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Sorry for a bit of delay. The challenges of trying to run a hotel on a skeleton crew while having typical summer tourist sellout guest traffic aren't what most people would call "fun". It's made worse because at the same time people are getting out and about on their normal summertime travels, we're having a hard time hiring new employees because our government has decided that, for some strange reason, it's a GREAT idea to pay people more to sit home on unemployment than to come back to work full time.
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I've decided to mix things up a little by stepping outside of my usual bargain bin fare and taking a look at a few of the older and more "valuable" comics in my collection. They may not be "Longbox Junk" as far as collector "value" goes, but nobody ever asked for reviews of them either, so there's that!
The comic at hand is a perfect example of how I usually come to own the older comics in my collection. I bought it for the cover, period.- read more
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Normally here at Longbox Junk I like to keep things in the bargain bin. . .sort of shine a bit of light on some of the comics you might pass by without a second thought while you flip through the back issues.
But every now and then, I step outside the cheap stuff and focus on some of the older and more "valuable" comics in my collection. I call them "Retro Reviews", and I'm gonna do a few over the next month or two, just to mix things up a little bit.
On to the comic at hand. . .
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July isn't quite over yet, so there's still time for a little more flag wavin' Captain America Longbox Junk. If you don't like a bit of "AMERICA $%&# YEAH!" in your comics for whatever reason, I can dig it. Just be sure to come back next month for whatever I pull out next. Fair?
The comic at hand is one of a series of seven Captain America one shots that came out through 2008 - 2010 under the collective banner of "Captain America - Theater of War". They tell single issue tales that cover a variety of time periods, styles and stories. . .everything from straight up WWII action to Captain America as the embodiment of the American Spirit. Most of them are good. A few are great. A couple are awful. This is one of the good ones.
It's Captain America vs. Ratzi flying saucers! Let's do it!
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So it's still July, and I'm still wavin' the flag a bit because I'm a guy who likes to wave the flag a bit in July. Don't read too much into it. It just means I'm looking at some Captain America comics this month. If you don't like a little "AMERICA, #$%&, YEAH!" in your comics. . .fair enough. Come back next month and I'll be on some other random tangent.
This time out, I'm taking a look at a strange little relic from the edge of the Bronze Age. A 1985 Captain America story from the Marvel Anthology series, Marvel Fanfare.
Marvel Fanfare is sort of an interesting series. It was intended to appeal directly to comic collectors by being sold in the direct market only and featuring non-code-approved stand-alone stories by a wide range of comic talent. It was printed on glossy paper usually reserved for comic covers of the time, without ads, and cost more than twice the price of the average comic in 1982 ($1.50 compared to .60).
I've pulled a handful of these comics from the bargain bins over the years, and I'm always impressed by the quality of both the physical presentation of the comic and what's inside. But in an ironic twist, a comic series designed specifically to appeal to collectors is basically 60 issues of Longbox Junk, as far as collector "value" goes.
The stories from Marvel Fanfare have been reprinted in various collections, and there is a collected trade of the first seven issues as well. But THIS story seems never to have been reprinted anywhere else for some reason. A bit strange, considering this is the only Captain America story illustrated by Frank Miller.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THAT. . .
It's Captain America vs. Homegrown Terrorism tucked away in a random issue of a somewhat interesting experiment in targeting comics directly at collectors. Let's do it!
Comic Book Realm. . .I love ya. But your word filter is a pain in my rear sometimes, especially in a review of a WWII comic with lots of N-azis in it. Oh well. . .guess I'll have to go back through and change them all to Ratzis (with credit to my grandpa - RIP- because that's what he always called them).
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I'm continuing my flag-wavin' month of July theme with another Captain America one shot. We started off with a mild bit of social justice (and there's nothin' wrong with a little of that), but this time out we get Cap in his full on wartime Ratzi-Punchin' mode.
