Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Scooby-OOPS! Production Notes!

Here is PAGE 27 of SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU # 7 (Charlton Comics, Cover Date: April, 1976).  

Here is PANEL TWO of that page. 

Anything look unusual about this panel of the typically scheming "phony-ghost guys" confessing after being exposed by those meddling kids and their dog?  

Oh, wait... THERE IS...


It looks like some of Charlton's PRODUCTION NOTES accidentally found their way to the published page!  ...ZOINKS!  

And, with a little insight into the layout of the issue, you can even INTERPRET it!

Reading the notes from RIGHT TO LEFT (that is in "reverse order") we see that:

1: THIS PAGE is Page 27.

2: Page 28 is reserved for an AD.

3: Pages 29-30 present a TWO PAGE TEXT STORY.

4: Pages 31-32 are reserved for ADs. 

And darned if that isn't the way the issue is actually laid out!  ...JINKIES! 

So, for once, what you and Scooby are seeing is really true! 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: The Oddest Paul Murry Comic of Them All?

Classic Mickey Mouse comic book artist Paul Murry has done a LOT of comic books!  

Some might think the oddest of these were the three-issue run of "Mickey Mouse Super Secret Agent" in 1966, where Paul Murry's Mickey and Goofy navigated a word of realistic-looking espionage, provided another great classic-era artist Dan Spiegle.

But, I'm here to tell you that there's actually something even more unconventional than that on Mr. Murry's Mouse resume!  It is DELL FOUR COLOR # 537 from 1954...

...Or, as it is described in its indicia: "Walt Disney's STORMY, THE THOROUGHBRED WITH AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX plus DOUBLE FEATURE PLUTO, No 537" - with upper and lower case lettering exactly as I've replicated it between quotes!  

What really makes this so odd is that, what you see on the cover is exactly what you get inside, in terms of formatting!  

It is not formatted as you might expect a comic like this to be... The STORMY lead story with a PLUTO backup...

Nope, it's STORMY, by an artist named Tony Sgroi (who later did layout on the original JONNY QUEST animated series, 1964), for the UPPER 2/3 of each page, and Paul Murry's familiar PLUTO for the LOWER 1/3...

...Beginning on Page One...

...To issue's-end at Page 32!  

The fun even continues on the BACK COVER!  

This is hardly the sort of thing a conservative publisher like 1950s Dell would have done, making it quite unique!  

Just one final question to ask, however...

  How is Mickey able to check Morty and Ferdie's "nails" under those ubiquitous white gloves? 

STORMY and PLUTO might know, but they're not tellin'! 

In fact, PLUTO's REALLY "keepin' it on the down-low"... the "down-lower part" of the book, that is! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: William Shatner Warned Us There'd Be Days Like This!

William Shatner, who will be forever-known as Captain James T. Kirk of STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES, once said something, as part of a comedy sketch, to the legions of rabid Star Trek fans that has been endlessly repeated and / or paraphrased for decades...

So, imagine my surprise when I opened my copy of STAR TREK # 50 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: January, 1978), and saw THIS on Page One!

If Captain Kirk had only heeded "his actor's" advice and gotten out of Star Trek, he wouldn't be here, 50 issues into his comic book, and many years after the show's cancellation, well on his way to "having no life" (...albeit by DEATH, as opposed to purposefully limiting your potential and interactions with others), but having "no face" and "no hand" as well!  

...And, yes, before you ask... Those ARE writer and artist credits in a Gold Key comic!  

At some point in the later - and far better done - issues, that happened... at least for STAR TREK!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, 2019!

Happy Labor Day, 2019!  May none of your labors be "Hard Labors"!

Get out in the sun, and go for a drive!

Go to the beach!

Or a walk! ...Prompting a possible "Separated At Mirth" post!  

Maybe combine them both into "a walk ON the beach"!

Go swimming!

Or boating!

Or just enjoy some ice cream!  

Whatever you do this Labor Day, just try not to "labor" too hard!  ...Avoid becoming yet another future "Separated At Mirth" post!  

 ...Ain't he a double-stinker! 

Finally, remember to save your strength because, if Labor Day comes, can THIS be far behind?!  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

War of the... Worlds? No! ...Wendigo? No! Ah, yes... "War of the Wellsians"!

Our friend Achille Talon is a most talented fellow!  ...You don't need a "Martian Goose-Neck Periscope" to know that!   

He proves this again and again... in so many different ways... like THIS ANIMATION, made under another of his pseudonyms, Aristide Twain!  

He even voices it!  As I said, a "Talon-ted" fellow!  

