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WHO IS BLACK PANTHER?? Volume 1 and 2

So I just finished watching season 1 of Marvel Knights Black Panther animated series. The series was developed by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. The series is awesome, at least I think so. It combines motion comic animation with regular animation done by Titmouse Studios. The show even boasts an allstar cast featuring Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard and Stan Lee. I never read Black Panther comics before but this is the best place to start. abstractedmind is selling both volume 1&2 of the origin of Black Panther. I recommend checking it out its a pretty good read. Then maybe Netflix the first season.

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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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Even legends have off days…

No one’s perfect.

Everyone has spilled their drink. Made a mistake at work. Cut an appendage doing something foolish.

I think that I would liken Stan Lee and Gene Colan’s off day being most alike to severing a finger while trying to cut a sandwich…

The character was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in Daredevil #25 (February, 1967), and was basically a criminal in a frog costume with springs under his shoes. However, his later improved suit and superior athletic abilities made him a serious fighter.

So what have we learned? Sometimes you come up with Spider-Man. Sometimes, Leap Frog. The greatest success is merely just a tweaked version of the largest failure. Keep the faith.

The Infamous No-Prize

Marvel had me entranced in the mid to late 1980’s. 

I literally learned to read through comic books, and one of the things I would do was read every single page, ad, and yes, the letter pages found at the back. (Those have been done away with for the most part, to the chagrin of diehards and the “what the eff are you talking about omg” from anyone under the age of 25.) 

So in those letters you would often read about the errors found in the pages – from incorrect names to continuity errors (how could Wolverine be in Japan AND Muir Island at the same time!?!) – the realest of the real would chime in, and then hopefully offer up an explanation. The rare instances when this was successfully executed, the recipient would be met with a “Congratulations! We have a No-Prize winner!!” Being five, six, seven years old – I was piqued. I NEED A NO-PRIZE.

I had no idea what it was. Apparently I couldn’t read the literal nature of said “NO” prize as a reality that it indeed was nothing. They had to be getting something, and probably something cool! Why else would these people be writing letters in , to get nothing? No way. 

Well, I was wrong, and right, I guess. You didn’t get nothing. You got an envelope. With nothing in it.

Now if you had actually received this for a correct no-prize answer, it would be adorned with your name on the envelope, and you could most likely show it off to friends, family, local politicians and gain favor with your wonderful trophy. This auction, however, is for a blank no-prize, so you could sign it to yourself, or pass it on to another. Think of it as a “blank check for cool”.

As the no-prize peaked in fan interest, Marvel published The Official Marvel No-Prize Book, sort of playing into the mythology of the prize, as well as poking fun at themselves and mistakes. Kudos. The copy below could be had for a mere $1 BIN plus shipping.

Memories. I can’t believe the amount of thought I put into the prize of getting an empty envelope. To be young…

Autographed X-Men #1

12 year old me is salivating at the sight of this.

X-Men #1. Red variant cover.

Autographed by Jim Lee.

Autographed by Chris Claremont.

Autographed by Stan Lee.

First, Jim Lee was probably my favorite artist of the 90s. The Image comics held me captive like no other. I had Casablanca Comics in Windham ME holding EVERY issue they released. I still have all of them. So many #1. So few #2s (since most comics only seemed to last 1 issue, Supreme anyone?).

And Chris Claremont? Shut it down. That guy could write a story about soggy bread and I would read it 4 times before falling asleep. I would even sneak a flashlight to read it after my parents told me to go to bed again. That guy was a genius. An innovator. I enjoyed his fictional books too. Great reads.

Stan Lee. Nuff said.

Someone buy me this. Comes with a COA. Dope.

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