The Rawhide Kid.... Was An Early 1950's Western Comic Book... He Was Revealed To Be Gay in the 2000's Mini-Series 

The Rawhide Kid has had two incarnations.

He first debuted in a 16-issue series, (March 1955-Sept. 1957), from the 1950s Publisher, Atlas Comics, (the predecessor of today's Marvel Comics). (See comic book example to the top left.)

 Most of this series' covers were by highly acclaimed artists of the time, usually either Joe Maneely or John Severin, but at times had Russ Heath and Fred Kida doing the cover honors. Interior art for the first five issues was by Bob Brown, with Dick Ayers taking over on the remainder of the series.

I had missed those earlier issues when they first came out, as comics were bought for me then, and did not include westerns. It appears I saw enough of those on TV, (Roy Rogers and the like), so this genre was not bought for me.

After a short hiatus, the Rawhide Kid was revamped  by writer Stan Lee and penciler Jack Kirby and inker Ayers. The publisher continued the Atlas numbering with issue #17 (Aug. 1960), as at the time there was no 'imprint' identifying the publisher. 'Marvel' comics had not come into existence as of yet, and the publisher was limited to the total number of books that he could print each month by his distributor. (See comic book sample to middle left for a middle issue of the second incarnation.)

The title was among the more popular of the western comic books that Marvel Comics printed during the early 1960's as westerns were still a popular mainstream genre in books, tv and comics. I enjoyed this series, but my personal favorite was Kid Colt, Outlaw. The Big Three Western Comics for Marvel at the time were Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, and the Two-Gun Kid. At times Marvel had two or three of the Kids meet up in each others' books.... those were great cross-overs!!

However, as superheroes become increasingly ascendant in comics and sales of all companies' Western titles dropped, the Rawhide Kid comic book became primarily a reprint title.  The only thing new would be covers by such recognized artists as Gene Colan, Gil Kane and Paul Gulacy. The series ended publication with issue #151 (May 1979).

The Rawhide Kid would later appear as a more middle-aged character in a four-issue limited comic book series, (Aug.-Nov. 1985), by writer Bill Mantlo with penciler Herb Trimpe.  

In 2003 a controversial limited series from the Marvel MAX imprint, the five-issue Rawhide Kid, (issue #1 pictured to the left, 3rd from the top), revealed him to be gay in this Marvel alternate universe. The only problem was, that it wasn't clearly defined to be an alternate universe, and I personally hate most retcons, as the character that I grew up with would be almost totally changed!

The series has been a good seller for us, possibly due to the re-emergence lately of western comic books.  There is a market for this genre, not everyone wants to read superheroes! 

 For those interested in western comic books, we have them listed in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

Michael, (pictured at bottom left at the 1973 San Diego Comic Con selling westerns and superheroes!) 

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I First Noticed Teri Hatcher In Quantum Leap.... 

.... as the girlfriend of Dr Sam Beckett, (Scott Bakula), in an early 1989 episode. 

 By the time Quantum Leap needed her back for the Donna Eleese role, she had gone on to playing Katherine 'Kiki" Tango in the TV series 'Tango & Cash'.

She went on to play Lois Lane in the TV series 'Lois and Clark, the New Adventures of Superman', as pictured to the left. 

Today we all know her as playing Susan in the hit TV show 'Desperate Housewives' !

I thought her performance in Quantum Leap was excellent, and when the girlfriend was shown again, I was disappointed it was not her playing the role.

Teri studied ballet, was a cheerleader with the San Francisco 49ers, among other things, before turning actress.

Teri's early reknown was for the Lois & Clark series, but she has also acted in 'Spy Kids', 'Tomorrow Never Dies' - a James Bond film, a recurring role in MacGyver, and several other TV & Film roles!   

She adds a lot to the current hit series 'Desperate Housewives', but I will never forget first finding her in Quantum Leap. She had the 'Star' quality even then! 

 For those interested in Superman comic books, we carry those in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro StoreFor those interested in Lois Lane comic book, just click on Teri's picture abovel   comics

Michael

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Halle Berry Played the Title Role in the Catwoman Movie.... 

... and go no respect doing it!

This movie was trashed from when it was first released until it slinked out of the first run theaters...

Indeed, when Tina and I first viewed it on the Big Screen, we had a semi-private viewing of it, only because two others joined us in the theater shortly before the movie started, doubling the audience in numbers! It was the last week it was being shown, but still....

However, I think the biggest problem was that there wasn't any Batman in the movie... we just had two great looking women, Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, and a lame script.

 Indeed, look  at was a great response to the latest Batman movie, 'Batman Begins', to see that the Batman franchise is not dead in the water.

Hopefully the Marvel Comics execs have seen this movie and won't make a similiar mistake with the Wolverine solo movie outside of the X-Men Trilogy of films.

Halle has shown she can act and look good in several movies before and after this one !!   

For those that thought the Catwoman movie was lame, well Catwoman isn't lame in the comic books!

 For those interested in Batman comic books, we have several for sale in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

Michael

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Famke Janssen of the Uncanny X-Men Movies Trilogy

...is a little underused in the three films in my opinion until the last film.  

She is overshadowed by Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine, and by Halle Berry playing Storm ! To her credit, Famke has also acted in Nip/Tuck, Golden Eye, Star Trek: TNG, Lord of Illusions, and I Spy.

