quickie review

Wonder Woman, an excellent blending an both her original origins and new origin stories. Well done, and well performed by a host of capable actors. Diana and Steve’s relationship was fun and interesting to follow.

The Amazon is certainly no Disney Princess as she fights for justice and to stop the ultimate was machine the Greek God Ares. The mythology of the Gods was a bit off, but the movie was enjoyable.

 

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Rebirth: Holiday Special

 

 

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REBIRTH: DC Holiday Special #1

Paul Dini – script

Elsa Charretier – art

 

This year’s holiday special was an interesting story kicking off with an introduction by Harley Quinn, and proceeding into an assortment of tales with Harley Interludes.  The first tale up was A Very Harley Holiday. It gathers an assortment of famous DC heroines, and a new female Green Lantern who kisses Harley under the mistletoe, prompting the response, “I don’t know you do I?”

 

    Next up: Superman/Batman – Last Minute “They don’t let a little thing like monster invasion stop them from shopping, do they.” After defeating a monster together the guys go Christmas shopping, or try anyway. Then the families gather to exchange presents.

    Cute story. I found trying to follow it a little difficult though, maybe because of the way the tale was organized.

 

    Then, Story Three:  The Dog Who Has Everything – Superboy

    Story Four: Detective Chimp Hmm, you mean he’s still around? “You shot Santa’s Elf?”

    Nearly forgotten DC monkey Detective Chimp is hired by a mystery man named Noel to find his missing prize “dog” that happens to have a red nose, Detective Chimp teams with Batman to crack the case. Interesting story, kind’a cute. I wasn’t so fond of the art or organization of the tale, but it was pretty good.

   

    Interlude with Supes and Wonder Woman. “I need and Egg Nogg here!”

 

     Story Five: Dreaming of A White Christmas – Wonder Woman and Constantine. I don’t quite get it, could have been better. Art looked good though, and his most haunting fear was – revealed.

 

     Story Six: A Flash Christmas Carol – Flash stops his rogues, complications arise and they wind up helping make Christmas good for some orphans. Also establishes Christmas truce with Flash and some of his foes. I liked the story.

 

    Story Seven: Day OF Returning – New Superman. One pager, could have been left out, in my opinion.

 

     Story Eight: Light In The Dark – Batwoman an interesting Christmas tale.

 

    Harley Interlude: While reading a book, knocks out Raven. “She’s gonna be mad when she wakes up.” Very true Harley. But, she leaves the book with Changeling and leaves as Raven wakes up. He tosses it back, hits Raven, who he doesn’t see.

 

    Some nice little tales and stuff. Not all of it makes much sense, and I don’t feel as if on the whole its well put together or organized. Kind of ends on a non-ending, I wasn’t entirely certain where it really ended. It seemed as if a review or two of upcoming DC events were included, but they weren’t, to me, well defined.

 

     Not one of the better DC Christmas specials. I like the specials better when they are just independent stories, than efforts such as this. Of course tying things together with characters together relating tales can work as with DC’s Infinite Halloween special. This just didn’t work for me.

 

 

My Ebay Market:

 

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Catwoman Movie adaptation

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Hawkman 10 2003

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Babe by John Byrne

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Babe 2 by John Byrne

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Rebirth

Having breathed new life into the DC Universe, Rebirth has been an exciting event t follow. Starting with the “death” of Superman-52, Geoff Johns’ one issue Rebirth started a new era for DC Comics, moving the company forward with a freshness and outlook long missing.

It had been some while since I’d picked up any comic titles as they were all getting so dark, serious, and soap-opera like. However, this comic event has renewed my interest in the titles. It started with the return of Kid Flash – the original Wally West’s return from limbo, and his meeting with Barry Allen, and their realization that some diabolical force was manipulating their lives.

Adding to things, Superman 52 died, and was quickly replaced by a new, or rather, old, Superman. This Superman is married to Lois Lane and they have a son, thus creating new possibilities for stories with the sons of Batman and Superman.

Wally West has joined the original Titans, who now remember him, in trying to find out who is behind all their troubles. Disrupting their plans was the return of the villain Abra Kadabra, with a vendetta against Wally West.

Rumors say that behind it all are another group from the DC World, the Watchmen. It is going to be interesting to see how this finally unfolds in what may actually be an original and entertaining idea.

 

 

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Rawhide Kid

Rawhide Kid 141

 

Among the titles I once collected was the Rawhide Kid published by Marvel comics/ My favorite issue was 141. I used to enjoy the Kid’s adventures, terms like Ranny and Owl Hoot I only saw in this comic and wondered if anyone ever really said them. One thing the issues of his comic I showed is that there was a time that comics used to repeat stories.

 

Issue 141 presented two tales. The first was Mr. Lightning, originally published in Rawhide Kid 34. Story was by Stan Lee and art by Jack Davis. Number 141 was published in 1977. The first tale was of a carny magician who decides to become a gunslinger, the notorious Mr. Lightning, somehow he gets to be a terror by only winging people, I guess no one could die in the comic.

