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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hey!! Kids Comics: Batman 311 (1979)

Batman, Vol. 40, No. 311


Cover date: May 1979

Cover artists: José Luis García-López & Tatjana Wood

"Dr. Phosphorus Is Back!"

Writer: Steve Englehart
Penciller: Irv Novick
Inker: Frank McLaughlin
Colorist: Glynis Oliver
Letterer: Ben Oda
Editor: Paul Levitz
Executive Editor: Joe Orlando

Plot: Batman teams with Batgirl to take on Dr. Phosphorus, who threatens to "reign over all" in Gotham City.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Hey!! Kids Comics: Shogun Warriors 1 (1979)

Shogun Warriors, Vol. 1, No. 1


Cover date: Feburary 1979

Cover artists: Herb Trimpe & Al Milgrom

"Raydeen!"

Writer: Doug Moench
Penciller: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Andy Yanchus
Letterer: Jim Novak
Editor: Allen Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Plot: Introducing the Guardians of World Freedom - the Shogun Warriors. Massive giant robots, forged by the technology of the future, and piloted by the bravest heroes the world has ever known. Raydeen battles the colossal might of Rok-Korr!

Monday, September 7, 2020

ROM the Space Knight (Parker Bros. 1979)

ROM Spaceknight
ROM Spaceknight
Here, on a bright new horizon, stands a figure of modern electronic technology. He is Rom – a creation with powers you can hardly imagine.

Through the magic of advanced circuitry, Rom’s electronic features and accessories create striking effects in sound and light. Sparked by these innovations, a child’s imagination will soar.

Parker Brothers welcomes you to an age of microelectronic lights, sounds and excitement.

The age of Rom has come!

Hey!! Kids Comics: ROM Spaceknight 1 (1979)

ROM, Vol. 1, No. 1


Cover date: December 1979

Cover artists: Frank Miller & Joe Rubinstein

"Arrival!"

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciller: Sal Buscema
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Editor: Jo Duffy
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Plot: The brave Spaceknights of Galador defeated the evil sorcery and super-science of the Dire Wraiths, scattering them to the furthest reaches of the galaxy. For over two centuries, ROM, the greatest of these Spaceknights, has pursued the Dire Wraiths across the cosmos. Now this eternal struggle has spilled over to Earth as ROM has arrived in Clairton, a small West Virginia town.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Out and About: A Visit to the Comic Shop

Recently we got sick of being at home and decided to venture out again. What better place to go than Memphis' premier comics shop -- Comics and Collectibles!

Located at 4730 Poplar Ave, Ste 2 in Memphis, TN, Comics and Collectibles has been open in east Memphis for more than 20 years and has arguably the largest selection of comic books, graphic novels, role playing gear, and related toys in the Mid-South!

Comics and Collectibles also has a web presence with both a Facebook and a blog.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Hey!! Kids Comics: Superman 329 (1978)

Superman, Vol. 40, No. 329


Cover date: November 1978

Cover artists: Ross Andru and Dick Giordano

"I Have Met The Enemy... And He Is Me!"

Writer: Martin Pasko
Penciller: Curt Swan
Inker: Frank Chiaramonte
Colorist: Adrienne Roy
Letterer: Jean Simek
Editor: Julius Schwartz

Plot: Superman, while trying to figure out how to stop the Kryptonoid before it conquers the entire world, discovers a tragic secret about the creature that could give him just the break he needs in order to defeat it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Hey!! Kids Comics: Superman 328 (1978)

Superman, Vol. 40, No. 328


Cover date: October 1978

Cover artists: José Luis García-López and Dick Giordano

"Attack of the Kryptonoid"

Writer: Martin Pasko
Penciller: Curt Swan
Inker: Frank Chiaramonte
Colorsist: Adrienne Roy
Letterer: Ben Oda
Editor: Julius Schwartz

Plot: A commensal mico-organism from Krypton fuses with the body of a Superman robot and a one-armed general who blames Superman for the loss of his limb. The composite being, who calls himself the Kryptonoid, attacks Superman.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Hey!! Kids Comics: Superman Annual 9 (1983)

DC comics released the Superman Annual No. 9 in 1983, the first annual for Superman published since 1964! This also the first Superman Annual to feature original content instead of reprints of older stories. With a cover, by Gil Kane, this issue has a feature story and back up story.