Although Jean Grey is not one of my favorite X-Men in the comic book series, her role in the movies did not feature her until the last film. I realize that with a large cast it is hard to give each role major film time.

Famke plays Jean Grey, who was a minor player in the original X-Men series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but it was the return of Jean Grey after her 'death' that her role expanded. See bottom left pic for 'comeback' issue. 

The whole X-men Universe is so convulted and overwhelming that it is hard to keep any kind of continuity when reading the comics, and 40 years of comics is hard to condense into three movies !   

I thought that all three X-Men Movies were really well produced, but like several other people, not all of my favorite X-Men got major film time. There is talk of a fourth X-men movie, but in the meantime we'll settle for the Wolverine solo movie!  Hugh Jackman is one of Tina's favourite actors! 

 For those interested in the X-Men comic books, we sell those in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

Michael

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Who Wants To Be In Stan Lee's NEXT Chapter of the TV Show.... WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPER-HERO? Season Two ??!! 

I Do... I Do.. I Do !!!!!

Well, not really.... tho I did find the first series on the SCI-FI Channel to be loads of fun!  I'm just too darn old now... although I saw that a contestant on American Idol last night was 47 years old... I didn't think they raised the age limit that high!!

Anyway, for those of you that are young enough and brave enough to withstand the rigors of trying out to be a superhero, here is the link to the tryouts!

I have enjoyed Stan Lee's endeavors ever since  reading my first Fantastic Four superhero comic book, issue #3 back in 1962.... and have had the pleasure of meeting Stan several times at the SDCC during the years gone by, (pic top left). 

My wife Tina had a seat next to Stan during the Heritage Live Auction at the SDCC where they auctioned off several items of his collection including his pinball machine he kept at his LA office ! She suggested he sign it, and he did after it was bought! 

Season Two of the Show is scheduled to air sometime in July, 2007 !!   

 For those interested in Marvel Superhero comic books, we have a slugfest full  in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store. If interested in Fantastic Four comics, just click on the comic book cover to the left l

Michael

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JENNIFER GARNER.... Was Great As ELEKTRA in the DAREDEVIL Movie....... Which Was Based on the Comic Book Title

She was about the best thing in that movie in my opinion. However the stand alone movie 'Elektra' where she starred just didn't have a good enough script to stand alone without someone like Daredevil. 

I first noticed Jennifer in 'Alias', thought she was more than O.K. in it, but since I had not started with the first season I was lost in the continuity...

After she played Elektra in the DD Movie, I made an effort to watch the final two seasons as they finished the run on TV, and found them entertaining, but still could not fully enjoy it as references were made to prior shows that I had missed....

This past summer Tina and I rented the early seasons of 'Alias' and had a better appreciation of all the characters and what the storyline was really all about.

I started with Daredevil when it first appeared in print, back in 1964, and stopped reading it in 1974... so I missed the change to the 'Grim and Gritty' aspect by Frank Miller and others in the 1980's. 

The Daredevil Movie and the Elektra Movie were both of a 'Grim and Gritty' Style,' but I still enjoyed both of them, mainly because of Jennifer!

 For those interested in the Daredevil comic books, we have several in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store, including the comic to the left! We also have a few Elektra comics, just click on the cover to the left!

Michael

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Gwyneth Paltrow Joins the IRON MAN Movie... Which Is Based on the Comic Book Title

She will join Robert Downey Jr, (as Iron Man), and Terrence Howard, (as War Machine), in "Iron Man," the Jon Favreau-directed film.

This is the first film in which Marvel Entertainment provides the financing through its arrangement with Merrill Lynch, so this needs to be a blockbuster film!  It looked like a good movie script at the SDCC, but the casting so far is a little strange in my opinion!

Marvel Entertainment has cast Paltrow to play Virginia "Pepper" Potts, who is the personal assistant to Tony Stark, the millionaire playboy, whose alter ego is Iron Man.

Pepper Potts was first introduced in the comic book, Tales of Suspense #45 in September of 1963 !  See bottom left for comic book cover. There will have to be some changes made to Gywneth for her to look even close to how she was portrayed in the comics....

Then again, Kirsten Dunst is a blonde who plays a redhead in the Spider-Man movies, and the new female character who plays Gwen Stacy is a red-head that plays the blonde part.... Go Figure !!   

Gywneth starred in 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow', which I really enjoyed... so I am willing to give her a chance at this role in Iron Man.

 For those interested in the Invincible Iron Man comic books, we have a few in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

Michael

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Neal Adams, Comic Book Artist, Commercial Artist & Entreprenuer 

I was fortunate to meet Neal Adams during one of his many trips to the San Diego Comic-Con International, (SDCC). 

He is a very busy man at the conventions, but made time to meet my eldest son, who was interested in furthering his interest in art, and also sign a few comic books for my personal collection, plus pose for a few pics, including the one at the left!  

Neal Adams was born in 1941, and attended the Manhattan High School of Industrial Art. He attempted to break into comics near the end of the Silver Age of Comics, first for DC on the 'Deadman' series in Strange adventures, and then for Marvel Comics on their X-Men series, (the bottom left comic being an example of that period). His style was a very naturalistic form of illustration and spawned several imitators.

