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Decided I needed to beef up the “Gelatinous Cube” category a bit.

§ November 30th, 2011 § Filed under gelatinous cube § 4 Comments

Just get your hands on card #577 from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition 1991 Trading Cards Set:

…and paste it into that big ol’ blank space next to the Gelatinous Cube entry in your first edition Monster Manual (provided you haven’t already supplied an illustration of your own), and you’re all set.

Yes, yes, I know that means crossing the 1st Edition/2nd Edition AD&D streams. Don’t you rules-lawyer me.

Yes, it’s another links post…sorry, been busy.

§ November 29th, 2011 § Filed under sir-links-a-lot § 5 Comments


From the backroom of misfit toys.

§ November 28th, 2011 § Filed under misfit toys, wolverine § 3 Comments

Well, it’s not really a “toy” as the term is generally used, and it’s not an item that’s been sitting around in our backroom for years and years (it’s from a box of another store’s stock dumped at our shop), so I’m abusing the title a bit, I guess. But it’s certainly a misfit item:

I don’t know if anyone’s still doing the mini CD-ROM “multimedia collector cards” thing, but I seem to recall a number of releases along these lines about ten years ago. (My particular favorites were the randomly-packed “chase card” die-cut CD-ROMs that came with this Star Trek set.)

Anyway, as it says there, the CD (dated 2002) contains screen savers and desktop pics and “hotlinks to websites” that are probably defunct (aside from, if it’s there), and “Motion Comics,” which, sight unseen, I can safely guess are likely terrible.

And it’s in the 3-inch format, so you gotta tray-load this sucker:

…which means, even if I wanted to open the package and check it out (which I’m not, since I’m throwing this bad boy on the eBay) I can’t put this in the front-loading slot drive on my Mac. I suppose I could bust out the old 3-inch CD adapter plastic ring (originally bought back in — ’87? — to play the original They Might be Giants “Don’t Let’s Start” 3-inch C-Dingle on my first CD player) but I wouldn’t want to run the risk of the disc coming loose from the adapter and spending the rest of the day trying to fish it out and boy am I on a tangent.

This is the first of a planned six, it seems:

“Collect all VI.” Oh you guys. Anyway, a brief Googling only turns up this same disc, so maybe that’s all that came out? I’m sure if someone out there did buy all VI, they’ll let me know.

Questions I am asked at the store.

§ November 27th, 2011 § Filed under retailing § 7 Comments

So I had a phone call from one of regular customers, who asked “which side of Composite Superman is the Superman side?” I wasn’t able to get on the computer and check at the time (and I didn’t ask why he didn’t Google it up), but, well, I had to think about it for just a second. We all know half of Composite Superman looks like Superman, and the other half looks like Batman…but after not having read a Composite Superman story in a while, and not having looked at a Composite Superman action figure lately either, I wasn’t able to answer the gentleman with 100% confidence.

I did give him a reasonably-certain “his right side” and, when I got a chance to hop onto the internettings, I discovered I was correct:

…And the return appearances of the Composite Superman in the ’60s and ’80s, despite being a different Composite Superman at least one of those times, retained the same arrangement:

However, my goo-goo-Googling-about revealed images of a Compy Supey (as his pals call him) with the sides reversed, and that appears to be from Superman/Batman Annual #3:

…which of course resulted in that one episode of Star Trek where Kirk landed on a planet of Composite Supermen, and just could not figure out why some of the Composite Supermen hated each other so much.

Anyway, I’m glad I was able to come through with the more-or-less correct answer for that customer.

Here’s a question another customer asked:

“How come there aren’t any Miracleman trades out?”

My response: “rights issues.” …For this particular query, sometimes that’s a better response than getting into all this hoohar.


images from The Grand Comics Database

The Space Supremes.

§ November 26th, 2011 § Filed under freak out § 13 Comments




Another sign of age is saying “I can dig it.”

