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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).

Reminiscing With Old Comic Book Ads

Posted in Comic Books, Memories, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by Jason

Hello everyone!  I’m fully relaxed and back in action!  I just needed a little break from the computer.

As you all know, I have a decent collection of comic books.  While I am no longer a hard-core comic collector, I still like to look through my collection and remember the early days when I first got into comics.  I belie I started collecting comics when I was around 12, but I started reading comics way before I started collecting them.  As a boy, my father used to take us to Phil’s Barber Shop in Pleasantville, NY.  I’m sure the place is long gone, but I can remember reading comic books as my father or brother were getting their hair cut by Phil.  Not only did he have comic books for us kids to read, but he would always my brother and I a cookie before we left(the good ones, in the big round tin).  Also, right down the street was Archie’s Corner Store.  I used to love perusing the comics and candies, and my dad would usually get a pack of Chuckles(do they still produce those?), for us to share.  Alright, now I’m getting off track.

As you can tell by my little tangent, I was reminiscing.  All brought on by looking at old comic books.  I only scanned a few ads from a few comics that I have not yet filed away into the long boxes.  Here are the comics the ads were scanned from.

 

 

I’ve acquired all 3 of these comics within the last 2 years.  The Sectaurs and Silver Hawks comics were bought at a garage sale in the summer of 2009, but I’m not sure where I got the TMNT II movie adaptation from.  The Sectaurs comic is from 1986, Silver Hawks is from 1987, and TMNT is from 1991.  The ads contained within these comics aren’t the most iconic, but they all remind me of simpler times.

We’ll start off with the only ad that I scanned from the TMNT comic.

The only other ads in this comic were for Double Dragon III and a bunch of Arcie Comics stuff.  This ad is for the most frustratingly hard TMNT game ever made.  I didn’t know a kid who had an NES who wasn’t into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  That being said, almost every kid I knew had this game.  After getting through the under water bomb disarming stage(which a lot of people say is too hard), the game gets unforgivingly difficult.  I will be the first to say that this is one game I have never beaten.  I remember seeing this ad an awful lot.

Now we’ll take a look at what lies within the Sectaurs comic.

Nestle Quik.  Whenever this stuff was in our household, I used to like to eat spoonfuls of this chocolately dust.  I don’t remember this specific promotion, but how cool would it have been to win a complete set of Go-Bots?!  I was(and still am) a loyal fan of the Transformers, but what kid would balk at the chance to win a complete line of toys?  You don’t see promotions like this anymore.

This is an ad I remember clearly!  Most ads that had puzzles/games during this period stand out in my mind.  You don’t see to much advertising for these types of products these days, which is pretty sad.  Do they make other flavors of Newtons besides the fig variety these days?

If you’re a product of the eighties, there is no way you don’t remember M.A.S.K.(Mobile Armored Strike Kommand).  I loved this show, but only owned one toy from this line(my brother and I both had Jackhammer).  My favorite was Condor, while my brother’s favorite was Thunderhawk.  Looking at them now, I think they’re all pretty kick-ass!

Now we’ll see what lies within the pages of Silver Hawks #1.

I don’t really remember this ad, but I was a big fan of Disney and Oreos back in the day.  This seems like a pretty good deal.  I’m sure the just the Mickey ears set you back more than $5.95 these days(I wouldn’t know, I have never been to a Disney park).  And I’m sure I would look just as happy if Mickey mouse was eating Oreos with me.

This is the last ad we’ll be looking at today.  Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles had great advertising in the eighties and nineties.  This ad is almost like a Mad Libs.  Their commercials are memorable(who could forget the classic Christmas commercial?), and when they had free toys or prizes in the cereal, they were pretty good!  Not to mention that the Pebbles cereals taste really good.  The Flintstones seem to have all but vanished these days(what happened to all of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons?).

There were other ads in these comics, but I only went with the ones most would remember(if you read comics back in the day).  This may be a good topic to revisit, and I have plenty of material to pick through.  Would this be something you would like to see covered more?  Let me know in the comments.