Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 123


Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 123
Release Date: August 1973


  • Appearance by Luke Cage, Hero for Hire
  • Norman Osborn's body is found, but without his Green Goblin costume - Don't forget about the mysterious man in the shadows from the prior issue
  • J. Jonah Jameson hires Luke Cage to bring Spider-Man to justice
  • Funeral of Gwen Stacy
  • Reference is made to The Amazing Spider-Man issue 121
  • Doc Ocks men continue to watch over Aunt May while he is in prison
  • First meeting, and fight, between Luke Cage and Spider-Man
  • Luke Cage makes a comment, referencing Bruce Wayne
Low Points
  • Peter wants to quit being Spider-Man
  • Peter doesn't understand how getting out and being Spider-Man isn't helping him move on from Gwen's's been like two days
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Jakks Pacific)


The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Jakks Pacific

It's been such a long time since I've posted something about a toy line that I almost forgot my own format. Sheesh....

While out perusing my local Walmart this afternoon, I came across wave one, well, part of wave one, for the new figures based on the upcoming The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Contrary to what the photo above shows, I had to dig, and I mean, dig, for the two Luigi figures they had. They were not in the same area as all these Mario and Peach figures, and there was no Toad or Bowser to be found. That wasn't a bad thing, per se. With the immediate inclining that I needed these figures for my Nintendo shelf, the the thought of spending $100.00 wasn't appealing.

Truthfully, I could have been just as happy with Mario, and calling it a day. However, when I found Luigi, I felt he too needed to come home with me. As for Peach, I feel like she's going to be a peg warmer for a long time to come, and opportunities will arise to grab her in the future if I absolutely have to.

My first impression, well, with exception of how cool and spot on these looked, was that the boxes were far too big than what they needed to be. They could have easily been chopped in half. My second thought was that with the lack of accessories, they were also priced at a higher premium than they should have been. At $20.00 a piece, there is definitely a bit of justification needed for why so much for so little.

Again though, the figures themselves are spot on, and really hit that nostalgic note for me. These are the Nintendo figures I needed growing up. I would definitely consider getting the rest in the line if I came across them in the wild, but I am by no means going to go out of my way for them, nor pay an up charge on secondary markets. Of course, that would also depend on the space being available to display them.

What the figures lack in accessories, they definitely make up for in paint, detail, and sculpting. The details are down to the most minute, even including little gold buttons on the pants pockets. You don't even get that level of attention in most higher class figures, such as G.I. Joe Classified and Star Wars The Black Series. With that said, the inclusion of mushrooms, fire plants, etc., would have been a definite incentive to purchase more from the line.

They're also fairly gurthy figures, with a bit of weight to them. There's a lot of plastic in these things, and they feel solid from top to bottom. Inspecting them closer, it's a shame the hats aren't removable. While I get the plunger accessory, I'm admittedly scratching my head at the flashlight that came with Luigi.

But, again, the details are there, regardless of what angle you look at them from.

For now, the two top my NES collection, which was the intended purpose. As you can see from the photo, this is where the space limitations come into play. I'm not looking to crowd the shelf with figures. They're a centerpiece, not the focal point.

For now, there are five figures in the series, and I suspect others will come. I don't believe for a second we won't get the likes of Donkey Kong, Yoshi, various villains, and a multitude of Mario variants. Jakks would be leaving money on the table not to go overboard.

These are definitely figures I'm intrigued by, but between price and space, I don't know that this is a line I can fully invest in. But, if there were one I was going to, this would definitely be a contender.

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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 122


Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 122
Release Date: July 1973


  • Reference is made to The Amazing Spider-Man issues 97. 98, and 99
  • Death of Green Goblin
  • A mysterious man in the shadows watches the final battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin
Low Points
  • Peter snubs Harry Osborn who is all but crying for him to not leave his side
  • Peter tells Mary Jane off when she tries to console him about Gwen's death
  • The bottom left corner of the cover always confuses me, as I see it as some kind of flag as opposed to explosions
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)

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Comics Corner: The Amazing Spider-Man 121


Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 121
Release Date: June 1973 


  • Harry Osborn is back on drugs
  • Reference is made to The Amazing Spider-Man issues 97, 98 and 99
  • Norman Osborn remembers his alter ego, the Green Goblin
  • Epic battle between Green Goblin and Spider-Man
  • Death of Gwen Stacy
Low Points
  • Peter has the flu again...Such a lame thing that always impacts his powers, and it's been done too many times
  • None
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)

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Retro Spins: Roxette - Look Sharp

By 1988, the decade's music had evolved past New Wave, and people really weren't experimenting all that much. Artists were playing it safe, not straying far from their comfort zones. For me, I had no hopes, or really any desires, to hear anything new. Then Roxette hit the scene.

