Wednesday, March 30, 2011

TARA: QUEEN OF THE SPACE PIRATES in "Eight Hands of Tenslith"

We continue the space-spanning saga of Tara, Queen of the Space Pirates with this tale from Wonder Comics #17.
There was no origin story, but the splash pages usually gave a brief set-up for new readers.
Art was, again, by Gene Fawcette, one of the better illustrators of the period, who usually penciled and inked his sci-fi, horror, and good-girl material (or strips that combined them like Tara) for Fiction House, Avon, and Better.
BTW, the cover for this issue features characters from the premiere Tara story that appeared in Wonder Comics #15.  You can see the cover, along with Tara's first appearance HERE.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

TARA: QUEEN OF THE SPACE PIRATES in "Fabulous Jewel of Morn"

Pirates are popular!
Seems obvious now, with the success of the Pirates of the Carribbean series, but from the 1970s until recently, pirates (like cowboys) seemed to have hit a cultural dead-end.
But, back in the 1940s-50s though, they were everywhere!
Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk (both played by Errol Flynn) and Jamie Waring  (Tyrone Power) in The Black Swan typlified the swashbuckling heroic image of pirates on film.
There were, of course, pirate pulp magazines and comic books, as well!
Sci-fi / fantasy in particular, adapted the pirate concept in numerous incarnations, including Star Pirate, Captain Harlock, and, most importantly to us, Tara: Queen of the Space Pirates who ran amok thru the galaxy for the last six issues of Wonder Comics (#15-20) with the tale scheduled for #21 finally published in Thrilling Comics #71.
To make things more interesting, though this tale is her first appearance from Wonder Comics #15, the cover by Alex Schomberg during his "Xela" airbrush art period, is from Wonder Comics #17!
The cover features both the villain and jewel from the story in #15, so we're using it here.
The actual cover for #15, also by Schomberg as Xela, featured Brad Spencer: WonderMan in his final cover appearance before Tara took over the cover slot for the remainder of the title's run.
In fact, none of the covers featuring Tara go with the stories in their respective issues!  Weird!
In addition, this Tara story was reprinted in the next issue (#16) of Wonder Comics, probably due to a production error!
Penciled and inked by Gene Fawcette.

Look for MORE Tara adventures soon!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sucker Punch Art by Alex Pardee!

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Spectacular, big character art by the amazing Alex Pardee!
If you liked his album and comic work, you'll LOVE his Sucker Punch art!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sucker Punch Posters!

Here are some BIG, downloadable, promo images from the spectacular new girls-with-guns feature film opening this Friday!
More Kool Images Tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MORE Mayte Michelle Rodriguez!!!

From Resident Evil to Avatar to the current Battle: Los Angeles, there's no hotter woman we'd rather have kick butts (even ours) than the magnificent Michelle Rodriguez!

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