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Batman #227
Apr 12th, 2014 by Rusty

Batman #227 cover

Batman #227

Date: December 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2014 Price Range: $15 – $350
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Letters to the Batman”, Direct Currents, 1 page Casey the Cop story and Daily Planet Extra.
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Batman rescues Alfred’s niece!

A Difficult Comic to Collect!

Last fall I decided that I wanted to collect and read some of the Batman issues in the early 200s. I started with #224 and worked my way up from there. This one, #227, proved the most difficult and expensive to get so far. I didn’t realize it before, but it has a few things going for it that makes it so collectible. First, the awesome cover art is a swipe from Detective Comics #31, which itself is the classic “Batman over castle” image from 1939. Second, the cover is by the great Batman artist Neal Adams. And third, there is a wonderful classic Batman story inside by none other than legendary scribe Denny O’Neil! Put those three things together and you can see why I spent weeks on eBay bidding for copies, and finally ended up paying $50 for a mid-grade copy. And you know what? I am totally happy with it too!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #257
Mar 30th, 2014 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #257 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #257

Date: October 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Puma, Black Cat, MJ and The Rose all make amazing discoveries!

A Classy Villain!

Most villains are real scum-bags and jerks – but not Puma. No, he is a real class act! In this issue we see him take it easy on the Lady Heroes, give Spider-man time to recuperate, shower between fights, dry clean his costume and have second thoughts about killing Spidey. Wow – if only all such villains were so thoughtful and considerate. Remember kids – you too can be a classy villain!

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Akiko #9
Mar 23rd, 2014 by Rusty

Akiko #9 cover

Akiko #9

Date: December 1996
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.50
2014 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 21 black & white pages plus “Letters to Akiko”, 1 gag page and 1 house ad
Story & Art: Mark Crilley
Notable Notes: Akiko and her friends finally reach the Great Wall of Trudd.

Are You Afraid Of Heights?

Well… are you? I like to think that I’m not, but I am… a little bit. You know how I can tell? Whenever I get somewhere that is too high, or I see a movie where the people may fall a long ways, then my palms get all sweaty. Yeah, so its a good thing that I wasn’t a character in this issue when the gang has no way around the Great Wall of Trudd – so they climb over it… or start climbing anyways. I’m afraid my slick hands would have dealt me a quick death!

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Thor #345
Mar 16th, 2014 by Rusty

Thor #345 cover

Thor #345

Date: July 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Hammer Strikes” letters page.
Story & Art: Walter Simonson
Other Artists: John Workman, Jr., Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: A search for the Casket of Ancient Winters!

Beware of Helpful Women?

If there is one subtle take-away from this issue it is this: that characters in Thor should *always* be wary of beautiful or helpful women. Why is that? Well, because in this comic those kinds of women are nothing but trouble, that’s why! The doctor’s secretary, Melodi, the jail guard and especially the hot woman in the car – they all have really mean ulterior motives. For the most part they get what’s coming to them… but the car woman – she turns out to be something very different (and very bad) indeed!

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Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #248
Mar 8th, 2014 by Rusty

Donald Duck #248 cover

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #248

Date: December 1986
Publisher: Gladstone Publishing
Cover Price: 75¢
2014 Price Range: $2.00 – $16.00
Stats: 27 color pages plus house ads, Letters to Donald Duck and A Letter From The Duck Man.
Writer: Carl Barks
Artists: Carl Barks with Daan Jippes and Mike McCormick
Notable Notes: Donald and the Nephews travel to South America!

South America

I have always dreamed of going to South America – especially Brazil and the Amazon rain forest. I think it would be a wonderful adventure, and a little bit scary too. Probably not as scary as for the first explorers to visit that region of the world, but still, there might be a few things. In this issue Donald and his nephews do just that – they head to Brazil to capture some rare insects… and brave the ferocious wild life that lives there – ulp!

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Daredevil #26 (Vol. 3)
Mar 2nd, 2014 by Rusty

Daredevil #26 cover

Daredevil #26 (Vol. 3)

Date: July 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads, 2 pages of behind-the-scenes and an 8 page back-up story.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, Joe Caramagna
Notable Notes: Daredevil finds out who has been behind his recent attacks!

Palanquins

I am a big fan of science fiction novels, and one of my favorite series is Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space books. There are some rich people who seal themselves inside motorized boxes so that can avoid contact with the nano-technology destroying Melding Plague. Anyway, there is a character in this issue of Daredevil that reminded me of those Palanquins, but this one can’t move and the brain behind it is still very deadly!

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #18
Feb 22nd, 2014 by Rusty

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #18 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #18

Date: December 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 Price Range: $2.00 – $18.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Postbox: The Pit!” letters page and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: Larry Hama
Artists: Mike Vosburg, Jon D’Agostino, Edward Norton, George Roussos
Notable Notes: Joes and Cobra invade Coney Island!

Old Amusement Parks

Have you ever encountered an old, abandoned amusement park? I have, once, in Guam! I remember seeing it from the highway – all the rides overgrown with tropical vegetation. It was downright spooky! I did think it would be fun to play hide-n-seek or some sort of war game in though. Can you imagine how fun that’d be – running around and hiding amongst all the old rides and game booths! I’ve haven’t thought of that old amusement park in a long, long time – but this issue reminded me of it because both the G.I. Joes and Cobra head to a famous amusement park to carry out their plans.

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Batman #226
Feb 17th, 2014 by Rusty

Batman #226 cover

Batman #226

Date: November 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2014 Price Range: $6 – $80
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Letters to the Batcave” and 4 page backup story
Writer: Frank Robbins
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Origin of The Man with Ten Eyes!