1. "Villain! Villain! Who's Got the Villain?"
Written by Elliot S! Maggin, penciled by Alex Toth, inked by Terry Austin, colored by Tom Ziuko and lettered by Gaspar

2. "I Flew with Superman!"
Written, penciled and inked by Curt Swan, colored by Anthony Tollin, lettered by John Costanza, plotted by Cary Bates and copied by Elliot S! Maggin.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Super Powers: Batman's Wayne Foundation Playset

Here is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, recreate the Mego Wayne Foundation Playset for the Super Powers Collection.

What a lot of folks may not know or remember is that in 1970s during the Bronze Age of comics Batman relocated his entire base of operations into the very heart of Gotham City!

After Dick (Robin) Grayson left for college at Hudson University, Batman decided he needed to be closer to the city to fight crime so as Bruce Wayne he became more involved in the day to day operations of the Wayne Foundation and moved from Stately Wayne Manor to the penthouse of the Wayne Foundation Building in downtown Gotham City. The Wayne Foundation is a charitable organization created in memory of Bruce's Father Dr. Thomas Wayne.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Super Powers Batcave Revisited

Today I decided to get the Batcave Command Center Playset out and set it up for a while... there are some minor changes from the last time though... A few of the decals were replaced with different decals and a mat for the floor was added.

I found a little metal tea set that I thought would be perfect for Alfred. Alfred is always bringing something like this down to the cave for Bruce and Dick!

The Penny, Joker Card, and Batcomputer can be found in papercraft templates gallery of my deviantArt page.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Golden Pharaoh

PRINCE OF THE PYRAMIDS

British archaeologist Ashley Halberstam was working on a dig in Giza, Egypt, when he was struck by a mystical bolt of energy that emanated from a lab run by the New Gods. The bolt transformed Halberstam into Golden Pharaoh conferring upon him the "Power of the Pyramids," as channeled through his magical pyramid staff. Virtuous and heroic by nature, Halberstam has joined the Super Powers Team and the New Gods in their eternal struggle against the evil machinations of Darkseid and the legions of Apokolips.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Lastest updates (Ghostbusters & Super Powers)

So I have been kind of busy and I haven't had a chance to post anything for last few days, so I decided to put this out there...

I haven't finished the reviews of the Kenner Super Powers Collection 3rd wave figures because I am missing one! That one would be Golden Pharaoh! Have no fear though, I just bought one from a seller on a group that I am in. I am just waiting for it to get here, so expect that review along with all the pics and extra goodies you expect in a few days! This figure will actually complete the loose collection that I started a couple of years ago!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Cyclotron

THE COMPUTERIZED CRIMEFIGHTER

Cyclotron was an android built by Superman. He was then programmed with the knowledge of all the powers and weaknesses of every superhero and supervillain in order to be the Justice League's tactician.

He was created in the hopes that he would be able to anticipate the next moves a villain would make based on their prior tendencies. He could also recognize heroes unfamiliar to the rest of the League. However, Cyclotron was capable of little independent thought.

Kenner Super Powers Samurai

LORD OF THE WINDS

Seeking to create more super-heroes to help in the defense of New Genesis from the forces of Apokolips and Darkseid, the New Gods chose History Professor Toshio Eto. Bathed in a strange beam of light, Eto was granted the ability to manipulate wind.

By saying "Kaze no Yō ni Hayaku!" (Translation: Swift As The Wind!), he can fly by creating a small tornado around his lower body and can conjure powerful gusts from his hands that can knock back even large objects. Using his new found powers and wielding a blade of energy, Eto now fights against the forces of evil as the super hero, Samurai!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Mr. Freeze

THE FROZEN FELON

Mr. Freeze is a rogue scientist whose design for an "ice gun" backfires when he inadvertently spills cryogenic chemicals on himself, resulting in him being unable to survive at temperatures above sub-zero. In order to survive outside, a special refrigeration suit was designed for himself. Combined with his suit, his strength and durability are augmented to superhuman levels!