§ November 25th, 2011 § Filed under old, retailing, run-on fun-on § 2 Comments

So it is once again Black Friday, that one big sales day of the year where the giant retailers sell, oh, I don’t know, 75-inch LED flat screens for a dollar and a trashcan full of Blu-rays for 50 cents (one flat screen and one bucket per customer, please) and little Mom ‘n’ Pop ‘n’ Nerd stores like our own watch tumbleweeds bounce down the empty streets while everyone is at Best*Mart or Walfry’s or wherever, waiting for that time late in December when people have finally devoured everything at the malls and their search patterns spiral out in the forbidden countries, where live stores that only exist in that one spot and not franchised across this great land of ours.

Er, okay, it’s not as bad as all that. We have a big sale all weekend, and our sales usually do pretty well, so I’m not too worried about that. But it does seem the focus is on giving money to the big guys, while the little guys gotta wait their turn, and…you know, I can dig it. In this economy, you’ve got to grab the deals where you can and stretch your dollars as best you’re able, so I completely understand. However, don’t forget your pals in the outlands away from the malls and the big-box stores…we’ve got some deals too, maybe, so after you get your two X-Station 180s for the price of one, drop by the shop and buy a graphic novel…for BIG BIG SAVINGS.

Also, come by and see my head full of totally naturally brown and not dyed at all hair turn grey again. That’ll probably be fun.

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Speaking of my accelerating decline into decrepitude: I’ve been processing a pretty sizable amount of underground comix at the shop over the last few days…a collection that included several issues of Vaughn Bodé’s Junkwaffel. And every time I see issues of Vaughn Bodé’s Junkwaffel I think the exact same thing: “hmmm, I need to buy these for my own collection.” Which, of course, I did when I looked at the copies in this particular assortment I was working on.

Well, going through a box in the Vast Mikester Comic Archive, what did I find?

A run of recent printings of Junkwaffel issues 1 through 4, so I already have them. BONUS: I talked about them on this very site back in ’04. …Well, like they say, memory’s the second thing to go, right after breakdancing skills.

However, I am reasonably certain I don’t have the magazine-sized fifth issue, which is also in this collection, so perhaps I’ll be getting a copy of Junkwaffel out of this after all.

(CUT TO two weeks later:

“Oh, man, I already have six of these!”

throws Junkwaffel #5 into the extras box)

Things I learned from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

§ November 24th, 2011 § Filed under peanuts § 6 Comments

1. Charlie Brown’s family really needs to clean out their garage. I mean, honestly, how many old mattresses do they need? And is that a stove above the chest? And what is in the chest, anyway? What horrible secrets are the Brown family harboring inside that thing?

Not to mention the golf bag with the one lonely club within. There’s a story there, I’m sure. I mean, aside from Snoopy getting his hands on it to accessorize his rich fantasy life as “Joe Golfer.”

But aside from all that…Happy Thanksgiving, where applicable, and Happy Thursday otherwise. I’ll see you folks tomorrow.

Why slightly off-register color?

§ November 23rd, 2011 § Filed under plastic man § 9 Comments

In a good and fair world, there would be multiple Plastic Man series on the shelves. Just plain ol’ Plastic Man, Plastic Man in FBI Agent Comics, Plastic Man and Woozy, Plastic Man: The Pliable Pretzel, and so on.

house ad from The Fox and the Crow #108 (February/March 1968)

Bargain-priced? Sure, I’d buy it.

§ November 22nd, 2011 § Filed under batman § 6 Comments

I particularly could have used that trunk-loaded giant boxing glove yesterday on a driver that was stuck in traffic right behind me, leaning on her horn trying to get me to move when I was very obviously blocked by a truck stopped right in front of me:

Of course, if it were a big ol’ freaking Joker car in front of that person, I doubt she’d been honking, because, well, I’m sure she wouldn’t want a repeat of what happened to poor ol’ Charlie.

Anyway, let’s just take a moment and enjoy a fine Batman splash page by Jim Aparo. Fine work by a true comics legend.

from Brave and the Bold #191 (October 1982) by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn, and Jim Aparo

Skip to my links, my darlin’.

§ November 21st, 2011 § Filed under sir-links-a-lot § 3 Comments


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