Showing posts with label comics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comics. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Ren and Stimpy Show #1!

It was a dark and chilly night in November 1992. I had ridden with my mom to A&P, and I was standing in front of the magazine rack while she was grocery shopping. I had started collecting comics the year before, and soon after I discovered the numerous comic books next to the Woman's Day and Redbooks. Frankly, their selection was amazing. They carried everything from DC to Image, with a mix of Archie and the rare Dark Horse comic. The issues would be lined up on the 6ft shelf, three rows deep. There was no real rhyme or reason to their arrangement, though I guess it didn't really matter. After a few days everything was mixed up anyway. I like to think it added to the experience. Who knew what books you would find behind that first row of comics?

Well, on that random November night in 1992, I found this issue:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Me in a square foot

This week's assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers was an interesting one.

My life in one square foot.

That's pretty much me.

Handheld games
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
G.I. Joe
Star Wars
Super Nintendo

Go check out the other posts from this assignment.

Cool and Collected
The Nerd Nook
Happy Haunted Sunshine
Achievements in Gaming
Las Vegas Yankee
D.I. Treasures
Pop Rewind

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..

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Night Fun!

Chelsea's having her monthly books, booze, and bitchin' gathering, so I'm supposed to make myself scarce for the night. Since their conversations usually deal with topics that are not appropriate for male ears, I have no problem finding something to do to occupy myself for the night.


Yeah, I know the photo's horrible, but I'm not going for quality tonight. Honestly, when have I ever gone for quality material? Here's a shot of my desk as of 8 PM. Dinner was McDonald's tonight, even though I honestly can't stand most fast food. It's a rare occasion that I'll choose it over actually making something to eat, but this just felt like a McDonald's sort of night. That's the bacon habanero quarter pounder, and it honestly wasn't that good. The habanero sauce was rather spicy, but didn't really have much in the way of flavor. Still, it filled a few holes in my stomach, and gave me the fuel to get me through the evening.

It's hard to see, but scattered about my desk are some past and future post topics. Hey, want a closer look at some of them?

Ooh..action figures. I haven't written about most of these yet, though I'm sure you all remember ol' Mumm-Ra and Darth Vader over there. The great news about Big Daddy Darth? I finally found an original lightsaber for him. The tip is broken off, but no matter. You'll be seeing more about those Glyos guys in the near future, maybe as soon as tomorrow if I can get my motivators working early enough.

I always have a stack of books that I'm reading. The Aliens novel I picked up for free at a new shop that opened up in town. Speaking of which, I should probably do a post on that shop sometime in the near future as well. That Spawn/Batman comic will be coming up soon too. I don't want to talk about it too much here, but it taught me a lot about hype and disappointment.

Over here we have the multimedia section. That Fright Flicks cd on top is for our (hopefully) Halloween party this year. Right under there is the score from the first Batman movie, and then the soundtrack from Mortal Kombat. Next to those is a Transformers DVD set containing the third and fourth seasons. Chelsea got this for me a couple of Christmases ago, and I'm ashamed to admit I still haven't watched a single episode. Maybe if I keep it on my desk, I'll eventually watche'em all.

They'll have to wait until another night though. Tonight I'm watching..

Night of the Creeps is one of my most favorite "zombie" movies of all time. I like to think of it as the spiritual predecessor to "Slither", another great horror comedy (Horromedy?).  I usually save the horror movies for Halloween, but it's been so long since I've seen it unedited, I couldn't resist. It's cheesy as hell, but how can you not like space slugs that turn everyone into zombies? Plus, it has Tom "Halloween 3" Atkins. He's easily the best part of the movie, with his brash, no nonsense attitude, and surgical precision with a shotgun. He also has one of the best catch phrases ever for answering the phone, "Thrill me". I think I'm going to start using that one. Thrill me indeed...

You can't watch a movie without some sort of snacks. Chelsea and her friends always make a variety of snacks for their book club meetings, and tonight was no exception. This month's book was Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, so everyone brought a cereal-y snack. Cereal-y, that's a word right? No matter, I'm going with it. We're not worried about quality tonight, remember? I'm not a huge fan of  popcorn. I'll eat it, but I'm not going out of my way to buy it or make it. Anyway, I knew the girls were going to have a variety of snacks, so I snuck in to their stronghold dining room, and made off with a variety of snacks. And such tasty snacks they were. The multicolored cube at the top left was a Fruity Pebbles variation on the Rice Krispie treat. I think I actually prefer it to the original. Next to that, we have what was labeled as a "Hash" Brownie. I'm actually not sure what was in this one, but it was a brownie, and unless they're wrapped in plastic, brownies are always good. The last two are snacks that Chelsea made. The one of the left is a marshmallow skewered on a pretzel stick, dipped in chocolate, then rolled in crush Cocoa Puffs. The one next to it, is a Cocoa Puff ball made with corn syrup and peanut butter, and placed on top of a pretzel stick. They're like super indulgent lollipops. I washed them all down with a tall glass of ice cold milk, the perfect companion to sugary baked goods.

Once the movie was over, I was in the mood for some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for the NES. On my first play through, it didn't take long for me to lose all my Turtles. I didn't even make it to the Dam level this time. In all my years, I've only managed to get through the Dam level once, and I'm pretty sure I was using the Game Genie that time around. Still, it was the only Turtles game around at the time, so we continued to play it, no matter how much it pissed us off.

Eventually, I got tired of getting my butt kicked by electrified sea grass, so I decided to surf around the web a bit. One of my favorite sites to visit is Dinosaur Dracula. I was a rabid reader of Matt's previous site, X-Entertainment, while I was in college. I was still a shy kid my first couple years of college, and X-E gave me something to all those times I was hanging out in my dorm room by myself. I'm also enjoying browsing through all your blogs tonight. Toyriffic, The Clawful Punch, Action Figure Adventures, Fully Jointed Play Things...Honestly, just look at my bloglist. You all entertain me, as well as inspire me. Okay, enough with this sappiness. It's almost 12, the book club is winding down, and I think my sugar rush is finally starting to peter out. Before I go, here's a shot of yours truly, in all my exhausted glory.

Hey, I told you I wasn't worried about quality tonight.

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