He went on to work on the Avengers and the Mighty Thor for Marvel in the early 1970's. He also worked on the Green Lantern comic for DC and included Green Arrow for a highly acclaimed comic series.

Neal went on to found his own company, Continuity Comics, as well as work on many other endeavors.  I appreciated him taking the time to talk with my son on what he did in the art world and art business. 

For those interested in comic books by Neal Adams, we have a few in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store, including the one to the left! 

Michael

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"24" Dropped THE Bomb On America! 

America got a shock last week, when a "suitcase" nuke detonated over Valencia - outside Los Angeles.  We learned what the fallout was in this week's episode!

And no... it wasn't the Russkies that did it, (see comic book cover to the left for Fears about the Bomb during the 1950's).

It was those religious Terrorists that the USA is currently fighting.... they got to us again first... but wait... Jack's back.... even tho he quit at the end of the premiere epsidode!

We are defintely on the edge of our couch for this season already!  Plus there is a DVD out showing the first four hours of this New Season in case you missed the TV airing of the first two nights of the season! 

Also, for those of you interested in TV show comics like '24', we have several movie and TV based shows comic books in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store!  Sorry.. we are sold out of the '24' comics at this time.... 

 Michael

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Jim Steranko Produced Some of the Best Pop Art In the 1960's on a James Bond Type of Comic Book ! 

Nick Fury, (of WWII Sgt Fury & His Howling Commandos comics history), was updated in the 1960's as a James Bond spy thriller type of comic book. 

It was co-created by Jack Kirby, who started several strips, and then the strip would be handed off to other artists.    

Jim Steranko was a relative newcomer to the comics scene when he started his work on Nicky Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. His artwork was given a free hand, and he produced many memorable scenes inside and on the covers of these comics.

The cover to the left is a 'classic flag cover', and just one of the many covers that collectors today go for!

Others have worked on the strip, which has had a few different series  printed since the 1960's, but Jim Steranko's work is considered to be the finest!

For those interested in comic books about  Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD, we have a few in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store, including the one to the left! 

Michael

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Tina and I watched the latest show last night....

Usually Tina knows all the songs, and the artists that originally sang them. That's because I stopped listening to 'popular music' years ago and went to 'talk radio'!

Well, last night there was an auditioner who had a father previously in the music business.

The auditioner's name was 'Sundance' Head, and his father is Roy Head!

Now THAT singer I knew!

Roy Head has recorded songs since the 1960's and is most closely associated with his giant hit from 1965 'Treat Her Right' !   Roy had originated as a country singer and moved on to Rock n' Roll between 1965-1966 period. He later moved back to country with some success in the mid 1970's. He had additional albums in the late 1970's to 1980's. 

His son, 'Sundance' could have a shot at this American Idol gig, but needs to have his image reshaped, such as others have been remade in previous seasons, to have a real chance in this contest in my opinion. 

We don't sell American Idol Magazine, as we deal in comics and comic book related items, so click on the magazine cover to the left for the link to others that are selling the magazine on eBay right now to see what you have been missing !

Michael

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 Addendum to Tina's Morning's Post by Michael.....

Tina's morning post on what happened last night on '24', (reprinted below), made me smile as it reminded me of a old story on how the Fantastic Four were manipulated by the 'Puppet Master' in a November 1962 classic comic.  I had to dig it out to chuckle over it!

24 TV Show:  Jack's Evil Brother Revealed !

 Omigod! Jack's brother, Graham, is revealed as the evil Puppet Master pulling President Logan's strings last year on Season Five! 

I should have known.... anyone who could play Doctor Romano on 'E.R.' would always be bad!

Of course,  only the TV viewing audience knows this at this point. Jack's flying in the dark - or should I say torturing!  Imagine what he'll do to him when he realizes he's behind the mayhem of Season Five and his Slowboat to China!

This was a better twist than finding out that the Season One 'mole' was Nina Myers! This is why we Love '24'!!! 

For those interested in TV show comics like '24', we have several Movie and TV based shows comic books in our eBay Featured Comic Book Store and eBay Pro Store

Tina

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Roy Thomas, Comic Book Writer... 

... Will be a Special Guest at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con International show July 26-29, 2007 !

Roy is recognized as the first fan to make it as a 'Pro' back in 1965.  I remember when he first started writing, taking over some of the titles that Stan 'The Man' Lee had to let go as the Marvel Comics line was expanding.  Indeed it was Roy 'the Boy' Thomas who pioneered for other fans to break into the business. I especially enjoyed his run on the Avengers, and the Invaders for Marvel. 

I first met Roy at an earlier SDCC, where pictured to the left, he signed several Fantastic Four Comics for my personal collection. He was fun to talk with, and I enjoyed meeting him in person. It is hard to believe that Roy 'the Boy' is now 66 years of age and supposed to be officially  'retired'!! 

 For those interested in comic books that Roy wrote, both for Marvel and DC Comics , please check out our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store

Michael

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 24 TV Show:  Jack's Evil Brother Revealed !

 Omigod! Jack's brother, Graham, is revealed as the evil puppet master pulling President Logan's strings last year on Season Five! 

I should have known.... anyone who could play Doctor Romano on 'E.R.' would always be bad!

