Progressive Ruin presents…the only ever-so-slightly delayed End of Civilization.

§ January 3rd, 2012 § Filed under End of Civilization § 20 Comments

So I’m back from my holiday hiatus, my batteries…well, somewhat recharged but I’ll take what I can get, and ready for a whole new year of civilization ending, so let’s get started, shall we? Bust open your copies of Diamond Previews (January 2012 edition) and follow along if you are so inclined:

p. 20 – Diary of a Zombie Kid:

I have to say a chilling courtroom drama is a bold choice for a Free Comic Book Day giveaway.

p. 21 – Burt Ward Boy Wonder #1:

Now if Hustler Magazine had a comics line, we could finally get that comic book adaptation of “A Young Crimefighter’s Fantasy” the industry has demanded. (Link probably not safe for work, as you might guess.)

p. 26 – Marvel Heroclix Thor Figure:

Why, what’s that he’s holding there? Some kind of protest sign? Another one of those “Occupy Asgard” hippies? I knew that longhair was trouble.

p. 28 – FCBD 2012 Commemorative Shirt: Jim Lee:

Well, okay, the design’s actually going to be this:

But this pic with the solicitation is the first thing that grabbed my eye:

…and now I want my Free Comic Book Day shirt to be that very image, with Lee in that pose.

p. 49 – Mike Richardson Comes to Your Store:

So Dark Horse Comics is having this thing where if you post images of yourself at your favorite comic shop in this mask of DH publisher Mike Richardson:

…you might get a chance at having said publisher show up at your shop for a special Dark Horse day.

Well, let me tell you, I wore this at the shop pretty much every day for a month:

…and I didn’t get nuthin’. Well, I did get my will enslaved by an evil alien intelligence, which is almost as good as a Dark Horse party, I guess.

p. 73 – Marvel Classic Characters Spider-Man New York Comic Con Exclusive:

Do they still do the armpit webbings and the belt in the newer Spider-Man comics? I haven’t kept up with Spider-Man, I have no idea. But they should totally bring those back in the movies, at least. That big ol’ clunky belt with the Spidey face-projector on the front is awesome.

p. 147 – Saga of the Swamp Thing Book One TP:

So will they finally get the missing caption problem straightened out? Tune in next time, same Swamp time, same Swamp channel.

p. 190 – Bloodstrike #26:

So if they’re bringing back old Image properties and picking up the numbering where they left off, let us hope for Darker Image #2. Or Fell #10. I wouldn’t mind seeing either of those. …Yes, I was the guy who liked Darker Image, shut up.

p. 226 – Marvel Select Avengers Movie Mystery Action Figure:

What the c**k is this s**t. …That better be Jack of Hearts, Moondragon, or motherf**king Rick Jones if you’re going to be pulling that.

p. 353 – Peanuts Snoopy Flying Ace Kit:

Nice, but I’m holding out for this kit:

p. 357 – Family Guy Peter Vs. Giant Chicken Thumb Wrestling Kit:

Halfway through your thumb battle, you flash back to when [notable ’70s celebrities] were thumb wrestling.

…Look, all I pretty much know about Family Guy is the flashback thing. That’s the only go-to gag about the show I have. Well, that and the a-ha parody video, which was pretty good, I thought. But “a-ha thumb wrestling” isn’t as amus…wait, hold on. That is kind of funny, maybe. Let me get back to you.

p. 358 – Aslan The Pin-Up Book:

This totally undermines the whole “Lion-Jesus” thing from the Narnia series.

p. 361 – Star Wars The Secret Life of Droids:

LUKE: “Hmmm, this R2 unit seems to have some kind of hidden recording…hey, is that Bob Crane?”

C3PO: “Oh no!”

p. 362 – Alien Chopsticks:

“H.R. Giger” and “eating utensils” are not two things I normally would have associated with each other.

p. 373 – Classic Swamp Thing T-Shirt:

Oh, you bastards. The iconic Wrightson cover for Swamp Thing #9, original series, in the t-shirt format I’ve always desired? …You don’t play fair. No sir.

p. 379 – Star Wars Handbags:

“Um, sir…?”


“The…the men were wondering about this new…uniform accessory that you’ve instructed us all to carry.”


“Well, um, the men…don’t really need handbags, sir. They have belts, and, uh, pockets, and….”


“Y-yes, sir. And there’s one more thing, if I may…?”


“Um…thank you, Lord Vader.”

p. 387 – Star Trek The Next Generation Retro Cloth Borg:


p. 395 – O-No Sashimi “Red Version” Vinyl Figure:

Test-marketing showed that the Finding Nemo version of this figure was…”troubling.”

p. 403 – Star Wars Kenner Hammerhead 12-inch Action Figure:

Pretty much running this entry just so I have an excuse to repost this from the Twitter feed:

Also, because this was one of my favorite figures from the original Star Wars action figure line. Even though I’m pretty sure this character wasn’t wearing a blue one-piece swimsuit in the movie.

p. 425 – Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny: Shimei Ryomou “Ura Jake” PVC Figure:

“Shimei Ryomou is bound, in her undressed state, to a bed in this stunning PVC statue that brings to life the sultry curves of this powerful fighter.”

