Saturday, December 08, 2007

It's a Party!

So, tomorrow (well, today as most of you are reading this), Jessi and I are going to be throwing a party to celebrate adopting Tristan. We've invited all of my family, Jessi's "adopted" Washington family, friends and co-workers.

All of whom are supposed to have RSVP'ed, and outside of my family, none of which have. So far as I'm aware, anyway. I suppose Jessi's invitees could've contacted her.

Of course, not knowing how many people are attending makes certain things difficult to plan. Like the food, for example!

Last payday, I purchased (and stashed in the freezer) a couple of assorted bake-and-serve appetizers, and then the other day I bought six different kinds of cheese and three different kinds of crackers for the cheese platter, as well as four 12-packs of different sodas and 28 bottles of water.

And then there's the cake situation. Since Tristan loves trains, we purchased two different train-themed cake pans. The first one we found at Michael's, and it's a single cake shaped like a steam train engine. The second one we had to order online, and it makes individual cakes shaped like various train cars.

Well... to try to make sure that we've got enough cake for the people who may be showing up, I bought four boxes of cake mix, and made two of the big cakes and two sets of the small ones.

And then the dogs got a hold of and ate four of the nine train cars from the devil's food batch (I made that plus yellow cake).

So today, en route to my niece's 16th birthday party, we stopped at the store and picked up party favors as well as one more box of cake mix. So we've basically made five boxes of cake mix worth of cake. And I have an awful feeling there's going to be a LOT of cake left over.

And while I may be a pretty good cook (I would've made most of the food from scratch if I had the time), I've never said I was much of a cake decorator... so as of tonight, we've got the cakes all frosted, but none of them have been decorated yet!

My brother Jeff and his wife are supposed to be here early so they can help us with the cake decorating. Also, I need to run KO and Krypto to our friend Kathy's house so they can play with their boxer buddy Jaeger for a while before Kathy comes to the party herself.

Things start off at 2pm, with my family showing up then... and then we're hoping to stagger further arrivals to about every hour or two, so as to avoid having too many people in the house at once!

I'll give you a brief write-up of anything interesting from it tomorrrow.


Comic Book Advertising Gallery!


From Marvel's March, 1977 comics comes this advertisement for what has to be the most over-hyped movie of the 1970s!

Moving to the next month...


OK, I've got the Feiffer book (one of the first books about comics I ever owned)... I used to have that Overstreet Guide, and have seen the two Mego cars... but I have never, ever seen any evidence that those Power Shields ever existed outside of ads like this one!


This ad for Star Wars stuff, from Marvel's April, 1978 books, looks to me like it was created by students at the Kubert school, like all the Heroes World ads!


This Star Wars ad, on the other hand, is not by the Kubert students... the style looks familiar, but I can't place the artist.


Friday, December 07, 2007

25 Days of Christmas Comics: Day 9!


Yep, going for the Disney Christmas Cover today!


Found on eBay!

OK, let's get back into the Found on eBay stuff with the rest of the Big Jim stuff, eh?


OK, remember yesterday I wrote about how I was surprised Mattel didn't reuse the Big Jim molds when they came out with the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line? Well, take a look at this coloring book, and tell me that the art style doesn't remind you of the He-Man cartoon!

Kind of strange they didn't do a more Kirbyesque art style...


This P.A.C.K. Lazervette doesn't look like there was even an attempt to emulate Kirby's style!

And now, the individual P.A.C.K. members:





And then there's Zorak above, the enemy!


I'm pretty sure this Rescue Copter is one of those Europe-only Big Jim items.


I don't even see the Mattel logo on these!


This sticker fun book just looks odd... I've heard that He-Man has a huge gay fandom, but I have to wonder how many of those fans got their start with Big Jim?


This adventure set looks pretty cool... almost on a par with the best GI Joe stuff!


Most of the early Big Jim clothing packs were sports-related... like this Winter Sports item!

And that'll do it for Big Jim this time around... look for more after the Found on eBay posts feature Batman stuff again!


25 Days of Christmas Comics: Day 8!


Another Batman cover... and it's a classic! Although I don't know what the heck possessed anyone to come up with the bizarre image of Batman with a Santa beard!


25 Days of Christmas Comics: Day 7

Ack, with my excitement (and rush) to get the Give-A-Show Fridays posts, plus a Found on eBay post, I completely forgot to post today's Christmas Comics Cover!


