Tags Matching: 90s

SAVED BY THE BELL Special Holiday Issue Comic Book

I’m pretty sure the cover of this comic comes from the Saved By Bell episode with the murder mystery. That was such a great episode, probably my favorite one.caccavalej is selling this comic for all you Bell fans.

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Hard Rock Comics Nirvana #4 1992

I remember back in the early 90’s when these Rock Comics were all the rage. moulinpuj is selling issue #4 featuring Nirvana. I wonder Kurt Cobain thought about been featured in a comic.

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Wolverine, Hold My Calls.

Wolverine is a lot of things. Mutant. X-Man. Wildman. Berserker. Victim of horrible experimentation rendering him a freakish killing machine. Phone.

Want to really push potential lovers out the door? Here’s a good start. A phone from 1994 featuring Wolverine on his knees holding a giant receiver. You NEED this.

Oh and this buy-it-now is new and in box. See, here’s the box.

But if saving $20 is of greater value to you than the product being new in box, try this auction on for size.

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Vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11 comic book LOT

buttahfingaz has got nice Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic lot. These comics are nothing like the cartoon, they are much more dark, you almost forget that they are ninja turtles.

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Everybody Stop Looking; I Found It

Need the 90s summed up in a single comic book? I got you covered. And, no, it doesn’t feature an X-team or Rob Liefeld or a holographic embossed cover with tassels. It’s a throwaway issue on a throwaway title and likely doesn’t stand out at all for the probably 50,000 people who read it. So why is it emblematic of a time most of us associate with mutants and shiny covers?

Look at the concerns. This is a “social issue” issue. Just as creators had used comics to explore drug addiction or spousal abuse decades earlier, this comic hopes to make us all aware that AIDS is a real thing. And people will stick you with a needle full of it. A truly 90s concern. Sure, AIDS had been on the scene since the 80s. But it was only during the 90s that people started to calm from their initial “I’m totally ignorant” panic and fall into a low-level “I’m somewhat misinformed” hysteria. Also, look at dude’s jawline. Have you ever seen a cornier “hero” in your life? Looking like Lorenzo Lamas in Renegade, but even more broke-ass. Highly 90s.

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For Real Though, It’s Him. I Swear.

Love Ron Lim. Love this period of Silver Surfer. So imagine my excitement when I saw this auction listed. But some of that wind was taken out of my sails when I saw the page. Granted, it’s got some great outer space stuff going on here and surely displays some of Lim’s strengths. But something’s missing. The Silver Surfer. He’s there, I see him, but no panel is any closer than a long shot. I see he’s flying with someone, but I can barely make out who it is. Guardian? Could be Quasar at this distance.

Nothing wrong with this page as a storytelling tool. We get movement and dialog. But when most people buy comic art they’d like characters at the forefront. So my advice: hit this seller with a lowball offer. I suspect he/she will have to consider it when this beautiful, but not hyper-desirable, page goes unsold. Then you will have a great Lim piece for your collection and if you break out a magnifying glass, you can display it to friends.

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Ken Dolls Assemble!

Am I off-base here, or does Hawkeye look like a dick? I know the dude is supposed to be wiseass and almost a full-on dick, but this figure really pushes it. If I were a kid excited to hit the nearest Toys R Us to grab a cool new action figure, I’d pass right over this Prince meets Dane Cook-looking jerk.

I’m curious, did anyone who bought this do anything with it but have it die at the hands of other figures? Maybe smash it against a Mockingbird figure to simulate sex? I can’t see too many other applications. This auction has a low price attached at the moment so this is your chance to have a figure just to abuse.

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Not so Maximum.

Disclaimer – I have a huge collection of trade paperbacks / graphic novels / whatever you want to call them. This includes some great, some good, and some very bad. I was recently traveling and there’s no better time to plug your headphones in, pull out a trade and re-read then on a plane. Talk about needing escapism – much needed on any and all flights, at least in my opinion.

The best experience I’ve ever had speaking with a stranger (aka… overly talkative, bored, forgot to buy a magazine and needs to chat) was with a women that a friend and I nicknamed “bucky” (teeth joke, no cap reference here) who was on her way to meet her boyfriend, who lives in New York, and she was thinking about moving there. Oh by the way… this was the first time she was meeting him. Amazing.

Anyways, as much as a stomach punch as it is thinking about internet relationships, the Spider-Man “Maximum Carnage” collection makes it seem like an enjoyable experience. I went into this revisit with no sense of expectation other than “hmm, I don’t remember this storyline at all.” I went in low, and got knocked even lower. Let me give you one full page of dialogue. (Oh yeah, click the link and buy it so we can all read along.)

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First issue of the collection, page 3.

