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Albany Comic Con : The Haul

Posted in Adventure, Comic Books, Toys, Trading cards with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by Jason

So, yesterday I went to Albany Conic Con.  This is the second year that I attended, but this time I didn’t take any pictures.  The attendance seemed to be higher this year(it actually runs twice a year, but I attend the fall one), and at times, it was a little hard to maneuver through the crowd.  Keep in mind that this is a small con held at the Holiday Inn.

It was a great time, and there were plenty of great deals.

I’ll highlight everything in a few different posts.  Today, I’ll just highlight a few of the comics that I picked up.

This one is long over due.  This has got to be one of the most iconic covers in Marvel history!  This was a big series when it came out, and this is the first time I’ve owned it since.  I couldn’t get the dollar out of my pocket fast enough!

Like Spider-Ham from Marvel, you can’t go wrong with DC’s Captain Carrot.  These are good, fun reads!

I know close to nothing about the TMNT comics from IDW.  I do know that this is a 1 in 10 variant sketch cover though.  The seller had it marked for $10, but said that everything was 50% off.  I ended up getting it for $3.50.  I’ll probably have to pick up the collected editions(if they exist), if I actually want to read the this(micro)series.

The Punisher is the first comic that I actively collected.  I’m always happy to fill the early gaps in the series.  I picked up issue #13 as well.

This is another title I collected in my first years of comic collecting, although I think the title had changed to Avengers West Coast by that time.  50 cents was too hard to resist for issue #2!

Those are just the highlights of 11 comics that came home with me.  I also got a few toys, as well as some packs of some great early 90′s trading cards.  We’ll get to that stuff in a few days.

Albany Comic-Con 2011

Posted in Adventure, Comic Books, Toys, Transformers, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2011 by Jason

So, about a week and a half ago, I attended the Albany Comic-Con(this was my wife’s anniversary gift to me :) ).  I’m not sure if this was it’s inaugural event or if it’s an annual thing.  This year was the first time in the 8 years I’ve lived here, that I have heard about it.

I’ve been to a few conventions in NYC before, and they were a pretty decent size.  This one was smaller, but it definitely had it’s charm.  To give you an idea, it was held in a Holiday Inn, and had two dealer and guest rooms.  There were a few different panels as well.  I attended the panel discussing action figure sculpting and creating.

There was a pretty big turnout, and there were many deals to be had(every dealer I met with was friendly and reasonable).  I won’t bore you to death with all the details, so we’ll get to the pictures.  Most of them are Star Wars related, but I’m pretty sure that’s okay with most of you.

All of the Star Wars costumes were top notch, and made up 60%-70% of the cosplaying crowd.  The Tusken Raider(or Sand Person) above, was one of two who even had sound effects and music playing(concealed within their costume and accessories) that were related to their character.

Now to the loot!

But before we get to that…I just want to show a few games that came in the mail around the same time I went to the convention.

Ultima isn’t a great game, but it’s an RPG that I have fond memories of.  I already have this game in my collection, but I got a great deal on a complete copy(the box is mint).  Wario Land:Super Mario Land III, is one of my all-time favorite Game Boy games.  This was another great deal that also included the game case and instruction manual.  I only realized that it was a foreign language manual when I got it in the mail.  Game Boy games are region-free, so it works fine on my Game Boy.  And the manual is not necessary for me to play this game.

And now to the Comic-Con loot!

That Punisher comic is one of my favorite comic book covers, and it was also the very first back issue I bought when I first got into comics.  The Marvel Universe is part of a series of of pages with pre-punched holes to be put into a 3 ring binder as a sort of reference book.  Both of those were 50 cents each.  The Jason goes to Hell was a bargain at 50 cents, considering it still has the cards in the sealed bag.  I don’t mean this to sound like it’s worth much.  I’m just a huge Friday the 13th fan, and getting a comic book and trading cards of Jason for 50 cents is great!  I have no idea about the Redfox comic.  But it was 50 cents, and I thought the cover looked pretty neat, so I took a chance.

