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I write comic book reviews that NOBODY has ever asked for!

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Welcome back to Longbox Junk, home of comic reviews that nobody asked for!

Well, my friends. . .I'm finally done with it.  For the past couple of months and 9 posts I've been taking a look at comics in my (and my daughter's) collection that are issue #175 as a way of celebrating my 175th Longbox Junk comic review.

This is the 10th and final "Variant" of the completely unnecessary and unasked for reboot and renumbered Longbox Junk #1.  And SPOILER ALERT, it's the best of the bunch!  Better yet, it's completely free, and if you aren't 100% satisfied, you'll get a full refund!

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Sorry about the Longbox Junk delays.  It's that time of year again.  School is out and the weather is great.  If you've ever worked in the hotel business, you know what THAT means.  If you don't, It means that even on the normally slow overnight shift I'm manager of, it's all hands on deck for 3 solid sold out months of every hotel's bread and butter. . .SUMMER TOURIST SEASON!

ANYWAY. . .

Welcome back to Longbox Junk, home of comic reviews that nobody asked for!

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Welcome back to Longbox Junk, the home of comic reviews that nobody ever asked for!  

I'm celebrating my 175th review by following the lead of major comic publishers and giving you a completely unnecessary reboot and renumbering. . .including a fabulous first issue Special Collector Edition with 10. . .count 'em! TEN VARIANTS of comics in my (and my daughter's) collection that are also #175!

What's that?  You say I promised only NINE variants?  Well, I've added a premium collectible SIGNED super-secret variant!  Get your pre-paid pre-orders in to gain this valuable once in a lifetime piece of comic review history! 

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Welcome back to my completely unnecessary reboot and renumbering of the Longbox Junk blog! I'm celebrating my 175th comic review that nobody ever asked me for by doing something else nobody ever asked for. . .reviewing the handful of issue #175 comics in my (and my daughter's) collection!

Oddly enough, I've discovered that it seems nobody really cares about hitting their 175th issue. The Walking Dead started a new (and pretty epic) storyline in #175, but I'm not sure if that was actually planned or if it just worked out that way.  Superman #175 was celebrating being the 100th issue since the iconic "Death of Superman" finale. . .but I'm not convinced that's an actual celebration of hitting issue #175.

So. . .nobody cares about the one-seven-five except me.

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Sorry this is dropping a bit later than usual.  I took a few vacation days from work.  Because I deserve it.

But here we are now, right?  Let's go!

Welcome back to my unnecessary renumbering and reboot of the Longbox Junk blog!  To celebrate my 175th comic review that nobody ever asked me for, I'm taking a look at some individual #175 issues lurking in my (and my daughter's) collection.  This time out, I've pulled Superman #175 from my daughter's longboxes.

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Welcome back to my unnecessary reboot and renumbering of the Longbox Junk blog! I'm celebrating hitting my 175th post by looking at comics in my (and my daughter's) collection that managed to hit that big one-seven-five as well. . .even though so far, it seems that nobody seems to care enough about getting to 175 issues to make even a mention of it. 

This time out, I'm taking a look at Spawn #175.  Spawn is a character that I REALLY liked a lot when he first came out.  I was fully on board for about 20 issues before I fell off the Spawn wagon. 

Not really sure WHY I quit subscribing to Spawn, but except for that first handful of issues, I've only gotten Spawn comics if they happen to have a cover that catches my eye or if I accidentally get one in a random comic pack (My LCS has packs of 10 comics for 5 bucks. . .but you can only see the top and bottom comic.  They're like Longbox Junk lottery tickets.  Some are winners, but most of the time I just waste 5 bucks). 

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As I continue with my unnecessary reboot and renumbering of the Longbox Junk blog (All New! All Different! Pretty Much The Same!) in celebration of the landmark 175th post, I'm beginning to realize that (when it comes to comics at least) nobody gives a flying frijole about hitting 175.

I THOUGHT that since comic companies seem to be eager to push ANYTHING that will make collectors grab a copy of something they don't normally buy, that hitting the One-Seven-Five would be a little bit bigger of a deal.  It just seems sort of strange that it's pretty much ignored.

THAT SAID. . .

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I LOVE a good war comic!

It's a genre that used to be one of the biggest in comics, but these days it seems that a good war comic is hard to find.  In order to revisit war comics in their glory days, it becomes necessary to step back a few years.

It's pretty safe to say that the most prolific years for war comics were during the Silver Age, but MY personal favorite era for war comics happens to be the Bronze Age, when comic companies were starting to stretch or even step outside the limits of the Comics Code.  And in that era, I have a particular fondness for DC's war comics.

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I'm gonna get this out right off the top. . .As far as I'm concerned, Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight is the best Batman series that has ever been published.

I know. . .I know. . .that's a mighty hefty claim. 

I'm sure there are many who will disagree with me.  But in MY extremely humble opinion (and NO opinion is more humble than mine), LOTDK (as I will be referring to it from here on out, due to basic laziness) was the ultimate perfection of Batman comics.

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Welcome to the LONGBOX JUNK #1 SPECIAL COLLECTOR EDITION!

While pondering how to have a bit of celebration for the 175th Longbox Junk Comic review that nobody ever asked me for, it crossed my mind that there really aren't many comic series that have hit 175 issues recently, thanks to "The Big Two" wanting to promote those SWEET #1 issues, and in the process rebooting most popular series back to #1 every couple of years whether they need it or not.

Now, this isn't really the place for a rant about things like. . .say. . .THE PUNISHER BEING ON FRIGGIN' VOLUME TWELVE NOW. . .for example.  No, my friends.  There's an old saying about how if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  I've decided to take that saying to heart and reboot Longbox Junk back to that SWEET Collector's item #1! 

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