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ElfQuest #1
Oct 10th, 2017 by Rusty

ElfQuest #1 cover

ElfQuest #1

Date: April 1978
Publisher: WaRP Graphics
Cover Price: $1.00
2017 Price Range: $4 – $50
Stats: 31 color pages plus forward, pin-up art and Elf-olution
Writers: Wendy and Richard Pini
Artist: Wendy Pini
Notable Notes: A spruced-up reprint of ElfQuest’s first appearance!

Convoluted Publishing History

Some comic book series just really fly through the publishing companies. Astro City is one that comes to mind. ElfQuest is another one. Beginning in the late 1970s the Elf saga started off in Fantasy Quarterly #1 by an independent publisher, then it switched to the Pini’s homegrown company WaRP Graphics. Years later both Marvel and DC would pick up licenses to it, and so would Boing Boing and Dark Horse! Sheesh! Oh well, at least it is a good series, and one that deserves to be published – regardless of who is doing that publishing!
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Doc Savage #1
Sep 6th, 2014 by Rusty

Doc Savage #1 cover

Doc Savage #1

Date: October 1972
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 20¢
2014 Price Range: $3.00 – $42.00
Stats: 20 color pages plus ads, Marvel Bullpen Bulletins and “Meet Doc Savage” page
Writers Roy Thomas and Steve Englehart
Artists: Ross Andru, Jim Mooney and John Costanza
Notable Notes: 1st issue – based on the pulp fiction story “The Man of Bronze”

The First Superhero?

OK, I’ll admit it – this was the first Doc Savage story I have ever read! Of course I’d heard of him, and being the big SF fan that I am you’d think I would have read one of the many novels about him – but no. So after reading this cool comic book that was given to me by my sister several years ago, I looked up some information about this classic character. It turns out he started in story form back in the 1930s, and has been featured in a variety of media since: magazines, novels, comics and even movies. He has quite the interesting history and a cool gang of side-kicks. I think I’ll have to delve more into some of the Doc Savage stories. See – comics are still a great medium for introducing people to new characters and properties!
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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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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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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #17
Dec 8th, 2013 by Rusty

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #17 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #17

Date: November 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 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, Joe Rosen, G. Roussos
Notable Notes: Cobra fugitives get lots of help!

Bus Troubles!

I commute to work on a bus nearly every day. It is nice because I can read, or surf the internet or just take a nap. But sometimes, in the back of my mind, there is a little bit of worry that something crazy is going to happen. You know, something like the driver getting us in a big crash, or even worse – the bus gets hi-jacked like in the movie “Speed”! This issue has a scene where a bus gets taken over by one of the Cobras, and as you can see from the cover it makes the ladies cry – now how sad is that! Plus, now I’m going to have nightmares about my own bus getting attacked by some crazy para-military group – sheesh!

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Batman #225
Nov 17th, 2013 by Rusty

Batman #225 cover

Batman #225

Date: September 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2013 Price Range: $6 – $80
Stats: 24 color pages plus ads and “Letters to the Batcave”
Writers: Denny O’Neil and Mike Friedrich
Artists: Irv Novick, Dick Giordano and Mike Esposito
Notable Notes: Batman the murderer?

When Good Heroes Go Bad!

It’s not a unique idea – in fact it is quite common – when good guys become the bad guys… or appear to do so! I think that it would be every legitimate peace-keeper’s fear that a powerful superhero would turn into their worst enemy. That is what happens in this issue… well, almost, anyway. This time it turns out that Batman is framed, and he must use all his Bat-skills to evade the police long enough to prove his innocence!

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #16
Oct 30th, 2013 by Rusty

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #16 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #16

Date: October 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 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, Joe Rosen, Andy Yanchus
Notable Notes: 1st appearances of Cover Girl and Trip-Wire!

Toys That I Played With!

I loved the 3 3/4 inch G.I. Joe figures when they first came out in the early 1980s – and I collected many of the first ones, along with some of their awesome vehicles. Because I had those toys, this issue was more fun for me. I got to see The Wolverine missile launcher, the motorcycle with machine gun side-car and the jeep with the gun on top! Loads of fun, and it helped me to re-live a bit of my childhood. That’s a sign of a good comic book… isn’t it?

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Batman #224
Oct 8th, 2013 by Rusty

Batman #224 cover

Batman #224

Date: August 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2013 Price Range: $6 – $80
Stats: 24 color pages plus ads and “Letters to the Batcave”
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Batman travels to New Orleans to avenge a Jazz man’s death!

