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Among comic book collectors there are certain items that become the holy grail of collection items. It tends to vary from collector to collector, but some are almost universal, such as Detective Comics #27 or Action Comics #1, but we're not talking about comics, we're talking about products that were licensed. A lot of items that collectors seek out have the stock graphics that were given to manufacturers by the comic book companies. Then there are those items that have an almost mythic quality to them because they are items that were never meant for collectors. Here's where those items cross: The 1982 DC Comics Style Guide.
I really don't know why I haven't done an issue of Strangers In Paradise here. Terry Moore's series is an excellent example of long form storytelling. He also worked in morality lessons along the way of telling a compelling same-sex love story. He had characters develop and grow past their original, one-line descriptions they first appeared with. I chose this issue for how it followed such an unforeseen event in the comic. David and Katchoo's plane to New York has crashed near Nashville. For issues, we were under the impression that Katchoo, David and Francine were free from the legacy of Darcy Parker, and this crash seemed that it might be more than a random event. The plane crash would have lasting effects right up until the end of the series. This issue was an emotional punch to the gut from page one, and it went on from there.
Mike Kaluta is a comics legend. His science fiction series Starstruck is a masterpiece of the genre. His version of the Shadow set the bar for every other version of the character. Now he's bringing his style to another iconic character, Zorro.
My wife suggested a family adventure to Greenville, SC to see the Alex Ross exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. I had no idea that it was going on. My only request for my day off was to visit a comic shop. She found this and asked if I'd be interested. Yeah, I was interested.
Coming this fall will be the mighty Predaking box set! We have all seen images from shows but know his release is getting ever so closer! Who else cannot wait for this guy! Hasbro has been killing it with the Power of the Primes line and I am sure this set will make a nice
Watching Avengers: Infinity War, I was taken with how powerful the Scarlet Witch was portrayed. This was a character shown to be powerful enough to shatter an Infinity Stone. Given that in the past two films that she's appeared in, her powers have been shown to be primarily telekinetic and mildly telepathic, but not so powerful that she can shatter one of the six most powerful items in the universe. This level of power is something that is not uncommon to long time comic fans. Most famously, she has completely rewritten reality in the House of M crossover event. She also stripped all but a handful of mutants of their powers at the end of that event. Writer John Byrne explored how her original power to alter probabilities in a great, albeit truncated story in Avengers West Coast collected in Darker Than Scarlet. On his forum, John Byrne explained that Wanda's powers worked backward through time, which brought the attention of Immortus. Immortus sought to exploit the most powerful aspect of her mutant power to change history, creating a timeline without an Avengers. This was a demonstration of how powerful Wanda could be, and that demonstration of power was the best part of what remained from the original story.
There you have it folks, the date has been set and the location for Star Wars Celebration 2019! Many thought the show would be in Orlando and unfortunately, it will be not but Chicago will work! Tickets will go on sale June 5th and look for the hotel block to go up around that time.
I was going to review Tales of the Legion #316 a month or so ago, but then realized I would have been jumping the gun on it, since Legion of Super-Heroes #3 comes before it chronologically. If I wanted to continue reviewing the Legion from the point I really became a fan, then it would have to wait. Now it has its turn. Tales of the Legion #316 went on sale to comic shop on July 3, 1984. This was just a week after the third issue of the companion magazine. However, the direct market was still very new and like me, many fans had no close comic book shop, so many fans read this story out of order. I actually didn't read the Baxter series for some time, years, probably. Of course, that means that Tales of the Legion was my only outlet for new Legion stories, so this was the only way that I knew about anything that happened in the Baxter series. You'll see the problem later.
Dark Side Toys has just put up a preorder for a The Black Series [Phase III] Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories) figure. This is out of the blue and we speculate this could have been a former Toys R Us exclusive. We do not know per say but it very well could be the case. Order one today!
We have a major Transformers surprise thanks to @alt_tekka on Twitter. On display at the Shizuoka Hobby Show is a grey prototype of our first Masterpiece Beast Wars Predacon – Megatron! No information on price or release date as of yet but we will sure update once we get some more info. Now enjoy the image!
DST has sent info and images for upcoming items scheduled for this fall. We have new Black Panther statues, Batman busts, Batman statues, Marvel Minimates and so much more! Read on for all the images and details!
By now you all should have seen Avengers: Infinity War and what an epic movie we got and DST is ready to unleash new Minimates. Coming to a toy store near you, look for Avengers: Infinity War series 2 Minimates. Also do not forget to check local Walgreens stores as they will be getting exclusive 2 packs! Read on for more.
To help usher in May the Fourth, Entertainment Earth has announced a new Star Wars Black six inch exclusive and it’s non other than Admiral Piett! This is fantastic news folks and yet another OT Star Wars Black figure in the can! Pre-orders went live last night and now is your chance to snag one.