Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gary Gianni's The MonsterMen (1999, Dark Horse Comics)

For decades, the skull of the world's most dangerous necromancer has been guarded in a secret Tibetan monastery. Now the whereabouts of the skull have been discovered by creatures who would use it to awaken its former owner. Now Benedict, boneweary after five centuries of battling for the Order of Corpus Monstrum, heads into the Himalayas to take possession of the skull, but not before confronting the monstrous Yeti, while St. George, millionaire film mogul, falls off the side of a mountain. Eisner Award winner Gary Gianni (Batman Black & White, Solomon Kane) breaks out of the pages of Hellboy with his bizarre adventure team in their first feature presentation. Mike Mignola provides a backup: "Goodbye Mister Tod," in which Hellboy battles a horrible thing that's coming out of a guy's mouth.

I remember really digging this book (and it's cast of characters, which I first discovered via the back-up published in various Hellboy projects), and had hoped Gianni would follow up on it, but I believe he hasn't. It's a shame, too..

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Vigilante- 1947 Columbia Pictures Cliffhanger Serial Ad Campaign Mat

I'm a HUGE fan of Greg Saunders, the Golden Age Vigilante...have been since I was a kid and read All-Star Squadron #29, which was Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway's re-telling of the origin of the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Love, love, love the character. Probably my favorite DC character of all time.

I'm also a HUGE fan of the now-bygone cinematic format of the cliffhanger serial. One of the things that has always made me sad is that the 1947 Columbia Pictures serial based on the character has never been made available in any form of home video format, be it VHS or DVD. Gray market bootleg copies of the serial have existed since the 1980s on VHS, and recently I discovered someone had made digital video file transfers from one of these VHSs, so those are floating around out there in bittorrent land, for those interested and devoted enough to find them....

Well, on a whim, I stop by a local home having a yardsale, and discover a cardboard box containing old lobbycards and advertising campaign "mats" (studio marketting used to send out press packets to newspapers around the country containing these, which were basically ad copy to be used by local theatres to promote releases)....and this is what I found for one measley dollar....

It must be for a re-release of the serial, because it's copyright dated 1957....but, still...for a Vigilante fan like felt like fate had led me to that box.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Filmation's Ghostbusters (First Comics, 1986)

When I was 10 in 1984, the film Ghostbusters debuted and blew me away. I absolutely loved it...but the animated tie-in produced a few years later, The REAL Ghostbusters...not so much.

What's weird is what I did take a liking to....Filmation's answer to it (and they're attempt at holding onto the copyright to the name "Ghostbusters")....Filmation's ORIGINAL Ghostbusters...

Here's some info, via Wikipedia:
Ghostbusters (later called Filmation's Ghostbusters) was an animated television series created by Filmation and distributed by Tribune Broadcasting and launched following the success of Ivan Reitman and Columbia Pictures' 1984 film Ghostbusters. It ran from September 8 to December 5, 1986 in daytime syndication and produced 65 episodes. The cartoon was based on a live-action television show from 1975-1976 titled The Ghost Busters. It is not to be confused with the animated show The Real Ghostbusters, which was based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters. Columbia Pictures had to obtain the rights to the name from Filmation for its film, and after Ghostbusters was a hit, Filmation went into production with its animated series based on the characters from its series. The series is technically called simply "Ghostbusters", but home video releases use the name "Filmation's Ghostbusters" to avoid confusion. Reruns of the show are scheduled to air on the qubo channel in Fall 2010, and on the Retro Television Network in October 2010

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fright Night #1 (Now Comics, 1988)

I can remember in 1988 when Now Comics made their big push into newsstand sales, and this was one of the first books to make it there. The first few issues are a fairly decent adaptation of the first film, and then it would go on to follow the continuing adventures of the vampire killing duo of Charlie and Peter St. Vincent...