Monthly Archives: May 2014

Comic TPB Status Update #2

Here is something I found that should be useful in my reading:

Marvel Comics 1983 – reading order

In the last week I have read:

from New Mutants Classic Vol. 1: The New Mutants Graphic Novel, New Mutants 1-3, Uncanny X-Men 167

from Epic Iron Man – The Enemy Within: Iron Man 158-160, Iron Man Annual 5, Iron Man 161-166

(NEXT PLANNED: back to Essential X-Men Vol. 4, New Mutants Classic Vol.1, and Incredible Hulk – Pardoned)

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Reborn Infinite War of Secret Armageddon Conquest: Z-Week

Sorry, just musing about how comics have changed in the 20 years I’ve been away.

I think all the current “grimdark” “heroes / masss-murderers” and the current major publishing strategy of EVERYTHING being part of some mega-crossover “event” is just crying out to be parodied.

Hence: “Reborn Infinite War of Secret Armageddon Conquest: Z-Week” as the title of a hypothetical “event” for a satire / parody supers RPG. It would have to have rules for how every time the characters think they have accomplished something, there would be a “reboot” and they would be reincarnated into barely-recognizable parodies of their former versions.

Sorry if I have offended anyone, but after all I guess I qualify as a comic book grognard at this point, and by definition that means grumbling. Now get off my lawn 😉

On a more serious note, it says something about the comics publishers when about the only current character reputed to act in a recognizable “old-school” way is Deadpool, who when I left was a villain.

The real world is grim & serious enough; where did all the comic heroes who actually brought a little glimmer of hope for the future go?

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Finished “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”

Been watching on and off since October and FINALLY watched the last episode of “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.”

The second season is kind of a drag as some of the episodes are pretty bad, but some are OK.

Advice for anybody thinking of watching the second season: just watch “Time of the Hawk,” “Mark of the Saurian,” “The Hand of Goral,” “Testimony of a Traitor,” and “The Dorian Secret.”

The weakest episodes are the ones in the middle of the season. They got better at the end, but it was too little too late to save the show.

Oh well, on to better things!

I have to decide which show to go with next: “Logan’s Run: The Series,” “The Incredible Hulk Season 2,” or maybe the original “Battlestar Galactica.”

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80s Comic Project Status Report 1

Starting in 1982-83 and working my way forwards.

There will be some volumes that are read “out of historical order” as they haven’t been published yet (Epic Iron Man and Epic Daredevil collections for 1983-1985, I’m looking especially hard at YOU.)

But as much as possible I will try to keep the various “reading tracks” at a similar period in “publishing time.” At least within a year or so is my hope.


from Essential X-Men Volume 4: Uncanny X-Men 162-166

from Incredible Hulk – Pardoned: Incredible Hulk 269-276

(NEXT PLANNED: New Mutants Classic Volume 1)

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Rereading 1980s Comics Project

As shown in the previous post I have just recently collected a big stack of Marvel Essentials & trade paperbacks. A project I am just starting is to try to recollect & reread as much of my 1980s Marvel comics as possible in collected volumes.

Haven’t bought or read a comic book in about 20 years or so. It is too much of a logistical challenge to locate all of my old collection in storage, sort it, and get out stacks of individual issues to reread. Plus there are a few issues I was missing anyway.

I hope to be posting “status reports” here on what I have reread, mostly for my own records in order to keep track. Feel free to ignore them if you want.

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