So there I was, reading the Wikipedia entry on Plastic Man for no good reason, when I spotted this:
Here it is, just a little larger:
Is a citation really
necessary for Woozy’s description as a “doofus?” Isn’t it fairly self-evident? He’s a goofy, silly sidekick for a 1940s superhero — of course
he’s a doofus.
Ah, well. We all know you’re a lovable doofus, Woozy, citation or no citation:
Plastic Man #5 (1946) – cover scan from here
Good news for fans of Tales of the Beanworld
, straight from the mouth
of creator Larry Marder:
Deluxe hardcover reprints of the original series, followed by a new graphic novel and a new series. This makes me remarkably happy, as I do love the Beanworld. Shame that it has to be “deluxe hardcover” (read: expensive) reissues of the originals, but I’m sure it was either being released in that format, for various economic reasons, or no Beanworld at all.
A while back I suggested that Beanworld would make a good webcomic, while worrying that there may not be enough Beanworld fans around still buying comics (or even near a shop that would dare order something called Tales of the Beanworld which wouldn’t even have a zombie variant or foil cover or anything).
But then again, I do have customers at the shop who’ve kept Beanworld on their comic saver lists all this time, so who knows?
An observation about the forthcoming Iron Man
Usually, as I’ve noted in the past, when a comic book movie is impending, there’s a sudden increase in interest in the related comics, at least until the movie is actually released. At that point the moving picture supplants interest in the printed page, so any brief bump in sales (or, in the case of Dark Horse books that inspired movies, a brief bump in people asking us for DH books that are unavailable for order) vanishes. Like during the run-up to Spider-Man 3, I had someone wipe us out on every copy of Amazing Spider-Man #252, the first appearance of the black outfit. (Wonder how he did on those?)
However, I’ve had no such bump in interest in Iron Man back issues. A couple kids have been poking through the bins in the Iron Man section, but no onslaught of people having to read this “Iron Man” thing, no speculators snapping up key Iron Man issues for presumably, slabbing ‘n’ throwing on the eBay.
Oddly, our customers are extremely enthusiastic about Iron Man the movie. They’re just less enthused in regards to the Iron Man funnybooks, which remain among our lowest-selling “classic” Marvel comics.
And speaking of the Iron Man, those Free Comic Book Day Iron Man HeroClix figures are on this week’s invoice, so hopefully they’re actually showing up…along with the couple of FCBD comics that have been AWOL. Thank goodness…maybe we’ll almost be ready for the event this year!
from Star Trek #7 (March 1970) – art by Alberto Giolitti & Giovanni Ticci
Not that I have anything against the Eiffel Tower or our French friends…I’m just appreciating the sheer Irwin Allen disaster movie vibe of the scene.
Anyway, I’d like to apologize for the dependence on scans over the last few days. My “Low Content Mode” from a couple weeks ago seems to have extended itself, due to Real Life intruding on my weblogging time. Yes, I have a real life, that I manage to fit in between “managing” the comic shop, and writing my love letters to All-Star Batman. I should be back to what passes for normal in short order.
If I may continue blogging about blogging, I’m also still planning on creating a “rotating logo banner” function on this site, much like the random “since 1969” taglines, in order to show off all the great banners submitted by readers. I didn’t want folks to think their hard work is just disappearing…you banner will be seen again, I assure you.
And so long as I’m on the Trek kick, lemme point you in the direction of the weblog/podcast Look at his Butt — yes, that’s what it’s called. I first noticed it in my referral logs one day, some time ago, and went to investigate…it features two happy young women, cheerfully obsessing over the manly manliness of William Shatner. It’s good, fun, silly obsessing, not “restraining order” obsessing, from a couple of people who know their Trek stuff.
Speaking of obsessions, here’s a fellow weblogger feeding one of mine with a homebrewed Swamp Thing Final Crisis promo.
Where were you when SPIROMANIA STRUCK?
“What? What did you say? Who is this ‘Billy’ you’re speaking of?”
Beginning to prep for the ever-approaching Free Comic Book Day, coming May 3rd. We were shorted our Gumby and Love & Capes FCBD comics, and the Nascar Heroes and Imaginary books have yet to ship to us. Here’s a sentence I never imagined myself saying: “Boy, I hope those Nascar comics show up next week.”
As in previous years, we divide up the free funnybooks into three age-appropriate bundles to hand out to equally age-appropriate customers: “Kids,” “Teens,” and “Grown-Ups.” This year the books are all allegedly more “general audiences” than in past years, to avoid any more penis panics, but the three-pack distribution has worked well for us in the past, so we’d like to keep up the tradition. And there’s still some necessary age sorting to do…I don’t particularly want to give the Top Cow freebie to kids, and I’m just assuming the Wizard giveaway isn’t for kids, since they haven’t been yet.
