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§ April 22nd, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on IT CAME FROM MIKE’S PARENTS’ GARAGE.

So my dad was cleaning his garage and found a few old boxes of my stuff, and he gave me call and asked me to come by and pick ’em up if I wanted them. Mostly it was a bunch of old books (which doesn’t surprise me) and binders of trading cards (which DID surprise me, since I thought I had them all at my house, but apparently were stored there during one of my moves years ago).

Anyway, I brought the boxes back home and started sorting through them…and found a few things of interest. For example, I totally thought I’d long ago sold off those Doctor Who books I mentioned in this post, but nope — here they are:

Well, that’s a picture of a couple of them, anyway. There were about a dozen in one of these boxes, but it seemed like I had a lot more of these at the time. Heck, maybe I do…there’re still quite a few boxes left to go through in my parents’ garage. I think I’m going to give some of these a quick rereading now that I’m a little more up on my Who.

Another book I found was this slim volume of Star Trek stories from 1982:

“Travel with your favorite Star Trek II characters into six new and original short stories written especially for you!” …For me? Aw, you shouldn’t have! I like how it’s specifically Star Trek II stories, since, you know, the movie an’ all. I suppose the stories take place in more or less the same timeframe, but a quick flip-through doesn’t reveal anything specifically tied to the second film (like any mentions of Khan or Saavik or anything). I could be wrong.

The back cover does have this great shot of Scotty and his mesmerizing Space Moustache:


Had a handful of books like these in the boxes as well:

Man, I sure liked reading about video games. Now, I wasn’t one of those kids who obsessed about getting high scores and perfecting my gameplay or anything. I just liked reading about video games, about the mechanics of the games, about games on other systems, about arcade games I haven’t seen yet, and so on. Still do, in fact…a link to this very technically detailed examination of Pac Man made the rounds again recently, and I found myself sucked into it again.

So, yeah, I’ve got a few of these books floating around in my possession. I’m looking forward to rereading these now that I’ve got them in my hands again.

Okay, now for some of the trading cards…there were about a half dozen thick binders of these, which included all my Marvel Universe cards, my Death of Superman set, the first TSR Dungeons & Dragons set (not quite sure why I have those), and many others. I can see why I had most of the sets in these binders, but I really have no idea why I have a full set of Home Improvement cards:

I mean, I liked the show and all, but still…seriously, how does a thing like this happen?

I even have a full set of the special removable “static cling” cards:

Hmmm…”Big Tool.” Yeah, I think that’s a fairly good self-assessment. I was really into the trading card thing at one point in my life, and there was a time or two when I didn’t show a whole lot of…discretion, shall we say.

However, I have absolutely no regrets about owning these:

Superman III trading cards, baby. A full set, including stickers. I can feel your jealousy over the intertubes.

And one more item from Mike’s Boxes of Mystery: I realize this may slightly contradict my previous claim that I wasn’t a video game score hound, but, you know, Activision used to offer prizes for people who scored a certain number of points (or otherwise achieved some specific goal) on their games, and if I managed to get that score, I certainly wanted my prize. Usually it was a sew-on patch (and I collected…and still have…a few of those), but for their Stampede game, you still got a patch, but you also got one of these:

That would be a genuine metal Stampede buckle, my friends, still in the original cellophane wrapper. The 40 year old me is thinking “put this on eBay,” but the 12 year old me is saying “PUT THAT BAD BOY ON A BELT.”

I think the 12 year old me is going to win.

Oh, sure, why don’t I just hang onto a sheet of Legion of Super-Heroes stickers for 12 years.

§ April 21st, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Oh, sure, why don’t I just hang onto a sheet of Legion of Super-Heroes stickers for 12 years.

This was a promo giveaway for the Legion of Super-Heroes, 1st reboot version, from 1997. The sheet is 5 inches by 8 inches, with each sticker about an inch on each side, and drawn by (I think) Jeffrey Moy.

You know, looking at this…I kinda miss Gates (fifth row down, second from right), though he’s been popping up in the kinda missing-in-action Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds mini-series. (Speaking of which…how weird is that going to look on the rack when the next issue comes out? It’s almost going to be like seeing a new comic with the old “Atlantis Attacks!” crossover banner on it.)

Also, that Proty sticker in the lower left hand corner? I think you’ll agree with me that it’s completely awesome.

