Seeing Double 2

That wacky Wonder Woman...
She's at it again!! Just can't stop playin' wit' herself!

Wonder Woman (1st series) 59.
May 1953

Wonder Woman (1st series) 84.
August 1956

Wonder Woman (1st series) 98.
May 1958

Wonder Woman (1st series) 115.
July 1960

Tiff's Back

I've always liked Tiffany, even when it wasn't cool to do so (and maybe it's still not, I don't know). She released her 7th album this month and it's pretty good. The woman can sing. Here's the video for the first single. I love it. LOVE. IT.


Comics in my Future:

Here's what's coming this Friday:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - OMNIBUS VOL . 1 TPB - I mostly got this one to see the adaptation of the movie which is (I believe) set in the WB/SMG Buffyverse. At the very least, it's supposed to be a more accurate version of Joss Whedon's script.
SHE-HULK 2 #19 - Yeah, I'm kinda over this. Even Peter David coming on board isn't getting me back. John Byrne maybe, luckily I don't have to worry about that ever happening.


Countdown 45. June 20 2007

Donna Troy ain't nobody's bitch:

And it appears that a Mr. Mind-Multiverse-munch trumps a Superboy-punch, because in "History of the Multiverse - Chapter 5" we find that Superboy-Prime has apparently been excised from the History of the DC Universe.

The Landlord

I'm not the biggest fan of Will Ferrel. But this is just so damn cute. Makes me "laugh out loud" every time I watch it. I can't imagine whose face it won't at least put a smile on. Pearl rocks!
Video and Code Provided by WhoIsTheMonkey.com


It worked so well the first time...

Every now and then, a comic book cover becomes iconic and inspires artists to do their own riff on it. Some people call it swipes, but I think it's more homage. When the source material is so well known and so obvious, the repeating artist is not trying to say "Hey, look at my all-new original idea!" They're paying tribute to the original. A swipe is when an artist copies someone else's work and tries to act like they didn't. That's my opinion.

Anyway: When George Perez drew the cover for the first issue of The New Teen Titans back in 1980...who knew? Probably no one. Because no one paid homage to it for 16 years. And then it was George paying homage to himself. But boy did that open up the flood gates. Take a look:

New Teen Titans (1st series) 1.
November 1980

New Titans 130.
February 1996

Titans Secret Files and Origins 1.

10th Muse (vol 2) 1.
July 2002

Teen Titans (3rd series) 1
2nd print. September 2003

New Teen Titans: Terror of Trigon TPB. 2003

Teen Titans (3rd series) 25.
August 2005

Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide: 35th Edition. 2005

Transformers: Beast Wars: The Gathering 1. June 2006

Teen Titans (3rd series) 41.
January 2007


Seeing Double

Wonder Woman tends to like to be around herself...a lot. Here are a few covers where one Wonder Woman just wasn't enough:
Wonder Woman (1st series) 37.
September 1945
Sensation Comics 96.
March 1950
Wonder Woman (1st series) 48.
July 1951
Wonder Woman (3rd series) 9.
July 2007
Okay, yeah, the last one isn't technically seeing double, since Hippolyta is actually a complete, seperate character from Diana. But I can't let a month go by without shouting out to one of my favorite covers!! And there are two Wonder Woman. And it's my blog. So, go me!!


Uncanny X-Men 151. November 1981

My last Adventure Con post...

As I was flipping through a box, I came upon this one. I was like "OOH!! I remember you!" This was my first X-Men comic.

Remember how I said I was a big ol' DC geek? Well, I did in an earlier post, but I'm not gonna go back and look for it, LOL. Anyway, this started about a decade of my venturing into the Marvel Universe...and it was all DC's fault!!

Back at this time, X-Men was the number 1 selling comic. The number 2 selling comic was DC's New Teen Titans, which was my favorite comic at the time. Well, the letters pages in NTT had mentioned a couple of times that Marvel and DC were going to do a cross-over between the Titans and the X-Men. That left me with a dilemma: When the team-up came out, I wouldn't know who half the characters were!! So, even though I had almost no interest in them whatsoever, I had to at least have a slight working knowledge of who the X-Men were. When I went to the comics shop, this was the lastest issue.

OMG! I loved it! So I bought the next one, and the next one. Within a couple months I started picking up back issues! That led me to the amazing John Byrne artwork. I had to have more, I found Byrne on Fantastic Four...so I started buying that! And She-Hulk, and Alpha Flight. Then came New Mutants, Excalibur... I pretty much started buying quite a few Marvels for awhile.

Eventually, I was down to just X-Titles. When they started having too many and the quality started suffering, I pretty much faded off of them.

But back in the 80s, X-Men rocked! And Jim Sherman's art was pretty cool, too. I was kinda disappointed that he only did 151 and 152, but I still was lovin' me some X-Men!


Adventure Comics 370/Plastic Man 18

Here are a couple of comics I picked up at Adventure Con for no more interesting reason than curiosity...
Adventure Comics 370. July 1968

I grabbed this one because Insect Queen was on the cover.

I'd known that Lana had had adventures as the Insect Queen. And I knew that they'd involved the Legion. But I never thought that she'd actually been on a cover alongside them. I guess since Legion rules were that your powers had to be "organic" and not from a device (like Lana's ring), that she wasn't really a major player or something.

Anyway, I just thought it was interesting that she was on the cover, so I picked it up. $3 was a good enough deal for that.

Another $3 Silver-Ager: Plastic Man 18. (Super Comics)

When I first spotted this one, I thought it was an issue of DC's Plastic Man series from the 60s. Then I realized that it has the Super Comics logo and not the DC logo on the cover. That made it all the more intriguing.

