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Sunday, September 07, 2008
  Posted by Tom on 9/07/2008 09:51:00 PM :

       day-glow inflatable AK47 goodtime

Wow what a surreal day in Jumbo. I think this new haul was worth the *mild razzing I got over my support for Obama. I'll be happy when we're finally done going through the old house. It's starting to get annoying because I guess I've completely blocked out parts of my childhood. I went through even more crap up in my old room. The old house is beginning to wreak from the mold taking over. Worthless baseball cards littered both mine and my brother's former bedrooms. Tattered faded posters plastered all over the walls. My brother went through his modest comics collection. He gave me his complete one year run of Simonson's Thor, a random copy of New Mutants and a pristine copy of Super Powers #6. Let's look shall we...

I scanned up a couple of my favorite pages. Kirby really seemed enamored with circular panels in this one. I kept staring at this one because it looks like I just bought it the day before. Shame this is later Kirby. Great find.

I'm totally making a nice blow up of this page for the studio. Warlock was by far the coolest looking character to come out of the eightie's. Anyone want to guess who the inker is on this issue? The Juice is loose.

*Apparently this is a huge shift as for generations, Williams' have been Republicans. Ever since I came out as a democrat to my parents, you would think I told them I was gay. Geesh. My great grandmother seriously 'took a picture of JFK to the outhouse for toilet paper'. WTF?! Was that supposed to 'win' me over. Cripes.


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Monday, July 14, 2008
  Posted by Tom on 7/14/2008 11:35:00 PM :

       The Return of I.C.F.J.

Yes friends, we return quicker than it takes Bryan Hitch to crap out an issue. It Came From Jumbo is back!

This is the oldest comic I've found in my stinky collection of comics from Jumbo. A reprint from 1979 by Whitman. There are some unexplained pages cut out of it and I think I scrawled something in pencil on the beginning page. What it says I have no idea. I was four or five at the time I probably was handed this. Not only does Hal come off like a complete dick in this cover, it ends with Hal bedding some chick at the end. Don't believe me.. here's the last page.

That's fun for all ages. Gives a whole new meaning to power ring. Snap.


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Sunday, August 19, 2007
  Posted by Tom on 8/19/2007 09:13:00 AM :

       It came from Jumbo

Some new Marvel Zombies crap.. or not. I think this was one of those 6 pack deals (hence the lack of UPC on the front maybe). I just like the Sal Buscema cover. The mask treatment on this panel is pretty cool without being too much like Venom or Carnage. Did I mention how much I hate Venom and Carnage?

DC gets in on the cover action too. Though the interiors disappoint once you view the inside. It's a downright Crisis! This issue seems like an exercise in how many heroes one can cram in an issue. It's one giant fight scene in this one. I could never keep up with the plot threads going thruout the Superman titles. The lack of a reliable outlet. Now I don't have the tolerance for these crossover plotlines. Maybe I never did.


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Saturday, August 11, 2007
  Posted by Tom on 8/11/2007 10:57:00 AM :

       It came from Jumbo

Batman 541. August 1984. For me this was an early tour de force of page layout. The whole issue is drawn by Gene Colan (though he's credited as a writer). With exception to the lame Shawn McManus Green Arrow in the back, This issue explodes right out the gate with a great cover. Batman chases Penguin across an arctic wasteland. Unfortunate for me, this is part two of a story that continued from Detective. Maybe I'll run across it in a 50 cent bin someday.


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Sunday, August 05, 2007
  Posted by Tom on 8/05/2007 07:10:00 PM :

       It came from Jumbo

I can say that yes, I do own a Superman comic drawn by Curt Swan. This lil gem came out in `81, penned by Marv Wolfman. Another lame Superman can't fight magic story. But damn it it looks pretty. Even the Aquaman filler looks great. I'm fuzzy as to whether I bought this one or my cousins gave it to me.

edit: I went and looked up the wiki on Airwave. I had no idea.


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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
  Posted by Tom on 7/31/2007 09:31:00 PM :

       It Came from J-U-M-B-O

House of Ideas my ass, here's a cover shot of a What If? comic. The cover says it all. Since I've been slacking on this new thread here's a lovely Jack Kirby Superman..

One of many great pieces from the 400th anniversary issue of Superman. One of my old favorites. It's a fluke that I even scored the thing at the drug store. An untouched pin-up by Jack Kirby.


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Sunday, July 22, 2007
  Posted by Tom on 7/22/2007 04:09:00 PM :

       It came from Jumbo!

My mom's been cleaning out the old house and that can only mean one thing: buried treasure. There's a wealth of uber bad stuff and some real gems. In the coming weeks I'll be posting some of each because this is too good not to. Things I noticed was there was a wealth of Roger Stern, late Carmine Infantino, a complete Crisis collection, an untouched Kirby drawing of Superman, etc. Being as I had no access to a regular comic shop means huge gaps in issues. A suprize for me was alot of Ron Lim and Silvestri books. Some Detective covers done by Scott Hampton. Anyway I'm rambling here. Kicking things off is this lil' piece of awesome..

My cousin's husband passed over this one while he was looking for GIJOE comics ( I had already grabbed those five years ago) to ape for his ceramic busts. Who wouldn't want a ceramic bust done of Emperor Cheney.

The stats aren't nearly as impressive as now.


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