Batman: Ascending Knight

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One:12 Collective’s Batman: Ascending Knight by Mezco Toys

   This Batman is gorgeous. It updates his original 1939 look, perfectly. At only $80 (US) it seems pretty affordable for what you get. Will I pick one up? Probably not. I don’t usually go in for higher end collectibles. Vintage is where my money usually ends up 😉  As they say, never say never, though.

Dave’s Comic Heroes Blog: Freedom Fighters Quality

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Source: Dave’s Comic Heroes Blog: Freedom Fighters Quality

   Remember those awesome days when crossing from one dimensional plane to another was as easy as turning a page?  I miss those days. At times the cross-over stories were bat-shit crazy, and that was half the fun. Check out Dave’s Comic Heroes Blog for some in depth detail on the Heroes of Quality Comics, and how they ended up calling on the JLA to help them in their struggle against nazi scum.

   You can find this issue of the classic JLA at Comixology.

#Superman and His Incredible Fortress of Solitude

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Source: Superman and His Incredible Fortress of Solitude – DC Special Series large format comic #26 (1981)

   This issue of DC Special Series is a treat. Head over to “A Superman Collector in Hawaii” to read his entry on the issue.

   When I was a kid, I couldn’t get enough of Superhero Secret Lairs, and among my favorites were Batman’s Batcave and Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Other than the Cool factor of the X-Men’s Danger Room, I cannot think of any other hideouts that I would rather visit.

The History of Dick Grayson

   “Faust” walks us through the entire history of Dick Grayson. At least up to the pre-New 52 storylines. This video was my gateway into the world of fan generated content on YouTube. I had watched videos on YT before, but it’s always been little clips on my computer. Then I picked up a “Smart” TV, and that changed many ways that I consumed content. The now defunct “Comlink” got me into watching videos where people would discuss properties. Faust introduced me to the fact that a small one person, or small group of people, could offer substantial content that is quality.

   This video sparked my obsession with discussion based content, and tossed me right into the world of podcasting as well.

   Anyways… if you are a fan of the original Robin, I am for the version that George Pérez brought us in “The New Teen TItans“, then this video is a must-see.

That Time DC and Marvel Joined Forces

   In 1996, something happened that most superhero comics fans thought was impossible: DC Comics and Marvel mashed their characters together into an all-new fictional construct. The Amalgam era was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, because the comics published during this brief experiment probably aren’t getting reprinted anytime soon.

Source: That Weird Time DC and Marvel Joined Forces

   I remember when this all happened. I was 26, and I was still collecting with a passion non-stop since I was 9. This was an exciting event, at least it was to me. Since the very beginning I had always been a “Big Two” fan. The stables of DC and Marvel had always been a mainstay in my collection. Sure, I had several titles like Shuriken, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beast Warriors of Shaolin, and Vampirella, that I would pick up from time to time. But I digress… the Amalgam universe was special, I didn’t get into all of the pairings, but I really enjoyed the concept. There wasn’t an issue that I would miss. It was incredible, here was a set of monthly books doing what I had been doing since I was a child, fusing my favorite heroes into all new characters.

   In 2006, I ceased collecting. Occasionally I have dabbled in an issue or two, but nothing to involved. With the digital age of comics being ushered in, I felt it was time to check back into the worlds of DC and Marvel. I’ve replaced much of my physical collection with digital issues, except my original X-Men (Jack Kirby through Jim Lee’s run). Recently I’ve collected Future Quest and the Superman titles, Marvel hasn’t piqued my interest. Now if they would bring back the Amalgam Universe, or even another round of JLA/Avengers, then I would be all in… again.

Superman’s New Pal, Don Rickle?

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   Don’t you just miss those bat-shit crazy days of yesteryear? I know I do. There was a fine balance between fun comics and “serious” comics. We’ve come a long way since those days, but perhaps we’ve gone too far. At least in the comics. There are very few examples of goofy fun books anymore. Everybody is concerned with events and continuity. I would love to see some sort of FOOM type of book again from Marvel, or DC starting up the Jimmy Olsen book again.

   This begs the question…

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   At least Marvel knows how to have a little fun at its own expense in the Cinematic Universe.

Holiday Comic Book Cover Cavalcade

 

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   Over on the site’s FaceBook page, I posted a Comic Book Cover Cavalcade of Holiday themed back issues in a photo gallery. Check it out here: Four Color Holiday Celebration. I post graphic heavy content on FaceBook to save space for blog-specific items. Anyhow, head over to the gallery, and check it out. There are a few magazine covers too, due to extra christmasy content.

   Happy holidays! 🕎☃🎁🎄🎉🖖🎅👹