Archive for the Comics Category

Book of the Week: The Mask (comic book series) by John Arcudie and Doug Mahnkie

Posted in Books, Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2019 by ranranami

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I’ve been wanting to talk about this one for awhile. I’m sure most of you reading probably grew up knowing the movie just as well as I did, and may have even watched the 90s cartoon. Wasn’t the 90s a great time for cartoon spin-offs? Killer Tomatoes was probably my favorite…

None of those spin-offs, and not even the movie were even remotely close to just how dark the comics they were based on turned out to be when I finally read it. The Mask doesn’t just imbue a person with cartoonish super powers and strip them of their inhibitions, it strips them of their sanity altogether as the ultimate cost. This series is just as wonderfully violent as Evil Ernie, with ample gore to satisfy the grimmest comic fans. Prior to the film and cartoons, the mask was called ‘Big Head’. Stanley is no hero. The Mask is more of a monkey’s paw than a gift, or maybe even a Jekyll and Hyde potion. It’s a fantastic series, and I can’t recommend it enough. Especially if you enjoy having your childhood memories shredded.

Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Pg. 14 – 30)

Posted in Comics, MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2019 by ranranami

Continuing from where we left off with Famous Monsters, this section contains some stories and more cool film info. Later today I’ll be sharing our latest podcast episode too, hopefully. Provided I can finish the editing in time!

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Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Cover-Pg. 13)

Posted in Books, Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2019 by ranranami

This month I bring you something a little different. Instead of vintage comics, I’d like to visit a vintage magazine, ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland’. This series ran from 1958-1983. This is the father of horror magazines, which inspired all sorts (including my personal favorite, Fangoria). Originally conceived as a one-off, the first issue was so popular that they had an unexpected 25 year run! In fact, the first issue had to have a second printing because it sold out so fast.

What this magazine did that was so special, is that it reminded audiences (especially of the younger variety at the time) of the horror icons who had come and gone before, the silent greats like Lon Chaney Sr. This is a gem of archiving in general, because it preserves stills and stories that would otherwise have been lost forever if someone hadn’t come along to show why they were so wonderful. The history of this magazine is so rich, I can’t just describe it in a few select paragraphs, and I encourage you to explore it for yourselves. In the meantime, here’s the first part of the first issue which I will be sharing this October.

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Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #2: I’ve Seen You Before, Yesterday You Died (Pg. 27 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2018 by ranranami

This first story in the final portion of this Black Magic issue reminds me of a Hammer Mummy movie, with its tendency to give innocent characters the darker fates that they don’t quite deserve. It’s fantastic, actually. One of my favorites I’ve shared so far. The second is oddly reminiscent of an old radio show I can’t quite recall the name of, with the singular reminder that one can never truly escape or prevent their fates (or the grisly future of another.)

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Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #2: The Cloak, Out of Your Mind (Pg. 18 – 26)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2018 by ranranami

I get the impression this first story might have been influenced by a disgruntled tailor with a fussy customer. People, for the last time, if you turn around and find a store or building that you knew wasn’t there the last time you looked–and there’s an eery fog surrounding it, complete with appropriately perched blackbirds and wind chimes–do not go in, and do not buy anything. Or at least don’t accept packages from mysterious gentlemen with sinister smiles.

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Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #2: The Scorn of the Faceless People, The Cheerful Old Lady in Black (Cover-Pg. 17)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2018 by ranranami

Recall the classic episode of the Twilight Zone wherein a man is haunted by his dreams (okay…maybe there was more than one), and he sought aid from a doctor only for the woman of his dreams/nightmare to pursue him to his death. Then recall the one where the man traveled through time in his dream on a train. This first story seems to open like both, until it turns into a very peculiar bit of dream analysis. Some pretty fun imagery, and I’ll admit it took me a bit by surprise. The second story uses one of my favorite tropes–death on a joyride.

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Vintage Comics – Beware, Issue. 15: The Secret of Pitmurkiewood, Make Me Invisible, Right Connections (15 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2018 by ranranami

I know what you’re thinking. Where’s the podcast episode? I’m still editing it, but just in case there’s an emergency–here’s an extra comic post. If I finish editing the episode this morning, this’ll be a special 2 post day! The final story in this comic struck me as one of the sweetest I’ve shared so far, and I almost regret not saving it for a Valentines post.

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Vintage Comics – Beware, Issue. 15: The Crystal of Time, Your Number is Up (Cover – 14)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2018 by ranranami

First, apologies for the lack of color correction. I just got a new version of Photoshop elements, and like every edition before – – it’s completely different from the last one I used, and every function is yet another learning process. On the bright side, the podcast may be getting a new logo when I figure this silly thing out. Anyway, onto the comic…BEWARE, ISSUE 15! Yet another vintage comic where the writers forgot they didn’t need to describe every detail. Very much like the narration of a radio show, this may be a fun interactive little comic if you could get someone to read the dialog aloud.

The first story is more sci-fi romance than horror, which somehow seems to bring to mind Army of Darkness. I wonder if Sam Raimi was a fan? The second, a twisting tale of greed and numbers – – that actually cuts off before it gets really good. Ah well, the last frame is cartoonishly charming.

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Vintage Comics: The Beyond #2: Valley of the Scaly Monsters, Bubble of Destruction, The Shrieking Terror (Pg. 16- End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2017 by ranranami

Running behind on some grad school homework, gang, so I figured I’d share the rest of this comic issue before I hide behind the books. Since I usually take undetermined hiatus after October anyway, I didn’t want to leave you waiting either. Tomorrow, for Halloween, I’ll be featuring a write-up on a very special actor.

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Vintage Comics: The Beyond #2: The Mystery of Lunablanca & The Ghost who Stole a Body (Cover-Pg. 15)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by ranranami

Coming close to Halloween! 2 more days! So why not journey back to one of the first comic series I shared here, ‘The Beyond’, and continue on into their 2nd issue? I am still fascinated by the glorious colors in this series, and pleased with how the color correction came out this time around. Yes, I do moderate color correction on these comics sometimes when the yellow balance is too high.

Absolutely adore the villain-esque designs of the Countess Sinestra ‘transforming’ from a bat into a bat…woman…vampire-thing. I have a feeling if this had ever been adapted to the screen, Barbara Steele would have been ideal for the roles of both women.

As for the second story, the ghost art was absolutely stunning, with much heavier ink lines than we normally see in these comics. Perhaps a little dialog heavy, most of them are, but well worth the read just for the gorgeous panels alone.

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