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Black Widow Without Black Widow

So my last post featured classic Larry Stroman art from an important issue of an important series featuring important characters. As a result, the page cost 10k.

In contrast, I offer this page from the Black Widow graphic novel. It is not important. It also may or may not have any characters we care about in it. We can’t tell because all I can make out is feet and distant silhouettes. As a result, the page costs $50.

Larry for any income.

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Someone Likes My Favorite Comic Book More Than Me

I think this brief period of X-Factor represents a high-point for Marvel Comics. For real. Peter David at his most pointed, Larry Stroman mixing the kinetic nature of the of the era with solid storytelling skills. I love this book.

But do I love it for the price this seller is asking? Does anyone? I gladly hand the mantle of “Biggest X-Factor New Team Era Fan” to whoever buys this at this price.

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Namor, the Old-Timey Butt Kicker

Have you ever reflected on just how long Namor has been wrecking cities and then doing weirdly kind-hearted stuff that makes us all forgive him? He’s a fully developed character in the respect that his motivations are his own and writers aren’t obligated to make him fit a mold. He does good; he does bad. Just like all real mf’ers. Salute to Namor, the realest dude.

Here’s an expensive appearance by our man. He throws a car at police in this issue. ACAB.

But, he also extinguishes a woman on fire! He’s got layers and facets.

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What If No One Cared?

I’ll be back on Monday with Ebay listings of items you may actually want. In the meantime, here’s a couple that aren’t in great demand. They perfectly demonstrate that, like all comics, What If is only as strong as the writer’s effort. What the hell are these?

What if Archangel Fell From Grace? What does it mean? I don’t understand. He’s not an actual angel. The cover tells me nothing. Insider Trading? Human Trafficking? Match fixing on the collegiate level? What did he get into?

I couldn’t tell you what might happen if The Avengers lost Galactic Storm because I, like everyone else on Earth, doesn’t remember Galactic Storm. Was it lamer or less lame than Atlantis Attacks? I like this cover art because it’s not clear if they were approaching Earth and were blown back or if they were on Earth and blown off it. I like to think the latter.

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Less Than Mystifying What Ifs: Part One

What If is the best worst comic ever. It teases and taunts, often providing cooler versions of Marvel continuity than the one they opted to go with. Other times, it demonstrates exactly why the writers made the choices they did by showing us just how wack the alternative was.

And in other cases, it just answers questions everyone in the room knows. Take a look at this issue. What If The Hulk Went Berserk? Well, what if. Then we’d probably have another one of the 500 or so issues of various Marvel comics where the Hulk goes berserk. We could add it to our collection between two other issues where he goes berserk. BECAUSE GOING BERSERK IS WHAT THE HULK DOES.

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Save the Whales: Less Than An Hour On Orka

Remember how much you love Orka, the dude with no personality that fights Namor for reasons you can never really manage to remember? Sure you do. He’s awesome. Apparently, he’s swapped sides and is now a good dude. Makes sense. How many times can you align yourself with other badguys who get their asses handed to them by the Avengers?

Here’s a custom figure for the REAL Orka fans out there. All billion of you.

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Wack Cover Week: Day 1. Who Jumps Like This?

I love Mike Zeck. I also love the treatment the title got. “Trade dressing” I think they call it. But what’s going on with this pose? I mean, Zeck does it better than 90% could, but there’s no saving this nonsense. Is he leaping at us? Jumping up to something? Is he falling? I can’t tell.

Also, Baron Zemo is just bad. That’s some real Mr. Potato Head stuff. Sorry, Mike.

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FINAL AND BEST THANOS AUCTION NO TIME HURRY BRO

I’M GOING TO KEEP THIS SHORT BECAUSE THERE’S NO TIME. THIS AUCTION RULES. REMEMBER THAT MOMENT WHEN THANOS SNAPPED HIS FINGERS AND MADE HALF OF ALL LIFE DISAPPEAR? THIS IMMORTALIZES THE MOMENT IN THREE DIMENSIONS. THE AUCTION ENDS VERY SHORTLY. GET ON THIS NOW. FEEL POWERFUL LIKE THANOS.


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THANOS IS AN ATM

Here’s where hype goes: An unremarkable first appearance comic (in this case The Invincible Iron Man issue 55) that can have its price jacked up to coincide with a hit movie (Thanos is in the credit tag at the end of Avengers… in case you’re one of the three human beings on the planet who haven’t seen it yet).

Am I angry? No. The boom is short-lived but can be good for comics overall because at least people are buying comics, even if it’s for silly reasons. And there are far worse first appearances you could be spending money on. Also, I love this seller’s approach. He includes a weirdly personal note in the sale that includes information no one really needs. He starts with “Hey guys” which I think is very un-Thanos of him.

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THANOS WEEK ROLLS ON

Thanos week is going to be Thanos Two-Weeks.

Memorial Day is for families, so I give you the mad demi-god in family-friendly form. Here’s a Mighty Muggs version of our favorite purple death-lover. Suitable for children. We’ll return to our normal program of Thanos as a pan-genocidal madman tomorrow.

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