Post by chaykinstevens on Aug 3, 2022 12:30:09 GMT -5
Action Comics #681 Adventures of Superman #495 Alien Legion:Jugger Grimrod #1 Amazing Spider-Man:Soul of the Hunter #1 Ambush Bug Nothing Special #1 American:Lost in America #2 Animal Man #52 Avengers #354 Batman:Sword of Azrael #1 Black Condor #5 Blood and Glory #1 Bloodlines:A Tale from the Heart of Africa #1 Cable – Blood and Metal #1 Captain America #408 Eclipso:The Darkness Within #2 Excalibur #55 Fantastic Four #369 Ghost Rider/Blaze:Spirits of Vengeance #3 Hacker Files #3 Hawkworld #27 Heckler #2 Hellblazer #58 James Bond 007:Serpent's Tooth #2 Martian Manhunter:American Secrets #1 Marvel Super-Heroes #11 Miracleman #23 Moon Knight Special #1 Nomad #6 Punisher #71 Quasar #39 Robocop Versus the Terminator #2 Spider-Man #27 Superman #72 Wonder Woman #67
Post by Roquefort Raider on Aug 3, 2022 16:11:29 GMT -5
Bought in August 1992
Cerebus #160. This series deserves to be discussed again!
Conan the barbarian #261. A sort-of fill-in issue, written by regular scribe Roy Thomas but pencilled by E.R. Cruz (whose work, like that of Alfredo Alcala, I much prefer in black and white.). This issue was something of a disappointment to me. In it, Roy re-explores the carefully crafted continuity he set up for the story "Hawks over Shem" adapted in SSoC #36 in the '70s, a careful work that had been rudely trashed by the writers who succeeded him on the Conan titles. This new visit, told in flashback, is certainly warranted; but major actors act totally out of character, and what could have been the continuation of a multi-player political ballet is turned into another fanatical religion story.
Elfquest: new blood #1, a collection of short stories starring the Wolfriders. I had been a big fan of the first volume of Elfquest, but as early as "Siege at Blue Mountain" I felt the book was losing its way. This book did nothing to change my opinion, despite some nice surprises (like John Byrne's chapter).
Godzilla Color Special #1, with really, really nice Art Adams art. (Actually, scratch that title... I remember buying it for my kids, the youngest of whom was born in 96. Must have been a dollar bin purchase from later on).
Hellblazer #58. It took a little while for Steve Dillon's art, to grow on me but when it did, it certainly did!
Sandman #42, with its excellent Brief Lives storyline featuring immortals. My favourite series at the time. Savage Sword of Conan #202, in which Roy prepares our visit to the fabled Kheshatta, city of magicians, of which I had dreamed since the concept had been mentioned 15 years earlier! Roy also reintroduces a character created by Jim Owlsey, the most talented of the writers who had replaced him on the Conan the Barbarian colour comic. That means Roy feels free to use part of the material published in the Bad Old Years of the Thomas interregnum, without having to be bound by it.
Tarzan the warrior #4. Still enjoying this off-beat version of the jungle lord.
Tarzan: love, lies and the lost city. The high priestess La has never looked more lovely, but this comic in just *this* side of being soft porn!!!
Uncanny X-Men #293 I bought out of habit, really.
WildC.A.T.S. #1, bought because it was OBVIOUSLY going to be brilliant, what with being Jim Lee's creation, and it was OBVIOUSLY going to put my kids through college eventually. The result is a comic-book filled with pin-ups, no storytelling to speak of, the very worst dialogues I can remember in a comic, and printed in so many copies that I doubt it's worth more than a few bucks today, even if it's triple-slabbed and signed by John Lennon. I would never buy another issue of WildC.A.T.S. again.
X-Men #13, also bought out of habit. I don't remember what story it told.
Action Comics #681 Adventures of Superman #495 Adventures of Superman Annual #4 Aquaman #11 Batman Annual #16 Black Condor #5 Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2 The Flash #69 Green Lantern #30, 31 Green Lantern: Mosaic #5 Hawkworld #27 Justice League America #67 Justice League Europe #42 Justice League Europe Annual #3 L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 Annual #3 Star Trek: TNG #38, 39 Superman #72 Superman: The Man of Steel #16 Wonder Woman #67 Wonder Woman Annual #3
Alpha Flight #113 Avengers #354, 355 Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #46 Infinity War #5 Silver Sable & The Wild Pack #5 Uncanny X-Men #293 Wonder Man #14 X-Men #13
Action Comics #682 Adventures of Superman #496 Aquaman #12 Batman Adventures #1 Black Condor #6 Dakstars #1 The Flash #70 Green Lantern #32, 33 Green Lantern: Mosaic #6 Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale Hawkworld #28 Justice League America #68 Justice League Europe #43 Star Trek: TNG #40 Star Trek: TNG Annual #3 Superman #73 Superman: The Man of Steel #17 Wonder Woman #68
Alpha Flight #114 Avengers #356 Avengers West Coast #88 Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #47 Infinity War #6 Silver Sable & The Wild Pack #6 Uncanny X-Men #294 Wonder Man #15 X-Factor #84 X-Force #16 X-Men #14
Post by Roquefort Raider on Sept 1, 2022 13:44:17 GMT -5
Bought in September 1992.
Cerebus #161. Well, it looks as if Bran Mac Muffin is going to stay dead. Bringing back dead characters wasn't really a thing in Cerebus, but I liked Bran so much that I hoped he'd make some kind of return in some fashion.
