Saturday, January 15, 2011

CBT: 448-Page Superheroes Big Big Book, Part 3!

This time around, it's Superman's turn in the spotlight, with "Luthor's Lost Land"! It appears that this story got a lot of mileage... Below is where I think it first appeared:
Below is the original art for the cover of the tabloid-sized version, which may have actually been the first printing:
And this book certainly looks like it featured this story, too!

Cool Stuff: Yes, More Batman Stuff!

Wow, with all the Batman stuff that turns up when I'm at the beginning of a "Cool Stuff" photo volume, you'd think I'd go ahead and start a separate Batman collectibles blog or something, eh?

First up this time around is this 1966 era Batman pin!

Movie of the Week: Target Earth!

Trailer and other goodies after the jump!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fandom Library: FOOM #1!

This week's Fandom Library features the in-house Marvel fanzine FOOM #1!

Give-A-Show Fridays: The Beverly Hillbillies!

This week starts out the one additional set of slides Remco released for their Ugly Mugly Projector, and they feature TV shows that I believe were all on CBS at the time. There were two Beverly Hillbillies slides, two Hogan's Heroes, two Wild Wild West, two Gunsmoke, and two Family Affair.

Interesting story as to how I got these in my collection. When I bid on the Ugly Mugly projector set with the Doctor Dolittle slides, I put in a bid for a dollar or two more than the starting bid, and managed to win with the starting bid, to my surprise (the only other set I'd seen in recent months had a starting bid of about 3 times what I paid for mine with postage). The seller was actually the seller's mother, and the seller didn't even know these were put up for sale by her mom, so it took me some time to get it.

Anyway, the package arrived, and when I opened it up, I was surprised and delighted to not only get the complete Ugly Mugly Doctor Dolittle projector and set, but also all ten of these slides, plus another set of Doctor Dolittle slides that was missing only one slide (plus an extra of #1)! I did some research, and could only find one place on the web that even mentioned these other slides at all -- that was a Hogan's Heroes fan site, that put a dollar value on those slides alone of about $50-100 each.

Here's the package for this release, in case you're curious:

Next week: Hogan's Heroes!

Comic Book Advertisements!

Our first ad this week features the Kenner Star Wars Collection, as seen in the January 1980 cover-featured DC Comics!
As most of you may recall, Kenner got kind of a late start with their Star Wars license, with the original batch of figures not being available in stores prior to that year's Christmas rush, so they offered instead an "Early Bird Certificate" that could be purchased, filled out, and mailed in. Obviously, they learned their lesson after that, and expanded their line of Star Wars toys greatly after that!

The action figure line was definitely the priority, you can see in this ad that they'd been adding characters from the first movie like crazy, even including characters that had only been seen in the Cantina sequence! And they also added vehicles, such as the Troop Transporter (which I don't recall ever appearing in the movies) and the Land of the Jawas playset that included a Sandcrawler... to say nothing of the Creature Cantina!

But if you ask me, the coolest items on this two page spread weren't the action figures... it had to be the Radio Controlled R2-D2 (which was pretty cool at the time, although since then they've come out with a voice-controlled R2 that blows this away) and those Die-Cast Vehicles! In fact, I used to have the TIE Fighter die-cast, and wanted more of them! Those vehicles were perfect for those of us who loved the Star Wars vehicles but were a mess when it came to building model kits!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Way of the Geek #11: Eric Stettmeier

eric sEric Stettmeier, aka “Bubba Shelby,” is a geek with two very different blogs: There's Art by Bubba Shelby, his art blog (or is that too obvious?), and Toyriffic, which is primarily focused on toys, but he also talks about other geek-related matters, as well. We've been following each other's blogs for a while, although I'm pretty sure Eric comments on mine way more than I comment on his!

Eric was “born a poor Geek child,” he jokes. Seriously, he was born in California in the winter of 1974, and has two sisters (one five years older, one nine years younger). He's not married, and has an eight-year-old daughter. Eric is still living in California, and works at a NorCal summer camp in marketing.

Eric is mostly into cartoons, comics, and toys, but noted that he “dabble(s) in all the Geek arts.” He believes his geekery started with Star Wars, or more specifically, the cantina scene. “That hive of scum, villainy and the weirdest extra-terrestrials my young mind had ever seen forged a love for all things odd and awesome,” Eric reminisced. “Also, my Dad is an epic cartoonist, so his drawings inspired me from day one. His drawing table was a Mecca of imagination, and now I draw on it to this day.” If you ask me, Eric was lucky to have a parent who was a bit of a geek himself!

Random Videos of Geekery: Japanese Toy Commercials!

Another pair of awesome Japanese toy commercials after the jump!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Horror Monsters #8!

Time for this week's installment of classic monster magazines! Horror Monsters was one of Charlton's entries into the monster magazine market (Mad Monsters was the other one).

CBT: 448-Page Superheroes Big Big Book, Part 2!

Now, the conclusion of Batman in "Comedy of Tears"!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dog of the Geek: Paddlefoot!

paddlefoot01Breed: Dachshund

Original Appearances: Clutch Cargo syndicated cartoons, starting March 9, 1959.

Other Appearances: Unknown

Biography: Paddlefoot was the pet dachshund of Clutch Cargo's young ward, spinner. Clutch himself was a writer and pilot who was sent around the world on dangerous assignments.