Blind – But Not Powerless

Would being blind be so bad? I’m not saying I want to try it, just that blind people seem to live incredibly full lives – especially in comic books. I’ve mentioned before that when I was a little kid I would wrap a blindfold around my head and play for long stretches of time while pretending to be blind. And Daredevil doesn’t do too bad does he? In this issue Batman is temporarily blinded, and has a tangle with another blind man – but the other man has a secret that Bats doesn’t know about!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #256
Feb 9th, 2014 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #256 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #256

Date: September 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of Puma!

Inertia!

I always have a bit of a chuckle when I read Spider-man or Superman comics – you know, the part where our hero swoops in and catches somebody. It seems like the energy from a collision like that would seriously injure someone! Doesn’t it sometimes feel like the writers of these books never learned any real world physics? Yeah. Anyway, here is an issue where Spider-man learns about inertia the hard way: when he grabs onto a wall while falling! Yoink!

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Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge #212
Feb 6th, 2014 by Rusty

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge #212 cover

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge #212

Date: December 1986
Publisher: Gladstone Publishing
Cover Price: 75¢
2014 Price Range: $2 – $15
Stats: 30 color pages plus “Letters to Uncle Scrooge” and house ads
Writers: Byron Erickson, Carl Barks
Artists: Carl Barks, The Gutenberghus Group, John Clark, Ken Feduniewicz, Mike McCormick
Notable Notes: The ducks search for treasure on a tropical island!

Finally… The Next Issue!

Uncle Scrooge issue #211 was the first comic book I reviewed for this blog, and now after 1 and 1/2 years I decided it was time to search out some more of these fantastic, classic Disney books. I got a good deal on a bunch of them on eBay, and have whole-heartedly enjoyed reading me some great duck stories from some of the most famous duck authors! If you are a fan of classic duck stories then you’ll most likely love this issue too.

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Atomic Robo #2
Feb 1st, 2014 by Rusty

Atomic Robo #2 cover

Atomic Robo #2

Date: November 2007
Publisher: Red 5 Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
Stats: 22 color pages
Writer: Brian Clevinger
Artists: Scott Wegener, Ronda Pattison, Jeff Powell
Notable Notes: Atomic Robo recalls the hardest thing he’s ever done!

Pointless Arguments?

Have you ever had a pointless argument? I sure have – and most of the time it has been with those closest to me: my family and friends. Why is that, I wonder? It sure seems like a worthless thing to do (at least in hind-sight), but even knowing that I still sometimes do it. Anyway, in this story a couple of the characters get into a stupid argument that helps no one – its a good thing Atomic Robo is more practical and above all that. Otherwise who would crack the jokes while cracking the bad guys’ heads??

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Captain America #12 (Vol. 3)
Jan 28th, 2014 by Rusty

Captain America #12 (Vol. 3)

Captain America #12 (Vol. 3)

Date: December 1998
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
2014 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 29 color pages plus 9 page Red Skull backup story, “American Graffiti” letters page, Bullpen Bulletins, fold-out gate cover and ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang, Chris Sotomayor and Todd Klein
Notable Notes: Cap and Sharon do battle with Nightmare!

Trapped In A Dream?

Have you ever felt trapped in your dreams? You know, like when you have a nightmare about running from some horrible thing, but your legs won’t work! I had those kinds of dreams all the time as a kid, and I still have them every once in a while now. (Maybe I need to see somebody about that, huh?) Anyway, in this issue Captain America and Sharon Carter experience something similar to that – but about 100 times worse! I guess that’s why the villain in this issue is called “Nightmare” huh? Ha ha!

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The Stuff of Legend #1
Jan 25th, 2014 by Rusty

The Stuff of Legend #1 cover

The Stuff of Legend #1

Date: July 2009
Publisher: Th3rd World Studios
Stats: 23 color pages
Writers: Mike Raicht & Brian Smith
Artists: Charles Paul Wilson III
Notable Notes: A toy rescue party is mounted!

Don’t Let The Boogeyman Get You!

When I was a small boy, we didn’t call him the “Boogeyman”, we were just afraid of the scary monsters in the dark – especially the ones outside! We felt marginally safer when we finally got a dog, because then we had a built in warning system when the monsters were near, right? Anyway, now I look back at some of those irrational fears and smile… at least until my young daughter screams and runs into my arms. What is she hiding from? The Boogeyman, of course!

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Batman: Gotham Adventures #1
Jan 18th, 2014 by Rusty

Batman: Gotham Adventures #1 cover

Batman: Gotham Adventures #1

Date: June 1998
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2014 NM Value: $4.00
Stats: 38 color pages
Writer: Ty Templeton
Artists: Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty, Lee Loughridge
Notable Notes: Joker gets a big, big price on his head!

A Smarter Way To Catch The Joker?

The rational, non-fun, part of me has always been a little bit disappointed that the Joker is still running around being crazy after all these years. It seems like if Batman isn’t able to put the kibosh on this villain, then maybe there is another, better way? This issue addresses that very topic, and shows us that one dedicated and vengeful man can come up with a clever method for bringing down the Joker once and for all!

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Daredevil #25 (Vol. 3)
Jan 12th, 2014 by Rusty

Daredevil #25 cover

Daredevil #25 (Vol. 3)

Date: June 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads and “Letters Without Fear”
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, Joe Caramagna
Notable Notes: Daredevil meets someone just like him… well, almost.

Matt’s Father?

I know that Matt’s dad was a big part of his life, and ultimately the reason he became Daredevil. However, the “father” card has been played a few too many times for my taste. So I wasn’t expecting much out of this issue when I saw the cover – but boy was I surprised, and in a good way too! Mark Waid and the current creative team on DD have managed to create another awesome issue – cementing their place as the best team to *ever* work on Daredevil!

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