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  • BettyReggie: 112 Days until Wednesday 10th 2018 ,  Riverdale Season #3 on The CW at 8pm.
    June 20, 2018, 05:28:15 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: And another one: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:42:07 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Riverdale spoof: [link]
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  • DeCarlo Rules: @irishmoxie -- It's definitely complete. All six of the 1958-59 Sy Reit/Bob White original issues, plus the feature-length "Good Guys of the Galaxy" by Tom DeFalco & Fernando Ruiz from ARCHIE #655, and three 5-page digest shorts that guest-starred Cosmo -- and the complete first issue of the Ian Flynn/Tracy Yarley COSMO (2017) thrown in for good measure. It follows the same layout/format as the previous JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE, even though that didn't carry the "Archie Comics Presents..." trade dress. Not a bad buy for $11.
    June 14, 2018, 01:08:59 AM
  • irishmoxie: Anyone get the Cosmo book that came out today? Any good?
    June 13, 2018, 08:04:49 PM
  • Cosmo: Ah man....and I was worried I was the last enthusiast for ERB's stuff. I'm currently rereading my Dell Tarzan books. Really good fun! It took a while to complete that run.
    June 12, 2018, 06:51:53 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: ...Marvel's earlier JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS in there, so the DE Tarzan comics need to go in a different box, and SHEENA (also a recent DE title) and DC's RIMA THE JUNGLE GIRL will help fill up that box.
    June 11, 2018, 07:40:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Recently. DE's unauthorized LORD OF THE JUNGLE Tarzan adaptations (and its authorized THE GREATEST ADVENTURE) won't fit into my existing box of previous Tarzan comics from Gold Key, DC, and Dark Horse, so I have to start a new box. Logically these get filed with DE's unauthorized WARLORD OF MARS comics (including DEJAH THORIS) and their authorized JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS. But I also want to squeeze Marve;
    June 11, 2018, 07:38:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Interesting. I tend not to group titles by publisher at all, if the characters were not created as work-for-hire (meaning the publisher is legally considered the 'author' of the character). Do they belong to that publisher's "universe" (assuming it has one)? There are some publishers like Dynamite Entertainment where the vast majority of the titles they publish are licensed, and thus were "inherited" from other publishers. Therefore it makes more sense to me to group them together in boxes with similar characters. Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake comics (regardless of who the actual publisher was) go together in the same box because they're all classic adventure heroes licensed from Hearst Entertainment (formerly King Features Syndicate). Pulp fiction heroes like The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider (regardless of the fact that the latter did not originate with the same publisher as the first two) also get grouped together. Space considerations allowing, Tarzan (and other Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations) might share the same box with Sheena and Rima, but NOT with Ka-Zar, because he's a Marvel Universe character.
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  • rusty: I do keep all Star Trek series together in their own section and all Star Wars books together.  I also keep all 2000AD titles together and manga books get their own section.  For titles that have switched publishers, I usually keep them all with the publisher that I identify them with the most.  Tarzan has been published by a variety of publishers, but I keep them with Dell/Gold Key.  Conan is starting to get a bit close with all the success Dark Horse has had, but I still identify Conan more with Marvel.
    June 11, 2018, 06:27:26 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Believe it or not, I even have a box labeled "Pseudo-manga" that contains comics published by American companies and created by American creators like Astro Boy & Racer X (Now Comics), Battle of the Planets (Gold Key & Top Cow/Image), Captain Harlock (Malibu), Godzilla (Dark Horse) and Ultraman. I just want to keep those separate from the boxes of real translated manga in floppy comic format.
    June 11, 2018, 03:34:17 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Well. the problem is when you get titles with licensed characters that aren't owned by the publisher. So if you collect Star Trek comics, you'd have different series published by Gold Key, Marvel, DC, and IDW (and I probably missed one in there). It doesn't make sense to me to put them in different boxes by publisher, but to each his own. Disney comics would be another example. There are even some instances where if I like a certain artist enough, I will put all his work regardless of publisher or characters into one box, like Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, or Mike Allred (and file them chronologically from older to newer, rather than alphabetically). Those are examples where my interest in the creator far exceeds my relative interest in whatever characters are involved.
    June 11, 2018, 03:14:29 PM
  • rusty: That makes sense.  There are many ways that people can file books.  What I do is file by company or category and then alphabetically within each section.  My first category is Richie Rich then Archie, then other Harvey titles, then Disney, then other humor/kids books, then by company (unless it is a company where I don't have very many books from them.  Star Trek and Star Wars each get their own section as well.  I will probably revamp a bit when I do my next major sort/merge.  The biggest section by far for me is DC.
    June 11, 2018, 09:28:59 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: I don't even file my comics alphabetically. I file them according to how closely they're related to other titles, but it's all dependent on the number of issues I have of any given title, and what will fit into a single box. Fpr ACP comics I just put all the short-run series (whether an actual miniseries or just a not particularly successful title) into one box. Even though some of those short run series star Jughead, and I could as easily file those together with the main JUGHEAD title in another box. For longer running ACP titles, "girl" titles are sorted into different boxes than "boy" titles. Eventually when I have enough issues of BETTY (and BETTY AND ME and BETTY'S DIARY) they'll get their own box, and VERONICA will get her own box.
    June 10, 2018, 09:49:06 AM
  • rusty: I file Jughead under J and Reggie under R in all of their incarnations, though I do file the original Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books under S since that keeps them with the Superman books and also because they kept that title throughout their entire run.  If anyone wants to look up Jughead or Reggie in Overstreet, though, they will have to look under A for the early issues.
    June 10, 2018, 07:56:27 AM
  • BettyReggie: I can't wait to get that Reggie book. It's coming out the day after my 39th Birthday.
    June 10, 2018, 06:42:06 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Yeah, I never understood why publishers felt the need to point that out on the covers of a comic book, like maybe someone didn't really know who REGGIE was, and might buy it just because they noticed the words "Archie's Rival" above the big letters that spelled REGGIE? Same with "Archie's Pal" or "Superman's Pal" or "Superman's Girl Friend" -- like some potential buyer wouldn't know who Jughead, Jimmy Olsen, or Lois Lane was, but would know who Archie or Superman was? Just assume you're selling the product to idiots, I guess. Is anyone really filing REGGIE under "A" for Archie's Pal in their collections??
    June 10, 2018, 05:42:02 AM
  • rusty: In it's first incarnation, Reggie was titled ARCHIE'S RIVAL, REGGIE.  It wasn't until after the title was resurrected nearly a decade later that it became REGGIE and then REGGIE AND ME.
    June 09, 2018, 10:23:13 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: I've never understood why those old titles had "and Me" in them, anyway. Why not just name the titles after the starring characters?
    June 09, 2018, 08:17:45 PM