Hellblazer #59. Steve Dillon would eventually make the book his, but at the time I was still a big fan of Will Simpson on the title. He really drew a pretty Kit Ryan (and Ellie). The succubus Chantinelle would eventually be turned into an outright opponent, but I liked her initial ambiguous relationship with John; not a romantic one, but they could have been friends.
Infinity War #6. I hadn't followed the series but wanted to see how it ended. If I remember well, it had to do with the Magus being defeated because his Infinity Glove had a fake reality gem or something; and of course, the person who controls reality can't really lose. (I was in all honesty not a fan AT ALL of the post-resurrection Warlock and all the Infinity Stuff. Doubly galling because the original Warlock saga remains one of my favourite storylines in American comics).
Legion of super-heroes #35, in which the cloned, teenage Sun Boy meets his adult self who's on fire. (And the SW6 batch legionnaires were totally clones. Later retcons making them time-displaced originals don't square with the storyline that introduced them).
Sandman #43. "Brief lives", chapter 3... the hunt for the D continues. And because that sounds very dirty, it means "the hunt for the final Endless whom we know has a name starting with D. Had it already been revealed that it was Destruction? I forget when the Sandman special "Orpheus" was published. (Probably before this issue, but I'm too lazy to check).
Savage Sword of Conan #203. Continuity done right! Proper Hyboriana! Keshatta, city of magicians! Zula! The shadow of Thoth-Amon! This reader was in heaven. Roy Thomas was proving that you CAN go home again!
Spider-Man 2099 #1.
"Do you know what my father would say if he was still alive today?" "Help, help, let me out of this coffin?"
Peter David always managed to make me laugh. This title was off to a good start, although I felt the future world of 2099 lacked a lot of depth.
Tarzan the warrior #5. Still a good Tarzan pastiche in graphic form.
Uncanny X-Men #294. Big crossover time, with something called X-cutioner's song. Charles Xavier is SHOT by someone who appears to be Cable but will be revealed to be Stryfe. Oh no, the prof is dead! But no, he was shot by a special bullet that infected him with a virus transforming him into a robot, because... it will be more EVIL that way, I guess. God, those storylines were so bad... I must have been an X-men junkie to submit myself to that.
X-Men #14; same crossover. Oh, it's got Apocalypse too... My least favourite X-villain after Mr. Sinister and Stryfe.
Post by codystarbuck on Sept 1, 2022 21:16:09 GMT -5
Geez I was spending more than I was making!
Protectors sounded and looked really cool, in Comc Scene, when all of the promotional art was Clarke Hawbaker and Jerry Bingham. Then, the comic shipped and the interiors were anything but Hawbaker and Bingham. I still gave it a try, , because it wasn't a bad story; but, they never found a good artist for the series. I later met Hawbaker and he did one or two pieces for them and he was amazed how much he saw them, in promotional material, misleading people into thinking he was drawing the series. They had to change some names, between the Comic Scene article and final publication. Masked Marvel became Red Mask, even though Marvel had no trademark for the title Masked Marvel (after Marvel intimidated Warrior, over Marvelman and their threats to Valiant, over X-O Manowar, Malibu wasn't taking chances) and Fantom became Gravestone. It was originally Fantom of the Fair, at Centaur; but, Roy Thomas had appropriated the name at DC, so a change was made. They really missed the boat on Amazing Man; but, I got the impression they had no examples of the Centaur stories to use for this and had no idea that Amazing Man was one of the first Tibetan mystery men. His routine was later lifted for Peter Cannon, who, ironically, was appearing at DC.
We are about to the point where the bloom was off the rose, at Valiant and I severely cut back to Archer & Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, and X-O Manowar.
Batman Adventures surprised the heck out of me and I snapped it up. It was way better than the regular book and I became a regular with it, while watching the new cartoons, after seeing a preview of "On Leather Wings" at Heroes Con, a few months before. Justice Society was excellent; so, of course, DC killed it, with issue #10.
If memory serves, Superman Special was late coming out; or else it had been shuffled in the schedule, as I swear I had heard about it long before it materialized. Great single issue, with Walt Simonson adapting and modernizing "Kryptonite No More," for the Post-Crisis Superman.
I was done with Lobo, after this mini, as the joke had worn thin. That same Heroes Con, about every other artist I met was working on a Lobo project, for DC. Thankfully, most of them never saw the light of day.
The Mask had returned, but wasn't shoved down our throats, yet, as I don't think it had even been optioned by Hollywood, yet. The first mini did gangbuster business, after it had apepared in DHP and the Mayhem anthology.
This was the month that I purchased my very first Valiant book, Harbinger #13.
Superman is about to die, but I was late to that party.
Eastman and Laird had returned to TMNT to tell their very best story yet, but it would be another decade before I'd learn that for myself.
And while I was generally beginning to fall out of love with everything that didn't have an X in the title, I was seriously into the new Marvel Milestone Edition reprints, including Marvel Milestone Edition: Amazing Spider-Man #1 this month.
A few other things I picked up:
Shadowhawk #2 Uncanny X-Men #295 Wizard: The Guide To Comics #16 X-Factor #85 X-Force #17 X-Men #15 Youngblood #3
And before you judge the X-Cutioner's Song crossover from this month too harshly, I do my best to defend it here and even sang its praise on The CCF Podcast.
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