Tags Matching: Miracleman

Am I Too Skeptical?

Whenever a seller on Ebay claims they have some really old, awesome, stuff in unused condition, I put on my sleuthing hat. I naturally doubt statements like, “found in an attic at my dead uncle’s house. He never wore any of the clothes he bought, so it’s brand new!” or “I knocked down a wall in my new home and found the world’s most pristine collection of Battle Beasts.” I just don’t buy it.

So where do I stand on this Marvelman/Miracleman shirt? Dude says he bought a store and this was one of the stock items he found. Unused. Hm. Certainly seems old. But the seller’s name is Toastedbudman. Doesn’t make him seem like the most reputable character. On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine there being such a demand for Marvelman merch that someone would go to the trouble of bootlegging it now.

Either way, this shirt is a cool piece of crap for very little money. Pick it up and if it happens to NOT be the genuine article, just keep the lie alive.

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When Tigers Fight

So (further) verdict came down the other day and it seems that Neil Gaiman is entitled to royalties from use of characters he created for Todd McFarlane’s Spawn book and their subsequent (in the court’s view) renaming and continued use by Todd. This isn’t good for Todd because that millionaire’s company is struggling with bankruptcy as result of the “Tony Twist” case. I’m not a Spawn reader or a lawyer specializing in intellectual property, so instead of speaking on matters I don’t fully understand, I thought I’d give our readers the heads-up on auctions for some books from the key players in this thing.

For most of my youth Neil had the same sort of following Anne Rice is plagued with. You knew he was a good writer, but you didn’t want to be “into” him, you know? Cerebus was for the artier-than-thou kids who pretended they understood it, manga was for the spazzes, and Neil’s Sandman series was for the mopey loners. As it turned out, the series was great. But for my money, I thought this spin-off limited series was a creative high-point for the writer.

Here’s the issue that started the protracted legal dispute. Neil came up with some characters, Todd eventually didn’t want to pay, so he made characters that are nearly identical. I’m not picking sides here, but I thought creating nearly identical characters is central to comics? Regardless, I’m gonna be straight-up about this: Why anyone, even if money was at stake, would want to claim ownership of these characters is beyond me. I didn’t like Spawn when it came out, and I don’t like it today. I respect anyone who commits themselves to world-building and runs with it, but man, the Spawn universe is a world I could do without. Mercenaries, hellspawns, evil clowns… I know that probably sounds like fun to a lot of people, but it was entirely too Juggalo for my tastes. That said, Todd has made comics history a few times. Here’s another example, though it may not be history he cares to revisit.

What does Erik Larsen have to do with any of this, you ask? Well, Erik was the head of Image when the initial ruling against Todd came down (2002, maybe?). So this whole thing probably has some residual sting for him, but moreover, he’s an outspoken dude who didn’t shy from comment on the subject, then and now. His Savage Dragon book didn’t keep my interest long, but I’ve recently revisited it and while I’m still not a regular reader, his commitment to the book impresses me. I think he’s going for a Dave Sim longest-single-person-narrative-in-human-history sort of thing. This issue was apparently during Obama’s town hall meeting tour of comicland, because he was in every damn book for about two months.

And here’s an issue of Marvelman, er, Miracleman. Why do I include this? Wikipedia it. A lot of this Neil/Todd beef has overlap with the incredibly complex ownership entanglement over this British property Neil used to work on. Marvel Comics says it owns it now (that’s their reward for bankrolling Neil’s lawsuit… read the wikipedia entry), but who’s to say? If they told me Dr. Dre had majority shares in it, I would believe it at this point. Maybe I own it. I chose an Alan Moore issue of the book because I liked the insane asking price; Neil’s work came later.

If you want to watch professionals take shots at each other in a public forum, I urge you to follow as many of those involved as you can on Twitter. It’s like pro-wrestling but just slightly more literary.

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Boom: Instant Comic Collection.

I try not to swear on this site, but holy fn’ sh!t.

Over 20 boxes of comics, with a .98 cents starting bid. Wow. Including issues 1-24 of Miracleman. That’s right, a complete run of Miracleman. Double wow. It almost doesn’t even matter what else is in this massive lot of comics, that right there is money in the bank for the seller. In fact, I almost want to say he should be either focusing on that more in his description (it’s just kind of sandwiched in the middle of a GIGANTIC list of comics), or he should have listed them as a separate auction.

Shipping this is going to be the death of somebody, I just know it. Whether it’s the seller having a massive heart attack while packaging everything, or the buyer when he sees what’s left of his bank account, I haven’t decided yet… hopefully whoever wins lives close enough to go pick everything up. That’s gotta be preferable for both sides.

Whatever happens, this is definitely a COLOSSAL auction worth keeping an eye on.

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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.

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