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.

By the Eye of Agamotto! Strange Days, Indeed

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Obviously designed by a fan of the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930's.

Obviously designed by a fan of the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930’s.

   Dr. Strange was a 1978 TV film pilot based on the Marvel’s Dr. Stephen Strange, created by Steve Ditko. Directed by Philip DeGuere, authored by him as well, it was specifically written for television. It seems that the production suffered from being over conservative and under funded.  Stan Lee served as a consultant on the film, but that couldn’t save this proposed pilot for a series. In a day and age where VFX were not up to snuff (until one George Lucas pushed them beyond their limits), and removing the more “comic booky” elements from the property.  The show aired on 6 Sept, 1978 on CBS. That network also aired The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. Out of the three, only the Hulk proved to have any staying power.

   I remember staying up to watch Dr. Strange but it failed to hold my interest. I tried watching it again, and it failed to hold my interest. Some may still like it and there is nothing wrong with that. To each their own. It didn’t/doesn’t work for me. Having said this, I dig the character’s concept and a few executions of this concept really worked for me in the books. I think Ditko’s version was the best but I am biased 😉

   So now the new movie is going to be made with Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange. I cannot wait to see what crazy shit Marvel Studios has in store for us!

All-New, All-Different #Marvel Previews

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   Marvel is distributing these free of charge so head over to https://comicstore.marvel.com/All-New-All-Different-Marvel-Previews-1/digital-comic/39120 for your own copy. Or you can always just look at what I have posted here 🙂

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Rebuilding My Collection / Mid-life Regression?

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   So here I am 45, as of the 3rd of May 2015, and I am just on the cusp of becoming gainfully employed again. It’s been a while since I had a regular job, but the contract stuff and … Continue reading

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FAT MAN on #BATMAN with @TheRealStanLee : ‘NUFF SAID!

   Back in April of 2013 something great happened that I am just getting around to. Stan Lee being interview by Kevin Smith 🙂 This SModcast is one of many that I am enjoying.

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   I have to admit that I am a podcast rookie. Recently I started watching Kevin Smith’s AMC show, Comic Book Men on Netflix. This show was so fun and funny that my wife and I watched the first two seasons in one week. I watched them all a few time now. Walt, Bryan, Mike and Ming are very entertaining. If you haven’t seen this show then check it out, it is like a celebration of all things Nerdly in all of Geekdom. The show sparked my interest is some of Kevin’s other works and I’ve rewatched movies that I’ve seen before and ones that I’ve never heard of. This new interests in his work brought me, first, to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash then on to SModcast. There are over half a dozen sites related to the “View Askewniverse“; when you have time check it all out.

   Anyhow… this interview with Stan “The Man” Lee is very awesome. I am a fan of Mr. Lee, I enjoy his positive attitude and professionalism. Nuff Said.


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Judge slaps down Stan Lee Media’s bid for Marvel characters

   I find it interesting that “Stan Lee” Media no longer has anything to do with Stan Lee, yet they have been fighting tooth and nail for the intellectual properties that Stan helped to create. An the winner is… the lawyers.

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.