Saturday, October 10, 2009
Sluggo Saturday #23.
ADMIRES CHICKEN IN ALL ITS WONDROUS FORMS
from Peanuts #9 (May-July 1961)
Labels: sluggo saturday
Friday, October 09, 2009
MIKE ORGANISM DESIGNED ONLY for KILLING.
drawn by Employee Aaron
Yes, I realize the "protest" was likely a publicity gimmick.
Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #699 features the Disney characters in superhero drag, which is a bit peculiar but, okay, I'm game for a short run of stories done in this fashion. I realize it was a thing going on in the Italian Disney comics, but I suspect in the years to come, people might look back upon these issues as being as much an aberration as those "Mickey Mouse Super Secret Agent" stories where Mickey and Goofy were side-by-side with realistically-drawn humans in '60s style spy adventures.
But don't get me wrong...the comic is fun, with some dynamic cartooning, and it is of course nice to see Super Goof (a particular favorite of mine as a young Mikester) again. I've never seen so many footnote captions in a Disney comic, which, even though I realize it's part of the "superhero comic" gag, is a bit distracting. Plus, the comic does end a bit abruptly, with the story continuing into the next issue, but they could only fit so much of the comics they're reprinting into the page count provided by the $2.99 format, though I suppose that was as good a place as any to cut things off. But that we have Walt Disney's Comics & Stories (and the forthcoming Uncle Scrooge) at $2.99 now, as opposed to Gemstone's near $10 cover price on the same titles, is enough to let me forgive any such reprinting quirks.
In other "kids" comic news, apparently the media at large has finally twigged onto the fact that the "Archie gets married" hoohar is all an imaginary story (as opposed to all those real Archie stories)...something I even brought up the first time I mentioned the storyline on this site. And, as I said back then, I've had to explain the exact circumstances of the situation multiple times at the shop. But sales remain surprisingly strong on this storyline so far, and we'll see if increased awareness of the "reality" (er...you get my meaning) of the story hurts demand for future issues. Of course, you'd think anyone actually reading the book would know what's going on, but I've seen enough of this sort of thing to know that for some folks, reading the comics they're investing in is out of the question.
I wonder how that one guy who was selling his Archie #1 in protest felt when he realized he was all upset about nuthin'? (Yeah, I know, I know..."he felt about $30,000 richer." Assuming it was sold, I have no idea.)
A couple of stories from the shop:
1. Had a guy come in over the weekend ask us for Felix the Cat comics. We had a pretty good stack of 'em, ranging from some 1950s publications to Harvey's '90s revival to that most recent black and white series...and the customer bought them all, wiping us out of in-store Felix stock. And as soon as he left, another guy walked in (and I mean that literally...they passed each other in the shop's doorway), and asked for our Felix comics. Sadly, we had none to sell him.
Then, on Thursday, we had a lady looking around at stuff while she waited for her kid to finish shopping...when she suddenly asked us if we had any Felix comics for sale.
You know, I've gone a very long time without anyone asking us for Felix books, and then we get three more or less in a row. Is there some kind of Felix the Cat revival going on that I'm not aware of? Is there a live-action F3L1X movie coming out, with Seth Rogen in the title role and Michael Cera as his computer-hacker pal Poindexter? Because if so, I want in, baby!
2. I talked a customer out of a sale today...well, kind of, as she was going to buy the Superman Salutes the Bicentennial treasury for a relative who is a Superman fan, and I had to break the news that it was, in fact, mostly just Tomahawk reprints.
And when I said I "kind of" talked her out of a sale, I mean that I sold her another treasury comic (this one all Superman) instead.
Another exciting tale of disaster averted and monies earned, courtesy yours truly, Mike Sterling! No, no, please, your awed admiration is embarrassing me.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
A little more Love and Rockets appreciation.
Here's some equal time for Gilbert, after featuring Jaime's cover yesterday: here is one of my favorite things Gilbert has ever done, from Love and Rockets #49 Nov. 1995):
These three panels always make me laugh...especially that second one. Whenever I think of the Hernandez Bros. working on a new issue of Love and Rockets, I'm sure it is exactly like this, and I won't hear any different.
In other news:
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Sometimes you just need to pause and appreciate a wonderful Love and Rockets cover.
I mean, just look at it:
It's purt'near perfect. Not a line wasted. So much expressiveness depicted so simply and beautifully. And to think this is how Jaime draws all the time.
I was processing some Love and Rockets issues at the shop the other day, and I just had to pause and admire this cover. It really is an attention-grabber, even among the typically-excellent covers both Jaime and Gilbert regularly provide for their works.
Speaking of Love and Rockets, I don't know that I ever shared this with you folks...in issue #40, Jaime 'n' Gilbert took a page to thank the readers and retailers and friends/family for their support of the magazine over the years...here's a little tiny scan of it to refresh your memory:
Here's a detail of one of the balloons from near the top of the page:
I'm in an issue of Love and Rockets! Okay, it's just my first name, but I know it's me, and that's good enough. I was very happy to see that when this issue first came out, and I'm still very pleased by it now. That was most kind of them.
Anyway, in conclusion: the Hernandez Bros. - great artists, and great guys.
Some new stuff due out in shops today:
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
"You need a fudgie."
So I've been looking through some of my Dell Comics Peanuts issues recently (as you may have been able to tell from the last couple of Sluggo Saturdays and Sunday's post), and I've found myself strangely fascinated by these Kraft candy ads from the back covers:
And as hideous a chimera as the Beaverbear is, the magical chocolaty imp that is Frisky Fudgie is slightly more unnerving:
Now, the point of Frisky Fudgie is that, upon being consumed, his fudgy goodness provides that extra burst of energy that, in this particular case study, Billy requires to, quote, "shoot a long one" into the basket. So what we're seeing in that strip there is apparently the ghostly spirit of Frisky Fudgie flying around the court. While his physical body is currently being broken down by Billy's gastric acids, the soul of Frisky Fudgie, not yet gone on to its reward, tries to perform one last act of charity before having final judgment passed upon it by the Great Confectioner in the sky.
Though I suppose, looking at it another way, the poltergeist-ish altering of the game's outcome is at best interference, at worst cheating (as also noted here, where Frisky is performing similar antics at a baseball game*), so who knows how Fudgie's final act will tilt the scales.
* For simplicity's sake, I'm just going to assume there are multiple fudgy fellas named Frisky, and it's not all the same Frisky Fudgie being consumed and providing help from beyond the grave, because otherwise we start getting into candy reincarnation, and I'd hate for this discussion to descend into silliness.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
And then there was that time Linus suffered from the DTs due to security blanket withdrawal.
from Four Color Comics #969 (1958)