Tags Matching: 70s

Eat Me, Batman.

Here’s just a smattering of the superhero-related utensils available on Ebay. Who knew people wanted to connect with their favorite characters while they ate? Because I suspect helps motivate a sale, I should mention that Catwoman has her whip in the spoon image. Get weird, 50-year-old men.

As odd as the collectors’ spoons are, I think the toddler utensils are even stranger. It says “Batman” on it. Can toddlers read? Serious question because I try not to know any toddlers so I have no idea. Wouldn’t an image of Batman himself be more effective?

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But What Is It WORTH?

Here at Comic Noize, we often bring you items we know you want, other times bring you items you didn’t know you needed, and this time, bring you something just because it’s a good deal.

It’s true. None of you were searching out original Mary Worth strips from the 70s. That fact is evidenced by the current bid on this piece of history. Right now you can buy this bad boy (bad girl) for peanuts. And I urge you to do so. Why you ask? Why would you ever need a economically drawn comic strip about… well, I actually have no idea what the heck these are about. I even looked it up and I still couldn’t discern what the point of Mary Worth was. But that shouldn’t stop you from snatching these up. THEY ARE REALLY CHEAP. WHAT OTHER REASON DO YOU NEED TO ACT COMPULSIVELY AND PURCHASE?

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Plate Tectonics

What we’re looking at here is a commemorative Green Lantern/Green Arrow plate. This collectable celebrates the groundbreaking 70s series featuring these two characters fighting social ills. It’s exactly what it looks like. A plate. The art is by Alex Ross (as is the case with seemingly all “collectables”) and the trim is “gold”. Not microwave-safe and possibly unsafe to eat off of at all; it belongs in the display case with your other commemorative plates.

But there is more than just a plate here. There’s a lesson. The lesson is how not to list an ebay auction. The first of the two images below is swiped from a collectable site I found on the internet. The second is the image that ran with the auction. Notice the difference? One might help you sell something, the other could only be used as an eye-chart. Please, Ebay sellers, use images that don’t require magnifying glasses.

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Get Me That Time Machine, STAT!

Oh, the Hulk is fighting Absorbing Man on a rocket somewhere between 400ft and outer-space? Man, this comic hits the spot. It’s everything that made 70s comics great. Right down to the brandbox with what appears to be a swing-dancing Hulk in the left hand corner. Weird perspective, imperfect feet, Hulk looking like a green Marlon Brando; it’s all perfect. Buy this just to celebrate a time gone forever. And expect an Absorbing Man super post soon. I love this dude. What’s up with his egghead here?

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My Hero is a Monster

Just caught up on Hickman’s Fantastic Four. I wasn’t as crazy about it as most people seemed to be, but I enjoyed the interplay between the adult characters and children. The Johnny Storm death issue felt truncated to me but I did manage to pull something from it, even if it’s not what Hickman intended: Ben Grimm rules. I know the issue was supposed to be about the Human Torch’s sacrifice and how it helps define an otherwise aimless character, but I didn’t care about that. I love The Thing. Before the Torch can make his stand, Ben steps up to the plate. He just assumes he’ll be the one to die in the Negative Zone. It’s his nature. It only took a panel. That panel said everything there is to say about Ben.

Celebrate The Thing with this horrible depiction of him from the late 70s. He looks like hell here, but it’s a nice addition to your Ben Grimm shrine. Going for cheap(ish) too. Good grab.

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Time To Man Up and Get Buying

Sometimes I like to show you the most overpriced items in the online auction world, but this week I’ve tried to underline the affordable. Here we have another great piece for your wall, featuring my man, Man-Thing. I love this gross green mf’er. Sure, these aren’t original pencils by Mike Ploog, but this is the most affordable approximation you’re likely to find. This is production material and not worth a terrible amount, but maybe you should just get real and recognize that this work would look cool as hell even as a 12th generation photocopy. Plus you can break this bad boy down into its component parts and frame each one. Basically, that’s cool as hell.

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Better Late Than Never. Peace Out, Comics Code!

