Comics Corner: The Human Fly 1



Title: The Human Fly
Issue Number: 1
Release Date:September 1977

Highlights
  • First appearance of The Human Fly, Ted Locke and Blaze Kendall
  • Guest appearance by Spider-Man 
  • Origin story of The Human Fly, Ted Lock and Blaze Kendall
  • Tony Stark is mentioned
Low Points
  • Generic in every sense, bland plot, nameless enemy known as nothing more than "mercenary"
  • The Human Fly, and his companions, are not interesting characters - Despite their origin stories
  • Sloppy writing with severe plot holes - Either the writer is really bad at their job, or thinks the readers are really stupid (see oddities)
  • Story is insulting to the intelligence of most readers (see oddities)
  • Story was so bad that it's the first comic I've read to merit zero Stans as a rating
Oddities
  • A helicopter can maintain the speed of a Boeing 747?
  • The hijackers on the plane hear The Human Fly walking around on top of the exterior, so they shoot through the hull at him - Um, bad idea in a pressurized cabin
  • The Human Fly wants to become a symbol for those who have been hospitalized with disabilities, like him, to show them that with willpower they can accomplish anything - Yet none of these people know who he is or that he was once disabled. How is he inspiring them exactly? 
  • The Human Fly blows open the door of an airborne Boeing 747 to gain access - Again, air pressurization is not addressed.
  • Spider-Man makes a hang glider and then a parachute out of webbing after jumping out of the airborne plane he was on, to help The Human Fly who is wrestling in the air with the mercenary. When The Human Fly is caught mid-air by Spider-Man, he exclaims, "Fantastic! You have all the powers of a real spider!" - Huh? Spiders spin hang gliders and parachutes out of their webbing?
  • Spider-Man departs hastily after the mercenary has been dealt with and thinks to himself that he needs to be back on the plane - You know, the one that was airborne, and traveling at high speed. How exactly is he going to accomplish this?
  • At the end of the story, a random person thanks The Human Fly for saving the people on the jet. He tells the man to give the reward to charity - Um...Nobody mentioned a reward
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)







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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 67



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 67
Release Date: December 1968

Highlights
  • Mysterio attacks a six inch Spider-Man
  • First appearance of Randy Robertson, Robbie Robertson's son
  • Spider-Man not only beats Mysterio, but then sets his costume on fire
  • Protests start at Empire State University's campus as Spider-Man swings off into the sunset
Low Points
  • None
Oddities
  • None
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)







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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 66



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 66
Release Date: November 1968

Highlights
  • Mysterio returns, bent on revenge against Spider-Man
  • Peter Parker sells his motorcycle
  • Peter and Gwen are back together and officially start dating
  • Captain Stacy and Robbie Robertson meet to discuss Spider-Man
  • Norman Osborn becomes the Green Goblin again, but he doesn't yet remember that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, nor does he make a public appearance
  • Mysterio shrinks Spider-Man down to six inches - Or perhaps it's all just a hallucination, only the next issue will reveal the answers to this cliffhanger
Low Points
  • None
Oddities
  • Mysterio's plan for breaking out of prison involves mysteriously disappearing in a cloud of smoke, but for some reason he waits for a guard to pass by his cell before doing so - Why not just escape without the theatrics?
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Mail Call!



Continuing yesterday's post is another batch of CD's begrudgingly lugged to my house by the mailman. This time, he was seriously annoyed. I could tell by how he once again crammed every single package into my mailbox. It was so tight I had to play tug-o-war to get the first one out, then work my way all the way to the back of the box to fish the last one out.


Alright....so let's address the elephant in the room. Yes, that is a Chex mix box, and yes, the seller of this item thought this was an appropriate box to ship my item in. I was not happy when I saw this.


The seller got one saving grace from me appropriate feedback, and that was how well he packed the CD inside of a padded envelope in side the box.


I don't know much about Scritti Politti beyond their song, Perfect Way. I did a quick search of their greatest hits, and couldn't come up with anything else. I'm hoping the album will offer something more than one "good" track.


Next up is one of those obscure CD's that I found by mere luck and somehow realized I knew a song off of it.


Benny Mardones' Never Run Never Hide features his greatest hit of all time, Into The Night. Sadly, Benny appears to have passed away just a few days ago. Unfortunately, the singer had been known for having continuous health issues, including parkinsons disease. It's speculated this was from heavy abuse of drugs and alcohol throughout his career.


Next up was this little box of mystery. Mind you, I use the word box liberally. This was literally just a piece of cardboard that the seller folded in on itself and taped everywhere.


Madonna's Madame X wasn't a CD on my want list, but I knew it was an album I would have eventually gotten around to. Despite my not listening to anything from the singer in a long time, she is an artist I've kept current with. Don't get me wrong, I'll get around to this one, and many of her others, eventually.


Which leads me to CD's I actually wanted to listen to in this deliciously thick two pack.


If you recall my post from yesterday, you may remember me mentioning the Thompson Twins. Yesterday's album, In The Name Of Love, is actually my second one from the group. Today's album, Here's To Future Days, is number three of four (the final is still in the mail).


The second album was Def Leppard's High 'n' Dry. The only track on this one I know is, Bringing On The Heartache. Unfortunately, I'll probably end up replacing this one in the long run. It appears I somehow mistakenly purchased a re-issue with bonus tracks. Lame!



Speaking of bonus tracks...


...One of the things that always annoyed me was having Ozzy Osborne's No More Tears re-issue, which included bonus tracks. I had wanted to replace this one for a long time.



And again speaking of bonus tracks...




Looks like I accidentally bought the re-issue of Level 42's World Machine as well. Sigh. Let that be a lesson for you. Don't be too quick to click the, "Buy It Now" button.



