Thursday, 17 December 2009

More WWE goodness

CHECK out this interview with the creators here.

Can you spell LAME?
.............................................I'm still gonna buy a copy tho.

Monday, 7 December 2009

I DON'T know what this has to do with love, but Simon Barnard's toon in the newly released The Tango Collection (edited by Bernard Caleo, publishers Allen & Unwin) has a wrestling theme, so here it is. The rest of the toons in this anthology are about love and romance, and are a mixed bag.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Wrestling comics I don't own (but wish I did)

THE following titles were found at the excellent MyComicShop.com, but are sadly out of stock (or a bit too expensive for my tastes). Can anyone help me?

Marvel Visionaries: Peter David: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 4 (Marvel, 2007):
DESCRIPTION: Collects Incredible Hulk #355-363 and Marvel Comics Presents #26 and #45 (from 1989-90). The Hulk vs gangsters, ghouls and the Grey Gargoyle! Plus wrestlers, killer whales and more!

Twisted Toyfare Theatre Vol. 8 (Wizard, 2007)
DESCRIPTION: Not technically a comic and not technically about wrestling. However, this mag collects episodes from Toyfare magazine's "Twisted ToyFare Theatre" comic strips. Join Mego Spidey and a random assortment of stormtroopers, wrestlers, werewolves and Cobra troopers in hilarious episodes (according to them anyway). Find out what happens when Smokey the Bear tries to tell Ric Flair how to go camping.

Tarzan #67 (Dell, April 1955)
DESCRIPTION: Tarzan stars in "The Wrestlers of Baronga". Is this pro-wrestling? Who knows?

Street Fighter II Turbo #6 (Udon, May 2009)
DESCRIPTION: Cover by Alan Wang. Written by Ken Siu-Chong. Art by Jeffrey 'Chamba' Cruz. Kick it into Turbo! The tournament moves stateside for the American finals, which are throwing down on the mean streets of Metro City. Expect all-out beat 'em up action as the cast of Final Fight collides with the world of Street Fighter! Plus, get a bonus Final Fight back-up story featuring pro wrestler-turned Metro City mayor Mike Haggar!

Mixtape Vol. 3 by Jim Mahfood (Image, Feb. 2009)
DESCRIPTION: This volume is all about the funky full-color illustrations featuring MAHFOOD's bizarre and unique characters, gorgeous girls, rock stars, b-boys, Mexican wrestlers, beat bees, and more.
Comic Library International Vol. 9: World's Greatest Christmas Comics! (CLI, 2002)
DESCRIPTION: Christmas-themed comics including El Mucho Grande, wrestler-for-hire, by Chris Yambar.

Dale Evans Comics #17 (DC, May 1951)

DESCRIPTION: Sierra Smith, Western Detective stars in back-up tale "The Rustled Wrestler!"

Haunted by Philippe Dupuy (Drawn & Quarterly, 2008)

DESCRIPTION: A collection of stories including a tale about lucha libre wrestlers.

Middleman Vol. 2 (Viper Comics, 2006)

DESCRIPTION: "Inevitability!" Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Art by Les McClaine. 'Explosive' doesn't begin to cover this collection of The Middleman! Not only does it include the entire rip-snortin' adventure that is Volume Two, but also three all-new 'Legends of the Middleman' bonus stories - thrilling tales of the Middlemen of yore guest-illustrated by three of comics' hottest artists! Adventure! Excitement! Masked Wrestlers! It's all in here!

Street Fighter IV #1 (Udon, Feb. 2009)

DESCRIPTION: Cover by Arnold Tsang. By Ken Siu-Chong & Joe Ng A four-issue mini-series based on the most anticipated fighting game ever - Street Fighter IV! New challengers like mixed martial artist Abel, Mexican wrestler El Fuerte and chunky kung-fu fighter Rufus cross paths with Street Fighter mainstays Sakura, Dan, Charlie, and more.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Lucha libre goodness!

I RECENTLY hit the mother lode in lucha libre comicy goodness on eBay. From a Mexican dealer I picked up four ooooold mini-comics (smaller than A5 format) for a reasonable price.
Now, I can't speak a word of Spanish, but these were all kinda fun.

First up was a battered copy of Sensacional De Luchas A Color #183 from May 5, 1989 starring motherfucking Canek! This is one weird-ass comic. The first part is real Benny Hill-style low-brow humour. Canek beats up some dude in the ring while a blonde rat gets the ringside fans hot and bothered 'cos she's wearing a tiny skirt that barely covers her huge butt. Later, she and Canek hook up in his apartment.

Now, it seems the rat is also banging a psycho boxing champ. He likes to beat up chicks - and she seems to just take it (yay for Mexican feminism).

Eventually, the champ challenges Canek to a boxer vs wrestler match. Canek refuses for some reason, so the psycho beats up the rat again, then beats up Canek's little friend Pepe.

Canek snaps, accepts the challenge, then beats the holy shit out of psycho boxing champ. The end.

Nice art - even though anyone who bleeds is drawn as if they've poured half a bottle of tomato sauce up their nose.

I also scored three issues of Patadas Voladoras from July/August 1988. Very cartoony art and real simple storylines (with only 1-2 panels per page). Issue #6 (above) sees a bloke with a chicken mask take on a Mafia boss and also dispatches a ring-in wearing his mask. #10 is about a big, slow kid who runs away from his abusive home and becomes a masked champion. #11 is about two drunks who decide to score some easy drinking money by entering the squared circle...only it isn't as easy as it looks.

Of further quirky interest, the back cover of each issue features an ad for Perro Aguayo comic, which I need to track down at some point.

FROM the same dealer, I also bought a coupla recent lucha libre magazines. Why? 'Cos I love looking at pix of Mexican masked wrestlers...even if I can't understand a word what's written.
Both mags had some hidden gems. The August 2008 DosDeTres featured a two-page spread of lucha-themed panel gags (like the one above) by Antonio Garci. I'm sure they're hilarious in English.

Better still was the September 2008 issue of Record Luchas Mensual, which featured a four-page comic strip of Atlantis vs Blue Panther. All right! Story by Candelario Andrade and art by Daniel Perez.
There's quite a few lucha libre comics (or wrestling mags featuring lucha libre strips) on eBay at reasonable prices. I suggest you go check them out.

WWE Heroes #1 is coming...

WWE Comics, eh?

How come I keep having flashbacks to those hideous titles spewed out by Chaos! back in the late 90s? I guess I'll just have to buy a copy of WWE Heroes #1 when it comes out in March and see if it's as shit as I think it'll be.