So here's Batman 27, in which the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder demonstrate that you don't have to be the Man of Steel to give Saint Nick a helping hand!


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Found on eBay!

So, in case you're not interested in the Give-A-Show Fridays post, here's some Found on eBay stuff to reward you for stopping by anyway!


Been a while since I posted any Bewitched-related pictures, hasn't it? Well, I'll make up for it today! The Samantha doll pictured above is one of the most-desired items for Bewitched collectors, or so I've read.

Not a lot of Bewitched toys were ever produced, so there's not much available on eBay for the Bewitched collector... well, except for publicity photos! Those come up fairly often, like these:



Signed photos must go for quite a bit, I'd imagine!


OK, so the one above isn't really a Bewitched item... but somehow, I don't think you readers will mind (well, at least the heterosexual male readers won't mind!).

And now, for something completely different!


Big Jim was Mattel's attempt to capture some of Hasbro's GI Joe market, and probably some of Mego's market, as well! Like Joe and Mego's Action Jackson, Big Jim had accessories and vehicles available, like the boat and buggy above, and the costumes below!


One thing that I've never really understood, however, was why they decided that Big Jim was going to be shorter than their previously-established Barbie line!


(Pictured above is Dr. Steel, who was originally sold as a villain, but later reformed and joined Big Jim's P.A.C.K.)

Now, bear with me on this... getting back to the different size than Barbie thing. Mego played it smart by making their girl's doll line (Dinah-Mite) the same size as Action Jackson and the later World's Greatest Super-Heroes and so forth, because then they could use the exact same molds, with different colored plastic, to make accessories for multiple lines!

For example, they produced a headquarters for Action Jackson that was also adapted for Dinah-Mite, and finally, became the Planet of the Apes Treehouse!


By making Big Jim a different scale than Barbie, I think Mattel screwed themselves... any vehicle they produced for Big Jim could've been easily retooled for Barbie as well... and any of the costumes for Big Jim could've been repackaged as Ken clothes, too! I don't know who was responsible for making that decision, but I hope they're no longer with the company.


(I think all the Big Jim items with the above logo were only produced in Europe, as I don't recall ever seeing them in the USA)

What I find even more bizarre, however, is that when, in the 1980s, Mattel decided to come out with their Masters of the Universe action figure line, they did completely n new molds, instead of using the old Big Jim molds as the basis for the figures. OK, so Jim wasn't quite as buff as He-Man was, but he was a heck of a lot more poseable!


(Above, Big Jim's P.A.C.K., gathered together in one mighty eBay auction!)

In my opinion, too, Mattel's Big Jim body was much better than Mego's body, especially for super-heroes. Mego's Hulk would truly look puny compared to the muscular Big Jim, and the poseability was better, too!

But perhaps I'll write more on this next time!


Give-A-Show Fridays: Checkist Update!

This will probably be the last update until after the first of the year, as I'm not waiting for any more sets to arrive in the mail, and am trying not to bid on more sets!

Notes: When Give-A-Show was first produced, the slides were printed on plastic and mounted on cardboard frames. These frames had a single color of ink printed on them with the character, story name, copyright date, and two pictures of the character. Through the 1960s, this was the format, and so I've taken to using the color and year to distinguish each release from the other.

1960 Red Slides
1-Popeye-Popeye To The Rescue
2-Three Stooges-Moon Man Moe
3-Yogi Bear-All At Sea
4-Woody Woodpecker-Go, Go, Goat!
5-Huckleberry Hound-Jinks' Surprise
6-Quick Draw McGraw-Two Heads are Better Than One
7-Oswald-Bug Game Hunter
8-Buffalo Bill-Sknis the Thieves
9-Wild Bill Hickock-Deadly Ambush
10-Kit Carson-Indian Attack
11-Maverick-Take a Gamble
12-Wyatt Earp-Gunman's Choice
13-Annie Oakley-Shoot-Out
14-Classics-Hansel & Gretel

