Monday, March 30, 2009

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #1 (Gold Key, August 1979)

One of the books I'm eagerly awaiting is the upcoming revisionist take on the classic sci-fi property Buck Rogers coming out of Dynamite Entertainment early this summer....

So, for this installment, I figured I'd share a look at my generation's interpretation of Buck...the comic book adaptation of the late 1970s NBC television series....

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Buck Rogers #1 CBR file

Monday, March 23, 2009

Blitzkrieg (DC Comics, 1976)

There was some odd things that DC was experimenting with during their mid-1970s "Explosion!"...and this title was one of 'em. I can remember seeing ads for this book in mid-1970s back issues I'd run across when I was a kid and wonder what the deal was....

From Wikipedia:

Blitzkrieg was a short-lived 1970s war-themed comic book published by DC Comics.

The focus of the series was an anthology of World War II stories featuring soldiers of Nazi Germany as well as the civilians resisting or victimized by the regime.

Unlike the more famous stories of the German World War I flying ace, Hans von Hammer, a.k.a. The Enemy Ace, the stories in this series kept an unambiguously negative tone against the World World II German military. The series was also notable for its strong (for the time) depictions of violence and gruesome images.

My interest in Tarintino's upcoming film, Ingloriuos Basterds, is what spurred on my revisitation of this series...

This flick looks like it's gonna be The Dirty Dozen on PCP....which translates to "awesome" in my book..

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Blitzkrieg #1-#5 ZIP file

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Adventures of Big Boy #1 (Big Boy Restaurants , 1955)

An open letter to eBay, from the Hong Kong Cavalier-

Dear eBay,

Thank you yet again for indulging yet another binge of impulse spending brought on by crushing depression-inducing nostalgia. The other day while dining in one of our fine local Frisch's Big Boy Restaurants (of which there are several here in Ohio....they're kinda like Ohio's answer to Canada's fine Tim Horton's establishments....practically one within a stone's throw of anywhere you might be), I came to a sudden realization....none of the local Big Boy joints offer a staple of my childhood, The Adventures of Big Boy comic books. So thank you for allowing me the opportunity to spend an arm and a leg on the following examples of Americana.

Signed (XOXOXO)- The Hong Kong Cavalier

P.S.- As if I didn't already have enough worthless junk in my house already....

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The Adventures of Big Boy #1 CBZ file

Big Boy Menu (circa 1950s) CBZ file

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Galactus Trilogy (F.F. vol. #48-#50)

One of the prized possessions amongst my comic book collection is a very nice, VF/NM condition set of the Galactus Triliogy that I paid an arm and a leg for. I absolutely love this story, and feel it's the point at which Lee and Kirby really hit their stride in the now fabled "Marvel Age of Comics" during the Silver Age.

One of the biggest disappointments for me is when Hollywood decided to adapt this storyline to a feature film (2007's Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer), they didn't try and depict Galactus is all his purple tuning fork helmet glory, but instead opted for a giant magic space cloud that just kinda hinted at it....

So, anyways....I was recently rewatching some episodes of the 1967 Hanna-Barbera Fantastic Four cartoon, and felt compelled to share not only Galactus' first appearance, but his first appearance on film (in any medium), episode 15 of The Fantastic Four (Hanna-Barbera, 1967), "Galactus"....

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Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #48-#50 ZIP file

Fantastic Four (1967) Episode 15: "Galactus" AVI file

Monday, March 9, 2009

Marvel Super Special #17- Xanadu

Here's yet another attempt to adapt a musical to comics format.....and it's almost as disasterous as the film itself. Enjoy!

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