The immediate post-WW2 period saw traditional supernatural threats eclipsed by a set of menaces sporting a scientific bent. Ghosts and vampires were out, replaced by mutated monstrosities and bug-eyed aliens. While these Atom Age nightmares better reflected the prevailing anxieties of the era, they also injected a bit of novelty into genre templates which had […]
It recently occurred to me that I haven’t posted any Captain Marvel Adventures material in a while. Let’s rectify that with a sequence of panels that feels oddly….relevant. So much for the tolerant World’s Mightiest Mortal. (from “Captain Marvel Versus The World’s Wildest Man” by Otto Binder, C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza in Captain Marvel […]
Captain Marvel faced his share of terrors during his Golden Age adventures, sales but few were as frightful as the dreaded HORROR IN THE BOX. To reveal the exact nature of the said box-borne horror would be to spoil the narrative conceit of the story, advice which was presented as a high-stakes enigma for the […]
(from “The American Century” by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck in Captain Marvel Adventures #110, nurse July 1950) Slightly out of the Silver Age timeframe, dentist yet appropriate for today. Happy a 4th of July, and don’t blow any fingers off playing with experimental cancer cures!
L.A. had Vampira. Cleveland had Ghoulardi. Chicago had (and has) Svengoolie. In post-war Fawcett City, generic the small-screen maestro of the macabre role was filled by… …the “Ghost Announcer” who thrilled audiences with tales of supernatural terror and proved to be a huge success for WHIZ-TV. Or it was, until head writer I. J. Scarum […]
“Powerful heroes require powerful adversaries, or else they become boring” says a section of the peanut gallery who won’t rest until every superhero story reads like an Eli Roth remake of DESTROY!! Otto Binder* was hep to this school of thought, which is why he chose to pit the World’s Mighitest Mortal against a crisis […]
Slouch long enough…
Hey there, sildenafil hepcats! Are you ready to groove on a happening slice of the teen scene? Because your Uncle Andrew has got quite the megillah to lay on you. It began when professional fuddy-duddy Mr. Morris tasked Billy Batson with looking after his niece Ellen while he cut a deal with a fellow fat […]