The death of the Comics Code was a bit of an anticlimax, wasn’t it? For something that hung over every publisher’s head like a mean-spirited ghost that wouldn’t leave the mansion, it sure went quietly in the end. An effort to self-censor rather than be bullied by potentially more aggressive government regulations, the Code speaks to a time in human history where people were stupid. Every person on Earth should celebrate the fact that it breathed its last this year. But there is a whole generation of comic fans out there who don’t know anything about the dark ages of Code enforcement. To them I dedicate the following auction:

While most everyone is using classic EC material in their discussion of the Code, I’m going in a different direction. Here’s part of the “Green Goblin Reborn!” arc that helped undermine the authority of the Code. These issues tackled drug abuse, and the Code just wasn’t having that. So they went to racks without that annoying little stamp and sold like crazy. Code seemed less important after that. Amazing Spider-Man returned the seal of the Code after this arc, but pandora was out of her box. DC followed suit by going ahead with the publication of the Green Arrow “Snowbirds Don’t Fly” arc without the seal. And there it was. No one was outraged, except perhaps the narrow and retrogressive weirdos at the Comics Code who didn’t have the same juice they had fifteen years earlier.

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Your Last Chance To Be the Superhero Known as “Santa”

Quick! Before this auction ends and Christmas ends, grab this weird-as-shit book up! It features the ever-lovin’ Thing working with a very strange-looking version of Ghost Rider to (apparently) bring peace to a very stereotypical rendition of the holy land. How can you beat that?! Check those white arabs and the tacked-on Middle Eastern architecture! Just too awesome for words! Act now!

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Market Forces Are More Powerful Than Terrigen Mists

I’m pretty rough on the Big Two for diluting the racks with superfluous titles made to cash-in on the readership of the core books. For example, Thor has a movie coming out so there’s more interest in him as a character right now than there has been in years. What’s the response from corporate? Churn out five other Thor books in addition to the flagship Thor title that readers have already invested themselves in. The result? Thor burnout. The god of thunder becomes Nicolas Cage, where you see the dude so often you begin to resent his stupid face.

Many people believe comics won’t see a turnaround in sales until the major companies get it through their heads that readers want really solid core titles. Why dilute an already drowned market?

I feel this, but it’s important to look at it in context. Is this really a new phenomenon? At one point I was buying Amazing Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, and Spectacular Spider-Man. They’ve been milking me for years! That said, the critics have a point. We’re all more broke than we were in 1989. It might be time to circle the wagons until the market rights itself. We’ll be missing out on new stories and we’ll be exposed to fewer new creators, but most of us are missing out on them as it is because we can’t afford them. Those of you into weight training will understand this analogy: the current system is building beach muscle. All arms and pecs. The system people are proposing would be akin to core training.

The following auctions are examples of supernumerary titles from days gone by. Happier days when people would say, “sure! I like the Inhumans, why not buy this stand-alone non-continuity story that seems unnecessary?” Those were the days. Maybe we’ll get back there when a new generation falls in love with comics.*

*You know, that time in the future where there are no video games and internet to steal away the interest of the young people.

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John Knows Man-Thing

Let’s take a second and step away from Man-Thing team-ups (great idea for a new title. Marvel, take note.) and take a gander at this beautiful piece of Man-Thing related work. You didn’t think I was jumping off Man-Thing’s jock, did you? This is all Man-Thing, all week.

This is a John Buscema and Tom Sutton page from Man-Thing issue thirteen. I can’t tell if this is poorly scanned or if I have vision problems, but I recognize the awesome nature of the art regardless. When I compare John Buscema to someone with a really modern style, say a Joe Mad for example, I can understand how a little kid could find John passe. But only a little kid. Once you’ve been reading comics for awhile, you start to recognize just how superhumanly solid this dude was on thousands of pages. Here, in a page featuring Man-Thing fighting pirates across the expanse of space-time as he travels through the Nexus of All Realities (if I’m remembering this issue correctly) we have more attention given to the grain of the wood on the ship than many modern day artists would assign to their entire book (though we can probably thank Tom Sutton for that… whatever let’s just say both dudes were A-gamers.). And Man-Thing! Let’s talk about this Man-Thing. It’s the more slender version of Thang with some great moss/swamp-grass giving him definition. A great rendition. This is a definite Christmas gift to myself contender.

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