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For Real Though, It’s Him. I Swear.

Love Ron Lim. Love this period of Silver Surfer. So imagine my excitement when I saw this auction listed. But some of that wind was taken out of my sails when I saw the page. Granted, it’s got some great outer space stuff going on here and surely displays some of Lim’s strengths. But something’s missing. The Silver Surfer. He’s there, I see him, but no panel is any closer than a long shot. I see he’s flying with someone, but I can barely make out who it is. Guardian? Could be Quasar at this distance.

Nothing wrong with this page as a storytelling tool. We get movement and dialog. But when most people buy comic art they’d like characters at the forefront. So my advice: hit this seller with a lowball offer. I suspect he/she will have to consider it when this beautiful, but not hyper-desirable, page goes unsold. Then you will have a great Lim piece for your collection and if you break out a magnifying glass, you can display it to friends.

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Friends Of Ol’ Marvel

The best company produced fan magazine ever? Maybe. The 1970’s gave us many amazing things in comics, and though not near the top, FOOM registers. If you need any further evidence, check the covers. Awesome.

Nuff Said.
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Top 100 Summer Comics #5

Sometimes the most memorable issues are merely for sentimental value. For example, this issue was the first Silver Surfer comic I purchased, but I would say the most memorable part was my introduction to artist Ron Lim.

#5 – Silver Surfer 19

Ron Lim was in my opinion the Dr. J to Jim Lee’s Michael Jordan – his clean style and sharp angular jaw lines were a real foresight into the style of the ’90s… but Lim was doing it in 1985. No one has ever drawn a better Silver Surfer, and in this issue, a throwdown with Firelord, he puts that on a showcase. I think if a comic book artist can be in the “No one drew _______ better than him” argument, then they most definitely deserve some recognition.

Why is there no comic book hall of fame?!

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Top 100 Summer Comics #8

For whatever reasons, I always liked the Silver Surfer. His vibe is cool, his job is cool… and even his real name, Norrin Radd, is cool.

#8 – Silver Surfer 50

Here we get a little look at his (cool named) planet, Zenn-La. A little look at his history, featuring father Jartran Radd and girlfriend Shalla-Bal. And… Thanos taunts him with all of this. A good anniversary issue, and Ron Lim and Jim Starlin do a smashup job, as always.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #27

When I first read that Hulk was going to be on an alien planet, my brain groaned.

Why. How can that be cool. Ugh. Stupid gimmick. This will suck.

But then… it didn’t. It really didn’t. It was actually awesome.

Greg Pak did it right. The trick – he developed and built out the world around the Hulk. No pre-existing stories, no muddled continuity, just a raw story and a civilization that felt new, weird, and in general, foreign. In many of these stories, where a character is jettisoned off into a completely new and different direction, the path is paved with a lot of missteps, failed attempts, and bland crossovers to try and draw in a new audience. Outside of a well placed appearance by the Silver Surfer, this storyline was devoid of anything close to those well-beaten roads.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #37

The funny book element of comics are sometimes lost in the depth of continuity and grit of mainstream hero comics.

Not with the Impossible Man. Nope. No way.

#37 – Silver Surfer 33

Perhaps the perfect foil of the Silver Surfer, I don’t think there’s been a better take on Impossible Man before or since this issue. ZANY is the best way to describe Imp’, while STOIC is far more the world of the Surfer (he does help a cosmic being devour planets and all). So when the two clash, they clash. Ron Lim holds up well in this issue, as does the entire story here. Perfect pacing, and a real fun one off.

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1970s Marvel 7-11 Cups.

You may have noticed that we love to post these. That’s because they’re vintage plastic cups covered in lower tier Marvel Universe characters in classic poses, and because Slurpees are totally awesome. So it stands to reason that we’d be all about these Slurpee cups featuring classic Marvel battles…

But there’s just one problem.

None of these auctions bother to show the other side of the cup! Come on! There’s a half-assed attempt with the Mephisto/Silver Surfer cup, but it’s so cruddy a picture that it actually makes a cool looking cup look halfway lame.

At least the seller got it right for the Captain America vs Red Skull cup…

Much, much better. Fill that cup with win.

