from Batman et Superman #6 (Sept/Oct 1977)
How badass is it that this haunted house has an octopus behind one of its doors?
Well, close enough, anyway.
Happy Halloween, where applicable.
Happy Halloween, where applicable.
WHAT MANNER OF SORCERY IS THIS? Another End of Civilization, by Crom! Flip open your Diamond Previews November 2008 edition, you mangy curs, and follow along or else you’ll taste my blade! Previous installments in the sidebar, if you’re brave enough to make the journey!
p. 55 – Bettie Page Heat Sensitive Mug:
Has Dark Horse put out replicas of those old “Kiss Me in The Dark, Baby” glow in the dark ties yet? Seems to be up sorta the same alley.
p. 130 – Batman CosBaby Mini-Figures:
So this Joker is almost completely inappropriately cute:
p. 138 – American Jesus Vol. 1 Chosen TP:
p. 148 – Wonderlost TP:
p. 372 – Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 Trading Cards:
Why Mike is a bad person, reason #whatever: there’s a promo card inserted into this issue of Previews with the image just below, and when I saw it –
p. 377 – Jigsaw “Get On My Level” T-shirt:
p. 390 – Barbie “Went with The Wind” Carol Burnett Doll:
(So, let’s see how many different fan bases I’ve just annoyed….)
p. 415 – Mangog Mini-Bust:
p. 415 – Marvel Zombies Wolverine Bust:
p. 422 – Star Wars AT-AT Driver Mini-Bust:
p. 439 – Captain America Winter Soldier Fine Art Statue:
There’s only one thing you need to offer with each product to guarantee sales, and that thing is:
p. 480 – Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition for Dummies:
YES IT’S A CHEAP SHOT LET ME HAVE MY FUN
Marvel p. 57 – Sub-Mariner The Depths #4:
And now, my joke for old Saturday Night Live fans:
p. 58 – Thor #600:
Which reminds me…Amazing Spider-Man had an annual out this week, numbered “1,” while also having the original numbering, “35,” printed on the cover alongside the “1.” First, the regular Amazing Spider-Man title doesn’t have this double numbering scheme any more, so why still do it with the annual? And secondly…they’re already putting out three ASMs a month, and Marvel ain’t shy about upping the page count and the price on any of their regular titles at any given time. Not sure why an annual was entirely necessary, but I’m sure folks have their reasons.
Sorry, that’s a decidedly non-silly way to wrap up the End of Civilization. Let’s look at the AT-AT driver again:
1. Just heard a local news broadcast on the radio, stating that the big holiday supply/costume place in our county is experiencing large demand for Supergirl and Poison Ivy (“from the popular Batman series of films”) and other superhero costumes from little girls.
2. From Yahoo news:
Title panels of one-page gag strips from Don Fortune #3 and #5 (1946):
A couple of my blogging brethren have been picking up the slack, however: Dr. K has been doing his Halloween countdown (don’t miss his great Solomon Grundy costume!), and as I’ve noted before, Armagideontime is doing a Halloween countdown as well, complete with MP3s.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you in the direction of Plastic Pumpkins‘ celebration of all things All Hallows Eve-ish.
Really, Marvel. Rulk. That’s what you’re calling the Red Hulk.
That’s dumb. And given that this comic is profoundly stupid, that’s saying something.
I’m not saying I don’t like the new Hulk series, mind you…it’s big, loud and stupid in a way that I’m generally enjoying, even if I agree with Kevin’s particular criticisms of this book. It ain’t high art, it ain’t deep, but it’s nicely drawn and kinda fun in a dumb action movie sort of way.
But I’m totally drawing the line at calling the character “Rulk.” You folks stop that right now.
Of course, we realized this thing wouldn’t even sell Street Poet Ray numbers, since its target audience probably accounts for 0.001% of comic sales. But that didn’t stop us from having some shrivel-hearted, mean-spirited fun.
I probably am. I hate myself.
As for the IDW biographies of the candidates we received a few weeks ago…we sold out of Obama, have a couple remaining of McCain, and a couple remaining of the flip book. COMIC SHOPS: HOTBEDS OF LIBERALISM.
Seriously, though, I thought J. Scott Campbell did a knockout job on the covers for those IDW books, which really helped sell them at our shop. Good caricatures, and the candidates’ superheroic poses in front of the flag was perfect.
