Mike’s Lunchtime Update 3014.

§ June 2nd, 2023 § Filed under lunchtime update § 9 Comments

Just doing a quick early afternoon update since I was too dog-tired to write anything last night by the time I got home:

1. In response to several inquiries about doing something for ’90s comics like I’m currently doing for ’80s comics…well, maybe. Let me get through the ’80s comics first because, as a reminder, I’m on Part Ten and haven’t even finished the books that got single votes yet. This is going to take a while.

I was a little hesitant about doing it again at first, but, eh, why not. But not ’til after I’m done with the ’80s books, so don’t, like, start casting votes now or anything because I’m not going to count them.

2. CalvinPitt noted that when he and a buddy visited my store a while back, I had “talked [his] friend into buying Scooby Apocalypse,” which makes he think a little like maybe his friend thought I pulled one over on him. No, honest, I love Scooby Apocalypse, and I sincerely hold your friend liked it! Please, CalvinPitt, assuage my guilt!

3. Only had two songs in me today, sorry. See you back here on Monday!

9 Responses to “Mike’s Lunchtime Update 3014.”

  • Chris V says:

    Oh, I’ve definitely got my pick for a 1990s comic. It’s probably the earliest decade for me to decide one choice.

    Scooby Apocalypse wasn’t bad. It was written by JM DeMatteis, so you can never go totally wrong with a comic with him writing.

  • Chris V says:

    *easiest decade, not earliest decade….sigh

  • Snark Shark says:

    90’s comic?

    YOUNGBLOOD, obviously. There’s nothing more 90’s then YOUNGBLOOD.

  • Wayne Allen Sallee says:

    Chris V : Myself, I thought Mike’s post was titled STARDATE 3014.

    The reason I brought up the 90s partly was because I had worked in a shop from 1990 until TUROK #1 and we had a back issue box for all b&w comics. And the fact that a few were at least puttering along, but I’d say stop at 1994 or 1995. You can run a HUGE RIP list of all the comic shops that went under in that time alone (or where a franchise was reduced to a single store).

    But I got to thinking that we had the ubernet in the 90s, though I never owned a computer until 1997 myself. (My letterhead (typed and photocopied many times over was I WILL FLATLINE BEFORE I GO ONLINE!).

    So there were places that you could maybe get your new b&w comic reviewed in ways, even if it meant sending copies of pages by email. We did get a few emails, but any followups involved a fax machine because the owner had one at his actual money-making job.

    We all know about X-FORCE#1 and Image, even the speculators market.

  • CalvinPitt says:

    Sorry Mike, I didn’t mean to imply you tricked him. Alex had never heard of it, hence his surprise at the existence of the book. You talked a bit about how you’d enjoyed the series, and Alex digs horror stuff, so he was in.

    I’m pretty sure Alex told me he liked it, but I don’t think he’s ever picked up the rest of the series. He’s not great at keeping track of what comics he wants to buy, so that’s part of it. Lists are apparently an alien concept to him.

  • Turan, Emissary of the Fly World says:

    Because I do not use Twitter, I will point out here that anyone made curious by Mr. Sterling’s post of a Clifford Simak story illustrated by Don Martin can find the whole magazine here:


    There are a total of three illustrations by Martin.

  • Thom H. says:

    Oh cool — I love Clifford Simak. Thanks for the link!

  • Turan, Emissary of the Fly World says:

    I will add that rooting around in the Internet Archive’s large selection of pulp magazines and science fiction digests is quite fun. My favorite discovery is a 1928 issue of WEIRD TALES with a story by a teenager named Thomas Lanier Williams–who would a bit later start using “Tennessee” as his first name.


  • Snark Shark says:

    “WEIRD TALES with a story by a teenager named Thomas Lanier Williams–who would a bit later start using “Tennessee” as his first name.”


    Well, who else could write “Martian On A Hot Tin Roof”?