Posted Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by Barry

Scooby-Doo (1997) 67

Scooby-Doo (1997) 67

Scooby-Doo (1997) 67

When Ebenezer Scrooge is forewarned of ghosts to come, who’s he gonna call? That’s right: Mystery Inc.

A brief investigation of the bedroom where Scrooge was confronted reveals smudges on the floor leaving the gang to believe the threat was not a dream.  With the stage set, Shaggy and Scooby are volunteered to pose as Scrooge for the night. As promised the CEO and President of Scrooge Inc. Accounting, Tax Preparation and Loans is visited by three ghosts.

What the plan doesn’t anticipate are Fred, Velma, Daphne and Scrooge all locked in the closet they plan to spring their trap from.

We’ll leave the unmasking to the tale’s reader.

In addition to the haunting holiday yarn the book leads with a 10-year anniversary return to the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Olympic fiasco only with ghosts and different skaters. And no real violence. So, maybe not an anniversary tale, but one reminiscent.

Posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 by Barry

The Tick Big Yule Log Special (1997)

The Tick Big Yule Log Special (1997)

The Tick Big Yule Log Special (1997)

Arthur is suffering from an identity crisis at Christmas time. The Tick tries to turn the tide on his little buddy’s yule time troubles as only he can, but it’s a case of mistaken identity that cures the Moth’s moroseness.

This book has it all as the Tick adopts a Santa persona and accidently foils a rouge elf’s schemes to marshal the children on the naughty list against the Jolly Big Guy.

Angels, explosions and misunderstandings make for a rousing Christmas tale that could only happen to the Tick.

Flip the book over and Arthur teaches the Tick about Hanukkah.

The Tick Big Yule Log Special (1997)Remember, this is when the Tick was becoming a semi-household name with his own Saturday morning animated half hour, Ban Dai licensed likenesses and happy meal toys from Carl’s Jr. and Taco Bell. The Tick even had his own video game.

Interest waned toward the end of the 1990s hastened by the Columbia TriStar Television series that even Patrick Warburton couldn’t save.

However, shining like the fabled star The Tick survived in his original medium and continued to offer holiday specials collected in The Tick’s Giant Christmas Cavalcade released in 2010.

Posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 by Barry

Pinky and the Brain Christmas Special

Pinky and the Brain Christmas Special

Pinky and the Brain Christmas Special

Yes, Brain, there is a Santa Claus.

Pinky and the Brian attempt to do what they do every night, but world domination isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Especially during the holiday season.

Brain’s latest scheme is to infiltrate Santa’s headquarters, reprogram processors for 1995’s seasonal hot toy robot and, all together now, “…take over the world.”

As with all best laid plans of mice and men Brain winds up bruised and battered and a little wiser in the ways of the world as he and Pinky trudge home to regroup for another plan to take over the world.

Posted Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by Barry

Batman Family 4

For the 1975 Christmas season DC gave us “Robin’s Very White Christmas” in Batman Family 4. This was a time when Dick Grayson was still Robin adventuring on his own and attending Hudson U.

Really nothing special, but a nice piece of nostalgia with Robin sporting his old green speedos in a winter storm attempting to foil a renegade Santa and his evil “elves” all the while trying to make it home in time for Christmas.

Batman Family 4

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by Barry

A Merry Marvel Christmas

Merry Christmas from Marvel circa 1978. Flagship characters Spider-man and Hulk participate in the Christmas spirit to spread holiday cheer from the House of Ideas.

A Merry Marvel Christmas

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by Barry

Batman 27

Batman and Robin finally join Santa Claus on the cover for the 1944 issue.

“A Christmas Peril,” simply put, are the Dynamic Duo working as ghosts of Christmas present to show young Scranton Loring the error of his ways while combating evil uncles wishing to take control of his fortune.

The Batplane cum Christmas sleigh returns.

Batman 27

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by Barry

Batman 15

It’s the second year of America’s involvement in WWII, it’s Christmas time and Batman and Robin are on the business end of a Browning M1917.

Check.

While America’s bravest are dying overseas Batman and Robin seek out who they believe to be “the loneliest men in Gotham” and spread the Christmas cheer. All the while their efforts continue to be foiled by a local crime chieftain and crew until the literal Spirit of Christmas saves the day.

Batman 15

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by Barry

Marvel Zombies Halloween

Whatta better tie in than Marvel Zombies and Halloween.

Marvel married the two in 2012 for an enjoyable one shot giving a glimpse at a possible future where Kitty Pryde and Peter Rasputin marry. Of course pretty much any story with zombies isn’t gonna end well in the long run, but Marvel Zombies Halloween does satisfy the sweet tooth with a saccharine ending that sooths rather than turns the stomach.

Marvel Zombies Halloween

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by Barry

DC House of Horror (2017)

DC House of Horror (2017)

DC House of Horror (2017)

Beyond the $9.99 price tag DC House of Horror fails to live up to its name.

Even with Keith Giffen plotting stories for Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Two-Face, Green Arrow, the Justice League, Harley Quinn and Shazam the book never delivers. The closest to creepy it comes are with the Two-Face and the Justice League tales. The rest seem to be more head scratchers that have the reader wishing for the half hour back they invested in the book.

Kudos to DC for remembering us at Halloween time, but time and money are better spent on something like the Giffen plotted and JM DeMatteis scripted Scooby Apocalypse: Scooby and Mystery Inc. meet Resident Evil. Woot woot.

Posted Friday, October 27th, 2017 by Barry

Man-Thing (1997) 3

Man-Thing (1997) 3

Man-Thing (1997) 3

Better get all eight issues of this series to make sense of “Christmas in Bedlam!”

By 1997 the comic’s industry had taken a beating after the bean counters played on the greed of the carpetbaggers. Marvel was on the verge of bankruptcy as Avi Arad stepped in to take control of the purse strings and save the paper portion of the company with licensed likenesses.

DC had launched its Vertigo line spearheaded by writers like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. In doing so they also earned literary accreditation with adults who wanted more than spandex and capes.

In my opinion, Marvel took note and attempted to do the same with a relaunch of an eight-issue mini-series of Man-Thing written by J.M. DeMatteis.

Issue three spends its entirety touching on the plot with time slips to the past to save look to the future.

If you’re buying this for more than the cover, pick up the previous two and the remaining five issues.