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!
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.
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!
There go those eyes again!
The Rulers of Earth!
The Death of Me!
The Future of Oswald Flush!
Until you are… DEAD!
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!
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.
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!
Are there future plans for Viv Vision in a more mainstream and prominent role?
I hope so!
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.
I messaged the creator. No word back yet but hopefully we’ll hear something soon!
Q1: What kind of Hulk is it?
Q2: What kind of Hulk do we want?
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!