The particulars in case you forgot: I’m trolling through my comic book collection, which spans 1977-1995/6ish, because I’m feeling nostalgic and want to share.  I invite you to tag along with me cuz I hope it’ll be fun – I’m even taking pics of the covers with my iPhone (sorry about the quality there but honestly – who wants to go through and scan all these things?!)  so you can see what I see.  I’m also telling stories, which is always fun.

And since I’m grabbing boxes at random, we never know what we’re gonna get until we get it.  Got it?  Good – let’s move on then people!  Oh – and you can always click on the images for a bigger photo.

Box #3 Part 2 – More Marvel Madness!

Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  NO – IT’S IRON MAN!


I offer you two covers to play with here.  The first one is ancient and in truly crappy condition. I want to say that I bought it in this condition because it amused me.  Someone wrote all over it and I think it was in a penny bin somewhere.  The second – I offer that as a contrast.  Tony Stark changed a lot through the years, but so did his alter ego, Iron Man.  In this case, we see the silver and black suit.  This leads into our next cover:


War Machine.  Hell yeah!

Rhodey put on the War Machine armor – in the continuity of the above cover, he did so because Tony Stark was dead and had left him not only Stark Enterprises (naming him as CEO) but also the Iron Man legacy and a new suit of armor.

I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the character and the suit in the next Iron Man movie because in the comics – total baddass.

So.  Let’s talk about one of the coolest events in comics EVER.

Secret Wars:


A bit blurry, sorry. But I don’t feel like taking another photo – so live with it…

See, this is when they did it right.  12 issues, a miniseries all on its own.  No crossovers, no touching every stinking book in the Marvel universe forcing you to choose to ignore it or buy everything so you can follow the story – everything in a self contained 12 issue series all nice and easily purchased and kept up with.

Plot: The Beyonder grabs heroes and villans from the Marvel verse and teleports em all to a planet where they’re forced to fight each other.  “Slay your enemies and all that you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!”

Great, great series and again – what I truly liked is that this was before all the crossover crap!  I -hated- the crossover crap!  I don’t want to read ‘Power Pack’, for example.  Crossovers force me to read that crap!  GRR!  ARGH!!

Okay – also, this is where Venom begins.


Spidey’s costume is looking pretty bad.  Shredded in all the battles and he’s still trying to keep his identity secret so he doesn’t want to lost the mask.  He sees other heroes looking pristine.  He asks em what’s up and they tell him that there’s a room down the hall with this machine that will fix your costume right up – all you have to do is think about it.

Eager to have his costume repaired, he searches out the room but doesn’t know which machine is the right one.  He tries one and sure enough, it gives him a new costume… a black one…

“Well, I’ll be an eight-ball’s uncle! That glob just–just spread out and became a costume–and dissolved away the tatters of my old one in the process!  Not bad!  Different… But not bad!  I wonder why it didn’t come out like my old one?  That’s what I was thinking of?”

Oh, Spidey.  Poor, poor Spidey.  IF YOU ONLY KNEW!  …if you only knew.