mike sterling's progressive ruin

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Sluggo Saturday #27. 



from Comics on Parade #62 (September 1948)


Friday, November 06, 2009


I own a pog:

'Course it's something sorta Swamp Thing-esque. Also, I didn't realize just how pixelated the thing was 'til I blew it up good and big here for the site. Frankly I'd expect a little better quality control on my rushed-out and cheaply-made fad-exploiting pieces of cardboard.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I probably should have posted some of these buttons for Election Day. 

I'm still in a partial Low Content Mode on the site, here...so I thought I'd show off a few buttons I've picked up for the collection in recent months. Above is, of course, a button for The Critic, starring Jon Lovitz. That was a generally amusing show, I thought.

Here are a couple of Presidential candidates for whom I can easily imagine the pros and cons of both:

The next button is a promo piece for the Heroes TV show:

Boy, that show went from "media/fandom darling" to "oh, that's still on the air?" more quickly than any other show I'm aware of. It's not a bad program, though it does have a tendency to meander. This season's been pretty good, I think, but the "Heroes is ending!" rumor mill is going strong yet again.

Now, I've no idea about this next button:

I realize the answer is only a Googling away, but I find myself preferring the mystery.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Surely they would not promise a giant ape and not deliver. 

So, that new DVD release of the 1988 Ruby-Spears Superman cartoon...I've only watched episode #1 on the first disc so far, and I'm surprised at just how...primitive it all seems, especially considering it was on the air only about four years prior to the debut of Batman: The Animated Series. I'll get into more detail later, I think, but did want to draw attention to this bit from the opening credit sequence:

If this segment from the show's opener was taken from an actual episode, and Titano turns up later on one of the two discs in this DVD set, I will be a very happy man. (I suppose I could check an online episode guide and find out for sure..but what's the fun in that?)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

More Tuesday links and such. 

  • Blah blah blah Chris Sims blah Eugene Ahn blah blah blah new episode of the War Rocket Ajax podcast blah blah James Lucas Jones of Oni Press blah blah. So give it a listen!

  • Today is the DVD release of the 1988 Ruby-Spears Superman cartoon that I remember reading about in the fan press at the time, but never saw one frame of it, aside from maybe a still here and there on the internet. I guess it's mostly notable for being the first media adaptation that incorporated elements of the Superman comics revamp of the mid '80s (i.e. the corrupt businessman version of Lex Luthor), and it involved comics veterans Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane, so I'm looking forward to seeing it.

  • Andrew's run of Nobody's Favorite columns are quickly becoming everybody's favorite, and here's another example why, featuring a "classic" Marvel character. And you can't tell over the internet, but I'm really sarcasta-quoting as hard as I can on "classic" there.

  • A couple of other ongoing features at pals' blogs: Dr. K's Blackhawk Wingsday, examining Blackhawk comics of yore, and Dave's Space Cabby Sunday, quite possibly the best comic book series about a taxi driver in space.

  • Originally posted on Halloween, but I'm sure you won't mind a little Halloween leftovers...it's the horror webcomic "Copy Protection" by Kevin Church and Paul Horn. Good, creepy stuff.

  • Oh, yeah, the cat's out of the bag, now...I've been one of the contributors to this, along with some swell funny folks, so drop by and check it out.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Much like Leif Garrett, I too enjoy being a sex symbol. 

Sadly, I have found myself occupied with a surfeit of things and stuff to accomplish, leaving me with little time to attend to my website here. Now, if it were just the things, it'd be fine, but it's the stuff that gets you.

Anyway, I'm calling today a "Low Content Mode" day, so I will leave you with the above August 1978 issue of Teen Beat to ponder. I certainly hope that Andy chap gave Shaun back his girls, what with Shaun being ready for marriage an' all.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

So I came across a pile of these stored away at the shop. 

That would be a Batman: The Animated Series bookmark, from 1992. Boy, these sure didn't go over well when we first had 'em. Maybe seventeen years later, I'll have a bit more luck moving them along.


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