Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yes, I'll Still Agitating About This.

Last week saw the debut of Marvel's Monsters Unleashed event.

It was a fun enough romp, and it's going to give the marvel Universe a hero named Kid Kaiju, so there are bonus points.

But if you're going to have covers and double splash pages featuring all of your super-hero teams fighting giant monsters...

...doesn't it feel wrong to be doing that without the originals?

I'm just saying that, when it comes to fighting giant monsters...

...the Fantastic Four was there first, and best.

Seriously, with the FF's help...

...there's no way the Earth can fend off these gigantic invaders!

Alls I'm sayin' is...

...this event would be the perfect time to bring back the FF.

Think about marvel. Won't you?

After don't want to piss off Gormuu!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Subtle Political Message Saturday--Titanium Man's Ride Home!

As you may recall from yesterday's post, Iron Man quite convincingly kicked the Titanium Man's butt.

So the big green goomba limps out to sea to meet with his submarine rendezvous...

Cold, man. Cold.

And maybe, just maybe, a lesson for certain prominent persons not to rely too much on their newfound Russian allies, because once you disappoint them, man, they'll throw you out to sea...

From Tales of Suspense #83 (1966)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Night Fights--Gene Colan Style!!

Let me just say one thing--Gene Colan is the real shit.

His work on Daredevil in the 60s is terribly underappreciated, thanks to all the post-Miller focus on doom and gloom. Seriously, that era of the book is the forgotten gem of the early Marvel Universe.

And his work on Iron Man? Pure, insane, fluid beauty. As we'll see in this week's Friday Night Fights.

The Titanium Man tried to use Pepper Potts as a hostage against Iron Man. Well, he rescues her, and now it is on!


Spacebooger loves the sound effects.

Maximum punchage is from Tales Of Suspense #83 (1966), by Stan Lee, Gene Colan, and Gary Michaels

Now is the time for you to go and vote for my fight. Why? Gene Colan, man...Gene F'ing Colan. So go vote!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Are You A Bore?!?

A fair question:

Wow, I should send away for that.

This ad was in Archie Annual #26 (1975). But lest you suspect this was some fly-by-night operation, they were still peddling the same spiel 15 years later:

That one was in the classified section of the Chicago Tribune (May 13, 1990). Almost identical language...without the odd art. Although note that they've moved their mail drop from Illinois to New Jersey...

So thank you, Career Institute, for helping generations of poor talkers to not talk so poorly!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Still, It's Better Than Cars. Or Cars II. Or Cars III. Or...

Inspiration for Wall-E?

BTW, far be it from me to criticize a picture everyone else loves for more than I, but Wall-E completely blows it thematically. After 90 minutes of railing against consumerism, it turns out that Wall-E is saved only because he practiced that same consumerism. If he doesn't collect and value that junk, he doesn't get his memory/personality restored at the end. So all that garbage that destroyed the Earth that the movie condemns is really the deus ex machina that gives the movie a happy ending, and consumerism is suddenly good.

I'm just sayin.'

The cover of Fantastic Stories of Imagination (March 1964) is by Paula McLane

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Your Tax Dollars At Work--Consumer Comix!!

And then there was that time a state government teamed up with an underground comix company to protect consumers:

No, really:

You'll need to click to embiggen that, but you'll see this is a joint publication of the Wisconsin Department Of Justice and Krupp Comics Works, which was the on-paper "parent group" of Kitchen Sink Comics. Which, in 1975, was like totally underground comics!!

No snark here, because really, this is actually pretty cool, and a lot more effective than other government-published comics.

Take, for example, this tale on how to deal with the scourge of the 1970s--evil door-to-door pot and pan salesman!!

This is The Man--sticking it to The Man!!

Other tales warned us of the perils of unscrupulous auto repair:

Credit scams that result in consumers paying a lot more:

Weight loss scams:

Unethical car salesmen:

The horrors of Columbia House et al:

Fly-by-night "educational" businesses:

...and more I'm too lazy to show you!

See, this is what these government/comic collaborations should be: important information without being (too) preachy, entertaining, a little more hip than most...Well done, people!

Consumer Comix was published in 1975

I'm Sure This Happens To All The Heroes!

Jay Garrick is running up a building to catch escaping thief Rag Doll...

Cue the soft jazz and dim the lights!!

Oh, admit it--on planets with super-heroes, this is how start, right? It's the Earth-2 equivalent of "hot pizza delivery man," right?

OK, I'm sorry.

From Flash #229 (1974)