Robot 6: Shelf Porn Submission (Charlie)

Check out my own personal comic collection featured on Robot 6/Comic Book Resources’ Shelf Porn blogsite! -Charlie

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/10/shelf-porn-saturday-file-under-a-for-awesome/

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My 20 Favorite Marvel Covers (Charlie)

It’s no secret that I am primarily a Marvel fan. I collect and enjoy other comics as well but the majority of my collection consists of bronze and silver age Marvel comics. Since no one really ever sees my collection(mainly due to not having very many comic geek friends), I thought I would post some of my favorite covers. Now keep in mind these were only chosen from comics that I have in my own personal collection and are ranked by cover art only. Value and content were not a factor in this list. Just the purty pictures. Enjoy!

(Click each comic for a larger version. What? Is this your first time on the internet?)


#20. Contest of Champions #1 (1982)

I love these “pile everyone up” covers. Very vibrant.

Take note of three of my favorite heroes in a row back there. Moon Knight, Vision and Black Bolt. I’m thinking they just got back from band practice. Moon Knight on drums. Vizh on keytar. And Blackagar? Well bass and lead vocals of course. Too bad Scar Witch is totally gonna break up the band.

Cover Artist: John Romita Jr.

#19. Marvel Holiday Special #1(1991)

My dad bought this for me for Christmas 1991. He always got the holiday specials and hid them under my stocking. I loved ‘em. Especially this one. The wrap-around cover reveals Santa running from a pissed off Wolverine. Everyone knows Logan wanted a fresh box of Gurkha Black Dragon cigars. Get it right, bub.

Cover Artist: Arthur Adams

#18. Machine Man #1 (1978)

The first of the Jack Kirby covers. Not much beats Kirby’s style. He’s hand’s down my favorite artist. So team him with the debut of Machine Man in his first solo book and you’ve got a winner!

Something about Kirby’s lines and title lettering just fills my heart (and eyes) with glee. More of his work to come!

Cover Artist: Jack Kirby (haven’t you been paying attention?)                           

#17. Spider-Woman #1 (1978)

This was a good year for covers and I love everything about this one. The off camera baddies with guns drawn, the flowing title with killer tag line, the old school spiderweb wing thingies, blah, blah, blah. It’s great! She’s like a superhero secret spy that’s also a spider. So…a spyder.

Also, I’m really glad Marvel made the decision to let out Spider-Woman’s blue-black locks instead of the shower cap she used to wear.

Cover Artist: Joe Sinnott

#16. Fantastic Four Annual #12 (1977)

It was really hard to narrow down all my FF covers to just one. I could have easily included 10 more in this list but then it wouldn’t have been as interesting.

This cover has a 60s sci-fi feel to it that I really love. Those pods holding Black Bolt and Quicksilver are pretty much the reason this one came in at #16. I’m slowly learning that I should buy every comic Buscema drew.

Cover Artist: John Buscema!

#15. Marvel Team-Up #132 (1983)

This is a comic I owned as a kid but later lost. When I started hardcore collecting again it was one of the first I tracked down. I love the simplicity about it and I’m always drawn to these white background covers. Mr. Fantastic is the hippest he’s ever been and Spider-Man looks well…amazing. I’m pretty sure that 10 year old me drew or traced this cover a gazillion times.

Cover Artist: Paul Smith

#14. Marvel Premiere #45 (1978)

Man-Wolf! That’s enough reason alone to include this one. I really like the character, and this is his first appearance as Stargod so it also has a cheesy 70s sci-fi thing going on. I mean, it’s a werewolf fighting with a sword in space. It’s #14.

Check out the horsedragoncornasus!

Cover Artist: George Perez

#13. Incredible Hulk #389 (1992)

He may not be as well known as Swampy but Man-Thing ranks in my top 5 of Marvel characters. You feel for him like you would a mangy dog that won’t leave the yard.

I found this issue at the grossest flea market ever. I was getting dizzy and almost vomited but I wasn’t leaving without this comic. Great cover.

Cover Artist: Gary Barker

#12. Ghost Rider #16 (1976)

It’s pretty apparent that Marvel was trying to cash in on the box office success of Jaws with this cover. The issue came out not even a year after the movie.

So how exactly did Johnny Blaze end up underwater with his leg in a shark’s yap? Can GR even use hellfire in the ocean?? And do sharks even technically have souls???  Hey! I said we’re just talking ’bout the cover artwork! And this one’s awesome!

Cover Artist:  Bob Brown

#11. What if? #47 (1984)

After the success of Avengers, everyone is in love with Loki. I personally have never been an over the top fan but I AM googoo over this cover!