1961 Blue Slides
1-Huckleberry Hound-The One That Got Away
2-Popeye-A Day at the Seashore
3-Woody Woodpecker-Geronimo!
4-Three Stooges-Go To the Dogs
5-Rocky and Bullwinkle-A Ball for Boris
6-Lassie-Urgent Message
7-Mighty Mouse-Canaveral Capers
8-Classics-Peter Pan Foils Captain Hook
9-Casper the Friendly Ghost-He Who Laughs Last…
10-Heckle and Jeckle-Rough Stuff
11-Andy Panda-Balooney Business
12-Baby Huey-Wreckless Driver
13-Kenner Kids-The Haunted Mine
14-Roy Rogers-Trigger Has a Close Call
15-Captain Kangaroo-Bunny's Crazy Crop
16-Bozo-Bozo Booms a Bum
17-Classics-The Wizard of Oz
18-Classics-Robin Hood Meets Little John
19-Classics-Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn
20-Classics-William Tell
21-N/A-Stowaway in Space
22-Aesop's Fable-The Lion and the Mouse
23-N/A-Deadly Boomerang
24-N/A-Union Drummer Boy
25-Classics-Treasure Island
26-Popeye-Big Top Bullseye
27-Woody Woodpecker-Whew!
28-Three Stooges-Where There's Smoke… There's Fire?
30-Rocky and Bullwinkle-Bully for Bullwinkle
31-Roy Rogers-Headache for the Horse Thieves
32-Bozo-Joy Ride for Jumbo

1961 Green Slides
1-Huckleberry Hound-Huck's Magic Show
2-Yogi Bear-Flying High
3-Quick Draw McGraw-The Cannoneer
4-Pixie & Dixie-Painting the Town
5-Ruff & Reddy-Ruff Gets Rough
6-Snooper & Blabber-The Bear Facts
7-Auggie Doggie-Daddy Rings the Bell
8-Flintstones-A New Twist
9-Snagglepuss-Soars to New Heights
10-Flintstones-Fred Bowls a Boomerang
11-Aggie Doggie-Daddy Builds a Beauty
12-Huckleberry Hound-Huck Uses His Head
13-Yogi Bear-Unfunny Honey
14-Quick Draw McGraw-Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…
15-Ruff & Reddy-Whale of a Time
16-Flintstones-Double Trouble

1962 Green Slides
1-Huckleberry Hound-Huck's Magic Show
2-Yogi Bear -Flying High
3-Quick Draw McGraw-The Cannoneer
4-Pixie and Dixie-Painting the Town
5-Ruff & Reddy-Ruff Gets Rough
6-Snooper and Blabber-The Bear Facts
7-Auggie Doggie-Daddy Rings the Bell
8-Flintstones-A New Twist
9-Snagglepuss-Soars to New Heights
10-Flintstones-Fred Bowls a Boomerang
11-Auggie Doggie-Daddy Builds a Beauty
12-Huckleberry Hound-Huck Uses His Head
13-Yogi Bear-Unfunny Honey
14-Quick Draw McGraw-Mirror, Mirror on theWall…
15-Ruff & Reddy-Whale of a Time
16-Flintstones-Double Trouble

1962 Red Slides
1-Popeye and Olive Oyl-Victory at Sea
2-Three Stooges-Monster Monkey Business
3-Kenner Kids-Dive into Danger
4-Rocky and Bullwinkle-The Astronut
5-Woody Woodpecker-Jetty Propulsion
6-Roy Rogers-Mark of the Big Cat
7-Kenner Kids-Everglades Adventure
8-Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear-Poor Picnic Pickin's
9-Mr. Magoo-Magoo Gets a Checkup
10-Classics-Aladdin's Lamp
11-Dick Tracy-Case of the Missing Masterpiece
12-Mr. Ed-A Hitchin' Ed's Plans
13-Fury-Adventure With an Outlaw Stallion
14-Deputy Dawg-Bait From Outer Space
15-Mighty Mouse-A Whale of a Job
16-Classics-The Boy Who Cried Wolf

1962 Silver Slides
2-Rocky and Bullwinkle-Misguided Moosile

1963 Green Slides
1-The Flintstones-All'sWell That Ends Well
2-Huckleberry Hound-Smile, You're on TV!
3-Yogi Bear-Woodsman, Spare That Tree!
4-Jetsons-Rosie Gets Repaired
5-Quick Draw McGraw-Fastest Guitar in the West
6-Hokey Wolf-An Actor's Life
7-Touche Turtle-Blast Off For Balloon
8-Wally Gator-Wally Saves His Skin
9-Lippy Lion-The Dragon's Shadow
10-Auggie Doggie-Daddy Tries His Wings
11-Flintstones-Fred Thinks Big
12-Huckleberry Hound-The Right Caliber
13-Yogi Bear-His Kind of Hat
14-Jetsons-Elroy's Secret Weapon
15-Quick Draw McGraw-Gold Fever
16-The Flintstones-A Record Catch

