Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Government Comics!

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Comic Book Ads: Pepsi, The Pepsi-Cola Cop!

Okay, I guess we're done with the miscellaneous ads, now it's time to focus on some grouped ads, and this time around, it's the adventures of "Pepsi" the Pepsi-Cola Cop! Enjoy!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This N That Time!

So, On The Job Front...

I don't recall if I wrote about this or not, but about a month ago, I was contacted by my former supervisor at the newspaper. These days, she's running a clinic for a major medical company in this area, and they had an opening for a Medical Assistant that she thought I'd be perfect for. As you may recall, it's been about a year and a half since I graduated with my MA degree, and I didn't have any luck getting hired as an MA, which is why I had my year-long try with truck driving, and my current position at a major retailer. Now, I had high hopes for this interview, as you might understand, although after the interview, I learned that my strategy of replying to questions using more recent examples than older examples of how I dealt with things wasn't the best way to go. This same company had a job fair going on at another facility the following day, and I received an invitation for that as well. It wasn't long before I heard about the job fair results -- no dice there -- but it took about another week or two before I heard about the first job. As you may have guessed by now, I didn't get that job, either. As it turned out, they had an applicant with 13 years of experience and excellent references (I found it odd when my former supervisor told me that latter part, given that she's been one of my references in my job hunt, but whatever). I think this pretty much puts the final nail in the coffin so far as trying to ever get work in the MA field, although I've applied for one or two positions since then. As I see it, I have a couple of strikes going against me: 1) I'm a man, and there just aren't very many facilities comfortable with having a male MA on staff; 2) The length of time since I graduated, meaning that my skills and knowledge have been unused for a long time... saying they're "rusty" would be an exaggeration; 3) When people meet me for the first time, I often come across as intimidating, because let's face it, I'm a big guy! I'm 6 foot 6, and until someone gets to know me a little, it's easy to just assume that I'm a big scary guy.

Essays on Comics Characters: Batman!

batman250.jpgOkay, it's time I got around to the Caped Crusader himself, Batman. Hold on to your seats, gang, this could be a doozy, as I feel like I've got a lot to say about the Dark Knight!

My first exposure to Batman was probably Filmation's animated cartoons of the late 1960s, with the comics following very shortly after that (it's possible I may have read a Batman comic before that, but I don't know for certain). I don't believe I ever saw the Adam West version when it originally aired, although I do recall seeing the movie on TV fairly frequently. Later, I did get to see it in syndication (I was probably seven or eight at the time), and of course, also saw the Dynamic Duo on Super Friends, as well as Batman's appearances on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

batman - joker filmation artI don't specifically recall the first Batman comic I ever owned... the earliest one I know for sure I had was a 100-Page Super-Spectacular that reprinted the original Golden Age appearances of Two-Face... oh, wait, there was one that was before that which reprinted the story with the vampires that Batman shot from his autogiro! It's likely that I'd read several issues of Justice League of America with Batman in them before my first Batman comic!

Comic Reading Library: Nature Boy #3!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Indexible Hulk #59

Hulk 102Issue: The Incredible Hulk #102

Title: --This World Not His Own!

Credits: Written by Gary Friedrich, penciled by Marie Severin, inked by George Tuska and Syd Shores, lettered by Artie Simek

Supporting Cast: (in flashback) Rick Jones, General Ross

Villain: The Enchantress, the Executioner, Trolls

Guest-Stars: Odin, Oldar the Oracle, Warriors Three, (in flashback) Thor, Silver Surfer

Plot: In Asgard, while going with the Warriors Three to see Oldar the Oracle, the Hulk jumped over a bottomless chasm, being changed back to Banner partway across by Loki, causing Bruce to plummet ever downwards! Now, as he falls, he's spotted by the Executioner and the Enchantress, who happen to be walking along a narrow path on the wall of the chasm. Recognizing Bruce as a mortal, the Enchantress chooses to save him, as he may have news about Hercules, whom Amora has fallen in love with. The Executioner isn't happy about this, as there's an invasion of Asgard planned and he wants to keep it on track.

Above, the Warriors Three fear Bruce is dead, but decide to continue on to Oldar, and when she's summoned, and spends a few pages narrating the Hulk's origin in verse. At the Executioner's camp, the Enchantress questions Bruce about Herc, but of course he knows nothing. The Executioner is about to behead Bruce when the stress changes Bruce back into the Hulk! The Executioner recognizes Greenskin from their encounter in Tales to Astonish #77, and the two start to fight! Just as the Hulk uses one of his standard ground-shaking blows to knock the Executioner off his feet, the Enchantress orders their troll army to attack, but the Hulk still escapes them.

Now, the roles are reversed, as the Executioner wants to go after the Hulk, while th Enchantress is ready for the invasion of Asgard! The troll legions are ordered to begin their attack on Asgard. Meanwhile, Oldar warns the Warriors Three of the invasion, and rush off to warn the city. Elsewhere, the Hulk makes his way back to the chasm, and starts climbing up.

The troll armies attack, and the call to arms is sounded in Asgard! As the Enchantress casts a spell to aid the trolls, the Hulk emerges from the chasm, and shortly comes upon the scene of the invasion. The Hulk leaps into the troll army, and the Hulk soon starts to open a chasm in the ground to swallow up the troll army, unknowingly aided by Odin. Angered by this, the Enchantress casts a spell on the Hulk, intending to kill him! Downed by this spell, the Hulk is doomed, but Odin decrees that the Hulk shall live, using the power of his scepter.

The Hulk awakens, sees Odin's scepter pointed at him, and assumes the Asgardians a also his enemies. Odin is about to destroy the Hulk in response, but Fandral and Hogun talk Odin into sparing the Hulk! Odin decides instead to send the Hulk away from Asgard... But to where?

Invention Exchange: None

Reprinted In: Marvel Super-Heroes #56, Essential Hulk #2, Warriors Three: Dog Day Afternoon (unnumbered 2011 series)

Notes: If you recall, the previous meeting of the Hulk and the Executioner took place on a future Earth after the Hulk had been struck by Banner's T-Gun and time traveled. We can only assume that at some point in the past, the Executioner himself traveled to the future, and returned after his defeat. This is not mentioned in the comic at all.

Fandom Library: The Monkees Crazy Cartoon Book!

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