First time he went against the Kid he drew first and winged the Kid. Second, the Kid outdrew him and brought him begging to his knees. Not a bad story, still my favorite was the second story “Shoot out With Rock Rorick” originally published un #31 with art by Jack Kirby. Good story with the Kid sticking up for the weak.

 

A little history on the kid, The Rawhide Kid debuted in a 16-issue series (March 1955-Sept. 1957) from Marvel’s 1950s predecessor, Atlas Comics. Most of the covers from the series were produced by highly acclaimed artists, generally either Joe Maneely or John Severin, but also Russ Heath and Fred Kida. Interior art for the first five issues was by Bob Brown, with Dick Ayers at the reins thereafter.

 

After a hiatus, the Rawhide Kid was revamped for what was now Marvel Comics by writer Stan Lee, penciler Jack Kirby and inker Ayers. Continuing the Atlas numbering with issue #17 (Aug. 1960),[2][3] the title now featured a diminutive yet confident, soft-spoken fast gun constantly underestimated by bullying toughs, varmints, owlhoots, polecats, crooked saloon owners and other archetypes squeezed through the prism of Lee & Kirby’s anarchic imagination.[citation needed] As in the outsized, exuberantly exaggerated action of the later-to-come World War II series Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, The Rawhide Kid was now a freewheeling romp of energetic, almost slapstick action across cattle ranches, horse troughs, corrals, canyons and swinging chandeliers. Stringently moral, the Kid nevertheless showed a gleeful pride in his shooting and his acrobatic fight skills — never picking arguments but constantly forced to surprise lummoxes far bigger than he.[citation needed]

Through retcon, bits of and pieces of the Atlas and Silver Age characters’ history meshed, so that the unnamed infant son of settlers the Clay family, orphaned by a Cheyenne raid, was raised by Texas Ranger Ben Bart on a ranch near Rawhide, Texas. Older brother Frank Clay, captured by Native Americans, eventually escaped and became a gambler, while eldest brother Joe Clay became sheriff of the town of Willow Flats; neither were in the regular cast, and each died in a guest appearance.[citation needed] Shortly after Johnny’s 18th birthday, Ben Bart was murdered; Johnny, an almost preternaturally fast and accurate gunman, wounded the killers and left them to be taken into custody. A later misunderstanding between the Kid and a sheriff over a cattle rustler the Kid wounded in self-defense led to the hero’s life as a fugitive.

Kirby continued as penciler through #32 (Feb. 1963), while helping to launch the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and other iconic characters of the “Marvel revolution”. He drew covers through issue #47. Issues #33-35 were drawn by EC Comics veteran Jack Davis — some of the last color comics he would draw before gaining fame at the black-and-white, satirical comics magazine Mad. After several issues by Ayers, followed by a single issue by long-time Kid Colt artist Jack Keller, Larry Lieber, Lee’s writer brother, began his nine-year run as the series’ writer-artist, which lasted over 75 issues from 1964–1973. Lieber said in 1999,

I don’t remember why I wanted to do it, particularly. I think I wanted a little more freedom. I didn’t do enough of the superheroes to know whether I’d like them. What I didn’t prefer was the style that was developing. It didn’t appeal to me. … Maybe there was just too much humor in it, or too much something. … I remember, at the time, I wanted to make everything serious. I didn’t want to give a light tone to it. When I did Rawhide Kid, I wanted people to cry as if they were watching High Noon or something. … I’m a little unclear about leaving the superheroes and going to Rawhide Kid. I know that at the time I wanted — what’s the expression? — a little space for myself or something, and I wanted to do a little drawing again.[4]

By 1973, as superheroes became increasingly ascendant, The Rawhide Kid became primarily a reprint title, though often bearing new covers by such prominent artists as Gene Colan, Gil Kane and Paul Gulacy. It ended publication with issue #151 (May 1979). This initial volume of the series included a single annual publication, cover-titled Rawhide Kid King-Size Special (Sept. 1971).[5] As well, reprints, including many Jack Kirby-drawn stories, appeared in the 1968-1976 title The Mighty Marvel Western.

The Rawhide Kid later appeared as a middle-aged character in a four-issue miniseries, The Rawhide Kid vol. 2 (Aug.-Nov. 1985), by writer Bill Mantlo and penciler Herb Trimpe.[6][7]

2000s treatments[edit]

The Rawhide Kid reappeared in the four-issue miniseries, Blaze of Glory (Feb.-March 2000; published biweekly), by writer John Ostrander and artist Leonardo Manco,[8] and a 2002 four-issue sequel, Apache Skies, by the same creative team.[9]

In contrast to the character’s previously depicted appearance — a small-statured, clean-cut redhead — these latter two series depicted him with shoulder-length dark hair, and wearing a slightly less stylized, more historically appropriate outfit than his classic one.