Of course,  only the TV viewing audience knows this at this point. Jack's flying in the dark - or should I say torturing!  Imagine what he'll do to him when he realizes he's behind the mayhem of Season Five and his Slowboat to China!

This was a better twist than finding out that the Season One 'mole' was Nina Myers! This is why we Love '24'!!! 

For those interested in TV show comics like '24', we have several Movie and TV based shows comic books in our eBay Featured Comic Book Store and eBay Pro Store

Tina

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA... Awarded Spike TV Scream Award 2006 For Best TV Show! 

The newest series of Battlestar Galactica won the award from Spike TV. 

I personally have not seen much of this series.  

I enjoyed the original TV series that starred Lorne Greene, and watched the attempts to resurrect it at the SDCC in previous years.

There are so many TV shows out there this year that we are having to be more selective as to what we tape for later viewing...

Anyone in blogland care to share with us what makes this TV series special, at least in the eyes of Spike TV to give it the 'Best' recognition, when there is 'Heroes', '24' and other competition ?

For those interested in comic books about  Battlestar Galactica, we have a few in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store, including the one to the left! 

Michael

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FRANK MILLER Wins Spike TV Scream Award for BEST COMIC BOOK WRITER For 2006 ! 

Frank Miller has been in the comics field since 1978 when he first worked on the Twilight Zone comic book for Gold Key Comics.

His big break came however when he pencilled Daredevil for Marvel Comics. Within a year he took over both writing and pencilling the book.  

He is credited with first exploring the 'dark' corners of the Marvel Universe.  'Grim and Gritty' became the norm as others in the comics industry attempted to copy his style. He went to DC Comics, where he created Batman, the Dark Knight Returns.

For myself, I don't like the violence shown in comics that have mainstream characters like Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four, but if a second tier character is placed in a more 'mature' format AND the work is defined as not for children, then there is a place for it in comics in my opinion. I just choose not to spend my money on most 'Grim and Gritty' works.

I enjoyed Frank Miller's 'Sin City' on the big screen, although it was very violent. Frank's award from Spike TV is for his work on All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder.

For those interested in comic books by Frank Miller, we have a few in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store, including the one to the left! 

Michael

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SPIKE TV Scream Awards 2006 Winners Include Jessica Alba....

... who won the award 'Sexiest Superhero' for her portrayal of the Invisible Woman in the 'Fantastic Four' comic book movie.

This was just reported in the San Diego Comic Con International Update #1, that was  received at our PO Box today. 

Per an earlier blog post, that is exactly why I didn't like Jessica as being the choice to play Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman.  To me, the Invisible Woman in the comics was never meant to be this really young thing, and gorgeous to boot!

She is supposed to be the older sister to Johnny Storm, but in the movie she looks like a much younger sister... This post is not against Jessica as an actress, (I thought she was great in 'Sin City'), but that she does not match up to pictorials seen in earlier  Fantastic Four comic books that were drawn by Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, George Perez, etc., etc. in the Silver and Bronze Ages of Comics.

However, she does look similiar to current versions of the Invisible Woman drawn in 'Ultimate Fantastic Four' which is NOT the original FF but is a much younger alternate version of the superheroes.  

Maybe I just don't like reboots of characters that have been around since the beginning of Marvel Comics!   Maybe I'm just an old fogey! 

Anyway, for those that have seen the movie and are interested in learning more about Fantastic Four comic books, we have several hundred listed in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store

Michael

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"24" Drops THE Bomb On America! 

America got a shock last week, when a "suitcase" nuke detonated over Valencia - outside LA.  We'll learn what the fallout is in this week's episode later tonight!

But so far, the fallout for Fox has been great.  Whether they liked it or not, the media is talking about it, which is more than you can say about the other nucleareactive show - Jericho.

Like a growing number of Americans, we're addicted to "24" and confident that Jack will save the day for the rest of us in the end.

For those interested in TV show comics like '24', we have several movie and TV based shows comic books in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store, not all as horrific as the Atomic Bomb Comic Book Cover to the left... but still a good read ! 

You know... Jack Bauer is a true action super-hero !! 

Tina & Michael

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John N. Buscema was born on December 11, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York.

John attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan.

After John started working professionally, he was influenced by the art of the famous illustrators of the '40's and '50's, such as Al Dorne, Norman Rockwell and Robert Fawcett

John had a great relationship with Stan Lee during the years. Indeed, John's last published work was for DC Comics on 'Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Buscema Creating Superman'.

The above is a cover recreation of Fantastic Four #112, originally drawn by John for Marvel Comics.

'Big' John Buscema, Legendary Comic Book Artist, Passed Away Five Years Ago This Month....

Just five years ago on January 10th, 2002, John Buscema died at the age of 74.

John was a long time artist with Marvel Comics, first starting there in 1948, when it was known as 'Timely'. He stayed on staff there for about a year and half. He later came back in the mid 1960's when Stan Lee needed more artists for comic book expansion. He retired from active comics drawing in 1996.

A little over five years ago, I met John for the first time at the 2001 SDCC, (San Diego Comic Con Int'l). It would be the first and only time John made it to that gathering of fans of the comic arts. 

John spoke gruffly at his spotlight program and made fun of his superhero work at Marvel.  That included the Fantastic Four, Nova, Sub-Mariner, the Incredible Hulk, and of course the Mighty Thor.

