Friday, March 21, 2008

Movie of the Week: "The Bride of Frankenstein!"

This week's featured movie is "The Bride of Frankenstein," which I've previously written about here and here, so I don't know what else I can really say about this, one of the few sequels that's better than the original!

So, how about I just be quiet, and share some posters, stills, lobby cards, and the inevitable YouTube videos?


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(Yugoslavian poster)



Next week: "The Son of Frankenstein!"


Found on eBay: Aurora Models!

I'm going to start trying something different with the "Found on eBay" posts... basically there'll end up being more of them, but I'll categorize them better, so that each post will have related cool stuff!

This should also make it easier on you readers who have your own blogs who want to link to some of these posts, but don't want to link to a post that includes non-Batman stuff but happens to include... well... the Aurora Models Batmobile, for example!


This was a very well-done job by whoever built this model, wasn't it?


The box art is pretty cool, too, isn't it? If I were to ever bid on one of these Aurora Batmobiles, I think I'd bid on one like this, where someone's done the work for me! That pretty much goes for any model kit, actually, such as these cool 1970s "Aurora Comics Scenes" kits, most of which (if not all) were reissues of the 1960s kits!




That 8-Page Comic Book they're plugging on the cover? Well, while the models were reissues, the box art was brand-new, based on the original models, and the same artist drew an 8-page comic story that had one full-page splash without the main character at a climactic point in the tale... the idea being you'd use that as a backdrop for the model, which would complete the scene when it was placed in front of that panel! The "comic book" also included the assembly instructions, but I don't recall if those were included in the eight page count.


Here's Aurora's UFO from "The Invaders" kit... and I believe it was one of those kits that was reissued without reference to the TV show. Since I barely recall ever seeing "The Invaders," I have no way of telling if the UFO even remotely resembles anything on the show!

Next up, some more Aurora 70s kits... it's the Planet of the Apes models, which I could've sworn were done by a different company, but with the same artwork...




There was also a Dr. Zaius kit, if I recall correctly. These tend to show up pretty often on eBay -- more often than the above kits, I think!

Next up, some Aurora Prehistoric Scenes!



I actually had this Sabretooth Tiger kit when I was a kid... as well as either a pterodactyl or pteranodon and a neanderthal man (or was it Cro-Magon man? Whichever one had the boulder).


I'm guessing the Giant Bird was the poorest-selling one of the kits...


The entire line was very cool, especially for a kid like I was when these came out, who was into dinosaurs bigtime! By comparison, the only Comic Scenes kit I ever got was the Hulk one, and the only monster kit I had as a kid was the Rodan one.


I guess it was the pteranodon that I had, and this would be the reissue of the kit, probably from the early 1980s! Of course, the kit I (and all my friends) wanted was the HUMONGOUS Tyrannosaurus Rex kit, which was to scale with the other Prehistoric Scenes!

Only three more Aurora kits in this volume of "Found on eBay," so let's throw 'em all out, shall we?


I always thought this was really kind of a lame kit for Robin... I mean, he's just throwing a switch!


Naturally, the Superboy kit (or the Comic Scenes reissue of same) is the Aurora kit I would like to get most of all... just because Krypto's there!


This would, of course, be the original release of Tonto...


And here's Zorro, a kit that was never reissued so far as I can tell... I'm guessing the license was obtained from Disney, since it says "Walt Disney's Zorro," which kind of grates at my nerves, since nobody at Disney created Zorro, you know... yes, they adapted him for television, but that's not enough to warrant ownership, IMHO!

Hey, next time around on "Found on eBay," we'll start another round of all-Batman merchandise posts!


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Give-A-Show Friday Double-Feature!

No checklist update this week (I have a new Give-A-Show set on the way, but it's not here yet... it'll be an early 70s set, but it'll probably be a while after that before the next update)... but here's your weekly double-feature!

First up, the Wizard of Oz!



Seeing the way-abridged version like this kind of makes me wish Kenner had done a full-out Wizard of Oz Give-A-Show set, retelling the entire story in 16 parts!

Next, Robin Hood Meets Little John!



Next week's double feature of ultra-condensed classics features Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn plus William Tell!


It's eBay Time Again!

That's right friends, after months of just buying on eBay, it's time for me to sell some stuff again... each week, I'll be putting up at least 10 comics auctions -- this first group includes two lots of Detective Comics, five lots of Brave and the Bold, one lot with a mix of both titles, and two lots of more modern stuff. Take a look, won't you? And if you buy and win, let me know via email you found out about the auction here... maybe I can throw in a bonus for you!


PR: IDW Celebrates Peter David's Fallen Angel #25 by artist signing and free original Art

Note: I received this in an email from artist J.K. Woodward (the artist on Fallen Angel) yesterday, and promised I'd pass it along to you guys... hopefully, at least a few of you live where you can take advantage of this!


For more than two years, readers of Fallen Angel have been enjoying a dark atmospheric tale of a former celestial being who continually defies THE BOSS by helping those who can't help themselves. Now reaching issue 25, Fallen Angel is the longest running title in IDW Publishing history.

To celebrate this landmark issue, IDW is giving away original pages of J.K. Woodward's series artwork at two different promotional events.

This issue will be special in more than just number, though. Peter David is promising an absolute upheaval in the story, "The great thing about a creator-owned series such as "Fallen Angel" is that I can unilaterally kick over the apple cart without having to run it by a plethora of Powers That Be, and that's what's happening. The great thing about working with (artist) J.K. Woodward is knowing that he's able to take whatever I throw at him and knock it out of the park." IDW's Editor-In-Chief, Chris Ryall, calls J.K.'s work consistently brilliant and "nothing short of awe-inspiring". J.K. is thrilled with the series success, "Peter gave me some exciting challenges with this story and I've had a great time illustrating. There's a reason I've stayed with this series for over 2 years!"

J.K. reveals that loyal readers will be rewarded with bonus features in this issue, including a double cover and character gallery, but that the extra content also makes it a great time for new readers to jump in. “…It not only introduces the characters but gives a summary of the story so far. It’s a perfect jumping on point for first time Fallen Angel readers.”
As for the free artwork, a page will be given to each of the first 10 people to attend one of these promotional events:

Wed March 26, from 5-8pm:
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, 90266

Wed April 2, from 7-9pm:
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave, LA 90038

Artist J.K. Woodward will be on hand to sign his pages, copies of the comic or pretty much anything the fans want to stick under his sharpie.


OK, it's me again... Fallen Angel is really a great comic book; I followed it for quite a while, and only dropped it when I was forced to cut back my comics spending bigtime. I'm glad to hear it's reached this milestone!