Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Total War!

The incredibly wonderful covers to Gold Key Comics' Total War (1965-1966).

Sunday, March 29, 2009

DC Science Fiction

Some more DC Science Fiction weirdness.

Strange Adventures #155, August 1963.

Strange Adventures #169, October 1964.

Strange Adventures #197, February 1967. Cover art by Carmine Infantino.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Jeff Jones

A few Burroughs paintings by Jeff Jones.

At the Earth's Core

Back to the Stone Age

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

DC Science Fiction

Some early issues of DC Showcase, with a science-fiction theme.

Showcase #17, December 1958. Cover art by Gil Kane.

Showcase #16, October 1958. Cover art by Bob Brown.

Showcase #15, August 1958. Cover art by Bob Brown.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Weird Tales

The original incarnation of pulp magazine Weird Tales was produced between March 1923 and September 1954. The magazine first published works by such notable authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, and Robert E. Howard. Weird Tales was reincarnated several times after it's initial demise. One of the more successful versions debuted in 1988. Some covers from that run of the magazine are presented below. It featured stories by some of the top names in the fantasy and horror field plus covers and illustrations by some top-notch artists.

Spring 1988, cover art by George Barr.

Summer 1988, cover art by Stephen Fabian.

Fall 1988, cover art by Carl Lundgren Studios

Summer 1990, cover art by Frank Kelly Freas

Fall 1990, cover art by Frank Kelly Freas

Winter 1990/1, cover by Thomas Kidd

Spring 1991, cover art by Gahan Wilson

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Life on the Mississsippi

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. Cover illustration by Frank Schoonover. Harper & Brothers, 1917.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

N.C. Wyeth Advertisement

Lucky Strike Ad

Lucky Strike ad by N.C. Wyeth. From the back cover of the November 1932 issue of Popular Science.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Zombies 2; Blondes 0

A couple of Richard Corben zombies menacing a couple of Richard Corben girls.

Death Rattle, vol. 2 no. 1. October, 1985.

Twisted Tales #1. November, 1982.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Betty Pages

The Betty Pages #1, Fall 1987. Cover art by Glenn Barr.

The Betty Pages #2, Summer 1988. Cover art by Bill Wray.

The Betty Pages #3, Fall 1988. Cover photo by Bunny Yeager.

The Betty Pages #4, Spring 1989. Cover art by Greg Theakston.

The Betty Pages #5, Winter 1989. Cover photo by Bunny Yeager.

The Betty Pages #6, 1990. Cover art by Greg Theakston.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Dinosaurs by Bill Stout.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Amazing Daring Exciting

Comic covers by Alex Schomburg.

Amazing Comics #1, Fall 1944.

Daring Comics #10, Winter 1944.

Exciting Comics
#53, January 1947.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


A nice Vampirella drawing by Bernie Wrightson, 1974.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dave Stevens Greeting Card

A greeting card by Dave Stevens, c.1984

Monday, March 9, 2009

Franklin Booth

Illustrations by Franklin Booth for "A Remembered Dream" by Henry Van Dyke. Scribner's Magazine, August 1917.

The sails and smoke-stacks of great ships

He rose into the air...

The cathedral spire

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Wrightson Completionist: Part 3

The third in a series of posts highlighting oddball Bernie Wrightson items in my collection.

Bernie Wrightson's Freak Show has convoluted publishing history. First published as a serial in Heavy Metal magazine in 1982, it was subsequently published in graphic novel format in France, Spain, and Denmark just to name a few. Image Comics took a shot at it also..

The above harcover edition was printed in the Netherlands in 1997. It reprints the interior artwork very nicely on high quality paper. The text is all in English. It also includes all of Bernie's illustrations for Stephen King's The Stand plus the portrait of Randall Flagg that was only included in the limited edition portfolio. This hodgepodge also contains an "Incomplete Bernie Wrightson Checklist" (which is very incomplete, I'm not sure why they bothered to print it) and a small color reproduction of the painting "The Meltification of the Fish." This hardcover edition also includes the plate reproduced below. This book is a nice, and slightly schizo, package of Bernie Wrightson art.

Freak Show, by Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson.
Houthaven Publications, 1997.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rocket's Blast Comic Collector

Rocket's Blast Comic Collector (RBCC) was a comic and science fiction fanzine published by James Van Hise in the 1960's and 1970's. Information online is pretty hard to come by about this important fanzine. The important thing is, RBCC featured art by professional and up-and-coming artists such as Vaughn Bode, Frank Brunner, Mike Zeck, Don Newton, Steve Fabian, Neal Adams, and of course Bernie Wrightson. Below is a gallery of RBCC covers by Bernie.

RBCC #86, 1971.

RBCC #114, no date.

RBCC #117, no date.

RBCC #125, Feb. 1976.

RBCC #125 (Back Cover)