Indeed, he said while the cameras were running that were filming the program, that his work on Conan the Barbarian  was among his favorite works.  However in the early years of Conan, Marvel could not afford his page rate for that comic. It was only after Barry Smith, who worked for less when first starting out, brought Conan's circulation numbers up that Marvel could afford to have John do the artwork!

John tried to come across as a gruff old guy during this spotlight program and other panels he attended that week, but all the audience could see that he was like a big teddy bear. The comic book industry lost a great man when he stopped drawing....

For those interested in John and/or his brother Sal's comic books, we have the copy to the top left, plus many more in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store

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Fantastic Four Movies  

FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE (1994)

Pictured above are the actors that represented the members of the FF. Below are the scores I give them for their portrayals.

Alex Hyde-White played Mister Fantastic. (B+)
Rebecca Staab played the Invisible Woman. (B)
Jay Underwood played the Human Torch. (B)
Michael Bailey Smith played the Thing. (A-)

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FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE (2005)

Pictured above are the actors that represented the members of the FF. Below are the scores I give them for their portrayals.

Ioann Gruffud played Mister Fantastic. (B+) 
Jessica Alba played the Invisible Woman. (B-)
Chris Evans played the Human Torch. (A-)
Michael Chiklis played the Thing. (A+)
 

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You May Be Thinking... What Do You Mean That I Haven't Seen the First Fantastic Four Movie ???

The first live action Fantastic Four Movie was never shown in theaters after it was produced in 1994 by Roger Corman.

 Roger quickly finished the film as his rights to the FF were running out... 

I met three of the four actors who portrayed the FF at the 1994 San Diego Comic Con. They were sincere in their portrayals of the FF and I really enjoyed meeting them and having my pic taken with them!

However, the movie wasn't to be released, and upon purchasing a bootleg video at a later comic con, I realized why....  It was really bad,  terrible actually what had happened to my favorite comic book superheroes.

It wasn't until ten years later at the SDCC in 2004 that I saw the new actors who had just been signed to play in the new film have a program at the SDCC, and they were introduced to the con goers.

I thought the choice for Mr Fantastic, and the Thing were great. I thought the choice for the Invisible Woman was all wrong... she was too sexy to portray Sue Storm.  And I couldn't figure out the actor that would portray the Torch. 

The capper to the program was the choice of director.... and what he had directed before...  oh no I thought, not another upcoming clunker movie of my FF !!!

Well I was wrong... the 2005 movie was a lot better than I expected, better than I hoped it could be.... and I came away a lot happier!!!

Now I'm looking forward to the second installment, 'The Rise of the Silver Surfer' this summer!  But I still think Jessica Alba is too young and sexy for the Invisible Woman role !!

For those interested in Fantastic Four comics on which the movies are based on, we have several listed in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.   Sorry, we don't stock the movies, they are usually found at Comic Book Conventions, or on eBay by other sellers. 

Make Mine Marvel ! 

Michael of Make It So Marketing

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Why is it that when watching William Shatner in the Star Trek TV Show Series I am reminded that he is now playing in Boston Legal TV show, but when watching Boston Legal I don't even think of his Star Trek days....????

Last night Tina and I watched this week's episode of Boston Legal. Even though we have to wade through all the political points of view presented each episode, we do enjoy watching the show, especially the William Shatner scenes !

What gets me though is that I never think of William Shatner as that Captain Kirk guy when watching this show. I did have that thought when watching TJ Hooker and other shows William has been on. Maybe he has finally broken the typecast mold for me??!!

For those interested in Star Trek comic books, we have the copy to the left, plus many more in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.  Just click the links provided and we will beam you up !!

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Watched the Third X-Men Movie on DVD recently, where Jean Grey returned from the dead, and joined Magneto's side.

Just received issue #286 of the Fantastic Four from being third party graded and realized that this issue is the one where Jean Grey returned to comic books as Phoenix. So this would be a pivotal key issue for any X-Men collectors out there or those that just started reading because of the X-Men Trilogy of Movies !

This issue also is where the formation of X-Factor began. X-Factor was the original X-Men who came together in a different comic book series after their original series was basically taken over by the New X-Men, (Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, etc.).

For those interested in Fantastic Four comic books, we have the copy to the left, plus many more in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.  For those interested in X-Men comics,  click this link to view more!

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H.E.R.B.I.E. stood for:

Humanoid Experimental Robot B-Type Integrated Electronics...... whew, what a mouthful !!!

HERBIE had the ability to connect to any computer system, electricity generators, etc.
He carried lasers,
and various hidden tools and features as what was needed in the cartoons, almost like Felix the Cat and his bag of tricks.

H.E.R.B.I.E the Robot a member of the FF ???

Herbie was brought in during one of the cartoon periods of the FF on TV,  (1978), when the 'powers that be' producing the cartoon thought that kids shouldn't be emulating the Human Torch, who would 'flame on' when using his superpower! Plus they couldn't get the cartoon rights to the Torch, who had been optioned out separately...

In the comics, H.E.R.B.I.E. was created by Mister Fantastic and  Master Xar of an alien race.  They hoped that the robot would aid their search for Galactus.

As could only happen in comics, what neither of the creators realized, was that Dr Sun, an imprisoned enemy of Master Xar,  was able to escape  by jumping from an alien computer to H.E.R.B.I.E.'s robot body.

