<![CDATA[Pum Spak! - Comic Book Reviews]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:08:13 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[WERWOLF BY NIGHT]]>Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:57:01 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2014/03/werwolf-by-night.htmlPicture
I sold a bunch of my comics and I ended up scanning some pages from these Wereolf books before I shipped em out.  Check out how cool some of the pages and panels are!

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<![CDATA[The Frankenstein Monster]]>Sun, 16 Feb 2014 05:04:44 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2014/02/the-frankenstein-monster.html Picture
I sold some Frankenstein comics recently.  I scanned a couple covers, Value Stamps, and Title Pages.  The page is from Issue #7.  
  Lookout lady!  You're not the only one taking a bath tonight.



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Frankenstein ends up being caught in the middle of a Dracula resurrection.

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Marvel Value Stamp from Frankenstein #13 - Ka-Zar
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Yeah  ... So, after Frankenstein monster revives Dracula they fight!

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Marvel Value Stamp - Frankenstein #23 - Captain America
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<![CDATA[Brickleberry Christmas]]>Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:32:08 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2014/02/brickleberry-christmas.htmlPicture
This is a Christmas card I got from Roger Black while working on Brickleberry.  Thanks so much for the hilarious card!

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<![CDATA[Shang Chi - Master of Kung FuĀ ]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:08:52 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2012/10/shang-chi-master-of-kung-fu.htmlPicture
I was reading some issues of Shang Chi and decided to share some of the artwork on this site.  Sweet, huh?

This image was drawn by John Buscema.

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Gorgeous splash from #25
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MVS from Issue #25   - Gladiator

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Issue # 29 - Paul Gulacy
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Final page of #29. Razorfist!!!
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MVS from Shang Chi #24
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These last two images are from issue #31.  Paul Gulacy w/ Dan Adkins inks.

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Another MVS. I got this Lilith from Issue #31.
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<![CDATA[Tomb of Dracula - Pt. 1]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2012 07:37:54 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2012/02/tomb-of-dracula-pt-1.html
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ToD #23
      Brutal!  That's the first word that came to mind after finishing issue #35.  I recently bought a bunch of Tomb of Dracula issues.  
     I once read that ToD was not only the best horror comic ever, but arguably the best comic of the 1970's.
     Big words.  Surprisingly ...  the latter is very accurate.
     The first few issues were nothing great in my opinion as Dracula would show up and someone would unsuccessfully try and kill him.  Dracula would then laugh and fly away.
     As issues progress, events unfold, characters develop, and you actually start to care for the monster known as Dracula

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ToD #23
     It doesn't hurt that Gene Colan's art is spectacular.  His  hand can do marvelous things.  It can convey mood.  It can depict violence.  It can draw hot women!
     Marv Wolfman's writing is also really good.  I tend to admire art way before writing.  I usually only notice writing if it is particularly bad.  In this case, I have found myself saying, "Man, that line was so descriptive." or  "Aww Geez, I can believe she is falling for Dracula" or "Wow!  These characters are so believable.  The writing in this comic is awesome!"
  (Stuff like that)
He paints pictures with his words and Gene creates poetry with his brush.  They are a great team!

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MVS #50 - ToD 23
     There's more than just Vampires, stories, and vulnerable ladies.  Look!  It's Marvel Value Stamp #50.  Black Panther.
     An ongoing trend in my "reviews" is to also scan other elements of the issue.  

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     What makes this comic so cool, is that you start to care about Dracula.  In the first couple story arcs he is really powerful and basically does what he wants.  After a bit, he actually has a difficult time in some fights.  And, you don't want him to lose.  He starts living in a haunted house and he tangles with some jerk, ghost guy who is in cahoots with Satan.
     There's another guy, Dr. Sun, who I don't know much about, but I already want Dracula to kick his but.  Lilith, his daughter also is trying to kill him.
Her story is quite tragic, and you feel bad for her too.  (Good job Marv!)
Dracula is really mean to her, and it's those times, you begin to hate him.
     Everyone is after him.  Bad guys, good guys, and men stuck in the middle.  There is a human element that is hunting him down consisting of Quincy Harker, Rachel Van Helsing, Dracula's descendant Frank Drake and a tall mysterious Indian mute.  Oh yeah, and Harker's dog, Saint.  
     Blade shows up now and then.  Also, Hannibal King and the unknown threat known as Dr. Sun.
     Strangely, there are also characters, like Sheila that care for him and even offer him protection.

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ToD #24
     In these next two pics, Dracula is terrifying.  He lies and manipulates a dancer then tries to kill her.
     She barely makes her way to Blade's house who is the only one who believes her story.

