Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CBT: Huckleberry Hound - The Rainmaker!


Cover Redux BONUS!

Yep, friends, it's time for a bonus edition of Cover Redux!
This bonus edition starts with Fantastic Four #63 and the reprint in Marvel's Greatest Comics #46. Looks to me like the art was reduced for the reprint, and possibly some extra art added on the left-hand side. Some detail was lost in the statting.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Indexible Hulk #55

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Issue: Tales to Astonish #98

Title: “The Puppet and the Power!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, Penciled by Marie Severin, Inked by Herb Trimpe, Lettered by Art Simek

Supporting Cast: General Ross, Betty Ross, Major Talbot

Villain: Lord of the Living Lightning

Guest-Stars: N/A

Plot: The Lord of the Living Lightning, thanks to the timely arrival of Talbot, has goaded the Hulk into attacking the missile base Ross commands! As the Hulk leaps to his target, The Lord of the Living Lightning gets his men and Talbot onto a sleek attack craft, then follow. The Hulk lands in the center of the base, and Ross orders his men to gas the Hulk, while Betty asks that they don't shoot Bruce Banner. Ross has Betty confined to her quarters, guarded. Meanwhile, the Hulk rampages, destroying cannons and jets in his wake.

The Living Lightning ship surveys the damage, and lands, the troops spilling out and attacking with hand held lightning guns. Meanwhile, the Hulk's rampage is stopped by gas grenades, which knock him out. The Lord of the Living Lightning and some of his men take over Ross' office, and shortly afterwards, capture Ross as well! Then, the LLL shows Ross that they have Betty, and have out her in a cell with the slumbering Hulk! The Lord of the Living Lightning awaits Ross' decision... Will he agree to surrender the base on a nationwide radio broadcast... Or will he refuse, and see what happens to Betty when the Hulk wakes?

Invention Exchange: Lightning guns.

Reprinted In: Marvel Super-Heroes #53, Essential Hulk #2, Incredible Hulk (Pocket Books)

Notes: Roy Thomas, never one to let anything go to waste, revisited the Living Lightning's base during his run on Avengers West Coast, having the son of one of the LL members finding it and getting superpowers from the equipment still there. 

Monster Stuff!

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster stills!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dog of the Geek: Space Canine Patrol Agents!

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Breed: Alien Super-Dogs

Original Appearances: Superboy #131

Other Appearances: A few other Superboy issues; post-Crisis, they appeared in an issue of Animal Man; a different version appeared in the Krypto the Super-Dog cartoon (see miscellaneous). Several of the animated agents were also sold as action figures.

Biography: In deep space, Krypto is exploring when he finds what he first thinks is a giant balloon, but turns out to be Mammoth Mutt. When Mammoth Mutt is mortally injured, he tells Krypto about the Space Canine Patrol Agents, which he is a member of, and asks Krypto to avenge his death by capturing the Canine Caper Gang, a group of interstellar dog crooks who were responsible for his death. Krypto succeeds in capturing the gang, but not before he's temporarily captured and put in a cell with other captured SCPA members. Krypto succeeds in breaking them out of jail and the gang is captured. Later, Krypto is inducted into the SCPA.

Powers: Each member had a unique power, like the Legion of Super-Heroes. Tail Terrier has an elastic tail; Mammoth Mutt can inflate to many times his size; Hot Dog is pyrokinetic; Tusky Husky can turn one of his canine teeth into a tusk; Bull Dog can grow horns; Paw Pooch can grow extra limbs; Chameleon Collie is a shapeshifter; Prophetic Pup is clairvoyant; Mammoth Miss (Mammoth Mutt's girlfriend) can also inflate; Beam Beagle possesses “Searchlight Eyes.”

Group Affiliation: They're their own group, with the motto, “Big dog, big dog, bow wow wow, we'll fight evil, now, now, now!”

Miscellaneous: The SCPA members who appeared in that issue of Animal Man were shown as being in comic book limbo, having been written out of continuity. In the 2000 Krypto the Superdog animated series, the SCPA was introduced as the Dog Star Patrol, and included Tail Terrier, Mammoth Mutt, Hot Dog, Tusky Husky, Bull Dog, Paw Pooch, and new members Drooly and leader Brainy Barker (with psychic abilities). In the cartoon, Streaky the Supercat and Ace the Bathound were also made members.

Puzzle Time!

Yep, more of the X-Men Super Activity Book! Last installment!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cool Stuff!

More Marvel goodies this time around, beginning with Fun Book #5! I wish I could find all of those books at cheap prices...