Thus, this robot was Dr Sun's sleeper agent, whom he could control whenever he wished. 

The scene to the top left shows Mister Fantastic and the Thing confronting H.E.R.B.I.E. who was under Doctor Sun's control.  After besting them and the other two members of the FF, Dr Sun then abandoned H.E.R.B.I.E.'s body and transferred his consciousness into the Baxter Building's main computer, which would allow him to control the entire building!

However, Mister Fantastic broke free and was able to lock Dr. Sun away from the rest of the computer system.

It was then H.E.R.B.I.E., now himself again, realized that Dr. Sun could always simply return to his robot body. Not wanting the villain to return again like so many other comic book villains,  the  robot heroically threw himself into the computer, destroying it, Dr. Sun, and himself!!!      What a story!!

For those interested in Fantastic Four comics like the one to the top left, we have several listed in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.   Sorry, we don't stock the cartoon shows, they are usually found at Comic Book Conventions, or at times on eBay. 

Make Mine Marvel !  Michael

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... Enroute to us now include the following SILVER AGE & BRONZE AGE comic books:

Title Issue Issue Date Publisher Country Variant Pedigree Category Grade Page Quality Grade Text Art Comments Key Comments
Fantastic Four  10  1/63  Marvel Comics        Universal  4.0  CREAM TO OFF-WHITE  ""Dick Ayers"" written on 1st page in pen.  Stan Lee story Jack Kirby cover
Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers art  
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby appear in story.
Doctor Doom appearance.
Invisible Girl pin-up page.  
Fantastic Four  11  2/63  Marvel Comics        Universal  4.0  OFF-WHITE    Stan Lee story Jack Kirby cover
Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers art  
Origin & 1st appearance Impossible Man.
Origin of Fantastic Four retold.
Sub-Mariner pin-up.  
Fantastic Four  23  2/64  Marvel Comics        Universal  8.0  CREAM TO OFF-WHITE    Stan Lee story
Jack Kirby & George Roussos cover & art  
Doctor Doom appearance.  
Fantastic Four  70  1/68  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.0  WHITE    Stan Lee story
Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott cover and art  
Mad Thinker appearance.  
Strange Tales  164  1/68  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.0  WHITE    Jim Lawrence and Jim Steranko stories
Jim Steranko and Bill Everett art
Dan Adkins cover and art  
Yellow Claw appearance.  
Strange Tales  167  4/68  Marvel Comics        Universal  8.5  OFF-WHITE    Jim Steranko and Denny O'Neil stories
Jim Steranko Joe Sinnott and
Dan Adkins art Jim Steranko cover  
Classic flag cover.
Doctor Doom cameo.  
Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  10  3/69  Marvel Comics        Universal  8.5  OFF-WHITE    Gary Friedrich story
Frank Springer and Johnny Craig art
Frank Springer cover  
Hate-Monger appearance.  
Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  17  1/71  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.2  WHITE    Marie Severin cover    
X-Men  62  11/69  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.0  OFF-WHITE    Roy Thomas story
Neal Adams and Tom Palmer art
Neal Adams cover  
Magneto and Ka-Zar appearance.  
Marvel Feature  3/73  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.0  OFF-WHITE    Mike Friedrich story
Craig Russell Jim Starlin
and Jimmy Janes art  
Ant-Man.
Wasp appearance.  
Marvel Feature  12  11/73  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.2  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Mike Friedrich story
Jim Starlin and Joe Sinnott art  
Iron Man.
Thanos appearance.  
Marvel Two-In-One  9/74  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.4  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Steve Gerber story
Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito art  
Guardians of the Galaxy.
Captain America appearance.  
Marvel Two-In-One  11/74  Marvel Comics        Universal  9.6  OFF-WHITE    Steve Gerber story Jim Starlin cover
George Tuska and Mike Esposito art  
Dr. Strange.  
Astonishing Tales  10  2/72  Marvel Comics        Universal  8.5  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway story
Barry Windsor-Smith and Sal Buscema art
Gil Kane cover  
Ka-Zar.  
Heroes Inc. Presents Cannon  nn  1969  Wally Wood        Universal  9.8  WHITE    Wally Wood and Ron Whyte stories
Wally Wood Ralph Reese Steve Ditko art
Wally Wood cover  

Atomic explosion panel

 

... These will be listed shortly after arrival middle of next week! 
In the Meantime, we have 110 other CGC Graded Comics in our eBay Featured Store at:

 

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...Hi-Grade Third Party CGC Graded Comic Books Are Now Listed For Sale....!

Due to that listing sale day we have listed for 3, 5 & 7 days, some one hundred and ten, (110) Hi-Grade CGC graded comic books either as Auction, or Fixed Price, or Fixed Price with SYBO !

They are as follows (all CGC):    (Click on comic covers to left to view)

9.8 NM/M      Near Mint / Mint          3

9.6 NM+         Near Mint Plus              19

9.4  NM          Near Mint                     28

9.2  NM-        Near Mint Minus          18

9.0 VF/NM   Very Fine / Near Mint  14

8.5  VF+         Very Fine Plus               15

8.0  VF           Very Fine                        4

7.5  VF-          Very Fine Minus            ; 1

7.0   F/VF       Fine / Very Fine           4

6.5   F+            Fine Plus                       &nbs p; 3

6.0   F           &nb sp; Fine                       &nbs p;         1

We also have thousands of more non-CGC comics in our eBay Comic Book Pro Store at:  MakeItSoMarketing.com !