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Dracula vs. Gorna! ToD #29 - (This is the only Double Page Splash I have seen.)
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ToD #29 - MVS 27 - Black Widow
     The image above is when another vampire named GORNA  giveS Dracula a hard time.  Unable to control one of his creations, Dracula struggles in this fight as he realizes his powers are dwindling.  The mystery begins!

     

Ewwww!   It's all yellow!  I started using color correction when I scan images from my comics.  I forgot this time and I was too lazy to go back and redo it. 

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ToD #35 - Poor Girl
     Issue #35 was really good!  That's where I am at in the series so far and I just had to scan a bunch of pics from it.
     Dracula is trying to figure out why his power is waning, and the whereabouts of Dr. Sun.
     A bitter woman named Miss Von Wilkinson has this info and will trade it to Dracula for services.
     She is a fashion designer.  Early in her career she was burned by four different men.  They stole her designs and made lots of money without ever crediting or helping her.
     If Dracula kills these four men, in return, she will give him the information he desires.
     She will also help feed him while he completes this sinister job.

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So, Dracula kills all these men and returns to Wilkinson.  She gives him the info.  Dracula double checks and then leaves.  Wilkinson's confirmation is waiting at her front door.
     Yes, Dracula "killed" them, but he also turned them into Vampires.  Little did she know he would tell each of them her name.
     After reading this issue I was kind of shocked.  Cleverly written, and savagely brutal!

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ToD #35 - The Stranger MVS
  Hey Look!  It's um ...  err ...  you know, ...  it's that crazy Marvel villain ... The Stranger!

    Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
As I stated earlier, the Art, writing, tone and characters is really great.  I recommend going back and checking it out.

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<![CDATA[And a Merry Christmas to you too!]]>Fri, 10 Feb 2012 07:17:24 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2012/02/and-a-merry-christmas-to-you-too.htmlI recently got a job at an animation studio.  I really like working there.  This past holiday season I was overwhelmed by the generosity of not only the company but the employees as well.  I received gift cards, and gadgets, and music, and clothes, and chocolate and toys and other great stuff.  Never have I worked in an environment like this.  Thanks Rough Draft!
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   Bart loves his toy and Bender appreciates the value of his collectible.
  It's a silly take on the characters and at the same time conveys the thrill of receiving a gift.     Getting a joke across in one panel is very difficult to do.  In this instance Lance Kramer knocked it out of the park.     

Nice work man!

Thank you Lance!  

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     This was the outside of a box filled with Chocolate.
  I can't imagine the time it took to adhere this image to close to 100 boxes in addition to all the other hours consumed by regular life.
     Not only is Peter Avanzino a very talented man.  He is funny, and nice, and best of all ...  He really likes Marvel Comics!

Thanks Pete!

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<![CDATA[SPLATTERHOUSE!]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:56:38 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2012/01/splatterhouse.html
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     The first system in my house was an Atari 2600.  At one point my Dad also bought a Texas Instruments computer.  I used to watch my brother load saved information from a cassette tape so he could play Tunnels of Doom.  After that we upgraded to an IBM and played Ancient Art of War, and NATO, and King's Quest, and Space Quest and Police Quest.  (No Leisure Suit Larry in our home!)
     I was approaching 8th grade or so when the Turbo Grafx 16 came out.  I saved up and bought it with my own money.  I think the thing was like $300 bucks!  Before I was allowed to make such a smart purchase my Dad told me I had to make a list. The list was to consist of the Pros and Cons of owning a video game system.  There were lots of Pros.  If memory serves me correctly there were not many Cons.
     I had a bunch of games for it, but my favorite may have been Splatterhouse.  You were a dude with an evil mask, and got to gruesomely beat down bad guys with weapons.  Yes!  Your character could actually pick stuff up.  Well, it was a big deal back then.  The game was also quite scary because sometimes things like dogs would jump out of nowhere.  Trust me, jumping dogs were super scary back then.  Boy it was fun!  And, what parent wouldn't want their child to assume the role of a vengeful boyfriend with a demon mask, ready to gruesomely bludgeon monsters ...  and dogs.  Thanks Turbo Grafx!
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<![CDATA[1985: THE PUNISHER - Circle of Blood - MIKE ZECK]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2011 02:30:28 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2011/08/1985-the-punisher-circle-of-blood-mike-zeck.html
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     When this series first came out, it was a big deal.  Punisher was about to become one of the most popular characters ever and there was a lot of buzz surrounding his first solo story.
     The covers produced by MIKE ZECK were fabulous and only added to the hype.  MIKE ZECK did all the covers and the interior art, but for some reason MIKE VOSBURG did the interiors for issue #5.
     When the issues came out, they sold very well and prices on the back issues were through the roof.
     Doing a search on eBay will allow you find these for under $10 bucks.  However, before the internet showed up, issue one used to sell for a minimum of $35.
     The story itself was pretty sweet back then.  Today, t doesn't hold up as well but it's still pretty good.

