Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Monday, 27 June 2022
Fellow Crivvies, rejoice with me. Remember the cardboard/papier-mache Yogi Bear mask I've previously mentioned owning back in my childhood? (Had it twice, on two separate occasions: First time in 1963 or '64, second in '65 or '66 - both bought from the same Woolworth's store in my local shopping centre.) I've just acquired one on eBay after the seller kindly contacted me to say he had one. Because it was such a fragile item all those years ago, I was resigned to the distinct possibility that few, if any, would've survived and I was unlikely ever to see one again, so I've never been more happy to find my pessimism was misplaced. That's one of the seller's photos above, I'll show my own photos once it arrives. Hey, I'm happier than the average eBay buyer.
Saturday, 25 June 2022
Thursday, 23 June 2022
I know all you Crivvies just love my posts about Mego 8 inch action figures (whaddya mean "He's delusional"?) so here's another one. I showed you the Spidey figure a little while back, given to me by a friend, though the left shoulder joint was broken. I managed to fix it, but it was a 'fist-fighting' figure with a little lever on the back that moved the arms and made them, when the elbows were bent, look like they were punching, so the repair, alas, turned out to be a temporary one as the robust action put too much strain on the shoulder joint and it broke again. The plastic is a little waxy, so even superglue wasn't up to the task of ensuring an effective, long-lasting repair, so - what to do?
Well, I went onto eBay and saw an old Batman fist-fighting figure, bereft of everything but his leotard. It was going for a song so I nabbed it for the purpose of transferring Spidey's head and hands onto the body. My local B&M store was selling Mego Star Trek figures for a mere £3 each, so I bought a few and put the Batman head onto one so that the head wouldn't go to waste. Why not just put the Spidey head and hands onto a new Mego figure though? Simply because Spidey's costume had a bare circle around where the lever was situated, though the Batman one didn't. Had I given Spidey a new Mego figure, he'd have had a bare space where the lever had once been. As Batman's didn't, his leotard would fully cover his back area, so it was no contest.
As to why Spider-Man had a hole in his costume to accommodate the lever and Batman (and maybe even other Mego heroes) didn't is beyond my ken, but it decided my course of action. So Spidey once again had his fist-fighting figure and Batman had an 'ordinary' one, though was missing parts of his costume. Searching the Internet, I found replica boots, gloves, utility belt, cape and bat insignia, and promptly ordered them. They arrived last week, but I was disappointed to see that the blue of the gloves and boots was too light in hue, so I've ordered more accurate blue versions from another source. The emblem you see here is a temporary one I made myself as the black area on the one I bought started flaking with the slightest handling, but a better one is on its way.
So Batman has a new body and costume accoutrements, and Spidey has an original '70s fist-fighting body exactly the same as the broken one I discarded. Bat into Spider indeed! Feel free to tell me what a talented individual I am, and confirm my own personal assessment of my undoubted genius. (What's with the "He's delusional" bit again?)
Oh, and don't worry - I'll add a new photo when Batman's proper shade of blue boots, gloves, and bat emblem are delivered.
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
|Yup, they're mine - all oh... oh... seven of them|
Sunday, 19 June 2022
Some eBay sellers continue to astound me with their attitudes and behaviour. Case in point is one by the name of Cannhall, who was selling a copy of 80 Page Giant Issue No. 1. It was unclear from his picture of the item as to whether a sticker and some creases were on the comic or the bag, so I messaged him to ask. He said he'd check when he got back home. I later received another message volunteering to send me some photos - they never came. What did come was yet another message saying he'd taken the item off sale because it had a rip up the middle of the inside of the comic. However, despite his claim the mag remained on eBay.
I contacted him again and he said he didn't know what had happened as he'd tried to take it off sale three times. Still wouldn't answer my query about the sticker and creases though. A couple or so days later, the item finally disappeared from the eBay listings, only for the same ad to reappear a few days later - with no update on the alleged rip inside. Curiously, it was now £2 cheaper. He isn't replying to any of my messages for clarification, apart from one in response to me saying that I'd reveal his 'curious' way of doing business on my blog, in which he belligerently said he'd benefit from the publicity. I rather think that folk would steer clear of such a seller, who doesn't appear to know whether an item he claims to have for sale has creases on the cover or its poly bag. Does he even have the comic?
I see he has negative feedback from a buyer saying the item he received wasn't the same one pictured (same issue number, different, lesser condition copy), so I think that says everything one needs to know about this particular seller. Definitely dodgy and one to avoid, I'd suggest.
And guess what? The seller must have another account, as, without realising it was the exact same copy, I purchased it from a differently-named seller a few weeks later. Their photo showed it unbagged, which is why I never realised it was the same item or I wouldn't have bought it.