No, their 1988 entry wasn't their first album. That honor goes to their 1986 album, Pearls Of Passion - An album I still have not heard to this day. However, Look Sharp is the one which launched them into the limelight.

The energy level is high with the intro guitar to The Look let's you know you're about to be strapped in for high octane rock. It led the way for the duo's success, hitting the charts at number fifty and fired it's way all the way to the number one spot in less than two months. Dressed For Success soon entered the charts, and while it's a great track, sputtered out at number fourteen.

Then came Listen To Your Heart, a lovely ballad led by Marie Fredriksson, rest in peace. This would become the band's second number one hit, but not its last chart topper. Dangerous carried the band into the early 90's, staying at number two for two consecutive weeks before dropping back down and off the charts.

This success led to their third number one hit, It Must Have Been Love. However, this song was never featured on any of the band's studio album. Instead, it was reserved for the soundtrack, Pretty Woman. At this point, Roxette was also hard at work touring and writing material for their 1991 follow up, Joyride.

However, let's take a step back for now and actually fire up Look Sharp. Admittedly, it's been years since I've heard it from start to finish. Regardless, it remains familiar, like an old friend who's stopped by to see you for the first time in 30+ years, yet you pick up right where you left off.

My opinion of the album may be a bit bias, as I find little fault in it. Of the thirteen tracks, I note but a handful to be skip worthy. It's because of this, it would be a shorter list for me to tell you what those particular tracks are; Cry, Half A Woman - Half A Shadow and (I Could Never) Give You Up.

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Movies Of The 80's - 1986



As an 80's music aficionado, I've found myself interested as of late in the world of 80's soundtracks. Be it scores, or various artist albums, I'm always on the lookout for a CD to add to my collection.

Of course, there are the staples. Top Gun, Footloose, Flashdance, Ghostbusters, and the list goes on and on. These albums have been a mainstay in my collection since relatively the start of it. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and I wanted to dive deeper.

The problem I quickly found was that while searching based on films that popped into my head randomly, I wasn't necessarily delving very far. After mulling it around for a while, I finally broke down and decided that to truly find just what was out there, I first had to educate myself on what films were out there.

It took months of cataloging, which was based on limited time between work and other obligations, but finally I was able to reach the finish line. Utilizing links to Wikipedia by year denoting the List of American Films of (insert year here), I created a series of posts with each movie poster, ad, or some form of representation for made for television movies, to have a reference guide. Now I could truly begin my search into just what soundtracks were out there.

Not wanting all this work to go to waste, I decided I would take the next several weeks to present to you the Movies of the 80's! We've already looked at the freshman year of the decade, and it continues here with 1986.

By the end of 1986 I was only nine years old, which meant, for the most part, I still wasn't watching rated R movies. So many classics I missed as a kid would have to come back around in my teenage / young adult years, and fortunately, that did happen.

I never understood the hype of the original Alien film. I found it to be rather boring. Though the sequel ramped up the action, I just never saw Sigourney Weaver as an action here. To me, she was Dana from Ghostbusters.

I saw Armed and Dangerous for the first time in 2022, and it was not...well, good. The comedic points fell pretty flat, making me wonder if John Candy was indeed as funny as I my mind thought he was.

An American Tail is one of those films that never really resonated with me as a kid. Don Bluth films, in general, typically left me wishing I could have watched something else. Still, I acknowledge the film as the classic animated film it is.

I want to say that I've seen Back To School. However, if I have, I couldn't tell you anything about it.

Now, Big Trouble In Little China, on the other hand, I've seen many times. Love it! Classic Kurt Russell film, with all the potential for a sequel that never came forth!

I vaguely recall being subjected to The Boy Who Could Fly during one of our rare "family nights" watching television together.

Another rarity for us was family vacations, and 1986 turned into the year of Disney Land! It was here that I not only got to go on Star Tours, but also sit through a showing of Captain Eo! Classic Michael Jackson! I really wish this would have gotten an official DVD release. At minimum, the soundtrack on CD.

Stallone made a ton of action flicks in the 80's. So many that I can't really distinguish them from each other. I think the only thing I remember about this particular one was that he sucked on a match every scene.

Even as a kid, I never understood the hype of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I mean, it was okay, but it was by no means groundbreaking cinematography or story telling. To this day, I still don't get what all the fuss is about.