Author Topic: Sears/Kmart  (Read 26920 times)

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VintageJon

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #75 on: February 13, 2017, 01:53:52 PM »
The whole Target launch up here was a complete Fiasco.  They lasted about a year. They grossly misunderstood what consumers here would want (we wanted an exact copy of the US stores, pricing included).   Instead, we were treated to half empty shelves and inflated prices. The parent company gave no time for the operation to become profitable.


Thousands lost jobs and most of the stores just stand empty now.  The retail landscape in Canada is very sparse compared to America as it is.  Walmart is pretty much the only department store we have now. We used to have Zellers, Woolworth/Woolco, Towers, Eaton's, Robinson's...etc.  Retail as we know it has had its day I'm afraid.     
« Last Edit: February 13, 2017, 01:58:40 PM by VintageJon »

Alexandra Cabot

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #76 on: February 13, 2017, 03:00:03 PM »
Enough with the boring politics talk. Speaking of the downfall of Kmart, this guy made one about Target in Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohXYR69UhxI


I hope he makes one about Sears when the time comes.

Tuxedo Mark is obsessed with K-Mart because he worked there in the past and didn't have a good experience I think.  So he tracks its performance as some kind of weird revenge.  Honestly, the healthy thing for him to do would be to stop dwelling on it entirely.  I don't know why people would pander to this kind of thing and feign interest, seems kind of fake to me.


JonInIowaCity

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #77 on: February 13, 2017, 08:43:30 PM »
We still have a Kmart in town. More often than not, it's the box store that I shop at when I need to go to a box store. It's closer than Walmart and the lines flow faster. Every so often, news articles show up about new Kmarts that are closing down and I keep looking to see if our store is closing. So far, so good. But it's just a matter of time.

BettyReggie

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #78 on: February 13, 2017, 11:08:23 PM »
We had Kmart but they changed their name to Super Kmart. I haven't been to a Kmart in years.

Mr.Lodge

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #79 on: February 14, 2017, 12:25:43 AM »
We used to call Kmart 'Came apart'. I think the last time I went to one was just to use the restroom to make a 'deposit'.
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irishmoxie

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #80 on: February 14, 2017, 02:16:53 PM »
I have fond memories of Kmart as a child. It was a fun place to shop in and was well stocked back then. I remember buying the Sabrina novels there featuring Melissa Joan Hart on the cover. I would beg my mom to take me and my friend there at midnight during a sleepover. It was one of the few places open at that time (24 hours). Target had better stuff but was not open. We would cause general havoc: ride around on the motorized carts, bounce a giant bouncy ball from the toy department down all the aisles, hide dog bones in the meat case. I also remember cranking calling Kmart all the time to ask if Chloe was there. Chloe was just a random name I chose. I remember one time the person in the clothing department answered and they just happened to see a woman walk by in a flowered dress and I said "That's her!" And they actually went after her. People were more gullible back then.

steveinthecity

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #81 on: February 15, 2017, 12:21:39 AM »
If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.
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DeCarlo Rules

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #82 on: February 15, 2017, 05:01:25 AM »
If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.

