Just a little housekeeping.

§ May 23rd, 2012 § Filed under cartoons, fanzines, golden age, I cast magic missile, scans § 9 Comments

So, remember those British Dungeons & Dragons ‘zines I posted about a few days ago? I threw them on the eBay, and most of them brought in $10 to $15 apiece, with a couple in the $30 range. But that Dragon Lords #1, with the signatures?

I started that at $8.99, by the way. Figured I’d get about ten or twelve bucks for it. …Guess I’d better break into that additional case of Dragon Lords #1 I have in the back room…!

Now, about that housekeeping promised in the subject of this post…I’ve had a few scans just sitting on my computer’s desktop, awaiting my use here, and I’m never seeming to get around to creating posts about each of them. Thus, I’m just going to throw them all into this post. Enjoy!

We had this copy of Choice Comics #2 from 1942 in our shop for all of, oh, I don’t know, five minutes before selling it off, but I managed to get a couple of scans from it anyway. I enjoyed Bingo the Kangaroo’s dismissive response to superheroes on the cover there:

I mean, we were this close to Kangaroo/Parrot Buddy Comedy-Adventure being the dominant genre in the comics industry. If only things went slightly differently…if only.

I also got a scan of this tough guy:

This is pretty much what every angry ‘n’ anonymous commenter on every Internet message board and comments section looks like, so don’t mess with ’em.

Marvel recently released a bunch of “Avengers Art Appreciation” incentive variant covers for many of their titles, which featured the characters from the movie as depicted in a variety of art styles, and regardless of whether the comic sporting said variant had anything to do with The Avengers. But I thought this one by Steffi Schutzee in the style of Al Hirschfeld was nicely done:

They all look great, but Hawkeye is particularly amazing:

And finally…cast your minds back to the innocent, carefree days of 1975, where Six-Year-Old Mike sat in front of the TV in the living room, enthralled by the giant bird-monster featured in this episode of Return of the Planet of the Apes:

“Mom! Mom! Look at this!” Mike shouted to his mother, but alas, she didn’t come to the room in time to see the bird-monster cart away these…buffalo-things:

So, Dad, if you’re reading my site at home right now, be sure to call Mom over and show these to her, so she can see what she missed nearly four decades ago.

Oh, and this has nothing to do with anything, but I mentioned on the Twitter that I was reading this amazing article about the even-more amazing history of TV’s ALF, and pal Ian…remember pal Ian, he wrote some comics, I hear…he replied to me with a link to a YouTube video of the ALF cartoon’s theme. I’d never heard that before, and it ain’t half-bad. Thanks for exposing me to that, Ian…I take back most of the bad things I’ve said about you!

9 Responses to “Just a little housekeeping.”

  • I like that Avengers cover, but where are the Ninas?

  • Kevin says:

    Is there a hidden signature in the Avengers cover?

  • RDaggle says:

    “Guess I’d better break into that additional case of Dragon Lords #1 I have in the back room…!”

    Don’t forget to bring along your Sharpie.

  • Randal says:

    See now that, that’s a variant worth chasing.

  • philip says:

    At first I wondered if there were any “Nina”s in that Avengers cover, then I hoped there were not. That was such a personal Hirschfeld thing that it would seem weird, to me, if a different artist used it. Even in homage. Maybe they are in there, but I’d rather not look.

  • Nate says:


    fighting Nazis. Kangaroo and parrot buddy comics FIGHTING NAZIS!

  • Mike Nielsen says:

    Mike I hope you don’t mind but your scan of that Choice Comics issue was so much nicer than what we have over on the Grand Comics Database that I uploaded your scan over there.

    I wish I had a shop local that would actually consider stocking such a book like that if it came in the door. Here if it’s not modern superhero stuff they are not interested in carrying it, probably because I’m the only person who would be interested in that kind of thing.

  • Prankster says:

    I was probably too young to be legitimately discerning about this stuff, but I remember the ALF cartoon as being legitimately pretty dang good. Probably a lot better than the live-action show. It was set on Melmac before it exploded (which sort of makes it retroactively depressing) and was basically a parody of a 50s sitcom…everything on Melmac resembled the 50s for some weird reason…and of course Alf was referred to by his “real” name, Gordon Shumway. Kind of bizarre, thinking back on it, but it had that wacky Animaniacs style of goofy pop culture riffing and some solid animation and visual design.

  • swamp mark says:

    I need to hear some rambling on about Swampy.He’s finally back,you know.