Sunday, August 25, 2013

More comics from the Blue Crow.

I had some leftover pictures from my trip to Blue Crow. These are mainly just some shots of books that weren't too out of the ordinary, but I still thought they were cool enough to deserve a photo.

NOW always did put out the most random comics. I just love how the Terminator on the cover looks like a Japanese knockoff, what with the anime villain face, and blue hair.

Look at all the creatures in the background. It's like Batman ended up in an H.P. Lovecraft story.

When the new Spiderman series started in 1990, they released about two thousand different versions of the first issue. I actually owned the green version, which was as worthless then as it is now. The story in this issue was pretty ho-hum, something I find to be the norm with McFarlane's writing. I'm also not a huge fan of his art, and tend to put him down there with Rob Liefeld. He just draws people so strangely, and there's a lack of consistency from panel to panel.  Regardless, so many different variants meant this ended up being one of the best selling single issues of all time.

Marvel's put out quite a few parody comics in their time, but I can honestly say this is the first time I've ever laid eyes on this one. This is a one shot comic that reimagines a few Marvel characters as irradiated elephants. Yep, you read that sentence right. This guy does a nice job of summing up the issue. It still doesn't make a bit of sense though.

I kinda wish I had picked this one up, because it's actually rather valuable, even in this condition. This issue introduced us to one of the most convoluted characters in Marvel's universe, Cable. It was also the beginning of characters being covered in pouches, and carrying guns bigger than a compact car. After reading this issue, I think I can say with certainty that Liefeld's art has definitely gotten worse over time. I didn't think that was possible.

I had to capture the last two, just because they show a small slice of the insanity that was the Silver Age of comcis. The Sy-fy channel gets a bad rap these days because most of the movies they put out now are horrible, and they know it. Yet folks will pay a lot of money for an issue of Batman with a plot that is no less ridiculous. Maybe there was a different audience back then. I do seem to remember reading that comic book readers today tend to be a bit older than they were 40 or 50 years ago. If your audience is a bunch of 5-7 year olds, then I guess I could see them being entertained by Batman fighting a couple of aliens and their giant fart gas hand.

This will probably be the last post for this month, unless I managed to whip something up for next week's League Assignment. September is less than a week away, which means a lot of folks will be starting their Halloween countdowns in just a few days. I plan on having one of my own, but I won't be starting until the 1st of October. I don't want to half ass it like I did last year, so I've decided I'm going to do a full month of Halloween posts. That's right, 31 days of Halloween brought to you by the Bob the  Zombie and myself. I bet you forgot about all about Bob, didn't you? Well, he didn't forget about you guys, and he's just chomping at the bit to share his thoughts on this season's Halloween goodies.

Oh, and I don't like to make promises I can keep, but you may see some videos from yours truly in the near future. Stay tuned..

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