Comics Corner: Daredevil The Man Without Fear 1



Title: Daredevil The Man Without Fear
Issue Number: 1
Release Date: April 1964

Highlights
  • First appearance of Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Battling Jack Murdock (Matt's father), The Fixer, Slade and Lt. Bert Rose
  • Origin of Daredevil
  • Daredevil wears his original yellow and black costume
Low Points
  • Having only been exposed to the Ben Affleck movie and Netflix television series, it feels wrong that the comic depicts Matt Murdock as a teenager, and not a young kid - In fact the entire way his origin unfolds feels like it's incorrect, even though it's the original source material
Oddities
  • After getting beat down, one of the many foes Daredevil just bested says, "Nobody can fight like that. He must do it with mirrors!!" Hmm...I didn't know reflections in mirrors could hit you
  • Karen Page is referred to as a decorative accessory in the office
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)


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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man Annual 4



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: Annual 4
Release Date: November 1967

Highlights
  • Human Torch is running amuck through the city and Spider-Man intervenes to stop him
  • Turns out Human Torch was on a film set and Spider-Man cutting in resulted in an offer for a picture deal with the two of them
  •  The movie is all a ruse to get Spider-Man and Peter Parker together and defeat them both by making them battle each other
  • The villains reveal themselves to be Mysterio and the Wizard
  • Wizard's first appearance in Spider-Man
  • After the main story, there are a few fun pages chalk full of details on Spider-Mans costume, the different webs he can shoot, his villains and his home
  • The last page announces one full year in advance that the next annual will feature Peter's parents - What a hype up
Low Points
  • Mysterio and the Wizard send a giant mechanical gorilla after our heroes
Oddities
  • Overall a very odd story
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Package Friday!



I knew I was expecting some things this week, but I guess the sheer volume of it sitting on my stoop really put it into perspective - And mind you, this was only about half the stuff. The remaining is still in transit for Saturday and Monday delivery.


Wow, what a massive box. Too bad the item inside was rattling all about. Thanks Amazon! Glad to see for all the money you rake in that you can't afford bubble wrap or even paper to pad things.


Inside was the newly released Retro Collection Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Game from Hasbro.


The very mild appeal hear, for me, was the exclusive Luke Skywalker (Snow Speeder) figure. I say mild appeal because quite frankly, it's extremely lazy. Hasbro has long since stopped putting any effort into their Star Wars line, and it clearly shows when they package an X-Wing Pilot Luke with a visor and call it a day. Especially when said product is twenty-five dollars. I really hope they don't continue this trend of releasing garbage board games with exclusive figures in this line.


Like all figures from the line, it comes with its own retro style cardback, which immediately got separated from the figure and thrown in the trash.



Though the figure itself is underwhelming, it at least was a step above last years Grand Moff Tarkin because Luke can at least hold the weapons he comes with. Tarkin could not.



The second package was unfortunately no mine. In fact, it wasn't even for my address. This one got put back at the mailbox with the words, "Delivered To Wrong Address" written across it.


For those of you interested strictly in toys, I'm sorry to say the remainder of this post will comprise of comic book related items, which brings me to this box.


On a whim, I purchased Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham number one through fourteen, and was pleased with myself. Then I found out there were three more issues in the series. Doh! Number sixteen was in today's batch, with number fifteen still in transit. Seventeen arrived earlier in the week.


I admittedly got a little miffed when I saw this package. Comics stuffed into an unpadded mailer, with the sender telling the post office to handle with care. How about you package things better?


Well, they did. Inside the envelope was this box with yet another note. Hey, Cosmic Trading Post, you're welcome, and thank you for packaging these boxes incredibly well.


Though you can only see the one on top, this is actually a stack of fifteen books, a consecutive run of The Amazing Spider-Man 544 through 557, plus annual 35.


I have mixed feelings about picking this batch of books up. First and foremost because my initial intentions were to only collect up to issue 441, as volume 2 started at that point. However, with the recent announcement of a potential Spider-Man spinoff film featuring Jackpot, I wanted to verse myself in who the character was. These issues pretty much cover her first appearance (with the exception of the Free Comic Book Day 2007 book - which I also have on order) through her death. Yup. Sony is making a film on a character who not only people don't know, but who is already dead in the series.


Next up was a much needed package.


The downside to collecting comics is of course the money you have to spend to protect them. Bags and boards are a necessary evil, along with storage boxes and title dividers. This batch of two hundred will hopefully last for a month or two, but probably not.


Last up was my order from MyComicShop.com. I only started buying from this website in the past six months or so, and I can't say enough good things about them. Every book I've ordered, either high value individual issues, or bulk purchases such as this one has been extremely well packed.


