Saturday, November 18, 2017

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Andy’s in the Shadows! Woody’s in the Red!

We're going to officially designate a new Sub-Feature here at TIAH Blog called "Adventures in Comic-Boxing"! 

As I spend more time going through my comic boxes - closely examining the the many wonders inside, diving around in them like a porpoise, burrowing through them like a gopher, tossing them up and letting them hit me on the head - I often find oddities that I'd like to share with you.  

Thus, "Adventures in Comic-Boxing"!

Some recent posts have fallen into this category, like THIS ONE and THIS ONE, which will now fall under our new "Adventures in Comic-Boxing" label.  

Now, our "Adventure in Comic-Boxing" for today...

There are certain animated characters that are SO iconic in their design that they are recognizable while pictured completely in silhouette.   
My ORIGINAL COPY from 1981, without the additional text to obscure the illustrations!
Surely you can tell who's pictured above, for instance.  

But, is Andy Panda a character with the sort of cachet that would allow him to pull this off?  

Evidently the artist, writer, and editor (or any combination thereof) of WALTER LANTZ NEW FUNNIES # 164 (1950) must have thought so, as indicated by this one-page, Black and White Andy Panda gag on the issue's inside front cover.  

Click to enlarge the whole page, or either of the two segments included below!  

I know that pandas are known for their Black and White coloring, but this takes it to a whole new level.  

And, for no reason other than to set up a Blog-Post-Closing gag, I also include this "Red and White" Woody Woodpecker Halloween gag from the inside back cover of the very next issue - WALTER LANTZ NEW FUNNIES # 165...

Consider this pair of gags together, and you will have the answer to the ages-old riddle: "What's Black and White, and Red [Read] All Over?"   

Why Andy and Woody, of course!  

Oh, and what's a NEWSPAPER?  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

On Sale October 11, 2017: WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES # 740 from IDW.


Should you ever find yourself returning from a grueling space mission - with 265,348,121,456 7/8 miles to go, be sure you've stopped off at some galactic comic-book shop to pick up a copy of WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES # 740 from IDW to pass the time on the homeward voyage!  

Now, wouldn't it be better to read a great comic like this, than to be all nervous, anxious, and upset like Donald?  

...Sure it would!     

And, besides... You'd get to enjoy an outstanding -- and by the cover's own admission -- "Oversized Issue", chock full of "Donald Duck Adventure-Type-Goodness"!

"Prisoners of Zartac 2" (2008, 40 pages) is another great entry in the "TNT" Donald Duck subseries, written by Lars Jensen and everyone's favorite Archival Editor David Gerstein, and drawn by Flemming Andersen -- the creative team on every "TNT" story published in the USA to date!  ...I'd wager to guess every "TNT" story - PERIOD!  

"TNT", also known as the "Tamers of Nonhuman Threats", originally developed in the Disney comics of Denmark about 2000, made its American comic book debut in Gemstone's DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES digest # 4 in 2004.  

It is an ongoing subseries concerning Donald Duck and his Cousin Fethry's adventures working for the "Tamers of Nonhuman Threats", a sort of "Men in Black" secret organization that battles supernatural menaces on Earth and, occasionally, outer space -- all while keeping the general public blissfully unaware of its covert and dangerous activities.  

"TNT" stories continued to appear over the run of Gemstone's DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES and, more recently have been published in the current IDW comics, such as THIS ONE...

...THIS ONE...

...THIS ONE...

...THIS ONE...

...And now THIS ONE!  

Our story this time, finds TNT Agent Donald Duck bored and anxious to return to Earth after a space mission.  Strikingly similar to Doctor Zachary Smith, the rascally villain from the classic TV series LOST IN SPACE...

...He changes the pre-programmed Earth-course to something that would get him home faster...

...And, with not dissimilar results!

Perhaps he could no longer bear to be "space-couped-up" with obsessively annoying Fethry, and his latest Fad-of-the-Month, psychology!  

They crash land on a prison planet...

...Full of dangerous foes...

...One old friend!  


>Cough! Rebo! Cough!<

Even if *I* can't talk much about it, I'll let AMAZON do it for me! RIGHT HERE!  ...Aw, g'wan! Take a look!  You won't be sorry!  

75 pages of lead-story fun and adventure, and I'm doing the translation and dialogue, folks!  There's also a sequel with same by Jonathan Gray, which I, too, will enjoy, once this book published! ...Can't wait!   

But, back to our story... You know?  The one that only tangentially mentions REBO?  That one?  

There's dangers galore...

...Donald's epic attack of guilt...

...And a surprise for readers of prior TNT stories, but, we're not going to spoil THAT for you! ...Even though it was spoiled for me before I got to read the issue for myself!  Darn it all! 

Get your copy of WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES # 740 from IDW, before some enthusiastic and well-meaning Archival Editor in YOUR acquaintance spoils the issue for YOU, and enjoy it for yourselves!  😜

A four-page GOOFY reprint from DONALD DUCK # 64 (1959), drawn by Jack Bradbury (and likely written by Vic Lockman) rounds out the issue!  

Just remember, I do not speak for IDW, or anyone in its employ.  I speak strictly for myself as both a long-time fan and as a dialogue creator – and those opinions are strictly my own.

Then, let's meet up in the Comments Section, where I promise that no Nonhuman Threats (or SPOILERS of the surprise, at least from your humble Blogger) are lurking, for another spirited and fun discussion of another great IDW Disney comic book! 

"Oversized" comments are always welcome - and may be met with "Oversized" replies!  ...Just no oversized SPOILERS, please!