No sign of any tear in the middle of the inside of the comic as was previously stated as to why it was (eventually) withdrawn from sale. Below is my scan of the comic after I'd done a little work on it to optimise its appearance and condition (the actual comic, not the scan).
Sunday, 12 June 2022
I recently acquired the above 1964 80 Page Giant Superman Annual Issue #1, which raises an interesting question. You see, there was an earlier Giant Superman Annual in 1960 which is nowadays retroactively referred to as #1, though I don't know if that was stated in the indicia at the time. What I do know is that it's listed that way in the indicia of the 1998 Replica Edition, but that may or may not have been its intended status in 1960 - it certainly wasn't numbered that way on the cover.
So the 1960 Giant is definitely the first Superman Annual, but until I can discover what it says in the indicia, it might not be '#1' and could well have been produced as a one-shot. The 1964 Annual was obviously conceived as the first in an occasional series, hence it being numbered on the cover, but another possibility is that it was only #1 of the 80 Page Giant series, the featured star of which could be any hero, not solely Superman. In other words, #2 could've been Batman or The Flash, for example.
The latter scenario is made the more likely when one considers that the indicia lists it as '80 Page Giant No. 1', with no mention of Superman. It also says it's published 8 times a year, so it's unlikely that every issue would be described as an Annual, probably just an 80 Page Giant. So what's the actual explanation? Don't know, to be honest, so if anyone who owns the 1960 Annual would take a look at the indicia and let me know what it says, I'd be much obliged.
In the meantime, enjoy the piccies.
|The Replica Edition has omitted the original 25c price, and, just like the original,|
isn't numbered on the cover. The Replica is thrice referred to as #1 inside though
Saturday, 11 June 2022
Just to let those in my blog list know that I operate in a reciprocal way. If I'm in your blog list, you'll be in mine. If I'm not in your blog list, then you won't be in mine either. However, if you currently are, but I'm not in yours, then this is just to say that unless that situation changes in the next few days, the link to your blog will disappear from my list. Why? I don't see why I should extend a courtesy to those who don't extend that same courtesy to me. Simple as that.
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Saturday, 4 June 2022
|Copyright DC COMICS|
There's something about Detective Comics #416 that seems awfully familiar to me as I thumb through its pages, so I think it's highly likely that I had it way back when. I'd forgotten it until seeing it recently on Super Stuff In The Bronze Age, whereupon I immediately bought a copy via eBay. It arrived on the same day as Action Comics #398 (previous post), but it's only now I've found the time to scan a few pages and let you have a look at what you're missing if you don't already have this classic from yesteryear.
Interestingly, three other titles are advertised (separately, on different pages) in this mag and they're all by Jack Kirby. The first is Mister Miracle #5, the second, Spirit World #1 (and only), and the third, Jimmy Olsen #142. However, that's by-the-by; it's the art of Frank Robbins which is the main reason for this post. Robbins was a controversial artist among readers, with some loving his art and others hating it in equal measure. It's surprising, though, just how many who weren't fans back then, now say they've since grown to appreciate (and even love) his art and storytelling.
Anyway, here are a few pages to give you a taste of the contents. Just think - only 7 and a 1/2 pence for all this. What a bargain, eh?
Wednesday, 1 June 2022
On one of my walls is a Superman poster which originally comprised two pages of a UK Annual, acquired in the very late '70s or very early '80s. I no longer recall where I got the Annual from, but I don't think it was new, so I either obtained it from a jumble sale, was given it by someone, or bought it mail-order from a comics dealer because it piqued my curiosity. This was before eBay and the like, so I know for a fact that it wasn't purchased in that manner.
It couldn't have impressed me too much, hence my decision to remove the poster pages, tape them together to hang on my wall, and then give the Annual to a pal who didn't mind the absence of the couple of story pages on the reverse side of the poster. Thing is, I never got to adorn my wall with it until I moved to a new house in '83, and it wasn't until I moved back to my former house in '87 that the poster finally graced the wall it was intended for in the first place.
Do you care? Of course not, but bear with me. Two or three years back (or thereabouts) I scanned the poster and printed it out on a single sheet of card, then replaced the original with its brand-spanking new doppelganger, which still resides in the same spot today. But guess what? I'd always assumed that the illo had been culled and isolated from an internal comics panel for its transformation into a poster, but last week I found out that my assumption was mistaken.
Superman had actually been lifted from the cover of Action Comics #398, which I saw on eBay and bought straight away. I was familiar with the main story (but not the back up) as it had been reprinted in Superman From The '30s To The '70s, but this was the first time I'd seen the illustration in its first published form. It arrived yesterday, and it's good to finally have the original incarnation of a picture which has adorned a wall in my current home for 35 years.
How's that for a game of soldiers? Anyway, not much of a tale perhaps, but I felt compelled to tell it anyway. You can't complain - you got in here for free.