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Posters Of the Damned

Tomorrow, I promise I’ll post some items you may actually want. But today I’d like to take a minute and celebrate the auction items that are just shy of being given away for free. I don’t want to call them the dredges of the promotional poster world, but they’re undersized, under-realized, and often hawking characters or series no one cares about. They’re hard sells. But being set at rock-bottom prices turns a hard sell into a “why not” and that’s where these auctions find themselves. Check’m out and get impulsive.

I would buy a Frank Quitely illustration of a photo of my girl with another man. That’s how much I love his work. But what the hell am I looking at? The female, bug, Angel? Was any effort made to make her a real character? Why does a poster of her even exist?

George Perez at not his finest moment. Is it bad? No. But is it as good as Perez gets? Hell no. Also, I lose track of which Robin people care about and which they think is stupid. This one has my vote for stupid.

This one is a little different because this person isn’t selling a single poster, but a service. They are available for poster commissions of the sort you’re currently looking at. How can you say no? Anything you want drawn, in any medium! And at that price- so worth it!

And my favorite, a promotional poster for a series so forgettable and ill-conceived that I needed a reminder not only that it exists but that series of this type still exist. Thanks, poster.

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The Hurtful Racial Epithet Known As Sabertooth!

Were you all aware of this one? The issue of Wolverine where Sabertooth is nonchalantly referred to as a certain anti-Semitic slur, you know that one? I was so far removed from Wolverine as a character and a series at this point that this controversy slipped under my radar. But here it is. Larger than life. A word you’re not supposed to say in a book read mostly by people with the intellect of 12-year-olds. Danger?

There’s two stories that float around about this little snafu. Here’s the more likely of them: Dialogue gets cut off in a copy machine mess-up, letterer does as he’s told, editor sleeps through it. Pow. Collectibility. Marvel recalled the book and most people own the corrected copy, but there are a few of these bad-boys floating around. Here’s one. Buy it… racist.

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Wolverine, Hold My Calls.

Wolverine is a lot of things. Mutant. X-Man. Wildman. Berserker. Victim of horrible experimentation rendering him a freakish killing machine. Phone.

Want to really push potential lovers out the door? Here’s a good start. A phone from 1994 featuring Wolverine on his knees holding a giant receiver. You NEED this.

Oh and this buy-it-now is new and in box. See, here’s the box.

But if saving $20 is of greater value to you than the product being new in box, try this auction on for size.

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Chaos Has Hit Me In My Face

Tornados. Wiener pics on Twitter. DC reboot.

This world is afire. I don’t understand anything, least of all my place in all of this. So I’m taking it back to a simpler time for just this one post. I’m taking back to the part of your life where you thought you could possibly ever pull this shirt off. You’d have to be younger than eighteen and a bit of late-bloomer because there is no way you’d be aware of women and still wear this. You loved playing D&D in your friend’s basement, reading comic books, and playing manhunt in a church parking lot. Wolverine was awesome.

Drift there, now, my friend. Leave this complicated world and its expectations of you behind. Come to tie-dye land.

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Cosplay is a Slippery Slope

How far a tumble is it from putting these dog-tags around your neck is it to wearing cat ears and wielding a paper-mache broadsword? Probably not as far as you think.

Be responsible. If you’re going to wear these, wear them as the finishing touch on a Wolverine Halloween costume. Don’t leave them on for work the next day. Things get out of hand quickly.

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Islands in the Sun

Sorry I’ve been absent. Just took a trip to Kingston, Jamaica, to record some music. It was cool as hell. Everyone told me Kingston was a violent ghetto, but that wasn’t my experience. It may be mostly a ghetto, but no violence befell me. In fact, I felt entirely safe during the day and felt confident anytime I was with a local. Rumors of the place being a blacker version of Madripoor from the Marvel Universe were greatly exaggerated. I encountered no gun-runners, ninjas, mutant mercenaries, or any of the other hassles Wolverine has in Madripoor. But, I sort of wish I did, so here’s an auction of a classic issue of Wolverine so we all have a shot at living my unfulfilled dream. Next time I pick an island to record on, it’ll hopefully have a strong HYDRA presence.

And here’s a Bob Marley comic. I like it for the colors on the Marvel logo alone, so I’m sure the interior is cool too.

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Rob Liefeld’s New Mutants plus Levis 501 Denim

Back in the early 90’s I remember seeing a commercial for Levi’s Jeans that featured a young up and coming artist named Rob Liefeld. The commercial was directed by none other than Spike Lee, who at the time was directing a lot of Nike’s commercials. In the background you can see images of The New Mutant comics that Rob had begun illustrating for Marvel. The title was in a major slump until Rob came along and pulled it out. Later on Rob would leave and start Image comics along with some other great artists. Rob has been no stranger to controversy his career like many other artist has been plagued with many ups and downs. But I would rather focus on some of the milestones instead. These are few of my favorite New Mutant’s issues.

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MY WHAT IF WOLVERINE FAVORITES

I really like the Marvel What If series. It allows you to see other storylines of your favorite characters. All of these Wolverine comics have good concepts. Wolverine is one of those characters that has led so many different lives and he has battled with everyone in the Marvel universe. I keep telling myself that I am going to buy one of those What If graphic novels but I have yet to get one.

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SPIDER-MAN, MANSLAUGHTERER!

Have we covered this gem here at Comic Noize? It’s on my mind because a coworker recently asked me if Spider-Man had ever killed anyone. This book sprung to mind instantly. It must have made a big impression on me in my youth.

We’ve got everything you could need in an 80’s comic book. Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the cold war. Put it in a tumbler, shake it up and you’ve got magic in a bottle. Written by Jim Owsley (the man now known as Christopher Priest) this book was concise and fun. How often are those two things paired these days? Also, Spider-Man killed someone.

Sometime soon I’m going to do a Owsley/Priest super-post because this dude is a real firebrand. The comic book profession is so full of wingnuts and nutjobs that I have to wonder where Priest falls in the spectrum. A quick bio would lead one to believe Priest is a benign weirdo, but perhaps he’s a raging psycho. Further exploration of his work/personal history will be needed before a definitive classification can be leveled against him.

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Old Man Wolverine

I think I’ve effused love for this storyline previously, but it finally hit the shelves as a collection and figured this is a good opportunity to get it out to those who prefer the format with a spine as opposed to the floppies.

A total masturbatory future/alternate world story, it’s almost hard to write one of these that isn’t fun – but it’s happened enough that when it’s done right it should still be noted. Millar did very well in the same way that a good pop song hits you on the radio. The song hits all the right notes, good cadence, simple, and instantly memorable. Millar didn’t attempt to squeeze too much minutia or detail into the book, using allusion as opposed to elaboration to get to his ends. It’s one of the keys to quality writing, but especially in the visual story telling world. With a book, you read and paint the picture in your own mind. Comics give you the picture too… so if there’s no gaps for your mind to explore, the book leaves nowhere to roam outside the frame. Old Man Logan nailed this.

Oh and Steve McNiven is the king of the mountain of artists these days. Perfect tone and pacing, ¬†and the graphic finale of this story matched that ‘instantly memorable’ quality that Millar set throughout.

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