Time Travelin’ Schatzi’s Happy New Year!

You never know where Time Travelin’ Schatzi ¬© will show up next! But Schatzi is a good dog so he stole a few minutes from his mission to save all of reality to drop in on San Diego’s beautiful Ocean Beach in the year 1918 and pose for a Happy New Year photo with some bathers!

Moments after the photo was taken Schatzi sniffed out the sun-worshipers as actually being smelly tourists from Maryland and chased them off our beaches and out of the county, sending them all on their way back to Stupidlandia where they came from with comical rips to the seats of their pants and swim trunks. Schatzi doesn’t like the Maryland tourists fouling San Diego’s beaches and fine vistas with their imported garbage, foul presence and heathen ways. Good boy!

Where will Schatzi appear next? One never knows!

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Keep the ads on the ad pages

It’s bad enough that Marvel has a serial killer selling cars, but now the U.S. Army is paying for product placement type ads in comic books (And what’s up with the name tag on that soldier that reads “MUTART” in that other ad anyways?).

I understand that the days of the Count Dante account supporting a comic are long gone but I wish Marvel (and others) wouldn’t allow the military to place advertising within the stories themselves. Comic Books are still perceived to be disposable fare for children and teens by the greater public. What’s next, a cartoon character selling booze and cigarettes?

I could think of a few things that would serve the comic better to have showing on the Avenger’s penthouse entertainment system than a commercial for the military. For instance, a Hayley Mills film like “Sky West and Crooked” would not be out of place.
If Marvel wants to promote the armed services then they should just have that old G.I. Joe cartoon running in the background. That show probably faked more kids into joining up than any number of “MUTART” ads would ever do.


Or Wolvie could have drifted off watching the bestest television show ever!
Comic book readers are somewhat of a captive audience. Product placement in the movies is one thing, there is no way to show commercials for added revenue otherwise. But comic books have full pages already devoted to advertising. Short of tearing out those pages there is no way for a reader to avoid at least giving them a glance, hence money well spent by the marketing agencies. So do me a favor and keep the ads on the advertising pages.

You can put me in the "I Hate Joe Q" camp now

Spidey can find it in himself to lift a 20 ton piece of machinery off of his back because of the thought of all the people who rely on him gives him strength to persevere. But he can’t say no to the Devil?
I stated before I understand why Joe Quesada would want to return Peter Parker to single status and get rid of MJ, but I don’t have to like it.

I don’t.

The Second Swarm – Frank R. Paul illustrations

Masses of masonry rose jerkily from below the surface. They covered the whole region for miles near the two stranded interstellar ships, and from the rising masses of masonry , the mouths of guns could be seen, bombarding the eight interstellar ships, destroying them one by one before they could rise more than their own length.

Faster and faster did Matilda drop in pursuit, the wings on her back whining terribly as they forced her down with the speed of a bullet. Her hands were outstretched. Her body was as straight as an arrow and rigid. Only her fingers moved, opening and closing spasmodically on open air. Would she never reach Ureena?
Four minutes late, the first mighty interstellar ship slowly began to rear up until its sharp nose pointed up at an angle of forty-five degrees, then it rose heavenwards. Following fast behind it came ten more of the huge interstellar ships.
The large doors in the sides of the ships opened and men equipped with individual flying wings strapped upon their backs stepped out of the ships and flew down…The surface of that world was covered with the bodies of the intelligent creatures, who had inhabited it. They looked like giant hairy tarantulas, over a hundred times larger than the largest tarantula that ever existed on Earth.

Story by J. Schlossel. Published in Amazing Stories Quarterly (February 1928).

What If…Captain America remained frozen in ice until present day?

Everyone familiar with the character of Captain America knows his story:

Pharmaceutics-enhanced Steve Rogers fought Nazis and evil during World War 2 as the symbol of Liberty, Freedom and the American Dream, Captain America. After foiling a Nazi plot the Captain fell from an exploding rocket into freezing ocean waters where he lapsed into a state of suspended animation. He was rescued years later in the 1960s by the Avengers, thawed out and continued the good fight for several decades.

Yet what would have happened if he was never discovered by the Avengers and continued to drift in a block of ice among the floes and icebergs until present day? The Captain’s story would turn out quite differently.

Due to global warming the rapidly melting polar ice caps would partially expose the Captain’s body, until now protected deep within in a large block of ice since the final days of World War 2, to the open air and harsh environment. With their sensitive noses, hungry and nomadic polar bears would detect the slumbering hero from miles distant and converge on the site. Using their mighty claws and wicked teeth a polar bear would have little difficulty tearing away the thinning layer of ice covering Captain America and grabbing a filling meal.

Scratch…scratch…scratch…

Wuh? What’s that noise? Man, it’s cold. Hey, I can’t move…

Scratch…scratch…scratch…

Bucky, is that youuuuuuOMIGODAHHHHHHHHHHH…!

Crunch…crunch…crunch…

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Hibari No Komoriuta aka The Japanese Parent Trap

Hibari No Komoriuta (Lullaby for Hibari) is based on a 1949 novel and is also known as the “Japanese Parent Trap”. Made in 1951 and collected recently on YouTube are parts one through nine of the film that preceded by 10 years the classic Hayley Mills cinematic opus, The Parent Trap.


Check it out!

In 9 parts: The Japanese Parent Trap

The Movement…Or My Heart!

Whoa! The way Brandy acts you’d think that insignia on her hat stood for a completely different word! Perhaps she is required to wear a “scarlet letter” as punishment for being a feminist.

“The Movement…Or My Heart!” was originally published in Our Love Story #18 (August 1972) and reprinted two years later in My Love #31 (November 1974). This is another romance comic book issue where the original cover had superior production value to the reprint, where the staff seems to have saved a few dollars on the coloring job.

Brandy is a hostile, progressive feminist who wears pant-suits and disdains mini-skirts and other sexy clothing. Her work for the cause of equality for women consumes her to the detriment of all else in her life. That is, until she meets a sexy Congressman and falls in love! In no time at all Brandy begins to doubt her devotion to the cause of Women’s Rights and her commitment to anything but keeping a house clean for her man.

Must Brandy choose between living as a domesticated hearth-slave or liberated woman? Can she have the best of both worlds? Read and find out!

Whew! Good thing for all men everywhere that Brandy was co-opted by sexual politics and sold out for a 3-bedroom townhouse! Just goes to show that all them uppity chicks need is a bit o’ lovin’ to calm them down and get them back to cookin’ sammiches!

Boom-chicka-wow-wow!