Comic Report: Transformers: Primal Scream

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Transformers Primal Scream

Primal Scream is the first collection by Titan of Simon Furman’s run on the US The Transformers comic. It contains issues #56-62 of the Marvel Comics run, the first batch of stories Furman produced for the US version, having been a writer of the UK back-up stories. At the end of the article I will post links to my other site with reviews of these issues. Here we will discuss the trade itself as presented. I have the original four issues and Bob Budiansky’s run in the regular comic book form but the trade paperbacks were easier to find than the individual issues.


Toy Report: The Lizard (Spider-Man/Toy Biz)

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The Lizard in The Spectacular Spider-Man anima...

The Lizard in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


When you think of the “Jekyll & Hyde” analog in the Marvel Universe you probably think of Bruce Banner, the incredible Hulk. But he’s not the only one. In fact I would wager Doctor Curt Connors may be closer. Attempting to create a serum that could restore his lost arm, Connors used lizard DNA, since some lizards can allegedly regrow limbs. He would soon regret not going with a starfish or something since he not only regained his lost limb but became the Lizard, a monster determined to turn the entire human race into lizard people just like him. This may be the hardest foe Spider-Man has to fight since he is friends with Connors in both identities but the Lizard shares nothing of Connors save his chemical genius.


Toy Biz released a Lizard action figure as part of the second “Spider-Man” toy line, and this is the version I have, although he’s appeared in toys before and since. This is the same company, I remind you, that gave us the failed attempts at Doctor Octopus and the Rhino we’ve seen in previous reports. They have good points but not enough to outweigh the bad ones. Will the last of our Spider-Foes make the cut or complete the trifecta of disappointment?


Special Clutter Clearing Reports: Day 6

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Well, yesterday screwed up everything for the last few days. I have….a lot more e-mails than I thought. I only had time to knock one account down to 1000, which shows you how little attention I’ve paid it since last year. So….I got most of my goals done, and tomorrow I resume normal operations on the other site so we return to the weekly format. I may try again to get my e-mails caught up tomorrow, though.

So…have any of you done a week-long project like this? Were you more successful in getting your clutter organized that I was? I achieved the big goals but not all of them.

Special Clutter Clearing Reports: Day 5

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Well, I didn’t get much done, but not for the reason I thought. I was tired all day. I guess I didn’t get enough sleep. However, I got pretty far the past few days.


I finally got the comics off the floor. I read all but two of the newsletters, but all the rest of the mail has been read. I decided to wait on the records until either the end of this year or the beginning of next year since we’re so close to the end (only a few months to go) but I put stuff in the proper folders, so that’s a victory. I’ve recovered most of my floor. There’s just the matter of putting some things away and finding a proper home for others.


I also have access to my pinball machine again, which makes me happy. I may play some later.

Tomorrow I’m hoping to get stuff I planned to do today tomorrow, but I still have e-mail and DVR recordings to go over. Sometimes I think this is going to be a never ending project but if I can get things better than they were I’ll be happy. We’re almost done with this super cleaning operation and there are enough signs of progress to make it worth the time. Now if I can get my schedule straight and get things done.

Special Clutter Cleaning Reports: Day 4

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Today’s work concluded with getting all of my papers organized. Things have been thrown out or put in their proper place, although in some cases the “proper place” need their own organizing. So the table isn’t going away until I do that, hopefully tomorrow but I have things I need to do. I think I need to do that every December or January to keep my records properly organized. More work to do tomorrow.

Special Clutter Clearing Reports: Day 3

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The paper cleaning continues. Today I finally caught up on my mail and some of my newsletters plus organized some more important records. I’m going to read through a few more before bed, and hopefully tomorrow I can focus on the important records. The mission continues.

I have no idea why the “clean before you move” article keeps coming up. I’m not going anywhere for quite some time.

Special Clutter Clearing Reports: Day 2



And today’s project was to take all of the papers all over the place–the ones on the floor, the ones all over my computer desk, and what was on the pinball table–and organize them to go over. I’ve already tossed a few thing out and gotten a good chunk of my mail read. Some of this will have to be organized with the records folders and other stiff will have to find someplace else to go. This is when I realize I need a place for instruction booklets. I may have an idea on that route, but we’ll save that for tomorrow’s report. The project continues.

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