Time for Some Classic Batman!

I’ve been wanting to read some classic Batman stories lately. After doing a little bit of research I decided that I could financially delve into some of the popular Denny O’Neil stories from the early 1970s. Here is my first foray into a character I really enjoy, but haven’t read a lot of – at least in pre-modern comics.

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #15
Sep 2nd, 2013 by Rusty

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #15 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #15

Date: September 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 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, Rick Parker, Andy Yanchus and Denny O’Neil
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of Major Bludd!

Central America – An 80s Stereotype!

I remember growing up during the 1980s and all the stereotypes surrounding Central and South America: full of drug lords, guerrilla warriors and corrupt leaders. There seemed to be a bunch of movies, books and comics that played off those stereotypes too – some to great acclaim. Here is an issue that, regardless of the stereotypes, is still a great read!

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MadHouse Comics #108
Aug 12th, 2013 by Rusty

MadHouse Comics #108

MadHouse Comics #108

Date: August 1977
Publisher: Archie Enterprises, Inc.
Cover Price: 35¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads
Writer: ?
Artists: ?
Notable Notes: A smorgasbord of gags!

More Mad?

After reading this issue I looked up the series on Wikipedia and was surprised to find that it had a long and varied history! Yes, it seems like it was trying to capitalize on Mad Magazine’s success, but it also produced some famous characters and searched relentlessly for its own unique personality. I’m not so sure this issue succeeded, but maybe the series as a whole did. Here’s what I thought of it…

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Uncle Scrooge #112
Jul 25th, 2013 by Rusty

Uncle Scrooge #112 cover

Uncle Scrooge #112

Date: June 1974
Publisher: Whitman Comics (Gold Key)
Cover Price: 20¢
2013 Price Range: $4.00 – $60.00
Stats: 27 color pages plus ads
Writer and Artist: Carl Barks
Notable Notes: A reprint of Uncle Scrooge #18 from June 1957

Do You Dream of Money?

I have a special place in my heart for Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck and the 3 nephews. I have loved these Walt Disney characters for a long time, and a big part of the reason for that love is that I read many duck comics (like this one!) when I was a kid. The great art, classic adventures and funny stories were a blast to read! After reading Uncle Scrooge #211 for the first post of this site I figured it was high time to give another one of these classics a try.

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #14
Jul 23rd, 2013 by Rusty

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #14 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #14

Date: August 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 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, J. Rosen and C. Scheele
Notable Notes: 1st full appearance of Destro!

Mr. Silver Head!

My collection of comics from the early ’80s has many holes in it, and sadly G.I. Joe is one of the titles that suffers greatly. After reviewing G.I. Joe #5 I found that this was the next issue I had – effectively skipping 9 issues! That sucks, especially since I realized that I’ve missed out on the little teaser appearances of one of my favorite G.I. Joe toys: Destro! Oh well, at least I have this book where he makes his first full appearance, and the story is actually pretty good too!

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My Post About Richie Rich at The Longbox Project
Jul 12th, 2013 by Rusty

A few weeks ago I discovered the very cool comic book site The Longbox Project when the owner contacted me asking if I would write a guest post. I happily obliged and my article is now up and viewable. Be sure to check it out, and while you’re there take a look around at some of the other wonderful stories on that very fun site!

When you’re done you can read my review of Richie Rich and Jackie Jokers #34 right here at The Comic Prospector!

Enjoy!

Richie Rich & Jackie Jokers #34
Jun 28th, 2013 by Rusty

Richie Rich & Jackie Jokers #34 cover

Richie Rich & Jackie Jokers #34

Date: October 1979
Publisher: Harvey Comics
Cover Price: 40¢
2013 Price Range: $7.00 – $1.00
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads and a 2 page text story
Writers: ?
Artists: ?
Notable Notes: It pokes fun of 2 popular 1970s TV series!

Old TV Shows?

Do you ever watch old TV shows – like from the 1960s, 70s or 80s? I do, especially now that it is so easy to do with internet and video services like Netflix. I think “Bewitched” and “Magnum P.I.” are both still loads of fun to watch! Here’s an issue which brings to mind some of the popular series from the 1970s and makes use of one of the funnest characters in the Harvey universe to do so: Jackie Jokers!

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