It’s always cool when a title throws in one of these painted issues. The What If Volume 1 line is pretty terrific but this one stood out well above the other contenders. Very 80s. If comic covers were band videos this one would be the 1984 Queensryche summer smash: Mjolnir’s Moon.

Cover Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz

#10. Marvel Team-Up #68 (1978)

I know what you’re thinking…

“We’ve already had a Marvel Team-Up on the list!” or “Really? Man-Thing? Again?” And the answers to those questions are “Shut up” and “Yes”.

Something about this cover appeals to me. Maybe the title “Dark Swamp, Deep Fear”? Or maybe it’s Man-Thing drippily reaching out? Or maybe the way Spider-Man is tensed in terror? Whatever the reason, it’s #10!

Braggy Fun Fact: my copy is signed by writer Chris Claremont

Cover Artist: John Byrne

#9. Moon Knight #17 (1982)

Another one that was reeeallly hard to narrow down to just one issue. There are so many other badass chalky dark Moon Knight covers that I almost want to show you some right now. But I’ll refrain.

I am one comic away from completing my 38 issue long Moon Knight volume 1 collection and I couldn’t be more excited.

Batman wishes he was Moon Knight. Yeah I said it.

Cover Artist: Denys Cowan

#8. Daredevil #44 (1968) 

Dare-Devil or Daredevil? Who knows! All I can say with 100 percent assurance is this cover is breathtaking! I really like color figures on black or two-color backgrounds. It’s so striking. And the yellow blocked off logo is really cool. Spotlights! A dark skyline! The hint of murder! This one’s got it all! You really can’t beat the art in a silver age book.

And Jester looks as menacing as The Joker back there. Not to worry. DD knows no fear!

Cover Artist: Gene Colan

#7. Super-Villain Team-Up #10 (1977)

This line was like the bad guy versions of Marvel Team-Up or Two-In-One and most were centered around Doctor Doom.

I LOVE this cover. First of all they have Namor listed as a villain. Poor guy always walked the line. Secondly, Doctor Doom is throwing a little hissy fit all over Cap’s shield. “Don’t you know that thing is indestructible Vic?”. And third of all, Red Skull is like friggin HUGE! And apparently on FIRE!

Plus the actual art is top notch. Nuummmbbbberrrr seeevvvvveeen!!!

Cover Artist: Gil Kane

#6. Avengers #48 (1968)

My second John Buscema cover. Features the first appearance of Dane Whitman as the Black Knight. All jokes aside this is one beautiful comic cover. Classic late 60s Avengers are where it’s at and I was lucky enough to find a great version of this issue. One of my most prized comics.

The pencils, colors and angles are crazy good. It took me forever to notice that I was actually viewing the scene from on top of the skyline looking straight down. Go ahead, take a look. Those are roofs!

Cover Artist: John F’ing Buscema

#5. Devil Dinosaur #8 (1978)

Another Kirby masterpiece! Another book from ’78! But the first book yet featuring a red demonic dino!!! This whole series is great. Anything Jack Kirby writes and pencils is pretty much gonna be a must-have for me.

It was extremely hard to pick just one cover in this line but eventually I think all the lasso action and Devil’s stance put this one at the top. Just look at those widdy biddy arms!

I want Jack Kirby to draw dinosaurs all over the walls of my house.

Cover Artist: King Kirby

#4. Spectacular Spider-Man #101 (1985)

In another universe this could have easily been #1 on the list. Like if Kirby and other cheesy factors that went into me picking numbers 1 through 3 had never existed then this is our top book. I mean look at it. Spidey’s never looked better. I can’t quite tell if he’s swinging or falling but either way it looks graceful.

I was surprised to find that this was a John Byrne cover because in the big scheme of things I’m not a huge fan. So Mr Byrne… even tho I’m not that keen on most of your art and your Fantastic Four run kind of annoys me and I hear you are sort of a douchebag…I apologize. This cover makes up for all of that.

Cover Artist. John Byrne

#3. Marvel Treasury Special: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Jack Kirby you are my hero. Not only did you single-handedly write and draw an entire 2001: A Space Odyssey ten issue series but you also found time to fit in this huge-ass coffee table book sized comic! It’s unbelievable! In case I didn’t make that clear, the Marvel Treasury books are huge. And awesome.

2001: ASO is my favorite movie so that may have had a hand in the ranking of this issue. Either way, this is my list on my blog and I’ll blab about Jack Kirby and sci-fi movies as much as I want damnit!

I love the giant space station with the launching shuttle and the ginormous 2001 logo. And is that the sun or Hal 9000 in the distance? Maybe Jack left that as a question mark.

I know this is all about covers but you should really see some of the 60s style art on the inside. Borderline Andy Warhol. #3. Bam!

