Wizard Rewind July 2006
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 maybe for fun update a little Casting Call or even create one from scratch, 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 July 2006, let me set the stage and bring you back on a short trip to only 13 years ago. So, let’s all go back in the day…
Ok, so let’s turn back the clock to July 2006. It’s not a long trip, but 13 years is still the entire lifespan of a middle-schooler. And it’s surprising how cyclical the market can be, as you will see a lot of familiar books below that were being talked about then and are being looked at now.
So, what was going on in the world back in ’06? The STS-121 Mission launched the Space Shuttle Discovery, Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, Tiger Woods wins his 2nd consecutive British Open Championship title, and the world's longest running music show “Top of the Pops” is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two after 42 years.
Oh, let’s not forget that July is San Diego Comic Con. So, what was going on at SDCC back in the day? Sure, plenty of announcements, but this was pre MCU so the TV/movie news was a bit different. Samuel L. Jackson premiered clips from “Snakes on a Plane,” the underrated Neil Gaiman based movie Stardust was screened, as was the pilot for Heroes.
Dominating the Billboard charts for July ’06 was the Nelly Furtado hit Promiscuous. This collaboration with Timbaland topped the charts well into August. I suppose it was the song of the summer. BUT how great is that little shimmy below?
Anyway, over in theaters the summer box office was being dominated by the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. That movie was breaking records setting a then record opening weekend of $135,634,554.
Also released in July we had the long awaited Clerks II with the boys moving over to Mooby’s to flip burgers, a remake of Miami Vice featuring I guess that was Bullseye Colin Farrell and I suppose he will eventually still be Spawn Jamie Foxx, and another M. Night Shyamalan thriller in Lady in the Water with Opie Cunningham’s daughter.
My favorite release that month, would probably have been Little Miss Sunshine. Just a fantastic movie with a talented cast. Everyone in it was just pitch perfect in their roles. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out. Alan Arkin as an old man shooting up while on a road trip to his granddaughter’s beauty pageant so she can perform the stripper dance routine he taught her was just a delight.
Over on the small screen Pokémon broadcasts its final episode on Kids' WB! “Pasta La Vista”. I wasn’t a big Pokémon guy back in those days, as I was a bit too old for it; but I remember my brother being into to such things. But premiering that month were 2 solid shows in Brotherhood on Showtime, and Eureka on the USA Network.
Also, back in ’06 they never broadcast the Aquaman show pilot but they released it on iTunes. I think it was called Mercy Reef at one time. Not a good title but I was down to watch Ving Rhames every week as a lighthouse keeper.
The real gem of the month for me wasn’t on the big screens, and it wasn’t even something I noticed. Psych premiered on the USA Network on 7/7/06. I unfortunately didn’t watch it back then. It wasn’t until my eventual wife introduced it to me when we started dating the following winter.
I can’t praise this show enough. Is it silly? Absolutely. Is it cheesy at times? Sure. But I can’t get enough of Shawn and Gus. Bless you Hallmark Channel for still showing the reruns so my son can enjoy the hijinks our favorite psychic detectives got up to. Seriously, the references and guest stars alone make this show a must watch for folks from my generation.
Ok, now that we rewound your mindset back to 2006, keep rocking your Nike Dunk SB’s (I still do) let’s look back at this month’s Wizard.
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 spotlight on Taskmaster, a preview of Blade: The Series, a sneak peek into Sin City 2, and a feature on Wonder Woman. This issue in particular had a focus on the 100 Greatest Villains ever. So, let’s take a look.
This was a good list for the time. A lot of good inclusions. Some personal highlights of mine:
- #100 Mr. Joshua – A bit low for my tastes, but this was not my list so let’s see where it goes.
- #88 Frank Booth – Also too low for me. But I am a big Blue Velvet and David Lynch fan.
- #82 Mr. Blonde – Again, this character had a bigger impact on me. Tarantino, c’mon.
- #78 RJ Fletcher – I love UHF, and appreciate the pick; but this is an honorable mention at best
- # 73 Biff Tannen – My heart feels he should be higher, but my head says this is prob right
- #61 Johnny Lawrence – Was he the villain? I’m not so sure anymore.
- #49 Amanda Woodward – I wasn’t a Melrose guy, but to have her higher than General Zod (58)?
- #43 Serpentor – I love G.I. Joe. But higher than Cobra Commander (#53)? Get outta here.
- #33 Tony Soprano – Greater than Michael Corleone (#39)?
- #32 Hans Gruber – Rickman not in the top 10? Travesty.
- #22-23 – Darkseid & Thanos – Bout time I mention a comic villain? Sure, but this seems right.
- #18 Galactus – Top 20, you know that’s right.
- #15 Pennywise – I like it. Scared the crap outta me.
- #11 Darth Vader – Outside the Top 10? Really? Behind the Shark from Jaws?
- #9 Pinhead – I love Pinhead, but higher than Vader? I’ve lost all faith in this list.
- #8 Lex Luthor – I like it, but still salty about Darth.