Wow, a Kmart that's also a restaurant? I've never seen one. Around here they're just department stores (although I've recently been in a larger one that carries groceries, as well). I know of a couple of Walmarts around here that have Subway franchises inside the store, and one Target that has a mini-restaurant that serves fast food (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, etc.) but that's about it.

SAGG

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #83 on: February 15, 2017, 08:01:14 AM »

If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.

Wow, a Kmart that's also a restaurant? I've never seen one. Around here they're just department stores (although I've recently been in a larger one that carries groceries, as well). I know of a couple of Walmarts around here that have Subway franchises inside the store, and one Target that has a mini-restaurant that serves fast food (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, etc.) but that's about it.


Yeah, I do recall that our old Kmarts had cafeterias:


https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Vintage+Kmart+Cafeteria+Years&FORM=IDMHDL


I liked eating there as well when I was little. Woolworth's was the same, only that the store was smaller...

VintageJon

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #84 on: February 15, 2017, 08:50:01 AM »
Woolworth's had a great lunch counter, as did Kresge's (we had Kresge (same company) and Kmart until the 90's) The one in downtown Hamilton was straight out of the 1950's.  They had great burgers and fries.....Jughead would have been in heaven.  25 years later when I drive by the old building I still get a little sad.
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irishmoxie

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #85 on: February 15, 2017, 07:08:27 PM »
If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.


Totally had a grocery store like this in Ohio called Buehler's. We get the Friday night fish fry then pick out a video in their mini video rental store inside. I remember Giant Eagle having a video rental store too.

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #86 on: February 15, 2017, 08:46:35 PM »
Well I hadn't thought about those cafeterias in stores for quite a while, but it was the norm in the sixties/early seventies. K-Mart usually had the as did my old employer Murphy Mart in Bethel Park PA. Even Sears had one at the anchor Sears at the mall. Usually pretty cheap and mostly decent food. Sort of good the way food in bowling alleys tend to be good. Often it was in a raised area a couple of feet off the store sales floor so you could gaze out at your next purchases as you grazed on the food.

steveinthecity

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #87 on: February 16, 2017, 12:53:01 AM »
Well I hadn't thought about those cafeterias in stores for quite a while, but it was the norm in the sixties/early seventies. K-Mart usually had the as did my old employer Murphy Mart in Bethel Park PA. Even Sears had one at the anchor Sears at the mall. Usually pretty cheap and mostly decent food. Sort of good the way food in bowling alleys tend to be good. Often it was in a raised area a couple of feet off the store sales floor so you could gaze out at your next purchases as you grazed on the food.
I was in the Harrisburg area, and can relate to what you're saying.  One of my favorite things to eat as a kid  was the fish sandwich and fries at the local bowling alley. 
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JonInIowaCity

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #88 on: February 20, 2017, 05:18:54 PM »
At this point, most of our kitchen appliances, plus our washer/dryer set, were purchased at our local Sears.

Re: Sears/Kmart
« Reply #89 on: February 23, 2017, 02:32:59 PM »
The whole Target launch up here was a complete Fiasco.  They lasted about a year. They grossly misunderstood what consumers here would want (we wanted an exact copy of the US stores, pricing included).   Instead, we were treated to half empty shelves and inflated prices. The parent company gave no time for the operation to become profitable.


Thousands lost jobs and most of the stores just stand empty now.  The retail landscape in Canada is very sparse compared to America as it is.  Walmart is pretty much the only department store we have now. We used to have Zellers, Woolworth/Woolco, Towers, Eaton's, Robinson's...etc.  Retail as we know it has had its day I'm afraid.   
Yeah, it was an absolute disaster. I read a HUGE article on it once- a lot of boring business-speak, but it also mentioned that the empty shelves were due to a poor distribution system- employees didn't want to get in trouble, so they clicked everything to be at a minimum, and the automatic system wouldn't flag them for it. So ALL of the stores were empty.

They also foolishly over-shot their limits- opening up DOZENS of stores when they should have done flagship launches in major cities, or in one area. They opened up THREE FRIGGIN' STORES in Edmonton near-simultaneously. Of COURSE that was going to be a disaster! Nobody can go from "zero stores" to "a hundred stores" overnight and make it work. I don't care if they WERE in major shopping centers (West Edmonton Mall & Kingsway).


And yeah, malls are now sitting with gigantic Big Boxes empty. West Edmonton Mall has JUST NOW figured out what they're going to do with theirs, and it's been empty for two or three years now. Target lost billions on this nonsense.

 


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