Since the sorting is fairly time-intensive, we’ve got to get cracking early…but that also means when the missing or late FCBD books finally show up, we’ll have to go through and dump them all in the bags after the fact, which is a little annoying. And, we’ll only have a couple days to do it.
In addition to the bags, we’ll have loose copies of all the freebies on our tables in the FCBD staging area at the front of the store, as well as leftovers from previous years. Plus, I’ve already spoken to some folks about providing leftover giveaways to schools and libraries.
We’re using these FCBD comics for their intended purpose: promotion. Getting them into the hands of as many people as possible. Maybe…just maybe, getting a new reader or two out of it. Or getting old readers into something new. (I’ve discussed the apparent effectiveness of the event here.)
That said, here’s a quick survey of 2008 Free Comic Book Day comics I’ve found on the eBay, current and ended auctions, as of this writing:
- Multiple listings for “full sets” of all of this year’s FCBD comics (one set sold for about $30)
- One copy of this year’s Marvel Adventures: Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man with a minimum bid of $7.99 (wholesale cost, by the way: 20 cents)
- One copy of this year’s Hellboy book, minimum bid about $2 U.S.
- One copy of this year’s Broken Trinity (Top Cow) book, minimum bid $2 U.S.
- Two copies of this year’s Sonic the Hedgehog book, sold for $2.50 and just over $3
There ain’t no law sayin’ they can’t, but it still feels like a shame. At least it’s just one or two books here and there, and not, say, case lots of FCBD books like I’ve seen in previous years. Hopefully the people selling these still have plenty more of them in stock to give away.
And I just looked at this next auction because I was wondering why a copy of the FCBD Ultimate Spider-Man #1, from a previous year, was listed at $24.95. Turns out the seller is also accepting “best offers.” Given that other copies of the same book have sold for a penny (well, half a penny, in this case)…well, good luck.
Anyway, the auction that I actually wanted to draw your attention to is this one, and don’t look at it if you’re somewhere where web page sound is gonna be a problem.
So, did you look? “What th–!?” — right? Startled the heck out of me. Here’s the site responsible (sound, natch).
One of these days, I’m going to wise up and stop doing these…you know, spend my time instead “going out” and “meeting friends” and “socializing” and doing other things that I’ve read about in books. But not today! Pull out your copy of Diamond Previews, May 2008 edition, and follow along! Invite your friends over, make a party out of it! Er…you do have friends, don’t you?
p. 60 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Conversations with Dead People” Board:
Comes with this disclaimer:
Not stated: entertainment will be for your friends, when they see you buying into this ouija board crap.
p. 138 – JLA Trophy Room Bat-Cuffs Prop Replica:
lock, so don’t lose your special “bat-shaped key.” Otherwise, there’ll be some red faces at the locksmith’s after you or your significant other get trapped in these after a frolicking session of “Batman Catches Catwoman Mishandling the Jewels.”
p. 239 – Bongo Comics:
Prepare yourself for this nightmare fuel:
You’ll be seeing that face again…in your unquiet dreams.
p. 247 – Picture This SC:
Pictures of the colorist/letterer of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose
, as taken by the writer/artist of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose
. Includes pictures of the Ms. G as
Tarot. Note it doesn’t say “dressed as” Tarot. (Further Not Safe for Work reading
, if you need clarification.)
p. 297 – Michael Golden Heroes & Villains Sketchbook HC:
I wonder if it’ll include this piece which recently wasn’t sold on the eBay
. (Link via Neilalien
p. 414 – Obsessed with Star Wars:
At $29.95, it seems pretty steep for a trivia book, but:
“…This comprehensive book features an innovative, computerized module embedded on the cover which allows readers to keep score electronically.”
Oh, well, okay then.
p. 451 – Marvel Legends Mighty Muggs Figures:
There’s a certain level of “cuteness” that particular Marvel characters must not achieve, lest some “cute event horizon” is passed and the world endangered.
That being said, BEHOLD CUTE GHOST RIDER:
p. 458 – Desperately Seeking Susan Minimates 2-Pack:
Looks even more lifelike than the actual Madonna.
p. 468 – Star Trek Ultimate 1/4-Scale Captain Kirk Figure:
C’mon, we’re one fourth of the way there. Just go the whole hog, man…LIFE SIZE KIRK FIGURE. It’s gonna happen, sooner or later.
p. 470 – Star Trek TOS Science Tricorder:
Lights up, and features sound effects from the show. When I was a kid, I had one of these
…it only sorta looked like the tricorder from the show, but it was also a functioning tape recorder, and therefore a heck of a lot more useful than this newer “prop replica.” Though…hmmm, maybe you can replace that monitor with a video iPod, which would also give you improved sound playback…maybe that can be a summer project for some of you more industrious kids out there. (And if you make it steampunk, it’ll get you on Boing Boing
p. 475 – Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Doll:
I am having a very hard time reconciling that face with the Mad Hatter we’re all familiar with from Disney and the Tenniel drawings
. Gaze into the face of madness:
He’ll be visiting your dreams, along with “Grampa Rosie” Simpson from up there in the Bongo Comics listing.