If he keeps adding more names, he may become an entire convention unto himself!  ...Or, if the convention idea is scrapped, then "never the Twain shall meet" (his other selves)!  

And, just because he (...and you) had to endure those really bad puns, HERE'S ANOTHER OF HIS ANIMATIONS of a different sort!


Sunday, August 25, 2019

To Buy Greenland, It Tales a Lot of Green!

What is it about wacky rich guys wanting to make spectacular purchases that they know are impossible, but they go on about it anyway?

Of late, our president has made a lot of noise (he does that so frequently, to where that's all it is - noise) about buying Greenland!  ...Will he turn it into another golf course, and call it "Putting-Green Land"?   

We don't do politics at this Blog, it's far too nasty for my tastes and sensibilities, and we're not about to start here - beyond noting the amusing absurdity of this particular instance of the "noise"...    

...And, the haunting feeling that I've seen something like this before!  

Today, I remembered exactly where I've seen it!  

Yes, it was the opening panel of UNCLE SCROOGE # 46 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: December, 1963) - and reprinted in issue # 149 (February, 1978)!  ...Story and art by Carl Barks!

...I wonder if Uncle Scrooge ever considered Greenland, when compiling that most incredible "shopping-list"!  

What is it about wacky rich guys wanting to make spectacular purchases that they know are impossible, but they go on about it anyway? ...What, indeed?  ...We may never know!  

...BUT, if anyone is willing to help me become one of those "wacky rich guys", I'll be happy to tell you what I found out... when I try to buy Disney, Warner Bros, and the entire New York Metropolitan Area - and move the two-former, to the latter!  ...Deal?  

...Oh, it's the RICH part I need the help with... Not the WACKY! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Take THAT, Dell!

In 1961, the cover price of Dell Comics increased from the standard TEN CENTS, which it had been since at least 1940, to an unprecedented FIFTEEN CENTS!  ...And sales plummeted! 

This injurious increase led to the creation of GOLD KEY COMICS, which rolled its prices back to a more manageable TWELVE CENTS in mid-1962! 

Hard to believe, from this inflationary perspective, that THREE CENTS could ever have been such a big deal, but it was! 

While Dell was jumping a nickel, DC Comics held its line at TEN CENTS... the large amount of advertising found within DC's pages, vs. Dell's being virtually ad-free, very likely had something to do with that! 

Nevertheless, while in that window where Dell was FIFTEEN CENTS and DC was TEN CENTS, DC, like any good competitor, ran the following ad inside its comics...

Gotta love the KIDS scattered throughout the ad!  (Click to enlarge!)  TAKE THAT, DELL!

Eight months after this ad, at the end of 1961, DC's cover prices would increase to TWELVE CENTS, a level at which the vast majority of comic books from all publishers would remain throughout the Silver Age. 

Gold Key, ironically echoing its predecessor Dell, would raise its cover price to FIFTEEN CENTS in a regionally staggered method from March, 1968 thru June, 1968!  As seen below... 
DONALD DUCK # 119 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: May, 1968) - with a TWELVE CENT cover price!

My original copy of DONALD DUCK # 119 (purchased March, 1968 - in Flushing, New York) with a FIFTEEN CENT cover price!  

DC, along with most other publishers, would increase to FIFTEEN CENTS by mid-1969! 

But, it's sure nice to step back and appreciate this "ancient relic" of the once-glorious days of TEN CENT COMIC BOOKS!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Adventures in Comic-Boxing: Perhaps He Saw the BACK COVER!

Poor Dale has it tough enough on the FRONT COVER of CHIP 'N' DALE # 53 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date July, 1978)...

...Because, while this cute little BUG might appear scary when magnified through the telescope...

...Imagine if Dale could SEE THROUGH THE ENTIRE BOOK...

...And get a gander at what awaits him on THE ISSUE'S BACK COVER! 


I repeat... EEEEK! 

Let's learn a little more about this strange creature...

OOOOKAYYY!  It breathes AIR!  It lives on LAND!  And it DOES NOT BITE... (Ulp!) UNLESS MISHANDLED?! 

Um, how would I know that I "mishandled" it, until it was too late and my "Friendly Land Crab" put the bite on me? 

...And, since it's "one of the LONGEST-LIVED pets on Earth", you can't even get rid of the darned thing, if you find that "...it's just not working out!

...See?  ...SEE?  It can live for 70 YEARS! 

And you can give it "any kind of food", presumably up to and including... human flesh! 

No wonder those chipmunks are running...

...Cause it's only a few short steps from THIS...

...To THIS! 

It could have been worse... Someone could have ordered LOBSTER! 

That would indeed be "claws" for concern!