The New Warriors was one of the titles I was heavily into when I first got into comics(along with The Punisher, Avengers West Coast and Marvel Comics Presents).  I couldn’t pas up the first issue for a dollar.  In my current collection, I don’t have any other New Warriors books.  I’m hoping I’ll like it as much as I did back then.  What The..?! is a parody of Marvel characters by Marvel.  It was done by Hilary Barta, who I have mentioned before.  I love his cartoony style and at 50 cents, I promptly snatched it up.  The 2 G.I. Joe and the Transformers comics were a buck a piece.  The first one is a Marvel one from the eighties, and the second one is an Image one from 2003(this one is actually G.I. Joe vs. Transformers).  It’ll be great to read all of these.

One seller had a bunch of polybagged issues of Wizard from the early days of the now-defunct “guide to comics”.  I picked out a fairly early issue that included some pretty cool premiums.  To the right, we have a press kit for the movie The Crow.  This is my all-time favorite movie.  This is a very cool find!  It has black and white 8×10 photos, 5 film stills and a press release about the movie, the actors and various other things pertaining to the movie.  I had no problem dropping the ten dollars the seller was asking for it.  Also pictures are 3 packs of trading cards.  The seller was selling certain packs of trading cards at 3 packs for $1.00.  The 3 packs I chose were The Worst From MAD, The Valiant Era and Adventures in Toon World.  I’ll be saving these packs, and may do a post where I open them and see what they contain.

And here is the star of  my purchases.

The Reveal the Shield line of Transformers has been virtually non-existent in my area.  I’ve barely see any of this line with in an hour’s drive of me.  And this was the first time that I saw any of the “Legends Class’ figures.   The dealer I bought this from had all of the Legends Class figures from this line, and if money wasn’t an object I would’ve bought them all.  Starscream is the next on my list if I can find him at a decent price.  Megatron cost me 7 bucks(not too bad), and Starscream was the same.  I just didn’t have the disposable cash at the time.

I think the figure looks great, and is a great representation of the G1 Megatron that we all love.  But I do have a few gripes about this figure.  The first will be apparent in the next photo.

That is one hell of a paint error!  I wish I would’ve noticed this before I bought it, or else I would’ve bought the other available Megatron(as long as the paint was better).  My second gripe is the rub sign almost came off.  It’s a sticker, and it was moving when pressure was applied to it.  I may have to super glue it to the figure to make sure it’s not lost in the future.

And my final gripe…

Is the orange cap on the barrel necessary?!  The original G1 figure was made of die-cast metal and was a full size gun, so I can understand the confusion in mistaking it for a real gun.  But is there any chance that anyone would confuse this tiny, very plastic looking toy for a real gun?

Still, I’m happy to add this Megatron to the collection.  And I’d say he’s worth picking up if you can find him.

11 Comic Books and Other Things

Posted in Comic Books, Memories, Toys, Transformers, Yard Sale Finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Jason

Recently, a new comic shop opened in my area.  This is not to be confused with another comic book shop that opened in my area in the last year or so.  That was a different comic shop, where I’ve heard stories of the store’s owner and bad business.  I got ripped off by him, but we won’t get into that.  The new store is nicer and the guy(Eugene) who runs the place is a cool guy who interesting to speak with.  The name of the shop is Empire Ray Gun Company.

All of the comic books you are about to see are not in mint condition.  But that’s okay.  All of the comics in my collection are of varying degrees of condition.  The primary reason to be into comics is to actually read them.  And that’s why I bought these.  And for the old-school ads from my childhood.

