Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday José Luis García-López

Today is comic book artist José Luis García-López's 67th birthday! He's a Spanish artist that has done most of his work for DC Comics. I met him way back in 1989 at a local comic book show where he drew this picture of Batman for me. The paper is 11 x 14.

Of course, my favorite book that he drew is DC Special Series #27: Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk (1981).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Looking For 'Rue Morgue Radio Presents Hymns From the House of Horror Vol. II'

Back in July of 2011 Rue Morgue posted a free download of a compilation called 'Rue Morgue Radio Presents Hymns From the House of Horror Vol. II'. Unfortunately, it's long gone from their website. Someone emailed me looking for a copy of it and truthfully, I wouldn't mind having it also. I'm sure I had it at one time, but I lost a lot of files on my old computer. Hopefully someone can help. Thanks!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Gallagher And His Sledge-O-Matic

My wife and I saw Gallagher at The Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls, OH on Friday night. We wore protection and I even got his autograph on the piece of paper that came with the poncho! It's too bad he didn't have a t-shirt in my size. The club had plastic all over the walls, ceiling and floor. I had a really good time, but my wife was a little upset that she got Spaghetti-O's on her boots. :)

Unfortunately I heard things didn't go so well at Saturday nights show. Gallagher walked off stage before he smashed anything.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Retroist Junk Box

What is The Retroist Junk Box? It's a box full of retro "junk" from the 70s, 80s and 90s that gets mailed from one person to another. Once you get the box, you take out anything that you like and put in some of your own unwanted retro stuff and then mail it off to the next person. Pretty cool, huh?

This is actually my second time getting the box. I first got it almost a year ago. There's still a couple of things in the box that I put in there back then! :) Here's a link to my first time with the Junk Box.

The box is sponsored by the fine folks at I See Robots and

First up, here's what the Junk Box looked like when I received it. It was pretty beat up. Unfortunately, a couple of items were broken. But, I got a brand new box to put the junk in.

Here's what I took out of the box. A few Gremlins and MAD trading cards. Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance rubber bracelets.  An Applause PVC Joker from 1989. A couple of The Empire Strikes Back wax wrappers. Jaime Sommers Top Secret folder. School House Rocks DVD. The Rocketeer candy head. Dick Tracy movie key chain. Robotech comic book. An old Milton Bradley game catalog.

 I also took this poster from an old issue of Dynamite magazine.

I also let my brother take a look through the Junk Box. This is what he grabbed. Four comic books and an Overstreet Fan magazine. A couple of old video games and an 8-track tape.

Here's what I put into the box. Spaceballs and Mortal Combat VHS tapes. Angelica and Hulk toys. A couple of Masters of the Universe mini comics. A couple of video game cases and a 45 adaptor.

 I also threw in a bunch of comic books. Most of these came from my brother.

Plus, there's still a whole bunch of stuff from other people in the box. I didn't take a picture of it all because I want it to be a little bit of a surprise for the next person that gets it. The Retroist Junk Box is currently on its way to California.

Edit: Sadly, I found out that I was the last person to get this junk box. He's retiring it. It was fun while it lasted. Maybe someone will start another one some day.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P.

So sad. I've always been a fan of Mr. Nimoy. Live Long and Prosper!

From NBC News --

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing the emotionless, pointy-eared Spock on the "Star Trek" television series, died on Friday. He was 83.

His granddaughter, Dani, confirmed the death on Twitter. She called him "an extraordinary man." Nimoy revealed a year ago that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

As the half-human, half-alien chief science officer for the Starship Enterprise, Spock gave the world the indelible blessing "Live long and prosper" and his familiar split-fingered Vulcan salute. He was second in command to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, his stoicism the perfect counter to Kirk's fiery personality.

"I loved him like a brother," Shatner said in a statement. "We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love."

Word of his death inspired expressions of respect not just from his fellow actors and from "Star Trek" fans but from NASA.

Nimoy's career boldly went beyond television. He was also a poet, a photographer, a director and a singer. And a decade after the series went off the air, he breathed new life into the brand by appearing in a series of blockbuster movies.

"The word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard," the actor George Takei, who played Sulu on the series, told MSNBC. "He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being."

Nimoy invoked his best-known line in his last tweet, posted Monday: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."

When the original "Star Trek" series ended in 1969, after three season, Nimoy moved to the adventure series "Mission: Impossible." He also hosted the mystery-probing television series "In Search Of … " More recently, he played Dr. William Bell on the Fox series "Fringe."

He credits as a movie director included "Three Men and a Baby." But he was by far most famous for giving life to the green-blooded Spock.

In a 1995 interview with the AP, he ventured that people "recognize in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation."

"How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?" he said.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hawkman vs. Captain America

Back on Feb. 1, the Facebook page held a comic book Superbowl showdown giveaway. Hawkman (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Captain America (New England Patriots). All you had to do to win was choose one of the teams. I chose the Patriots and ToyChestNews chose me as the winner of these two action figures! Yay me!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

I Got Some New Toys

Well, some of them are old. But, they're new to me!

For Christmas my wife bought me a Marvel Select Abomination figure. Unfortunately, I already had it. So, we took it back to The Toys Time Forgot and exchanged it for some other stuff.

 Land of the Lost Safari Shooter made by Larami in 1975. Still in original packaging with unpunched header card. This covered the cost of Abomination. But, I needed more toys! So, I bought these...

 A new ReAction Pinhead. 1979 Durham Incredible Hulk figure. 1982 Incredible Hulk pop-up book.

Last week at Salvation Army I found the following items:

 Lite-Brite from 1994. I plugged it in and it didn't work. Hopefully it just needs a new bulb. It was only 99¢!

 Lunch Boxes puzzle from 2012. I'm guessing the -1 written on the box means it's missing a piece. It's still cool and also was 99¢.

 Mrs. Potato Head from 1985. She looks pretty complete. Did she come with any other parts? Only paid $1.99.

 UFO Encounters book published by Scholastic in 1978.

And finally I bought these 14 x 11 inch metal comic book signs for $1.99 each at a local grocery store/closeout store called Marc's. They also had a Hello Kitty sign, but I didn't buy it.