Powers: None

Group Affiliation: None

Miscellaneous: Clutch Cargo is most remembered today for the “Synchro-Vox” technique in which real human mouths were superimposed on the faces of the characters to keep animation costs down. Paddlefoot's scratching and comical movements were apparently one of the largest animation costs involved in the show! Space Angel and Captain Fathom also used the technique.

Cool Stuff: Last of the Batman Stuff for Now?

Well, we'll see...

First up, this Batman serial poster, which honestly looks better than the serial it was promoting!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Here's an eBay Seller Who Won't Get My Money...

So I've started collecting View-Master reels, because I've run out of Give-A-Show Projectors and related stuff to add to my collection (for the most part). As such, I've set up alerts on eBay for when new items are listed. Naturally, I'm looking for a good deal, so when I came across an auction for the Land of the Giants View-Master set with a starting bid of $0.99, that sounded pretty good... until I saw that they were asking $22.50 for First Class Postage.

For $22.50, the seller better damn well be overnighting it in a golden envelope!

Anyway, I sent the seller an email questioning the shipping charge, suggesting they'd made a mistake. And here's the response I got back from them:

"here's the deal, by the time you pay listing fees, final value fees, paypal fees and shipping and handling fees there isn't a lot left. Ebay in their wisdom ownes Paypal and the last couple of things I sold have cost around or more than 12% in fees to EBAY. I only pay 10% to The Lord. If you list something now over .99 they charge you, if it's bold they charge you, if you breathe irregularly they will charge you. Whats the difference in selling an item for $22 and charging $3 to ship for a total of $25 (that's what I want to begin with) or $1 to buy and $22 to ship. Oh I guess i can be banned at Ebay now for admitting that. My Brother hacked into my ebay account four months ago, notified buyers of cheaper deals (including his) and when I complained to EBay they turned a deaf ear, (but he's a power seller and sells a ton of things so they don't want to lose him right), I bought a DVD on ebay, watched it and sold it (it was a ripped copy of a show not available on DVD) guess what, my brother turned me and and yep, you guessed it, I got suspended. So there's my answer. Mostly people on Ebay want something for nothing, fact of life, the .99 cents appealed to you because you want a deal, everyone does, I just want the fair price for what I sell without so much of ebay's hand in my cookie jar or pockets. Sorry if this is offensive to you but you could send this to them and I'm sure they will suspend me, it just gets tiring that they preach right and then do whatever they want, simple and sweet, the high cost for shipping includes handling. Hope you have a good day."

Quite a rant, isn't it? Let's see, where do I begin? Oh, let's start with the basics. You don't get something for nothing. If you sell on eBay, you're going to have to pay fees. It's the cost of doing business. If you don't want to pay fees, then set up your own auction website and hope that eventually everyone on the whole planet with internet access decides that's the best place to shop.

12% in fees? Try running a brick-and-mortar store sometime and see how long it takes you to sell that same item... AND pay for the building rental, utilities, employee pay and benefits, taxes, etc.

Then this butthead says, "I only pay 10% to the Lord." Well, tithing is a wonderful thing... if this person is indeed tithing to his church. Apparently, he wasn't there that they that "Thall Shalt Not Steal" was covered, and he didn't do the reading on that, either.

I'll ignore the rant about all the extra fees that have to be paid for all the extras, because let's face it, they're extras! And if his brother hacked into his account and did all that, and he couldn't do anything about it, tough! It's probably his fault for using the same passwords on everything and letting his brother learn them.

I also find it rather insulting that in his defense, he admits to buying a bootleg DVD from someone on eBay (there's that "Thall Shalt Not Steal" thing again) and then reselling it, and getting busted for it... and he whines about it!

So far as getting a fair price on something that is being sold, I don't care what the price guides say, the only value something really has is what someone else is willing to pay for it. I don't give a rat's behind if this guy paid someone $20 for this and he's only trying to make $2 on the sale (after fees are deducted), because if you're going to buy stuff to resell on eBay, you'd better be knowledgeable about what things are going to sell for, and make sure you spend as little as possible, and then set the starting price at the minimum you're willing to let it go.

I don't think I need to bother mentioning the name of this seller, I'm sure that any of you guys who shop on eBay see guys like these all the time.

I'll tell you what, if this guy had just listed the item for $22.50 with shipping of $0.99, I'd have never even looked at his auction, much less emailed him.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.

By the 10s: Black Rider/Western Tales of the Black Rider/Gunsmoke Western!

Black Rider took over the numbering of Western Winners with issue 8, and changed to Western Tales of the Black Rider with issue #28, then became Gunsmoke Western with issue 32!

Monster Monday!

This week's Monster Monday starts out with sort of a future tease, if you will, for the Wednesday Monster Magazine/Book feature! Some day, I'm pretty sure that both of the above (Monsters to Laugh With #3 and Monster World #10) will be featured there... but don't hold your breath waiting!

More monster goodies after the jump!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Puzzle Sunday!

Last week's solution:

This week's puzzle:

Retro-Review: Phantom Lady #13, Part 2

phantomlady13_09The second story in this issue features Phantom Lady in “Knights of the Crooked Cross,” by “Gregory Page” (pseudonym for Ruth Roche?) with art by Matt Baker. The story itself doesn't have a title on it, so I'd imagine that the title was given by the indexer who put this issue in the Grand Comics Database! As you can see, the splash involves Phantom Lady training her black light ray on a pair of crooks, blinding them, with her special car parked in the background (which I can now see strongly resembles a seaplane with wheels on the wings).

Original Comic Art!

First up in today's parade of original comic art is page 1 from Tales to Astonish #55, by Dick Ayers!