Sometimes I just don’t need to say anything.

p. 426 – Terminator 2 T-800 HD Masterpiece Action Figure:

I was going to make a joke about a Terminator “Masterpiece” figure, but…1/4th scale? $400? All those extra hands? …Okay, you’ve almost earned the description of “masterpiece,” but first we need to strip the figure down to its robot skivvies and bind it to a bed…

p. 430 – Star Wars Cufflinks:

As the Force is my witness, I can think of occasions for all these cufflinks, save for the Darth Maul ones.

p. 432 – Dried Zombie Skin Seaweed Pack:

At last, they found a way to make seaweed sound appetizing.

(Yes, yes, I know, “seaweed tastes great, you ignorant swine.” …MY PALATE IS NOT READY.)

p. 442 – Star Trek Earloomz GL-500 Bluetooth Headsets:

So they couldn’t even TRY to make these look like those crazy earpieces Uhura used to wear in the original series?

p. 444 – Disney Traditions Mickey Mouse Bird Feeder Statue:

Mickey’s totally going to eat that bird. I mean, c’mon, just look at that big rodent.

Marvel Previews p. 3 – Avengers Vs. X-Men:

I don’t know…looking at the new comics rack, I’d have to say “both.”

20 Responses to “Progressive Ruin presents…the only ever-so-slightly delayed End of Civilization.”

  • Boosterrific says:

    Bob Crane? Really? I’m going to have to pretend to be too young to understand that joke or I’ll never get those darn kids off my lawn.

    (Even the Greg Kinnear biopic is a decade old! Wait, does anyone remember Greg Kinnear?)

  • philfromgermany says:

    Whoever designed that Swampie t-shirt without adding the old school logo should be kicked, it’s only at 45% efficiency now… :(

  • De says:

    Is it me or does Mike Richardson sort of look like Andy Warhol?

  • caman agus sliotar says:


  • Teresa says:

    I must have that Vadar bag.

  • David Z. says:

    I really like those giant versions of the old Star Wars figures. It’s probably for the best that they are more expensive than I can justify.

  • Bill says:

    You know you’ve been on the Internet too long when you look at the Shimei Ryomou figure and think “that’s not too creepy.”

  • I laughed like a gibbon at the Bob Crane joke, Mikester.

    But, immediately thought; “Such a good joke, but how many younger readers will have no idea who that is?”


  • Mikester says:

    Boosterrific, Sanctum – NO JOKE TOO OLD

  • Old Bull Lee says:

    I’m probably too young to remember when Crane was around – BUT I saw Kinear on a talk show pimping AUTOFOCUS one night and it became my first Netflix rental.

    And now I’m always using the line “C’mon honey, you know I’m a photo nut!” whenever my wife comes across things she didn’t know I had.

  • philip says:

    I predict that the Mike Richardson mask will replace the Guy Fawkes masks currently favored by “anarchists” the world over. Together we can make it happen!

    (Memo to Mr. Sterling: It was a pleasure to meet you last week and to witness the splendor of Ralph’s Comic Corner.)

  • Steven E. McDonald says:

    It’s a sad, sad testament to my life that many people close to me would jump at a chance to buy that Shimei Ryomou figure…and would use it as a guide.

    Then again I’m the guy who wants a *real* old-school Wonder Woman revival.

  • I’m gobsmacked by the very conceptof a Burt Ward comic book.

  • Casie says:

    The Vader dialogue was brilliant! You’re funny.

    Oh! You can save those Darth Maul cufflinks for that Insane Clown Posse concert that you’ll never attend. yuck! What a terrible thought. Just typing ‘Insane Clown Posse’ felt wrong. Sorry about that Mike.

  • CW says:

    I want that Starro mask, Mike. :)

  • Rob S. says:

    I clicked on the Burt Ward link… and am more than a little unnerved that the magazines in question are listed as “used.”

  • jon-el says:

    Jim Lee T-Shirt.

    Not to be racist, but a simple mock-up of a Bruce lee t-shirt would do the trick.

  • word_virus says:

    Yup, Swamp Thing shirt needs the logo.

  • Kid Nicky says:

    Someone should photoshop that Justice League image onto the white shirt Jim Lee is wearing in the picture.

    Also I really want that damn Borg doll.

  • I need to hunt through my catalog better, those thumb wrestlers look awesome.

    Until the Bloodstrike announcement I didn’t realize what they were doing here witht he Image books. I had ordered Prophet #21 because it was Graham and a dude Graham found, not even realizing it was a new ongoing. I thought the title of the comic was Prophet #21, then #22 was solicited alongside Glory. Glory looks awesome, but decided to pass… hopefully they won’t do a crossover, but based on the people involved I bet they’ll be no more than 4-5 issues long and then collected in a trade cheaper than the issues combined.

    Is it just me or does Free Comic Book Day Offerings becoming crappier and crappier with more and more recycled material, previews or #1 of a new series they’re hoping gains readership because hey they got #1 for free. I think Red 5 and Top Shelf are the only folks with actual exclusive to FCBD books this year. Could be wrong?