Last up was this very thin cardboard envelope. I admittedly was worried of how busted up this one would be. It fortunately didn't have one default.


Lady Gaga's latest album, Chromatic. Though this will sit in my collection, it's honestly not for me. I know someone who likes her music. When I saw this one for just six dollars, brand new, I figured I would go ahead and get it for her.


And that wraps up today's mail call. There are still a few CD's in route. However, a couple of them are coming from the UK, so those, I assume, will take a while. I also have one in route from Russia. The last album I bought from there took two months to get. Just have to play the waiting game.

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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 65



Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 65
Release Date: October 1968

Highlights
  • Captain Stacy stops the crowd from unmasking Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man is taken to a prison infirmary to recover and stand trial as a vigilante
  • A prison riot occurs and Captain Stacy is taken hostage
  • Norman Osborn has gone missing
Low Points
  • The action comes to a grinding halt so that Peter Parker can call his Aunt May and let her know he's okay
Oddities
  • None
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)


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Mail Call!



My mailman must really hate me. I mean, really truly hate me. Last time I had him coming daily with armloads of comics and now I've switched gears on him back to CD's.

I'd like to be able to cross off the remaining 80's CD's on my want list, and while this will take time, it obviously won't happen at all if I don't start whittling them down. I think in total I purchased thirty-six albums. Volume aside, this is not difficult to do with CD's, based on their relatively low buying price.

This was yesterdays haul.


The driver was kind enough to leave the box on my doorstep, but stuffed, and I mean crammed, the remaining seven in my teeny tiny mailbox. I guess his kindness only goes so far. Don't get me wrong, I truly believe he would have found a way to get that box in my mailbox with them if he could have.

Alright, let's dig into this.


What? Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain? How could this still be on my want list? It wasn't. However, when I saw this particular version, I decided to go ahead and grab it.


This is an original West Germany pressing, making it truly the first release of the album on CD. While I don't know when the copy I initially had in my collection was made, as it's only dated 1984, I speculate it was in the 90's.

For those of you who have kept up with my CD buying, you know that I prefer original pressings, or in general the original albums over remasters or reissues. This is a perfect addition to my collection.


Moving on to the next is an album and band a lot of people either never heard of or don't remember.


Love And Rockets self titled album from 1989 isn't their first release. In fact, it's their fourth. However, it is the only album to have Billboard hits on it. The band was most memorable (and I use that term lightly) for their chart topper, So Alive, which reached number three in May of 1989. While it had a second "hit", No Big Deal, that song only peaked at number eight-nine. Personally, I have never heard of the latter.


"Do not bend"....Gotta love it. I really (sarcastically) appreciate how sellers will throw your item in the flimsiest packaging they can find and put the onus on the post office to then be responsible for its arriving safely. I'm not saying the post office is free of fault for damaged packages / items. However, it starts with the seller giving a crap and packing things appropriately.


Especially when the CD inside isn't necessarily "cheap", such as this one, which set me back about thirty dollars. Thomspon Twin's CD's are pretty expensive in general. I don't think you'll find a used copy of any of their albums for under twenty bucks. I'm not sure why. Are they really that rare?

In The Name Of Love was the first album from the band released in the USA, and could technically be considered a compilation album. The reason being, it features a selection of tracks from the band's two prior UK exclusive records; 1981's A Product Of... and 1982's Set. The latter included the hit, In The Name Of Love, which would ultimately become the song that boosted them to international stars.


 Ah, a nicely padded envelope. That's how you send a CD - If you don't have a CD box that is.


David Lee Roth's Crazy From The Heat EP is unique in the way that a CD version wasn't actually released in 1985 when the initial vinyl and cassettes came out. It wouldn't be until 1992 that the initial CD's were pressed, and again in 2012. This particular version is the one from the 90's - Hooray for first pressings!


Movin' right along (doog-a-doon doog-a-doon)...Someone please get that reference.


38 Special is another group that has been on my want list since its inception. What kept deterring me from taking the plunge was the cost. Used CD's are a bit ridiculous. Not Thompson Twins ridiculous, but pretty close.


Next up, bubble mailer. Not ideal for shipping, but at least it's padded.


I've had a Definitive Devo CD for a long time, but I've always wanted to get the official album that Whip It was on so that I could ditch the greatest hits. Done and done. Despite trying to listen to the hits album, I could never get into it. I just don't like the music, beyond Whip It of course.


While I initially frowned at this package, admittedly the seller packed the innards well. The four CD's were split into two piles and wrapped tightly with bubble wrap.


I'm not a big fan of Styx. In fact, I only wanted to get Kilroy Was Here for Mr. Roboto. However, when I came across this lot of four CD's for only a few dollars more and reviewed the track lists, I went for it. The Grand Illusion included Sail Away, while Paradise Theater has Too Much Time On My Hands. I won't keep the Best Of Styx album, regardless of it containing their hit Lady.






Last up is the one and only box. I initially was only going to get one CD from this particular seller. However, when I perused his list I noted that he had quite a few of the more difficult CD's I had on my list. It was simply for the convenience of getting them all from one source that I took the plunge. Otherwise, I only would have walked away with Night Ranger's Midnight Madness.


In addition to the above noted CD, the box included Aretha Franklin's 1986 album, Aretha, John Waite's 1984 album, No Brakes,  Quarterflash's self titled 1981 album and unique The Honeydipper's one and only album, The Honeydippers Volume One. If you don't know who the latter are, but you're into super groups, check them out.







This wraps it up for today's mail call, but we're far from done. I have another 15+ CD's in route, and I suspect there will be many more to talk about tomorrow. I know this because these were in yesterday's mail, and I already have a stack sitting here from today's mail. Tune in tomorrow!

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