Thursday, December 31, 2015


Jim Shooter's short lived Defiant Comics published a terrific comic book creation of Steve Ditko & Jim Shooter titled Dark Dominion. Ditko's art shows only in the #0 issue, included in the trading card set, although his artistic influence was reflected in the early issues.

Michael Alexander was the author of a book entitled, "Dark Dominion," exploring the idea another world occupied the same spacetime as our own. From this alternate world, housing the sub-stratum of our world, demons arise from the fears of human beings. The only way to see this hidden world was to put aside one's fears.

Harkens to the early days of Valiant Comics!
The main villain, Chasm, chose Manhattan to be his headquarters on Earth because of the vast population on whose fears he could draw from.

Michael Alexander was the one man who wasn't afraid to face Chasm and the demons of the Dark Dominion. He perceived this alternate dimension as an energy-filled double of our own, with various demonic-type bits of architecture added to it. Monsters tended to ride the very humans they afflicted. This is seen in a Charlemagne crossover when he tears creatures from the minds of affected dockworkers. The same issue sees Michael befriending a super-powered 'fish out of water' named Charles.

Dark Dominion #0
Cover by Steve Ditko & Marcus (The Good Guys, Elementals) David.
"None So Blind..." 
Michael learns to "see" into the substratum and affect things there.
Written by Joe Shooter with Steve Ditko artwork, inked by Keith (Charlemagne, Elementals) Wilson & Grey (The Good Guys, Prudence and Caution.)
Created by Jim (Legion of Super Heroes) Shooter. Developed by Jim Shooter and Steve (Mr. A, The Mocker) Ditko.
You had to mail away to get this illustration which slides into the back cover.

Still showing the Ditko influence!

Len (Star Trek, Green Lantern) Wein, J.G. (Wanted) Jones and Charlie (X-Files, Walking Dead) Adlard , worked on the book in later issues. The story of Dark Dominion was only published for ten issues. Four more issues were solicited, and one more issue was produced, but, due to the closing of the company, they were never released.
I enjoyed Defiant, gone too soon!
The Dark Dominion pack of trading cards.

Pin-up of Spidey I came across recently, hadn't seen before. Couldn't resist adding this. Looks like this gem came from Amazing Spider-Man #3.
Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!
Ditko's concept sketches for the trading card set.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


I'm going to get back to one of my favorite King Comics series, Flash Gordon. I mean, how can you go wrong with the fantastic artwork featured, with legends such as Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, Dan Barry, Ric Estrada, Frank Bolle, Mac Raboy and Gil Kane. There was even a couple of Alex Raymond covers and stories. 
Some of Ric Estrada's finest work!

Flash Gordon #3   Flash Meets Monolith, champion of all Mongo, in a duel to the death!
Cover by Al (Daredevil) Williamson.
"Lost in the Land of the Lizardmen"
Flash infiltrated the Lizardmen who are looking to join their new ally, Ming the Merciless. 
"Flash Gordon Meets Monolith, Champion of Mongo" 
Cazedessus, Ming's favorite magician, abduct Dale Arden, while Ming seeks to retake the throne of Mingo City.
Written by Bill (The Phantom, NoMan) Pearson with art by Ric (Richard Dragon, Karate Kid) Estrada. 

These marvelous tales are reprinted in Dark Horse's Flash Gordon Comic-Archives Vol. 2, Al Williamson's Flash Gordon (cover reprint) & Al Williamson's Forbidden Worlds (cover reprint in the introduction.) 

Sweet painted cover for Flash Gordon #3 comic, out of Norway!

For your information, a Map of the planet Mongo!
Who wouldn't want a pin-up of  Man from U.N.C.L.E. Illya Kuryakin? For a buck!
From Flash Gordon #3, Flash Gordon FAQs.
You don't want to miss this series, it's fun, exciting and heartfelt. A magical time!

Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!
More fillers from Flash Gordon #3 I though you might like.
I did have fun with the Power Sub!
I always wondered what this actually looked like.
Secret agent gadgets!