I got the Robin II issues because these were a big deal when they came out.  Holograms were one thing in card form, but when you put them on a comic cover, you got a kid’s interest.  This was also in the time of “gimmick” covers.  Every comic company was putting out glow-in-the-dark covers, foil covers, embossed covers and foil-embossed covers.  But the cover of the first issue is so awesome, and it was a four issue mini series, so it was worth the price.  I got these books for one dollar each, which is awesome.  But he didn’t have issue 2, so I won’t be able to read this anytime soon.  You’ll also see Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #7, Roger Rabbit #2 and Transformers #2.  JTHM is a great, dark comic(this was the only comic that cost cover price).  I loved Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, so I don’t see why I wouldn’t like the comics.  The old-school Transformers comics were a favorite of mine back in the day.  Plus it’s the second issue!

I have always been more of a fan of the old Mirage TMNT series, but I like all TMNT related literature.  The issues from Archie Comics was done in the same vein as the tv show, so it’s a give in why they would produce comics that were more like the popular cartoon.  The main reason I bought the Thor(I have nothing against the series or character) comic was because there are moai on the cover.  And I got the three issues of “Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham”, because I was(and still am), a huge fan of the character and series, and these were issues I didn’t have.  I would love if Hasbro made a Marvel Universe figure for Spider-Ham(are you listening, Hasbro?).  And as I said earlier, the ads in these comics are great.

On my way home from work on Friday, I spotted a little “flea market” shop that was open for business in my area.  It was a small locally owned establishment, and it was very small(like a big shed).  I decided to check it out.  I didn’t find too much, but the owner was a nice guy and his prices were pretty good as well.

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke is they best movie they made.  It is hilarious and very quoteable.  I don’t know if I’ve seen The Freshman.  But the dvds were $3 each or two for $5, so  I had to find another movie, and I didn’t see anything else interesting.

I don’t have any setimental attachment to Exo Squad and the bubble is wrecked beyond repair, but I couldn’t say turn down a 17 year old action figure for 3 bucks!  It’s a cool looking toy, and I had to buy it.  He kept on trying to get me to buy a box of the baseball cards you see pictured.  He said he must have 50 sealed boxes.  I’ve curbed my trading card collecting, and baseball isn’t my sport.  Before I left, he just gave me a set for nothing.  From what I’ve heard this set contains both Ken Griffey Jr.’s and Randy Johnson’s rookie cards.  Not too bad.

I haven’t been to any garage sales recently, but I haven’t seen any either.  I did spot one Saturday moring as I was giving a friend a ride home, so I just had to stop.

And Stimpy here, was the only thing that caught my attention.  I loved Nick Toons back in the nineties, as there were so many great ones.  Ren & Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life were my two favorites.  Of couse him in his original box was a deciding factor in my purchase.  The woman selling it had it marked for $6 but she said I could take it for $4, and it even works!  Not the best deal for a yard sale find, but definitely a fair price.

And lastly…

An old-school talking Pee-Wee Herman doll!  My friend Mike surprised me by giving this to me on Saturday.  He had him sitting in his man-cave, and knew I’d appreciate it.  The motor in his voice box is messed up, so he talks like a chipmunk, but that’s fine.  Maybe there’s a way I can fix that?  I now know that these dolls have bendable legs, which makes it great for display(but he’ll have to be stored away for now).

My Favorite Comic Book Covers #1

Posted in Comic Books, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by Jason

As I was thinking of new things to write about, I thought about what I hadn’t yet spoke about.  And immediately, I thought about the close to 1,000 comic books I had stored in long boxes in “The Vault”(aka my closet).

For many years I purchased comic books on a regular basis.  Whether I was 12 years old spending my allowance, or a twenty-something spending a nice chunk of change every week, I was a frequent customer in more than a few comic book shops for more than a decade.  As such, I have an ass-load of comics.

This will mark the first of a series of posts, that will showcase my favorite comic book covers.  The only stipulation is, that I must own the comics I feature.  So you’re not going to see any super-expensive vintage comics here.  So…let’s go!!

