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  • Tuxedo Mark: And another one: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:42:07 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Riverdale spoof: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:35:22 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: My review of "Roughing It!" from B&V Friends #262: [link]
    June 14, 2018, 08:12:53 PM
  • 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.
    June 11, 2018, 07:16:22 PM
  • 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
  • DeCarlo Rules: Funny that the trade paperback collection is entitled REGGIE AND ME Vol. 1, when his floppy comic book series was actually titled just plain REGGIE for the first 18 issues (and going on hiatus for nine years in between issues #14 and 15). Since it's only a 224-page book, that should mean we'll be seeing reprints of stories from the first 9 (or maybe 10) issues. So shouldn't it be titled REGGIE Vol. 1? Unless they actually do plan to start the first volume with issue #19 from 1966 (the first classic Evilheart issue) where the title actually changed to REGGIE AND ME. My theory is that the ME in that title = Evilheart, unlike the prior titles ARCHIE AND ME (where ME = Mr. Weatherbee), or BETTY AND ME (where the ME = Archie).
    June 09, 2018, 12:59:59 PM


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DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1230 on: August 08, 2017, 07:14:04 AM »
QUEEN EMERALDAS HC GN VOL 02 (Kodansha 2017) Here's hoping for a reprint of the original Captain Harlock manga someday, although Kodansha doesn't have those rights.

Eternal Wanderer EMERALDAS: The Children of Eden #1-4 (Eternity Comics 1990) Not bad as Eternity titles go. This was one of their better ones.

MONSTERS: MARVEL MONSTERBUS HC VOL 01 (Marvel 2017) - Well, they've now reprinted every Jack Kirby pre-Marvel superhero SF/fantasy story in this (and a second volume) HC collection, but they did leave out a few giant monster stories which Kirby didn't draw. Hopefully someday Steve Ditko will get a similar comprehensive reprinting of SF/fantasy pre-superhero stories from Marvel. They did release a complete AMAZING FANTASY OMNIBUS a few years back, which was all Ditko stories, but that by no means represents the bulk of his contributions to the pre-Marvel Age fantasy titles.

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1231 on: August 09, 2017, 07:21:00 AM »
I'll try to read today because I already did my workout.

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1232 on: August 09, 2017, 06:24:56 PM »
I finished Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #242
And I also read these books for 12 minutes each
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #247
Archie & Pals & Gals Double Digest # 135
Reggie & Me #4 & #5
Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggled - Volume #3

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1233 on: August 09, 2017, 07:40:30 PM »
08-09-17:
NEWSBOY LEGION & BOY COMMANDOS SPECIAL #1
MISTER MIRACLE #1 (of 12)
DETECTIVE COMICS #962
THE PHANTOM: PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S MISSION #1 (of 5)
THE SHADOW #1
GREEN HORNET '66 MEETS THE SPIRIT #2 (of 5)
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE #4 (of 9)
ASH VS. THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #2
KILL OR BE KILLED #11
VIOLENT LOVE #7
FREEWAY FIGHTER #4 (of 4)



DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1234 on: August 17, 2017, 05:32:19 AM »
WEEK OF 08-16-17:
SILVER SURFER #13 (of 14)
X-MEN BLUE #9
SPY SEAL #1 (of 6)
UNCLE SCROOGE #433
ROM #12
INVINCIBLE #139
WORLD WAR TANK GIRL #4 (of 4)
KILL THE MINOTAUR #3 (of 6)
SOUTHERN BASTARDS #17
ASTRO CITY #46
DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 (of 6)
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS SPACE GHOST #1 (of ?)
SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 (one-shot)
SHEENA #0
KISS/VAMPIRELLA #3 (of 5)
MIGHTY MOUSE #3
MICRONAUTS WRATH OF KARZA #4 (of 5)
STAR TREK TNG: THE MIRROR BROKEN #3 (of 6)
ANNO DRACULA #5 (of 5)
ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 #1 (of 4)

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1235 on: August 17, 2017, 05:45:15 PM »
DANGEROUSLY CHLOE VOL. 1 (tankobon pb collection of the PixieTrix webcomic) By David Lumsdon (writer) and Cassandra Wedeking (artist) - This is my favorite of all the PixieTrix webcomics. It's a spinoff (as is Magick Chicks) of the earlier webcomic Eerie Cuties. Chloe Love is a cadet succubus, so it's her job to... collect or tempt new souls into Hell. But's she's kind of a softie at heart, so she just can't seem to bring herself to collect on a contract with a student named Teddy DeCarlo, and she decides to help him get out of his contract via the loophole of finding him a girlfriend. Well, she has good intentions, but you know what they say the road to Hell is paved with? Chloe's not the only supernatural being around, and a host of angelic characters, as well as her academy-mate succubi (BFF Pandora and arch-rival Lucretia Devotion) get involved in Teddy and his sister's life. Hardly a page goes by that there isn't some kind of joke or comical situation, and most of them are pretty damned darned funny too. Chloe's favorite expression when she's frustrated is "Oh, pitchforks!!", which I just love.

