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September 2002  
 
 
1. A Look Back at Nestor Redondo
2. Phil's Corner Atlas Science-Fiction: Missing in Action
3. Come And See Us!
4. Win Free Certification

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 21-22
South Florida Fall Con

Pompano Beach Civic Center
Pompano Beach, FL


November 8-10
The National Expo
Big Apple Comic Convention
New York City, NY.


Feb. 28 thru March 2, 2003
Megacon

Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida


A Look Back at Nestor Redondo
Shawn Caffrey

Nestor Redondo was born in the Philippines in 1928. He gained an interest in comics at a very early age, having been influenced by American comics like Tarzan, Buck Rogers and Superman. Along with his older brother Virgilio, he soon ventured into drawing comic books. His first professional job was with Bulaklak Komiks, where it soon became apparent that he was a better artist than his brother. Virgilio turned his talent to writing, and the two of them teamed up to produce some of the best comics ever published in the Philippines.

By the late fifties Nestor was illustrating several comics at the same time, in which he did all the penciling and inking himself. Unfortunately, within ten years the company where he worked began experiencing financial difficulties and closed its doors, leaving Nestor unemployed. Luckily, by that time editors at DC and Marvel had noticed his work, and DC asked him to follow Berni Wrightson's run on Swamp Thing. From then on he illustrated stories in nearly all of the DC horror titles published in the 70's, especially House of Mystery and House of Secrets. His line work and shadowing brought his characters to life, and his attention to detail seemed to lift the panels right off the page. One of his most fondly remembered projects was Rima, the Jungle Girl, where he contributed some wonderful good-girl art to each of the title's seven issues.

After a distinguished career with DC, Marvel recruited him to work on Conan, and to paint covers for other titles. At Marvel he not only expanded his repertoire, but also set new standards for an artist to produce so much material without compromising the quality of his work. Sadly, he passed away in 1995, but he has left a legacy for all aspiring young artists to follow. Nestor's career spanned over forty years, from the Philippines to America, where he established himself as a legendary, yet sometimes overlooked, artist of Bronze and Modern Age comics.

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Atlas Science-Fiction:
Missing in Action
Phil Kaltenbach

At the beginning of the 1950's, E.C. set a high standard for horror comics, one that Atlas measured up to very well. Bill Gaines' outfit, however, also published, and took considerable pride in, an outstanding line of science-fiction comics. At Atlas Martin Goodman and Stan Lee responded with some sf material of their own, but with remarkably less success.

The first Atlas title dedicated to science-fiction turned out to be one of their longest-running titles, Journey into Unknown Worlds, with number one bearing a cover date of 9/50 and featuring a multi-eyed alien on the cover, an End of the Earth story, and two beautifully drawn Russ Heath efforts. The second issue boasts a wonderful sf cover and story by Bill Everett. The dominance of sf themes began to wane, though, and the stories became increasingly weird, until by issue #10 the title was pretty much devoted strictly to supernatural and horror stories.

As we saw last time, another title that threw itself into the sf swirl was Venus, but that flirtation lasted only three issues (#10-12) before, once again, horror assumed command. In 1951, as Journey was beginning to morph, Atlas launched an all-sf title, Space Squadron, but its contents were pretty unsophisticated and it lasted only six issues, including a feeble name change with the last issue. In 1953 Atlas tried one more time with Speed Carter, Spaceman, but it suffered the same indifferent fate as its predecessor and lasted just as many issues. With that, the publisher threw down its blaster and raised its many arms in surrender.

All this, of course, stands in stark contrast to the distinguished competition at DC, who started and maintained the two most successful and long-running science-fiction titles of all, Strange Adventures and Mystery in Space, the former running for more than twenty years. It is curious, though, that DC never had much of a presence in the horror field. Next time we'll examine these two powerhouse titles, and speculate on how each company's success in its respective genre illustrates the most basic differences between the two. See you next month!

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Collectors' Society Boards

Come And See Us!

Come and See CGC at the Following Conventions.

South Florida Fall Con
Pompono Beach Civic Center
Pompano Beach, FL
Sept. 21-22, 2002
Info: www.cccpromotions.com

The National Expo
Big Apple Comic Convention
125 W. 18th St.
(Between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York City, NY.
November 8-10, 2002
Info: www.bigapplecon.com

Megacon
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
Feb 28th thru March 2nd, 2003
Info: www.megaconvention.com

The CGC staff will be on hand at these shows to take submissions and answer questions about grading, shipping, submitting, and anything else that people might need to know about CGC and comic book certification.

On another note, we are sorry to say that we cannot make the Baltimore Comic Con this year, but that is not a reason for CGC customers not to go. Marc Nathan is one of the nicest people in our hobby. He put on a great show last year and this year looks like it will be even better! For more information go to www.comicon.com/baltimore

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Win Free Certification

Want to get a comic graded free by CGC? Then test your comic book knowledge on Comics-quest at CGC's chat forum. Every Wednesday afternoon a comic book question is posted and every Friday the winner is revealed. The winner is awarded one free Standard submission, a $45 value! Also, two runners up will be chosen at random and will receive 2 CGC storage boxes each. So, come on! See if you can beat the CGC geeks!

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