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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