Monday, May 31, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - End of Suspense

And I'm back! I apologize for the lack of updates, but there were some personal matters to attend to. Nevertheless, I shall try to make amends for my absence by posting the resolution to the Scarlet Kills? Sunday strip I posted at the beginning of March. Thanks to y'all for your patience and this one is for you, Steven from!

Comic Strip of the Week - Lest We Forget

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, and I hope everyone took a moment to remember the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Creator Russ Stamm had great admiration for our servicemen and drew this Sunday strip honoring the military about a year before he himself was drafted. During his service and years after, he helped promote the war bond program and always encouraged saying a prayer for "our boys" - a prayer of thanks.

Monday, May 10, 2010

In Memoriam Frank Frazetta 1928 - 2010

Today marked the passing of a true legendary talent, Frank Frazetta. An illustrator extraordinaire who made an impact on nearly every aspect of media - comics, novels, magazines, movies, television, and fine art. His style was both unmistakable and unforgettable.

One of his first projects of recognition was a series of Buck Rogers covers he did for the later issues of Famous Funnies comics. The Buck Rogers strip reprints began in issues of Famous Funnies beginning with issue #3 until the end of the comic magazine with issue #218 in 1953 (Scarlet's run was from issue #81 to #167). Frazetta's covers are featured on issues #209 - 215 and it is difficult to believe that they were not enough to keep Famous Funnies from being cancelled. See for yourself below and please seek out more of his art. There are many places to do so, and one I strongly suggest is the Golden Age Comic Book Stories blog.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

In Memoriam Peter O'Donnell 1920 - 2010

Last week marked the passing of writer Peter O'Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise. One of the longest running comic strips starring a female action hero, it began in 1963 and ended in 2001. For more information about Peter O'Donnell and his work, visit

Monday, May 3, 2010

Comic Strip of the Week - Iron Scarlet

Long before Marvel comics, the original "Invisible Girl" had a few different encounters with some "Iron Men," courtesy of inventor Wilbur Wilt. A while back, we featured one of his robots, Two Ton Tin and this week we spotlight his first robot, Clinkety Clank, which appeared to be a failed experiment until Scarlet found herself trapped inside the metal frame. This daily strip originally appeared in late October 1943.