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!

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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!
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Cover Redux!

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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!
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CBT Christmas Bonus! Donald Duck and Santa Claus!

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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

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Cool Stuff!

Well, let's see if this installment will conclude with another trading card set, shall we?
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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"!