A controversial[10] five-issue miniseries, Rawhide Kid vol. 3 (April–June 2003), titled “Slap Leather”[11][12] was published biweekly by Marvel’s mature-audience MAX imprint. Here the character was depicted as homosexual, with a good portion of the dialogue dedicated to innuendo to this effect. The series, which was written by Ron Zimmerman, and drawn by artist John Severin, was labeled with a “Parental Advisory Explicit Content” warning on the cover.[12] Series editor Axel Alonso said, “We thought it would be interesting to play with the genre. Enigmatic cowboy rides into dusty little desert town victimized by desperadoes, saves the day, wins everyone’s heart, then rides off into the sunset, looking better than any cowboy has a right to.”[13]

A sequel miniseries, The Rawhide Kid vol. 4 (Aug.-Nov. 2010),[14] rendered with a subtitle on covers as Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven. [15]found the Kid and his posse (consisting of Kid Colt, Doc Holliday, Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Red Wolf and The Two-Gun Kid) track the villainous Cristo Pike after Pike and his gang kidnap Wyatt and Morgan Earp.[16] The sequel was again written by Zimmerman, with Howard Chaykin taking over as artist

Character Bio:

Johnny Clay was born in 1850 and orphaned as an infant, adopted by Ben Bart. In 1868 his “uncle” was murdered and he left the family ranch.[18] In 1869 he became a wanted man.[18] In 1870 he fought the Living Totem.[19] In 1872 he captured the costumed Grizzly with the help of the Two-Gun Kid.Rawhide_Kid_Vol_1_141He joined Kid Colt to defeat Iron Mask.[21] In 1873 he met the Avengers In 1874 he met Doc Holliday. In 1875 he helped the Black Panther with Kid Colt and the Two-Gun Kid. In 1876 Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt and Two-Gun Kid faced Red Raven, Iron Mask and the Living Totem with the help of the Avengers. In 1879 he met the Apache Kid. Subsequently he became a performer for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show where he remained until 1885. In 1897 he took an understudy under his tutelage.

 

I didn’t care much for the 1985 mini-series and haven’t followed the character since his original run. The kid was an entertaining character from childhood memories.

 

 

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Comic Book Prices

Once comics were so much less expensive and so much more available. I recall walking into the local drug store, such as Hooks, or grocery and browsing over the comic titles, deciding which ones to buy. Now, they only seem available at comic book stores and the prices have raised tremendously.

This all seemed to begin happening in the 1980’s, as I recall as the popularity of specialty stores began increasing and prices raising more. Used to be able to buy several for what one now costs.

Once they were about .25 a copy, now nearly or over $3. Ugh, what happened? the median price of a comic book in 1986 was $1.25 (the equivalent of $2.58 in 2012) so comics were cheaper in the 80s, but not by all that much Many titles are not so kid friendly either, some have suggested comic fans took over and started writing the stories they wanted without thinking of the over all audience.

Not sure what happened, why they stopped being more available/ Google hasn’t yielded much useful info yet.

They started using a more expensive brand of paper to print the stories on. As I recall it was customer demand, and inevitably played it part in making comics more expensive and less available.

It would be nice if the comics were more widely available in store racks as they once were. Perhaps it might even help increase their popularity and reduce prices.

From 25-cents to 3.00, ugh. Well, over the course of decades. Still, it’s almost the cost of a paperback. So, the amount of titles collected goes down, been awhile since I’ve bought any comics.

 

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     Comic books were once a big part of my life. I turned to them for enjoyment and fantasy during childhood and escape as an adult. I loved the great artwork and thrilling tales of titanic battles between forces of good versus evil. They were exciting to the mind and inspired the imagination.

   They were like the ancient classical mythical struggles of right and wrong, Gods, monsters and mortals, put into text and art by modern story tellers. It was fun looking into the wonderful fantasy worlds these new tale bearers told.

    Among my favorite titles were the Avengers, Amazing Spiderman, Invaders and Defenders by Marvel Comics; the Justice League, Brave and Bold, Batman and assorted others by DC. Also assorted publications from Archie Comics, Charlton Dell, Gold Key, Disney, Pacific and Eclipse. Some of my titles are old and some newer.

    Unfortunately as my collection grew I began having space and storage issues. Unfortunately, I had to let go of some issues for space. Miss a few of them, the Cowboys by Charlton and assorted issues of Batman and Superman.

    Over time my interest in collecting began to face and wane as the prices went up and the stories became more infected with – ugh, realism. Realism is like a disease to me, oh, sure I guess it has its place even in fantasy by too much becomes a sickness that drags down the imagination. Also, many titles became like soap operas, going on and on with particular lines without a breather. Maybe because they wanted to fit collections into graphic novels, of course I suppose price was a major player in my losing interest as much as anything.

    Still I favor the older titles, and wish I had the opportunity to go and buy more. So for the next few issues of this blog, we’ll be reminiscing over assorted titles and characters and plots from the past and maybe even present. Feel free to comment with your own recalls and things.

 

 

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