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So here’s something that turned up in a collection recently:
…an ink illustration on a magazine-sized backing board, signed “Michael” and dated 1995:
We’re trying to determine if “Michael” was a comics pro, or if this was a piece of amateur art, or even who the character is, if it’s anyone in particular. (It kind of feels like a ’90s post-Image Comics redesign of an established character, but who knows, really.) If any of you folks out there can help a pal out and give me any clues, I’d appreciate it. And if the answers turn out to be totally obvious…well, I’ve had a long week, cut me some slack.
Speaking of which, I should be back on track, more or less, after this recent break, so posting should be back to whatever passes for my schedule here nowadays.
And then there was the time we found in a collection a yellowing comic bag containing Mr. Fantastic and Giant-Man figures cut out of some interior pages:
When you flip the bag over to the other side, suddenly you have crazy super-monsters straight out of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol
Why, that’s not nightmarish in the slightest.
…is our anonymous felt-tip pen commentator referring to Conan or Conan’s lady friend, or is s/he jumping to conclusions based on the admittedly-handsome hands of the green scaly crypt-deity? We may never know.
Conan the Barbarian #52 (July 1975) – art by John Buscema, Tom Palmer, and John Romita)
Discovered folded and tucked into a beat-up run of Watchmen that was recently dropped on us was this hand-drawn map of a certain location of import to the story:
Click that pic for a larger image.
I also feel like I’ve seen something like this before, like maybe in one of the Watchmen supplements for the DC Role Playing Game. It’s not in the backmatter of the Absolute Edition hardcover.
…much less do this:
Though the temptation to scrawl “ROTWORLD” parts one through, oh, 100 on the bags of my issues of New 52 Swamp Thing
and Animal Man
We recently acquired a collection of X-Men comics
that were stored in this handpainted box:
It is ideal for storing your X-Men comics…
…or, you know, whatever.
“Oh, you have such good taste in comics! You certainly picked a top notch book to read! May I say again how much I admire your discerning eye for such excellent reading material?”
Um…I don’t think that’s what the “complimentary copy” stamp on your cover is supposed to mean.
“Okay, fine. Enjoy your lousy free funnybook, cheapskate.”
from Fun and Games #13 (September 1980)
Recently acquired at the shop…issue #59 of X-Men (August 1969), with a special message for you X-fans scribbled onto the logo by some anonymous comics critic:
And apparently our critic wasn’t satisfied with warning you on the cover…he hit the first page, too:
Just what we needed…a back issue that deliberately insults possible buyers. …Surely that’s my
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