Saturday, November 29, 2008
"They deserve their rightful place in magazines like Spin."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 28, 2008
Special Post-Thanksgiving Leftovers...
...from this post, where I presented a few panels from the 1970s Dynapubs Flashback reprint of 1941's Special Comics #1. Here's a page of the Hangman in his civvies taking what he usually dishes out:
The nonchalance of this panel in particular, in contrast with the goings-on around it, makes me laugh:
What's Bob doing? Oh, he's just hanging ar -- no, no, I can't do it.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Progressive Ruin presents...the End of Civilization.
If you're enjoying Thanksgiving...here, take a break from putting up with the relatives and follow along in your December 2008 Diamond Previews to see a few of the goodies coming your way soon to a funnybook store near you. Friends in non-Thanksgiving areas are of course welcome as well.
p. 222 - Female Force Sarah Palin:
Just in time for the 2008 Presidental Elec...uh oh. I mean, I get the whole "educating the public about a political figure" thing, but I'm pretty sure the sales window has slammed shut on this comic for the time being. Unless she runs in 2012, of course.
p. 234 - Chucky Vol. 2 #3:
"The carnage hits the fan as Chucky's rampage through a reality television show continues."
I think I may have seen enough reality show settings for genre pieces to last me a while.
p. 264 - The Dreaming #1:
You'd think DC Comics would have something to say about that. Though Tokyopop apparently published something under this title during its onslaught of product over the last few years. So there you go.
p. 277 - Whatmen:
What is this, the late '80s? I guess we'd better brace ourselves for Watchmen parodies, whether we like it or not.
p. 355 - Jailbait Zombie SC:
"To kill an army of zombies run by gangsters, the vampire detective must team up with a precocious teen with clairvoyant powers. But, she demands something big in return: she wants to be undead, too!"
That's too much High Concept. TOO MUCH.
p. 375 - Justice League Unlimited Martian Hanhunter Symbol T-Shirt:
"Say, Chad, what's with the shirt with the empty Trivial Pursuit playing piece on it?"
"That's the symbol of the Martian Manhunter."
"The who now? You sure it's not a Trivial Purs...oh, wait, that's not supposed to be some kind of representation of a sphincter, is it?"
p. 414 - Star Wars Yoda Bronze Statue:
I don't really have a joke or comment or anything. Just wanted to point out that this is a $1,400 item, "limited to only 80 pieces worldwide." Only 80. You don't say.
p. 424 - Mr. Toast and Shaky Bacon Plush Toys:
I guess these would be the more sedate cousins of Milk 'n' Cheese. Something about plushie bacon does amuse me, I have to admit.
p. 428 - The Kotobukiya Collection Marvel Studios Iron Man Mark II Fine Art Statue:
"The Mark II features multiple LED lights," sez the solicitation info, and if one thing indicates "fine art" to me, it's LED lights. To wit:
Or perhaps even this:
And maybe even this, if I may be so bold:
p. 444 - Pac-Man Power Up Energy Drink:
Unless I can actually chase and eat frightened blue-colored ghosts after drinking this, I'm not interested. (Or unless it quadruples my size and allows me to pass through locked doors without keys, for you Super Pac-Man fans out there.)
p. 452 - A Bunch of Watchmen Stuff:
There's a bookmark set, a calendar, and this thing:
...which for a second there I thought was going to be a fleshed-out version of the brief "excerpt" we got in the actual Watchmen comic. But no, it's a blank-paged journal, so you can, I don't know, take notes on all the ways the Watchmen film got it wrong and how it should have been a 12-part mini-series on cable and how if they'd just asked you everything could have been fixed and we'd all have a proper movie boo hoo.
There's also this "Thermal Mug" which changes color when heated:
Apparently the phrase "Who Watches the Watchmen" also appears. I suspect we may be getting away a bit from Alan Moore's original intent for the series.
p. 464 - Munchkin Chibithulhu Pink Plush Previews Exclusive:
I know I say this every time, but surely by now we've crossed some kind of Cute Cthulhu event horizon, ensuring our destruction. I mean good gravy LOOK AT THAT THING. BIG PIC = MORE EXPOSURE TO PECULIAR CUTENESS.
Marvel p. 26 - Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk #1 & #2 All New Printings:
Looks like we might still get to celebrate the third annual Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk Day, after all.
But really, at this point just let it slide for a few more years, then repackage it as some kind of "nostalgic" special. "Remember this comic from when you were a kid? Well, at last, here's the long-awaited exciting conclusion!" Hey, they've done it before.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Today's post called on account of The Shield finale...
...and I was too busy watching that last night to Generate Content™. Hey, after nearly five years' worth of daily blogging, I can let a day slide occasionally.
If you all want to talk about The Shield, feel free to use my comments section if you'd like. SPOILER WARNING in effect.
By the way, this is post number 2,500. How 'bout that!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Promo poster from 1984 - thought that the "color photo composite" note in the upper corner of the picture on the newspaper was a nice touch, a clever variation on the standard "here's a generic shot of the team" thing.
This wasn't a bad little series, actually. It's footnote-friendly Roy Thomas at his most footnote-iest, romping through the Justice Society's history...a good crash course on DC's Golden Age.
Hindsight is 20/20.
From a mid-1980s distributor newsletter for retailers, giving suggestions on ordering levels and potential sales for forthcoming comics:
The artist on this issue? I'll let H at the Comic Treadmill clue you in, in case you don't already know.
Actually, I sorta preferred this period of this particular artist's work, come to think of it.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Phrases that wouldn't make it to children's comic book merchandise today, Part One.
"Hey, kids, ain't cigars great?"
Sunday, November 23, 2008
And now...THE GREATEST PROMO POSTER OF ALL TIME.
A nice take-off on another awesome Walt Simonson Thor promo I'd previously posted.
And then there's this poster:
"Watch the excitement build toward the double-size, double-team climax...!" This is the dirtiest Avengers adventure ever. I knew letting Starfox join would come to no good.
YOU DON'T SAY.
From Yahoo News' front page headline story thingie:
Goes to this story, in case you need to Read More About It.