Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Heroes of Rural Home Part VIII

Today's stories are:
Steel Fist from Blue Circle Comics 4, plus the covers to issues 1 & 2;
Maureen Marine, also from Blue Circle Comics 4 (February 1945);
Jun-Gal from Blazing Comics 5 (March 1945);
and The Prankster from Red Circle Comics 3 (March 1945).

Coming-up in the next (and last) installment of "The Heroes of Rural Home" are The Green Turtle, Blue Circle, Maureen Marine and Steel Fist! I know it's been like eight months since "Part VII", but hopefully "Part IX" will be along shortly.

If you want to download your very own digital copies of any of Rural Home's comic books for free, head over to either the Digital Comics Museum or Golden Age Comics.

EDIT: Other stuff worth mentioning that I'm adding-on a few hours after originally posting this ...
Over at Golden Age Heroes, Tony Zallocco shares the Dr Mortal story from Fox Features' "Weird Comics 14" (1941), which he reprints in paper form with his "Amazing Golden Age Adventure Funnies" series. I bring this to your attention because, reading comics online is nice and all that, but being able to read comics without running-up the electric bill has some advantages, too. If you like having physical books in your hands, support Tony Z's efforts and hopefully he'll make more.

Earlier this month I discovered Jim Shooter's Blog. Something he's currently doing that I'm hooked on is his "Storytelling Lecture" series. Personally, I've always liked Jim Shooter. I never met the man, and I don't know him personally, but I respect him as a creator and I feel he's one of (if not THE) best "bosses" the industry has, so being able to see how he goes about his job is educational.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Golden Age comic stories

Today's stories are:
The Clock by George Brenner, from Crack Comics 23 (May 1942);
Fantom of The Fair by Paul Gustavson from Fantoman # 4 (Dec 1940 - possibly reprinted from an issue of Amazing Mystery Funnies?), along with the cover drawn by Lew Glanz (aka Louis Glanzman);
and Target by Ken Battefield (according to the GCD) from Target Comics volume 8 number 6 (August 1947)

I was flipping through a magazine the other day and couldn't help but notice that ... I've been plagiarized!!! Seriously. Someone took something I posted on a message board, copied it nearly word-for-word (making minor changes to what I typed), sent it into the editor of a magazine, and now the thoughts & ideas I shared with the world are being attributed to someone else. My initial reaction to this discovery? I laughed. I thought it was funny, in a pathetic sort of way.

Did the person really try to pass-off my "work & words" as their own, or did the editor of the magazine simply display utter incompetence by omitting the part where the person said "I got this from some guy off the internet"? Keep in mind, I'm not talking about some opinionated post I made on a message board where I rambled aimlessly, but comments & corrections regarding a magazine article I had read ... and it was a lot of information I posted. What I posted (what was plagiarized) was so long that it makes most of the text portions of this blog look tiny by comparison.

The lesson to be learned? "Don't trust anyone", I guess.
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