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Monday, December 30, 2013

Dynamite Heroes Goes Steampunk In Legenderry #1 Trailer

Wow, Legenderry #1 from Dynamite Entertainment will present steampunk versions of Vampirella, Phantom, Green Hornet, Kato, Red Sonja, 6 Million Dollar Man, Silver Star, Zorro, Captain Victory and Flash Gordon. Check out the trailer below:

Friday, December 27, 2013

PCH Comic Collection

My Classic Comic Collection 6-Pack from PCH (Publishers Clearing House) arrived in the mail yesterday. The package was in an over sized padded envelope. I received six comics and a unopened package of stickers instead of actual trading cards.

First up is Superman #78 with a bonus Man of Tomorrow poster and a die-cut cover:
Cover of Superman #78 from DC Comics
I actually don't have this issue but I do have #77 and #81.

I have no issues of Top Cow/Image's Battle of the Planets #3 so this was a pleasant surprise:
Cover of Battle of the Planets #3 from Top Cow/Image

I only have a few comics from Continuity Comics and Earth 4 Deathwatch 2000 #3 is not one of them. In fact, I don't have any in that series or the first Earth 4 series. The kicker for me was the cool Firebat trading card that came with it. The issue has a wraparound cover but I'm only showing the front cover:
Cover of Earth 4 Deathwatch 2000 #3 from Continuity Comics

Too bad that CyberForce #25 is not from the original series. This is from volume two with a chromium wraparound cover but I'm only showing the front cover:

Sweet, a Johnny Quest #23 from Comico that also has a wraparound cover (yep, you guessed it, I'm only showing the front):
Cover of Johnny Quest #23 from Comico

Finally, I received The 'Nam from Marvel Comics (I needed this issue for I have #1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 22, 49, and 50):
Cover of The 'Nam #9 from Marvel Comics

I was a little bummed out about getting Batman Forever Movie Photo Stickers instead of actual trading cards. I received #5, 10, 43, 50, and 67.
Wrapper for Batman Forever Movie Photo Stickers
Batman Forever Movie Photo Stickers #5, 10, 43, 50, 67

Overall, not a bad selection of comics since I didn't have any of them plus two helped fill some holes in my collection. I do wish that the stickers were actual trading cards but at least they were from Batman Forever and not My Little Pony or something even worse. However, I doubt that I will order another grab bag like this from PCH anytime soon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Women Wednesday: Merry Christmas From Superhero City

Superhero City is offering a free Sugar Cookie trading card this Christmas:
Merry Christmas from Superhero City featuring Sugar Cookie

Women Wednesday: Liz Katz as Catwoman Sitting On Santa's Lap

Merry Christmas and here is a shot of cosplayers Liz Katz dressed as Catwoman sitting on Santa's lap with Sam Macaroni dressed as Batman (photo courtesy of Happy Holidays from Gotham City Mall, where you can view more pictures of the trio):
Liz Katz as Catwoman sitting on Santa's lap

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Vending Machine Batman Pencil Top Eraser

I was surprised to discover that the local Dillons grocery store had a vending machine offering pencil top erasers featuring character logos from DC Comics. I put in my fifty cents and managed to score a Batman pencil top eraser. It measures one inch long and a little over half an inch high. The black bat is raised a bit on the top. I would have tried for more but I didn't have any more quarters (I had plenty of pennies, dimes and nickles but I noticed that none of the vending machines took those anymore).
Batman pencil top eraser still in acorn shell
Batman pencil top eraser still in plastic bag
Front view of Batman pencil top eraser
Back view of Batman pencil top eraser
Bottom view of Batman pencil top eraser
Here is the DC Comic pencil top erasers insert as it looked in the vending machine at Dillons (picture courtesy of Gumball):
DC Comics erasers display back
The usual superheroes are there: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and The Flash. Unfortunately, Robin gets one instead of Wonder Woman or Aquaman.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mysterious Thrift Store Finds: Cavalry And Beast Figures

I actually found two mysterious figures together in a bag at a local thrift store a few weeks ago. They came with a Captain America Happy Meal figure minus his shield, a Chuck from Planet 51 (I think that was the astronaut's name), and a Hunchback figure in the king jester outfit. The bag of figures was picked up for a quarter. They are not truly action figures since they do not have any moving parts so they are more like mini figurines.

