Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

We interrupt this blog for a special announcement...

Friends, as much as I've wanted to keep this blog going on the two-posts-a-day format, it's not been possible for me to keep up. So beginning next month (at least until I can get ahead of schedule again), Random Acts of Geekery will be going back to a single post a day until further notice. I'm hoping I can get back on track at least by October for the annual Countdown to Halloween, or at the very worst, by December for the Christmas Comics Countdown (not that I know what I'll have for that by this point), but I can't really promise anything yet.

Since I'm still working on June posts right now, there will be a few features appearing irregularly, and probably a few will disappear for that month... but by July, all the regular features will return and be on a regular schedule again.

The reason I've not been able to keep up? Well, there's been a few things:

  1. eBay auctions have been eating up way too much of my time when I have days off. Trying to earn the extra money I need while looking for a better job takes time, my friends!
  2. Most of my days off, I have a "honeydo" list that I need to take care of. For example, yesterday, when I was planning on getting a whole bunch of posts done, instead I had to clear out what used to be my office here (but has been the pets' room, where their food and water bowls are located plus the cats' litter box) and rip up the old carpet because today, new flooring is being put in that room and the family room (which has been carpet-free for some time). My current office was going to be included in this task, but there's just no way I have enough boxes around here to pack everything up in time. By the way, my old office will now be Tristan's bedroom, since his room has been crowded with the foster child we've been taking care of since late February.
  3. Some days, I'm just plain tired... you know I work nights, but what you don't know is that on weekdays, I'm lucky to get six to seven hours of sleep tops, because I have to get the foster child to daycare and my son and daughter off to school before I can go to bed... and then I'm up again in order to meet their school buses when they're dropped off. 
There's probably other factors as well... but those are the main ones. In the meantime, I appreciate each and every one of you who read this blog daily (or even those who check in a couple of times a week and immerse yourselves in several days' posts at a sitting), and I especially appreciate each of you who click on the advertisers' links! The money from those links doesn't amount to much, but it helps out! In addition, if you'd like to show your appreciation for this blog, I'd be very appreciative of a donation, which you'll find a link for where the Friend of Krypto thing was at the top left corner of this blog. Anything helps, my friends!

Thank you again, we now return you to the Random Acts of Geekery!

Fandom Library: The Comic Reader #132 & 133!

I'll be increasing the posts on The Comic Reader, as I have a larger backlog of these than other books for this feature.
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Cover Redux!

It's time again to compare and contrast two Marvel comics covers -- the original book's cover, plus the issue of the comic that it was reprinted in!
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First up, we have The Avengers #70 and the reprint as seen in Marvel Super Action #31... the firs thing you'll notice is that the image has been slightly reduced to accommodate the larger logo for the reprint, plus the blurb has been reduced and shifted to make room for the UPC code. Other than that, I don't really see any changes. At least Hyperion's not bare-legged in the reprint!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Famous Monsters #53!

Doubling up on Famous Monsters this month... look forward to another issue in two weeks!
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Comics Ads: Fawcett Comics PSAs!

Fawcett Comics certainly did their part with Public Service Announcements in their comics, especially those related to supporting the war effort! Most Golden Age books I've read sort of just pay lip service to the war, with a blurb at the end of a story about buying war bonds, while others would include stories based around buying war bonds... Fawcett did the latter, as well as putting out these ads!
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As you can see, even the Marvel Family members were used in these ads... but it wasn't all for war bonds and stamps, as you'll see after the jump!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Favorite Movies: Superman The Movie!

superman_movieposter"You will believe a man will fly," the ads promised... and they were right!

It may seem hard to believe, but I didn't go to see Superman: The Movie when it was in the theaters... in fact, I had no interest in seeing it at all! Yeah, given how big a Superman fan I am, it's strange, but I was going through a phase at the time where I couldn't reconcile some things with other things, and I guess I figured I'd outgrown Superman at that time (foolish, I know). When my siblings went to see Superman, I went to see Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings instead, so I didn't see Superman until it came out on home video.

I wish I'd seen it on the big screen, because it's a movie that deserves the big screen experience, like the original Star Wars. I've watched it in television many times... it's probably on my top ten list of movies I've seen multiple times, and back in February, just in time to write this entry, I was finally able to share the movie with my children, Tristan and Desi, who loved it.

Cool Stuff!

Looks like a bunch of Superman stuff this time around...
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While Ben Cooper is mostly remembered for their Halloween costumes for kids, it's all too easy to forget that they also produced rubber danglers as well! Here's a display box with some of their Superman danglers.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kirby Kovers!

Time once again for another round of Kirby Kovers!
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First up, we have Tales of Suspense #13, with Elektro cover-featured. While he's not the most impressive of the Kirby giant monsters, I can't help but note that some details of Elektro's construction remind me of Dr. Doom, particularly the hands!

Ape of the Geek: Beppo the Super-Monkey!

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Species: Kryptonian monkey

First Appearance: Superboy #76

Other Appearances: Other issues of Superboy, and likely issues of Adventure Comics that featured the Legion of Super-Pets.

Merchandising: A DC Direct soft toy, as well as appearances in the Super Pets kids' book line.

Biography: Beppo was one of Jor-El's test animals on Krypton. He was a stowaway on Kal-El's rocket ship, leaving it before Kal was discovered by the Kents. For some years, he lived in a jungle (location unspecified, but presumably in Africa) where his super-powers allowed him to live comfortably. One day, Beppo used his telescopic vision to spot Kal-El, at this point a toddler in Smallville, and flew there, quickly causing trouble. An accidental setting off of fireworks startled Beppo, causing him to flee into space. He later returned to Earth when Kal-El was a teenaged Superboy, and even later met Supergirl as well as Krypto the Superdog and Streaky the Supercat. This meeting led to him becoming a charter member of the Legion of Super-Pets, along with Krypto, Streaky, Comet the Superhorse, and Proty. Beppo was erased from continuity as a result of Crisis on Infinite Earths, although he has reappeared at least twice in continuity since then.

Powers: Beppo has all of the super-powers Kryptonian beings gain under a yellow sun, including super-strength, invulnerability, flight, super-vision, telescopic and microscopic vision, heat vision, super-hearing, and more.

Miscellaneous: Some consider Beppo to be one of the more ridiculous concepts in Kryptonian survivors... and I can understand that, although it's more likely that Krypton would have ape-like creatures for the humanoid population to evolve from than it is for Krypton to have dogs like Krypto!