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I don’t often wear my Tom Servo “I’M HUGE!” t-shirt for the same reason.

§ November 5th, 2010 § Filed under batman, sluggo, the eBay, this week's comics § 5 Comments

Another recently arrived purchase from the eBay: a companion Sluggo magnet for the one I received a few days ago:

This Sluggo is kinda sorta posed the same way as the Sluggo in the last Sluggo Saturday, only sans moustache.

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Arrived at the store this week is an assortment of buttons called “DC Superheroes Have Issues,” and some of the buttons feature pics of superheroes and villains with captions identifying their particular problem and, perhaps, intended to comment on the wearer of said button. Like, Batman’s says “Needs Anger Management,” Flash’s is “Speed Freak” (er…), Dr. Fate’s is “Painfully Shy” (because of the full facemask, you see), and Joker’s is “Just Crazy,” which is pretty funny, actually.

The best one is probably this one:

And while this may be a problem of the Penguin’s (though perhaps overstating it a bit):

…that’s…um, well, what can you say, really. Apparently, expected demand for this button was low, as this was the only one in the box. Or maybe it’s a Rare Chase Retailer Incentive Embossed Foil Die Cut Cover – Death and Return of Captain America and Superman Autographed by Alex Ross and Buck Rogers and Silver Spoons Star Erin Gray Button! Starting Bid $129.99! L@@K! H@T! We Take PayPal!

…Er, sorry about that.

For some reason, I Googled “morbidly obese Penguin” and up came this page, and apparently the phrase is some kind of internet thing. Maybe. I guess. Who can tell?

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Finally got around to reading some of this week’s comics, and regarding Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin #16…without getting into spoilers, let’s just say that they weren’t kidding about it being a “game-changer.” I mean, we knew where it was going, given the premise of Batman, Inc., but how it got from here to there is something else. Of course, my first reaction to reading it is “I wonder what they’re going to have to do when they eventually change everything back to the way it was” since, like any comic book character with this long an existence and with this much tie-in merchandise and other media translations, the inertia of its own history and reader/general public expectations always tends toward reverting these kinds of temporary fiddlings with the formulas. But, given the kind of change made, and the relative significance of the character, I suspect the transition back to the old status quo may be as traumatic as the change over to the new one…and I also suspect Morrison has said transition already built into place for when the time comes.

Oh, the comic was good, too.

Three things I found on the eBay.

§ October 17th, 2010 § Filed under popeye, the eBay § 5 Comments

MING DEMANDS MORE GLITTER: a Ming the Merciless iron-on transfer from 1979 that features, yes, glitter. Thanks, Disco Era!

Here’s an old Popeye and Olive pin, featuring Popeye before the tragic loss of his right eye:

And then there’s this:

This belt buckle is delivering a message, and that message is “Batman will traumatize the skulls of criminals…for America,” which is something we can all get behind, surely.

"…This is the final touch that will set you apart from everyone."

§ March 12th, 2006 § Filed under the eBay Comments Off on "…This is the final touch that will set you apart from everyone."

Ladies and gentlemen…Hellboy Pants:

“All real leather Hellboy pants. Just like those worn by Ron Perlman in the sensational 2004 movie.

“These beautiful heavy black leather pants are highly detailed and come in all sizes.

“If you are looking for quality and authenticity to complete your look this is the final touch that will set you apart from everyone.”

Employee Aaron’s reaction to that eBay listing:

Me: “Hey, these pants come in all sizes!”

Aaron: “Wow, I come in all sizes!”

I so don’t want to know, you have no idea.

Yesterday at work, I was talking about Marvel action figures with one of our customers, and the MODOK action figure was mentioned. This is how that part of the conversation went:

Customer: “I have the old MODOK figure, but it doesn’t have a lot of articulation.”

Me: “Oh, just like the real MODOK then.”

“Just like the real MODOK then.”


I hate me.

In other MODOK action figure news, I was under the assumption that the new MODOK figure (shown here) was going to be available in an upcoming Marvel Legends series. And, well, it is, but it’s going to be distributed like that Galactus figure…each figure in the series will come with a piece of MODOK, so you’ll have to buy them all in order to assemble your own villainous floating head. Rats.

Oh, and at that Galactus link, he’s described as “the gargantuan archenemy of the Avengers” instead of the Fantastic Four. Well, I guess that’s technically true, since Galactus was always trying to eat the Earth, and thus making himself the enemy of all the folks living here…including the Avengers, presumably.

Thank God I was here to set that straight.

So there’s this comic shop about an hour’s drive north of us that we’ve been doing business with for years. We’re always contacting each other trying to track down goodies for customers and whatnot, we post their flyers, they post ours…we get along swimmingly. Well, as it turns out, a young lady employed there, with whom I’ve spoken on the phone a handful of times, just happens to be a comics weblogger her own self. I just figured that out yesterday, when she gave me her name on the phone, and I finally pieced that together with some of the things she’s said about her job and locale on her site, along with the name she’s left in my comments sections. Yeah, I’m a real Miss Marple, but I still forced myself to double-check her site before I just blurted out “AM YOU COMICS BLOGGER ALSO?”

You can see her own reaction to finding out about my semi-secret double ‘blogging life here. And read her site…good reviews and commentary there.

The greatest image from an original art auction on the eBay ever.

§ November 12th, 2005 § Filed under star wars, the eBay Comments Off on The greatest image from an original art auction on the eBay ever.

I found this piece of art being auctioned on the eBay almost exactly three years ago…Bob Marley and Yoda, together as Jah intended. I don’t know who painted it (I can’t make out that signature), but God bless whoever is responsible for bringing such a thing of beauty into the world.

(Some of you may recognize the image from my wall o’previous icons. It has the privilege of being my only icon that is not comics-related.) (EDIT 5/31/12: Okay, that bit about my icons isn’t true anymore. What can I tell you.)

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