Progressive Ruin presents…the End of Civilization.

§ August 30th, 2013 § Filed under End of Civilization § 7 Comments

It’s issue #300 of Diamond Previews! And it’s also, like, installment #2800 of this, my End of Civilization series of posts. Not sure how the math worked out there, exactly, but oh goodness those numbers feel right. Anyhow, grab your own copy of Previews for September 2013, and follow along as I peer at a few of the goodies contained within:

p. 139 – Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1:

Hopefully we’ll eventually get the Kamandi/Scooby-Doo team-up where Scooby is revealed to be the progenitor of all the talking animals from Kamandi’s future.

p. 141 – The Sandman Overture Special Edition #1:

“Hey, remember that Sandman #1 you bought last month? Well, you’re a sucker, because here’s a much better Sandman #1 out this month! Will there be another even more special version of #1 out next month? I guess you’ll just have to wait and find out!”

p. 153 – Batman: Hush Batman and Catwoman Kiss Statue:

Oh yeah, Batman and Catwoman want to rock and roll all night, and party every da…wait, what? Not that kind of KISS? …Well, damn.

p. 171 – Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #12:

I’ve been waiting for the last year for an issue of this series to have a Peter Cushing cover. I’d better not be disappointed.

p. 174 – My Little Pony Micro-Series: Spike:

At long last, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossover you never expected!

p. 181 – Mars Attacks: The Human Condition:

Looks like the Martians are taking on our awareness of our own mortality as well as our general interest in the universe around us and our desire to perpetuate ourselves either through our offspring or through our works or both. I guess you got us, Martians.

p. 267 – All New Fathom #5:

Whoa whoa whoa hold on there, issue 5? That’s just crazy talk. You guys really need to start over with another Fathom #1.

p. 396 – Inside Seka The Platinum Princess of Porn:

Comics, everyone!

p. 397 – The Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual:

“Errata: There is a minor design flaw involving the thermal exhaust port and its direct access to the reactor core. However, this should not interfere with the enjoyment of your new Death Star.”

p. 397 – Star Wars Frames HC:

Each frame personally hand-altered by George Lucas. Oh, hey, in this one, the rancor shoots first! Awesome!

p. 397 – Star Wars A Very Vader Valentine’s Day SC:

“‘I’m all choked up over you!’ Ah, Padmé, you shouldn’t have!”

p. 415 – Thanos “Infinity Indeed” Black T-Shirt:

I am sure there is an explanation for this. I am sure I could Google it. I think I am probably better off not knowing.

p. 416 – Alpha Flight Red Heather T-Shirt:

“Excuse me? Do you have a brightly-colored t-shirt featuring the heads of members of a no-longer-published superhero team the name of which I forget, each member with a gunsight target superimposed over their heads, and the promise of one of their deaths emblazoned below the image?”

“Hmmm…lemme think. The Champions? Primal Force? Team Youngblood? Combat Kelly and his Deadly Dozen? Help me out here.”

“Oh, yeah, they’re Canadian.”

“Oh, Alpha Flight! Right this way, sir.”

p. 433 – Lost in Space Minimates Robot and Dr. Smith Two-Pack:

Dr. Smith comes with three heads, with presumably three different expressions: “prissy,” “very prissy,” and “extremely prissy.” Or “alluring,” “very alluring,” and “extremely alluring.” Your mileage may vary.

p. 445 – The Lone Ranger 7-Inch Series 2 Action Figures:

For those of you who needed to recalibrate your personal definitions of “high hopes,” here is a second series of these figures to help you out.

p. 448 – Skele-Treks 5-Inch Action Figures:

Surely this will be the creepiest item based on a popular sci-fi franchise that I’ll see in this month’s Previews.

p. 459 – The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Walker Ear Prop:

Not that Walking Dead is uniquely guilty of this, but apparently there’s just an automated rubber stamp machine that just pounds a “YES” onto every merchandise suggestion memo that passes through it.

p. 471 – Mr Potato Head Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor:

Forget what I said about the Skele-Treks. This is the creepiest item based on a popular sci-fi franchise that I’ll see in this month’s Previews.

p. 474 – Kick-Ass 2 400% Bearbricks:

Now, this movie people might have gone to see.

p. 509 – Minecraft The Game That Changed Everything HC:

Even as we speak, the publisher is currently rushing collected sugar cane back to the crafting table to make paper for all these books. Please appreciate the efforts they’re going through, and of course mourn the interns lost to Creepers and Endermen.

7 Responses to “Progressive Ruin presents…the End of Civilization.”

  • Dallas Senosco says:

    That Thanos / Alpha Flight exacta –> killed. I can’t make my cortex work after them both hitting it.

    Comic T’s indeed

  • John Platt says:

    Yeah, I felt the exact same thing when I saw that Sandman: Overture listing. Totally exploitative and shameful.

    Those Trek figures are going to give me nightmares.

  • Egmont Scurley says:

    I’m late to the plunging-prices-on-once-hot-comics discussion, I know, but I have to ask: Is there still a lot of demand for ST. GEORGE #2?

    You know, the first appearance of Terror, Inc.

  • Egmont Scurley says:

    I suppose I should elaborate: Some twenty or so years ago, there was an attempt by the people who wrote about the comics market to push ST. GEORGE #2 as the new in-demand back issue, because obviously TERROR, INC. was going to be a very big hit. So, if you wanted to make a fortune, you needed to stock up while you could still get it from the 50 cent bins…

  • inhumans99 says:

    Mike, this months EOC was hilarious!

    Also, I really enjoyed your posts on the back issue market. I read tons of comics/tpbs, however, I have only been chasing bronze/copper age Hex issues. For the most part, anything else that I read/buy may eventually end up for sale. Classic Jonah Hex stories rock!

  • Mikester says:

    Egmont – I will follow up on your comment in a future post.

  • Snark Shark says:

    “Batman: Hush Batman and Catwoman Kiss Statue”

    what, no statue for when they BOINK?

    ” Inside Seka The Platinum Princess of Porn”

    DEEP inside?

    “Skele-Treks 5-Inch Action Figures”


    “The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Walker Ear Prop”