See what I mean?


A big push I recently made was to complete my Web Of Spider-Man and Spectacular Spider-Man runs. This is one of three purchases in transit which will accomplish this - With a couple individual purchases off ebay to fill in gaps where particular issues weren't available.


While this purchase would have completed my run of Web issues, I actually didn't get issue 129 in my order because apparently it was out of stock when they shipped. I have to admit, that really irks me when anyone does that. Don't sell what you don't have. Well, hopefully the copy I just purchased off ebay will arrive quickly.

Until then, I hope you enjoyed me sharing my mail haul with you all.

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Comics Corner: The X-Men 35



Title: The X-Men
Issue Number: 35
Release Date: August 1967

Highlights
  • When you only pop into a title here and there, the editor's notes which reference specific issues really help to bring you up to speed quick - Such is the case with the one in this issue which points to a scenario from issue 32 which saw Professor Xavier being taken by Factor Three, which explains why the X-Men are currently looking for the group 
  • Events unfold after The Amazing Spider-Man issue 52, and Spider-Man makes reference to his battle with Kingpin from that issue
  • The X-Men attack Spider-Man and he beats them all down
  • The X-Men try the old, "Oops sorry, I thought you were someone else," routine after the fight, and Spider-Man tells them all to pound sand
Low Points
  • Banshee sends a message to the rest of the team, before blacking out form a recent battle, which states, "Beware the spider," which lead to the team attacking Spider-Man
  • Does every super hero in the Marvel universe attack first and ask questions later? Are they all really that dumb?
Oddities
  • Issue was released one full month before The Amazing Spider-Man issue 52, and essentially ruins the cliffhanger of issue 51 (released the same month as this X-Men issue) where Spider-Man has just been defeated and knocked out by Kingpin
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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 52



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 52
Release Date: September 1967

Highlights
  • Kingpin is back for a finale in this three issue story arc
  • Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson are tied up in the sub-cellar of the building with lots of running water to drown them
  • Second appearance of Robbie Robertson
  • Spider-Man helps J. Jonah Jameson escape the water trap in the cellar, and still gets treated like the bad guy by him
  • Frederick Foswell dies trying to help J. Jonah Jameson escape the cellar
Low Points
  • None
Oddities
  • Spider-Man is out cold from his last fight with Kingpin, but nobody takes his mask off?
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)







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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 51



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 51
Release Date: August 1967

Highlights
  • The Kingpin returns for the second time
  • Kingpin dispatches some goons to grab J. Jonah Jameson
  • Kingpin shows two of his men why he's in charge, beating them down with his own fists
  • First appearance of Robbie Robertson
  • Kingpin tells J. Jonah Jameson to stop running articles on him and J. Jonah Jameson tells him off - "In a pig's eye! Nobody tells me what to write in my paper!" 
  • J. Jonah Jameson thinks Frederick Foswell has returned to crime and is working for Kingpin
  • Spider-Man fights Kingpin and loses
Low Points
  • Lots of action, but most of it is spent with Spider-Man fighting generic thugs of Kingpin
Oddities
  • None
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)


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Just Doodling - Han Solo and Luke Skywalker Meme



Okay, so today's isn't an actual drawing. More so just having a little fun with my own meme creation.


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Retro Spins: Bright Lights, Big City



Michael J. Fox really lucked out when he took a little break from filming Family Ties to take on the roll of Marty McFly. He skyrocketed into super stardom, and quickly became a household name, and iconic 80's actor, and someone many fans still adore to this day.

Plunge into the electrifying and often dangerous nether world of Manhattan's seductive fast lane-a life of all-night parties and neon lights that has young Jamie Conway moving way too fast. As the struggling writer in search of his identity, Michael J. Fox gives, "a performance [that] is one of the most exciting in years" (ABC Radio Network). The all-star cast includes Kiefer Sutherland (Stand By Me, The Lost Boys), Phoebe Cates (Gremlins), Swoosie Kurtz (True Stories) and Oscar-winner Dianne West (Hannah and Her Sisters). Popular recording artists Bryan Ferry, Prince, Depeche Mode and New Order also perform on the scorching original soundtrack.

Jay McInerney scripted this forceful, startling drama from his bestseller that has been called The Catcher In The Rye of the '80s. See Michael J. Fox in a role unlike any he's ever taken on. Bright Lights, Big City shines. - Back of the original VHS.

When you start a soundtrack out with a song from Prince, that's a plus for me. It's even more so a plus when said song was released strictly on the album, and doesn't appear on his studio ones. Well, that is until it was re-released ten years later in an alternate version for his 1998 album, Crystal Ball. The track takes me right back to the better days of Prince's music. It's a fantastic song in the fashion of his alter ego, Camille.

