March 9, 2014
Drakes, Hulk, Latveria, Marvel Comics, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Wolverine
Let’s talk about Drake’s snack cakes because they’re good and they’re back. I’m so happy having my Coffee Cakes again. I thought they were gone for good when Hostess (who bout Drake’s before they shut down) came back and Drake’s didn’t. As much as love my Twinkees I do like a good Devil Dog now and then. Well, they’re back and I’m happy. To celebrate, we will take a look at the first set of Drake’s comics with Marvel Super Heroes!
Two series were produced and packed inside boxes of Drake’s different snack cakes: Ring Dings, Devil Dogs, Yodels, and Coffee Cakes. We mostly bought Coffee Cakes and Devil Dogs at the future clutter zone at the time and I don’t remember which was the “chase comic”. I may have a few multiples if I didn’t throw them out. However, I picked up all four of the first series and all five of the second one. Each had their own running story but the stories could also stand on their own, which is how I like it. Still, the running plot was enough to want to get all of the set, and thus Drake’s made much money and you gained a greater mass. Everyone wins but your body! But was it worth it?
Shared credits: Eric Fein (writer) George Roussos (colorist) Rick Parker (letterer), Glenn Herdling (editor) and Tom DeFalco (editor in chief)
The third comic has no credits but since these were the names on the other three it’s safe to assume they worked on that one, too. Let’s breeze through this because they’re really rather short.
March 2, 2014
general organizing/cleaning articles
A basic estimating spreadsheet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This posting is late, but that’s just been my luck lately. Between family stuff and snow stuff I’ve been too busy to work on personal stuff and it’s working my nerves a bit. Hopefully things will calm down by the end of the month.
In the meantime, my project, which I’m still in the middle of, is to organize my financial clutter and put together not only a workable budget but being able to put money aside for supplies I need for my art and video work. Writing part is easy since I just need a working computer. Still, I would like to upgrade that at some point.
February 23, 2014
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gary Goldman, Paul Verhoeven, Piers Anthony, Total Recall
Total Recall was a 1990 movie directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick called “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale“. The short story follows a man named Douglas Quail who learns that he’s had two past lives not through reincarnation but due to altered memories.
The movie that followed changed Quail’s last name to Quaid and was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. (A remake came out in 2012 but I haven’t seen it.) The screenplay by Donald Shusette, Dan O’Bannon, and Gary Goldman (with Jon Povill taking O’Bannon’s place for the full story) was adapted into a book by Avon Books with Piers Anthony as the writer. Most adaptations are based on earlier scripts, so lines are changed and scenes are added or removed. Sometimes scenes are added to fill out the book. A novel has different needs and skills from a movie. (There were also other adaptations; a comic by DC Comics and a few video games. I own the comic and the Interplay-produced NES game.) One thing Anthony did was expand on the origins of the alien machine at the heart of the story.
I’ve already reviewed the chapters one at a time as part of my other site’s “Chapter By Chapter” series. This is a round-up review and a decision of the book’s future in my collection.
Total Recall adaptation
Avon Books (June, 1990 (first printing)
AUTHOR: Piers Anthony
February 16, 2014
Alan Kupperberg, Bob Harras, Edward Neumeier, RoboCop, Tony DeZuniga
With all the snow shoveling and running around I did this week, I thought I’d do a short Scanning My Collection, something I could quickly crosspost between my usual site and Reviewers Unknown, a site I contribute to, with little effort, since it’s all my energy is going to shovel snow. Additionally, I’m taking advantage of the new RoboCop remake I won’t be able to see for at least a while by looking at Marvel’s adaptation of the original movie. And since I didn’t have time (again) to finish a minor project (stupid winter) I’m going to post it here as well. I’m also going to assume the majority of people coming across this article are already fully aware of the original movie, so I’m just going to do a quick review of the presentation.
“Also a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll.”
Marvel Comics (October, 1997)
I won’t call this #1 because they would later release a full series, and this isn’t the first issue of that.
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner
ADAPTATION: Bob Harras
PENCILERS: Javier Sallares & Alan Kupperberg
INKER: Tony DeZuniga
COVER ART: Mark Texiera
LETTERER: Agustin Mas
EDITOR: Michael Higgins
MANAGING EDITOR: Craig Anderson
February 2, 2014
general organizing/cleaning articles
Sorry there was no article last week. Saturday was kind of a hard going. A member of our reviewing community, loved by fans as much as he loved them, passed away while working on the latest project, which less about physical clutter as it is fiscal. I’ll hopefully explain next week. The other is my father went into the hospital and as of this writing is still there. So I’ve been taking my mother to the doctors, up to visit him, and still trying to keep up with my other site. Not much has gotten done.
As soon as I can finish this project, even if it isn’t Sunday, I’ll post the results. Family is the first priority here.
January 19, 2014
DC Comics, Elongated Man, Frank McLaughlin, Hal Jordan, Justice League, Red Tornado, Zatanna
Haven’t done one of these in a while.
For my birthday one year I got one of those three-packs of older comics. This was a good way pre-comic store of getting back issues as there were leftovers from store shelves (in this case grocery stores or pharmacies) and being exposed to a random story. Now I’ve already reviewed one of those comics on my other site, Batman #307 reprinted as part of the “Retroactivity” specials, which helped defined how I view Batman, not as some vigilante fighting nut jobs (although the story does feature a psychologically disturbed villain) but as a detective who will help even come to the aid of the homeless. He can be spooky but also compassionate. It also features my favorite Batman moment of all time.
Hollywood has yet to capture the true awesomeness that is the Batcape!
Which is immediately followed by the guy just going back to sleep. At some point I may go back to this comic and do a more thorough analysis over at the Spotlight. But my favorite DC hero has always been Superman. The second comic in the pack was not a Superman comic and the third was a Spider-Man comic that made no sense to me and proves that Snell’s (of Slay Monstrobot of the Deep) theory that any comic can be someone’s first has the occasional exception. (Although in its defense sometimes you have no choice for the sake of the story arc. It’s the risk you take.) Then again, I wasn’t as much into the Spider-Man cartoon as I was Super Friends.
The last one, and man this is a long intro for the front page, was an issue of Justice League of America. Like the Batman comic it was a Whitman comics reprinting and someday I need to look up why that happened. Still, it’s a story I enjoy.
January 12, 2014
general organizing/cleaning articles
desk clutter, Floppy disk
It’s a crying shame when “temporary” takes years to find a permanent home. Take this bunch of stuff just underneath my desk. Some of this junk has been under there for years. You may notice leftover bits of our favorite cardboard box. There’s technically enough room for my feet to go under there, but I keep kicking stuff and I’ve been used to keeping one foot outside of the under the desk. It’s time to change this.
That’s a start.