Happy 99th Birthday Jack Kirby

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From Sandman #1. Always been a favorite of mine since I was a child. 

   Jack Kirby. Jack KING Kirby. It’s important to note that he was one of the MOST influential artists in the comic book industry. If not one of than THE most. His style is the most recognisable and elements of it can be found in many of my favorite artists of my youth and even today.  Continue reading “Happy 99th Birthday Jack Kirby”

So You Want An Epic Fantastic Four? We Got That!

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Check out John Byrne’s run on The Fantastic Four from the 80’s.

   If you really want a good cinematic version of the Fantastic Four, you have to do yourself a huge favor and pick up the entire John Byrne run on the book. It spans issues #232 – #295, from July 1981 – October 1986. This is a real treat and it cements Mr. Byrne’s legendary role as both an artist and writer of epic comics.

T-Shirt Tuesday! Reflections of a Mad Titan

Inspired by the Norman Rockwell painting, this shows 3 characters who are oddly similar. Can you find all the Easter Eggs in this one?
Inspired by the Norman Rockwell painting, this shows 3 characters who are oddly similar.
Can you find all the Easter Eggs in this one?

Fox to Re-Make Big Trouble in Little China!?

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   So Fox is remaking Big Trouble in Little China. What? Who the FU… oh wait, with who? The Rock??? Oh HELL YES! I am in. Now, while I am usually one of the first to bemoan the lack of creativity in Hollywood, this film and Dwayne Johnson just fits.

The Downside of #Superpowers

Jack King Kirby's super power was to convey and evoke emotion.
Jack King Kirby’s super power was to convey and evoke emotion.

   While most see the upside of having powers, this blogger delves into the consequences of having those powers. If anybody has really paid attention to Peter Parker over the years they will see just how crappy super powers can be. Now if you just don’t give a damn about those around you then you can just be yourself like Tony Stark. Marvel deals with superhero angst far better than DC, so more Marvel characters come to mind when thinking about this blog post. Only after Jack Kirby left Marvel for DC do we see more heroes with that angst in their every-day lives.

   Remember, no good deed goes unpunished.

Author D. Marie Prokop- YA Sci/Fi and Children's Fiction

Wish you had superpowers? Do you want invisibility, so you can be introverted and extroverted at the same time? Flight, so you can travel the world for free? Or mind control, so you can, well, control minds? Maybe you should reconsider…

There’s a downside to having super abilities.  As Uncle Ben is famous for saying- “with great power comes great responsibility.” But the massive burden of moral responsibility isn’t the only thing weighing superheroes down. Let me list a few of the drawbacks of Superhero status-

1.) Life goes on. Life isn’t easier just because you’re super. For example,  Ben Grimm, The Thing, is super strong and made of rock. This presents some difficulties in his social life. Kids mock him. The Torch marries his girl. Life’s not perfect simply because you can lift cars with one hand. Uncle Ben still dies. And Aunt May needs you, even if your…

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X-Men #1 (NM – 9.6) For $250,000!

This is my copy of this classic book…

Pedigree Comics Sells X-Men #1 In 9.6 For Record Price Of $250,000!

Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. That is a great sale. While my copy isn’t worth near that much at a grade of Good, it does make me excited to know that the price is going up. I offered it on Etsy for three months at $1500, last year, but I had no takers. No worries since I really wasn’t ready to part with it any how. I am now very happy that I didn’t. I’ve had some great books in my collection and have sold them all in order to finance real life but this one is my last hold out. A Jack Kirby classic!

X-Men in Stained Glass

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   Esty seller, FayProductions, is offering these awesome stained glass posters. This one measures about 15×10 and costs $25.00. I love the style and, of course, the subject matter. At some point I will be picking up one of these awesome pieces for myself. There is a bit of a wait time on the shipping since the posters need to dry and then they don’t ship on any other day be Saturday. There are other super teams and characters to choose from.

While you are on Etsy checking these out, stop by our shop (Darran And Misty’s Shop) and check out some of our comics or Star Wars stuff.

Passing of the Father of the Silver Age of Comics

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Newsarama.com : Report: Legendary Artist CARMINE INFANTINO Dead at 87.

   A sad day for the world of Comic Books and those of us who collect and read them. Mr. Infantino is considered, at least by me, to be the father of the Silver Age of comics. He brought super heroes back into vogue in a time of mystery, science fiction, horror, western and romance comics. Next to Jack “King” Kirby and Julius Schwartz, Carmine Infantino is a hero to me and always shall be.

   Thank you Mr. Infantino. The industry will never be the same without you even though they keep attempting to repeat your success to varying degrees.

More here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44738