“Outasite! Miss Bikini Luv in Space!”

§ February 13th, 2015 § Filed under from the vast Mikester comic archives, retailing § 7 Comments

This is one of the last back issues I got for myself from the old job before departing my employment there:

…I’d forgotten that I even had it, until I came across it while reorganizing some comics at home. I tried glancing through it right now, and boy, I think I’ll need to wait ’til I’m more awake than I am because I just can’t just process the information this comic is throwing at me. I mean, I can barely run the gauntlet that is this book’s cover, there’s so much going on there. The stories do give the appearance of trying really hard to achieve that crazy anything-goes wackiness that all you late 1960s nutty teens were into.

The best, or at least most tolerable, of the bunch is probably the Bikini Luv story:

…drawn by Jim Aparo, of all people, sorta/kinda circling around a vague Wally Wood-esque style.

Since opening my shop, aside from the few new comics I pick up every week, I’ve kept precious little for myself from any collections that have entered the store. In fact, it has primarily gone in the other direction, the vast Mikester Comic Archives having been about 1/2 to 2/3rds sacrificed to the store’s back issue bins. But there have been one or two things that have made it back to my house, such as finally putting this in the ol’ swamp monster collection. And there was this comic (speaking of 1960s comics trying awfully hard to be funny) which nicely filled a hole in a run.

But I’ve been good. I need to make money, and I can’t make money if I keep everything for myself, so I’ve been behaving. I did mention to a customer that I kept that Supernatural Thrillers, and he said “that collecting urge never really goes away, does it?”

No…no, not really.

7 Responses to ““Outasite! Miss Bikini Luv in Space!””

  • Michael Grabowski says:

    I should have asked this during your Q & A a few months back, but exactly how vast is/was the vast Mikester Comic Archives? Anywhere close to WorldRecord-Man (the fellow in Mission Viejo Guinness recently named), or closer to “just vast enough to supply the better part of a newly-opened shop”?

  • Rob says:

    Man, would I love a full-sized poster of that cover. There are not enough companies getting licenses to just make frameable covers of old comics.

  • Bill D. says:

    I think I have an issue of this kicking around somewhere. Weird, but fun.

    Does this issue have a Blooperman story in it? I’ve heard those are kind of fun.

  • Rodney says:

    So I have been following your site for a while and yes, whenever I see older appearances of Swamp Thing I wonder if you know about them. I started my copy of the latest Showcase Presents Legion of Super-Heroes Vol 5 today and in the reprint of Superboy #198 Clark and Lana are about to enter a “Horrow Haven” tent and on either side of the entrance is Man-Thing and Swamp Thing.
    And then my next though was “Does Mike know about this?”
    If you do well good and if you didn’t, well you are off on a quest, right?

  • Tom Cherry says:

    I dig the Aparo art.

  • Brimstone says:

    This is pretty much the perfect kind of space age sci-fi retro wackiness for a Valentine’s Day gift. Thanks!

  • Snark Shark says:

    “Jim Aparo”

    I never guessed that was his work by looking at it!