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Mars in early science fiction.


This post displaced the thread "'Pilot Season: City of Refuge' #1", from the Sneak Peaks forum, from the front page.

Images related to Robert Burns's "Tam O' Shanter" here.


Nannie, the figurehead of the clipper Cutty Sark.


A while back I read this Comic Book Urban Legends column, which explains that Marvel published a UK Planet of the Apes title in the 70s, and when it ran out of ready POTA material it solved the problem by converting some Killraven tales into "Apeslayer" stories. It occurred to me that original covers featuring Apeslayer might have been produced for the UK title, so I had a look at the GCD's cover gallery. The GCD currently has 11 of the covers (out of 123), and those for #23 and #28 are Apeslayer covers. The one from #28 is an altered version of the cover of Amazing Adventures #20 (the signature is from the original cover).


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It Lurks Below! "Single-Celled Creatures As Big As Your Fist Found in Mariana Trench"



Video at the link, but the "Megaldon" (sic) video in the further videos set at the end is presumably a hoax or mistitled.


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Here's an interesting review of an issue of the Italian comic Topolino from 1940.


This post displaced the "Asylum releases 'Black Powder' #2 preview pages" thread from the Sneak Peaks forum from the front page.

One of its features was Saturnino Farandola contro Fileas Fogg. Phileas Fogg is the hero of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days (Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours). Apparently, Saturnin Farandoul is the hero of the novel Voyages très extraordinaires de Saturnin Farandoul by Albert Robida. According to Italian Wikipedia's page on the work (Google translated for me) an Italian silent film version, Le avventure straordinarissime di Saturnino Farandola, appeared in 1913 and is "sometimes referred to as one of the first expressions of European film science fiction".

Here's an interesting page from the DC Comic Artists site on Quality Comics artists, with illustrations of their work. Some of these artists aren't well-known today, but were as good as anyone.


It really is the case that many Golden Age artists changed, and improved, their work enormously over time, so one shouldn't conclude an artist wasn't any good on the basis of a crudely drawn page from early in his career.

Forgotten comics imprints with some kind of business connection to DC, from the same site.


The link at the bottom left of the page is on the Donenfeld "Spicy" and other pulps, including their comics. Adult content.

Here's the same site's page on DC artists, likewise with many images.

King O'Leary seems to be involved in a numbers racket.


Those Irish...

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