Cover Artist: whatever

#2. Web of Spider-Man #1 and Annual #2 TIE! (1985/86)

Remember all those times I said I couldn’t decide on just one issue from a certain series? Well this time I really couldn’t. So I chose two!!!

I rationalized this by the fact that they are from the same artist. But the hard truth is I honestly could not decide between these two issues. They’re both fantastic. The artist is Charles Vess. I wonder if he would care to know that he just beat out not one, not two, but three Jack Kirby covers on the “Crossover Blog 20 Favorite Marvel Covers 2012 Countdown Extravaganza”???

I mentioned earlier that I really liked the painted looking covers and the “Web of…” stuff is some of the best. Spidey looks darker and meaner than ever. If only they could have achieved this amount of “emo” in Peter Parker in the black suit scenes in Spider-Man 3.  Sam Raimi may have still been holding the reins.

Cover Artist: Charles Vess

and now…drumroll please…THE #1 FAVORITE MARVEL COMIC COVER FROM MY COLLECTION IIIIISSSSS…


#1. Super Villain Classics #1: Galactus: The Origin (1983)

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Wait…so it’s not my Secret Wars #8 that features the first appearance of the symbiote?

or another classic silver age Avengers book?

NOPE! It’s this super cheesy book with a straight on front shot of a bigass Galactus face! This book is soo weird…how could it not be #1? I mean,  it’s called Super Villains Classics #1 and there were never even any more books made in the run.

Just check out that big stupid Galactus face. And that totally awesome 1980s header that could have just as well been plastered on the side of the Super Villain Classics pinball machine.

The fact that I can’t stop looking at this comic in disbelief is the sole reason it ranks at #1. I only thought Jack Kirby was my favorite cover artist. Turns out Bob Layton has trumped them all if only by pure slapstickery.

In my version of life this Galactus face would replace every important face ever depicted on earth. Statue of Liberty. All four Mt. Rushmore heads. Dollar bill. All the other bills.

Super Villains Classics: Galactus: The Origin…you are my number 1 favorite comic cover ever!

Thank you Bob Layton. Thank you.

-Charlie

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Limited Edition Walking Dead Season 2 Blu-Ray (Charlie)

We pre-ordered this beaut’ back in early summer and received it last week. So cool! It’s the limited edition RV zombie head version of season 2 of The Walking Dead. It’s not even officially for sale yet but Crossover Blog has a first glimpse! Check it out…

It came in this super cool box. If ya can’t tell, this thing’s the size of a large cookie jar!

The screwdriver is removable and the head feels sort of soft like a Halloween mask.

Open ‘er up to reveal your season 2 blu-ray! Walking Dead party. My house. See ya soon!

Season 3 of The Walking Dead premieres October 14th on AMC.

via: http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead

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Pop Rob’s Dream Justice League Movie Lineup (Pop Rob)

(Please welcome our first guest blogger POP ROB to the site! Take it away Rob! -Charlie)

Okay, so apparently Ben Affleck is being courted by Warner Bros to direct the Justice League movie. I thought The Town was okay, so maybe he’ll do alright (so long as he doesn’t actually try to sneak himself into the role of one of the characters – because I can’t picture a single one I’d be comfortable with him portraying).

So, who are my picks you ask? Well, let me tell you…

Superman/Clark Kent – HENRY CAVILL (it only makes sense to use the guy that is going to be in the upcoming Superman movie. If they dont use that film as the jumping-off point for the JL movie, they’re out of their minds. Besides, the dude looks like Superman.)

Bruce Wayne/Batman – JOHN HAMM (originally I thought he’d be a perfect Superman, but the more I think about it, he would be an excellent Bruce Wayne/Batman. He has the jawline and already plays a rich guy with a secret past on Mad Men. Perfect match! Besides, he’s already worked with Affleck in The Town, so surely he’s got his number laying around…)

Wonder Woman/Diana Prince – GINA CARANO (Have you seen HAYWIRE? Not only is there a tongue-in-cheek joke where someone calls her Wonder Woman, she might as well be running around with a golden lasso while he’s kicking all those dudes from one side of the screen to the other. She’s an MMA champ, too! SHE CAN REALLY KILL YOU! AND YOU’D BE OKAY WITH IT! It’s WONDER WOMAN!)

The Flash/Wally West – RYAN GOSLING (just go watch DRIVE and picture him in a red costume the whole time. There you go.)

Aquaman/Arthur Curry – SIMON BAKER (yeah, THE FREAKIN’ MENTALIST, DUDE! Give him a spear! Put him in the water! GO!)

Green Lantern/Hal Jordan – RYAN REYNOLDS (I was okay with Ryan Reynolds in the GL movie, even though the script was horrible, they wasted a chance to build up the relationship between Hal and Sinestro and Blake Lively was very not necessary, but – sure, whatever. I can’t think of anyone else, just keep him.)

