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I’m Going In

I’m going to do it. I’m going to read Alan Moore’s Lost Girls. There was some small moral panic when this thing came out because *supposedly* it features depictions of sex acts with younger looking characters. Or maybe just nude. No one seems to have actually read the book to tell me which, they’ve just heard from friends that it’s “borderline” and should be avoided.

I’ll find out for myself and report back with the facts. But not at this price. Check this auction out. Is this what it retailed for? Holy crap. Forget naked girls, this is the real crime.

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Variant Covers Are ALMOST Always Pointless

So I think all thinking adults can agree variant covers are the province of geeks and (uncool) mutants, right? It’s a transparent and, ultimately, sad effort to squeeze dollars from the same buyers instead of creating new ones. It’s insular and creepy and plays to the worst aspects of fanboy nature.

No one loves variants the way Avatar loves variants, yet I can’t level the same criticisms on them I do on other publishers. Mainly because they do SO many variants it almost negates the collector factor altogether and pushes it into “well this seems fun so let’s do it” territory. Check out this Jacen Burrows EC homage cover that kills anything on the racks. Criminal that it’s limited because this should have been the main cover. But like I said, the over-proliferation of these things means you can buy it for peanuts despite its short print run. Good for you. Pick it up.

And here’s another. This is the first issue’s limited cover run so it’s a bit pricier than the rest, but check it out regardless. Any comic fan should appreciate what they were going for on these and how well they turned out. A modern filter may not be the worst thing that could happen to EC. Is it time for relaunch number twenty?

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Saga of the Soft Cover.

You’d think a hardcover collection of Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing would be a no brainer.

Sad to say, however, these are not all that good. Instead of good quality pages that bring out the nuances of Stephen Bissette’s pencils and John Totleben’s inks, we get paper pages more akin to that of the old news stand comics. And while there is something to be said for that, I think most fans were expecting something that was a better quality than the paper pages of the softcovers, not pages of a lesser quality. And the dust jackets are fragile and waxy; I actually had to take it off in order to read it. fortunately, this was changed with the second and third volumes, though the page quality stayed the same. So for now, I’m sticking with my beat up old softcovers…

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DC Love.

As an unapologetic Marvel zombie, it’s hard to say this. But DC is responsible for some pretty cool comics. And here’s two posters that embody that DC cool. Superman done right is awesome – it’s sad that it’s become such a rare reading experience to enjoy a Superman book.

And despite the back and forth Watchmen love/hate surrounding the movie, this poster is almost completely undeniable.

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Watchmen 1-12.

Watchmen is an all time classic. And single issues, in my opinion, are the classic comic book format. Nowadays though, the big thing seems to be to just buy the trades, and Watchmen has had plenty of trade editions over the years… softcover, hardcover, Absolute… but honestly, I think there’s something to be said for having them in the original (and as I said, in my opinion, classic) format.

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Who DOESN’T need a good Joker tee?

Okay, let’s get real here. Heath Ledger did a good job in the most recent Batman movie as The Joker. Stole the show in a solid movie, but I walked away from the theater saying, “well, duh.” Christian Bale’s laughable latex voice was enough to ensure Ledger was the golden hit from that movie, but let’s not discredit a good job.

But he was NO Jack Nicholson. And even Jacko doesn’t do the comics version credit.

So stepping back, if your experience was anything like mine in the early to mid 90’s, it seemed like there was at least one weirdo who ran with the freak / scumbag / weirdo kids who had the illest weird joker shirt. He probably didn’t read comics on the regular, let alone want to talk about it to people who did. But he did hang out at the pool hall, smoke cigs by age 12, and tried to kick it to girls in 14 hole doc martens. These Joker shirts were not an easy commodity to come by, and with that in mind, I want to shout out to all the weirdos who wore Joker shirts when it counted.

Here’s four joker shirts, rated from 1 (acceptable) to 4 (aces). Bid hard.

1. OKAY. points for it being ledger-free, but the giant oversize print makes me think too much 2010, not enough 1990.

2. GOOD. Retro, cool. Slicked back Joker hair… maybe if you’re 15 and wearing this, you have black hair slicked back too?

3. GREAT. Now we’re cooking. Big props for this one being on a screen stars tee, a true mark of good late 1980’s t-shirts.

4. AWESOME. The Killing Joke. Perfect. Rep and respect.

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When I sold my Miracleman collection 5 years ago, I got $300 for graphic novel collection of the first 3 issues, plus an additional 3 issues and a copy of Kimota! the Miracleman Companion.

It wasn’t worth it. I really miss them. But it was probably worth it for whoever bought them from me. Whoever wins this auction for the complete run of the series will undoubtedly pay much more than $300, but they will definitely be just as worth it for them as it was for the guy who bought mine.

Seriously, this series was a total game changer, and one of the best Alan Moore works ever (the Neil Gaiman portion ain’t half bad either). Why I ever sold what I had of it, I have no idea…

Oh, that’s right, I was recovering from surgery and couldn’t work and need money for necessities like food.

I should have just starved.

Required reading.

You have a little over 24 hours to outbid this guy and scoop this trade up for dirt cheap.

Written by Alan Moore. Drawn by Alan Davis. That should be a ’nuff said right there, but I’ll continue. In these pages you get:

Psylocke, when she was still plain old Betsy Braddock, British psychic agent.
Slaymaster going on a Scanners style massacre of said psychic agents.
The Captain Britain Corps. Mad Jim Jaspers.
And best of all, super hero killing machine called THE FURY~!

Classic, CLASSIC stuff.

Get it and team it up with this collection of the Davis and Delano issues that immediately followed Moore’s departure, which introduced Excalibur mainstay Meggan and set the stage for Betsy to become Psylocke, courtesy of a completely vicious Slaymaster beatdown.

Settle down in a comfy chair with a cup of tea some rainy weekend and enjoy.

Swamp Christ, by Xerox.

The original concept for Swamp Thing number 88 is the stuff of comic legend. Long story short, after Alan Moore left the comic, artist and long time Moore friend Rick Veitch took over the writing, and kept the script going in many of the same interesting directions as Moore had. By the time issue 88 came around, Swampy was travelling around in time, and in that particular issue was supposed to meet Jesus Christ. The script had already been initially approved, and artwork had been started, but the DC head honchos got wet feet, and they vetoed it, resulting it Rick Veitch leaving the comic. Which leads us to the auction below:

The image is totally awesome, right? Really makes you want to read the script. And for 20 bucks, you can. But bear in mind: this guy is just selling COPIES of the artwork and script, along with COPIES of artwork from other, unrelated Swamp Thing stories, and articles on the lost issue originally published in magazines. That’s right COPIES (of other peoples most likely copyrighted work, ahem); presumably the kind you can make at Kinkos for a couple bucks and then put up on Ebay for 20 bucks as “reference material” so that people can learn “the entire story”. If you ask me, that’s kind of like photocopying the section on the Revolutionary War out of your high school history text and selling it to someone as a biography of George Washington. But you know what? There have already been 3 sold, with 2 more on tap.

My hat is off to you, sir. You are a true entrepreneur.

Who watches the Watchpins?

I know what you’re thinking. Over $100 BIN? For pins?

Truth is, these pins are probably worth it.

These were produced as a promo item back when the original Watchmen comics came out, and are pretty rare. If you’re a serious Watchmen head, you’re into this, because obviously at this point this isn’t meant to be opened up so you can pin Rorschach’s face blot on the pocket of your jean jacket with the Iron Maiden back patch. If you’re just some casual fan who liked the graphic novel or the movie but haven’t really thought about Watchmen other than that and wants to know why the bloody smiley face pin isn’t there… not really for you.

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