MENAGE A 3 VOL. 1 (tankobon pb collection of the PixieTrix webcomic) By David Lumsdon (writer) and Gisele Lagace (artist/co-writer) - Really too complicated to describe in just a few sentences, but this one's more down-to-earth with less of a fantastical angle. It's a little like "Three's Company", set in Montreal, but one of the characters, DiDi, is a French-Canadian (Quebecois) girl who reminds me a lot of Melody Valentine (although Gisele says she was inspired by Samantha Smyth, and she does have super-strength). I guess it was DiDi's fractured franglais that reminded me of how Melody mixes up her quotations and aphorisms. I found it a little hard to get into as a webcomic at first, and liked it better reading it in book form, but part of that might be because it's the second time around reading the strips in this first volume. I'll probably wind up getting the subsequent volumes sometime.

B & V FRIENDS FALL ANNUAL DIGEST #255 - What, no Josie stories?? And no Cheryl Blossom either!! There's 23 pages of Andrew Pepoy's post-millennial version of Katy Keene though, and a 5-page Suzie story by Samm Schwartz, and a 6-page Ginger story by Harry Lucey. There were a fair number of B&V stories by Kathleen Webb, which I always enjoy, plus another reprint of one of my favorite Dan Parent Veronica stories, "Drama Queen", where Ronnie takes on the Bard by rewriting Romeo and Juliet to update it for modern teens. "What a train wreck!! You want to leave, but you can't turn away!" The lead story by Dan P. and Bill Galvan, "Don't Test My Patience!" is pretty funny up to a point, but kind of left me hanging in the last two panels. Seems like it could have gone on another page or two.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2017, 05:51:42 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1236 on: August 20, 2017, 12:16:18 AM »
I read Riverdale #5. Are Reggie & Josie really gonna act like that on Riverdale? And why did they make Reggie have a car dealership, his dad always worked at a Newspaper.
« Last Edit: August 20, 2017, 01:51:00 PM by BettyReggie »

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1237 on: August 20, 2017, 01:11:38 PM »
I read these books for 15 minutes each
The Art Of Betty & Veronica
Archie 1000 Page Comics Blowout
Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration
Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #41
« Last Edit: August 20, 2017, 01:50:34 PM by BettyReggie »

rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1238 on: August 20, 2017, 11:31:27 PM »
I've been catching up on manga for the past week:


Anonymous Noise 1-3
Platinum End 1-3
Your Name 1
Say I Love You 17
Boruto 1
My Love Story 12
My Neighbor Seki 9
Oresama Teacher 22
Skip-Beat 3
Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess 1
Food Wars 17-19
World Trigger 15-16
Haikyu 13-14
Ubel Blatt 8
Btooom 16-17
Attack on Titan 21-22
Kuroko's Basketball 13-14
The Crater
ERased 1-2
Under the Air
Tokyo  Ghoul 11-14
Cells at Work 3-4
Golden Kamuy 1
Ultraman 7-8
Blood Alone 7-8 (online)

I've still got quite a few more in my backlog, unfortunately, but I'm going to see what kind of progress I can make before school starts back up again.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1239 on: August 21, 2017, 03:24:24 AM »
I've been catching up on manga for the past week:


Anonymous Noise 1-3
Platinum End 1-3
Your Name 1
Say I Love You 17
Boruto 1
My Love Story 12
My Neighbor Seki 9
Oresama Teacher 22
Skip-Beat 3
Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess 1
Food Wars 17-19
World Trigger 15-16
Haikyu 13-14
Ubel Blatt 8
Btooom 16-17
Attack on Titan 21-22
Kuroko's Basketball 13-14
The Crater
ERased 1-2
Under the Air
Tokyo  Ghoul 11-14
Cells at Work 3-4
Golden Kamuy 1
Ultraman 7-8
Blood Alone 7-8 (online)

I've still got quite a few more in my backlog, unfortunately, but I'm going to see what kind of progress I can make before school starts back up again.

How's Cells At Work? I was thinking about trying that, since the art looked good and the concept seemed interesting.

Is the new Ultraman really that good? I'm a big fan of classic Ultraman, but after flipping through one of the early volumes of the reboot, it just seemed way too grim for me. Other people have told me it's good, though. On the other hand, I enjoyed Urusawa's PLUTO, which rebooted the classic Tezuka Astroboy story "The World's Greatest Robot" -- in fact it turned out to be one of the best seinin manga I've ever read -- so I don't know...

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1240 on: August 21, 2017, 03:38:57 AM »
And why did they make Reggie have a car dealership, his dad always worked at a Newspaper.

Reggie had a car dealership in Life With Archie/The Married Life, in the Archie Marries Veronica timeline. I'd guess that's probably where they got the idea.

rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1241 on: August 21, 2017, 06:12:36 AM »

How's Cells At Work? I was thinking about trying that, since the art looked good and the concept seemed interesting.