Michael and Tina !

 

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... There is renewed interest in Fantastic Four Comics Books with the upcoming FF Movie: Rise of the Silver Surfer !

Due to that interest we have sent additional Fantastic Four comic books to CGC for third party grading and just received in the latest batch of newly graded FF comics!

Clicking on any of the covers shown on the left or the right of this text will take you to the Make It So Marketing store where all the CGC graded Fantastic Four Comic book are listed.

Thanks for checking this post out. We also have more Fantastic Four comics in our eBay Pro Store at:  MakeItSoMarketing.com !

Michael and Tina !

 

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... Have Just Been Listed in our eBay Featured Store with 15 Newly Graded CGC Comics!

Villains from the three Spider-Man Movies, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and now Venom from Movie #3 are on sale now!

Clicking on any of the covers shown on the left or the right of this text will take you to the Make It So Marketing store where all the CGC graded Amazing Spider-Man Comic books are listed.

Thanks for checking this out!

We are noticing that the issues with Venom are taking an uspwing in price as collectors /  investors are looking for issues that feature this villain.

Michael

 

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Tina and I looked forward to the NEW Season of American Idol.

So much so, that I bought her a copy of the AMERICAN IDOL Magazine to read during our end of the year vacation as a stocking stuffer! Actually it was the copy to the left of this post!

Well, last night was the first part of the two part four hour premiere show!

Tina doesn't get excited about the first few shows of each season as they go through the auditions, but as I am a  latecomer to this show, I have missed most of the crazies that show up and found it to be diverting!

For those of you that also need to catch up with what's happening to the previous contestants on the show,  as well as what to look forward to.... I found the American Idol Magazine to be good reading. I ususally don't like light reading but this mag was fun!

We don't sell American Idol Magazine, as we deal in comics and comic book related items, so click on the magazine cover to the left for the link to others that are selling the magazine on eBay right now!

Looking forward to tonight's second part of the premiere show on Fox!

Michael

 

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 24 TV Show:  Four Hour Premiere Ends .... !

 ... with a bang ! 

Naturally this show would end on a cliff-hanger, but what a scene to end on !

This is why we watch this show !

For those of you that missed it..... what can we say ???!!! 

For those interested in TV show comics like '24', we have several Movie and TV based shows comic books in our eBay Featured Comic Book Store and eBay Pro Store

Jack is an action super-hero !

Tina

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Going through our backstock of TV Show Comics and decided to put the X-Files comic books from Topps Comics on sale right now!  

They are listed for either $2.99 each or 'Submit Your Best Offer'. We will take any reasonable offer, first come first served! This is for our eBay Featured Store listings only!

We can place up to nine of the comics in a flat rate priority envelope to USA Customers for only $4.98 including delivery confirmation receipt! Or we can ship one comic book for $2.98 standard mail.

For those interested in the X-Files TV show comics, we have several of them listed in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.  The comics feature the likenesses of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

This would be a great time to pick up this series !

 Michael

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Watching Ebert & Roeper's Top Ten Worst Movies of 2006 tonight, and found that Uma Thurman's 'My Super Ex-Girl Friend' was listed as number seven of the worst of 2006 by Michael Phillips, (filling in for Ebert).

I first reported on this movie in our blog post of December 20th, 2006.

You can check out my comments on the movie at that post at: Review

I find it funny that it is listed as one of the TOP TEN WORST MOVIES of 2006. I didn't find it to be that bad !!

For those interested in  Movie or TV show comics, we have several comic books based on Movies orTV shows in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

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Reading the Sunday Newspaper Obituary Section and saw that Iwao Takamoto passed away this past Monday at the age of 81.

Iwao 's career spanned more than six decades, including work for Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera, but it was his creation of Scooby-Doo, the cowardly dog with an adventurous heart, that was his most well known work. 

Iwao was born in Los Angeles to parents that had emigrated from Japan.  Despite a lack of formal training in art, Iwao landed an interview with Walt Disney Studios as an apprentice. He worked on 'Cinderella', 'Peter Pan' and 'Lady and the Tramp' for Disney.

His later work was with Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he worked on 'Josie and the Pussy Cats', 'The Great Grape Ape Show, and 'The Secret Squirrel Show' among others.

Mr. Takamoto said he created Scooby-Doo after talking with a Great Dane breeder, and named him after Frank Sinatra's final phrase in his song'Strangers in the Night'.

For those interested in  Cartoon TV show comics, we have several comic books based on those CartoonTV shows in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

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Watching the Sunday Divisional NFC Playoffs on Fox and keep seeing the previews for '24', the great Fox TV show....

Tonight at 8 P.M. PST is the two-hour premiere of JACK IS BACK !

Tina and I have been looking forward to the return of this show....  we rented the first two seasons on DVD this past summer to catch up on what we had missed.

We are hanging in there today, both of us are sick with bad colds.... just watching the football playoffs this weekend and waiting for '24' to return... ironically the score on the Seahawks - Bears game is currently 24 to 24 !!!!

