Mar. 25th, 2009

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Here's another of those cutesy animal stories that ran in various Dell/GoldKey titles as backups to the cover features. This one features a character from DELL's LASSIE series, CHEENA. This story is from LASSIE #25, November, 1955.

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The question was:

"What the fuck is a 'Wolverine Art Appreciation Variant Cover' anyway?"

And Marvel answered.

Three scans beneath the cut )
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While the Second issue of Sonic Universe comes out today, I'm going to post two of the funnest pages on here. The reason why this is SO late is because I'm having problems with this site and how it works. Not sure how to work the tags or even make the cuts.

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To give you guys a slight break from the Future-Turtles (I'll be posting a sample from their first story arc later), lbd_nytetrayn requested scans from the TMNT Adventures spin-off Mighty Mutanimals, specifically the issue where they met the deranged turtle Slash.

I already posted the Mutanimals' respective origins here, for those curious:

7 pages under the cut. )
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Stephanie was killed. And forgotten. And all of that.

But, thanks to fan uproar, and Chuck Dixon, she eventually returned.

And thus, Steph defeated the two greatest foes any comic character ever had: Editorial death sentence, and Women in Refrigerators.

Truly, she is a heroine for the ages.

Kidding aside, I was lucky enough to be the one who chronicled Steph's return  on OSD. I recall many people telling me she wasn't going to come back, that DC was just screwing with us, that they couldn't wait until it was revealed to not really be her, so they could enjoy the Spoiler fans tears.

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Download four free issues of Some New Kind of Slaughter or Lost in the Flood (and How We Found Home Again), by mpMann and A. David Lewis.

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Slaughter is a dreamy look at mythic floods, ancient and modern. I only got as far as issue one, when I knew I had to share. First five pages of issue one under the cut.

ETA: guys, I just realized that this is my first non-modly post to Scans Daily 2.0. \o/
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Hey there. I'll still be posting here frequently, but I want to spend most of my time working on my own Retro-Scans, posting about pulps, old movies, various esoterica. Still, here's something about a TV-movie some of you may not have seen.

Quite a disappointment when I first saw it, this 1987 pilot looks better in retrospect, particularly after Frank Miller's recent theatrical feature. I couldn't talk myself into going to the mall to check out Miller's film. Maybe it deserved a fair chance -- I've always said not to judge a movie until you're on the way home from seeing it -- but it just looked so WRONG. And this means we're not likely to ever see a well-done new movie about the character. He's not like Superman or James Bond, who will always get another shot after a cinematic disaster.

a shadowy encounter in Dolan's office )

The 1987 SPIRIT was the pilot for a never-produced TV series based on Will Eisner' classic comic strip. As far as I can tell, it only aired once on an ABC late-night showing and isn't available on DVD, or at least I haven't seen it as such.. you'd think it would have been hustled out to store while Miller's version was in theatres. The TV-movie is frustrating in that it gets some much right, but presents it poorly. The casting is fine. Sam Jones was a big likeable goof we all remember from 1980's FLASH GORDON, not an actor that Turner Classic Movies is considering doing a month-long festival for, but competent enough and certainly visually right. Nana Visitor does well as Ellen Dolan; her fans from DEEP SPACE NINE might want to see this to check out her hot tub scene without a rubber snout. The actor playing Commissioner Dolan is fine, but P'Gell is portrayed as a bit too hardened and weathered to match my image. Then there's Eubie, a young black kid who takes the Spirit under his wing as much as the other way around. I'm sorry, he's not Ebony and there's really no justification for him here. As outlandish as Ebony was drawn and as exaggerated as his dialogue was, he was a young kid with heart. He cared for his friends, he had dreams and hopes and a wry sense of humor. If you can get past his appearance, Ebony was a great character. Eubie here is okay, but not the same character at all.

beefcake in tatters, tied up by a femme fatale.. yep, that's the Spirit all right )

I've figured out one of the things that I dislike about the flurry of super-hero TV-movies from the 1970s and 1980's.. they were nearly all filmed in Los Angeles, and comic book heroes mostly look naturally in New York City environment. The bright, almost oppressive sunlight exposes too much, takes away the mystery. Even scenes shot at night (or supposedly so) just don't have the same ambience. There are some nicely done sequences; Denny Colt lurching up all bullet-ridden from his supposed death looks all right, but mostly the colors are garish and unrealistic, the Wildwood Cemetery is so obviously a tiny set that it looks like a home video, and the main mystery is so unexciting that it's already fading from memory. Seeing the hero and villain fall into a giant cake will give an idea of the subtle approach used here.The best part is a brief montage when the Spirit first launches his crusade, punching out crooks to a snappy theme song that inexplicably throws in a few Van Halen-type riffs. Maybe if this had been sold as a series, some of the plots and themes of the Eisner stories would have been used, but as it stands, this is pretty much a disappointing misfire. Still, I'd buy a copy of it to replace my word-out faded VHS tape way before I'd put down money to try Frank Miller's version.

And for some comparison, a typically great Will Eisner page.. moody, atmospheric, well laid out and executed.

Black Alley )
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In the latest issue of JLA, there's a short scene between Red Arrow and Black Canary. Those pages have an interesting behind-the-scenes story to them, as Dwayne McDuffie revealed on a message board some time back.

Interesting choice of locales for a romantic walk... )
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No context, because it's a spoiler, and unneeded. Trying the 'div class' thing, so forgive me if this doesn't cut properly.


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