Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trick Or Treat Surprise -- Captain America? Weird!

Over the years, I've seen a good number of oddball comic books in my journeys... quite a few were published when the comics biz was just trying to stay alive.

Here's one of the most unusual, featuring Captain America's Golden Age series out of gas, out of ideas, and nearly out of time.

In a last ditch effort that failed, Timely pushed the comic book square peg, Cap, into a round hole... a horror comic featuring the return of Cap's most sinister enemy. The title they changed Captain America to was Captain America's Weird Tales. There actually was another issue released after
this one with Cap's name still on it, but he was a no show.

Let's get to the main story. Click on the images below to see legible pages. Hopefully with understanding attained from reading this, we can all make this a better world.

Captain America's Weird Tales is (c) & TM Marvel Comics/Marvel Comics Characters and Disney. It is presented in fair usage for greater knowledge of the comics biz and for the betterment of all mankind.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick Or Treat Surprise -- Charles Addams' Family

As I mentioned in a recent posting in this Blog, I'm posting a small number of some of my favorite cartoons created by Charles Addams.

Addams would lend his name to The Addams Family TV series, based on his cartoon work. As you will see, his work is dark, morbid and very funny. He was approached by a producer working with the network with an idea to bring these various, dark characters together as a family. Though they were certainly bizarre, another unexpected facet of their characters was how much they truly loved
each other.

The TV series would inspire 2 big screen versions of the program, at least one more direct-to-video movie, and a cartoon series from Hanna Barbera (after the ratings success of an appearance on The New Scooby Doo Movies).

Enough of my talking. Click on the images below to see the larger versions.

These images are all (c) & TM of the Charles Addams Estate, and are only being used to strongly encourage all of you to seek out Addams book collections.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

10/25/14 - Creepsville #5 Halloweenland

As is my own personal tradition, while I'm active online, I like to post the entire 5th issue of Creepsville for all to read at this time of year.

A few things first:

I put this issue out before anyone had ever heard of A Nightmare Before Christmas and well before that film's release date. Don't get me wrong, Tim Burton and company were very much hard at work on their fantastic film at the same time as I was getting lots of ink on my fingers. This is a great minds think alike situation.

Sadly, this was the last issue published of Creepsville, volume 1. The 6th issue was not finished yet and had a Christmas story. I'm very close to being done with that all these years later, and plan on having that  story plus two more as a part of my Creepsville Collected book that I have been working on. I'm eyeballing a Spring release on that, but there's still lots of work to do. As it solidifies, I will tell you all about it.

What about Creepsville Vol 2? It ran 3 issues and I find myself liking it more and more these days. At the time, I was inspired strongly by Osama Tezuka (creator of Astro Boy) and attempted to do serious stuff with funny stuff. I have a crazy idea of redrawing parts of it.. and I can't stop drawing pictures of the sinister Dr. Sardini and his Traveling Spookshow. Then, there's the pseudo-spin off series of Monster Patrol (who appeared in Big Bang Comics). The first issue is all done and the second is penciled and partially inked. I'm also still working (and having a damned good time doing so) on Agents of Peril, too. Agents can still be found on this Blog. Check the content links at the right side.

Enough notes. Time to get to the comics. Click on the images to see the larger versions. Here's Creepsville #5:

Creepsville, its logo, all related characters, artwork and text are (c) & TM 2014 Franklin J. Kurtz. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trick Or Treat! -- Sugar & Spike

Read it while you can, because it will be gone soon. The funniest babies in comics try to understand our favorite holiday!

Click on the images to see the larger versions.

Sugar & Spike are (c) & TM DC Comics, and is only presented in a fair usage allowance to promote this great series and get DC to reprint them all.