TFMSR 004: Captain Atom #84 …

Captain Atom #84, January 1967. Cover by Steve Ditko. TM & © DC. “Way back when … in ’67 …” as Steely Dan once sang … if I had returned home from one of my twice-weekly trips to the newsstand in my small eastern Pennsylvania town with just one or two Charlton comics, I had... Continue Reading →

TFMSR 003: Avengers #93 …

Avengers #93, November 1971. Cover by Neal Adams and Tom Palmer. TM & © MARVEL. Avengers #93, cover dated November 1971, but on sale in August of that year, is special for a number of reasons. First off, it’s the first Avengers issue drawn by Neal Adams and inked by Tom Palmer (written by Roy... Continue Reading →

TFMSR 002: Jimmy Olsen #44 …

Watch out ladies ... there's a wolf-man on the loose in Metropolis! Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #44, April 1960 TM & © DC I loved Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen as a kid, so much so that when my older brother, Rick, returned from the newsstand on one rainy August afternoon in 1961 with a new... Continue Reading →

TFMSR 001: Fantastic Four #45 …

Definitely "THE WORLD'S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE," Fantastic Four #45, Dec, 1965. All art TM & © MARVEL Welcome to the first installment of my new (hopefully!) weekly feature, Tales from My Spinner Rack. This week we focus on my all-time favorite Fantastic Four cover, issue #45. I’ve loved this cover since it came out in... Continue Reading →

Christmastime Is Here …

I always think about Peanuts and Charles M. Schulz at this time of year. A Charlie Brown Christmas is so ingrained into the hearts and minds of anyone who grew up in the last half-century—especially those of us who saw it when it first debuted in 1965 on CBS—not to mention Schulz's ongoing Christmas strips... Continue Reading →

November 2022 Books …

Kind of a mixed bag of books for November ... but I enjoyed all of them. August 1961 and June 1962 Marvel Omnibuses These Marvel Omnibus editions reprint the entirety of a month’s worth of Marvel Comics in the historic months of August 1961—when Fantastic Four #1 debuted—and June 1962—when Amazing Fantasy #15 (the first... Continue Reading →

September 2022 Books …

A shortened reading month, as I took a long trip and left the iPad (and Kindle) at home, but I did buy a ton of books in the UK (okay … 15 or so, plus 8 vintage paperbacks in lovely Hay-on-Wye), so there's much more to come. The Church of Baseball by Ron Shelton If... Continue Reading →

Fun with Funko Fridays #04 …

Once upon a time, I collected Funko POPS! ... still do, kinda, although I'm a lot more specialized now, concentrating mainly on Marvel Comics, MCU, and Marvel Disney+ characters. And once upon a time, i took those Funko POPS! out of the box (GASP!) and made little Photoshop graphics out of them and posted them... Continue Reading →

Fun with Funko Fridays #03 …

Once upon a time, I collected Funko POPS! ... still do, kinda, although I'm a lot more specialized now, concentrating mainly on Marvel Comics, MCU, and Marvel Disney+ characters. And once upon a time, i took those Funko POPS! out of the box (GASP!) and made little Photoshop graphics out of them and posted them... Continue Reading →

Fun with Funko Fridays #02 …

Once upon a time, I collected Funko POPS! ... still do, kinda, although I'm a lot more specialized now, concentrating mainly on Marvel Comics, MCU, and Marvel Disney+ characters. And once upon a time, i took those Funko POPS! out of the box (GASP!) and made little Photoshop graphics out of them and posted them... Continue Reading →

Fun with Funko Fridays #01 …

Once upon a time, I collected Funko POPS! ... still do, kinda, although I'm a lot more specialized now, concentrating mainly on Marvel Comics, MCU, and Marvel Disney+ characters. And once upon a time, i took those Funko POPS! out of the box (GASP!) and made little Photoshop graphics out of them and posted them... Continue Reading →

What I’m Watching …

So much to watch, so little time, but I’m doing the best I can. Oh, wait. I’M RETIRED. I can watch whatever I want, whenever I want, and here’s what I’ve been watching this summer … Endeavour (8 seasons, 33 episodes)Normally when a friend raves about a TV series, I listen and nod politely with... Continue Reading →

Another Podcast! …

Hey! Look at me ... or rather, listen to me! I'm featured on another podcast, which premiered on Tuesday, July 19. The podcast is called The Musical Innertube, and no, you're safe ... I won't be singing. I was interviewed a few weeks back by Don Rooney and John Timpane, "who talk with people you'd... Continue Reading →

Snapshot 08: HoJo NoMo …

I am sometimes more fascinated by the history of chain restaurants in this country than the restaurants themselves. One exception to that is Howard Johnson’s. When I was a kid, the Howard Johnson’s chain was the epitome of high-class dining (maybe because I was a low-class kid). So it was with a certain amount of... Continue Reading →

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