The cold winds are blowing outside and nothing helps to keep a body warm
like a good blanket, a cup of hot cocoa and a nice stack of comic books.
So instead of heading out and risking frostbite, curl up and read some
Something that isn't as popular as in the past is the use of catch
phrases. Every popular hero was known for their popular slogan that they
would say before heading into battle. Other phrases were uttered by
people around them, either friends of onlookers. Still others were used
to describe them, usually in the heading on the first page of the comic
Who can forget such memorable lines like "Up, up and away" or "It's
Clobbering Time". These are two of the most memorable ones. Other ones
that will forever be etched in our minds are "Avengers Assemble" and
"Flame On". But just like these heroes, catch phrases are a thing of the
past. When is the last time you remember a hero with a clever catch
phrase? It has been eons since they were the rage. So for fun, I put up
a list of catch phrases and it is up to you to see if you can name the
hero they go with. Most are very easy. Answers will be at the end of the
1. "Up, up and away"-
2. "It's Clobbering Time"-
4. "Hulk Smash"-
5. "Avengers Assemble"-
6. "Flame On"-
7. "Go Joes"-
8. "By Crom"-
9. "What's Up Doc?"
The Overlooked Omega Men
One of the most overlooked comics was the
Omega Men. About the only thing anyone remembers or cares about them is
that Lobo began his career in the series. Besides that, they are pretty
much forgotten. Their books are often seen sitting around in bargain
bins, passed over as people look for something else. But little do they
know that there is a wealth of good stories and characters right under
Since no one else seems to want to give this very good book its due, I
will do an article for the Omega Men. So sit back and take a look at
possibly one of the most forgotten groups ever.
and a human. He has mind control powers.
and lover. The only other human.
Broot-He is the
super strong, rockman. He comes from a world of pacifists, but he fought
against the Citidel when they killed his child.
and unpredictable harpy. Her talons make very formidable weapons.
and troublemaker of the group. He can change forms from his humanoid
form to a very large and dangerous cat creature.
mysterious one who can pull people into his black hole.
woman who can create peoples fears. She is the traitor of the group.
The Citidel. Much like the Empire in Star Wars and Baron Karza's group
in the Micronauts, this is the main enemy. They are out to enslave the
galaxy and they use cruel and sadistic means. There are more than one
race that makes up the Citidel. It is a collection of planets, sorta an
One of the problems with the Omega Men book is the same that plagued the
aforementioned Star Wars and Micronauts. Once they accomplished their
goal and overthrew the Citidel, the book slipped. While it is still
enjoyable, it is missing that direction that was the driving factor for
the book. Peacetime space dramas just aren't as exciting. But don't let
this deter you from an enjoyable series that is very affordable (we sell
our copies at $0.50 each).
What's New on the Web Page
One of my goals is to make the web page as rich with information as
possible. I want comic fans everywhere to be able to find plenty of
stuff to see and read. So here are some of my latest additions to the
Company Addresses-Another big project I have
begun is to index all the major comic book companies and how to contact
them. They are in alphabetical order and I have put up their addresses
for regular mail, email and web sites. This way you can contact your
favorite company and tell them what you think.
Related Comic -Have a favorite superhero? Like
a certain genre of comics? Then this list is a good reference for other
similar books. I have broken it down to the following sections:
*Superheroes and all the books they are regularly featured in
*Television and Movie related comics
*All Ages Comics
I will continue to add more to this as they come to me.
3. I have also added a few more Comic Ads to the already sizable group.
Look for more and better ones in the future.
As you can see, I am committed to providing more than just affordable
comics. I want this site to be a place you can come and enjoy, even when
you are not looking to buy comics. If you have any suggestions for
additions to the site you would like to see, please let me know.
Question of the Month
After a break from doing a question of the month, I decided to return to
it. This month's question is "What was the last series that you really
enjoyed? One that you recommended to everyone who would listen to you?"
For me that series was Kingdom Come. Not only was it a great book, but
it was just as much fun to go back and look for all the hidden people
and stuff that was scattered throughout the book. Also the great mix of
incredible story and unbelievable artwork was great! Very rarely to you
get both. It is usually one or the other, or neither.
Top Ten List
Once again, we do another top ten list. This is still the one area of
the newsletter that garners the most response. So I will try to keep it
up. Lettermen was have some talented writers as it is getting tougher
and tougher to do.