Fueled by the desire to make the rest of the world as cold and miserable as he is, Mr. Freeze's crimes are planned around the specific theme of ice and cold, freezing areas around him, often including anyone who gets in his way. This includes not only those trying to stop him, but also any unfortunate bystanders that happen to be around as well!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Cyborg

THE STEEL SENTINEL

While visiting his parents at S.T.A.R. Labs, Victor Stone witnessed an experiment conducted by his mother and father go horribly wrong! With Vic's mother dead, and much of Vic's own body destroyed, Vic's father Silas, crippled with guilt about what had happened, saved his nearly dead son by replacing Vic's damaged body parts with cybernetic replacements.. These replacements left most of his body, including half his face, encased in molybdenum steel. Cybernetic parts were grafted to Vic’s organs, and computerized synthetic nerve bases were attached to his spinal column. Upon recovery, Vic, horrified at what he had become, blamed his father for not allowing him to simply die. Unable to pursue his sports dreams and having lost most of his old friends, Vic lived a lonely existence until joining the Teen Titans. Now he has a new purpose in life, fighting crime as the super heroic Cyborg!

Friday, June 12, 2020

RIP Dennis (Denny) O'Neil

Dennis “Denny” O’Neil, best known for writing and editing Batman comic books, died on June 11 of natural causes. He was 81.

O’Neil wrote “Batman,” “Detective Comics” and “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight” in addition to serving as an editor for DC’s Batman-related comic books from 1986 until 2000. Along with editor Julius Schwartz and artist Neal Adams, O’Neil helped to bring Batman back to his original, more ominous persona after the 1960s “Batman” TV series had a campier take on the superhero.

Teaming up with artist Neal Adams, O’Neil also reinvigorated the characters of Green Arrow and Green Lantern by pairing them up as best friends and “hard-traveling heroes” who traversed the United States together righting wrongs while exploring complex issues of politics and social justice in the 1970s – one of the first comic book runs to tackle these issues in such a way.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Shazam

THE WORLD'S MIGHTIEST MORTAL

Chosen for being pure of heart by the powerful wizard Shazam, young Billy Batson gains incredible powers whenever he speaks the wizard's name. Billy works as an idealistic news reporter for WHIZ radio, but whenever he speaks the name "SHAZAM" magical lighting transforms him into an adult champion for good, Captain Marvel. The powers he has been granted include S for the wisdom of Solomon, H for the strength of Hercules, A for the stamina of Atlas, Z for the power of Zeus, A for the courage of Achilles, and M for the speed of Mercury.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Hardee's California Raisins Promotional Figurines

In 1986 a commercial appeared on television for the California Raisin Advisory Board in which a group of singing, dancing, anthropomorphized raisins sang and danced to the 1968 Marvin Gaye song, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

These little guys later went on to launch a sensational career for themselves! Combined with more TV ads, and even a music album, The California Raisins Sing the Hit Songs, the Raisins’ images were everywhere, and a cultural phenomenon was born.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Tyr

THE MERCILESS MERCENARY

Tyr, one of the greatest of the warlords of the planet Tyrraz, is one the Legion of Superheroes' most vicious adversaries. Besides his enhanced strength and cunning, Tyr also boasts a cybernetic, semi-sentient gun-arm with the ability to function and move independently, firing incredible energy blasts, strong enough to stagger even the strongest of his enemies. Tyr's gun-arm also has the ability to open spatial-warps stargates. After his many defeats in the 30th Century at the hands of the Legion of Superheroes, Tyr has traveled back in time to become a gun for hire, hunting down heroes for anyone, for the right price!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Mantis

THE ENERGY VAMPIRE

Mantis began his life as a member the humanoid insect people of New Genesis. Dissatisfied with his life on New Genesis, Mantis migrated to the planet Apokolips. Darkseid has granted Mantis immense powers, second only to his own, in return Mantis pledged his undying allegiance to Darkseid!

