Saturday, February 27, 2016

Superman Cereal versus Batman Cereal

Superman versus Batman opens on the big screen in one month but the competition has already begun. In the breakfast aisle at the grocery store this week I spotted boxes of Superman Cereal and Batman Cereal duking it out next to each other!

The burning question in my mind is: exactly when did $3.99 become the standard price of a box of breakfast cereal? Pick whichever superhero you prefer but ultimately the winner will be Richie Rich!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Sonny and Cher and Batman

What's going on here!?!?!?!?!

Check back later for details!

Jim Aparo and The Adventurers' Club

There were just two installments of  The Adventurers' Club! Written by Jonah Hex creator John Albano and drawn by Jim Aparo at the height of the artist's prowess (back when the gentleman was working at his preferred pace of penciling and inking and lettering one page per day), this micro-series ran in DC editor Joe Orlando's very experimental Adventure Comics of 1972. Just look at the robustness of the above splash page! I remember liking very much the two Adventurers' Club installments when they came out.

That strip came to my mind when I read a recent newspaper article that discussed a rumor that a 1951 Explorers Club meeting served long-extinct mammoth meat (!) for dinner. I do hope that Jim Aparo got to taste that mammoth meat!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Not Charles Schulz!

Yesterday on Jeopardy! the above photo appeared and that recipient of the National Medal of Honor needed to be identified. The honoree was described as the creator of many comic book characters but, if you can believe it, the first contestant to answer said Charles Schulz. I yelled NO! at the television! (The second contestant to take a stab at it answered correctly.)

This year marks forty years since I first saw Stan Lee in person. Between his convention appearances and his cameos in Marvel Comics films I have by now probably seen Mr. Lee more times than I have seen some of my uncles in their entire lifetimes. And I look forward to seeing this gentleman many, many more times!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Steve Rude's Fourth World Explosion!

Steve Rude is as big a Jack Kirby fan as you and me and here's a recent treat that may have escaped your notice. Mr. Rude painted a variant cover for last year's Convergence #6 that featured a host of Fourth World characters that were of course created Mr. Kirby. A print of the above superb cover is available over here.

Friday, February 05, 2016

A Comic Book Store in France

One of my most trusted operatives took the above photograph at a comic book store in France and sent it to me today. Maybe you were curious what a comic book store in France would look like? It seems to look pretty much like other comic book stores.

The name of this shop is ALFA BD and you can visit their website over here.