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     Punisher is in prison.  Jigsaw is locked up with him.  Punisher beats down everyone who tries to mess with him.  
     After foiling an escape the warden offers him a deal.  "Join up with an organization known as THE TRUST and you can wage war against crime with unlimited resources."
     Punny begins killing mob bosses and gang wars form all over the city.
He starts to get upset when other people start dressing like the Punisher and begin their own killing sprees.
     As Frank Castle begins to do some detective work he finds out that THE TRUST as been brainwashing criminals and making them think they are the Punisher or something.
     

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     Punisher starts killing the other Punishers  and finally finds the head of the TRUST.
     After a dog is sicced on Punisher, he punches it in the face in mid-air.  Rather than killing the head of the Trust, Frank Castle makes him call every newspaper starting with Ben Urich at the Bugle, to confess everything he been doing.
     Frank leaves the scene and the dog follows as he likes him better than his old master.  Thus we are left with a great 1980's TV show:  "CASTLE and the CANINE".

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<![CDATA[SCOURGE!]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2011 03:39:18 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2011/07/scourge.html
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     I was re-reading the 1985 PUNISHER mini-series "Circle of Blood".  It was a pretty good read, but not as good as I remember it.  The Mike Zeck covers are the best thing about the series.  Issue #1 is the one that stands out as Punisher is in prison, tangles with Jigsaw, and is made an offer by THE TRUST.
     The rest of the series is pretty good but, after finishing it I am contemplating putting them up on eBay.  The only thing keeping me from selling them are the Zeck covers.  They are so cool.  I stare at them for long periods at a time.
     As I was finishing up the final issue, I saw this Captain America ad, "THE HUNT FOR SCOURGE".  I was reminded of that storyline and remembered how much I loved it.
     I didn't know about it at the time but apparently Marvel decided they wanted to thin out all the villains.  What better way to reduce the amount of bad guys congesting the MARVEL U, than create a new bad guy that begins killing them all off.
     When Scourge first started his rampage, there was a lot of mystery surrounding the character.  He first appeared in IRON MAN #194 but most of his storyline took place in CAPTAIN AMERICA.

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     I remember fans trying to figure out who exactly Scourge was.  Some speculated that it was the PUNISHER using a new guise.  That would have been better than what was ultimately decided upon.
     If I remember correctly Scourge was not one person but part of an organization.  I was disappointed that it wasn't just one guy who was bad to the bone but, rather multiple men using the same moniker.
     Regardless of the merit of story, something about Scourge has remained with me my entire life since.  
     When ever Scourge would deal death to a B-level villain, the sound effect from his gun was ...  ...  ...


(Sorry!  I can't say what it was as I want to keep it a secret.  I use it, you see, as a nickname.)

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<![CDATA[THE LIVING MUMMY! ... and a few more Stamps]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:08:47 GMThttp://unemployedmonsters.com/3/post/2011/06/the-living-mummy-and-a-few-more-stamps.htmlPicture
     With superheroes on the decline and Kung-Fu on the rise, Marvel decided to follow other popular trends as well.  What else besides learning how to roundhouse kick your enemies were kids interested in?  
      MONSTERS!
      Kids couldn't karate chop comic shop owners fast enough to make them get more monster mags.  Marvel kept fans interested with books like Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, and the Son of Satan.
     Trying to cash in even more, Marvel also started reprinting old horror books from the Golden Age of comics.  
     These books didn't sell that well until Marvel injected new life into a title called SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS.
     The first four issues were reprints, but issue #5 featured an all new story by STEVE GERBER with art by VAL MAYERIK.  
      Who was this new character?  None other than THE LIVING MUMMY!
     The mummy appeared in 10 issues or Supernatural Thrillers.  He did not show up in #6.  However, fan outcry brought him back  to life.  He was in all the following issues, until the comic's all too soon demise came about at issue #15.
     Anyone can look at the covers at various websites, but featured here are two nice splash pages I scanned from my collection.  Enjoy!

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     The story was about an slave named N'Kantu.  In trying to save his people, he overthrows an egyptian pharaoh.  Thinking he achieved a victory, he is thwarted by a mystic who throws a "magic" elixir on him causing paralysis.  
     Locked in a tomb for 3,000 years he lies awake enduring insanity the entire time.  
     He awakens in modern day Egypt.  He romps through Egypt and gets sent to a museum in NYC, but the highlight is when he is summoned to outer space by four greedy elementals.
     The following scans are more Marvel Value Stamps that were contained in the 10 issue run of SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS.

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