Saturday, September 27, 2008
Just how bad-ass is Jonah Hex?
WHILE HE WAS DEAD, STUFFED AND MOUNTED
from DC Special Series #16 (1978) by Michael Fleisher & Russ Heath
Friday, September 26, 2008
"Recall Explicit Swearing Error Banned Alternate Mint"
Various ways the misprinted All Star Batman and Robin #10 is being described on the eBay:
You know, it's not really banned, as such.
Interestingly, I found one auction ended with a "Buy It Now" at about ten bucks for a current, non-misprinted version of issue #10. It's not unimaginable, I suppose...a number of years ago, I used to list brand new comics on eBay every week at cover price, and occasionally one would get multiple bids, driving the price up. But I looked at this auction for the F-bombless version of ASBAR, and found this in the item's description:
They're trying to say "this corrected edition also has an error variant, maybe you've heard of it," which is likely there just to get the word "error" into the description text to grab searches. But I think it's within the realm of possibility that whoever bid on this may have thought "say, this item comes with the error variant! Woo hoo!"
Hey, it might have happened.
I should also note that prices are coming way down on the misprinted #10...my prediction a while back that I'll be able to get a copy for about five bucks or so within a few months is well on its way to coming to pass.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Progressive Ruin presents...the End of Civilization.
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p. 137 - Superman/Batman Series 8 Action Figures:
Okay, I probably shouldn't be complaining about in regards to a set based on the Superman/Batman comic, but, honestly, I think the Direct Market has reached its Superman/Batman action figure saturation point. Where's my kick-ass Johnny Thunder and his Thunderbolt two-pack?
p. 211 - Archie #592:
Wh--what's this? A reasonably up-to-date video game reference on the cover of an Archie comic? Given the joke is based on the novelty of a video game that requires folks to peel their hinders from the Barcalounger to jump and move and flail about with the controller, it's only about two years behind since everyone in the real world is more or less used to the idea of the Wii by now. But, you know, a couple of years behind is pretty good for Archie.
p. 313 - M.I.L.F. Magnet #1:
"That's right. You read it correctly. And don't lie to us, you know what a MILF is! You know the kind of guy we're talking about. It's not his fault; he just attracts women like nobody's business - with catastrophic results! After a magical accident during a fight with a supervillain, a young and innocent hero named Taser discovers that he now has a more specific kind of ability. Women of a certain age will just not leave him alone, 24/7!"
I should add something to that, but for the life of me, I can't.
p. 389 - Topps 2008 Sterling NFL Cards:
But wouldn't it be something if these were cards of me? A card set showing photos of my exciting life...see Mike working! See Mike blogging! See Mike drinking Diet Coke! Not to mention the special rare chase cards, featuring bits of my clothing and clippings from my luxurious golden mane of hair.
p. 400 - The Spirit "My City Screams" Black T-Shirt:
Ooh, I was hoping that one of the more ridiculed lines from The Spirit movie's advertising campaign would make it onto a shirt I'm not going to wear.
p. 414 - Cinema of Fear Jason 2008 San Diego Comic-Con Deluxe Plush:
I just picked this item at...well, not at random, but this is the goofiest example (is that machete plush, too? I gotta know) of all the leftover "exclusive" merchandise from the San Diego Comic Con. Really, there's a lot in this catalog...action figures, paperweights, etc. ...Wasn't there a time when a lot of leftover Warner Brothers Store merchandise was making it into the Previews catalog? Because it sort of feels like that.
p. 422 - The Spirit Movie Keychains:
Now, honestly, I enjoyed that brief clip that was up on the internet for about a minute, showing the Spirit fighting the Octopus. It was amusingly goofy, and at times looked as if it were drawn by Will Eisner. But some of the stuff from the ad campaigns, which has ended up on these keychains...egads.
p. 424 - Gangsta Babies Series 1 Dolls:
I can't say it any better than the solicitation info:
"Comin' straight outta crib-town! Each of these 10" hoodlers are A-Listing in the playground! Rockin' fab-tastic clothing and so much baby bling that other rug rats can only catch their vapors! This first series of Gangsta Babies contains Pookie, the green-eyed baller who features a thermal shirt, t-shirt, dew rag, ring, and pimped out pacifier necklace; Benjino, the carrot-toped homey with a red bubble vest, football jersey, jeans, cassette-shaped ring, and old school boom box necklace; Rey Rey, a playa who is #1 with all the Shorties with a hoodie, skullcap, camo jacket, and shorts; and Big Deuce, the liíl shot-caller is runniní things with a baseball hat, shirt, cuffed jeans, and white do rag, diamond ring, gold rope bracelet, and crown pendant."
