Thursday, May 5, 2022

RAR #59: CHIEF THUNDERCLOUD

 In issue #83 of THE MARVEL FAMILY, the three Marvels contend with the ghost of ancient Indian Chief Thundercloud, who actually manifests as-- a big old cloud with a feather-headdress.



RAR #58: PALO

 



"Palo" was, for the first two issues of KEY COMICS, the sidekick of a white-guy adventurer named Jeffrey Quick. The title of the feature was "The Key" not because that was the name of the main hero, but because Quick carried around a heavy key on a chain, with which he, uh-- fought crime? I think something was said about Palo's tribe giving Quick custody of the possibly magical key, though it didn't actually do anything. Quick seemed to think he could sense crooks with the aid of the key, and he could throw it so that the chain looped around the neck of an adversary, and-- stopped him cold? The most one can say about Palo is that his broken English is overshadowed by the sheer dumbness of this concept. Apparently the editors realized after two issues what a dopey idea this was, since for the last three issues of KEY COMICS, Palo disappeared and Quick just narrated weird stories that involved keys. A textbook example of a publisher trying to come up with a novel idea but not thinking about whether or not it had any intrinsic appeal, even to undiscriminating kids.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

MONSTER MASHUPS #80

 And here we have another Japanese comedy about a harem of sexy monster-girls, MONSTER GIRL DOCTOR, which includes a wide variety of monster-girls constantly pursuing a handsome but mostly oblivious human doctor, reviewed here

Friday, April 22, 2022

MONSTER MASHUPS #79

 I've finished a review of 2015's FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY. Since the two creatures are co-equal figures in the narrative, this might also stand as a crossover-- more on which elsewhere, perhaps.




Wednesday, March 23, 2022

MONSTER MASHUPS #78




The 1978 animated TV special WITCHS NIGHT OUT is a pleasant mashup-confection. in which the titular witch, depressed that no one takes Halloween seriously, meets two kids who want people to be scared of them. She turns them and their babysitter into a ghost, a werewolf, and a Frankenstein Monster, but loses her magic wand and can't reverse the spell for a time.



Monday, February 14, 2022

RAR #57: ASTA TWELVETREES

Though her character in RESIDENT ALIEN usually looks fairly mundane, here's Asta in full Native American regalia during a shamanic vision with her dad.



MONSTER MASHUPS #77

Just finished this review of BOA VS. PYTHON, which, as I explain in the review, counts as a mashup but not a crossover.