Monday, September 25, 2017

Superman Blue

In 1998 Superman got new powers and a new suit, based on electricity or radiation or something.  (I didn't actually read it, I'm not sure anyone did.)  I don't know why DC thought it would be a good idea to radically change THE icon of superhero comics, but after a brief double down of introducing a red version in addition to the blue, the Superman we all know and love was brought back.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daredevil 257

The August 1988 issue of Daredevil has the Man Without Fear tracking down a killer who is putting cyanide in aspirin, only to have to save him from the vigilante justice of the Punisher.  Hero on hero fights are a staple of comics, but no character is more suited to this trope than Frank Castle, due to his extreme methods that are often at odds with the other heroes in the Marvel U.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fangoria Ad

Fangoria was a sister magazine to Starlog, so they would run ads for it.  This one confused me a little though.  What does Tired Blood mean.  What are they asking me?  Are they asking if I'm tired of blood?  If I am why would I want to read a mag about horror movies?  Is this supposed to get me excited to read their magazine?


Friday, September 22, 2017

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park is objectively a very bad movie, and I love it.  Yeah, it was an early sign that the band was becoming more about selling out than about making good songs.  The story is stupid and the acting is atrocious.  But it is fun in that goofy 70's way that tv had back then.  Also, it cracks me up because my older sister was not allowed to watch this (remember this was the 70's when KISS were at the height of their fame, and this was an event that all the kids watched) because our parents thought KISS was satanic.  Looking back on the movie and just the costumes and gimmicks in general, this just makes me laugh so hard.  I mean, even the name of the movie is goofy.  You could easily substitute Scooby Doo for KISS and it would not seem out of place.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bon Jovi and Aldo Nova

Hit Parader ran this article about Jon Bon Jovi working with Aldo Nova on a new album in 1991.  If you don't remember Aldo Nova you can be forgiven.  He was a Canadian rocker who had a minor hit in 1982 with Fantasy.  He knew Jon way back when and played on his first single Runaway, before Bon Jovi had even been put together.  The funny thing about this article was it was 1991, but everyone involved seemed unaware that no one cared about Aldo Nova, and even Bon Jovi didn't have the drawing power he had just a couple of years before.