So I finally saw The Spirit.

§ April 20th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized § 1 Comment

Visually it’s a very striking, very attractive film, and the performances are very much of the Adam West “play it straight to enhance the hilarity” school of thought, with the possible exception of Samuel Jackson, who seemed intent on sinking his teeth into every piece of scenery that came within reach. The dialogue is pulpier than a pulpy thing filled with pulp, but that fit right in with the general over-the-top goofy tone of the film. It’s Frank Miller’s Spirit, not Will Eisner’s, obviously, but hell, it kept my attention and it made me laugh. And that initial fight scene between the Octopus and the Spirit was a hoot. Toilets are always funny.

So, yeah, I liked it quite a bit. Let the admonishments begin.

What kid wouldn’t want this stamp in his or her collection?

§ April 19th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on What kid wouldn’t want this stamp in his or her collection?



I hate it when friends fight.

§ April 19th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on I hate it when friends fight.

That’s one terrifying cat.

§ April 18th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on That’s one terrifying cat.


back cover ad from Vic Verity #6 (August 1946)

"The vigil of vengeance begins…."

§ April 17th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on "The vigil of vengeance begins…."

I was flipping through a few books we were processing for our bargain boxes, and was amused this act of supremely mundane super-villainy. Not that trashing someone’s home isn’t a pain in the rear for the folks living there, but you’d think superpowered conflict would aim a little higher:


Rogue’s about to take off after her act of complete dickery, but then decides what she needs to do…

Man, totally raiding Dazzler’s nut bowl. Are there no depths to which Rogue won’t sink?

from Dazzler #24 (Feb. 1983) by Danny Fingeroth, Frank Springer & Vince Colletta

Some hyperbole may be present in today’s post.

§ April 16th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Some hyperbole may be present in today’s post.

  • AS FORETOLD BY PROPHECY: it’s the nigh-inevitable second pulse-pounding chapter of THE CHRONICLES OF SOLOMON STONE, as told by Chris Sims, Matthew Allen Smith, and Benjamin Birdie. Who else could do it? Who else would dare?

    Anyway, go check it out. Secure your skull first, because your brain may explode from exposure to unfettered awesomeness.

  • Okay, gang, seriously, did you really think we didn’t know how the first Rocky movie ended? The joke is both more and less subtle than that, honest!

    Anyway, pal Dorian has been rewarded with an enormous amount of attention for his “Uncomfortable Plot Summaries” post, and, surprisingly, nearly all of it has been positive. Good on him, and I, along with several other internet pals, were very happy to have been part of it. (I’m particularly pleased that one of entries I wrote, for Star Wars: A New Hope, has been cited quite frequently.)

    Keep checking back, as a few new good entries have been popping up in the comments section.

  • A couple of notes about yesterday’s post: pal Cully let me know that this letter is from 1976, that he was eleven(!) years old, and (to answer Steve Canadian‘s question), alas, Marvel kept the art and Cully didn’t make any copies of it. But Cully says as far as he remembers, it was just some character he created himself.

    If you want a slightly more recent sample of Cully’s art, you can see the cover of his comics digest Skulldog in this post of mine from a while back.

  • Here’s a great hidden gem of a website that you should check out: Dateline: Silver Age, featuring the best in-story newspaper headlines ripped from yesterday’s comics! A nicely designed site with entertaining content…almost sublime in its beauty.

    And here’s one that I spotted in my referral logs over the last few days: Roasted Peanuts, a site taking good advantage of the embedding service to provide commentary on the classic Peanuts comic strips.

    I should also note that Living Between Wednesdays now has its own domain name and has undergone a swank new redesign with lots of new content. Currently featured: an interview with Jeff Parker!

One man’s rejection is another man’s blog content.

§ April 15th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on One man’s rejection is another man’s blog content.

Pal Cully was digging through some old belongings of his, turned up this rejection letter he received from Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and was good enough to let me show it to you folks here:

And then there was that time Jor-El was about to make sweet, sweet love to the Bottle City of Kandor.

§ April 14th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on And then there was that time Jor-El was about to make sweet, sweet love to the Bottle City of Kandor.

detail from the cover of Who’s Who #12 (Feb. 1986)
by Paris Cullins & Dick Giordano

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