Showing posts with label comic books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comic books. Show all posts

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mystery Mail-Order Box

A few days ago, I was browsing around on eBay when I stumbled on to this little treasure. I know it just looks like some beat up white box with a bunch of random numbers on it, but it's what's inside that makes it special to me. Read on, and see what goodies were included in Stock No. 59508.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

5 More 90's Gimmick Comic Covers!

It's June, it's hot, and it feels like a good time to be stuck inside reading comic books. Let's take a look at another 5 comics with gimmicky covers!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Comic Book Toy Ads!

If there's one thing I love more than random comic books, it's the random toy ads in those random comics. Here's four of my favorite ads from my meager collection.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Punisher Holiday Special!

There are so many classic Christmas stories out there. You have the story of Ralphie and his wish for the elusive Red Ryder BB gun, the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge through the Ghosts of Christmas, and the story of how Clark W. Griswold and his family were almost arrested for kidnapping. However, none of them are as epic as the time the Punisher had to take on a bunch of goons in a shopping mall on Christmas Eve. This is going to be a long one, so grab some snacks and a cup of your favorite hot beverage while Mr. Stunt Zombie reads you a Christmas story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some of you are a positive influence. Imagine that!

I've been following Brian, Mason, and Laura as they take part in the Minimalist Game. You start the first day by getting rid of one item. The next day two items, then three and so on. By the last day, you're giving up 31 things that were originally adding to the clutter in your life. Watching their posts on Instagram sort of inspired me to go through my stuff, and start thinning the herd. Here's what I came up with, 

There's still a lot more to go, but this has made a visible dent in my office, closets and bookshelves. Next up, the dreaded garage!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Stopping by the Blue Crow

There's an antique mall a few miles from my house called the Blue Crow. I haven't bought much from there lately, but I still enjoy walking around and seeing what the vendors are selling. I almost always find something interesting, but this is the first time I thought to bring my camera and actually document things. You'll either love me or hate me for that.

One vendor had a couple boxes full of comics, and I was surprised by just how many 80's toy lines had comics based on them. I just wish he wasn't so delusional, otherwise I would have bought every single one of these. There just aren't enough comics based on toys out there these days. I actually had a couple issues of Silverhawks and Visionaries, and they weren't that bad. Sure, they were just 24 page ads for the toys, but the art was great, and the stories weren't too cheesy.  I think they were secretly hoping to enjoy the same success as the Micronauts and ROM comics, both of which outlasted their toy lines by several years.

Again with the crazy prices. Buckaroo Banzai is one of my favorite B-movies, and I would have loved to own these comics. Not for $5 each though. I love how the second issue exclaims that it's the "Official Comics Adaptation of the Spectacular New Film!". guys thought it was going to be a blockbuster..that's so cute. I really wish it had done better at the box office, because I would have loved to see what kind of craziness the sequel would bring.

I'm kind of regretting not buying the Batman movie adaptation, even at $8. The 1980's Batman movie is one of my favorites, and I'm curious how they translated it into comic form. Did they go with the same artwork as the regular comic series, or did they make the characters look like their movie counterparts? Were some deleted scenes included within? Was Vicki Vale still hot? All questions that could have been answered if I wasn't such a tightwad.

The Masters of the Universe comic vexes me. Is it a comic adaptation of the live action movie, or of an animated movie? Check out that large Skeletor head in the background. I don't know what's going on with his jaw, but it looks like he's about to make a meal out of Teela and Man-At-Arms. Actually, this must be the live action movie, because there's Gwildor standing there and screwing around with his Cosmic Key.  It looks like they used a few of the villains from the film as well, since I see Blade there in his blue and yellow (?) uniform, along with what looks like General Karg behind him, and Beastman leading the charge. I don't see Saurod though, which is a shame. I don't think it was a coincidence that he had a slight resemblance to the Predator.

That's the definition of random right there. I always enjoyed The Adventures of Bayou Billy on the Nintendo, but I never expected to see him gracing the cover of a comic book. It's interesting that they pretty much copied the label from the NES cart, though it's in that Archie comics style. That's one thing I used to love about Archie. They gave me hope that I too could be a comic book artist. In fact, I actually put together a little mini comic, and most of the characters were traced right out of some Archie comics I had. I'd give my left toe to be able to find it, but I'm sure it's long, long gone.

Okay, enough with the comics, let's see what else I stumbled on during trip to the Blue Crow.

I've owned a few pencil toppers in my day, but I've never understood the point of them. Just look at how big these things are compared to a regular pencil. There's no way you'd get away with using that through a whole day of school without someone stealing it or making fun of you. Put one of these on your pencil these days, and you'd probably find yourself expelled. Each of them came with a backpack, but why you would want to add any more weight to these things, I do not know. I have to assume that these guys are based on the Rambo cartoon, since there wasn't a General Warhawk or a Black Dragon to be found in any of the movies. Ah, I miss the days of cartoons based on R-rated properties..

I actually had this California Raisin as a child. I don't mean this exact one, just the same one. Anyway..This one bugs me just a little, seeing as how it looks like one of the other California Raisins decided to put on high heels one day. Couldn't they add some more lipstick, or a hat or something? I thought these were fast food premiums, but it seems they were actually sold in stores at some point.

Was there a property that didn't get it's own lunchbox? I can kind of understand the Partridge Family, since they were rather family friendly and even had their own cartoon at one point. But "How The West Was Won" seems like an odd thing to put on a children's lunchbox. The kid that would ask for a lunchbox with John Wayne's visage on it seems like the type to get excited over a Lawrence Welk action figure. With real accordion action!

