a promotional 'giveaway' comic to sell their product. I'm not sure how but they managed to get comic book great Bob Powell to do it for them, and I can't say for sure whether or not Powell enjoyed drawing it or not, but it sure looks like he did! It's pretty damn cool for a free comic! - oh, yes, a word for the comic collector's out there...if you are looking to purchase a copy of this comic for your collection, don't be fooled into paying high prices! I actually saw this on Ebay going for $50 or more! Don't you do it! A few years back they found a whole warehouse FULL of these comics, so you can pick one up real cheap! But now you don't have to, just read it here and save the images! By the way, these scans are from my own personal comic, as usual. Nowadays it can also be found many places online as well.
As a special treat for you, I found some early panels that were not approved by INAPAK, and so they had to be changed (not the art, but the story). Here, take a look at some of these early panels before they were fixed.

























































Okay, just kidding! Those aren't real panels, just ones that I messed with...heh heh...
Here is the real comic, from cover to cover. Powell was skilled at drawing action, and, boy-o-boy, is there ever some action! So pour yourself a biiiiig ol' glass o' yummy INAPAK drink flavored goop, and enjoy the work of Mister Stanislav Robert Pawlowski, better known as Bob Powell. Oh, yeah, don't miss the inside cover where they compare INAPAK flavored drink to the atomic bomb...

(You may notice the front and back covers suffer from mild offsetting from sitting in stacks for so long, or perhaps just bad printing)

By the way, if anyone out there has ever drank this stuff, please let us know how you survived the experience...was it as dee-lish as Bob Powell says it is? Mmmm, I'm thirsty now!








Friday, November 27, 2009

CHARLIE CHAN DOUBLE FEATURE - Charley Chin and Charlie Chinless




Here are two very different satirical takes on the Charlie Chan detective movies of the 30's and 40's. The first one is by Joe Maneely, from Atlas Comics 'WILD' # 1, 1954 (for another great story from this same issue, go to Pappy's blog here). The second  one will feel more familiar, drawn by Will Elder, from the final issue of 'PANIC' #12, 1956. The reproduction quality of the first story is a bit rough due to age and printing issues, and even though I did manage to clean it up considerably, it still is quite rough, but lots of fun anyway. The second story came from a Gemstone EC reprint, and the reproduction on it is fantastic.


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Thursday, November 26, 2009

DIGGING MY WAY OUT! - Buried In A Mountain Of Comic Books


For the three or four people who happen to frequent this blog, you may have asked yourself, "Where is this guy? He hasn't posted anything in about a week!"

Even if you don't care, I'm going to tell you.

Last week I went to my basement to find the next comic I wanted to post, and several monstrously tall stacks of comic books came tumbling down at once, leaving me buried! I tried and tried, but I could not extricate myself from underneath the massive pile of Golden Age and Silver Age layers that pressed down upon me. I yelled at the top of my lungs, but my house guest, Dr. Wertham P. Fredricks, is a sound sleeper. I found that I had but one choice if I wanted to survive -- I would have to READ my way out. And read I did. Each comic book that deserved to be scanned and posted was made into a new stack....and here they are! Eventually I managed to get out of my predicament, and I brought with me the stacks of comics that threatened to do me in! I'm back, baby, now take a look at these comics! These stories come from every era, every genre...I can't choose just one! They are all so goooood!

So, for now, in no particular order, here are some fun, cool, interesting, or otherwise awesome comic book stories, starting with "THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD!", which could be a story about me (but it isn't), followed by "A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH!", which could be about my marriage (but it isn't...is it?). Both are from 1950's Atlas  - The first story by Robert Q. Sale is from 'Strange Stories Of Suspense'  #13, and the second is from 'Menace' #11, with art by Seymour Moskowitz.




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