Is the new Ultraman really that good? I'm a big fan of classic Ultraman, but after flipping through one of the early volumes of the reboot, it just seemed way too grim for me. Other people have told me it's good, though. On the other hand, I enjoyed Urusawa's PLUTO, which rebooted the classic Tezuka Astroboy story "The World's Greatest Robot" -- in fact it turned out to be one of the best seinin manga I've ever read -- so I don't know...


I was kind of indifferent toward Cells at Work after the first two volumes, but I'm enjoying it more now.  These two volumes were fun.  It isn't one of my favorites or anything like that, but the art is good and the story isn't too bad.  The main characters are a red blood cell who gets lost a lot when delivering oxygen and a white blood cell who isn't as mean/rough as some of the other white blood cells.


The art for Ultraman is kind of rough.  I've been enjoying the story, though.  It isn't nearly on the same level as Pluto which was great, but it isn't bad.  I've never watched the original Ultraman, but did read the various short comic series back in the 1990s.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1242 on: August 21, 2017, 07:31:03 AM »

How's Cells At Work? I was thinking about trying that, since the art looked good and the concept seemed interesting.

Is the new Ultraman really that good? I'm a big fan of classic Ultraman, but after flipping through one of the early volumes of the reboot, it just seemed way too grim for me. Other people have told me it's good, though. On the other hand, I enjoyed Urusawa's PLUTO, which rebooted the classic Tezuka Astroboy story "The World's Greatest Robot" -- in fact it turned out to be one of the best seinin manga I've ever read -- so I don't know...


I was kind of indifferent toward Cells at Work after the first two volumes, but I'm enjoying it more now.  These two volumes were fun.  It isn't one of my favorites or anything like that, but the art is good and the story isn't too bad.  The main characters are a red blood cell who gets lost a lot when delivering oxygen and a white blood cell who isn't as mean/rough as some of the other white blood cells.


The art for Ultraman is kind of rough.  I've been enjoying the story, though.  It isn't nearly on the same level as Pluto which was great, but it isn't bad.  I've never watched the original Ultraman, but did read the various short comic series back in the 1990s.

Actually, now that I've taken a peek at it, Platinum End looks like a pretty good superhero-y manga. I haven't read Death Note yet, but would I like Platinum End if I like things like Saint Seiya, Devilman, Guyver, Zetman, Tiger & Bunny?

rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1243 on: August 21, 2017, 11:58:23 AM »
Actually, now that I've taken a peek at it, Platinum End looks like a pretty good superhero-y manga. I haven't read Death Note yet, but would I like Platinum End if I like things like Saint Seiya, Devilman, Guyver, Zetman, Tiger & Bunny?


I haven't read Saint Seiya, Devilman or Zetman and it has been a long time since I read Guyver.  I like Tiger & Bunny, but it doesn't really compare to Platinum End too much.  I think Platinum End is more serious, though it does have elements of humor at times.  God has decided to abdicate so 13 angels each pick a person who has given up on life and give them either wings (so they can fly really fast), red arrows (to make someone love them and follow their suggestions for 33 days) or white arrows (instant death).  Higher rank angels can give 2 or 3 of the above.  One of these candidates will be chosen to become  the new god in 999 days.


At least one of the chosen decides that killing off the other candidates is a good way to become the new god.  It isn't really a superhero manga, though a 'superhero' does play a role since one of the candidates sets himself up as one.  It isn't as intense as Death Note, but does have some of the same elements.  As for Death Note, I loved the first 6.5 volumes, didn't like it that much for a couple of volumes and then it got better again toward the end.  I thought the first 6.5 volumes were among the best manga that I've read.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1244 on: August 21, 2017, 01:17:11 PM »
Actually, now that I've taken a peek at it, Platinum End looks like a pretty good superhero-y manga. I haven't read Death Note yet, but would I like Platinum End if I like things like Saint Seiya, Devilman, Guyver, Zetman, Tiger & Bunny?


I haven't read Saint Seiya, Devilman or Zetman and it has been a long time since I read Guyver.

Zetman hasn't had an authorized English translation as yet, and precious little of Go Nagai's Devilman (3 issues from Verotik in the 90s -- but more is on the way from Seven Seas). Saint Seiya had a long English tankobon series from Viz under its alternate English title Knights of the Zodiac, but all of these have been turned into anime movies, OVAs or series (some all three) so I thought you'd be familiar with at least some version of the stories. Masakazu Katsura's Zetman and T&B are both more recent and are more overt homages to American-style superheroes, but they are all some Japanese variant of standard superheroes.

Some aspects of Saint Seiya and Devilman don't sound too far off from Platinum End -- they're "superheroes" of the mythological/SF/cosmic variety, with powerful ancient forces vying against each other. Given your wide range of Japanese genres over several decades, I'm amazed that you wouldn't be familiar with the basic story concepts of at least most of them. Or do you not watch anime? I guess I'm surprised because it seems like you're reading about ten times the amount of manga I am, but maybe that doesn't leave much time for watching anime.

Platinum End sounds right up my alley, and the art passes my eyeball test, so it's on my list now. Thanks, Rusty.

 


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