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(from “The Corpse Wore Shoes” by Carl Wessler and E.R. Cruz in The Witching Hour #59, October 1975) “Check it out, you happening cats! The Vault Keeper got hung up by a real bad trip, so he asked me — the Macabre Youth Minister — to lay this far out prairie gothic tale on you […]

The unraveling

May 10th, 2016

“I wanted to know how proud of you I am, so I bought you something.” Bobby felt his sphincter tighten with dread, yet still accepted the brightly-colored gift box from his mother. “Go on, open it!” He pulled the lid from the box and rolled back the tissue paper. It was even worse than he […]

The most horrible bling

April 13th, 2016

I have learned though painstaking research (and painful experience) that there is no absolute nadir when it comes to the 1990s comics scene. Whenever you think you’ve reached the bottom of that tomb of four-color horrors, the ground beneath you gives way and plunges you into an even more fetid sub-basement. Case in point: I […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 26

February 26th, 2016

(from “Flight” by Tom Peyer, Jeffrey Moy and W. C. Carani in Legionnaires #23, March 1995) “Can we just go back to the lime green miniskirt?” Sequences like the above were the reason I adored this era of the Legion. There were plenty of quips about the “Archie-fication” of the team, but I appreciated that […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 18

February 18th, 2016

(from “Good Cop, Bad Cop?” by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Karl Kesel in The Legion of Super-Heroes #312, June 1984) “Don’t worry, Doc. I’ll be sending a good number of patients your way in the immediate future.”

After a fashion

February 16th, 2016

This strategic alliance between J.C. Penny and Clairol was the Reagan Era’s answer to the Super Soldier Project — only instead of punching Hitler, the object was to sell as many home perm kits and wide-shouldered blazers as possible. “Gentlemen, our agents have revealed that the Russians have taken a decisive lead in asymmetrical earring […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 13

February 13th, 2016

“Oh, you want to go for round three, Sparky? ‘CUZ I AM DOWN FOR SOME WHUPASS.” (from “War Between the Nights and Days!” by Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum in Superboy #193, February 1973) “Goodbye to Space Sandra Dee….and thank grife for that.”

Since the nightmarish memoryscape of the mid-1980s has become something of a theme this week, I might as well go all in with a photo which you may or may not be familiar with… …the State of Andrew Otis Weiss, circa 1985. The real tragedy is that it depicts what was probably the high water […]

The agonizing decision whether or not to mutilate your cherished copy of Ghostly Tales #117. The dangerous flirtation with parental sanction as you hounded your harried mom for a check for two bucks…and an envelope…and a stamp. The excruciating six-to-eight-week wait for your coveted prize, marked by multiple daily visits to your family’s mailbox. (Yes, […]

Verdant and accounted for

August 27th, 2015

The most significant item in the April 22, 1965 issue of LIFE was not the feature article on the politcal unrest in South Vietnam or the editorial on normalizing relations with Red China or Loudon Wainright’s musings on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on obscenity. It was this two-page spread by General Electric… …heralding a […]

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