- #5 Zombies – I guess, but I still can’t get past Vader.
- #4 Dr. Doom – Agreed, I’d prob have Doom ahead of Vader, but not by much.
- #3 Palpatine – I know he’s the Sith Lord, but c’mon.
- #2 Pazuzu – Ok now you are just messing with me. This should be Doom, and Vader #3
- #1 Joker – No argument here.
Also in this issue there was a few very interesting little sidebars in the price guide. I feel it’s worth some time to look at these at least in passing. Take for instance the below highlight on Neil Gaiman books you must own. With the announcement of Sandman coming to Netflix, this is another hit that is still topical today. Just look at the snippet below. $18 for Sandman #8? Yes, please.
Another pair of fun little inserts were Top 5 Bets and Top 5 Premium Comics. Top 5 Bets were books released the prior month, June 2006 that Wizard felt would have some long-term legs. So, let’s see how they did along with looking at their hottest 5 Premium Incentive covers at the time.
And that’s not enough. This issue had a couple more interesting inserts within the Price Guide was a Top 5 Must Have List and a Top 5 over 5 List. The Must have list has a few interesting titles showing how the variant game was a growing force within the hobby. Really in its infancy, you can already see how preferences were leaning towards variants. And then the Top 5 Books over 5 Years old, even at that time features books that are still very relevant today.
Wizard Guide Value: $200.00
This book is a beast these days, See last week's Usual Suspects for more Moon Knight info.
Wizard Guide Value: $32.00
Where have you gone Superboy Prime? This book was hot not that long ago. If we see Superboy Prime return, so will the demand for this book.
Wizard Guide Value: $22.00
This book is bound to heat up again. Bart Allen has a loyal fanbase and his 1st appearance should command more $'s
Wizard Guide Value: $18.00
Honestly didn't know anything about this book, but it seems it's a multiple Lex multiple Superman pre-crisis tale.
Wizard Guide Value: $10.00
Surprised this book still has value, but then I saw it's the 1st appearance of Crispus Allen who would go on to become The Spectre. I wonder if he might be a character on the CW's Batwoman.
So anyway, moving on. As I’ve noted before, 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 very topical Treasure Hunt, which if you acted on their advice 13 years ago, would’ve made you a nice little profit.
OK, so that was a lot of research and books to revisit. Now for some fun. Once again if this doesn’t appeal to you, I have saved it for the end so you can skip it. But this month’s wizard didn’t even have a Casting Call for me. They did a mini one inside their Wonder Woman Feature where they did a quick casting.
This wasn’t a bad casting for 2006. Mr. & Mrs. Smith was a hit. Both bankable stars, and Angelina was perfect for the role. She pulled off Lara Croft, so it isn’t a stretch to say she could’ve done Diana Prince right.
And Brad Pitt is a favorite of mine. I just enjoy his movies. He makes smart choices, so if he signed on for a WW movie, I would feel comfortable that it wasn’t just a money grab.
I do like Kate Beckinsale too, and I suppose I could see he as an older Donna Troy. Not to say Beckinsale was old, but she was no Teen Titan in 2006.
Cate Blanchett would have my money for whatever she wants to do. She is just awesome. I still can’t believe that she was Simon Pegg’s girlfriend at the start of Hot Fuzz and you never even see her face under all the CSI gear. I love cameo stuff like that.
And Peter Dinklage is great. We all know this. He absolutely could’ve pulled off Dr. Psycho, but this one still feels too on the nose.
That said, I decided that we already have a pretty great Wonder Woman, and I have no complaints over the casting I have seen thus far. Yes, I will give Kristen Wiig a chance as Cheetah. Comedic actors have the chops to do other things. I trust this is the right move. So, I will see how the 2nd WW flick does as I am optimistic and really looking forward to it.
I decided to cherry pick the feature from this issue of Wizard that I felt offered me the most interesting Casting Call Challenge. I went with the opening feature spotlighting Geoff Johns reboot of the Justice Society of America as it gives me a broad range of classic characters as well as some new young guns. Following the end of the JSA series, Goff Johns and Dale Eaglesham were gearing up to relaunch a new Justice Society book in the fall with Alex Ross on Covers. Obviously, there will be no comparison, so you are just stuck with my picks.
My movie would follow pretty close to that 1st arc of Geoff John’s the Justice Society of America run. And I think I’d like J.J. Abrams on board to direct it. I feel he could manage the generational handoff aspect, as he’s done with Star Wars.
So once again, just for fun, let me give try and see what I can come up with to cast this movie today. With that, this is my pitch to cast a Justice Society movie made today without any regard to logic, budget, or star power.
Ok, I realize that there was a lot of characters in this Casting Call, but consider that I only got partway through the JSA roster. I’m just saying. There’s still Citizen Steel, Magog, Judomaster, Spectre, Doctor Fate, Atom, Johnny Thunder, Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Jakeem Thunder, Captain Marvel, I mean Shazam. I could go on all day here.
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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