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Suddenly…a 1986 Rogue sticker drawn by Art Adams…

§ January 21st, 2012 § Filed under trading cards, x-men § 8 Comments

…from the Heroic Origins card set from Comic Images:

I certainly hope they remembered to trademark that image. And logo. And hair.

Sweet Christmas, that trading card is terrifying.

§ December 8th, 2011 § Filed under star wars, trading cards § 7 Comments

AAAAAAAH! “Can’t sleep, Peter Cushing will get me.”

Here, let’s balance things out a bit:

Ah, yes, very dashing indeed. “I dashed the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.” “Why, that is quite dashing!”

Yeah, I know, not much of a post. But I did find out there’s a which is, well, just a pic of the Millennium Falcon, unless there’s some kind of crazy Flash/Javascript/whatever thing also on the site that I’m not letting my browser run. And yes, “parsec” wasn’t used correctly in the original quote from the first Star Wars movie, but Wookieepedia is on it with an explanation of the helpful retcon one of the tie-in novels dropped in regarding that.

Captions for Moonraker trading cards…or names of sex acts.

§ November 14th, 2011 § Filed under trading cards § 6 Comments

Well, okay, this is James Bond we’re talking about…they’re probably both card captions and sex acts.

Anyway, speaking of Jaws, I really hope a new, “rebooted” version of the character doesn’t appear in the new James Bond films. I prefer to think he remains reformed and that he and Dolly, as seen here:

…live happily ever after. Yeah, I’m a big sap.

Anyway, let’s get a good look at this handsome bastard:

Pretty sure “Agent 007” is the name of a sex act of some kind, too.

What a Wookiee.

§ November 11th, 2011 § Filed under trading cards § 12 Comments

So let’s wrap up at least this week’s worth of trading card posts (I haven’t even got to the Moonraker or Battlestar Galactica cards yet!) with a long, lingering, and hairy look at everyone’s favorite Wookiee. No, no, not this guy what with his enjoyment of virtual erotica…I’m talkin’ about Chewbacca:

And here’s a shot of him with his best, and clearly cheery, pal, Han Solo:

Here’s a card that has a caption so nice…

…they used it twice:

And remember, kids: spiff up your Wookiee…

…and check him regularly for ticks and worms.

Sometimes you just need to look at a trading card featuring Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent.

§ November 10th, 2011 § Filed under superman, trading cards § 5 Comments

Ah, Chris. How you’re missed.

BONUS: A trading card based on the movie based on the comic featuring the comic upon which the movie which inspired the trading card series was based:

I understand that today, this comic is worth upwards of hundreds of dollars!

And now, the various bionic body parts of the Six Million Dollar Man.

§ November 7th, 2011 § Filed under trading cards § 13 Comments

BONUS: Steve Austin jumping over a fence:

As pal Dorian said to me when I was showing him these cards the other day…”you’re now hearing that ‘bionic’ sound effect, aren’t you?” (NOTE: this likely will not apply to folks below a certain age. Also, get off my lawn.)

This Star Wars card set is a big cheater.

§ November 6th, 2011 § Filed under trading cards § 4 Comments

Card #248:

Card #249:

Card #250:

Okay, it might not be exactly the same image…either some contrast-adjustment was done, or the stills are one whole frame apart, but…c’mon.

BONUS “THIS IS A FETISH FOR SOMEONE” ENTRY: a special double-sticker featuring Star Wars characters and creatures riding each other:

So sometimes you just need to appreciate a Superman TV show trading card from 1965.

§ June 22nd, 2011 § Filed under superman, trading cards § 11 Comments

Just so happened that we had one just hangin’ around in the shop, here. Let’s take a look, shall we?

“I really wish they wouldn’t hold the cue cards so high.”


Superman’s greatest adventure? I believe there is really only one contender for that title.

Also, I suddenly have the urge to WATCH SUPERMAN ON T.V., for some odd reason.

I demand some consistency from my 20-year-old trading cards.

§ April 28th, 2009 § Filed under galactus, trading cards Comments Off on I demand some consistency from my 20-year-old trading cards.

Here’s probably my favorite trading card image of Galactus, drawn by Art Adams and taken from the 1991 Marvel Universe set from Impel:

That’s a nice, imposing image of Galactus, there…is it just me, or does it have a little Moebius feel to it? Also, Adams did a handful of other very nice cards for this set, including one of Absorbing Man that, at the time, former employee Rob was trying to corner the market on, or something. He had, like, dozens of the damned things. I still have no idea why. Probably best to remain blissfully ignorant.

Anyway, back to the Galactus card…the characters in this set were given power ratings on the card backs, and here are the Big G’s:

And that’s all well and good, I suppose. I get the “stamina” thing, since he’s gotta eat a planet every few days or his blood space-sugar gets dangerously low. And his agility is low, presumably due to his size, so he’s probably not going to be doing any pirouettes. But let’s take a look at the stats from his trading card the following year:

It looks like Galactus took some dumb pills because his intelligence stat dropped a couple of points. Or maybe because he maxed out the first set of stats, they readjusted the scale to get a more accurate reading. Or maybe they’re just making this crap up off the top of their heads. Whatever.

But get a load of the speed stats on both cards. With his speed score maxed out, and his agility score as low as it is…this guy’s going to be tripping over a lot of footstools and walking into walls. And given that he’s already wearing a hat pretty much designed to keep you walking through doorways sideways, this is seriously a disaster waiting to happen. Keep him out of the china shop!

In other mostly non-Galactus news:

  • Pal Dorian is celebrating his 5th anniversary of blogging this week, kicking off with pics of some of his favorite men, and continues with a look at the first comic he ever read. So congrats, Dor! Thanks for keeping at this blogging thing for as long as you have…if it weren’t for you, pal, I don’t think I’d have as much fun as I do with this site.

    And by the way…Dor’s Uncomfortable Plot Summaries post just keeps going and going and going…I keep seeing new links to it pop up all the time. Even from people who actually get the Rocky joke. He was even on the front page of the Internet Movie Database, for God’s sake. And Neil Gaiman his own self was a good sport about a joke at his expense that, er, I may have been involved with. Dor’s shown me his traffic stats, and he’s getting some crazy-ass numbers….that post is probably the single most popular thing ever generated by someone in the comicsweblogosphere. You’d think some of the bigger comics sites would have noted it by now.

    So again, congrats to Dor for five years of blogging. He’s a swell guy, so give him your best wishes!

  • Over at the great Flash fan site Speed Force, there’s a brief discussion about how the continuity-heavy Free Comic Book Day offering Blackest Night #0 is intended to preach to the converted, rather than grab readers new to comics. And, yes, there’s that, I’m not disagreeing…but the last time I worried about a continuity-heavy FCBD offering from DC, JLA #0, the girlfriend’s nieces ate it up. So I’m not going to worry too much about it this time. No, it’s likely not going to make kids come in every Wednesday and get the latest installment of the crossover…but I’ll settle for kids popping in once in a while to buy a comic or two because they enjoyed the free comics they got.
  • P-TOR shares a dream he had about me and Neilalien. A dream…or a nightmare?

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