First up is the mysterious cavalry figure. He looks like General Custer but with brown hair, mustache and goatee instead of blond. There are no markings on him and stands at two inches. He is decked out in a blue hat, gloves and uniform with yellow trim. His sword is yellow too. The mysterious cavalry figure could be a Grand Marshall of a parade for all I know.
Front of mysterious cavalry figure
Back of mysterious cavalry figure
Next up is a mysterious beast figure that stands about one inch and three fourths high. He is brown with a gray helmet and shoulder/breast harness. "2010 Mattel Inc" is written on the back of his left arm in very tiny print and "B2" is written on the bottom of his left foot. The bottom of his feet also has different size holes, which makes me wonder if he was made to fit on something. The back of his head and back has holes. I have a feeling that I have seen the mysterious beast figure somewhere before but I just can't place where. He does have a long tail, which makes me think that he is a lion man in space fantasy armor.
Front of mysterious beast figure
Back of mysterious beast figure
If anyone reading this post has any clue about these mysterious figures, then please feel free to make a comment.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thrift Store Find: Doctor Who 1987 Mug

I found a Doctor Who mug from 1987 at a local thrift store yesterday afternoon. One side has the classic logo while the other side has a "ghost" TARDIS. Originally, this was offered as a thank you gift to those who donated to their local PBS stations.
Doctor Who 1987 mug with classic logo
The TARDIS is supposed to be blue and disappear when you add any hot beverage. I'm thinking the previous owner either used it too much or washed it in the dishwasher.
Doctor Who mug with disappearing TARDIS
I only paid a quarter for it and I wanted it for the classic Doctor Who logo.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Friday, December 06, 2013

PCH Finally Offers Comic Collection

I have been waiting patiently for PCH (Publishers Clearing House) to finally offer something of interest to me other than "historic" coin collections (I haven't bought any of those for they are out of my budget). They are finally offering a Classic Comic Collection 6-Pack, which is really a grab bag so who knows what issues one will get but at least there will be at least one Superman, Batman or Spider-Man title. However, this offer also includes at least five unopened comic book trading cards, which sealed the deal for me. The price is $19.96, which is not bad considering the price of today's comic books and trading cards. I will post about which comics and cards I receive. Yes, this is my Christmas present to myself this year.
PCH Comic Collection ad

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wonder Woman Officially Cast For Batman vs. Superman

According to It's official! Batman vs. Superman has found its Wonder Woman in the form of Gal Gagot. She was Miss Israel 2004 and is best known for her role as Gisele Harrabo in Fast & Furious and Fast Five.
Gal Gadot was Miss Israel 2004
Gal Gadot is an avid motorcycle rider and is married. She served two years as an IDF sports trainer.
Gal Gadot wearing black leather jacket
I am holding judgement until I see the costume that she will be wearing as Wonder Woman.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Dark Shadows #23

I was very disappointed with Dark Shadows #23 from Dynamite. This is the final issue of the series and felt rushed in a bad way. Mostly it centers around Emma, David Collins' friend that was turned into a vampire earlier in the series. She is seen talking to a shrink in a mental hospital before narrating flashbacks telling what happened to her after she escaped the possessed Barnabas Collins and his evil vampire crew. Emma tried to head back to David but was intercepted by Quentin Collins and his vampire hunter crew. Thanks to Blair's magic, Emma was shown several alternate futures with all of them having her turning David into a vampire. They buried her and she dreams of happier times. However, her story was far from done and she was unearthed by Barnabas and Jackie twenty years later. She was made human by the magical necklace that caused all the problems in the first place before she noticed a grown up David sitting in the car. Of course, the shrink doesn't believe all this and starts to take the magical necklace off. That's it and there is no mention of how the good Barnabas regained possession of his body. I would have liked at least one of two more issues before this one. I still like the cover art by Francesco Francavilla and the interior artwork by Nacho Tenorio.
Cover of Dark Shadows #23 by Francesco Francavilla

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Superhero City Celebrates Thanksgiving Day

Superhero City is celebrating Thanksgiving Day with a Special Edition Earth Ability card:
Banner for Thanksgiving card at Superhero City
Happy Thanksgiving Heroes from Superhero City
Special Edition Earth Ability card at Superhero City
I spent most of the morning watching parades before working on a Mickey Mouse puzzle. We had an early dinner so we can snack on leftovers later. I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day this year.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Superhero City Celebrates Doctor Who's Fiftieth Anniversary With The Traveller

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the BBC's Doctor Who and Superhero City has been celebrating all week long by offering a special stat challenge featuring the Traveller trading card (I have snagged three so far):
Banner for the Traveller stat challenge at Superhero City
The Traveller stat challenge at Superhero City
The Traveller card at Superhero City
By the way, I'm up to level 386 in this online game at Facebook.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Women Wednesday: Harley Quinn #0

Yeah, Harley Quinn #0 is out today with artwork from seventeen artists and the issue has a blast breaking the fourth wall:
Cover of Harley Quinn #0 from DC Comics

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Preacher Coming To AMC

Cool news for Vertigo fans: AMC Orders Pilot For 'Preacher' Series. I would much rather watch this than a spin off of The Walking Dead.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Superhero City Celebrates Veterans Day

Superhero City celebrates Veterans Day by offering players a FREE Defender of the Nation card:
Banner for Veterans Day 2013 at Superhero City
Free Defender of the Nation card at Superhero City
Yes, it's the same card from last year.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Man of Steel Black Spiral Notebook

I actually found this Man of Steel black spiral notebook at the local Walmart's yesterday afternoon for a dollar. It was the only one that they had left and I had never seen it at the store before. I call it black because that's the major color with some splashing of white and red. I do like the red plastic spiral but I wonder how it would hold up to all the abuse a school kid would put it through like stacking heavy text books on it. Superman looks very angry and he may have just used his heat vision.

