Recommended - Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics & The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells

Do you use the “Saved -To Buy Later” feature on Amazon. com? Purchases I can’t quite justify or about which I’m somewhat conflicted wind up on this ever-expanding list, usually never to be resurrected.

Eventually, though, low price – $6.99 – liberated The Infinite Worlds Of H.G. Wells DVD (a three night mini-series that aired on The Hallmark Channel in 1991) from my STBL list. This was fortuitous; it’s great entertainment. A clever premise links the story lines from 6 different Wells short stories (The Crystal Egg, The New Accelerator, The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes, The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper, The Truth About Pyecraft, and The Stolen Bacillus) and weaves them together into 240 minutes of terrific, engaging, intelligent, high production value television, reminiscent at times of The Avengers, at times of Dr. Who, at times Masterpiece Theater.

Another recent purchase:

The Toon Treasury of Classic Childrens Comics is a full-color, 352 page oversize volume that presents a terrific selection of some of the best comic book stories from the 1940’s through the 1960’s by Carl Barks (Uncle Scrooge), Sheldon Mayer (Sugar and Spike), John Stanley (Little Lulu), Walt Kelly (Pogo) and George Carlson (Jingle Jangle Comics), among others.

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Little Lulu Story Re-used in Horror Comic

John Stanley is best known as the author of the Little Lulu comics, but he also worked on other titles, among them Dell’s rather mild “horror” comics. Here’s an interesting bit of self-plagiarism: Stanley takes the premise of a Little Lulu fantasy from 1953 and turns it into a story fit for Tales From The Tomb in 1962. This is a 7.6 MB .pdf document – the first two pages are my commentary on the re-use, and the following 18 pages present both stories in full.

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