Saturday, October 02, 2004
So there I was, poking through issue #169 of Amazing Spider-Man (written by Len Wein, illustrated by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, from June 1977) when I spotted the following panel:
Okay, that's definitely your standard-issue mid-to-late-70s Stan Lee caricature, but what's with the careful attention to detail with those two kids? That seemed a little unusual.
Well, the answer to that is no farther away than this issue's letters column:
Say it with me: "SPIDER-MAN DANCE CONTEST." One can only imagine. The TV show Wonderama is recalled on this page -- one of the reader-contributed memories mentions said contest. It appears that someone in a Spider-Man costume did "The Spider-Man Dance" on the show, and then the contest was to see which kid in the studio audience could best perform that same dance. Actually, the way the memory is actually phrased, one could infer that Stan Lee did the dance as well. I really, really hope Stan actually did do "The Spider-Man Dance." If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.
By the way, since some of you are probably wondering, here's a little more information re: Vera Valiant.
And what the heck, here's Stan the Man's very own Marvel Universe-style page.
Friday, October 01, 2004
Please, please, please tell me that the promo for next week's episode of Smallville -- the one apparently about "meteor rock"-enhanced cosmetic surgery -- was not blurbed with the phrase "KRYP/TUCK." And especially please tell me that the phrase wasn't in giant green letters.
Anyway, this week's episode was a little more focused than the season opener, as Clark, Lois, and eventually Lana all join in the search for the formerly presumed-dead and now just presumed-missing Chloe. We also get some closure (maybe) on the Lionel Luthor arc from last season. I do call a big "no way" on Lois digging up her cousin's grave in broad daylight without being noticed, however. But we do begin to get a feel for how a relationship between the brash Lois and the usually reserved Clark would actually work.
Oh and (big SPOILER) I also call "no way" on how Chloe survived. If my memory serves, didn't the house explode as soon as the front door shut? It didn't seem as if there was enough time for the escape scenario described in this episode to play out.
In other news:
Peter David says his upcoming storyline on Hulk will only be five issues long, unlike the usual six issues Marvel seems to insist on for eventual trade paperback reprinting. David will still do a sixth stand-alone story...so we'll get all six of those in a trade anyway, I'm sure. I particularly like this comment of his:
I could (pardon the expression) pad it out to six, but what's the point of that?
Gee, I can't think of any writers at Marvel who might be doing that. Can you?
Atlas Archives is a site devoted to the brief existence of the 1970s publisher. The Grim Ghost is a particular favorite of mine.
The Comic Treadmill looks at what must be one of the greatest records ever, "Songs & Stories About The Justice League of America."
I'm glad to see someone else has noticed the same problem I had with the last issue of Green Lantern...namely, Kyle just taking the bad guy at his word that Mom is fine and dandy. Did anyone even look at this script before it was published?
I don't really care what the new Sin City trade dress looks like, just so long as the books are available when people ask us for them, what with the interest in the movie and all. You know, just for a nice change of pace.
I'm not holding my breath, though. Yeah, I know what Dark Horse is claiming, but that smoke's been blown our way before.
Rick, who runs the fine and good weblog Eat More People, has voluntarily removed himself the Comics Update-A-Tron 3000 due to his reduction in funnybook-related content, but don't let that stop you from visiting! This month, he plans on discussing a different horror movie every day -- a worthwhile endeavor.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Fight Batman Fight!
Via pal JP, an eBay auction for a poster for another unauthorized and completely insane Batman movie, right up there with James Batman, Batman Fights Dracula, and Alyas Batman and Robin.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
You like the new comics, hmmmmm?
In other news:
New theory on the Identity Crisis killer, hashed out with pal Corey: Bat-Mite! Who else could get past all the security equipment? And how does he benefit? By putting together a mystery that only his hero Batman can solve! See, it all fits!
Wow! Ed cuts to the chase about the perceived direct correlation between the low quality of certain comics and articles written about same.
In 1978, a young Will Pfeiffer, inspired by the recently-released Star Wars, creates his own comic book: Space Force Frog!
* For some reason, "Major Force" strikes me as a really dumb name, and I don't want to type it any more.