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Comics A.M. | Artist Jay Scott Pike passes away at 91

Dolphin on the cover of "Showcase" #79, by Jay Scott Pike

Dolphin on the cover of “Showcase” #79, by Jay Scott Pike

Passings | Jay Scott Pike, well known for his work as a “good girl” artist, died Sept. 13 at age 91. He started out in 1949 at Hillman Comics, and then moved on to Marvel predecessor Atlas, working on action and romance comics, including Jann of the Jungle and Lorna the Jungle Girl. In the 1960s he moved to DC Comics, where he drew mostly romance comics but also created the character Dolphin, who’s resurfaced repeatedly over of the years. Historian Mark Evanier estimates that Pike drew at least 800 comics stories between 1949 and 1973. [News From ME]

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Grumpy Old Fan | Making the old days look good

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With Labor Day behind us, for most folks it’s back to work. But by the time you read this I will be out of town, well into a two-day seminar. Naturally I take comics with me for the down time, and more often than not I take a couple of thick reprint books. Picking out specific volumes got me thinking about the changing nature of DC Comics’ reprints.

Now, I’ll try not to let this descend into some nostalgic pining, and I recognize that reprint formats aren’t the most exciting things. However, while today’s comics are available in print or digitally, and are collected routinely into more durable books, I’m not sure the older material is getting as much attention as it once did. To be certain, the older material is getting older all the time, with more added to it as the years go by; and modern audiences might well be satisfied with, say, just the past 20 years’ worth of DC’s output. Still, there’s value in those older stories, even if it’s just on an academic level; and I think it’s helpful to see how DC has treated it.

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A “Guardians of the Galaxy” fan shares his collection

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today’s collection has an appropriate theme, given the big film that opened this weekend, as Armand shows us his “Guardians of the Galaxy” collection. Spoiler’s warning: There aren’t actually a lot of shelves in this edition of Shelf Porn. Like many of us do, Armand keeps most of his collection in long boxes, but pulled out some of his key Guardians issues to show them off here.

If you’d like to see your Shelf Porn here, you can find directions at the end of this email.

And now here’s Armand …

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Pop culture author shares his toys, trades and more

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Happy Free Comic Book Day and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s shelves come from Brandon T. Snider, author of The Dark Knight Manual, DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide and many other pop culture books. Brandon shares his collection of trades, toys, art and more.

If you’d like to see your shelves right here on Robot 6, you can find details on submitting them at the end of this post.

And now here is Brandon …

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Statues, graphic novels and more from London

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Christian in London, who shows us his graphic novels, action figures, statues and more!

If you’d like to share your collection with us, you can find details at the end of this post.

And now let’s hear from Christian …

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Roberson & Culver aim to make ‘Edison Rex’ the ‘Most Wanted’

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Saturday is the deadline to get your order form for this month’s Previews catalog to your local comic book shop. With that date looming, Edison Rex co-creators Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver are hoping to make Edison Rex, Vol. 2: Heir Apparent one of the most-wanted trade paperbacks.

In fact, writer Roberson and artist Culver concocted an eye-catching wanted poster to drum up interest in the upcoming collection, which includes issues 7-12 of the Monkeybrain Comics digital series. The creative team was quite willing to discuss the latest news with me about the villain turned superhero.

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Action figure Shelf Porn as big as the state of Rhode Island

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Welcome to Shelf Porn, your weekly look at a fan’s shelves. Today’s collection comes from Mike in Rhode Island, who shows us his many action figures, trade paperbacks and more.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Shelf Porn, check out the submission instructions.

And now here’s Dan …

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More Shelf Porn from Greece

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We journeyed to Greece last week to check out the shelves submitted by Chris Makro, so let’s stay another week and check out another collection. Today’s submission comes from Theodoros, who shows us shelves filled with comics, graphic novels, action figures and more.

If you’d like to see your collection featured right here on Robot 6, check out all the details and send it in.

And now here’s Theodoros …

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Shelf Porn from a fan in frosty Bangor, Maine

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If it’s Saturday, it must be time for Shelf Porn! Today’s shelves come from Kris in Bangor, Maine, who shares his shelves filled with graphic novels, action figures and more. On one shelf he has his DC figures, and on the shelf next to it are his Marvel figures, separated only by a small gap. If they ever decided to cross that gap … madness! (I watched Toy Story 2 last night with my son, so I can only imagine what those figures are getting up to at night).

If you’d like to submit your collection, find out how to do that by going here.

And now let’s hear from Kris …

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A comics professor shows us his Shelf Porn

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It may be Saturday, but for today’s Shelf Porn class is in session. Matt Silady, chair of the California College of the Arts’ MFA in Comics Program, shares his robust collection of graphic novels and trade paperbacks, which also serves as a lending library for his students. Matt’s a comic creator himself, whose The Homeless Channel was nominated for an Eisner a few years back.

You can find out how to submit your own shelves to us right here. And no let’s hear from Matt …

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Come for the Shelf Porn, stay for the massive “to read” pile

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly voyage into the home of a comic fan. Today’s collection comes from Steve Tabala, a digital illustrator who shows us his shelves of comics, trades, statues, art books and more. His “to read” pile looks like he’s building a fort, making my own pile look not quite as intimidating. It’s certainly a good way to spend more than a few Saturday afternoons.

If you’d like to see your shelves featured right here on Robot 6, check out the details here.

And now let’s hear from Steve …

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A parlor of comics highlights this edition of Shelf Porn

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Welcome to Shelf Porn, where every Saturday we invade a fan’s home to show you their stuff. Today’s shelves belong to Curt, who shares not only his parlor filled with comics and other stuff, but also his wife’s Nightmare Before Christmas collection.

Wanna show off your stuff? Check out all the details on how to submit your own collection right here.

And now let’s hear from Curt …

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‘Miranda Mercury’ writer Brandon Thomas shares his Shelf Porn

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look into the home of a fan. Today’s shelves belong to Brandon Thomas, writer of Voltron and The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury. Brandon shares his collection of original art, statues, trade paperback and much more.

If you’d like to submit your own collection for all the world to see, check out the details and send it our way.

And now here is Brandon …

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An Australian Man Cave to be proud of

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where fans invite us into their homes to take a look at their collections. Today Jamie from Australia shares his “man cave,” which features action figures, comics, DVDs, more action figures and much more.

If you’d like to share your collection, you can find details on how to do so here.

And now let’s hear from Jamie …

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It’s some work, all play in this Shelf Porn office

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where fans share their collections with us. Today’s shelves come from Tom, who shows us his home office and his action figures, trades, toys and more.

To find out how to submit your own collection, click here.

And now let’s hear from Tom …

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