Friday, July 13, 2012

RetroBlog Marathons: True Love Comics Tales and War: Past, Present & Future!

We hope you're enjoying our RetroBlog™ summer marathons...
This Week
True Love Comics Tales™ presented a full-length Gothic romance, "Kiss of the Serpent"...
...with evocative art by the late Tony DeZuniga.
Plus a bonus gothic romance prose tale!

Next Week
War: Past, Present and Future™ returns to the future...
...with five tales of Atomic War and World War III!
Now that's entertainment!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Reading Room: FROGMEN "Strange Experiment of Doctor Vogar" Conclusion

Original art for the cover to FrogMen #9
Kidnapped and transported to a foreign country, professional scuba divers Steve Randall and Jim Collins aka "The FrogMen" are forced to battle mutated sea creatures created by mad Dr Vogar!
They survive the first test and attempt an escape, which fails and leaves them right at the tank where they will undergo...
Considering Dr Vogar returned in both the remaining issues of the series, it seems Steve's advice, though quite reasonable and wise, was disregarded by Jim...
This never-reprinted tale from Dell's FrogMen #9 (1964) was written by Don Segall, and illustrated by penciler Mike Sekowsky and inker Mike Peppe.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Reading Room: FROGMEN "Strange Experiment of Doctor Vogar" Part 3

Kidnapped and transported to a foreign country, professional scuba divers Steve Randall and Jim Collins aka "The FrogMen" are forced to battle mutated sea creatures created by mad Dr Vogar!
Though they survived the first test, the duo have doubts about how much longer they can stay alive, and decide to take matters into their own hands...
Tomorrow: the fearsome finale as The FrogMen face "The Fatal Test"!
This never-reprinted tale from Dell's FrogMen #9 (1964) was written by Don Segall, and illustrated by penciler Mike Sekowsky and inker Mike Peppe.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Reading Room: FROGMEN "Strange Experiment of Doctor Vogar" Part 2

Professional scuba divers Steve Randall and Jim Collins are kidnapped at gunpoint by an odd fellow named Matstor.
After a two-day sea voyage, the FrogMen are taken by helicopter to a picturesque castle in the mountains where they are about to meet Mastor's employer...
Tomorrow: the FrogMen must "Escape or Die" in Chapter 3!
This never-reprinted tale from Dell's FrogMen #9 (1964) was written by Don Segall, and illustrated by penciler Mike Sekowsky and inker Mike Peppe.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Reading Room: FROGMEN "Strange Experiment of Doctor Vogar" Part 1

With a heat-wave gripping most of the US, we thought we'd pop into inner space...
...rather than the usual outer space, with a spy-oriented tale from Dell Comics' FrogMen #9 (1964)!
FrogMen was one of numerous concepts created and produced by Dell Comics after most of their licensing arrangements with entertainment companies (including tv & movie studios and newspaper syndicates) were turned over to the newly-formed Gold Key Comics in 1962.
Dell hoped to license their new properties to media and toy companies.
Unfortunately, none of the new titles spawned hoped-for tv series or movies (or even toys and lunchboxes) and most lasted less than a year.
FrogMen, detailing the adventures of a pair of scuba divers-for-hire, lasted 11 quarterly issues in which the characters faced sea monsters and spies, along with the usual sea-going criminals and pirates (Yes, pirates).
The series did contain elements of both TV's more prosaic Sea Hunt and DC Comics' more exotic Sea Devils, but was not as successful as either of them.
(Curiously, there was never a crossover with Dell's other sea-going sci-fi series Voyage to the Deep.)
This particular never-reprinted tale by writer Don Segall, penciler Mike Sekowsky and inker Mike Peppe, featured a change in the series' format, introducing an ongoing nemesis, the evil Dr Vogar, who would appear in both of the remaining issues of the run.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Design of the Week--Giant Japanese Robot!

Each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days, then replaced with another!
This week...vintage retro-style art of a generic Giant Japanese Robot, complete with diagrams!
Just the thing for beachwear or backyard wear!
Get it now, before it melts away next Sunday!
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