Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SPACE BUSTERS "Empress of Belzar"

Think Don the John was the first to consider militarizing "Space, the Final Frontier"?
SpaceBusters was a war comic set in the future.
Think of it as a less-sophisticated version of Starship Troopers, sorta "Sgt Fury or Sgt Rock in Space" with "spacebusters" being slang for front-line soldiers, much like "dogface" or "leatherneck"!
Interestingly, it featured a woman (albeit noncombatant) as part of the front-line team.
As to the plot...Belzar has invaded our Solar System, managing to conquer Mars, with Earth next in line.
However, Earth's military is about to launch a counter-attack...
The art for this tale from Ziff-Davis' Space Busters #1 (1952) was by Bernie Krigstein, who went on to do astounding work at EC Comics before leaving the business for commercial art and teaching at New York's High School of Art & Design.
We're re-presenting this entire never-reprinted series every Wednesday...including a couple of stories that ran in other titles after the book was cancelled!
Don't miss them!
Until next time...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Long Before Don the John's "Space Force", There Were SPACE BUSTERS!

Was Don (the John) Trump inspired by this comic about "space Marines" from his childhood?
Find out next Wednesday, when we begin a digitally-remastered, complete, weekly re-presentation of this never-reprinted series from the 1950s!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NEW HEROIC COMICS "Korean Christmas!!"

With a second Korean War apperaring ever more inevitable...
...this never-reprinted tale from Eastern's New Heroic Comics #82 (1953) seems as relevant as ever!
While this Jack Berrill-ilustrated piece is supposedly a "True Life Story", there's no mention of the battle at a record of the unit's actions!
This is not to diminish the 21st's heroic actions during the Korean War!
In fact, the 21st was the first American ground unit to see action during the conflict!
Until then...
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

BLUE BEETLE "Turkey Joe"

Here's an odd military-themed Thanksgiving tale from an odd source...
...Holyoke's Blue Beetle #27 (1943)!
Written and illustrated by Sid Lazarus, this never-reprinted short story is an example of humor that guys in the military (who made up a big part of the comics audience during World War II) would appreciate!
To All Those in Uniform, Past and Present:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


One of the most vicious battles in Vietnam's history...
...was fought before America even got there, as pointed out in the premiere segment of Ken Burns' The Vietnam War!
Writer John Putnam and illustrator John Severin crafted this story in EC's Two-Fisted Tales #40 (1954-55) less than six months after the battle occurred, based only on information provided by French and other European news services.
America would start sending advisers to train South Vietnamese soldiers in mid-1956, slowly escalating our participation until we were fully-involved by 1964.
A somewhat more accurate (but far less exciting) version can be found HERE!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WARFRONT "Lone Tiger: Last Day of the Lone Tiger"

Though Harvey's WarFront ended with #39, there was material prepared for #40...
...which would've taken the strip in a different direction!
Note: Could be NSFW due to racial stereotypes common to the era.
Scanned from the original art, this tale illustrated by George Roussos is so far-fetched that I find it hard to believe Otto Binder scripted it!
Perhaps it was the book's editor, Joe Simon, who had a predilection for really-weird concepts.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WARFRONT "Lone Tiger: Revenge of the Dragon"

Here's the final published (but never-reprinted) adventure of...
...from Harvey's WarFront #39 (1967) as the series takes a sci-fi turn!
Since the series is based on the idea Ed is the only Flying Tiger still operating in China (the rest were reassigned to the USAAF while Ed was incapacitated and presumed lost in action), what "squadron" would the imposter help destroy?
Writer Otto Binder and artist George Roussos never explain it!
While this was the final published adventure of the Lone Tiger, there was one more tale, written and illustrated for WarFront #40!
But the book was canceled as of this issue!
However, we've found scans of the original art for that never-published story scheduled for #40...and we'll be presenting it next week!
Be here...that's an order!