CARNAGE: ¬†You test tube jockies are all the same! Can’t accept the truth when it’s spitting in your eye! The monster is far more than a wild pair of long johns! It’s become a living part of me – and we were merely biding our time! Hey Resnick — ! Remember how I said I’d go easy on you?

CARNAGE: I LIED! You should have known better than to trust a raving lunatic ! I am the ultimate insanity! I AM CARNAGE !

DOCTOR: Call Security– ! Get some reinforcements down here!

CARNAGE: Oh, goody! I could use a few more victims! These are all used up! There are just you two doctors left!

— Notice anything weird! I don’t! It seems totally normal — even in a comic book — to use exclamation points all the time! Amiright!

Joking aside, this was astonishing. 16 sentences, 15 exclamations. And the reason I mention this is not because it was the exception; this was the rule. In the first two full pages, 28/29 sentences were exclamations (So a grand total of 34/36 sentences ending in an exclamation point for three pages.) Really. This was not all that unusual in comics, but it certainly was in full display here. I won’t pull the punches, this is really an ugly collection, perhaps Spider-Man at his worst. A not so concise plot (“THAT’S THE POINT!” exclaims Carnage…) that is riddled with poor character development and a bad time for the supporting cast in general, so there’s nowhere to look besides the feature storyline. Here – choose your own adventure out of these gems.

A. Richard and Mary Parker are back from the dead… and cranky!

B. Felicia Hardy and… Flash Thompson!?!

C. Mary Jane Parker takes up smoking – and Peter hates it!

D. Aunt May joins the WNBA at point guard for the New York Liberty!

E. None of the above.

And I only made up one of those. Mix in some good art (Mark Bagley delivers, Sal Buscema does his thing, and Ron Lim is 50/50) some meh art (Ron Lim hit the wall and sometimes draws Mary Jane looking like a fish, Tom Luly?, Alex Suviak?) and a whole lot of “why is this story taking 14 issues?” and “why did Cloak/Dagger/Morbius/Iron Fist/DEATHLOK?/Captain America/Firestar show up?” and we get this pile of crap. What’s worse is that many of the writers behind this particular story have done work that I do really enjoy. Wrong time, wrong place, I guess.

All that said – I’d say just go ahead and buy the video game, it was fun.I always played the Genesis version, but the SNES version was just cooler looking here.


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My Own Private Strike File

People looking to summarize the 90’s comic market tend to reference Liefeld or hologram covers. Certainly, those are the most garish and offensive visuals of the period and the passage of time hasn’t done much to absolve them. To many of us, even as adolescents, those trappings seemed ridiculous. I can’t even imagine how a young comic reader today would view them. Probably the way I see The Doors. Truly obvious hokey crapola.

If I had to encapsulate the 90’s and create a wickerman to burn, it would be this piece of shit right here. I think it represents the time better than even X-Force #1. Here’s why: Stryfe’s Strike File isn’t obviously shitty artists working on an obviously shitty title. It’s very good artists shoehorned into working on a obviously shitty AND irrelevant title. This is a cash-grab. A slapped together piece of garbage meant to separate mentally ill collectors from their hard-earned Internet start-up money. For shame, Marvel. Andy Kubert and Larry Stroman, you are forgiven. You were victims of your time and the machinations of a corporate culture fixated on short money and low art. Hit this auction, buy this book and then burn it this winter for warmth. This must be expunged from the record of modern comics. Let our children never know the depth of our sins.

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Dream Reaver, I Believe You Can Get Me Through The Night

So the Reavers are one of the greatest team of minions ever to grace the pages of a Marvel comic, right? No debate there. But what makes them so great exactly? The perfect amount of personality. They are distinct, but not really. They have personalities, but not overwhelming ones. The closest they have to a “face” on the team is a dude who was shot in the head and never talked about again. Because getting shot in the head is what a real minion does! He plays third-string and may be cut during training camp, but he still reports to work. This post is devoted to the Reavers. They played their positions. Best worthless characters ever.

First appearance. Silvestri looking good. Cyborgs and mutants.

This is where a shared universe pays off: “Neat” character appearances that don’t change much for either party. What? That’s not character driven storytelling? Go read Harry Potter, nerd. This is the Punisher, a man whose aims and ambitions are set in stone, and the Reavers, a team whose purpose is to shoot things they are told to shoot. Don’t get heavy on me.

And what’s this? The obligatory piece of crap licensing that everyone would be better off forgetting happened? Yes. It is.

And my favorite single issue of any comic ever? Yes! I goddamn love this book and have no idea why. Maybe it’s Forge, who I have a weird crush on. I’m 1/14th American Indian so maybe I’m distantly vibing with this dude on some ancient ley lines sort of trip. Or maybe that last statement was semi-racist and really I just love Freedom Force who also appear in this book.

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