The album then delivered me a sucker punch with New Order's True Faith. I loved this song in the 80's, but honestly never knew who sang it or what it was called. Over the decades, I honestly forgot about it. I'm so happy to have been reintroduced to it! As I dug into the history of the hit, I actually found out it was only released on the band's 1987 compilation album, Substance. I may have to track this one down as the version on the soundtrack is a remix.

Things took a quick downward spiral from there though. Song from there seemed to be rather uninteresting for me. Though I did dig the funky feel to the album, it didn't come with memorable tracks backing it. The soundtrack at least ended on a high note with the MARRS hit, Pump Up The Volume.

Overall, it was funky, but unmemorable. I'm glad I was able to reintroduce myself to True Faith, and the Prince song definitely stands out as a high point. I've definitely nabbed these tracks for my iTunes and iPod mixes.

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Bewitched (Exclusive Premiere)



Bewitched
Exclusive Premiere
1998

In the mid to late 90's, there were a ton of toy manufacturers who seemed to pop up over night and subsequently disappear just as fast. This was brought on by a couple thing: 1) The current craze of Star Wars mania which was dominating toy isles, and 2) Companies like McFarlane Toys which were finding massive success with their unique branded toys.

Sadly, this tactic didn't work for 90% or more of these new companies. While it was an interesting era in time where we got a lot of unique brands that we normally wouldn't have seen, it wasn't financially substantial enough to keep many of these new toy producers alive.

Between 1996 and 1999, Exclusive Premiere filled a niche collector's market for figures based on classic TV. Starting with The Three Stooges, during their short lifespan they produced dolls based on the likes of Laurel and Hardy, Gilligan's Island, The Honeymooners, Happy Days, Beverly Hillbillies and more. It was a Nick At Nite fan's toy collecting dream come true.

One of the dolls the company produced in 1998 was Samantha from Bewitched. As was usually the complaint from collectors, while the box art was fantastic, the dolls themselves really didn't capture the look of the characters they were supposed to be representing. Take a close look at the face, and you'll immediately see what I'm talking about. It looks pretty bad - Even by doll standards.


The box, on the other hand, captures everything fun and exciting about the show. The little caricature of Samantha, as seen in the show's intro, fits in perfectly with the design. Though you might not be able to tell from the picture, the front of the box actually folds open on both sides to reveal a short history of the show. It's actually one of the most interesting aspects of the doll.

Despite the poor sculpting, I suppose if I was a massive fan of Nick At Nite television, these would be a must have for my collection. If for nothing else, the fantastic box design. With dolls selling for $20.00 and less, they wouldn't be too impactful on the wallet either.

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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 50



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 50
Release Date: July 1967

Highlights
  • Peter Parker decides he's had enough of being Spider-Man and throws his costume in the trash
  • A kid brings Spider-Man's costume to J. Jonah Jameson, who publishes the question in his paper, "Is Spider-Man Thru?"
  • First appearance of the Kingpin
  • Flashback of Uncle Ben and abridged retelling of Spider-Man's origin
  • Peter Parker determines he can never turn his back on being Spider-Man because he has a responsibility to help other
  • Kingpin's cane is actually a disintegration ray blaster
  • Peter Parker retrieves his costume back from J. Jonah Jameson and let's him know he's back in action
Low Points
  • Aunt May is sick again for the hundredth time...Just die you old bat!
Oddities
  • Peter Parker wears a sweater that looks like it's made of someone's hairy chest and back
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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 49



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 49
Release Date: June 1967

Highlights
  • Kraven and the "new" Vulture return
  • Kraven wants to fight the Vulture to prove that he is the superior hunter
  • Peter takes on both villains and bests them both
Low Points
  • Could do without the continuation of Peter and his cold, but overall not a bad story
Oddities
  • Vulture tells the pilot of a helicopter to stop his engines so that he can board...Um...That would cause them to fall from the sky
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)


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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 48



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 48
Release Date: May 1967

Highlights
  • Adrian Toomes, AKA the Vulture, lies in a prison hospital bed, dying 
  • Blackie Drago becomes the "new" Vulture
  • Spider-Man references his previous appearance in Daredevil The Man Without Fear issue 27
Low Points
  • Peter Parker has a cold again, which is putting the kibosh on his Spider-Man powers - It's been done too many times in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Cliffhanger ending to a story that wasn't all that original or good, not excited to have to keep reading this story arc
Oddities
  • Common colds really turn Peter Parker into a useless chump
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Well...That's Different



Ever wonder what happens when a few people get together and decide to make a video of them jogging to Take On Me? You have to see it to believe it...and you'll be glad you did.


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