1963 Blue Sludes
1-The Flintstones and Pebbles-Fred Takes a Flyer
2-Popeye-Undersea Surprise
3-Mighty Mouse-Two Can Play At That Game
4-Rocky and Bullwinekle-To Catch a Moose
5-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Picnic Surprise
6-Roy Rogers-Trip Trap
7-Dennis the Menace-Where's Cowboy Bob?
9-Mr. Ed-Now Who's Talking?
10-Dick Tracy-The Robot Wrecker
11-Three Stooges-Billboard Butchers
12-Captain Kangaroo-Who Stopped the Clock?
13-Mr. Magoo-Class Reunion
14-Casper the Friendly Ghost-The Braggin' Dragon
15-Superman-Journey Into the Past
16-Whirlybirds-Air Fishing
17-Bozo the Clown-Chimp Chaser
18-The Gooney Bird-Gorilla Tamer
19-The Kenner Kids-Rambunctious Rhino
20-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Alvin's Big Catch
21-Dennis the Menace-A Trip to the Museum
22-Lassie-Lassie Gets a Reward
23-Captain Kangaroo-No Feathers for Bunny
24-Bozo the Clown-It Looks Like a Real Lion

1964 Red Slides
1-Popeye-Popeye Booms Back
2-Dick Tracy-A Real Pepper-Upper
3-Mr. Magoo-Out of Step
4-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Fractured Football
5-Clyde Crashcup-3-Speed Omission
6-Casper the Friendly Ghost-Panic Stop
7-Barney Google & Snuffy Smith-Board Stiff
8-Bozo the clown-High Dive
9-Fury-Firey Rescue
10-Mr. Ed-No Pool Like a New Pool
11-Mighty Mouse-Punch for Lunch
12-Three Stooges-Tanks, but No Tanks
13-Captain Kangaroo-Growing Pains
14-Lassie-Timmy's Bad Break
15-Dennis the Menace-Come On In
16-Huckleberry Hound & Yogi Bear-Wash-Up for Supper

1965 Red Slides
1-Flintstones-A Sneeze to Please
2-Yogi Bear-Rocket Riding Ranger
3-Huckleberry Hound-Barrel Peril
4-Magilla Gorilla-Hare Raising Robber
5-Peter Potamus-Brainless Buccaneer
6-Jetsons-Supersonic Sissy
7-Jonny Quest-Warehouse Rescue
8-Quick Draw McGraw-Clobbers a Robber
9-Yogi Bear-A Punch for a Lunch
10-Huckleberry Hound-BarnStorming
11-Flintstones and Hoppy-Mammoth Dilemma
12-Quick Draw McGraw-Out of the Frying Pan
13-Magilla Gorilla-Sled Snack
14-Peter Potamus-Watta Melon
15-Flintstones and Hoppy-Kitchen Concert
16-Yogi Bear-Yogi's Buzz Bomb

1966 Blue Slides
1-Superman-Race Against Danger
2-Three Stooges-Aqua-Nuts
3-Popeye-One Track Mind
4-Mighty Mouse-Good Noose
5-Lassie-Lassie the Game Warden
6-Secret Squirrel-Shrink in the Drink
7-Mr. Magoo-Abused Car Lot
8-Fury-Fireman Fury
9-Alvin and the Chipmunks-Moon Munks
10-Captain Kangaroo-Acrobunny
11-Roy Rogers-Nellybelle to the Rescue
12-Rocky and Bullwinkle-Alley Antics
13-Bozo-Shoe In
14-Casper the Friendly Ghost-A Frosty Friend
15-Heckle and Jeckle-Double Play
16-Stingray-Stingray's Secret Weapon

1967 Blue Slides
1-Frankenstein Jr-Frankie, Jr Saves a Satellite
2-Yogi Bear-Crunches a Lunch
3-Huckleberry Hound-Hot Puck Huck
4-Flintstones-The Purloined Sirloin
5-Magilla Gorilla-Drive-In Ape Wash
6-Secret Squirrel-Smells a Rat
7-Atom Ant-Supermarket Showdown
8-Quick Draw McGraw-Female Felon
9-Space Ghost-Puny Pirates
10-Dino Boy-Whale of a Tail
11-The Impossibles-The Formless Foe
12-Space Kidettes-Frozen Assets
13-Precious Pupp-The Fortuitus Flue
14-Maw & Paw Rugg-All Tire(d) Out
15-Hokey Wolf-Art Thief Grief