Cyborg/Victor Stone – IDRIS ELBA (the “IT” British actor from ‘Luther’ and ‘Prometheus’ is a little older than this character might should be, but I think he’d be a great fit for the role.)

Green Arrow/Oliver Queen – JOHNNY DEPP (Why? I dunno, WHY NOT!)

Martian Manhunter – LAURENCE FISHBURNE (go back and watch The Matrix with the tint on your TV shifted to green. SEE, SEE!!)

No other cast will be accepted. Now, get to work, DC/Warner Bros! Avengers 2 is going to be out before you get your act together.

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Two Comic Short Films That Will Blow Your Mind (Charlie)

Batman in PUPPET MASTER

 

The Punisher in DIRTY LAUNDRY

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Guardians of the Galaxy Movie News (Charlie)

So it appears GOTG is lined up for a full Marvel Studios movie to lead right into Avengers 2 and I for one could not be happier. Marvel is blowing my mind! All the tie-in movie successes, a flawless Avengers flick and now this?!? I’ll be grinning all the way to 2014.

So what are The Guardians of the Galaxy? Well…

The 2008 rendition of this team, reinvented by British novelists Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, was a breath of fresh air for the Marvel cosmic storyline. Launching from 2006′s Annihilation and winding it’s way through the heavily Inhuman based War of Kings and Realm of Kings, these books outdid themselves with each new issue. Something about this group’s dynamic really worked for me and I have been dreaming of a Rocket Raccoon big screen appearance ever since.

Now I of course have no idea what Marvel has up their sleeve for this film. They could take this so many different ways. I’m about 99% sure mainly due to the recent appearances on the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon and the Marvel vs. Capcom game that they will stick with Dan and Andy’s rebooted version of the team. There was an earlier roster first appearing in 1969 and running off and on until the mid 90s but in my opinion wouldn’t really capture any big screen magic like the new characters would.  I also don’t think this movie would heavily focus on Thanos. I’m thinking he may have an appearance but Marvel will probably want to save his big storyline for the next Avengers. Just my thoughts.

So in celebration and just to help get you informed on what these guys are about I’ve decided to line it all out for you. I know that these are VERY below-the-radar books so here’s the low down…

The Guardians of the Galaxy basically formed from the ashes of Annihilation to help prevent more galactic threats from possibly destroying the universe. Including an array of heavy hitter cosmic guys and gals (and animals?), the team wind through space and time fighting baddies like The Universal Church of Truth and the Badoon and hang out in a severed Celestial head floating through space in their down time . Weird huh?

Star-Lord (Peter Quill) will definitely be in the movie.

-Leader of the team; Human; likes space guns and has a cool mask

Drax the Destroyer (Arthur Douglas) (rumoured to appear)

-Father of Moondragon, christened to kill Thanos, has appeared in the comics as a mindless moron as well as an intelligent psycopath

Gamora (rumoured to appear)

-last of her species, the Zen Whoberi, raised and trained by Thanos, appeared in the Infinity Gauntlet, had a romantic relationship with Nova (Richard Rider)

Rocket Raccoon and Groot (rumoured to appear)

RR-captain of the starship Rack n’ Ruin, a gifted military tactician who also loves giant space guns, suffers from OCD, is a friggin raccoon!

Groot-extraterrestrial plant monster, tricked death surviving in twig form but eventually absorbed enough energy to grow back to normal size, only speaks one line: I AM GROOT!, loves his raccoon buddy

Other characters who may or may not appear:

Adam Warlock

Bug

Mantis

Cosmo

Quasar

GOTG (1969)

Nova

Magus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Fiege and Marvel are going to be announcing more details at the San Diego Comic Con coming up. Stay tuned!!!

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The Many Shades of She-Hulk (Charlie)

I’ve never been a huge She-Hulk fan. I mean, I read plenty of books that feature her but can’t say I’ve ever craved a solo title. Maybe I’m still holding a grudge for her literally ripping apart one of my favorite characters, The Vision in Avengers Disassembled. BUT she IS a Hulk. And we all know what Hulks do…

Anyhoo…

I recently acquired Savage She-Hulk #1(which is also her first appearance)and was blown away by the cover art! I just randomly came across it in a bargain bin and had to have it. It’s great! It’s kind of a play on the Incredible Hulk #1 cover. You know the one right? Looks like that one up there but with a He-Hulk.

So I come home and start looking up the full run of covers and immediately decide that I have to have ‘em. Something about the bright greens and blocked off 3-D logo are instant eye candy. Check these out:

And later came Sensational She-Hulk. Same cool artwork but with a sarcastic sense of humor and lots of pinks and greens! Ooooh! Take a look:

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