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

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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!


In Brooklyn, 1944, a small boy is in his bed just going to sleep when his closet door creaks open. His trusty pup growls, and his favorite teddy bear is harshly thrown out of the closet. (Gasp!) Then some black tentacles come out and drag the boy into its doom! You’d think that would be the end – but no! The boy’s box of toys “come alive” and discuss what just happened! They figure out that the Boogeyman has captured the boy, and then they decide to mount a rescue mission. Under the brave leadership of the Colonel, the team is made up of the teddy bear, an Indian princess, a jack-in-the-box, a wooden duck, a ballerina, the puppy and an intelligent pig. The eight of them head into the closet, and the issue ends as they battle their way through the Boogeyman’s armies stationed at Brooklyn Creek.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – This was a cool story, but it felt a lot like a certain Pixar movie. Plus, being the first issue, things moved a little slow as the story was just getting started.
  • Art: 4 stars – I loved the black and white pencil art! However, there were a few scenes where the anatomies were off a bit – like when the puppy covered his eyes with his paws. Overall, though, it was very good!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – Again, this was a first issue and the story was building up and spent most of its time creating the rescue party. I enjoyed it, but I think the next issue will be better as we get into more of the meat of the story.

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