Saturday, August 01, 2015

August, 2015 Issue

Editorial: We're Back!

Well, after way too long a break, Random Acts of Geekery has returned, and with an all-new format! As you might have guessed from the above "cover," I've decided to bring back RAOG as a monthly magazine of sorts, with all the features you've come to know and love (maybe not all of them in each issue, but they'll be here!). You can read this in one of two ways: Either you can scroll down and click "previous entry" (or whatever Blogger puts down at the end of each post) to go to the next article, or you can click on the Table of Contents entry for any article that catches your fancy, and a new window will open up with that article in it.

I'm hoping this new format will let me keep Random Acts of Geekery going on without a break! Some issues will possibly be longer than others, and some issues will likely have themes (if I'd started things up last month, I'd probably have done some kind of patriotic theme, and there'll likely be a horror theme for the October issue, and a Christmas theme in December).

As I posted in that previous post back in the middle of January, there've been a lot of things occupying my time, but in the back of my mind, I've always been thinking about this blog, and how I could return and still fit in with my schedule. I'm continuing to sell on eBay (you can check out the Random Stuff of Geekery store through the link on the side, or look at the listings closing soonest just above that), supplementing my income that way. So far as my son Tristan's diabetes and treatment thereof, I think we've managed to get a handle on that, even if we aren't getting very far with training our dog, Radar, to be a diabetic awareness dog yet (he's got to get basic dog training down first). Aside from that, my family is doing well as a whole, although things could always be better, naturally!

I'd like to personally welcome back all my readers who've patiently awaited the return of Random Acts of Geekery to the internet, as well as to welcome any new readers who've come across this blogazine! I think this first issue has a number of fun features, although I realize it's a big comics-heavy this time around (nothing wrong with that, right?).


Table of Contents

Collectible Spotlight A photo gallery of my Krypto the Superdog collection!

Puzzle Time More puzzles from Marvel Fun and Games Magazine

Cover Redux A comparison of Marvel comics and the covers of the reprints, highlighting differences between them

Comic Reading Library A smattering of tales from the golden age of comics!

Cool Stuff Batman, Beatles and more collectibles!

Government Comics A government-sponsored comic from the past

Fandom Library

Comic Book Ads

Geek TV The Land of the Giants

Kirby Kovers A collection of Jack Kirby's covers from various comics publishers

Deanna Lund Gallery With Land of the Giants featured on this month's Geek TV, I thought I'd share some images of the beautiful actress who co-starred in this genre classic!

Monster Stuff Collectibles and a few articles from old monster mags

Comics They Never Made Opening the door to an alternate reality where licensed books were published we never saw in our own!

Puzzle Time Answers to this month's puzzles!

The Fleischer Popeyes A review of a classic black and white Popeye short, "The Dance Contest"!

Essays on Comics Characters The Fantastic Four!

Ape of the Geek - Chim Chim Get the scoop on Spritle's pet chimpanzee!

Fandom Library: Captain Marvel Adventures Giveaway!

This month's Fandom Library feature is this Wheaties giveaway with the original Captain Marvel!
More after the jump!

Character Collectible Spotlight: Krypto the Superdog!

As longtime readers of this blog know, my white boxer was named Krypto, after Superman's dog. Krypto passed away some time ago, but I still continue to collect Krypto items. I thought since I was bringing back RAOG, why not have the first Character Collectible Spotlight be on my Krypto collection, with a few other Krypto items I'm still looking for thrown in to boot?

The first two items you see here are (on the left) a Krypto trading card, part of a DC trading card line available from Sunbeam Bread. This is the only card in the series I have. On the right is a more recently produced product, an iron-on patch. This patch was purchased from a seller who was donating part of his proceeds to the Humane Society!

Next, a three-fer... on the left is the Krypto HeroClix, probably the second Krypto item I got for my collection. In the middle is the Krypto PVC figure from DC Direct's Smallville set. Next to that is a DC Super Friends phone dangler -- you're supposed to plug the end of that string into the headphone jack of your cell phone.

Here's one of the Krypto figures included with Ideal's Captain Action costumes for Superman and Superboy, as well as included with their Supergirl Super Queens figure!

Next, here's the Superman and Krypto set from the DC Super Friends line!

The original Aurora Superboy model has been out of my price range, but I'm happy to have this Moebius reissue in my collection!

These Krypto the Superdog animated series toys were mostly purchased when they went on clearance at Toys R Us.

Krypto Comic Book Foldee! Like with the Sunbeam card, this is the only one I have of these.

Now, as nice as these items are, there's still a few things I'm missing from my Krypto the Superdog collection:

This bottle cap was part of a seres done in Argentina, I believe, of all sorts of DC Characters!

This Superboy game is one of the few Superboy items that features Krypto!

This Superboy and Krypto statute has been out of my price range for a while now.

And finally, this Superdog patch was what I was looking for when I found the patch shown previously!

Puzzle Time!

Time for another round of puzzles from Marvel Fun & Games! If you can't stand to wait for the answers to be revealed as you scroll through this issue, you can get there directly from here. These puzzles are from issue #10.


Covers Redux!

For those of you new to RAOG, in "Covers Redux," I compare two covers of Marvel Comics; the original comic book's cover, plus the cover of the comic that issue was reprinted in. I compare the two, looking for changes that were made for the reprint. You're welcome to include anything I miss in the comments!

First up, let's look at Daredevil #22 and the reprint in Marvel Adventure #1. Obviously, the reprint has been reduced from the original, which probably meant adding some extra art to the sides and bottom. Aside from adding the blurb and removing some buttons, I don't see any other changes.

When Silver Surfer #14 was reprinted in Fantasy Masterpieces #14, the image was flopped, and a different blurb was used. Plus it was reduced slightly, with more art added on the bottom.

Next, Incredible Hulk 3120 and Marvel Super-Heroes #73. Looks like the image was reduced slightly and shifted down.

A similar situation happens here with Sgt. Fury #38 and the reprint in #109. Reduced and this time shifted down. An explosion was added, and some speed lines in the coloring.

When Amazing Spider-Man #52 was reprinted in Marvel Tales #37, they went with a whole new cover! I think the original was better, myself.

Next, Fantastic Four #79 and Marvel's Greatest Comics #61. Not only was the coloring better on the original, the whole framing was better. The reprint filled a lot of background in with black, and added an "opening" around the people in the background. Looks like it was reduced slightly, too.

Next, Incredible Hulk #116 and Marvel Super-Heroes #70... brand-new cover, but using the same design! I don't understand why they'd do that, except to make the Hulk look more like he was looking in his regular book at the time.

Only some slight re-arranging of balloons and blurbs when Marvel Tales #94 reprinted Amazing Spider-Man #115, unless you can spot something else!

When Avengers #68 was reprinted in Marvel Super Action #29, the image was shrunk slightly, but that's all I can see that's different!