The Walker Report

 

Hello comic nation!

Hope everyone is enjoying Spring.

Hearing great things about the Shazam movie. Hopefully DC can (re-)build on its success.

Hopeful for Avengers Endgame to introduce new characters on screen (Warlock? Sentry? More?) and give us a hint at some new characters (Kamala? Nova? Who else?) to serve as the future of the Avengers!

 

Pickups time!

 

JSC Danger!

 

 

Let’s see if the movie gets made and brings more attention to so many great Danger Girl books!

These are a couple of the more rare J Scott Campbell variant covers:

-Danger Girl/GI Joe 2012 IDW Series, #’s #2 and #3 variants.

Danger Girl #2 1998 Image Comics Variant.

 

Crap keys!

 

 

Ohh, the horror!

Astonishing #30, 1953, Marvel/Atlas

One of the most classic covers in all of horror comics. There are so many classic horror covers from the 1950’s though.

Here’s the 5 stories inside!

The Eyes!

There go those eyes again!

 

 

The Rulers of Earth!

 

 

The Death of Me!

 

 

The Future of Oswald Flush!

 

 

Until you are… DEAD!

 

 

Zoinks, Scoob!

Scooby Doo 1970 #1 Gold Key. Had to settle for half a cover. That’s how scarce, or should I say, that’s how expensive, these have become!

Did you know? Back in the late 1960’s, parents were complaining to CBS about their morning cartoons having too much violence, so CBS, having already worked with Archie on the successful Archie cartoon, worked with Hanna Barbara to build on that shows success by creating another less violent show. The original idea was a rock group by day and mystery solving team by night. After several revisions, we wound up with the Scooby-Doo we all know and love!

 

Iron Man!

Tales of Suspense #16, 1961.

Dubbed one of the Iron Man prototype books. Though these stories have nothing to do with Iron Man.

It’s about a convict who volunteers to test a new suit of armor. He goes on a crime spree, robbing a bank. He then sets out to break out prisoners from jail to start an army of crime, but gets radiation poisoning from the suit.

Still, it’s an affordable option to coming close to the real deal, Tales of Suspense #39, Holyfield.

What are the other Iron Man Prototype books?

Uncanny tales #52 from 1957 contains a story, “Inside the Iron Man” where a robot is successfully used as a spy.

Strange Tales #75 from 1960 has a story about a giant robot being created named “The Mighty Hulk”. That’s also the name of the story. The inventor climbed inside but forgot the key, so he was trapped inside it forever.

 

Hela Sif!

Journey into Mystery #102, 1964

First Appearance of Sif and Hela, the goddess of Death! They, along with Thor, star in “Death comes to Thor!”

 

 

We’ve seen her in the Thor movies. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Sif is based on the Norse goddess Sif.

Both Sif and the Goddess of Death, Hela appear to be in the last 5-page story of the book.

Here’s the last page!

 

 

Batman #139, 1961. First Batgirl!

Why were Batgirl and Batwoman created?

I’m reading that Fredric Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent from 1954 accused Batman and Robin’s relationship as homoerotic.

Possibly as a result, Kathy Kane, aka Batwoman, was created in 1956 as Batman’s love interest. Then in 1961, Betty Kane, Kathy Kane’s niece, was introduced in Batman #139 as Bat-girl, Robin’s love interest.

Here’s a glimpse at Batgirl, as introduced in Batman #139.

 

 

Sweet Vision Blackjack!

 

 

Viv!

Vision #1 and #2 1:20 variants from 2016.

Are there future plans for Viv Vision in a more mainstream and prominent role?

I hope so!

 

Sweet Tooth!

Preparing for the show. I feel the force, I mean, the spec, I feel the spec growing stronger each day!

 

Ace and a King!

Blackjack #1, 1996. Blackjack was optioned a while back.

 

Updates?

I messaged the creator. No word back yet but hopefully we’ll hear something soon!

Q1: What kind of Hulk is it?

A1: Immortal!

Q2: What kind of Hulk do we want?

A2: Immortal!

 

 

Immortal Hulk heat continues. People love it and want in on some dead-hulk!

I don’t completely understand cameo vs first appearance. Is there a set minimum amount of pages a character must appear in to be considered one vs the other? Do they have to be featured throughout the story? Or, is a cover appearance alone the decider? Perfect example is Avengers 682 – hulk appears in story on 3 pages in 7 panels. 5 pages, 9 images if you count the 2 previews for 684.

Here are the images from #682

 

 

Lock it uptown, down and around, signed, Mr. Moore, Agent Turtle!

 

 

Locke and Key!

Just like Y The Last Man, I’m holding my breath for Locke and Key show success.

