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Authority #1: Reviews of Old Comics

THE AUTHORITY #1 May  1999 There are a few series that shaped the comics industry following its near collapse in 1993. After comics came back a decade later, they had been shaped by series that made them more mature, smarter and appealing. Comics became less like the industry of the past and more like the multimedia of the turn of the century. The Authority was one of those series that changed everything. This review will talk about not just the comic itself, but about the industry that came out of its wake. This is the period that comics started changing, and The Authority #1 was a signal for that change.

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Elementals #8: Reviews of Old Comics

Elementals #8 June  1986 I set out to find an independent comic to review, and the first one I came across was one of Bill Willingham's early Elementals issues. I chose not to review it, as it came from the middle of a story. I searched for one that stood alone, and essentially what I could find was this one where it's a stand alone issue, although some subplots get set in motion. SYNOPSIS: At the Mercer Island estate serving as the Elementals' base of operations, Fathom is woken up by a phone call from Eddie, who had developed a crush on Fathom when she was captive on "the island." (NOTE: This is Nacht Island, where the Elementals were held captive by Saker before they defeated him.) He wants to meet her where they first met, as he apparently has a deep crush on her. Half asleep, Fathom agrees to meet him and then bolts up having just realized what she just agreed to.

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Reviews Of Old Comics: Tales To Offend #1

TALES TO OFFEND #1 July  1997 With the Reviews of Old Comics, I try to alternate between DC, Marvel and other publishers, It gets a little hard sometimes to find good Independently published comics from before the 2000s. However, since the announcement of Frank Miller returning for a third Dark Knight mini-series, this comic has been sitting on my desk waiting for the opportunity to review it. It's Frank Miller doing politically incorrect material with a tongue-in-cheek treatment of it. SYNOPSIS: Somewhere in the galaxy, there is a dinosaur planet where a female tour guide uses it as a lesson that the dinosaurs lived peacefully and it was mankind that bespoiled nature's beauty. Right as she's making her point, a T-Rex snatches her flying tour car out of the air, devouring the guests on her tour. Even as it bears down on her, she maintains her view of nature's way being right and just. 

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Reviews Of Old Comics: E-Man #2

E-Man #2 May  1983 I like reviewing older comics that may have been forgotten, either due to rarity or just a general lack of continuation over the years. E-Man is one of those series that has not had a large enough profile to keep visible, especially to newer readers. SYNOPSIS: In the office of Private Investigator Michael Mouser, E-Man works as his assistant. E-Man's girlfriend Nova Kane visits before leaving town for the weekend in her job as an exotic dancer. Mauser is hired by Mr. and Mrs. Porn to find their missing teenage daughter Kitty. She is the latest in a line of disappearing teenagers, all in the same area. Coincidentally, the area is where Nova is going this weekend. Nova is upset that E-Man and Mauser are tagging along, since it was meant to be the first opportunity she would have to come to terms with being an energy being like E-Man since gaining those powers a couple months ago.

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Reviews Of Old Comics: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! #71

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! #71 July 1977 My wife loves this series, if for no reason than her memories of reading it at her Granmother’s as a child. For that reason, whenever we go on shopping trips for comics, she looks for copies. SYNOPSIS: In the first story, a bird watcher in rural Scotland

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Reviews of Old Comics: Bram Stoker’s Dracula #3

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA #3 December 1992 It was the boom era for comic books, as speculators drove sales into the stratosphere, where comics sold easily in the five and six figures. Sports Card company Topps, after branching into the non-sports market sought to diversify by launching a comic book line, starting with the licensed comic for

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Reviews of Old Comics: Starstream #3

STARSTREAM #3 1976 No Spoilers this week, as this is an anthology published by Whitman in 1976.  I seem to recall that my original copies were purchased at a discount store (think K-Mart-ish) when I was five or six in a pack of 3. That means to get all four issues of this series, I must've ended up with multiples of something. The premise of the anthology is that there are comic adaptations of science fiction short stories, with an occassional original thrown in. The caliber of artists is quite good for the most part, with only few exceptions. At another time, I may cover the other issues, but I have a reason for getting to this one first. Also, I used the synopsis for the April Fool's entry, What If #34. Again, no spoilers, since for the summary, I'm just going to copy from the contents page.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Minimum Wage #2

Minimum Wage #2 1995 A little while ago, I wrote a review for Bob Fingerman's sequel to Minimum Wage, currently being published by Image. At the time, I meant to post my old review from my old Blogger site for an issue of the first Minimum Wage. Well, here it is, and changed a little bit for the time passage to today. This is a "Mature Readers" title, so any of you that are younger shouldn't be able to buy this. Sometimes, you'll find this titled listed as "adult," but this particular issue is labeled as "Mature Readers." In the case of this issue, that means profanity, nudity and adult situations. I keep my copies of Minimum Wage on a spinner rack I traded a drawing for about ten years ago.  As always, at least until I can get around to making a banner that says it, spoilers abound. SYNOPSIS: Rob is moving out of his apartment into a new place that he'll share with his girlfriend, Sylvia. His roommate Jack isn't helping, possibly out of some passive-aggressive resentment of Rob's leaving. Rob's annoying friend Matt shows up to pick through Rob's collection of comics and videos and be generally loud and annoying.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Samuree #1

SAMUREE #1 May 1987 Writer: Neal Adams Pencils: Mark Beachum Inks: Ian Akin & Brian Garvey Colors: Liz Berube Letters: Ken Bruzenak Lately I've been on a run of reviewing DC Comics. So I went through my comics looking for something to review that wasn't by DC. My last comic was one of the best comics ever published, so I decided to go with something a little more underrated. Enter the world of Neal Adams's Continuity Comics. In 1987 I was getting back into comics after a brief period of abandoning them in an attempt to get girls to like me. Yeah, if I could go back in time, I probably would tell that kid to get over it, life gets better after High School. Nevertheless, my only outlet at first was a convenience store with a spinner rack that let me get reacquainted with the X-Men, and discover a few new titles, including Samuree. SYNOPSIS: Daryl Sheppard, a sixteen year old girl, alias Samuree is training exceptionally hard, but not being noticed by Lieutenant Pierce, with whom apparently she is in love  and practically throwing herself at him. He reads in a newspaper about a hijacking that led into a hostage situation in a natural history museum. Meanwhile, three young superheroes working out also notice the same newspaper article and recognize a name among one of the hostages.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Elementals #22

ELEMENTALS #22 February,1988 I’ve been a fan of his Bill Willingham’s work since I graduated from High School. See, on graduation night, I had gotten my diploma and was on my way to the county graduation party to have one last blast with friends, and so I stopped by the Mall to pick up a tee-shirt with the

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Reviews of Old Comics: Elementals Vol.2 #2

Elementals #2 April 1989 It was 1989, and I was graduating from High School. In my home town, there were only two places to buy comics, a Convenience store with a spinner rack and just down the road from there at the town's only shopping mall, a B. Dalton booksellers that also had a spinner rack, but featured better comics. The plan was just after graduating and just prior to a party, to stop by the mall and get a t-shirt for the college I would be attending (and subsequently dropping out of) in the fall. Being the comics fan that I am, I decided to stop by the bookstore and pick up a comic or two. For some reason on that afternoon, I decided to pick up something new, and that was where I was introduced to Elementals.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Hansi, The Girl Who Loved The Swastika

Hansi, the Girl Who Loved The Swastika February 1994 The trick in talking about Religiously-themed comics is doing so without inserting my own feelings about said religion into the commentary. Hansi was published in 1976 by Spire Christian Comics, who also produced a series of Christian-themed comics featuring Archie. It is the biographical story of

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