At least there can’t be anything more terrifying than this on the next page….
p. 476 – Alice in Wonderland Humpty Dumpty Doll:
p. 484 – Luke Cage Statues:
So there’s the Classic Luke Cage on the left, there, and the Cage statue designed specifically for Brian Michael Bendis to buy on the right. That was nice of them.
p. 486 – Lord of the Rings Balrog Wall Mount:
Well, apparently enough people wanted a Balrog wall mount, but didn’t want to spring for the larger one
, which was approximately one whole city block in width. This one’s 12 inches tall, 12 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and there’s no measuring how deeply upsetting this thing is.
p. 518 – Lost Kubricks:
These are weirding me out, for no particular reason I can articulate. However, I do like that Locke comes with a big honkin’ knife:
Not shown: his “Causing the death of everyone around him, plus causing the occasional explosion” action feature.
p. 518 – Lost Jack Kubrick and Bearbrick Set:
The bear threw me off for a second…and yes, that’s the Lost
logo on his tummy. For just the briefest moment, I actually tried to remember if there was an episode of Lost
where Jack was being followed around by a giant bear that only he could see, like Harvey
p. 522 – Prism Ark Priecia 1/8 Scale PVC Figure:
“Precia is thought to be the princess of Wind Land. She is enrolled in the knight school where she is widely known for her expert swordmanship as well as her beauty.”
She’s also widely known for almost wearing panties. She’s from an “erotic video game,” in case you were wondering.
The hair’s neat, though.
p. 532 – Halo 3 Belt Buckles:
“Featuring Shotgun Ammunition or M6B AA Ammunition….”
Please, for the love of God, don’t wear these to school or to an airport.
p. 534 – Chuck Norris Magnet Set:
Keeping up the Chuck Norris Facts Meme Deathwatch, as the Facts are slapped onto yet another product.
The solicitation text attempts another “Fact” — to wit:
“…Chuck Norris can take two comic masters of magnetism, Magneto and Cosmic Boy in a fight. Because he’s Chuck Norris.”
p. 535 – Smallville Dar-Ur [sic] Kryptonian Beacon:
It’s “Dax-Ur,” actually, but it doesn’t change the fact this is still a big ol’ hunk of, presumably, metal that’s of no use whatsoever. And apparently they’re still trying to unload the Kryptonian Key, featured in a previous End of Civilization:
To repeat my previous observation, at $60 and $40 respectively, these are some expensive coasters.
p. 537 – Mr. Clock Radio:
“…The Mr. Clock Radio tells fortunes, speaks the time, and reacts to light and motion.”
Also will absolutely terrify you. Not quite “uncanny valley” territory, since it doesn’t look like an actual human, but darned if it’s not close enough.
p. 555 – Yetisburg Titanic Battles in World History Volume 1 Card Game:
“On the bloody fields of Pennsylvania in 1863, two great armies collided to decide the fate of a nation. At the forefront of the battle stood the mighty Yetis, white-furred giants imported from the wilds of Canada to shred the opposing front lines.”
Say it with me:
I can’t even make fun of this. It’s…it’s too beautiful.
By popular demand, a small selection of the many funnybook faces of James Tiberius Kirk:
from Star Trek #51 (Gold Key, March 1978) by George Kashdan & Alden McWilliams
from Star Trek #16 (Marvel Comics, Oct. 1981) by Marty Pasko, Luke McDonnell & Sal Trapani
from Star Trek #6 (DC Comics, July 1984) by Mike W. Barr, Tom Sutton & Sal Amendola
from Star Trek: Debt of Honor (DC Comics, 1992) by Chris Claremont, Adam Hughes & Karl Story
from Star Trek Unlimited #1 (Marvel Comics, Nov. 1996) by Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton,
Mark Buckingham & Kev F. Sutherland
from Star Trek: All of Me (DC Comics/Wildstorm, April 2000) by Tony Isabella, Bob Ingersoll,
Aaron Lopresti & Randy Emberlin
from Star Trek: The Manga #1 (Tokyopop, 2006) – sorry, didn’t have the book in stock at the moment,
so the credits will come later
from Star Trek: Year Four #5 (Nov. 2007) by David Tischman & Steve Conley
ADDITIONAL TREKKING: Please, enjoy a little Ska Trek, courtesy Transbuddha.