Keys. There were freaking bags upon bags of them in one vendor's booth. Who would buy a bag of random keys? Why would someone buy a bag of random keys. I don't know the answer to either question. I'm not sure the answer would make any sense.

Random Ghostbusters figures. I had the guy on the bottom, and he was actually one of my favorite Haunted Humans. When I look back on those toys, I like to pretend they've all been infected by John Carpenter's The Thing, rather than being possessed humans. It just makes their transformations so much more terrifying. My neighbor had the guy on top there, and I can't remember his name either. I just remember when you pulled the speed strip though him, he flew across the garage floor.

Ah, the Cowboys of Moo Mesa. I think Playmates were under the impression they had another hot property on their hands, but this one fizzled out pretty quickly. I remember seeing these figures hanging on the pegs years after they came out. Our local Rose's had them up until 2000 at least. I'm sure they were trashed or donated after that. They do seem rather plain compared to TMNT toys, and you can see that this one has very little in the way of paint applications. It's also a helluva lot smaller than I remember.

Initially, it took me a second to realize who this guy was. It's Earthworm Jim's arch nemesis, Psy-Crow. I remember there was a lot of excitement surrounding the release of  the Earthworm Jim game. I can't remember seeing anything else like it on the SNES or the Genesis. Once I finally got my hands on the game, was okay I guess. The graphics were amazing for the time, but I was never a fan of the controls or the gameplay. I remember getting to the last boss, and I accidentally jumped into the boss, causing it to explode. I still don't know what happened, but hey, a win's a win. I think the figures were based on the cartoon that was released a couple years later. Much like Batman in the 90's, most of the line was made up of Earthworm Jim figures, with a couple other characters mixed in. Unlike the Cowboys of Moo Mesa up there, this one would fit right in with Playmate's TMNT figures.

This is one of three horrifying things I stumbled across while I was browsing around. This doll came out in 1997, when Rosie O'Donnell had her own day time talk show. I can't believe I typed that sentence out. It really sounds like something I would say in the midst of an awful flu, after I've been running a fever all day. It's hard to imagine a time when Rosie O'Donnell was actually marketable as a talk show host and a stuffed doll. I'm still trying to figure out who the doll was marketed towards. Were kids really begging their parents for this monstrosity? Between the cold dead eyes, humongous head, and sound of her voice, this is the sort of doll that would make Stephen King sleep with the lights on. I decided to see if it still worked after all this time, and not surprisingly, it didn't. Instead the speaker issued forth a gurgling, creaking sound reminiscent of The Grudge. I was starting to get a little freaked out, so I decided it was best to distance myself as far away from the doll as possible.  When I walked by it again a little later, it was still croaking at me, no doubt angry that I had awakened it.

When I saw this robot, I thought I had stumbled across merchandise from an unreleased sequel to "Magic Mike". Then I realized I had the exact robot as a child, only mine was gold in color. These robots were produced in 1984  by New Bright, a company famous for having toys that smoked. Seriously. You could add a small drop of oil to a hole in his head, and he blow smoke from the hole in his mouth. New Bright also made a line of remote controlled construction equipment that would blow smoke from their stacks while you were using them. I actually have a kind of terrifying story to go along with the Magic Mike that I had. I was playing with my toys in the hallway of our old house, and for whatever reason, my Magic Mike would randomly start and stop moving. I turned the switch off, but it still kept moving. I was starting to freak out a little bit, so I took the batteries out and set him down. I started playing with my other toys, when I thought I saw Magic Mike move again out of the corner of my eye. I looked over at him, the hairs on the back of my neck standing straight up. I picked up Mike, and flipped him over. Sure enough, the switch on his back was still off. For some reason, I flipped it to the "On" position, and the robot started moving around and making noise again. I dropped him to the floor, and ran out of the hallway, screaming the whole way. It took me a while, but I calmed down a little bit, and went back into the hallway. I kept thinking, "Maybe I didn't really take the batteries out after all." I picked Magic Mike off the floor, turned him around, and popped the door off the battery compartment. Empty. Completely empty. I didn't play with Magic Mike II after that.

These are Christmas decorations. CHRISTMAS! Look at them. I mean really look at them. These are the other two horrifying things I discovered during my time in the Blue Crow. They resemble the damned spawn of Chucky and a Cabbage Patch Doll. It makes me uncomfortable just looking at the pictures. I can't tell what the one on the bottom is holding, but it looks like it really wants to shove it through whoever is standing to the right. The top one is obviously trying to lull his victim into a false sense of security by pretending to read a book of carols. It's clearly a ruse, since I can feel his gaze burning its way through my soul. That's the look someone gives you when they've already figured out what they'll be making out of your skin. My new ultimate fear is going into someone's home at Christmas time, and discovering they bought these things for decorations. Knowing my luck, they'll be set up in the guest room that I have to sleep in.

After those two, even these things don't creep me out anymore.

I got a little excited when I came across this Super Heroes case. I had visions of a case full of Mego, or even better, Super Powers action figures. Alas, it was just a simple record player. Just a side not, I didn't notice the Burger King or Ronald McDonald up there in the top picture until just now.

Well, that about wraps up this trip to the Blue Crow. With as much stuff as they have there, I could probably make this a semi-regular feature. Of course, I've already proven my regular features are anything but regular. I'm also not sure how the folks feel about me running around taking photos of everything. Either way, keep your fingers crossed, because I'm sure I'll make another trip up there again in the near future.

Until then, try not to think about this thing, inching  toward your bed. You close your eyes, hoping it goes away, but each time you open them, it's even closer than it was before.

Then you feel its weight on the bed, and you open your eyes one last time..

You'll make a delicious wallet.

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