Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

This 'n That Black Friday Edition!

Meant to do one of these earlier this week, but time flies...

ITEM! So, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans! Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me, and it actually started the day before... heck, it started Tuesday with the grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, with prep starting on Wednesday. On Thanksgiving Day itself, I was up at 6 am and working away on the turkey and the various sides I was preparing. This year, I decided to do a brine on the turkey (it adds flavor and moistness) and it's a good thing I did, as the turkey was finished cooking several hours earlier than I anticipated (I was using Alton Brown's recipie -- he of "Good Eats" fame on Food Network -- and estimated cooking times weren't included). The turkey was still pretty moist when we finally ate, even though I was holding it at temp for a while. The ham that I started warming up in the crockpot Wednesday night didn't turn out anywhere nearly as well... the entire texture of the ham changed! Still tasted good, though.

ITEM! As many of you will recall, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Mac person. That's the platform of choice for me, and it has been since about 1985 or so. So what was I doing this morning, getting up at 4 am for? A Black Friday special on a Netbook! Radio Shack was offering an Acer Netbook for $179 (Best Buy had a similar one for $30 less, but I wasn't about to deal with those crowds), and I wanted one for school, since the online classes don't always work on my Mac (plus the Netbook is more portable). I've been using my wife's laptop when I needed a PC for school, but I was getting tired of lugging that to school with me. So, when I saw that deal, I knew I had to act! I was at the local Radio Shack at about 4:30 am, with an hour to go before the store opened, but I was first in line, and I got the only one of those netbooks that store had (plus a new alarm clock and something for the kids).

ITEM! Thanks to whoever made Amazon purchases through my links, Amazon paid me some Associates funds just as I was winning one of the two 1970s-era Give-A-Show Projectors my collection was missing on eBay! Just one more 70s-era set to go, and I've got a bid on that!

ITEM! I was completely remiss in not mentioning last weekend's Portland Comic Book Show! But I have an excuse, as you'll see. For my birthday, my wife decided we'd spend Saturday night there, so we wouldn't need to drive down Sunday morning. We spent Saturday during the day at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which the kids really enjoyed, and then did a few letterboxing "missions" (letterboxing is a kind of scavenger hunt where you follow clues to track down rubber stamps, which you stamp in your log book), and having dinner at a place that was billed as Portland's best seafood restaurant -- although if that's the best, I can't say much for seafood in Portland! Anyway, Sunday we went to the show, and aside from buying a set of the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends action figures, I spent all my money at one dealer's table, where he had boxes and boxes of great old comics for 50 cents or a buck each! I mostly picked up some oddball stuff (such as some Archie superheroes, a few Dells, a few Charltons, and a couple of Gold Keys), as well as some great Marvel and DC stuff! You'll be seeing some of the books I picked up in future Retro-Reviews for sure! Unfortunately, somewhere along the way I must've eaten something that didn't agree with me (it was either at the seafood place or Denny's, where we had breakfast). By the time we got home, I was feeling pretty sick, and spent most of Monday napping while I tried to recover! And in the midst of all this, it started snowing on Sunday evening... enough that by Monday, the Olympic College campus was closed (and it stayed closed the whole holiday week). Fortunately, we never lost power or cable during that time, but it did get pretty icy here for a while! The weather's warmed up in the last 24 hours, and all the ice and most of the snow is gone now! Next up on the convention calendar for me will be Emerald City!

Fandom Library: 16 Magazine Beatles Movie Book!

And with this week's installment of Fandom Library, I think you may be getting the idea that just about anything can appear here! Obviously, since I'm a huge Beatles fan, I certainly believe this belongs in the Fandom Library!

By the 10s: The Blue Beetle!

About time I got to the original Azure Avenger, isn't it? Above is issue 10, more after the jump!

Give-A-Show Fridays: 1977 Chad Valley Bionic Woman Set, Parts 1 and 2!

This week and next week's posts here will be all there is for the Bionic Woman!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

CBT: Captain Marvel Storybook #2, Part 1!

It's a very different kind of book for this edition of Children's Book Theatre, and a very different comic book for Fawcett, featuring the good Captain!

The Way of the Geek #4 – Adam Barnett!