1968 Red Slides
1-Superman-Asphault Ambush
2-Lone Ranger-Tunnel of Terror
3-Three Stoogets-Firehouse Frenzy
4-Captain Kangaroo-Mower Mayhem
5-Off to See the Wizard-Enchanted River
6-Lassie-Anchor Man
7-Casper-Postal Poltergeist
8-Spider-Man-The Frustrated Phantom
9-Fantastic Four-Vicious Vine
10-Rocky and Bullwinkle-Slingshot Sleuth
11-Gentle Been-Midnight Fright
12-Bozo the Clown-Salty Solution
13-Popeye-Deep Sea Dilemma
14-Thor-Melt the Monster
15-King Kong-Erroneous Eruption
16-Aquaman-All Clammed Up

1970 Blue Slides
1-Archie-Dead End
2-Dudley Do-Right-Bear Facts
3-Bugs Bunny-Stare Case
4-Captain Kangaroo-The Retriever
5-Tom & Jerry-Build a Better Cat-Trap
6-Casper-Nothing to Crow About
7-Mr. Magoo-Camera Bug
8-George of the Jungle-Bungleberry Picker
9-Sabrina, The Teen-Age Witch-Sand-Witch for Lunch
10-Apollo 11 Moonflight-First Man on the Moon
11-Superman-Tower of Power
12-Rocky and Bullwinkle-Hard Luck
13-Lassie-Perilous Precipice
15-Popeye-Up a Tree
16-Flintstones-Oil That Glitters Is Not Gold

Sometime after 1970, Kenner decided to change how their Give-A-Show slides were listed. Since I haven't collected many post-1970 sets so far, I'm not sure if color is still a designator (the 1974 slides I have use blue printing, while the 1976 slides have kind of a purplish printing on them). The frame also has the corners beveled, which I presume made them easier to insert in the projectors.

1974 006 Slides
91-01-Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids-Tomato Catch-Up Part 1
91-02-Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids-Tomato Catch-Up Part 2
92-01-Scooby Doo-Seize and Freeze Part 1
92-02-Scooby Doo-Seize and Freeze Part 2
93-01-Josie and the Pussycats-Candy Landing Part 1
93-02-Josie and the Pussycats-Candy Landing Part 2
94-01-Speed Buggy-Speed Trap Part 1 (mislabeled as "Speed Buggs")
94-02-Speed Buggy-Speed Trap Part 2 (mislabeled as "Speed Buggs")
95-01-Charlotte's Web-Some Pig Part 1
95-02-Charlotte's Web-Some Pig Part 2
96-00-Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch-Hat Whack
97-00-Star Trek-Space Cowboy
98-00-Archie-Ladder Splatter
99-00-Goober and the Ghost Chasers-Giving up the Ghost
01-00-Robin Hood-Hood-Winked
60-00-Bugs Bunny-Wabbitt to the Wescue

1976 868 Slides
606-02-Land of the Lost-Grumpy's Rescue Part 2
606-01-Land of the Lost-Grumpy's Rescue Part 1
608-02-Shazam-Cliff Hanger Part 2
607-00-Far Out Space Nuts-Lunch Launch
608-01-Shazam-Cliff Hanger Part 1
610-02-Scooby-Doo-Mustery Train Part 2
609-00-Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids-Hole in One
610-01-Scooby-Doo-Mystery Train Part 1 (missing0
611-00-Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm-Scary Staircase
612-00-Josie and the Pussycats-A Feather in Her Cap
613-00-Great Grape Ape-Snow Foolin
615-00-Hong Kong Phooey-Clothesline Catapult
616-00-Speed Buggy-Sky High Scramble
619-00-Bugs Bunny-Fishing Frenzy
620-00-Harlem Globetrotters-Super Stuff

Notes: Either in 1977 or 1978, Kenner changed the slides again. Gone were the cardboard frames; instead, the entire slide strip was a single piece of plastic with solid black print for frames. I'm beginning to suspect that this was a contributing factor to fewer 1970s slides being available for collectors today!

1978 Slides
Black-1-16-Star Wars-Scene 1-16

Give-A-Show Friday: Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks!

From the first set of Give-A-Show slides:









More next Friday!

1979 Sears Wish Book!

Some wonderful soul has posted scans of the entire 1979 Sears Wish Book Catalog on their Flickr account... but regular readers of this blog will probably want to start looking at it from this page, which is naturally, where the toys start.

Some great stuff there, most of which (so far) I haven't found offered on eBay yet!

This same person's got lots of great Flickr sets you can check out here - including catalogs from other years and other stores!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Found on eBay: Beatle-neath the Planet of the Apes!

Yes, it's time once again for that thrilling blog entry, "Found on eBay," in which I, your humble (ha!) blogger shares with you, his legions (?) of readers, photos that he saved from various eBay auctions of stuff that I (mostly) would love to own, but don't have the money for.

Many of these items may be available on eBay at this time, but I have no affiliation with them, and cannot guarantee how much you can trust them. As with all eBay sales, caveat emptor!


On a lighter note, this was an interesting poster to come across, Beatles fan that I am! I'm not sure which concert movie this was (there were a few), and it could well be one of the ones that I used to have on VHS.

It would be nice if Apple Corps would get the rights to all these concert videos and clean 'em up and do a DVD boxed set, "The Beatles in Concert," or something like that, eh?


Speaking of the Beatles, did you know Ben Cooper made Beatles costumes in the 60s? I had no idea until I came across this and others! Believe it or not, that's supposed to be George Harrison there.


Ah, here's one of those Beatles items I would definitely love to have... well, I don't know for sure if I'd want a copy of the original, because I'd think it would be much too valuable! However, a facsimile copy would be fine. (Hey, I feel the same way about, say, Action Comics #1)

I note that Whitman was the publisher of this book... so my "Comics They Never Made" with Dell being the publisher of Beatles Movie Adaptations is certainly feasible, eh?


Here's the John Lennon Beatles Costume by Ben Cooper, and it does bear a resemblance to John, doesn't it? The mask, I mean. The costume itself seems to be exactly the same for all the Beatles, making it absolutely Ben Cooper's best profit-margin costume so far as I can imagine!


And here's the Ringo costume! Oddly, I collected all three of these Beatles costume pictures on the same day... but I have yet to find a picture of the Paul McCartney costume!

And just in case some of you readers aren't Beatles fans (and no, I won't hold it against you if you aren't), here's some foreign Beneath the Planet of the Apes lobby cards for your perusal! (and if you're not a Planet of the Apes fan, either, I guess I'm just not appealing to you today, am I?)




And what the heck, I'll throw in a Japanese poster for Beneath the Planet of the Apes, too!


25 Days of Christmas Comics: Day 6!



Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Comic Ads Gallery!


Here's another of the ads from January, 1977 cover-dated Marvel books. Don't know why I didn't post it with the last ones!

Of primary interest to me in this ad are the Iron Man, Groucho, and Frankenstein transfers... although there's other interesting ones, too!


And here's yet another of the Six Million Dollar Man ads, this one from the February, 1977 Marvels. The Mission Control Center and Critical Assignment Arms, as you can probably guess (or remember), have nothing to do with anything presented on the show!

Kenner also produced Critical Assignment Legs, too, if you can believe that.


From the same month comes this Heroes World ad... but I think I've written about it before! The Mego figures, well, those have been written about all over the web... I've got one of the web-shooters and one of the wristwatch radios in my photo file for Found on eBay...

...but the Marvel World playset, which is one of the only things here that I actually bought when it first came out, that I haven't seen on eBay! It was pretty cool, if you ask me... thick cardboard, you constructed a city block with Marvel NY buildings, plus all sorts of characters that you could put on bases... I think there was even a Quinjet, and maybe a Fantasti-Car, too!


I know I've posted the DC version of the top ad before... but I don't think I included the Marvel one in any previous post! I also haven't seen any of those on eBay, either. Same goes for the jointed figures! The DC ones seem to pop up once or twice a month, but I don't think I've seen the Spidey or Galen ones!


25 Days of Christmas Comics: Day 5!


I'm not even going to try to figure out where Superboy's got his hands on this cover.

It's yet another in that series of "Superboy/Superman helps out Santa" covers!