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Now here’s a thing I had no idea my girlfriend even owned.

§ July 31st, 2013 § Filed under merchandise § 12 Comments

I am told I should have no reason to worry.

I don’t know how I missed including this…

§ February 10th, 2013 § Filed under merchandise § 5 Comments

…in one of my “End of Civilization” posts, but this here is a gen-you-eene Walking Dead Axe replica offered through Previews:

“Go after the zombies with this axe replica from the hit television series, The Walking Dead!”

“Zombies,” nuthin’. At $6.99 a pop, these are cheap enough to arm every kid in the neighborhood with one, and watch as passerby realize that oh good gravy, all the children are chasing each other around with bloody axes! Let’s get out here, Mabel!

Anyway, it’s a bit nutty, but not nearly as crazy as this, if only because there’s a greater chance of getting nearly seven bucks’ worth of entertainment out of a fake axe.

This post features a scan of a Mockingbird patch from 1985.

§ May 29th, 2011 § Filed under merchandise § 6 Comments

You’re welcome.

I could talk about current comic news and review recent releases, or I can look at more 1970s Marvel Super Hero Stamps.

§ March 29th, 2011 § Filed under merchandise § 6 Comments

I know which I’m choosing!

I have this package here that showed up in some collection or ‘nother of Marvel Stamps (as seen here):

…that contains several uncut sheets of said stamps. Since each package is supposed to only contain 10 stamps, plus one “special stamp,” obviously this package was only kept to store the stamps. Why the original owner didn’t go out “get [his] own Marvel Stamp Album,” as is blurbed on the back, I do not know.

Below are the five “special stamps” that this person had…they are normally sort of a shiny gold-ish color, but they didn’t scan all that well. Or rather, I didn’t scan them all that well. Should probably look at the scanner’s instruction book one of these days.

I like how the Hulk stamp looks as if they just threw that “Bruce Banner” above the Hulk’s head to fill space. “You know what would complete this design? If someone would hastily scrawl ‘Bruce Banner’ in this blank space here. …Perfect!”

Your Spider Sense is telling you…what? There’s a spider above your head?

The FF stamp is a little scuffed-up, and required some brightness/contrast adjusting, but hopefully you can make it out just fine. I guess…the Thing is hitting giant baseballs emblazoned with the faces of the other Fantastic Four members? “What If…Marvel Published Strange Sports Stories?”

I’ve got nothing snarky to say here. That’s actually not a bad pic. Well, none of these are really bad pics, but I thought this Cap stamp was quite nice, even with “AVENGER” scribbled in there at the side.

Now I know “The Invincible Shellhead” is just combining two of Iron Man’s most common descriptors, but man, that just doesn’t look right to me.

Anyway, the package says there are six “special stamps,” but I have only five here. And yeah, I know what the sixth stamp really is…

…but a boy can dream, can’t he?

Found in the back room.

§ April 2nd, 2008 § Filed under merchandise Comments Off on Found in the back room.

This is an ersatz animation cel featuring Rob Liefeld’s character of Chapel, dated 1997, that we received for, I don’t know, ordering a certain number of comics (i.e. “any”) published by Awesome, or something like that. It’s just an image, with logos, printed directly on a clear plastic sheet.

I don’t think there ever was a Youngblood cartoon released…there’s no IMDB entry, though there are several references to a Youngblood cartoon being planned, here and there on the ‘net. This site [link dead] has images of what look like actual production cels, not (apparently) mass-produced like our Chapel “cel.”

While I was looking around for more info, I came across the Wikipedia entry for the Youngblood comic book, which included this note at the top of the page:

Sometimes, the jokes just write themselves.

EDIT 4/1/2017: Okay, it doesn’t say that anymore…now it’s “needs verification” or whatever, which isn’t nearly as amusing.
(post updated 4/2018)