Aug 31, 2013

Thugs can't tell it's not bacon.

Seriously, don't.

You guys remember the Punisher Armory, right?  Ten issues of loving descriptions of every firearm, edged weapon, and explosive device in the Punisher's arsenal.  Jeez, ten issues.  People sure loved the Punisher in the '90s.  But even that exhaustive tome didn't cover one of the most devastating weapons in Frank Castle's one-man war on crime. Read on to learn more.

Aug 9, 2013

Soundwave is BLUE?

This is a little piece of ephemera that's not going to be of any surprise to most people, but which will hurt other people's brains a little bit. You see in the Marvel Transformers comic books Soundwave (one of the more famous Transformers) wasn't blue, he was purple.

At least in the American Marvel Transformers comic.

In the UK comic he was purple for the reprints they did of American stories, but for UK-originated stories they made him blue! Just like the cartoon.

And the toy.

Except... One time they did redeco him from his original American colouring:

Wow! That hurts my brain.

Aug 6, 2013

80-Pagecast 11: The Gang's All Here.

Hey hey! It's 80 Page-Cast's first ever 4-person podcast! Don't expect these every week! (Mostly the Australian is probably going to be lazy and not show up.)

This week we talked about Bear Cancer, 2000AD, robot feels and of course our main topic, "Everything you knew about them was WRONG!!" Oh, and there was that thing at the end where we look at an obscure Marvel character.

Field Guide after the jump, including some important visual links.

Aug 5, 2013

Creepin' Creeps

"Meet the Men Behind the Creeper," a text piece from 1968’s Showcase #73, the issue that introduced DC’s jester of justice himself - the Creeper! As usual, Steve Ditko is ridiculously tight-lipped about his personal life, so instead we get an in-depth look at Creeper’s co-creator, Don Segall. So far as I have discerned, “The Coming of the Creeper" and a single Inferior Five story were Segall’s only work at DC, with the rest of his time in comics spent at Tower and Dell (where he wrote about half of Kona, Monarch of Monster Isle, and may have created Dell’s bizarre superheroic versions of Dracula and Frankenstein).

After the initial Creeper story, Segall apparently left comics for television writing. Sadly, he passed away in 1994, but master comics historian Mark Evanier has a lovely write-up on him here.