Comic Reading Library: Masked Raider #2!

Here's your one non-Christmas comic feature for the month of December!

Cover Redux!

Time once again to look at original Marvel covers and the reprinted version! Here we have Avengers #21 and the reprint in Marvel Triple Action #15... The art's been shifted down, with Power Man's boot over the bottom blurb, and the title blurb's been moved as well... and it looks like some background was added, too! In fact, I see the image has been shifted to the right a bit, too!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Comics BLOWOUT!

Here's an assortment of Christmas Comics stories and covers for your enjoyment! Merry Christmas!

CBT Christmas Bonus! Donald Duck and Santa Claus!


Dog of the Geek: Lockjaw!

Lockjaw_001Breed: Inhuman dog (see Miscellaneous)

Original Appearances: Fantastic Four #45

Other Appearances: Many other Marvel comics, most recently those with the Pet Avengers

Biography: Lockjaw was born on the island of Attilan, formerly in the Atlantic Ocean. His primary role is as Crystal's pet as well as teleporter for the Inhuman royal family. When the Royal Family was exiled from the Great Refuge as a result of Maximus the Mad's creation of the Trikon, he joined them. Later, the Inhuman royal family encountered the Fantastic Four, who were harboring the amnesiac Medusa. Later, the Fantastic Four helped the Royal Family return to Attilan, although shortly afterwards, the Great Refuge was sealed off from the rest of the world by Maximus' Negative Zone barrier (not to be confused with the Negative Zone alternative universe Reed Richards discovered). Only Lockjaw could penetrate the barrier, and eventually he came across the Human Torch and Wyatt Wingfoot. Eventually, the barrier was breached. Some years later, Lockjaw and Crystal were captured by Diablo, and they later rescued the injured Quicksilver. Quicksilver and Crystal fell in love and were married. Years after this, when Quicksilver and the Thing witnessed Lockjaw speaking to them, revealing that he was a sentient being once mutated by the Terrigen Mists, which convinces Quicksilver not to expose his daughter Luna to the Mists. Later, it was revealed this was a hoax perpetuated by Karnak and Gorgon. Lockjaw went on to have other adventures with the Inhumans as well as with the Thing, even traveling to the Heroes Reborn universe for one year. When Lockjaw helped the Royal Family rescue Black Bolt from the Skrulls, his abilities get upgraded by the Kree, allowing him to teleport father. Since then, he has been a member of the Pet Avengers.

Powers: Lockjaw possesses super-canine strength in his jaws, even for his size. He has the ability to telport himself and anyone and anything nearby him anywhere he wants, such as from the Earth to the Moon or even between dimensions. Barriers that appear impenetrable to others are no problem for Lockjaw. He also has the ability to track a “scent” across dimensional space, and can apparently sense danger from far off. He is able to chew and swallow inorganic material with no ill effect.

Group Affiliation: Inhumans

Miscellaneous: Other versions of Lockjaw appear in Earth X, Marvel Knights 2099, and Ultimate Fantastic Four, all with variations on the original. He appears to be the only “pet” in the Inhumans society... which begs the question, is he really a pet at all? I always liked the reveal that John Byrne came up with that he wasn't really a dog, but an Inhuman who had been exposed to the Terrigen Mists... regardless of what someone else came up with later on.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Comics Countdown: The Adventures of Jo-Joy with the Wonderful Whale!

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This was an annual comic produced for WT Grant in 1952!

CBT Christmas Bonus! Yogi Bear - A Christmas Visit


Cool Stuff!

Well, let's see if this installment will conclude with another trading card set, shall we?
First up, this Fortuna Movie Viewer! As you may recall, Fortuna/Spectrum was a Hong Kong company that produced knock-offs of the Kenner Give-A-Show Projector, Screen-A-Show, and View-Master... and how here's their "Movie Viewer"!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Comics Countdown: Dell Giant #53, Part 2!


Dog of the Geek: Grimm!

Breed: Bull Terrier

Original Appearances: Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip by Mike Peters, 1984 to present

Other Appearances: Various bits of merchandise, plus Saturday morning cartoon series.

Biography: Grimm, aka Grimmy, is the pet of Mother Goose along with the cat Attila. He is the central character of the comic strip, and is able to speak with both human and animal characters (although it used to be he communicated via his thought balloons).

Powers: Ability to speak to both humans and animals.

Group Affiliation: Goose household

Miscellaneous: The comic strip, in case you haven't ever read it, varies between gag-a-day format and longer storylines.