Captain America was MADE to punch Ratzis and in this one, punch Ratzis he does. So fair warning: If you don't like Ratzi Punchin' stories, you might want to skip this one. . .but if you do, then travel back to the days of WWII with me for a look at Captain America's first field combat test.
Does everything go as planned? What do YOU think?
Let's do it!
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. . .I'm a sort of patriotic guy. I come from a long line of military men, and as a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps myself, I tend to be a bit of a flag waver and I ain't ashamed to admit it. And with times the way they are, maybe we need to wave the flag just a little.
Wait! Wait. . .don't go! I'm not gonna get political. I'm just introducing the Longbox Junk "theme" for July! It's Captain America, okay? I'm going to be looking at some Captain America comics through this month.
BUT. . .
It IS Captain America, so if you aren't the kind to tolerate a little "AMERICA, %$#& YEAH!" in your funny books, then maybe you might want to skip the next few posts. But come back in August!
Okay, everyone in that's staying in?
Let's start this off by stepping outside of the usual Longbox Junk bargain bin finds with a little something brand new and on the shelves right now.
DC gets a bit of flak for squeezing every possible drop out of their seminal "Watchmen" series by constantly trying to add to something that doesn't really need anything added to it. But never let it be said that Marvel isn't just as guilty of the exact same thing with their own critically acclaimed series, "Marvels".
What we have here is the first of a new series of one shots trying to capitalize on what little magic is left in Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' masterwork of seeing superheroes through the eyes of the common man.
The series is called "Marvels Snapshots", and the first one out of the gate features Captain America (and The Falcon) in a continuation of Jack Kirby's 1970's "Madbomb" storyline. . .the first issue of which (Captain America #193 from 1976) got a a fine Longbox Junk Retro Review HERE .
SO. . .
We've got a one shot walking the tightrope of adding to a fan favorite series that doesn't really need anything added to it AND trying to continue a classic Bronze Age story from one of the giants of the comic world. It's got some work cut out for it. Let's take a look!
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Here we are. Month four of The Apocalypse.
Things are trying to get back to "normal", but we're not quite there yet. There's new comics back on the shelves, but not many I subscribe to. . .which is good news for my local comic shop because I spend about three times as much money during deep dives into their back issue bins than I did on my subscription pulls.
Here at Longbox Junk, I've been taking a look at some first issues I've been buying lately. . .trying to find a new series or new character I can get into, with varying degrees of success. But I noticed that my "First Issue Fun" has been pretty light on Marvel comics. Only one out of nine reviews.
SO. . .
Let's remedy that shortage with a bit of Mighty Marvel style First Issue Fun, shall we?
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The Good News is that there's new comics on the shelves! The Bad News is that it's barely a trickle (and only a few series I regularly subscribe to - Doctor Aphra, Batman and Detective). Well, I guess that means I'm still back issue diving for new-ish comics for a while yet. . .
SO. . .
As you know (or if you're a new reader, you will soon. . .and welcome!), I've been taking a look at single first issues of series I've pulled from the back issue boxes (not the bargain bins) of my local comic shop during this new comic drought. I call this series of Longbox Junk entries "First Issue Fun".
Reading back over the 3 First Issue Fun entries I've done so far, I notice that almost all of them involve established characters being presented to new readers with varying degrees of success. But what about some completely new characters? Characters without any baggage? Fresh and shiny, with that new character smell? Aren't there any NEW characters out there for me to try to get into?
A while back, I saw lots of ads for a bunch of new DC comics falling under the imprint of "The New Age of Heroes". They were promoted as being new characters and teams spinning out of the "Dark Knights Metal" crossover. But since I'm not a fan of bloated multi-title crossover "Events", I never paid any attention to them.
BUT. . .
Digging through the back issue bins at my local comic shop, I came across whole runs of almost every "New Age of Heroes" title (6 full runs out of 8 total titles) and decided to grab the first issue of every one of them the shop had and give them an honest chance because why not?
So, let's take a look at a few and see what's happening with this "New Age of Heroes" thing!
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