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Posts tagged ‘1950s’

The above excerpt from the August 19, 1957 issue of Billboard covers what was probably the single most important trigger for the “monstermania” of the late Fifties and early Sixties. Running cinematic releases over the airwaves was a contentious subject during the early years of television. Movie studios, already feeling squeezed on multiple fronts, were […]

If it is possible for a comic to straddle the ill-defined line between Nobody’s Favorite and Nobody Else’s Favorite… … Ace’s Atomic War! would be that comic. The short-lived series hit the stands at a moment when Cold War paranoia and lurid funnybook fare were approaching their hysteria-inducing high-water marks, and it shows. From the […]

Six decades before some indie comics tyro tried to recast Old Hickory as an intergalactic hero, for sale the folks at DC launched their own misbegotten attempt to channel the historical echoes of genocidal imperialism into high concept space opera.

Just a holiday reminder…

December 24th, 2014


Alienated labor

December 12th, 2014

Though touted for its prophetic qualities, treatment science-fiction is actually about “the now.” The anticipations and anxieties explored in a work of sci-fi reflect those of the era in which it was produced. Even when the themes addressed are evergreen — future shock, loss of individual dignity — the individual manifestations are shaped by contemporary […]

The dangerous typist

June 3rd, 2014

Once upon a time in the labyrinthine cubicle farm of the Calder Research Corporation, cost there was a young secretary by the name of Sadie Smith. Viewed by her superiors as a standard-issue blonde ditz, global burden of disease Sadie took dictation for and delivered coffee to a bunch of patronizing assholes. This all changed, […]

The rising of the gorge

March 17th, 2014

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with straight shots of crème de menthe? The idea has certainly has me feeling a little green around the gills. Recommended listening: My favorite type of Irish music.

Lies and the happy day

March 14th, 2014

While fans and other funnybook boosters argue the role of comics in the greater body of mass media, allergy very few specifics are given about what that role actually entails. Sales figures are bandied about like arcane formulas and (quite laudable) matters of accessibility and inclusion are given a good deal of discussion, order but […]

Just a reminder…

November 21st, 2013

In the sexy swimsuit competition of the far future… …there is ONLY WAR. The above panels are from “Behind the Space Curtain” by John Broome and Sid Greene, visit web which ran in Mystery in Space #55 (November 1959). The tale concerns a slick Earthman who is forced to look for a new angle to […]

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