Everyone has their favorite series. Whether it be a miniseries or just a
story arc in a comic book, we all can make our top ten list. But most
lists are the same. You always see Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns and
other series. But how about the more overlooked series. Ones that are
very good, but don't always make this list. Here is my picks for the....
Top Ten Most Overlooked Mini or Limited
(These are just my opinion, yours may vary)
10. Spiderman:Signature Series-You
always see the Fearful Symmetry series listed, but rarely is this
enjoyable series listed. Marvel did something good by sending the
Sineater out to eradicate all the lame villains of the Marvel Universe.
very enjoyable all-out war in the DC Universe was quite enjoyable. Plus,
it featured Todd McFarlane art as he drew some of the biggest alien
teeth ever done!
Comics attempt to cross their series. Here you saw Badger, Nexus,
Grimjack and others come together.
07. Secret Wars-This
series has become mostly known as the start of Venom, but it is a very
good read. Think of it as Wrestlemania for superheroes!
06. Acts of Vengeance-A
great concept that unfortunately ran out of steam. The premise was that
a bunch of Marvel supervillians got together and decided that they kept
getting whupped by their main nemesis, so instead they would send
different villains against different heroes to try and defeat them. It
started off good and there was even some intrigue as some of the members
were plotting against the group. It did run out of steam before it
finished, but for a bit, it was quite fun!
05. Thanos Quest-Once
a sought after series that started the whole Infinity War, Saga, etc...
As the series kept dragging on and getting worse and worse, people soon
gave up on them and the very good Thanos Quest became a mere footnote.
If you can find them, they are a great two issue story with Thanos
securing the Infinity Gems in different and clever ways.
04. Nick Fury vs Shield-A
very good series that I see in the bargain bins quite often. Nick Fury
finds out about corruption in shield and has to battle the very
organization he helped form.
Truman's wonderful book about Hawkman's planet is not only visually a
treat, but is a great read. It was popular for a little bit after it
came out and then just faded away.
02. Conan the King-I
cannot remember the name of the series, but it went from issue #19-25?.
It featured a wonderful war between Conan's army against another army
and the Picts. Also, his son was missing, leading to more intrigue. A
great story that I will have to dig out and read again.
01. Magnus the Robot Fighter "Steel
Nation". Another great story that has become
overlooked now that Valiant is a memory. It was the first six issues of
the Valiant series and it was one of Jim Shooter's masterpieces. Too bad
he and Valiant parted ways as they were never the same again.
Two Mini or Limited Series that Should
Here are two series that really stunk. We are talking about two of the
worst series ever. If you see them in the bargain bins, keep on going.
1. Deathwatch 2000-The
death knell for an otherwise wonderful career for Neal Adams. Delays in
shipping, books shipped out of order and some of the worst writing ever
made this a disaster.
2. Secret Wars II-As
with Hollywood, some sequels really stink.
This was one of them. The Beyonder comes to earth and wants to learn to
be a human. He learns how to love, to eat and even go to the bathroom.
The series that marked the beginning of the end for Jim Shooter's career
One of my biggest gripes in comics is that they never let a character
stay dead. Almost every time someone is
killed, they miraculously come back. From the return of Jean Grey to the
return of Spiderman's clone, people just never seem to stay dead for
This wouldn't be so bad if some really good stories weren't cheapened by
these acts. The death of Jean Grey in X-Men #137 was among the best
written and moving stories in comic history. It was then cheapened when
she returned in the Fantastic Four. Same can be said for Superman's
death, Iron Man's demise and the numerous others.
The main problem is that death sells (Superman really showed that) and
the comic companies will keep giving us deaths. But now that Superman
has died, what other character could have that kind of impact on the
industry? When you kill off the top dog, everything else seems trivial.
Sure Batman is huge, but he is no Superman. No one else is in the
industry. Actually on second thought, there is only one other comic
character that would garner as much attention as the death of Superman.
But unlike Superman, this character didn't get his start in comics and
has transcended the paper medium like no other character. This character
is Mickey Mouse. Killing Mickey Mouse in a comic book would equal and
almost definitely surpass the hype and hysteria that surrounded
Superman's death. But as any intelligent person knows, that would never
happen in a million years. Disney does not need to resort to cheap
tactics and knows how much more valuable Mickey is alive than deceased.