Here is the front cover:
Front cover of the Man of Steel spiral notebook
Here is the back cover of the Man of Steel spiral notebook:
Back cover of the Man of Steel spiral notebook

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Netflix To Bring Four Marvel Superheroes To Tv

According to Netflix signed a HUGE deal with Marvel for Dardevil, Luke Cage series + more, not only will those two superheroes be getting their own live action Internet tv series but Jessica Jones and Iron Fist is also on the list. There will even be a crossover mini-series featuring the four called The Defenders. Looks like I may have to subscribe to Netflix in 2015.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Women Wednesday: Dancing Wonder Woman

Shame that this video featuring a dancing Wonder Woman on Vivo doesn't have the original soundtrack but it's interesting to watch her walk like an Egyptian:

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hourman Coming To TV

I can actually see Hourman from DC Comics getting his own tv show: The CW's bringing another DC character to TV (one you'd never expect). This might open the gate to other lesser known characters getting their own shows.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Wendy Williams as Wonder Woman

Wendy Williams dressed up as Wonder Woman on her Halloween-themed episode. Here is a twenty minute plus video of her in costume:

Friday, November 01, 2013

Halloween Results

We only had ten little beggars...er, kids come knocking on our door in a two hour span this Halloween. I gave them each two pieces of treats since I was expecting more tricksters. None showed up after an hour of waiting so I turned off the lights, let the dog out and put the treats in the refrigerator (Kit Kats were already melting). To be fair, a high school ballgame was going on last night which prevented many parents going out with their youngsters. I also learned this morning that the businesses on Main Street were giving out candy from three to five on Halloween. The local Fish and Games was doing the same. A co-worker that lives about two blocks away only had two little beggars...er, kids. Last year we had twenty-five and the year before that was thirty or so. This was the worst year for tricksters asking for treats that I can remember.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bonus Countdown to Halloween 2013 Day 31: Swag Bucks Halloween Collector's Bills

I finally collected a full set of Halloween Collector's Bills at Swag Bucks a few moments ago. There are five different ones this year:
Halloween Collector's Bills at Swag Bucks
I won the pumpkin first:
Pumpkin Collector's Bill at Swag Bucks
Here's the Collector's Bill with bats:
Bats Collector's Bill at Swag Bucks
Here's the witch's cauldron:
Witch's cauldron Collector's Bill at Swag Bucks
Here's the Collector's Bills with a witch's hat:
Witchs' hat Collector's Bill at Swag Bucks
I finally won the ghost tonight and didn't think I was going to win it before the deadline:
Ghost Collector Bill at Swag Bucks

Countdown to Halloween 2013 Day 31: Angry Birds Star Wars Bucket, Stickers and Fruit Gummies

Halloween is finally here and I'm finally sharing pictures of the Angry Birds Star Wars bucket and stickers that I got a few weeks ago with a cheeseburger Happy Meal from McDonald's. The Death Star in the background has a pig snout and ears:
Angry Birds Star Wars bucket has Death Star with pig snout and ears
Chuck the Yellow Bird is dressed up as Han Solo and Terrance the Big Brother Bird as Chewbacca:
Chuck the Yellow Bird as Han Solo and Terrance the Big Brother Bird as Chewbacca
There are two pigs dressed up as two different versions of Boba Fett (yes, I know it's not a very good picture showcasing them but they are on there):
Pigs from Angry Birds dress up as Boba Fett
The Angry Birds Star Wars stickers features a lot of the characters in costumes (my favorite has to be the Ewok):
Front of Angry Birds Star Wars stickers
The back of the stickers tells about the Happy Meal app:
Back of Angry Birds Star Wars stickers
As an added bonus, I found an empty box of Angry Birds Star Wars Fruit Gummies last month in the parking lot of the store where I work. Surprisingly, it too features Chuck the Yellow bird dressed up as Han Solo and Terrance the Big Brother Bird as Chewbacca (this is number three in a series of five):
Front of Angry Birds Star Wars Fruit Gummies box
Back of Angry Birds Star Wars Fruit Gummies box
This wraps up this year's Countdown to Halloween and I hope everyone has a safe and spooky one.