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Comics Are Educational, Part One: How to Kill Juggling Nazis.

§ June 13th, 2013 § Filed under what is it good for § 13 Comments

I submit that panel four is at least somewhere in the top 25 Best Comic Panels.

from Men of War #3 (November 1977) by David Micheline, Arvell Jones & Romeo Tanghal

Then again…KOREA.

§ March 12th, 2012 § Filed under what is it good for § 9 Comments

So “Then…KOREA” took the nerdinet…well, not so much by “storm” as “a light spring drizzle,” but a few folks were amused by it, and that’s good enough for me. Pal Dorian featured it in one of his always-wonderful “Flop” posts, Greg went a little nuts with it in one of his weekly comics review columns, and even a Korean-themed podcast picked up on it. And a reader with the intriguing handle of “Interstate Shogun” gave me the should-have-thought-of-it-myself idea of putting it at the end of this series of panels.

I also had a couple of them come in by email:

Reader Daniel contributes this, inspired by a recent “Funkywatch” column by Chris Sims:

And then reader Mike B. unleashed this nightmarish vision (an idea also also touched upon by reader Dwayne):

Thanks to you folks for participating in this silly thing. I’ll probably give “Then…KOREA” a rest here for a while, since I don’t want to burn everyone out on it, but before I put it away:

…okay, now I’m done.


§ February 29th, 2012 § Filed under cranius, sir-links-a-lot, swamp thing, what is it good for § 9 Comments

Ah, how could I have forgotten CRANIUS:

When wondering about how many “classic villains” Swamp Thing actually had, I totally forgot about Cranius, the most Un of all the Un-Men, until my blogging brother Tim O’Neil was good enough to remind me of our brain-handed friend.

Don’t worry…I’m not going to get all Cranius-crazy on you again, but yeah…the return of Cranius. Wouldn’t that be something if that were the case?

Anyway, in some site news…I almost decided to fix the commenting settings to require names and email addresses from folks who want to leave a comment, but decided I didn’t want to inconvenience everyone. Besides, it’s not as if someone couldn’t stick a fake email address in there or anything. However, I can ban IP addresses…I don’t want to, and hopefully I won’t have to.

Enough about that…let’s get to some more entertaining stuff:

  • Happy Birthday, Superman!
  • Here are some Frank Frazetta-inspired Cerebus drawings by Dave Sim…including a interesting color commission that sort of expresses Dave’s feelings about superheroes.
  • Finally, one of these “Keep Calm” things that I actually like…almost certainly because it features a certain Little Stuffed Bull of some note.
  • Andrew picked a good’un for the latest installment of Nobody’s Favorites…but mostly I’m just jealous of that post title that I wish I’d thought of first.
  • And now, some “Then…KOREA” pics.

    First, from the aforementioned Bully, the Little Stuffed Bull, comes this slightly revamped version of a post of his from a couple of days ago:

    From the equally aforementioned Andrew comes this shocking tale of an evening’s festivities gone horribly wrong:

    And the esteemed Dr. K has this, a tale of tragedy:

    Oh dear.


§ February 27th, 2012 § Filed under what is it good for § 10 Comments

From Battle Stories #5 (September 1952), here is one heck of a transition:

I mean, holy cow, just look at that panel:

And then, of course, I started thinking about what other comics could benefit from this very same sudden transition, like Adam 12 #4 (August 1974):

Or perhaps Peanuts #2 (2012):

This is what I think about, late at night, when there is no one around to stop me.

Note that you never see a comic blurbed as having “7 Lusty Gutsy Red Tornado Stories.”

§ April 4th, 2011 § Filed under self-promotion, what is it good for § 6 Comments

I’m mostly just pointing out this comic, G.I. Combat #211 (January 1979):

…because of the most excellent cover blurb:

Oooh yeah. That’s not something you’d see on today’s comics (with the possible exception of El Gorgo).

Of course, that’s “lusty” in the general sense of “characterized by healthy vigor” as opposed to “bow chicka wow wow,” despite all appearances of the “A Luger for Lisa” story advertised on the back cover:

NOTE: At no time in the actual story does Lisa tool around in a bikini top. She does, however, pack some heat.

I suppose the other stories are plenty lusty and gutsy, though having three Haunted Tank stories in one issue really was kind of pushing it, even if one of them is titled “A Nice Day for Killing,” which sounds nicely men’s true adventure magazine-ish.

The best story is “The Steel Storm-Troopers” (or “The Steel Stormtrooper,” as the cover would have it), where American troops fight Nazi robot soldiers, and we get some swell panels like this, approved by the Comics Code because, hey, it’s just a robot:

Oh, lusty, gutsy comics. Nowadays we’ve got talky, paddy comics, and pretty sure we’re not better for it.

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Speaking of lusty gutsy books, the Fake AP Stylebook book Write More Good by me and a few people who aren’t me is coming out tomorrow…tomorrow! Here’s a sample chapter, and immediately below is the Amazon link:

I know I’ve been mentioning the book a lot, and I’ll probably mention it again tomorrow on the actual release day because, hey, I’m pretty excited about it. Thanks for putting up with me in the meantime, folks.

covers by Joe Kubert, interior panel by George Kashdan and Fred Carrillo