The final set of Marvel Comics folders that I have features Spider-Man from Marvel Comics. I bought these the same time that I bought the Dark Knight folders. The covers are mostly pin-up shots of Spider-Man wearing either his classic blue and red costume or his black costume. Other characters that appear include Venom, Sandman and Carnage. The interiors of one and four are the same while the interiors of two and three are the same.
I found a Spider-Man wall clinger from 2004 at a local thrift store on Saturday for fifty cents. He has the classic colors instead of the movie colors. The back of his left leg has 2004 Marvel, Gosrich Group, Inc. and Made In China. He originally came with a bottle of bubble bath that was not found at the thrift store.
Fans of golden age horror, crime and science fiction comics will want to check out Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine. The blog offers scans of a complete comic book story for visitors to read. Currently, he has scanned "Big Racket", a story featuring Johnny Dynamite, a one-eyed private dick in the tradition of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, from Dynamite #4 (November, 1953).
News has it that Johnny Depp will be playing Tonto in Disney version of The Lone Ranger. I grew up watching Clayton Moore as the masked man and I watched the animated version in the 1970s. I also remember listening to the radio show in the late 1970s while I did homework around four o'clock. I even have a cassette with an episode from the radio show.
The only Lone Ranger comic book that I have is the first three issues of the four part mini-series from Topps in 1994. There is a new comic series being published by Dynamite Entertainment but I have yet to pick up a copy.
I can kind of see Johnny Depp as Tonto but I would rather see someone like Jay Silverheels in the part. It is going to be interesting to see who Disney will cast as the Lone Ranger.
Meanwhile, enjoy this complete episode from the 1960s animated series:
I have never read a book by Kevin J. Anderson before even though he is a best selling science fiction writer. He has co-authored Dune prequels with Brian Herbert, written numerous Star Wars novels and had great success with his own series titled The Saga of the Seven Suns. Being a fan of Superman, I just had to pick up The Last Days of Krypton when I saw the paperback at the local newstand.
Anderson puts his spin of the final fate of Superman's homeworld. Events such as the meeting of Jor-El and Lara, the discovery of the Phantom Zone, the theft of Kandor by Brainac and the reign of Zod are included. At 467 pages, the science fiction book is fast paced and is a must read for any Man of Steel fan. I give The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson an A+.
We had McDonald's again last night so I ended up getting another Happy Meal. This time around, I got the batboat, which is the first toy in the set. The box was the same and I had a hard time getting the mini ski boat to go very far. I did like that feature of having Batman's head turn around depending on if the mini ski boat is inside the batboat or not. The batwings on the back can rotate so that makes for a cooler feature. Overall, I give the batboat a 7 out of 10.
I took a road trip to Hutchinson, Kansas and bought several comics at Hastings. I don't take road trips very often and that's about the only place that I buy comics anymore since they don't have a comic book shop. I mostly picked up comics from Dark Horse and DC.
Dark Horse Comics Includes Conan #49 (torn cover), Conan #50, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull #2 and Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods #1.
DC Comics includes Challenge of the DC Super Friends #6, Final Crisis #2 (Wonder Woman) and Final Crisis #2 (Batman).
DC Comics includes Batman and the Outsiders #9, Batman and the Outsiders #10, Brave and the Bold #15 (Nightwing and Hawkman) and Brave and the Bold #16 (Superman and Catwoman).
DC Comics includes Superman #678, Superman #679, Wonder Woman #22, Wonder Woman #23 and Comics Value Pack featuring 3 DC Comics from Metropolis Collectibles (shown is Adventures of Superman #614, not shown is Green Lantern #74 and Hawkworld #16).
In the previous two posts, I talked about the Captain America and Thor folders from 1975. This post deals with the Amazing Spider-Man folder that I also got at the same time. I was a littled disappointed with this one because the cover is from Amazing Spider-Man #135 (November 1974) and features the Punisher with the words "Origin of the Punisher!" Unfortunately, the inside and back panels features old webhead fighting the Shocker. I never had the issue so I don't know if the Shocker actually appeared inside or not. The outside spine of the Amazing Spider-Man folder does have tape on it but there is only one little piece on the inside.
Front of Amazing Spider-Man folder
Interior panel (left side)
Interior panel (right side)
Top panels from back
Bottom panels from back of Amazing Spider-Man folder
Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, I picked up the Thor folder along with the Captain America and Spider-Man folders. This is pretty well-worn and I even attempted to keep the bottom part together with tape. The Thor folder has the cover from issue #229 (November 1974) and is copyrighted by Marvel Comics in 1975. The panels featured inside and on the back retells the God of Thunder's orgins. I never had this issue but I found out that the comic book featured Hercules in a story called "Where Darkness Dwells, Dwell I!"
I picked up the Captain America folder along with Thor and Spider-Man folders (more about those in future posts) in the mid-1970s. I had a few of the Captain America comics but I don't remember ever having issue #193 (January 1976). Jack Kirby returned to the character that he helped create at Marvel Comics starting with Captain America #193 so it was a landmark issue.
Not only was the actual comic cover reprinted in larger than normal size but the inside flaps and the back cover had actual panels from the comic book. The back has a copyright of 1975. I actually used the Captain America folder for several years during my middle and high school years. Yes, I was often picked on for being a comic book nerd at the time.
McDonald's started selling Happy Meals with Lego Batman toys for the boys and Madame Alexander's The Wizard of Oz dolls for the girls today. I managed to snag The Joker Helicopter, which is the second toy out of the eight available. The cockpit has the Crown Prince of Crime, a pop-on blade, a rotating spotlight and an odd-shapped missle that is yellowish in color. The missle can be placed in a spring slot underneath and released by pushing a button on the back.
Two panels of the Happy Meal box is devoted to the Lego Batman toys while the other two panels is devoted to the Madame Alexander's The Wizard of Oz dolls (remember when each Happy Meal toy series had their own boxes?). My sister got the first toy in that set, which is Dorothy. There is a find the five hidden Jokers game, find hidden foes and a bat-signal pop-out that you can attached to a flashlight. I don't know if there are other boxes but there should be since the only toys shown is the bat-boat, Mr. Freeze, Penguin boat (?), Batman and Robin.
Lego Batman Happy Meal box #1
Lego Batman Happy Meal box #2
The Joker Helicopter unopened
The Joker Helicopter opened
Side view of The Joker Helicopter
Angle view of The Joker Helicopter
Front view of The Joker Helicopter
I like the missle and the rotating blade but the spotlight seems like a useless feature. I would rather have the cockpit open up so I could see the Joker better. Overall, I have to give The Joker Helicopter a 6 out of 10.
For those who are curious, my Happy Meal consisted of a cheeseburger, fries and a Sprite.
I used to read Legion of Super-Heroes from DC Comics back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Dawnstar, Shadow Lass, Princess Projecta Timberwolf and Wildfire were my perhaps my favorites. The LSH is the subject of several posts at Siskoids's Blog of Geekery along with Star Trek and other science fiction goodies.