Weird-Ass Cover Wednesday Goes To The Movies!

The announcement about Ocean being optioned got me thinking about how every comic currently in print is apparently headed for development. There was a time when it worked the other way around. Dell Comics was a licensed-property publishing machine back in the day. If a movie was remotely popular Dell put out a comic based on it. The operative phrase is "based on" because like many of todays "comic-inspired" films these comics were often similar to their source material in title only.

#175 Die, Monster, Die!

No, this isn't German for "The, Monster, The" but that's about the only thing that could add to the wonder that is the source material. It stars Boris Karloff and is based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out Of Space. I love the cover text: "ASTOUNDING! STRANGE! WEIRD!" pasted over an image which, while cool, is not particularly any of those things.

#725 Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

You may have seen this one on Mystery Science Theater 3000 which should tell you most of what you need to know about it. Martians kidnap Santa Claus and get their asses kicked. The End.

It's one of the most fucked-up movies I've ever seen and the fact that Dell made a comic out of it is both the scariest and neatest thing ever.

#743 Ski Party

"Crazy Fun And Adventure Of Ski Guys And Gals GONE WILD!"

Huh? Was this translated into and then back from Japanese? Let Us Make With Glorious Time On The Slopes!

#828 The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

The Three Stooges

A Time Machine


*snif* That's just beautiful, man.

Thou art no Shemp!


Yedna said...

These are so great. Some band should really use these as inspiration for their album cover art. 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' is considered public domain, and can be downloaded legally and at no charge here: http://www.archive.org/details.php?identifier=santa_claus_conquers_the_martians

P.S. From Wikipedia: 'A remake has been rumored since 2000 with David Zucker as producer.'

Vaklam said...

I hadn't heard about the possible remake. That is strange and wonderful. Glad to hear that Zucker would be involved.