As promised on the cover, the two auto-collants (stickers) are still intact inside, one for Supes and the one shown here, for Bats:
Several puzzle pages appear throughout this book, including these two accompanied by a couple of terrifying caricatures:
Anyway, there you go…yet another non-English superhero funnybook that turned up in our store. Not a bad little package, with generally high printing quality and a variety of stories and free gifts…well, just stickers, sure, but still pretty cool.
And there was a new release from MST3K creator Joel Hodgson’s Cinematic Titanic earlier in the month…Legacy of Blood, available on DVD or by download. I just received my copy on Saturday, and haven’t had a chance to watch it yet…but the previous three installments were a blast, and I expect the same from the fourth.
This is the first page of the adaptation (by Denny O’Neil, Rodolfo Damaggio and Bill Sienkiewicz):
So…metacommentary on the film’s (possibly) intentional artificiality? A reminder to Bat-fans that, not to worry, this isn’t their “real” Batman, only a movie version? Maybe O’Neil just messing around? YOU DECIDE.
Whatever the reason…it’s still a little strange.
So, many years ago, even before my entry into the high-finance world of comics retailing, I was trying to put together a run of the ’85 indie mini-series MacKenzie Queen by Bernie Mireault. I found the first four easily enough, but the fifth one took some searching. Like, a lot of searching. More searching than I should have expected, given that I began looking for these issues just a couple of years after they were originally released. But then again, this was in the midst of the black and white glut and bust, so it probably shouldn’t surprise me that an obscure b&w title from an even more obscure publisher would have slipped through the cracks.
But, eventually, after about five or six years of scouring quarter bins, and looking through collections (for by this time, I was in the funnybook-sellin’ business), I finally found a copy of MacKenzie Queen #5 in the quarter box at a (now defunct) store in Santa Barbara. And because I was a “fellow professional” (i.e. worked at another shop about 45 minutes south), the guy at the shop gave me a discount, so I got issue 5 for even less than twenty-five cents. Seems almost anticlimactic, now that I think about it. (And I should note, I was buying some other things at the same time, and I didn’t ask for the discount…he knew me from our intershop dealings, and just offered it to me. Honest. As cheap as I may be, even I wouldn’t ask for a break on a quarter comic! Really. Would I lie?)
Now here’s the thing that frustrates me.
I’m sure a lot of you comic buyers out there have had that one comic you’ve been seeking for ages, and once you find it, suddenly…you can’t stop finding more copies of it. It just seems like it’s everywhere. I mean, it’s not just me, is it?
There was an issue of Zot! that was like this for me…I couldn’t find #5 (again, a fifth issue…what’s up with that?), looked for a year or two, and finally found it. And then, of course, every time I turn around I find more copies of the damned thing. But for whatever reason, that wasn’t nearly as frustrating as the whole MacKenzie Queen thing. And yes…once I found MacKenzie Queen #5, I started seeing more of them. And every time I would see one, it would remind me about how long I’ve looked for that issue.
Even just this past Thursday afternoon, I was going through a long box of books we acquired from a closed comic shop a few months back…just one of those low priority jobs that I get around to whenever I’m tired of dealing with restocking or mail order or beating the employees. And, of course, here’s what I find in the box:
Told you this is a point of frustration that has no real good reason. Any reasonable human would have been over this by now.
By the way, I’ve been looking for an issue of Yummy Fur (#9) for, like, twenty years now. I know as soon as I find that, I’ll suddenly be hip-deep in issue #9s, because the universe is laughing at me.
Well, I can verify, for the one or two fellas from the GCD who are kind enough to read my site, that the MacKenzie Queen trade paperback does exist. I bought back when I expected I’d never find the #5…even though I did have the story already, I still bought that #5 when I found it, because, well, you know how comic fans are.
Here’s a scan of the cover, direct from my bookshelf and onto your computer screen:
From the comments, commentator Michael points out [EDIT: Haloscan comment link dead] this collection of graffiti photos that has an image of interest to Swamp Thing fans about nine pics down. Of all the things (har) I never expected to see spray-painted on a wall….
And Johnny Bacardi was kind enough to direct me to a Presidential/Vice Presidential pairing that I can get behind. I’d of course would want the VP candidate in the President slot, and vice versa, but I could live with the ticket as it stands.
(post updated 8/2016)