No official release date yet from Netflix. Let’s hope it follows in Umbrella Academy’s success!

Stumptown #1

Not so much of a ghost anymore, but if a book is optioned, I must find it. I must!

And updates on option? Casting?

Yes! And, yes!

ABC ordered a pilot in January and Cobie Smulders was cast in the lead role as Dex Parios in February.

Looks like copies of the first print have come down some, if you’re a gambling person who believes the pilot will impress and result in a season (at least) worth of episodes ordered. Still then, it has to be good. People have to like it and look forward to each new episode each week, and talk about it around the water cooler and name their kids after the characters! Too far? Ok, a bit too far. Scaling back!

What’s it about?

Greg Rucka, who also wrote Queen & Country (also optioned), creates another hit with Stumptown. Here’s the synopsis:

“Dex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she's less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke-she's into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex's luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast's casino operation, will clear Dex' debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne's missing granddaughter. But is this job Dex's way out of the hole or a shove down one much, much deeper?”

 

The secret’s out!

Secret Avengers #23, 2012.

Hello, Agent Venom. How are you today? Doing well I see in the popularity contest! Haven’t looked into order of appearances for Agent Venom. I just know this issue has been selling, and at a rate a bit more than it has over the last few years.

 

Rise, Rachel, Rise!

Rachel Rising #1, 2011.  This one’s a second print.

Terry Moore’s Motor Girl is heading to Hulu. I remember rumblings of something with Strangers in Paradise. I also remember something about Echo planned for live action. But Rachel Rising news came first.

Option status? I see a pilot script was written. Looks like it still may be shopped around?

 

Turtles!

TMNT / Ghostbusters #3, 2014 Variant

Haven’t seen this around much. Have they ever done a crossover cartoon? If not, how cool would that be? I’d love a sequence where the turtles are blasting ghosts with the packs on, while the Ghostbusters, left to fend for themselves and clearly not knowing what they’re doing, resort to poor, epic fail, karate stances. Ha!

TMNT 20/20 #1, 2019, 1:10 Incentive.

This looks to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Shredder in hell #1 Variant got the notoriety that week, but this was hardly available for purchase online at all. Have a hard time believing 700 of these exist.

Well, that’s all for this week. That’s all, like a Looney Tunes cartoon ending!

 

Related Posts

11 comments

  • Avatar

    Are these books that you recently picked up? Already had? Or, are they books that you want?

  • Topher

    What I never understood is why the big reveal like Avengers 682 isn’t clearly worth more. Comics are designed to give you the cliffhanger so you will buy the next issue. These so called meaningless cameos are in fact extremely important. There is a clear pattern, hook the reader with the cliffhanger and then the next issue that character often appears on the cover. Cover’s appear trump all NOT story. If it is story that matters to you then Avengers 682 is a huge book!

    Only time and the constant discussion will generate a willingness for the masses to correct decades only error concerning cameo’s.

    Hold that Stumptown!

    • Avatar

      Well said! And, makes sense. Can’t wait for the day when we all frantically chase after the first appearance of words and catch phrases like “Hulkinued” Ha!

  • Avatar

    There were 7 days between 682 and 684?

  • accustomfigures
    Avatar

    Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 is absolutely a cameo of Darkseid. New Mutants #86 is totally a cameo of Cable. Spiderman Deadpool #47 is absolutely a cameo of Agent X. But Avengers #682 is much more than a cameo, and should be taken as IH’s first appearance. Not only do we see IH in abundance and then full on as you’ve shown, but we also see who and how he was brought back. #682 is a great cover, but come on. That’s like saying Detroit style pizza is something more than just Little Ceasar’s with more grease.

  • AZBarbarian

    The reason you are confused about first appearance vs cameo may be that you are putting too much stock in the label and not enough on the fickle nature of the market.

    Books aren’t popular because of the label we give them. They are popular because the market decided that is what they want.

    In some cases, a cameo is preferred. In others a first appearance. Often the deciding factor is what is on the cover.

    • Father_fanboy

      This is the answer right here—you can’t get hung up on what the right answer is, but only on what the market decides. There have been rare occasions when the market corrects itself eventually…Personally I think once this story is over and Hulk goes back to being Hulk most of these issues will calm down (with the exception of the first appearances…but even then only if they go on to appear in something else). I mean, it’s a great story, but at the end of the day it’s still the Hulk.

  • Ben C

    Cameo makes me think Hulk 180… 1 panel, clean clear and right there for you, the pages in Avengers 682 scream more than a “cameo appearance” tho the cover of 684 explains why people chose it.

    That all said, how are we not all talking about the Astonishing??

    Great pick ups Tim and awesome conversation starters!!

  • Ben Steiniger

    Love the Walker Report

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.