By Jamie S. Rich and Chynna Clugston Flores, from It Girl and the Atomics #12.
Sporting mostly the same premise as Monster Squad, this Hanna Barbera cartoon lasted a couple of seasons on CBS Saturday mornings. Drak, Frankie, and Howler are all descendants of classic monsters and are “dedicated to reversing the evil image of their forefathers” by becoming superheroes. Unlike the Monster Squad characters though, these three have secret identities as high school students.
When trouble appears – usually in the form of the supervillain group, O.G.R.E. – the trio gives each other the Drak Whack and transforms into monster form. They have a flying, amphibious car and superpowers. Drak’s a telekinetic shape-changer, Frankie’s super strong with electrical powers, and Howler has a sonic howl and super breath. The group also receives direction from Drak’s great-uncle, Dracula himself (whom they call “Big D”).
O.G.R.E. (Organization for Generally Rotten Enterprises) is made up of Doctor Dred, Toad, Fly, Mummyman (who controls his bandages and uses them as weapons), and Vampira (another shape shifter).
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Panels for Primates is a charity anthology webcomic on the act-i-vate site that’s meant to raise money for the Primate Rescue Center in Kentucky. It’s entirely free to read, but if the ape and monkey stories move or entertain you at all, you’re invited – but not obligated – to contribute.
I’m a huge fan of these animals, so I was thrilled when editor Troy Wilson invited me to contribute a short, two-page story. And even more thrilled when he told me I’d be working with the awesome Simon Roy. Between the two of us, we packed a ton of action into two pages including giant cephalopods, tiki-men, a sinister elephant, a mad tortoise, slime-monsters, werewolves, mummies, and I’m self-indulgent enough to have thrown in giant monsters, giant robots, and yes, gorillas riding dinosaurs. It also features that most famous of Kentucky primates, Daniel Baboon. Please go check it out.
By Evan Shaner. I occasionally have a hard time remembering what I like about Superman, but this picture brings it all back. I love the determination on his face mixed with the little smile. He’s about to save a life or lives, but he’s having fun doing it. Not because he’s careless about the responsibility, but because he truly enjoys his job. This is so much more meaningful to me than images that show him off in the distance, detached from humanity. [ComicTwart]
By Ted Naifeh.
Alpha Flight’s Night Out
By Ryan Alexander-Tanner. I love Sasquatch’s expression as he’s not sure what to do with a depressed Puck. Meanwhile, Mac earns his name. [Drawbridge]
By Gavin Spence. I’ve been looking through some old files recently and found this by my pal Gav who’s also one of the artists on Cownt Tales.
By Caanan Grall.
Discover the Thrill of Space and Time
By Justin White. [Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: Click the link to find out also what happens to T-Rexes who play with finger traps.]
Artist Unknown. [Brother Cal has found several great robot paintings.]
Graphic Classics is a great line of comics anthologies that uses top-notch artists to adapt stories by classic authors. Each volume contains one or two familiar stories as well as obscure ones that you may have never read. None of the volumes I’ve read – and I’ve got most of them – have failed to entertain and educate me at the same time.
Several of the volumes are horror-related, so from now through Halloween Graphic Classics are on sale for 20% off when you buy them through the publisher’s website. I’m not getting paid to advertise for them; I just really like these books and know some of you will too. Now’s a perfect time to try them out.
Conan vs. Werewolves
By Alex Horley. [Illustrateurs]
Monster of the Mountains
By Ken Kelly. [Illustrateurs]
Xombi vs. Kinderessen
By JJ Birch. [John Rozum. Man, I miss Xombi.]
By Nathanael Lark. [Art Jumble]
The Frankenstein Wheel
By Gray Morrow. [The Groovy Age of Horror]