I knew Super Comics had done a bunch of unauthorized reprints in the 50s and 60s, but I don't think I was aware that Plastic Man was one of them.

There are 4 stories in this book, but only one features Plastic Man. The others are a comedy strip called "Candy," a Will Eisner "The Spirit" story and one featuring the original "Manhunter."

I did a little research on this one. This is issue #18, but Super only published 3 issues: Numbers 11, 16 and 18. Not sure what the methodology was with this. Didn't dig quite that deep. HA!

Okay, bye.

Comics I Got Today

Well, I forgot to do the "Comics in my Future," so here's what came today:

All-New Atom #12
Birds of Prey #107

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4
Countdown #47
Justice League Unlimited #34
Nightwing #133
Supergirl #18
Supernatural: Origins #2
Welcome to Tranquility #7

and Free Comic Book Day Editions:
  • Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #1
  • Nexus
  • The Astounding Wolfman #1
  • Worlds of Aspen


Adventure Con Swag

I didn't buy a lot at the con, but here's some of the deals that I got:

DC Pocket Super Heroes. This line was discontinued, but I liked it. I never bought a lot of them when they were new, but at the con I grabbed a bunch for only $2.50 a piece! 75% off!! Woot. DC Mini-Mates. This is the line that replaced the Pocket Super Heroes. I like these, too. Haven't bought any until now. I don't know why. I'm not sure what they sell for, probably about $10. I got all 3 of these for $20. JLA Huntress figure and Batman Die-Cast. I probably already have the Huntress somewhere in storage, and I'm not sure what I needed the Batman and Robin for (although they are kinda cute), but I figured for $2.50 a pop, what the heck!! Adventure Con T-shirt. I wasn't gonna buy one of these, didn't want to spend $20 on one. But on my way out, they'd lowered the price to $10, so I figured, "What the hell?"


Adventure Con pics - 6.03.2007

I didn't take a lot of pictures at the con because I'm so damn shy and didn't want to ask anyone. I mostly just jumped in when other people were taking pictures. But here are the few that turned out.
These are some Star Wars characters. I don't know. I'm not big on Star Wars, but there were a lot of them there.
A bunch of costumed people trying to decide how to pose for the cameras. Rogue came up with the DC vs. Marvel idea. Although they could've executed it better. Obviously not a group of actors...play for the camera!!! Catwoman, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, Kitty Pride, Cyclops (without his visor) and Rogue.
A couple more random shots. Supergirl, Catwoman and Robin. Kitty Pride, Supergirl and Han Solo.

Okay, the end.

Joe Staton drawing Donna Troy

Here's a pic of Joe Staton drawing my Donna Troy pic at Adventure Con. One of the few pics that I took that turned out okay. I only took 10, and 3 of them aren't worth showing. I'll put up the others later. But this one needed to be first because I love the pic and Joe was a great, friendly guy!!


Donna Troy by Joe Staton

Okay, so I went to Adventure Con today.
Bought a few comics. Picked up some DC Pocket Super Heroes for $2.50 a pack! And some DC Mini-Mates for $7.
But the best thing was this picture I got Joe Staton to draw for me!!
Yay, I have my very own Donna Troy!!
Unfortunately, until I saw the pic, I didn't realize that the reference I gave him didn't include a clear shot of the eagle on her chocker, so that's kinda not there. But I don't care, really. I LOVE IT!!!
I was planning on having Andy Smith do one, but he wasn't overly friendly really. And when I asked he said he was about to go to lunch. I offered to come back, he said around 2:30. So I got back there at about 2:45 and he still wasn't there. About 10 minutes later they announced he was doing a signing at the main entrance table. Around 3:45 I came back past Artist Alley and he was packing up to leave. Oh well.
I got one from Joe Staton, and he was just the nicest guy in the world. Constantly had a smile on his face. I even picked up a copy of Digital Webbing's E-Man #1 and he signed it. That was cool, too.
I'll have a bit more on the con in a later post. Right now, I'm tired and going to bed.


Wonder Woman 298. December 1982

I don't have any major emotional memories with this one. Sorry. The thing I remember about this cover was someone else's reaction to it.

There was a review in Comics Buyers' Guide when it came out. I can't remember who wrote it, either Don or Maggie Thompson, but they really did not like it.

I remember them writing that this was the last issue of Wonder Woman they were going to read, because they hated when the skeleton of a super hero was used on a cover like this. I can't remember why they despised it so much, but they did.

They used the word "tripe" in their review. Something to the effect that they didn't like "this kind of tripe." I had never heard that word before, so I had to look it up. The first meaning was a cow's stomach, or somesuch. The second meaning was "rubbish," which I'm sure was what they were going for, heh.

But, hey, all in all, I learned a new word! LOL!

Super Heroes in Knoxville

Well, you could color me all kinds of surprised when I saw this picture on the entertainment section of the Knoxville News Sentinel yesterday:

I knew that Adventure Con was this weekend (I'm planning on going tomorrow), but I just didn't expect this. Not to mention: All the advertising that I've seen until now has completely downplayed the comics aspect. They've had ads at the movie theaters the last few times I went, but they played up the sci-fi aspect and all the stars. If you breathed wrong you missed the fleeting mention of comic books.

So this was kinda cool. They even had two articles about the con. One featuring an interview with Ethan Van Sciver. Not too shabby.

You can see the black and white line art on artist Andy Smith's MySpace page.
You can read an article about Adventure Con at KnoxNews.com.
And here's Adventure Con's website.