Tags Matching: Abomination

Cottage Industries Can Be Scary

What you’re looking at, just in the off-chance you didn’t immediately recognize it, is a custom-crafted Mego-compatible Abomination head. Look at that sculpt, man. It’s like Abomination himself is looking at me.

Here’s what’s so awesome about this Ebay auction: Someone made this with love. Some oddball working with a scalpel and maybe some injection molding elements I don’t understand –might as well be plutonium– crafted this with blood, sweat and tears. And the very best part? I DOESN’T look like crap. I would respect this seller even if his product looked like a cat’s ass, but it looks good and the respect is doubled. Even if you don’t have any Mego figures on which to put this thing, check this out. It’s weirdly compelling when you think about what goes into it.

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The Abominable Fred Hembeck

Fred Hembeck is sort of like late-night television hosts or Sunday morning comic strips. Not funny, despite their stated purpose, but still having a hard-to-pinpoint value. I think it’s the fact that in all three cases they are institutions. We just assume they’ll be there. Hembeck has been putting out novelty Marvel books for as long I can remember. Dude is part of my life, regardless of the fact he’s never gotten more than a soft chuckle out of me. Shared history, folks. It’s what binds people and I’m bound to Fred Hembeck.

You can be bound to Fred Hembeck too. Check out this sketch card auction of Fred’s Abomination. For a low price, you can have this strangely compelling conversation piece taking up space in your home.

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The Industry is Abominable.

Recently, via Twitter, a Marvel editor asked what the company can do to excite readers again. The editor acknowledged comic fans seem apathetic to everything at the moment and there’s a general malaise sweeping over the industry. This came on the heels of the worst sales month for comics in over 30 years. Some people are panicking, some people are being pro-active, but everyone is missing a major point: Fans want to care about characters. Give them an excuse to care and they’ll hang with you for years.

If you defer to creators on every matter and allow constant revamps or retcon’ing and you lose your core. At which point you have to put out a movie to ignite temporary interest among a transitory readership. “Those people aren’t your friends” says it best. Movies help drive readership, but only a small percentage of those people will be life-long readers. Take a cue from bodybuilders- maintain your core.

Here’s an example: Abomination. This dude, when written well, has pathos for days. He’s multi-dimensional and menacing. I really like him. But I don’t have a clue what is going on with the character at this moment. Is he dead in that Jeph Loeb book I couldn’t finish? I don’t know. Because nothing seems real. Nothing has gravity when we know a character will come back, and worse, come back without real explanation outside of “new creative team didn’t like what the last one did.”

Knock that shit off. Brilliant creators can be reined in to respect continuity. Sacrificing one for the other makes you look deficient at your job of editor. Crack a whip. Make rules. Upset your staff. It’s what a boss does.

Here’s an auction that brings me back to a simpler time. Check it. Pour out some liquor for another character lost in the swell of editorial pussyfooting.

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