In addition to his own immense power, Mantis is an energy vampire with the ability to absorb energy from other sources. However, once all of his power has been depleted, Mantis must immediately retreat to his power pod in order to recharge. Spending the majority of his time in his power pod, Mantis only emerges when he has a task to perform. Unlike Darkseid's other lackeys, Mantis does not revel in plotting and violence, therefore serving as the perfect soldier for Darkseid. This makes him a particularly dangerous opponent to any who oppose him!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - Ultimate Prank Kit

The Joker™, clown prince of crime and Gotham’s most dangerous trickster, has opened up shop to bring you his favorite pranks for spreading mayhem and chaos!

So many pranks, so little time! Hide the speaker near your unsuspecting victim, then use the remote control to trigger 10 different annoying sounds, like a mosquito buzz, water drips, footsteps, farts, and even The Joker laughing. Fake ‘em out with a trick soda can - when they try to pick up the innocent looking can, 20 small balls go tumbling everywhere! Or make ‘em jump with a popper that bursts open to reveal confetti and a collectible The Joker balloon. Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. Speakers require 4 AAA batteries, 2 AAA batteries included. For ages 5 and up.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Super Powers: Apokolips Diorama

Apokolips is the homeworld of Darkseid. From there, Darkseid plots the conquest of the universe through the acquisition of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid is considered to be not only the ruler of his people but also a god! He is perpetually opposed by the warriors of New Genesis. Despite this he has conquered a number of planets, creating an empire with Apokolips as the throne world.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - 2-in-1 Fake-Out Blaster

The Joker™, clown prince of crime and Gotham’s most dangerous trickster, has opened up shop to bring you his favorite pranks for spreading mayhem and chaos!

This prank toy is the ultimate blaster fake-out! Gently pull the trigger to release the “BANG!” flag, then just as your unsuspecting victim relaxes…squeeze the trigger and shower them with crazy string or water! Plus, you'll hear the sound of The Joker laughing after you pull the trigger. The set includes 1 specially designed can of crazy string. When the string runs out, use the included water bottle to keep the pranks going! Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included. For ages 5 and up.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Hey!! Kids Comics: Batman 321 (1980)

Batman, Vol. 24, No. 321


Cover date: March, 1980

Cover artists: José Luis García-López and Tatjana Wood

"Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker... !"

Writer: Len Wein
Penciller: Walt Simonson
Inker: Dick Giordano
Colorsist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: Ben Oda

Plot: It's The Joker's birthday - and he's celebrating by rounding up his enemies from all around town, including Robin, James Gordon, and Alfred Pennyworth in this classic issue from 1980!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - Mega Pranks Speaker

The Joker™, clown prince of crime and Gotham’s most dangerous trickster, has opened up shop to bring you his favorite pranks for spreading mayhem and chaos!

Hide the speaker near your unsuspecting victim, then use the remote to unleash sound mayhem! Who just farted?!? The Mega Pranks Speaker includes 10 super annoying sounds, like a fake cell phone ring, water drips, footsteps, 3 different farts, a mosquito buzz, and more - even The Joker's laugh! Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. Requires 4 AAA batteries, 2 AAA batteries are included. For ages 5 and up.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Review: The Joker Prank Shop - Snake Chase Prank

The Joker™, clown prince of crime and Gotham’s most dangerous trickster, has opened up shop to bring you his favorite pranks for spreading mayhem and chaos!

Clip this fake snake onto the purse, backpack or pants of your unsuspecting victim and watch as they flee, screaming in terror! Once the prank is pulled, place The Joker Calling Card at the scene to let your victim know they've been pranked. For ages 5 and up.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Review: Joker Prank Shop - Trick Soda Can

The Joker™, clown prince of crime and Gotham’s most dangerous trickster, has opened up shop
to bring you his favorite pranks for spreading mayhem and chaos!

So, we went to the Wal-Mart today in order to stock up on quara-food, I was also in desperate need of coffee as well. The toilet paper aisle was still empty, but I was able to score the last box of Folger's K-cups! Win! Time to hit the toy aisle and see if those re-released Real Ghostbusters figures are in... Rats! Skunked again! But wait, what have we here? Joker Prank Shop branded jokes and novelties!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Mister Miracle

MASTER ESCAPE ARTIST

The son of Highfather, Scott Free was traded as an infant for Darkseid's child, Orion, to end the war between Apokolips and the New Gods of New Genesis. Scott later fled to Earth where he took on the mantle of Mister Miracle, and is considered the greatest escape artist in the universe. He is the husband of former Female Fury, Big Barda.

