Monday, June 30, 2008

Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos #1-#4 (Jan.-Jul. 1987)

As much as I love Steve Ditko, I have to admit that there are some fairly.....odd....projects that he became involved with in the 1980s. Rom Spaceknight, U.S. 1, his creator-owned Static, to name a few....

And the comic book adaptation of this merchandising fiasco....

From Wikipedia:

Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos is an American animated television series from the 1980s. It originally aired in 1986 as a syndicated five episode mini-series. It was created by and starred Chuck Norris as himself, and produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. This fictionalized version of Norris is a United States government operative with a team of "radically diverse" warriors. The team includes Pepper, a technology expert and mechanic; Reed, Chuck's young apprentice and Pepper's brother; Kimo, a samurai; Tabe, a sumo champion; and Too Much, a young ward. Together, they fight against The Claw and his right-hand man, Super Ninja.

The series follows the framing device of Mr. T's animated series (also a Ruby-Spears production): At the beginning of each episode, a live action segment with Norris, usually at a gym or martial arts studio, is shown to explain what is going on. At the end of each episode, Norris narrates a moral lesson for the audience to learn.

There was also a comic book series published by Star Comics, an imprint of Marvel Comics which produced comic books aimed at young children.

To coincide with the airing of the show, Kenner Products made a set of action figures based on the main characters of the show. Kenner also made many accessories, including weapons and vehicles, to go along with the figures.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash (Spire, 1976)

I'm a big Cash fan, and was actually lucky enough to have run across this book as a kid in a small used book store/ rummage shop that was located in my hometown as a child.

I distinctly remember it being in a bundle of circa 1970s Charlton war books and Harvey Comics I purchased for the sum of "10 comics for $1"....LOL!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Elvira's House of Mystery #1 (Jan. 1986)

I've been a long-time fan of Cassandra Peterson's "Elvira" stage persona (I mean, what's not to love? ), a fascination that goes all the way back to childhood watching the syndicated Movie Macabre program....but, being a young horror film addict, I've always held a soft spot for late-night horror hosts and hostesses.

From Wikipedia:

In 1986-87, DC comics would published a new series, Elvira's House of Mystery. It would last 11 issues plus a special. The series was a quasi-follow up towards the original series, with famed horror movie hostess Elvira temporarily taking over the job as caretaker of the House of Mystery, introducing horror stories similar to the original series.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Atari Force #1 (Jan. 1984, DC Comics)

This is definitely one of my favorite DC books of the 1980s...I still say it was one of the better sci-fi space opera comics published during the period, and the artwork by José Luis García-López is absolutely outstanding.

For additional Atari Force info, check out: Atari Force Headquarters

From Wikipedia:

Atari Force was the name of multiple comic books published by DC Comics from 1982 to 1986. It was loosely based on trademarks of Atari, Inc.


In 1982 writers Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas published the first Atari Force comics, which were created mainly to illustrate story lines for home console games being released by fellow Warner Communications subsidiary Atari Inc. The comics were packed in with the games Defender, Berzerk, Star Raiders, Phoenix, and Galaxian. Artists included Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Dick Giordano, and Mike DeCarlo. The team name and Commander Martin Champion are also featured in the Liberator arcade game.

The original Atari Force was a team of humans from different nations using the multi-dimensional starship Scanner One to search for a new planet for humanity to inhabit as the Earth was facing ecological devastation. The team consisted of Martin Champion as mission commander, Lydia Perez as pilot and executive officer, Li-San O'Rourke as security officer, Mohandas Singh as flight engineer, and Dr. Lucas Orion as medical officer. A semi-sentient alien creature named Hukka because of the noise he made later joined as team mascot.

Later series

The second series was released monthly, in conventional comic-book format. Gerry Conway returned as writer while José Luis García-López became the main pencil artist. However, original series concept artist Ross Andru did draw issues 4-5. In issue #13, Eduardo Barreto took over as penciler and, in #14, Mike Baron became the regular writer through the final issue, #20. Issues 12-20 also featured backup stories by different writers and artists. In 1986, a "Special" issue was released with work by different creators, some of whom had done backup stories for volume II.

This second team, formed approximately 20 years after the first, was also led by Martin Champion. He was convinced that the original team's nemesis, the Dark Destroyer, still existed. Although he was correct, most of the rest of humanity did not believe it, but humored him due to his heroic status in successfully leading the original Atari Force to find New Earth. Other team members included Chris "Tempest" Champion, son of Martin Champion and Lydia Perez; Erin "Dart" Bia O'Rourke-Singh, daughter of Mohandas Singh and Li-San O'Rourke; Hukka; Morphea, an insectoid empath; Babe, an alien toddler of immense size and strength; and Pakrat, a humanoid rodent thief. Later additions to the team were Blackjak, Dart's human lover; Taz, a short alien warrior; and Kargg, the Dark Destroyer's former chief underling.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

To Riverdale and Back Again (Archie, 1990)

Mention to this mediocre made for television flick to any hardcore comic book fanboy of long standing, and you'll get a combination of snickers and groans. In my opinion, this attempt to update and add mature themes to the Riverdale gang was a train wreck waiting to happen, and I grateful to have been able to have watched this during it's original network airing.

The really weird thing is, going back and reading the far better comic book adaptation of this flick (written by Robert Loren Fleming and illustrated by the late, great Gene Colan) nearly twenty years after the reads like some sorta odd Riverdale version of Kingdom Come or Earth X....

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