The Punisher Vol.2  #47

This is my favorite all-time comic book cover…with good reason.  This was the one that started it all.  I remember walking with my younger brother Jeff and my nephew Victor.  It was a warm Saturday, and my brother and I knew of a comic book store in nearby Pleasantville.  The name of the shop was Adventure Ink and it was a good three mile walk from our house.  We had just gotten our allowance and we decided to check out this comic shop.  You see, this was the first comic book I purchased that started my collection(this is not the original copy I purchased).  I’m pretty sure this cover was echoing Desert Storm.  On this day I discovered my love for comic books and also found out my favorite Marvel Super Hero was the Punisher.  My brother found out that he was a Daredevil fan.  And I found it totally awesome that The Punisher and Daredevil had a little rivalry.

Teenage Nutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, Book 22

Shortly after I had started collecting comics, I stumbled across some of the old school TMNT books in a back issue box.  I decided to check them out, and I was totally floored!  I loved the stories, the art work, everything.  The original first volume, has amazing cover art.  Being young, I judged my first choices on their cover.  Donatello is my favorite, and yes, while this is an old school comic, and they should all be wearing red, that is clearly Donatello.  I would be hard pressed to tell you anything that happens in any of these comics because I haven’t read any of them in more than 8 years.  I got this one signed by Kevin Eastman at a comic convention at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2001 or 2002.  The same show I got this at.

Ghost Rider Vol.3  #15

Now in the early to mid nineties, comic book companies started rolling out all sorts of gimmick covers, to increase sales.  There were holographic covers, prismatic covers, gold embossed covers and this.  A glow-in-the-dark cover.  When your twelve years old…what could be cooler?!  Out of all the gimmick covers released to date, this is my absolute favorite!  The art work is great, and the glow-in-the-dark flames totally fit the subject matter.  This is one of two Ghost Rider comics that I own.

So, that’s the end of the first of, hopefully, a series of posts about my favorite comic book covers.  The comics that appear are in no particular order, except for The Punisher Vol.2 #47, because as stated earlier, it will always be my all-time favorite.

This was actually pretty fun, and I might be able to do posts like this on a regular basis.  What did you think?

Feeding the Hun-grrr

Posted in Toys, Transformers with tags , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by Jason

So, nothing much has happened this weekend.  We decided to go out yesterday to stock up on a few things we needed for our upcoming trip to Cincinnati.  My fiancee decided to shop for some clothes and suggested that while she was shopping, I should go check out the new comic shop in town.  What a great suggestion!  Now, in the seven years I’ve lived in upstate N.Y., there has not been a comic shop within a reasonable distance from where I live.

I had seen the shop on a passing trip through Cobleskill, and I saw a sign on the sidewalk proclaiming the grand opening of a new comic shop.  I didn’t get to stop that day, but I was amped at the opportunity to be a regular customer at this new establishment.  As the day went on I was informed that the building that housed the comic shop, burned to the ground later that day!  I was pissed!  Here I was, happy as can be because I might be able to rekindle a passion reading comics, and the savior burns to the ground!

There is a happy ending though.  About a week after this the owner of the shop found a new location in town, and was open for business a few weeks later.  The owner told me that he was open for about 45 minutes before the fire occured.  That has got to be a shitty feeling on your first day!  Anyway, not only does he have over one million comics.  He sells vintage toys as well.  He has G.I. Joe toys mint in box, Masters of the Universe( Castle Grayskull mint in box!! ), as well as Transformers and other toys from the 80s and 90s.

This brings us to the point of the post.  I was able to haggle a little bit to get this two headed Transformer I remember having as a kid, for seven bucks!

Further research tells me that this is Hun-grrr.  He is the central Decepticon Terrorcon in the combiner known as Abominus.  He was in one small story arc of the original G1 cartoon.  Obviously, he didn’t have a huge impact on the youth at large, but he held a special place in my heart.  A two headed dragon that transforms into a robot!!  Did I mention that he is a two headed dragon?  I went home and did the happy dance as I transformed him.  Although he looks badass in his dragon form, he will be displayed in his robot form, for now.

At 23, I think he looks pretty good.

 

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