Wizard Rewind June 1995
Welcome back for another edition of Wizard Rewind. Each month, I want to take a look back at a random issue of Wizard Magazine. So let’s review what was being talked about and what was Hot all those years ago. And for fun I will update a Casting Call while we are at it. But specifically, let’s review the Wizard Top 10 to see how those books are doing today. To better understand the market, we should have some idea of our history.
With that in mind, before I dive into the Top 10 from June 1995, let me set the stage and bring you back 24 years ago. Kudos to anyone who can pick out what time travel movie gif is used this month. Anyway, let’s all take a trip together back in the day…
Ok, so it’s June 1995, the summer begins before my senior year of high school. Hakeem the Dream & the Houston Rockets swept Shaq and the Magic. Blockbuster held the 1st Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. And finally we all got to see the Juice try on that glove.
Oh, I almost forgot, Dumb and Dumber was also released on VHS in June 1995. I would subsequently watch that movie over and over throughout the summer with my best friend. Yes, I realize that must come as a huge shock that 2 cool guys like us would have that much free time, but I still see it as time well spent.
We were so close to having a fun song at the top of the Billboard charts for June ‘95. In May, Montell Jordan was dominating the charts with “This Is How We Do It.” Great song? No, but it was amusing and brings back memories. And then in July, we would get TLC’s classic, Waterfalls. Also the source of a lot of great references over the years.
But no, we couldn’t get either of those gems were at the top of the Billboard charts. No, for June ’95 we unfortunately got Bryan Adams’ classic, “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”. Definitely not as cool as the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves song, or near as good as the Karate Kid 2 one. But that Don Juan was so dreamy, wasn’t he?
Seriously though, remember CD Singles? That in and of itself really brings me back. Cassettes were still hanging in there for a while, but by ’95 CD’s had really taken over the Sam Goody’s by then.
Dominating the small screen we had Friends in its sophomore season. Truthfully, I wasn’t a big sitcom guy back in those days. I didn’t get into Seinfeld and Friends until a couple years later while away at college. But now, those episodes were classic.
Also premiering on TV’s back in ’95 was the MTV classic, Singled Out. Remember that show? Jenny McCarthy and Chris Hardwick, look how young they look. Definitely required viewing, as was the MTV beach house back in those days. What happened to you MTV? I miss those golden days when you were giving us programming we didn’t even know we wanted.
On that note, remember their animated adaptation of The Maxx? Their animation was really pushing boundaries back then. But sadly, June of ’95 marked the end for The Maxx experiment.
Moving over to the big screen, June of ’95 was a big month for summer blockbusters. Back in those days, May and June were the primo months for blockbuster releases. So in June we were given such memorable hits as Apollo 13, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Pocahontas. You know Avatar without the blue aliens.
But the real gems of ’95 were 2 incorrectly cast and even worstly directed comic adaptations. I know “worstly” isn’t a word, but you know what I mean when I reveal that I am talking about Batman Forever and Judge Dredd.
So first let’s quickly look at Batman. I like Val Kilmer a lot, but he was put in an untenable position with the movie Joel Schumacher was making. It was somehow an even cheesier version of the Batman ’66 TV show, but without the charm. The neon lights and bat-nipples. I mean look at the neon gang. I see you Don “The Dragon” Wilson.
And why was Tommy Lee Jones playing Two-face in the same manner as Jim Carey’s Riddler? Was he having a senior moment thinking he was playing the wrong part? I mean Two Face has the potential to be a seriously disturbing and menacing villain if done right. But, “Holey rusted metal, Batman” that movie was just a mess.
And speaking of just getting it all wrong, what was that Judge Dredd movie? I mean couldn’t Sly just keep the helmet on? That is the character after all. Could you imagine a mask-less Spider-man or Batman just because the star wants to be seen? And what was with Rob Schneider? Who said we needed comic relief in this, and if we did, this is where we go? Was Pauli Shore busy making a Son-in-Law sequel? The movie mocks itself during it.
And Armand Asante was a clone of Stallone? What? They realize they don’t look alike right? Like at all. They are about as similar looking as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in Twins, which was a far superior movie in every way.
Ok, now that we got you back into your 1995 mindset, please put your Pogs away, un-layer your Aeropostale flannels, kick off your Doc Martins, and relax and enjoy our look back at this month’s Wizard.
Let’s not waste any time this month and just get right into the Top Ten comics for June of 1995. Going over the list, the trends of the times were pretty clear. Mid 90s were all about gimmick covers and Bad Girls.
Seems pretty familiar. If you consider variant covers gimmicks, then what’s old is new again. I mean variants aren’t a new idea. They were doing them way back in the 90’s. Don’t you guys remember Gen 13 Vol 2’s 13 variant covers?
They had homages to Frazetta, Spider-man #1, Giant Size X-men #1, Janet Jackson’s Rolling Stone cover, Pulp Fiction, Sandman, etc. But those hit the shelves a few months before this Wizard so we aren’t going to get into that. So without further gilding the lily and no more to do, I give you the Top Ten…
Before we wrap up this month’s look back, let’s dive into a couple more features from this issue. Apart from the Top 10 list, Wizard also offered a lot of other features. This issue had a sneak peek into Batman Forever, a feature on Chaos Comics the publisher of Lady Death and Evil Ernie books, and an instructional article on drawing faces by Greg Capullo. Wizard was always good to artists and these little features were like crack to a young aspiring artist like me back in the day. I loved these things and used them as my own personal instructor. This was before you could learn how to do anything on youtube people.
Also in this issue was a nice little article with Grant Morrison and Mark Millar talking up their latest book, Skrull Kill Krew. I know you’ve seen those in the dollar bins while digging. Next time stop and pick it up. Also in this issue was an interview with Comics legend Neil Adams. Wizard was always good to comic creators and they always had top shelf talent providing them with excellent content each and every month.
But it was around this time that Wizard started to expand their coverage past comics. In this issue we had features on upcoming cartoons, video games, and toys. Homemade heroes was always fun because I used to make my own out of extra figures I had back then too. Can’t tell you how many Secret War figures I ruined with my crappy model painting.
And another fun feature they had in this issue was a short non-sports card price guide. If you were like me, you had your fair share of comics and movie related cards. I came to comics from the sports card hobby so it was a natural extension of connecting both. One of these days I am gonna talk Ben into letting me try my hand at a non-sports card feature. Maybe once a month like these Wizard Rewinds. But I digress.
So anyway, moving on. One other feature that always catches my eye is any sort of Buried Treasure or under-valued highlight. In this issue Wizard gave us a double shot of a Comic Watch and a Good & Cheap. So let’s take a quick peek at their picks and see how they did after 24 years.
GOOD & CHEAP
Part 2 of our intro to Brian Braddock and another score.
Wizard Guide Value: $3.50
OK, so moving on. I realize not everyone is a fan of these casting calls, so I have saved it for the end so you can skip it if you want. But this month’s wizard gave us their casting for a Gen 13 Movie. Told you we’d see them again.
But the Casting Call is still one of my favorite things to do these days, so I am not gonna stop until I run out of ideas. So if you don’t like it…
I’m just playing, but once again, just for fun, let me give it try and see what I can come up with to cast this movie today. So with that, this is my pitch to cast a Gen 13 movie made today without any regard to logic, budget, or star power.
Ok, I realize I may have aged up the characters a bit in this Casting Call, but considering how JSC drew these characters I would’ve felt weird casting them any younger. I’m just saying.
Ok so that’s another month in the books. Hopefully, you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy looking back to the past. Thanks for your time for those that made it this far, and once again, I leave you with these familiar words of wisdom.
“If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.” ― Terry Pratchett
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