The Simple Comic
Table of Contents
Love Them Terrytoons
02 Setting an Example
03 Classic Commercial
04 Bargain Bin Bonanza
AOL/Time Warner Deal, What Does it Mean to Comic Fans?
06 Top 10 List
07 Drought is Over!
Deputy Dawg, one of the many
characters from the Terrytoons studios.
Love them Terrytoons
Ask most people what their favorite cartoon studio is and you will
usually get Disney or Warner Bros. A few may say Walter Lanz or even
Harvey, but for me it is Terrytoons. Don't get me wrong, I like all the
studios, but for some endearing reason, I just really like the
Terrytoons. Which brings me to their comics. I am also a big fan of the
Terrytoon comics. While they don't hold a candle to the great Duck
stories by Barks and Rosa at Disney or some of the early Porky Pig stuff
during the 1940's, they have a simple quality to them.
One good thing about Terrytoon books is
that the majority of them are very affordable. With the exception of
some of the early Heckle & Jeckles and Mighty Mouse and the Deputy Dawg
series, they are quite reasonable. Most of the later Terrytoons stuff
can be had for a buck or less.
The books are made up of a series of
short stories. There are usually about four stories to a book, with a
variety of different characters. Heckle & Jeckle, the talking magpies
are the most prominent, followed by Mighty Mouse. But there are many
other great characters in the Terrytoon library including Deputy Dawg,
Gandy Goose, Hector Heathcoat, Sidney the Elephant, Hashimoto-San and
others. My personal favorites are Deputy Dawg and Gandy Goose.
The nice thing about Terrytoons is the
stories are all self contained and acceptable by any age. While the
stories are simple in nature, they take you back to a time when you
bought comics for the sole purpose of being entertained and value and
condition had no bearing on your purchase. So next time you are in the
mood for some quick and enjoyable little stories, then check out the
Terrytoons stuff. Remember that man cannot live on Disney alone, no
matter what they may want you to think.
Setting an Example
Many comic collectors have small children (where else do future
generations of comic fans come from?). While small children and comics
don't always mix, I think it is important for people to set a good
example for young comic fans. If kids see their parents reading comics,
they are going to want to read comics. But you probably don't want your
kid reading your books, right? You don't want them to ruin your
investment, your nest egg. Get real! What better way to share your love
for comics with your children than to enjoy it with them. Now before you
call me crazy for suggesting something this radical, read on. I am not
suggesting that you give free reign of your collection to your kids, but
rather that you set aside some books that they can read. Go to a comic
show and browse the bargain bins and get a stack or two of books. Look
for some age appropriate stuff.
Even better than giving your kid comics
to read is to read the comics to them. What would be nicer than to sit
down and read a Mickey Mouse story or an Archie comic? Also buy some
bags and boards for the kids and maybe a small comic box. This way you
can teach them to care for their books and to put them away when they
are done. This way, when they get older, they will be responsible enough
to read more of your collection. I mean what are comics for? They are to
read and what is better to help encourage reading in kids than comic
So take some time and share your hobby.
The positive benefits will greatly outweigh any negative ones you can
come up with. Next time we will discuss all those action figures that
you won't let your kids play with ;)
What toy section would have been complete without an ad for the Six
Million Dollar Man? This was one of the most popular toys of my youth!
Steve Austin, the man who was rebuilt to be stronger and faster is
something that fueled the imagination of youths everywhere. He was a
superhero without the fancy costume or catchy name.
The toys were actually pretty advanced
for the time. You could look through his eye to get long distance
vision, peel back his skin to reveal his bionic parts and other neat
tricks. This ad not only features the
Six Million Dollar Man (which would be an above average salary for a
sports player), but his arch-rival, Maskatron. This was the man of many
faces and a name that sounds like he was part of the Transformers. Maybe
he was the founder of the legion of robots. It is possible that once
Steve Austin stopped him, he was rehabilitated and decided to make
robots to help mankind. Nah, too unbelievable.
Unfortunately missing from the ad was my
favorite foe of the Six Million Dollar Man series, the Bigfoot. Remember
this hairy beast who later befriended Steve? I was on the edge of my
seat for that storyline. Anyways, enjoy the ad and think of those
glorious days when Steve Austin ruled and I don't mean in wrestling (I
am not sure if there is an wrestler named Steve Austin, but it sounds
like a name they would use).
Click here to see the
Bargain Bin Bonanza
One of those series that was once very popular, but slinked into
obscurity is the Boris the Bear series. For anyone collecting in the
1980's, we all remember the black and white implosion with the thousands
of funny animal comics that followed hot on the heels of the Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles. Well, one book featured a bear with a very big gun
who went and killed all those characters. It was brought out by Dark
Horse and to most people, it was a one shot joke that was very funny.
What many people don't realize is that it was more than a one shot
parody. In fact, it was a whole series of comics. 34 issues to be exact!
Quite a run for a one joke book, isn't it.
While the first issue featured Boris
blowing away almost every funny animal book out there, later issues had
him setting his sights on everyone else in comics. He went after the
Transformers, GI Joe, even Superheroes. He would wear different costumes
(like Daredevil outfit and even a Blackhawk costume) and keep going and
The series ran through two different
companies. The first dozen issues were released by Dark Horse (along
with reprints of the first few issues called Boris the Bear Color
Classics) and the rest by an unknown company called Nicotat. The Nicotat
ones are much tougher to find that the Dark Horse, especially the last
The funny thing about this series is that
the books are pretty enjoyable. I found myself laughing at every issue I
read. And you can now find them very cheap. I sell them on my site for a
dollar a piece, a low price for a series that once was red hot. So if
you like parody, then check out the Boris the Bear series. They take an
era of comics and spoofs it. And the 1980's is an era that deserves some
AOL/Time Warner Deal, What Does it Mean to Comic Fans?
One of the most interesting subjects has been the AOL/Time Warner
merger. While this will change the internet from a standpoint that it
may create a feeding frenzy of other companies to absorb similar
companies, what does it mean to the comic world?
While it will be awhile before AOL is
able to completely take advantage of all the content available with Time
Warner, it will be interesting to see how fast they start including it.
Of course to comic fans this means that the DC Comics and Warner Bros
cartoons will find homes on AOL. It will be interesting to see what they
actually do with all this as they now have a very large (over 22 million
and growing) captive audience with AOL.
While DC Comics has had a website for
years, will they offer a unique one to AOL subscribers as well as their
regular one? Will possible offers of special comics, toys or other
promotions be available only on the AOL site? While this may seem
far-fetched to you, why not offer things as incentive for people to use
the service you offer? They can use this as a way to get more
subscribers to AOL, meaning more money.
Another question this raises is what will
Marvel do with its AOL site? Will they keep it, knowing they are always
going to be second tiered to DC? Do they align with another internet
provider or do they stand pat? This will be very interesting to see.
We will have to wait in the coming months
to see what this move means in the comic world, if it means anything at
Top 10 List
In keeping with the AOL/Time Warner Merger, this Top 10 List is geared
towards that. I decided to a list of other possible comic mergers with
multimedia companies. Some are possible, some are ridiculous. Who knows
if any will come true. If they do, you heard it here first. Look out
Top 10 Proposed
Mergers from the Swami
10. Archies taken over by Disney/ABC- This gives Disney another avenue
to exploit and with them and the Disney properties, they can launch a
new comic line as well as make Archie live action movies and cartoons
for the Disney Channel.
09. Hustler buys Verotek comics-Who else
would want this disgusting company? It would be one pig swallowing
08. Microsoft buying Disney-What other
company is big enough to do this? Imagine the possibilities with such a
07. Hasbro buys Marvel-They are on a
buying spree and this would allow them to make the Marvel toys without
having to pay royalties. Plus, they have a division for making computer
and video games, they can really milk this property.
06. Hasbro buys McFarlane Properties-They
are buying everything else up lately, so why not? They could add this
property to the hundreds of other companies they own.
05. McFarlane Properties buys Dark
Horse-Todd could walk from Image and take over this company. This could
also possibly give him access at getting toy deals with some of the
properties that Dark Horse works with. Imagine Aliens figures made by
Todd, now that would be cool!
04. Fox buys Marvel-Fox has the money,
the movie studio and the network to benefit from it, so why not?
03. AOL buys Image-Pocket change compared
to what they have spent and now they can add more content. DC has
already bought part of Image when they bought Top Cow, so why stop
02. AOL buys Marvel-Why stop the spending
spree now? They can easily swallow up a Marvel. Think of the
01. Universal buying Marvel-They already
have the characters in their theme parks, so why not buy it up and use
the properites in the movies also?
The Drought is Over!
The last few months have been tough for adding content to the website.
My holiday sales boomed and it left me with precious little time for the
website. Family matters and other stuff left me to do the bare minimum
on the website. But now that sales have returned to normal (though still
higher than last year, thankfully) and all my kids are back in school, I
have started to add some new stuff. Already, I added four new pictures
to the classic comic book ads and 12 more pages of the Colt story that I
have on the site. Look for alot more to be added. I really want to
spruce up the comic section of the website to make it match the rich
content that I have for the video game side.
One more step towards the 20th issue, our first real milestone for this
newsletter. I hope this is but one minor step in what will be many more.
I do enjoy doing this and treasure all the feedback that I get. So if
you like the newsletter, let me know. Tell me what you enjoy and what
you don't. Then go tell a friend or two. It would be appreciated. Have a
happy Year 2000 and may the comic field blossom in the new century.