The 3rd and final wave of the Super Powers Collection, released by Kenner in 1986, included an action figure of Mister Miracle. Mister Miracle features a "Power Action Wrist-Lock Escape," just squeeze his legs together and his arms pop free of the cuffs!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Super Powers: Armagetto Diorama

Armagetto is the filth-stewn slum where the Hunger Dogs dwell
and struggle to survive in the shadow of Darkseid's Palace.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Orion

THE SCOURGE OF APOKOLIPS

Orion is the son of the dreaded Darkseid. He was raised on New Genesis by Highfather as part of a treaty between the warring planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. Highfather exchanged his son for Darkseid's son, as a show of good faith. Orion fights the forces of evil as one of the greatest champions of the planet New Genesis.

Included in the 3rd and final wave of the Super Powers Collection and released by Kenner in 1986, the Super Powers Collection Orion action figure features a "Power Action Astro-Punch" action mechanism, turning the knob on top of his helmet, spins Orion's face from bad to good!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dr. Deadly's Covid-19 Safety Tips


Doctor Deadly gives us the following tips to protect ourselves and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, please stay informed about what’s happening in your community and always follow the directions of state and local authorities.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Kenner Super Powers Plastic Man

THE STRETCHABLE SLEUTH

During a heist gone wrong, petty crook Patrick “Eel” O’Brian was doused in chemicals, allowing him to stretch his body into any shape he desires. Nursed back to health by altruistic monks, he was inspired to reform and fight crime as super-hero Plastic Man!

In 1986 Kenner released the 3rd and final wave of the Super Powers Collection which included Plastic Man. The Super Powers Collection Plastic Man action figure features a unique "Power Action Stretching Neck" action mechanism and unlike the other figures in the collection has an articulated waist! Plastic Man stands slightly taller than the other figures in the collection... maybe because he is stretching?

Monday, April 13, 2020

Part of this Complete Quarantine Breakfast!

Trapped at home watching cartoons all day, it's time for some breakfast so I have decided to eat the Saturday morning breakfast of choice from my Gen-X youth... Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries! Part of this nutritious complete breakfast of toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese, pancakes, fruit, vegetables, orange juice, and of course milk!

You know how all the cereal ads say, "a good part of this nutritious -or complete -breakfast?" This phrase is so prominent that we need no other references. Every cereal ad spouted that phrase over a huge heaping bowl of the product along with 2 slices of buttered toast and a glass of orange juice. Some scenes even include a glass of milk [more milk!] or other breakfast foods like eggs and bacon, sausage or ham! Generation X was so inundated with cereal commercials during Saturday morning cartoons that if we needed a secret pass code to identify each other, “Part of this nutritious breakfast” would be it.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Action Vehicle

Ecto-2 Action Vehicle
The Real Ghostbusters Heroes can take to the skies or the streets in the Ecto-2 which changes from a road to a flying vehicle.

The Ecto-2 (also known as the ecto-copter) is a small ultra-light helicopter capable of converting into a small road vehicle when the wings are folded up. It is the second vehicle used by the Ghostbusters in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters originally seen the episode titled Ghosts 'R Us. Capable of carrying 1 passenger and the pilot, it has 2 folding wings and a winch and cable. It was also shown to be capable of fitting in the back of the Ecto-1 when folded into driving mode.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child Playset

Entering the yard
An Unearthly Child (sometimes referred to as 100,000 BC) is the first serial of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on BBC TV in four weekly parts from 23 November to 14 December 1963. Scripted by Australian writer Anthony Coburn, the serial introduces William Hartnell as the First Doctor and his original companions: Carole Ann Ford as the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman, with Jacqueline Hill and William Russell as school teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton. The first episode deals with Ian and Barbara's discovery of the Doctor and his time-space ship TARDIS in a junkyard in contemporary London. The remaining episodes are set amid a power struggle between warring Stone Age factions who have lost the secret of making fire.