Another family night, and another kid friendly movie. At least Flight of the Navigator had Pee-Wee Herman in it. Beyond that, I don't remember anything about it.

After getting my fill of Jason flicks in my late teens, which also had an entry in 1986, I moved on to The Fly, hoping to get just as much horror thrills. Not so much. Definitely a slow burn.

I'm not sure how I missed a Go-Bots movie in 1986, but I totally did. While the animated series has been released on DVD, the film has not, so to date, I still have not seen it. Fortunately, I did get to see, The Golden Child. I still chuckle when thinking of the scene with Eddie Murphy saying, "I.i.i.i.i.i.i.i.i.want the knife," while spinning the relic like a record.

The Great Mouse Detective remains one of my all time favorite Disney animated films. It's got a bit of darkness to it that makes it stand out among the earlier and later films.

I know I've seen Gung Ho, but I honestly don't remember anything specific about it.

Ha, yes! Hamburger! Classic, and so often forgotten by many.

I don't know what hit my radar first. Queen or Highlander. I do, however, vividly watching a VHS of Highlander multiple times in a row while building a massive Star Wars puzzle on my mom's kitchen counter.

As a kid, I never put two and two together that Howard the Duck was technically a Marvel movie. Instead, my focus was on it being a Lucasfilm production.

Yes, yes, and more yes! The Karate Kid was, and remains, epic! It was, for me, the most highly anticipated sequel I wanted to see at the time. I was, and remain, a mad, stupid, Karate Kid fan!

We had just gotten home from a family dinner out, and my pops said he had a movie for us to watch. My mom didn't stick around for it, but we four all sat together taking in the awe inspiring Labyrinth. To this day, the Fireys creatures creep me out.

I didn't see many musicals as a kid, but Little Shop of Horrors was definitely one of them. Classic flick! Steve Martin steels the show with his song scene.

Corey Haim films were required watching for 80's kids, and Lucas was no exception. It wasn't the traditional role he played, underdog turned champ, but it was still a great flick.

Tom Hanks and Shelly Long were a winning combination for box office tickets in the 80's, so it only made sense for the two to come together for The Money Pit. While the film grossed over fifty million dollars on a ten million dollar budget, critics were not kind.

My Chauffeur, AKA that flick with Flash Gordon was a film I caught late at night on television hoping to see...Well...women. I even recorded it in hopes of preserving it. Sadly, it didn't deliver. Oddly, my sister said it was a movie she wanted to watch, and actually took the VHS.

Much like horror flicks, I went through a Vietnam war movie phase, and that's when I finally saw Platoon. It was okay, but didn't leave a big mark on me.

Hooray! Another sequel to Police Academy! This time around, it introduced two of my favorite new characters, Zed and Sweetchuck. Poltergeist II got added to my VHS collection when I got older, and while I gave it a viewing once or twice, it never really blew my mind.

Ruthless People was a flick I saw with my dad, and I remember him laughing so many times during it. I was a bit young to catch on to many of the jokes, but when I re-watched it as an adult, I caught on.

I want to say that I saw Short Circuit in the theaters, but I don't honestly recall. I do know for a fact that I saw the second one with my mom on the big screen.

Oh, boy. They'd never get away with a movie like Soul Man these days. Frankly, I'm not sure how they got away with it in the 80's.

May rave about Star Trek IV. Personally, I can't stand it. I think it's the worst since the first. Stand By Me, on the other hand, has been a favorite of mine since first seeing it in the 80's.

Another horror franchise I tackled head long in my older years was Texas Chainsaw. Part two was definitely more over the top and silly than the first.

Three Amigos, yes please, and thank you! Classic comedy film staring some of the funnies men of the era. Everyone should see this one.

Then there was top gun. The biggest film of the year. Even if you didn't see the film, you said you did on the playground. I remember the day my dad's VHS arrived in the mail, and I finally got to see it, and stop faking that I had.

I didn't even know about Transformers the movie until a high school buddy of mine bought me a VHS copy from Canada when ordering himself one. I was blown away by the film and soundtrack, and it quickly became a staple in my re-watch pile. Which was odd, because I was never a fan of the television series.

My sister went to the theater and saw Under the Cherry Moon. She came out professing how terrible it was. As for me, I've only seen parts of it, and that was more than enough for me...Even as a Prince fan.

But, that wraps up my personal viewing of films from 1986. Not a very good ratio based on how many flicks were released. Still, that won't stop me from diving head long into 1987 next week!

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