When You Wish Upon a Star-Lord… Who?

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Oh, come on, Man… Star-Lord. You know!

   Once upon a time, this was Star-Lord. In 1976, Star-Lord made his first appearance in the pages of Marvel-Preview Presents magazine. Different times, different kinds of heroes, same characters. While the designs have evolved since these days, the stories, well… have pretty much been told over and over. I dig the technique on the background of this classic cover.

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Future Quest Show Us the Future of Great Comics

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Future Quest #1 by Jeff Parker, Doc Shaner, and Steve Rude.

  Like many, today, I was treated to an excellent tale. Future Quest has been a book that I’ve been waiting for ever since it was announced. Today was the payoff. Not since I stopped collecting physical comic books in 2006 have I wanted to go to my local shop and pick this book up. I purchased my copy from Comixology, this evening, and finally got around to reading it. It grabbed my attention and never let go. When I was finished, I was begging for more! This book was so good that I plan on picking up a physical copy this week.

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Growing Collection One Year On…

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   Wordpress, my blog host, won’t allow certain plugins so hence the screenshot of the gallery link. I may be making some moves in the next few weeks. Earlier this month, I secured my domain name via Google Domains.

5 Comic Book Titles that will be taking me into 2016

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   Nothing against other companies, I am a mainly a DC & Marvel guy. Money is always tight so limits need to be observed so I stick with the big two. Having said that, most of what those two are putting out has not been to my liking. Just not my sort of thing. The up side is that I don’t spend my hard earned credits on the titles that I am no longer into. Now back up until my final days of actual collecting (physical issues) I would stick it out and buy everything. Well, no longer.  Continue reading

Archie the TV Show that Never Was.

   Archie (1964)? This pilot was shopped out, but never sold. I just watched it and it wasn’t too bad. It played like Archie was the “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” (a show from the late 1980’s), sans the Dutch Tilts & breaking the fourth wall, of his time. I liked that show and I have fond memories of watching it, even as a 17 year old (which is when it came out).

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   Honestly, I can’t remember much of the character. I was into Superheroes, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy in my comics. The characters of Riverdale High limboed far beneath my RADAR.  Most of my knowledge of Archie is from the old cartoon, The Archies, and I have forgotten most of that.

   I imagine that the show was too similar to The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and since that show came to an end in the previous year there was no point in doing a re-hash or 2.0 version. Sure, they had similarities but they seem to be just different enough to be interesting.

   Anyhow, I have no idea why it was passed up. It seems to be just as entertaining as anything else from that era. I found it on YouTube by accident, and I expected to be making smart ass comments though the whole show… I didn’t. I enjoyed it.

   Don’t take my word for it… check it out for yourself ^_^

   The embedded feature isn’t enabled so head over to YouTube to watch it.

Fantastic Four Review-ish. No not THAT FF… Roger Corman’s

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Comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray ?The Incredible Hulk? and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, ?The Incredible Hulk Returns,? May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. Lee says the secret of successfully transferring comic book characters to television is to avoid making it a carbon copy. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

The Incredible Hulk Returns, May 9, 1988

  Today at the Quantum Multiverse (Not So Secret) Headquarters, we are screening the 1994 film by Roger Corman. Fantastic Four. It’s a movie that wasn’t meant to be seen by the general public. Marvel, supposedly, bought the film out and tried to erase it from history. This was after that horrible attempt at Thor in the Hulk TV movie, The Incredible Hulk Returns and the poor showing of the first Captain America movie.

   You see, comic book movies filled with self-loathing superheroes just suck. If you have to change a property so much that you can’t recognize it from the source material then you may as well come up with something original. Well, perhaps that is far too much to be asking. If those who produce a film have nothing but disdain for its origins then how can anybody possibly enjoy the outcome. Not everybody has gotten the memo yet… It’s the age of the Geek and Geeks HAVE inherited the earth.

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char_6550   Mr. Corman’s movie doesn’t take itself to seriously and it has a very comic book feel to it. It is like a fan film love letter addressed to all fans, everywhere. I first was exposed to this film via Wizard Magazine, waaaay back when. It seemed like a great idea. I was a bit hung up on the outfits and the Thing. You see, my true fandom for the first family of Marvel comics was in the 6th grade (1981 – 1982) during John Byrne’s run as the artist and writer of the title. It was incredible. I used to watch the cartoon with the Human Torch replacement robot, H.E.R.B.I.E. As a kid, it was ok. I didn’t see the old Fantastic Four cartoon from the 60’s until later in my 6th grade year and I really liked that as well. I found out that many of the episodes had their origins in Jack Kirby & Stan Lee stories.

bengrimm0802   I digress. Where were we? Ah, yes… Fantastic 1994. Well, it wasn’t until 1998 or 1999 when, at a Comic Book Convention in Sacramento (CA), I purchased my first bootleg copy of this movie on VHS. The quality wasn’t all that great and the effects were very unpolished. I had the snooty fan-boy blinders on and made my mind up that it was a crappy film. It embarasses me to think about how shallow I was. Instead of celebrating something, that I never thought would be live action, for its high points.

   This brings me to today. Here, in my livingroom… err, I mean HEADQUATERS, watching this movie again for the fourth or fifth time. It really is the most faithful live-action adaptation of the material. Mr. Corman walks the fine line between presenting his vision and staying true to the spirit of the comics.

ff-torch-corman   If you have not seen this film yet, I would recommend it. Don’t just dismiss it outright because of the images, rumors or what some angry nerd told you at the comic book shop, once. Sure, The effects are not really the best, Johnny doesn’t go full Torch until the end (and when he does… well… it isn’t that bad for 1994), Ben is in a rubber suit that utilised TMNT tech to animate the face, and Ben does turn back into his flesh and blood form when Alicia Masters professes her love for him. Get over all of that, and whatever else. Victor Von Doom is right out of the comics and there are so many other awesome things that this film has to offer.

Best Live Action Doctor Doom EVER. Nuff Said.

Best Live Action Doctor Doom EVER. Nuff Said.