Saturday, November 01, 2008

Announcing... the Go-Go Godzilla Blog!

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Time for me to add to the Jon K family of blogs! Go-Go Godzilla is the new blog of daily postings of Godzilla collectibles, all photos that I've either shown here in "Monster Mondays" postings, or scheduled to show up in the future! Plus, there may be the occasional video showing up here and there.

The blog won't just cover Godzilla, but the whole Tohoverse (i.e. Ghidrah, Rodan, Mothra, Frankenstein/Gargantuas, Toho Kong) and some similar characters (like Gamera and Gappa). Basically, if it's a person in a rubber suit portraying a giant monster, it'll probably show up there!

I hope you'll check it out!

Jon

Cool Stuff: 1977 Marvel Super-Heroes Slurpee Cups!

Wrapping up the latest round of Slurpee Cup coverage, it's time for the 1977 wrap-around Marvel Slurpee cups!

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Iron Fist!

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Silver Surfer!

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Captain Marvel!

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The X-Men!

And here's some random cups, too!

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The Beast!

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Black Panther Cups!

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Fantastic Four!

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The Incredible Hulk Cups!

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Iron Man!

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Iron Man and Daredevil!

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Spider-Man!

And a group shot!

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Next time around... Spider-Man collectibles! And I'll bet there'll be more than one post of those!

Jon

Movie of the Week: The Mysterians!

Here's the movie trailer for this week's Movie of the Week...



And here's a different one!



Here's a scene from the movie:



What else is it about? Well, Wikipedia's entry for the plot is pretty thin... "Scientifically advanced wanderers from the destroyed planet Mysteroid request a patch of land on Earth and the right to marry earthling women. After a demonstration of their destructive abilities from the help of their giant robot Moguera, mankind must decide whether to capitulate or to resist." And I'd imagine that you get that from the three clips above!

Here's a slideshow of stuff I've collected for this movie, which I really should see one of these days!


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Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Movie Marathon: The Mummy (Hammer)

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And a mini-slideshow...


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Halloween Night Movie Festival: Horror of Dracula!

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Continuing the monsterrific marathon of movies for this Halloween Night...



And a slideshow of stills, lobby cards, posters and so on...


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Halloween Night Movie Festival: Blacula!

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Just in case you're stuck at home with no monster movie marathon to watch, the Random Acts of Geekery is here to help!

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Jon

Happy Halloween!




Here's the cake I made for the newspaper's pot luck party today!

Give-A-Show Fridays: The Flintstones and Popeye!

Well, with the poll results showing 50% of respondants wanting Give-A-Show Fridays to continue, we move on to the 1963 "Blue" Give-A-Show set!



Cool Stuff: Original Comic Art!

Going to make this installment a bit short, because of all the stuff I have coming down the line Halloween Night! It's all-Superman this time out!

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Page 10, Superman #326, by Curt Swan

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Page 25, Superman #365, by Kurt Schaffenberger

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Superman 392, Cover, by Gil Kane!

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Superman artwork by George Tuska!

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Superman storybook, pages 2 and 3, by Ross Andru -- and keep your eyes out for this book to show up in a "Children's Book Theatre"!

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Pages 50 and 51 from the same book!

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Page 2, Superman Family #176, by Schaffenberger!

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Page 3!

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Page 39, Superman Family 200, by Win Mortimer!

More Superman next time!

Jon

Thursday, October 30, 2008

By the 10's: Marvel Tales AND Astonishing!

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It's a two for one deal here in By the 10's, because tomorrow's Halloween, and this is the last of the horror comic By the 10's I have room for this month!

That, and both these titles had pretty short runs. Let's start with Marvel Tales (the first series... this series took over from Marvel Mystery Comics when the superheroes went out of vogue for a bit, taking the title over with issue 93 (Marvel Mystery 92 was a Torch cover, if you're curious).

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Issue 100

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Issue 110 - Yes, that is a human skeleton with fleshed-out bat wings.

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Issue 120 - Sensing a trend in these books yet?

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Issue 130 - Now, this looks more like what I'd expect a post WWII Marvel comic to look like!

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Issue 140 - Note, if you will, that the logo in use by issue 140 would be retained when the new series of Marvel Tales starts!

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Issue 150 - Incredible, isn't it?

The title lasted nine more issues... Of course, in 1966, Marvel Tales was revived with a new issue #1 (as Marvel Tales Annual, going to regular numbering with issue 3, and retitled "Marvel Tales" again) as kind of Marvel's answer to DC's 80-Page Giants (along with Fantasy Masterpieces/Marvel's Greatest Comics and others, giving new readers a chance to catch up!) for a 291-issue run!

And now, for Astonishing! You'll see that, for the most part, logo aside, there's not much to differentiate it from Marvel Tales! At least, for the issues I'm presenting here. Astonishing took over the numbering from Marvel Boy with issue 3, and started out with Marvel Boy on the cover and featuring other sci-fi tales... but then it went weird!

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Issue 10

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Issue 20

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Issue 30

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Issue 40

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Issue 50 - I wonder just how many comics covers there are with a character who's been shrunken by someone else (as opposed to The Atom, Doll-Man, Ant-Man, and others who use shrinking as their super-power)?

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Issue 60

Stan Lee must've liked the word "Astonish," because even though this series only lasted three more issues after this, he'd bring out "Tales to Astonish" in 1959 (about two years after this title ended) and "Astonishing Tales" would come out in 1970!

Jon

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Countdown: Children's Book Theatre: Creature From The Black Lagoon Part 7!

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And we wrap up the pages of this book with "The Making of the Creature"!

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This page -- and the back cover (seen below) are identical for all the volumes listed.
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Look for more of these in future installments of Children's Book Theatre!

Jon