Man-At-Arms: Reforged’s Cutlass Challenge

With a new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie coming out this summer (along with a ton of other sequels), the team at Baltimore Knife And Sword have catered to demands to create a pirate cutlass. How they do it is what makes this episode interesting. Ilya Alekseyev, the armorer who won on History Channel’s Forged In Fire, brings his own challenge to three of the swordsmiths, including show co-host and forge co-owner Matt Stagmer. Each swordsmith creates their own cutlass in their own style. So for this episode we see three different ways to create a pirate’s favorite sword: one somewhat traditional, one somewhat high-tech, and one enhancing some of the stock designs used for props, and turning them into fully-deadly blades.

Who had the best? Decide for yourself.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Marvel Adventures #17

“I’m sorry you don’t like the Repulsor Massage, sir, but all sales are final!”

Marvel Adventures #17

Marvel Comics (August, 1998)

Spider-Man & Iron Man: “Between A Rock And A Hard Place”

WRITER: Ralph Macchio


INKER: Harry Candelario

COLORIST: Kevin Tinsley

LETTERER: Michael Higgins

EDITOR: Mark Bernardo

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BW’s Morning Article Link: The Problem With The Paparazzi

One of the reasons I would never want to be a celebrity is the paparazzi hunting me down and taking tons of pictures of me and anybody I was with, as if my whole life needed to be documented by them and shared with people who only like me because I’m famous. For some reason people thinks as soon as you become successful at a particular list of professions or just show up at the best parties they get to know every detail of your life, but how would they feel if it was happening to them?

In an article for Acculturated writer Bethany Mendel compares how one of Kim Kardashian’s kids responded to a paparazzi storm, the actions of Halley Berry to reign the paparazzi in, and the death of Princess Diana and her boyfriend (after she divorced Prince Charles) after the paparazzi chased them into an automobile accident. I understand why Diana was so popular but not the depths of that popularity that led to photographers chasing her car. Hey, did you know Diana’s last name was Spencer? Apparently nobody cares even today. She’s just Princess Diana or Lady Di even though she divorced the prince. And somehow they claimed her body. Forget royalty, I don’t understand people.

Chapter By Chapter: 1st Phase Shifters & The Omega Capsule final chapters

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.


Like the last two chapters, chapters 16 and 17 were close enough together that I read them both. I wonder if I’m also anxious to get to the next book, but more on that next week. I’ll just say this is going to be a bit different than my usual review. I know I grabbed a few followers after this book, and there are more normal books to come once this special installment completes, but it’s one that’s rather important to my comic-loving side, but one I don’t think most of the people who target it have read. I’ve got more sci-fi planned afterwards and the first return to normal books will be another tie-in. I’m just trying to decide which one. Back on topic:

We last left our hero unconscious on the floor of the bakery covered in evil juice and the counteracting powder. Our final two chapters are the aftermath of the fight between Crede and Hoylt. Will it be a happy one?

Chapter 16: For The Love Of Green


Chapter 17: Aura

We have flowers and a crown respectively for our images.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Superman: The Man Of Steel #0

“Oh Rao, not my origin story AGAIN!”

Superman: The Man Of Steel #0

DC Comics (October, 1994)

Peer Pressure part 1: “A Whole New World”

No credits given, just a bunch of last names. So I’m grabbing this list from the DC Database fanwiki:

WRITER: Louise Simonson

PENCILER: Jon Bogdanove

INKER: Dennis Janke

COLORIST: Glenn Whitmore


EDITORS: Mike Carlin, Frank Pittarese, & Chris Duffy

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BW’s Morning Article Link: It Was Blanche, On The Lanai, With The Fork

English: Rue McClanahan at a book signing for ...

Rue McClanahan at a book signing for her book My First Five Husbands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It doesn’t stop getting weird in the universe, does it folks? USAopoly, known for making licensed variations on the popular Monopoly game, is taking Clue and putting the cast of The Golden Girls into it! Instead of murder it’s “who took the cheesecake”, the food that the girls would usually eat while discussing their problems because cheesecake is of course the greatest food ever. I’d say you can’t make this stuff up, but apparently somebody did and now we have Golden Girls Clue.

Jake & Leon #318: Webcomic- The Supporting Cast

For example: Aunt May.

Jake & Max’s quest to create their webcomic continues.

I’m really curious what happened to that issue of Spider-Ham that isn’t in the longbox, plus I have more of the Zero Hour Aftermaths that are in a different place with other DC and Marvel comics I pulled a long time ago before doing a proper comic organizing. So this week over at The Clutter Reports I’m going to jump right into the next phase of the Comic Organizing Mega-Project! And hopefully this will be the last one before the final organizing of the comics as I go through them.

If I don’t find that comic then I’ll start reviewing the Phantom comics I have yet to review, because those are next in my longbox. There are also a bunch of issues of Marvel Adventures that aren’t in there, but I think I gave up on the series at some point, so all I have left is a jump to #17, a Spider-Man/Iron Man team-up. I have to decide if I’m going to continue with tie-ins or return to the main Marvel Universe…which means lifting a heavy box again every week. I’ll decide by next week, depending on what the organizing project does for me this week.