For those interested in TV show comics, we have several comic books based on TV shows in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

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Checking the Sunday Paper Obits and noticed that Yvonne De Carlo passed away earlier this week, on January 8th.

I remember that back in 1964, she was cast as Lily Munster in the TV series The Munsters; the show had a three-year run in primetime but is still seen in syndication. I thought that she added a lot of class to that show and was very sexy looking....especially in black and white!

She reprised that role in the 1981 television movie The Munster's Revenge in color.

In the meantime I had seen her earlier movies on TV when she was a classic Hollywood Beauty in the Song of Scheherazade, Casbah, and The Gal Who Took the West. Her best known role at that time period was being Sephora, Moses' wife, in Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments. She had a classic beauty look in those pics... and was seen on a level with Sophia Loren, and Gina Lollabridgida in classic looks.

For those interested in TV show comics, we have several comic books based on TV shows in our eBay Featured Store and eBay Pro Store.

Thanks for the memories Yvonne! Michael

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Cover B Limited Edition featuring an
original Odd Bodkins painting
by Dan O'Neill.

Adults only.

Print run: 500

$39.95 (FUG-002)

We have been asked about prices for Underground comics and if we stock any in our two eBay stores.

We sell what we know best, and Underground comic books were around when Michael first started collecting comics.  However they were not allowed in Michael's house when he was a kid in the 1960's, and the genre actually never interested him, although he did run across them in high school.  Thus we don't stock this genre of comic books. 

However, for those of you that have interest in the genre, the first new Underground and Adult comix price guide in a quarter-century has recently been published. Veteran Underground creator, publisher and retailer Dan Fogel provides a realistic and very informative guide to prices and how to determine printings. Comprising over 1800 titles and 5000 individual issues.

Fogel's Guide also boasts comprehensive insider articles and information unavailable anywhere else. As a bonus to UG fans, Larry (Dr. Atomic) Todd's infamous comix classic "Vampironica" is reprinted for the first time, alongside a new story "The Hard Hand", by Fogel and Carnal Comics artist Randy Vogel. Fogel's Underground Comix Price Guide is a 224-page trade paperback, with a black and white interior and 8 pages of color.

To order your copy today visit Hippy Comix by clicking on the cover to the left, or check out eBay for copies!! 

PLEASE NOTE: These are 'adult' publications and are sold to adults only.

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The Next Batch of CGC Graded FANTASTIC FOUR Comic Books....

Are on their way to us now !  They were just shipped Friday to us!

Stay tuned for when the below comics will be posted in our eBay Featured Store. They should be up by the end of next week in either 'Core' or 'Store' Listings Format.

Title Issue Issue Date Publisher Country Variant Pedigree Category Grade Page Quality Grade Text Art Comments Key Comments
Fantastic Four  157  4/75  Marvel Comics        Modern  8.0  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE  ""Len Wein"" written on 1st page in pen.  Roy Thomas & Len Wein story
Rich Buckler & Joe Sinnott cover & art  
Silver Surfer appearance.  
Fantastic Four  158  5/75  Marvel Comics        Modern  8.5  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Roy Thomas story
Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott art
Rich Buckler cover  
Quicksilver appearance.  
Fantastic Four  163  10/75  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.2  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Roy Thomas story
Rich Buckler & Joe Sinnott cover & art  
 
Fantastic Four  169  4/76  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.4  WHITE    Roy Thomas story
Rich Buckler & Joe Sinnott cover & art  
Power Man appearance.  
Fantastic Four  182  5/77  Marvel Comics          .0      Bill Mantlo story
Sal Buscema & Joe Sinnott art
Ron Wilson & Joe Sinnott cover  
 
Fantastic Four  206  5/79  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.0  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Marv Wolfman story
Keith Pollard & Joe Sinnott cover & art  
 
Fantastic Four  217  4/80  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.4  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Marv Wolfman & Bill Mantlo story
John Byrne & Joe Sinnott art
Joe Sinnott cover  
Dazzler appearance.  
Fantastic Four  220  7/80  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.2  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    John Byrne story
John Byrne & Joe Sinnott cover & art  
 
Fantastic Four  232  7/81  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  WHITE    John Byrne story & art
John Byrne & Terry Austin cover  
First full John Byrne issue.
Dr. Strange cameo.  
Fantastic Four  236  11/81  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    John Byrne story & art
John Byrne & Terry Austin cover  
Anniversary issue.
Back-up story by
Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.  
Fantastic Four  239  2/82  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.8  WHITE    John Byrne story cover & art   First appearance of Aunt Petunia.
Frankie Raye Quicksilver Crystal
and Lockjaw appearance.  
Fantastic Four  260  11/83  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.0  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    John Byrne story cover & art   Dr. Doom & Sub-Mariner appearance.  
Fantastic Four  267  6/84  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  WHITE    John Byrne story cover & art    
Fantastic Four  270  9/84  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.4  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    John Byrne story cover & art   First full appearance of Terminus.  
Fantastic Four  286  1/86  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.4  WHITE    John Byrne story
John Byrne & Terry Austin cover & art  
The return of Jean Grey.
Formation of X-Factor begins.  

The above will be added to the other Fantastic Four CGC Graded Comics in our eBay Featured Store, some of which are shown below:

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