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Viva Mexican Comics

Ok, so if we’re going to get technical, some of these aren’t Mexican comics, they’re translated comics from the US. But let’s not get too heavy here and instead just acknowledge that Mexico is awesome and celebrate that fact by bidding on some comics. Buy them for a friend who is building a bar in the hip part of town. He can frame them and it’ll be “clever” or something.

You know this guy. Diabolico. He’s “El Hombre Que No Something A Nada!”

Sexual truckers. Viva.

It does seem gran.

The fact that I don’t speak the language makes this comic 20x more bizarre, and appealing.

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Livin’ In the Past

Here’s two items that no longer fulfill their primary purpose, but nevertheless act as wonderfully inexpensive collectables.

Was 1996 a good year for you? Why not relive it, right down to Wolverine bone-claw fighting a bear? Take that time machine to calmer days.

What good is a calendar from 1986? Not much. Unless it has Batman somehow saying August with a grid of numbers. Sgt. Rock is just counting the days until his tour is over and he can get back to running the grain store in his small Nebraska town. Little does he know his series will be canceled and he’ll spend eternity in a warzone.

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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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Black Lantern?

If you haven’t heard about DC’s recent BLACKEST NIGHT crossover, you’ve probably been living under…

Well you might not have heard of it. I’m not judging you.

But Geoff Johns has been working for awhile to craft some absolutely killer Green Lantern material and the Blackest Night crossover is the culmination of that work. Definitely worth checking out, either on the stands now (just finished up) or when it hits the collection market (very soon.)

Here’s a pretty cool and limited figure from that, a Black Lantern Hal Jordan figure. Only 1500 pieces made, exclusive for the recent C2E2 convention, this seems a bit pricey, but if you don’t get it now… who knows. Might not have that option. I’m a sucker for these random variations, and this is no exception…

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WANT! MINE!

Surprisingly, Mego customs are just as big a crap shoot as regular customs. I’m not so sure I’ve ever seen a good one. So please realize just how psyched I am on this one, especially considering the yak faced fellow below was, in my opinion, the best thing to come out of this whole Blackest Night business…

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Larfleeze.

The Orange Lantern, aka Agent Orange.

Mego style.

Go ahead. Covet it. Buy it. You know you want to. And then lock it up in a glass box, put the glass box in a safe, swallow the combination, and never let anyone see it ever again.

Larfleeze would want it that way.

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That’s just awesome.

Until I saw this, I never knew who the creator of the Green Lantern was. 

I was pulled in by the pretty cool looking sketch on the white cover, and ended up a lot more interested than I could’ve anticipated.

“I picked out the name from the train man on the tracks who was waving a lantern, going from red to green…. Green meant go and I decided that was it. Then I needed a colorful and interesting costume. I was interested in Greek mythology and so the costume took on elements of that. It just all fell into place. When I sent it in, I waited into the second week before I heard the word to come in. I was ushered into Mr. [Max] Gaines office, publisher, and after sitting a long time and flipping through the pages of my presentation, he announced, ‘We like it!’ And then, ‘Get to work!’ I did the first five pages of an eight page story, and then they called in Bill Finger to help. We worked on it for seven years.”

RIP Marty Nodell, November 9, 1915 – December 9, 2006

Original Art, a comparison.

We’ve posted some really top tier original art. But with that top tier comes top tier prices.

What’s out there for people on a budget? 

It’s not as grim as it may seem. You just need to scour a little bit. Dig. And decide what’s important to you – is it the artist? Is it the specific piece? Is it the characters involved? Depending on your answer, you can really narrow it down and find some bargains therein. And so, to that, an example or two. 

A lot to like about this piece. Cool panel layout, really clear shot of Doctor Octopus in full action, and then an iconic Spidey shot with Doc Ock in the corner. All in all, great page. Now why is it starting at $19.99 with no bids? A few reasons. The artist is Kevin West, who despite having worked on some definite name titles, doesn’t particularly strike wonder into the casual reader. To be honest, I am not familiar with the name though I have read books he’s worked on. Second, and more importantly, this is from WHAT IF? #42, so an out of continuity piece that doesn’t necessarily have any sort of “relevance” in the grand scheme of things. However, if you just dig Doc Ock and want a cool piece, this seems like a steal to me. 

I have to say that this is a GREAT piece. Iconic artist Joe Staton (though far from a household name) was a staple artist of the DCU of the late 70’s into the early 80’s. This page is from a 1981 issue of Green Lantern and is at a relatively affordable $199 buy it now… however I bet a solid “or best offer” would get this one. This isn’t a splash page and doesn’t have a ton of action, but damn if it isn’t cool and have a couple of good looks at ol’ Hal Jordan. 

And so here we drop into the big spender category. Big name artist, big name characters, high profile project, cover page. That’s like a red bull mixed with a five hour energy drink with a handful of ginseng tablets as a chaser. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. The Marc Silvestri cover for the X-Men Messiah Complex one shot. You get one of the biggest name artists in comic history drawing a cover for not only one of the biggest comic teams in history, but the one he became a legend on. So… when you ask yourself, “why is this $4000?!?”… well So do I. But those are some reasons that I will accept, and just acknowledge there’s a lot of people with much more disposable income than I.

Duh nu nu nah nu nah nu nah Tat-man.

Poor Tattooed Man. You were never cool. Good concept, to be sure, but the execution has always been sub par. At least the original “Jack Lemmon in a sailor outfit” version has a nice retro quality to him. The new version, on the other hand, with it’s gang banger imagery and Ghost Rider-esque “sin-grafting” concept, might as well be from 1998.



Green Lantern v. Sinestro

I’ve got to come honest – I’ve always been more of a Marvel guy.

Stray into some more indie stuff, image never did it for me, and then there was that guy on the other side of the room. He had his friends, and they weren’t all that different from me. But there was something off… kind of just rubbed me the wrong way. Not that I didn’t respect him, but… that was DC.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve warmed up to him, and occasionally when the holidays come around, or it’s just me and him, we can share a laugh or a good story. So, that’s what’ll be reflected from here out. Anyways – always had a soft spot for Green Lantern, he (along with the Metal Men) were always my Pops’ favorites, and I might’ve read a couple issues. So when I came across this great cover on Ebay, I figured it was worth a post.

Original art is VERY valuable, and this piece is particularly stunning. Great Ernie Chan art that has a very Neal Adams meets Gil Kane feel to it, as much of the mid 70’s art does. Not to take away the talent of this piece or the artist, who went on to have a very successful career on Conan the Barbarian. High price tag, but definitely not out of this world for a one of a kind cover from the mid 70’s.

This led me right into this, another piece of original art that should be framed over someone’s long boxes somewhere. A page from Green Lantern #7, the very first appearance of Sinestro, as noted multiple times in bold by ol’ Hal Jordan himself on this very page. Price tag on this is surprising to me, considering the artist, age (1962), and quality of the piece. Original art value is based upon relevance and quality of the piece. For example, a random dialogue page from a Jim Lee X-Men won’t fetch much, but a splash page (important scene of action or big image of lead character) will most definitely sink your wallet. This page has some very cool stuff going on, multiple very clear shots of Green Lantern, and certainly some relevant plot points being dealt with. If I had the liquid, this would most definitely be on my short list of “things to buy.”

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