As a kid, I loved the EC (Educational Comics) company for its incredibly extensive horror catalogue, but who knew that they created other things, too. When I decided to check out the EC offerings for High June, I realized that I would need to write a Reading Sanctum just for these lovelies. Who does not […]Read More High June: Reading Sanctum #22 — The E.C. Archives
In 1984, I had just graduated high school when my brother Marc and I chose to go to Forbidden Planet in New York City on a Saturday excursion to pick up some comics and books. For those unfamiliar, the Strand Used Bookstore is across the street from Forbidden Planet. We would usually spend about $20 […]Read More The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic
One of the reasons we celebrate Women’s Empowerment, here at the Mustache and the Beard, and all over the United States is that we recognize that Geekery is not just exclusive to men. Many properties would have you believe that. The Teen Titans is not one of those properties. In fact, one might argue that […]Read More Women’s Empowerment: Reading Sanctum #20
In 1965, (the year Yours Truly was born) Tower Comics along with a creative team featuring the likes of Len Brown, Wallace (Wally) Wood, Gil Kane, Larry Ivie, Dan Adkins, Chic Stone, Steve Ditko, and others created a comic about a team of superheroes working for the United Nations. The team was distinct for its […]Read More Codename Capricorn: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
As the holidays approach and I look around the dinner table to share with my loved ones, it is only natural to remember those who have passed away. My Mom for instance was a strong lady. Here, she’s about to unleash some discipline on an unsuspecting victim. I had lots of fights with her during […]Read More Off the Rack #3: Marc Matos
From the minute you laid eyes on her, you could tell she was trouble. Frank Frazetta’s cover to Vampirella #1 has her posed with one hand on her fleshy hip and one finger in her mouth. She’s wearing black boots and her iconic red sling bikini with the white collar and nothing else. I never […]Read More Geektoberfest: Vampirella’s Sordid History*
Batman & Dracula: Red Rain is an alternate reality story set in the Elseworlds line of DC Comics, which simply put means that this story is apart from the respective canons of the characters. It is an amalgam of Batman Gothic and Bram Stoker’s world of Dracula where Gotham is visited by the literary Count. […]Read More Remember September: Batman Day 2021 “Red Rain”
THE STAR WARS Longer ago, in a galaxy even further away . . . THE STAR WARS is an eight-issue comic book mini-series produced by Dark Horse Comics and published in September 2013. It is based on George Lucas’ original screenplay for STAR WARS in 1974. In it Luke Skywalker is older and already an […]Read More SPACE MAY DAYS: THE STAR WARS – A longer time ago in a galaxy even further away!