EXCL. PREVIEW: Hopeless & Bagley's "All-New X-Men" #1 Steps Out of the Shadows
This is my random TV/Movie shelf. Really random. I love it nonetheless.
Early New Teen Titans are still my all-time favorite comics. While Trigon is, in retrospect, a pretty lame villain, how can you not love him at double size? I realize that neither Superboy (who is being held upside down by the big T) nor the Doom Patrol ever fought him but they seemed like good additions (and the NTT issues that re-introduced Robotman are highlights of that run).
Can’t imagine any super hero fans in my age range (mid-40s) who don’t have fond memories of Challenge of the Super Friends. This is as close as I got to recreating that magic. The Secret Society of Super Villians comics from the 70s help a lot (even though they only feature two of the figures – Sinestro and Creeper – that I have in the scene).
This was the first action scene that really came together for me. The set-up came about in large part because of the horrible job someone at DC Direct did on Hawkgirl’s wings (happy accidents and all that). Doesn’t matter that the JSA never fought Mongul (that I can recall) or that I included both Atom figures – this is still probably my favorite shelf.
Only someone with an incredibly good imagination will see that I was trying to imitate that famous cover from Uncanny X-Men #100. Clearly, I don’t have all of the right figures and Angel’s wings won’t cooperate. I still like the way this one turned out.
Ostrander’s Suicide Squad was another of my all-time favorite series so I was really glad to be able to feature three characters from there (no Nightshade, unfortunately). Putting them in the middle of a little throw-down between the recently teamed-up Blue Devil and Black Lightning (even if my figures are the old versions) and Dr. Impossible and the modern Cheetah (both who have looks that far outpace their use in the comics) just seemed like a lot of fun.
Remember that era of Justice League that featured all the B characters (just before JLA Detroit)? Me too. Fondly. This is my homage to that time with some characters who should be much more popular than they are.
Oh, if only they had created a Molly figure to go next to Tim Hunter. That would truly be magic. I also really love these two versions of Grendel. Matt Wagner is underrated as an iconic designer. All three of these were among the first figures I ever purchased.
Kevin Matchstick completes the Wagner collection. And who doesn’t love some Sandman characters? I’m still on the look-out for a reasonably priced Delirium to add to this shelf but like the foursome well enough too.