Adam Barnett is the blogger behind “Comics Make No Sense”, where he pokes fun at a variety of comic books, usually one issue at a time! Check it out!

Adam is the distant middle child, with three sisters and no brothers. Adam said, “That had certain challenges all its own, like never having access to a bathroom or telephone until I was out of the house.” Adam has been married for about 19 years to “someone who obviously has a lot of patience and low expectations.” He has no children, but three dogs he said are every bit as demanding. He's been an attorney for almost 17 years.

Adam's geekery is pretty much limited to comic books. “I don't like most science fiction or magic and prefer mainstream comics to indie ones for the most part,” he explained. “I don't have the patience or the intelligence to be a gamer. The only animated shows that appeal to me are the ones based in the DC Universe. I *do* have a slew of DC Direct Action Figures in one room, but I find that the older I get, the less interest I have in collecting things. I'm at the point in life now where I'm looking to get rid of clutter."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Comic Book Advertisements!

Last week, in a previous installment of this series, I posted a house ad for Korak, Son of Tarzan... here's a house ad for DC's Tarzan book! As you can tell, Joe Kubert was the chosen artist for Tarzan, but word is that eventually, Kubert wasn't available to do all the art for Tarzan, so it was taken over by other artists. As you probably already know, eventually DC lost the Tarzan license, and Marvel took it over for a short while before Tarzan disappeared from comic books for quite a long time, until Dark Horse picked him up!

Also notice the "blockbuster" text here... DC was fond of that word, weren't they?

By the way, these ads are from the April, 1972 cover-dated DC books. The pair of ads here appeared in many a comic book in the day... Howard D. Rogofsky was probably one of the pioneers when it came to selling comics via mail order. At 16, he was placing ads in magazines like TV Guide! There have been rumors around for a while that he may not have been the most honest person around, but I've never heard of any confirmation of these. I've learned that he was a guest of at least one comic book convention in 2009, so he may still be around!

Paired up with the Rogofsky ad is another of those "How-To" books on cartooning that I alluded to earlier this month... I'm guessing the 25¢ you sent in was for a flyer about the book, and not the book itself, but that's just a guess.

And finally, here's a full-page ad for a bunch of stick-on embroidered patches! Patches were huge in the 1970s, although the fad may have started in the 1960s, especially given the hippie styles shown in this ad (I have nothing against hippies, by the way). Iron-on t-shirt transfers were also big back then, too.

Forrest Ackerman, Famous Monster of Filmland! Part 2

More after the jump!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

By the 10s: Ace Comics!

And we go from near the end of the alphabet to the beginning, with Ace Comics, a title that reprinted newspaper features with new cover art!
Here's issue 20's cover, with the Katzenjammer Kids, who seem to have dominated the covers. There was an issue 10, but the GCD doesn't have the cover in its database! More after the jump!

Random Videos of Geekery: The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"

From "Yellow Submarine"!

Dog of the Geek: Dinky Dog!

dinkydogBreed: Sheepdog, or possibly Sheepdog/St. Bernard mix
Original Appearances: The All-New Popeye Hour, September 1978 to September 1981.
Other Appearances: Self-titled syndicated series.
Biography: Two girls, Sandy and Monica, are loving with their uncle Dudley. Sandy bought a cute pup that grew to the size of a horse, and now the girls just find work and ways to repair the damages Dinky causes. Dinky always seems to fix things in unexpected ways.
Powers: Typical abilities that a dog of that size would have!
Group Affiliation: None
Miscellaneous: The cartoon was the first and only show Hanna-Barbera had that was created and produced in Australia. The complete series was released on DVD in Canada only in 2008. I would guess that this was at least partly inspired by the movie “Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World”.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monster Monday!

As promised, this week's edition begins with "Electronic Monster"!
More of these lobby cards and other monsterrific stuff after the jump!

Cool Stuff: Superman Stuff and More!

First up in this parade of Superman items is the Superman Cartoonarama kit!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Original Comic Art!

This edition of Original Comic Art begins with Sal Buscema's cover for Red Sonja #14!

Retro-Review: The Green Lama #4, Part 3!

The splash for this story is sort of a two-page spread, save for some space at the bottom for a row of panels. The story is credited to Bruce Elliott, with art by Perry Williams!

Puzzle Sunday!

Last week's solution:

This week's puzzle: