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Sunday Stupid: Get in the holiday spirit by watching a 1953 Christmas short that will forever haunt your nightmares!

December 21, 2014

You know the big ones when it comes to holiday viewing tradition. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Frosty the Snowman. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. There’s now such a set rotation of TV Christmas classics, it’s hard to believe that there were once antecedents to their yuletide primacy. But there were — the Christmas cheer equivalent of cave paintings. And it turns some of these ancient specials were absolutely terrifying, Loverctaftian echoes of a time before time. Read more…

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How dare Revell not trumpet from the rooftops their Magnum, P.I. model kit?

December 20, 2014


This ad is really burying the lede, don’t you think? Read more…

Merry Christmas early! Here’s some garbage, courtesy of Red Letter Media!

December 19, 2014

Here’s an early holiday present from out friends at Red Letter Media: a Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst bolt from the blue, featuring a senses-shattering appearance by genuine comic book artist Freddie Williams II. Enjoy it this weekend as you’re getting all stressed out over seeing the relations that you don’t want to see and buying/wrapping presents for those damn people.

Crisis on No-Christmas Earth – The New Adventures of Superboy #39

December 18, 2014


Superman, like pretty much every other comic book superhero, has had his share of Christmas stories. Batman has had them. Spider-Man has had them. (A lot of them.) So why shouldn’t the Man of Tomorrow? We’ve covered one of his before, right here on this very blog. And today we’re going back to the Kal-El well in a tale that traps his younger self in a world he never made — a world without Christmas, no less. Bah humbug, Superboy style! Read more…

Back again, finally – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 17, 2014


It’s a shame the Hobbit films have carried so much bloat, because there’s a great movie in there, underneath the thick layers of their interminable runtimes. Maybe, just maybe, two of them. Read more…

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A wildly inaccurate Sgt. Rock toy bursts onto the 1983 scene!

December 16, 2014


Sgt. Rock, his war storylines and the hard-edged Joe Kubert imagery giving them life have often struck one as more adult-oriented fare (well, mostly). But back in 1983, just as the G.I. Joe craze was taking hold, kids could have their very own Rock toys from Remco. Read more…

The Justice Society of Would-Be Michelangelos – The Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #21

December 15, 2014


The old DC digests are great, and always a pleasure to uncover. Easier to find nowadays in decent condition than their oversized cousins, they often sported splendiferous new artwork on their covers to sandwich the reprint material within. And the George Perez image we have above is one of my favorites — yes, kids, we can all get along. Read more…

Sunday Stupid: A wannabe Spider-Man eats it most amazingly!

December 14, 2014

This video has made the rounds several times over the last year-plus, but it deserves to be posted again, if for no other reason than to discourage other young men from being complete absolute goddamn morons. Read more…

Would you believe the Would You Believe gag cards have nothing to do with Get Smart?

December 13, 2014


Was the “Would you believe?” line from Get Smart once so popular it justified knock-off “gag cards” that were careful to make no mention of that program? Read more…

Trading Card Set of the Week – This Is Spinal Tap (2000, Canal + D.A.)

December 12, 2014


Can I raise a practical question at this point? Do we do “Stonehenge” tomorrow?


It’s perhaps one of the great tragedies of human history that Spinal Tap didn’t have a contemporaneous bubble gum card release on the heels of their hit 1984 documentary, This Is Spinal Tap. Wax packs with Nigel Tufnel’s dopey face on them would have been so grand they might have cured cancer, and would assuredly have joined the hallowed ranks of cardboard classics like Alien and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But we’ll settle for self-published cards issued in 2000, during the millennial re-release of that film. Read more…

When the machines rise up and enslave humanity, we’ll rue the day Milton-Bradley built Comp IV!

December 11, 2014


We’re approaching with breakneck speed the day when computers can think for themselves, when they no longer need we humans to hold their hands and tell them what to do. Read more…

Mego has the Hulk and Spider-Man all tied up in knots!

December 10, 2014


You want to make superheroes into Stretch Armstrong wannabes? Fine. Read more…

Rudolph before Rudolph – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1959-1960

December 9, 2014


Every year millions gather around their televisions, tune into CBS and watch the most venerable of Christmas classics. It’s a tad mind-boggling, but Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer this year celebrates its 50th year delighting children of all ages. Five-Oh, people. In an age when network viewerships have fractured and scattered to the four winds, it’s a genuine Christmas miracle that a hokey, old-timey stop-motion special can still draw solid ratings. This is surely a testament to its irrepressible Rankin/Bass charm, and, to an extent, the potency of the age-old story of a misfit underdog (or deer) made good.

But, lest we forget, Rudolph didn’t have his advent in 1964. He was around a number of years before he teamed with Hermie the Elf and Yukon Cornelius to battle the Abominable Snow Monster. And yes, a part of that legacy was a slew of yearly DC comic books. Read more…

Sons of Anarchy, considered

December 8, 2014


Sons of Anarchy drops its final curtain tomorrow night, and not before its time. While Boardwalk Empire and its final truncated season left those who had enjoyed the Roaring Twenties exploits of Nucky Thompson asking for more, SAMCRO and its assorted satellites — lawmen and women of varying probity, prostitutes, rival gangs and the occasional transsexual — have perhaps overstayed their welcome. A show that was once fresh and rocketing forward like a chopper cruising down an open road has in its final season lost its way somewhat — has been left spinning its wheels in the mud, as it were. Seldom have thirteen episodes felt so long, or taken so long to get to the damn point. And many a viewer will die happy if they never again have to watch a sex montage featuring a man getting ass-raped in prison by Marilyn Manson, set to the tune of a crappy cover of a classic song. Enough already.

But Sons had its day. Can’t take that away — to put it in the show’s vernacular, at least not before bringing it to the table. Read more…

Sunday Stupid: Leonard Nimoy sings about Bilbo Baggins, signalling the end of days!

December 7, 2014

The still nascent Sunday Stupid feature has seen its share of crooning celebrities already: Carl Lewis humiliated himself in a music video featuring bubbles and horny old ladies in oversized sunglasses, while Telly Savalas and his rich baritone and goofy outfits made hearts melt — maybe? — with the spoken word “If.” But they have nothing on Leonard Nimoy and the most bizarre turn in his ill-advised singing career. “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” is pure 1960s camp, and Spock is about as out of place in it as Nixon would be in an Annette Funicello beach movie. Read more…