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Top 100 Summer Comics… #89

Yesterday I found myself at a local comic convention. It was pretty dang good for what it was.

Lots of long boxes. Great deals on graphic novels. And on a Sunday, people were pricing to move. Score.

But I found myself in a predicament. I had a comic I was buying for $4 but wanted to get it rounded off at the 5 spot. So I decided to unearth an absolute gem that is probably lurking in my mother’s attic. So who do I turn to, in my moment of need?

Jim Starlin, Ron Lim… please come to the rescue.

An absolute incredible work that I NEED to find some commentary by Jim Starlin on. The entire arc (40-43) seems to ooze satire and I’m looking for literary closure. Dynamo City, the tent city, “Their Life”… it’s just awesome. The entire Silver Surfer run by Starlin / Lim run on Silver Surfer (34-50 minus a couple…) is that moment where you go, “THIS. THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE MEANT TO BE DOING.” Thank you. Jim Starlin, please get at me ! ! We need to do an interview. And if you don’t want to, thanks for creating all the same.

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Infinity Gauntlet, the poster

Thanos. Adam Warlock. Gamora. Nebula. Silver Surfer.

And one of my favorite Captain America scenes. 

That’s right woodchuck chuckers – it’s the Infinity Gauntlet. Unlike it’s sequel and trequel… this miniseries ruled. It was the first major stand alone series post Secret Wars, as crossover events such as Inferno and Acts of Vengeance didn’t have any stand alone issues. The ‘Gauntlet jumped off the stands at me from the first issue, the cover just a magnificent and dark piece that made me go… wha??

And it just so happens here’s a banger of a poster that replicates that very cover. So cool. Up until this point in my life, I didn’t know what the infinity gems were. Life has been made THAT much better because of this knowledge. Thanks, Jim Starlin and George Perez.

What’s good?

I was about to write about how this would be something on my list of “to check out” for anyone who’s been away from comics for a minute.

Then I remembered what I’m about to dive into. 

So rather, I’d like to say this is a great series for people either into comics now, or who have at some point been knee deep in comics, because the ANNIHILATION series isn’t really a starter kit to hand to your little brother.

For the casual fan, I’d say this is STILL a great read. You need to really read up to follow however. This is a definite sci-fi space adventure that while light on continuity is heavy on characters, from obscure to uber-obscure. Let’s be real – when Adam Warlock, Nova, Ronan the Accuser, and the Super Skrull are your big names, you might go over the heads of some weekend readers. (Okay, okay… this guy named the SILVER SURFER shows up for a minute too…) However I would plead that this is a well paced, nicely developed cosmic story that has a great flow – particularly the first part of this epic, the “ANNIHILATION” proper section.

 

Keith Giffen gets and deserves the credit for crafting the story the redefined the Marvel cosmic universe, and eventually passing that torch along to the creative team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who are the architects of all things cosmic at this point it seems. 

As a long time science fiction fan on top of the whole comic obsession, Marvel has rarely done a top notch job with their journeys into space. They’ve developed some excellent characters but outside of a really solid run of Silver Surfer from Jim Starlin and Ron Lim, there has never been a concise nook for this realm in the Marvel U. Even admirable attempts such as Operation Galactic Storm, an early 90’s Avengers crossover, failed to hit the mark. I have a lot to say about the Infinity Gauntlet, War, and Crusade, but that’s for a later post. Up until here, if you wanted a solid space odyssey, you’ll have to pull out some Chris Claremont X-Men with a solid Shi’ar appearance. 

While “CONQUEST” doesn’t really have the same power as the original series, it still a worthwhile read. I felt as though the appearance of Ultron weakened the series, but at the end of the day it still worked. I mentioned the plethora of obscure characters who appear – on top of that any number of quality new characters pop up, and that’s always a fresh breath of air to long time readers.

While each of these collections will cost you over $25 off the shelf, you can save about $10 a pop by scooping them up here. Hey, while we’re at here’s ALL of the posted books for $35. Wow.

Highly recommended. Great mix of artists work on over 1500 pages of cosmic action, with a great and mutlifaceted storyline. 

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