STARE INTO THE DEAD EYES OF BENJINO:
p. 424 - Star Trek The Original Series Tribble Role Play:
You have no idea how disappointed I was that this wasn't a costume for tribble cosplay...basically like a big ol' furry beanbag you can roll around in.
Someone, somewhere, at some Star Trek convention or even just in the privacy of their own homes, has dressed as a tribble. Let that ease your dream-filled sleep.
p. 442 - Thor Classic Helmet 1/1 Scale Replica:
This bad boy costs $369...but if you're the kind of guy who's gonna dish out for a winged metal hat to display in your home, you're gonna wear it too. Ain't no denying it.
p. 442 - Clash of the Titans 2008 San Diego Comic Con Mini-Bust 3-Pack:
Probably the only product featuring exposed breasts that didn't sell out at the 'Con.
p. 444 - Rock Iconz Ted Nugent Statue:
WARNING: Mike will repeatedly say "The Nuge!" at the slightest provocation, such as, say, seeing this Previews ad about mid-day at the store. Just letting you know.
p. 446 - Star Wars The Clone Wars Ahsoka Tano Maguette:
"This pre-memorial statue based on the Clone Wars cartoon character pays tribute to young Jedi padawan Ahsoka, doomed to be either exiled or simply outright killed (likely by her master Anakin, for full dramatic impact) during or shortly after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Enjoy her while you can, kids!"
p. 466 - Peter Pan Captain Hook Bust (Color Version):
I'm not seeing the appeal of a Hook statue that doesn't, oh, I don't know...show his hook.
p. 486 - Star Wars R2-D2 4 Port USB Hub:
You know, this is about the best match between "licensed character" and "USB hub" that I've seen. Pal Sean made a joke about that USB cord being R2's robot naughty bits, but I'm runnin' a clean site here, sir. Good day...I said good day!
Marvel p. 83 - Punisher War Zone Minimates Box Set:
If you're familiar these kinds of figures, you know of their disturbingly noseless visages:
Except this guy, who has enough of a vestigial bridge where his nose should be to wear a NOSE BANDAGE:
This is just slightly upsetting my Minimates worldview.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The future King Richard I would like you to know that he is a fighter.
Just a few days ago, I mentioned that internet pal Andrew, who puts out some of the best comics 'n' music commentary I've ever read over on Armagideon Time, had just started Pronounced Woo-bin, a site in celebration of the Bostonian accent. Each post features a short recording by Andrew his own self, reading poetry, reciting comment phrases used by inhabitants of far-flung Bostonia, what have you.
The man also takes requests, and when I asked if he could do me the great favor of applying his wonderful accent to one of my all-time favorite "read it aloud for maximum impact" comic books, he was enough of a gentleman to agree.
So without further ado, to-do, or hoohar, I present Andrew and one of the best-selling comics of the 1990s.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Things that are rad.
Original sketch card of Bat-Mite by Tone Rodriguez, from the Rittenhouse Batman Archives trading card set.
Who gets the ladies?
Sluggo gets the ladies:
In other news:
Monday, September 22, 2008
Mike's draconian in-store dancing policies, and other topics of importance to the young student.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"Let us rub our external mouth tumors together to prove our love!"
So there I was, just cruising through the Grand Comics Database, looking at old photo-cover comics, when I came across the cover for Miss America Magazine Vol. 7 #11. And really, click on that link to see the cover at full size, because I don't know if it's the coloring on the cover, or just the scan or what, but those bubblegum bubbles (if that's what they actually are) look really, really appalling.
I grossed myself out with the thought that's in this post's subject line, and now I've passed it on to you. No need to thank me.