“The Cartoonist’s Calamity” from Venus no.15


“The Catoonist’s Calamity” by Bill Everett from Venus no.15 from pre-Marvel Timely. This Golden Age classic of an artist’s fevered dream showcases Everett’s imagination and rendering skills. Timely’s Venus is one of the more unusual titles in comic history, evolving through each wave of comic fads from Teenage humor to sci-fi, from romance to horror. … Read More “The Cartoonist’s Calamity” from Venus no.15

Kirby100


Kirby 100, 100 Top Creators Celebrate Jack Kirby’s Greatest Work.  I just walked out my front door and found this package waiting to be opened. What a nice surprise and just in time to close out what would’ve been Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday.  This book is expertly crafted by Two Morrows Publishing (oddly marked as… Read More Kirby100

First Pre-code Werewolf Story by Don Heck


As if Marvel superb Werewolf By Night Omnibus wasn’t stuffed to the gills (fangs?) with werewolf stories, thefanaticfour decided to give you our own extras, posting two original werewolf tales from the pre-code pre-Marvel Atlas era. From Dead of Night #4, June 1974 comes this excellent John Romita cover (possibly penciled and inked). The original… Read More First Pre-code Werewolf Story by Don Heck

Black Knight/Yellow Claw Two of the Best Atlas Era Titles from Marvel


This review is from: Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Black Knight / Yellow Claw Collects Black Knight 1-5 and The Yellow Claw 1-4. Extras include a lavish 12-page tribute to Joe Maneely by Dr Michael J. Vassallo and a great 4-page introduction by Roy Thomas.  The tribute piece has 14 pieces of artwork at thumbnail size… Read More Black Knight/Yellow Claw Two of the Best Atlas Era Titles from Marvel

Journey into Mystery Volume 2: Atlas Era Marvel Masterworks


Classic Pre-code Horror from pre-Marvel Atlas Comics Journey into Mystery Volume 2 collects #11-20 of Journey into Mystery from the pre-code Atlas Era (pre-Marvel) cover dates from August 1953 to December 1954. What a great collection of artists in this edition: Russ Heath, Bill Everett, Pablo Ferro, George Tuska, Paul Reinman, John Forte, Harry Anderson,… Read More Journey into Mystery Volume 2: Atlas Era Marvel Masterworks

Strange Tales Volume 2: Atlas Era Marvel Masterworks


Underrated Pre-code Horror from Atlas Era Strange Tales Volume Two collects Strange Tales 11-20 from the Atlas Era, cover dates October 1952-July 1953. Includes a fantastic 6-page introduction by Dr. Michael J Vassallo. Each issue includes 4 or 5 stories from some of the best artists in the business during the atomic age. I’ll give… Read More Strange Tales Volume 2: Atlas Era Marvel Masterworks

Monstrous Mondays: Journey into Mystery Atlas Era Volume 1


Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey into Mystery Volume 1 gets five stars from me for being a pre-code horror treasure chest of great art from Atlas Comics, the company that would some day become Marvel Comics. Several of the artists in this volume would have significant impact on the Silver Age of Super-heroes at Marvel… Read More Monstrous Mondays: Journey into Mystery Atlas Era Volume 1

Monstrous Mondays: Atomic monsters, rampaging robots, and sinister spirits abound in Tales to Astonish Vol 2


Five stars for a definitive collection on Atlas Era Monsters. Marvel Masterworks Tales to Astonish Volume 2 collects a great run of Tales to Astonish from issue #11-20 with beautiful art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Dick Ayers and Paul Reinman. Extras include original art from Tales to Astonish 13, page 1 (Groot)  and… Read More Monstrous Mondays: Atomic monsters, rampaging robots, and sinister spirits abound in Tales to Astonish Vol 2