Sunday, 16 December 2007
This DC-produced comic digest features four short stories adapted from WB animated series Teen Titans, Scooby-Doo!, Xiaolin Showdown and Mucha Lucha! (the reason I bought it).
All the images are taken from the original animated episodes and unimaginatively laid out on the page. Despite the lack of creativity on display, the Mucha Lucha! story's kinda interesting: Richochet enters a tag team tournament to win a reproduction mask of his hero El Rey. Along the way, he goes to the gym and has his head shrunk to help him win his matches (don't ask). It's the pick of the four tales in this book, but that's faint praise.
Thursday, 13 December 2007
The above two panels appear in Detective #550. A crazed bowman has injured Black Canary and is being stalked by Green Arrow when he makes this odd little rant.
Naturally, Arrow later hands the psycho his arse.
The short yarn has been reprinted in the trade paperback DC Universe: The Stories Of Alan Moore.
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Sunday, 9 December 2007
The superheroes were gone by 1989 but Archie Adventure still put out titles like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, a kid-friendly version of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's indy hit TMNT. It was designed to cash in on the animated TV series (and, later, the movies). Amazingly, TMNTA ran from August 1988 to October 1995.
I walked into Kings Comics in Sydney last Thursday evening and was immediately captivated by TMNTA #7 sitting on the front counter. The wrestling-themed cover (and the $2.95 cover price) grabbed my attention and I immediately bought it.
Now, I wish I hadn't. This is beyond awful. Despite the surreal subject matter, Dean Clarrain and Ryan Brown's script is so threadbare and sketchy it feels like there's no script at all. There's certainly no suspense or entertainment value. Jim Lawson and Gary Fields' "art" is perfunctory at best.
The plot sounds promising: the turtles are transported to another galaxy (by a disembodied giant cow's head) and forced to wrestle for Intergalactic Wrestling. They must wrestle Cryin' Hound while, in another ring, Ace Duck faces an old Turtles nemesis called Leatherhead.
The two matches are shown simultaneously, split over several pages, in what should be an innovative artistic concept. Pity the "artists" are so crap as it just looks confusing.
The wrestlers are given no personality - they're not even parodies of recognisable real grapplers, which I would've thought might be the obvious joke to do.
Instead, we get several filler pages that seem designed to purely get us to the end of the issue. There's no action and certainly no humour.
Anyway, the Turtles win and get returned to earth. The end.
Why was this comic even produced? What was the point?
Horrible. Simply horrible.
Monday, 3 December 2007
"Here are some small scans of the first few pages of The Saga Of The Von Erich Warriors.
It's pretty far out, but wrestling IS involved. Kevin, Kerry and Fritz kick some outer-space alien butt. If you have the space and bandwidth I can scan the whole book to post on your blog."
And he bloody well did. Below is the whole damn comic. Enjoy!
But before you do, here's another update from Bob: "This book popped up at a large comic shop in Arlington, Texas recently. Probably very few copies ever left the state, and this one is only just next door now in Oklahoma. It looks to be the product of a gang of industrious teenagers, and as such it's not too bad. All the portraits are photo referenced, so you can tell who's who, and it's got that cheesy sci-fi serial vibe going."
All I can say is, THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU, Bob!
Back in 1991 or so there was a short-live confederation of friends in Oklahoma City who got together and published a bunch of comics under the name Rough Cut Press (might've been spelt with a K).
Wrestling was a theme of several of their anthology entries - I particularly remember a noir detective/masked wrestler series, similar to the back-up story in Steel Pulse.
I met those guys at a comic-convention back then and bought just about every copy of everything they had, but my collection (and I) saw hard times in the following years and I lost all but one unrelated pin-up issue.
I've been watching auctions and online shops in recent years, but they haven't popped up.
I'll send you scans if I do come upon any of those. But knowing they're out there, you might find it first."
Or maybe one of my readers can help me out here........?
Sunday, 25 November 2007
IMPERCEPTILY, without even realising it, I’ve collected stacks of wrestling-related comix over the past few weeks. Let’s quickly cover what’s new in my ever-expanding collection:
Big Daddy Annual 1984: I had no idea bloated UK TV wrestler Big Daddy had more than one annual, but I was wrong. After 1983’s book, Fleetway decided to strike while the iron was hot and put out this collection filled with “photo features” and reprints of Big Daddy’s rather dull adventures in Buster and Tiger comics (although at least here he teams with longtime Tiger regular Johnny Cougar, above). Big Daddy may have been a household name, but the fat cunt helped kill the British wrestling scene so I don’t have much respect for him. This annual’s as
Lucha Libre (Image): As I talked about several months ago, Image has launched a new series featuring strips based on the wonderful wacky world of Mexican wrestling inc
Rabid #1: I spoke about this 1998 British comic zine some months ago, but it’s taken till now to finally get my hands on it (thanks, Mr Postman). Passable (occasionally confusing) superhero art in a style reminiscent of The Tick and a perfunctory plot, but at least it features some rasslin’ in it, so yay for writer Scott Claringbold and artist Marc Olivent. I don’t think there was a second ish.
TWO momentous things can be found in the anthology series Judge Dredd Megazine #52 (
In “Postcards From The Edge”, ex-psi judge Cassandra Anderson finds herself on Blassey’s Planet (a nice touch) where she watches the Superstars Of Galactic Wrestling in action, putting her last creds on Zygy The Force to win in his match with Warrior Of The Black Sun.
The Warrior cheats by using a psychic in the crowd to put “the whammy on Zygy”, so
It’s a cute little tale written by Alan Grant and drawn by Charles Gillespie – pure f
As for Walter The Wobot, he got 30 years’ jail…creep.
LOTSA comics with wrestling storylines or covers have been sold on eBay in recent months. Here are just a few covers I downloaded:
Giggle Comics #68 (c.1949): I betcha there isn’t a genuine giggle to be found in this “funny” book.
MAD #49 (July 2007): This appears to be the Mexican version of MAD and features a cool
Patsy And Hedy #11 (c.1953): This Atlas romance comic has a nice wrestling-themed cover. Not sure if there was a linked story inside, but I assume there was. Comic buffs will know that in the mid-70s Patsy Walker was revived by Atlas’s successor Marvel and became Hellcat, one of my favourite superheroes.
Peter Porkchops #14 (c.1952): This Porky Pig rip-off at least had this one ultra-nice cover in its favour.
A NICE fella in
The first story details an epic encounter between Andre The Giant and Stan “The Lariat Hansen.
The second tale’s about Inoki himself.
I don’t understand a word of it, but the artwork’s pretty nifty.
The graphic novel, published by Yaoi Press LLC, is Japanese manga, which is pretty gay at the best of times, I reckon.
Here’s the storyline according to the eBay auction: “Cruiserweight wrestler Synn learns he was only recruited by a top wrestling promotion because the reigning champion Renegade desires him. If the ambitious Synn wants his career to be successful he has to submit to Renegade. Will he give in? Or will he be blacklisted with every wrestling promotion stateside?”
Okaaaaaaay…don’t think I’ll bid for that one, somehow.
He follows that up with Pro Wrestling Was Never Gay, using more clip art (some historical) to show why the grap game has always been a manly, heterosexual pastime and never, ever gay.It’s funny stuff, so if you wanna check it out, e-mail Steev at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.