“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

LETTERER: Ken Lopez

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

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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.

 

Saturday Night Showcase: Photon

You can blame my friend Sean for inspiring tonight’s Showcase. Good or bad is up to you though. Ask most 80s kids about Lazer Tag and they’ll tell you it was awesome! And probably forgetting they misspelled “laser”. The initial set came with a belt, the sensor, and the greatest laser gun toy ever, the Starlite. Use the Starlite to score points on the Star Sensor; 6 hits and it’s over. Additionally you could get a vest to hold the sensor instead of the belt, as well as a hat or helmet with its own sensor. These didn’t look like toys. Kids looked like they were playing with daddy’s futuristic combat gear. Even the ads were these huge future combat scenarios with competitors in serious battle.

And then there was Photon.

Oh sure, the game was supposedly more interactive, and Enertech created “Photon Training Centers”, a mock combat arena that is still used to this day (we even have a couple “Laser Challenge” game areas here in Connecticut even though we never had an official Photon center that I know of). But the things LOOK like toys. The helmet looks cheap on its own, never mind compared to Lazer Tag’s Starhelmet. You can see how weak the Photon’s gun looks compared to the Starlite in this very advertisement. It’s no wonder Lazer Tag is the game everyone remembers.

But just as Lazer Tag had a TV show, the NBC Saturday Morning cartoon Lazer Tag Academy, Photon also tried to use TV to promote its game. However, they went syndicated, and live-action…using a couch-cushion budget that featured miniature set pieces and so much blue screen you’d think the wall ran on Windows. (There’s an extra pun there I didn’t intend. Sorry.) It won’t be a surprise to kids TV fans that the budget was this low when you learn DIC Entertainment was behind it. Right up to the end their live-action shows were so cheap that if you saw a high-quality one they probably only distributed it for another production company. Look at Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad and Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills, the other sci-fi action shows they produced. The former had Japanese stock footage to play with, and they still only had three sets…one of which was a darkened bedroom where all you saw were the villain, a computer, and a scanner! DIC made some good cartoons, but lousy live-action shows.

So did Photon do a decent job working around their weak budget? Kinda?

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years #1

“How do you do that without white coatings over your mask eyes like I have?” “A girl needs her secrets.”

The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years #1

DC Comics (January, 1998)

“Lost Years”

WRITER: Hilary J. Bader

PENCILER: Bo Hampton

INKER: Terry Beatty

COLORIST: Lee Loughridge

LETTERER:  Tim Harkins

EDITORS: Darren Vincenzo & Scott Peterson

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Friday Night Fights: Just Another Day For Starscream

Sometimes you have to feel sorry for old Screamer. All he wants is a little respect, but his ambition too often bypasses his common sense. And of course Megatron beating on his cerebral cortex housing constantly can’t be doing a lot for him either. Take for example he found Ore-13, the same stuff later used by MASK to operate in the IDW Hasbroverse, as we could call it now. He thought it would give him enough power to take on Megatron. As usual…he’s wrong.

“Boom” round 12

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #15

Even in a parody Peter has to quit being Spidey.

Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #15

Star Comics (Marvel; May, 1987)

“To Oink Or Not To Oink” or “The Days Of Swine And Roses”

You just cared about a bad pig pun with this title, didn’t you writer?

WRITER: Steve Mellor

PENCILER: Joe Albelo

INKER: Pierre Fournier

COLORIST: Julianna Ferriter

LETTERER: Janice Chiang

EDITOR: Larry Hamma

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