Popeye Finally Ties the Knot
After 70 years, Popeye is finally going to marry Olive Oyl. This is what
I heard on the news and like the majority of the country, said "so
what". Maybe it is me, but this is one character that is so much a part
of the past, that I didn't even realize that they were still doing
anything with the character. Don't get me wrong, I like Popeye and some
of his earlier cartoons are quite enjoyable. I particularly like how he
mumbles and if you listen real close to his mumbling, he says some
pretty funny stuff. But his cartoons and the whole concept for that
matter, is just a little too redundant. How many times does he have to
save Olive from Brutus/Bluto (what's up with that?), before he figures
she just isn't worth it. I would have dumped her ages ago. No woman,
especially that ungrateful boor, is worth the frustration that poor
sailor had to deal with.
Guess my love isn't as strong as Popeye's. Maybe he saw something in
Olive that no one else (except Brutus/Bluto) did. Guess we will never
know. I personally think there was some illegal substances stashed in
those spinach cans and Popeye was so zonked that even Alice the Goon
would look good.
Little trivia: the term goon was first coined in Popeye. Enough
rambling, I wish the sailor man good luck and maybe a good honeymoon
will reduce those violent urges he has and maybe he will quit fighting
all the time. Now if could just get a woman for Brutus.
Bargain Bin Bonanza
Here is another trip to the bargain bin to find an affordable comic that
is worth the lowly price and usually alot more. As I did past all the
Image and Valiant titles, I come across Super-Villain Team-up, a fun
little book from the 70's. The book only ran for 17 issues, but this was
the villains chance to shine. Most of the issues feature Dr Doom. The
Sub-Mariner and Red Skull also appeared quite often. It is an
opportunity to see Dr Doom battle Red Skull, Captain America versus Dr
Doom and the first appearance of the Shroud (I know that had to put a
shiver up your spine). It is pretty amazing that even though these
issues are over 20 years old, I still find them very cheap. While many
other series from the same era have finally gained some value, these
stay affordable. Don't let the price fool you, these are a fun read,
nothing serious, but still enjoyable. So if you like your villains, and
who doesn't, then this series is for you. Check it out!
One of my favorite classic toys was the good old Smash-Up Derby. These
great cars were a riot. Sure you only were able to make them hit head on
about once in every ten tries (unless you cheated), but when you did it
was memorable. I can still remember how much fun it was to go looking
all over the basement for the jettisoned car doors as they flew off.
Plus, when you were done playing with them, the long, bendable, plastic
stick you used to rev them up, made a good whip. I can still remember
the welts my brother and I gave each other with these weapons. Maybe
that is the reason you don't see stuff like that anymore. Oh well, we
sure loved our Smash-Up Derby and seeing this ad again, brought back all
kinds of fond memories.
Click here to see it.
After years of just seeing the figure in comic ads, I finally found a
Warlord action figure! Woo Hoo! Not only did I find one, but it is still
in the original package. So he has all those great accessories. Now my
kids can one day look at me and ask, "Dad, who is Warlord?" Guess I will
have to pull out the old comics and we can sit down and read them. Now
if I can only find the Arak figure, I can really have some fun. Any
leads would be appreciated!
Speaking of action figures, I also scored a Moon Knight and Powerman!
Two of my favorite cheesy superheroes are now part of the collection for
my kid's battles down the road. It is great how many of these heroes and
villains they are making today! Maybe I will head up to Toys R Us and
grab one of the liquidated Cloak and Daggers for $5.00. My kids will
either thank me one day for this or have me committed, I still don't
Time to end another issue of Just Newsprint. Once again I thank everyone
who bothers to write in and give their opinion of the newsletter. While
it isn't much bigger than the past issue, I am slowly getting it back up
there. A little help from the readers would be appreciated, but we still
have yet to get a submission. I had a few people tell me they were going
to write, but nothing has surfaced yet. So I must trudge on, all by my
lonesome to give the world a fun newsletter about comics. Remember that
an unread comic is an unhappy comic.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
4. Hulk (if you missed this one, smack yourself)
5. Avengers (if you missed both of these, you are obviously at the wrong
6. Human Torch
7. GI Joe
9. Bugs Bunny