Saturday, November 26, 2005

Mid Ohio Con experience

Well overall I had an enjoyable experience at the convention. It took awhile to get there as the directions from the site were just lousy. I followed the directions as they said by taking exit 101A and as they stated it got me on I-270. BUT IN THE WRONG DIRECTION! We turned around and then started looking for another exit that was in their directions. We didn't need to take that exit. By the time we figured it out we were almost there. Once we got there my wife went in with me for about 5 minutes then went window shopping at the mall. I had a fine time briefly meeting celebraties like Tom DeFalco, Peter David, the Funky Winkerbean creator himself Tom Batiuk and Steve Englehart. My wife came back in time to meet Mr. Englehart and he allowed us to take his picture. I will share that with you soon. One person that I wanted to meet was Tony Isabella. I wanted him to sign my Black Lightning #1 and tell him how much I enjoyed the character that he created. But it was so crowded and busy that I couldn't find him. I was embarrased to say that I didn't have anything of Mr. DeFalco's work when I met him. He half kidded me and said to go check any of the 25 cent bins here. That's where you'll find mine. He looked a bit hurt when the first thing that I mentioned I remembered him doing was Solo Avengers. He immediately mentioned more recent work like Spider-Girl of Marvel and Kahn of Moonstone. If you are reading this Mr. DeFalco I hope I did not hurt you. I am a fan of your recent work but Solo Avengers is one that I have loved from younger days. I liked your work in it. So that was the first book that came to my mind. I didn't know what to say to Mr. Peter David. He signed my alternate version cover of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1. The look on his face was like it was the first time that he had seen the cover. Guess I should have asked him. Every single one of the gentlemen I met were very nice and gracious. I met Tom Batiuk on my first trip to the Con years ago. My impression of him has not changed. If you look up the word Gentleman in the dictionary you will find his photo. He just didn't seem to like that Funky Winkerbean isn't in the papers in Cincinnati. If you are reading this and work for the Post or the Enquirer can you please take care of that.
I stopped by the Moonstone table on my way out and bought their new book Kolchak:The Night Stalker Chronicles. It is a book of various short stories of our favorite paranormal investigator/reporter by various writers. It as an introduction by Frank Spotnitz the executive producer of the new series. Stories by Peter David, Mike W. Barr, Max Allan Collins, Steven Grant, Chuck Dixon, Gary Phillips (no relation) and more are in this volume. You get all that at a very reasonable price. I told the gentleman at Moonstone that I ran this site. He said he would check it out. In hopes that he does I will be taking some of my stories and reposting them closer to the top of the site. Just letting you know so you won't think you have the wrong page loaded. Consider it the bst of On My Mind. Who knows I may have a story in the Night Stalker Chronicles volume two. So I had a good time at the convention. But next time if I need directions I will ask Triple A.Posted by Picasa

A tribute to Amazing Fantasy 15 and Spider-Man 2nd in a series


Hi! My name is David and boy do I have a story to tell. You see one day I was just walking home when I this guy throwing out all these comic books. I asked him why he threw them in the garbage can. He told me he was too old for that stuff now. He didn’t look much older then me. I’m 13 and he didn’t look older then 15 or 16. I asked him if I could have them he and he said it was ok. He even helped me carry them home.
When we got to my house Mom opened the door. He told her that he gave them to me. She thanked him and he went home. When Mom closed the door she told me that I should not have taken them from a strange man but she would let me keep them if they seemed ok after she checked them out. When she was done the only ones that she said I couldn’t keep were those that had a guy named Dr. Strange. I was happy keeping the ones like Spider-man Fantastic Four and Iron Man. When I looked at the Spider-Man collection I couldn’t believe what I saw. Amazing Fantasy 15! This was the first Spider-Man story. Finally I was going to read the book that my friends and I had only heard about. As I opened the cover I noticed someone wrote a name at the bottom of the page. It hit me as odd that someone would write that name on the first page. Maybe it was part of a joke or maybe it was the name of the guy who gave me the book. Either way I was about to read the first story of my favorite hero. When I was done reading it I was drained. I couldn’t believe what Spider-Man went through. He was an orphan who was raised by his Aunt and Uncle. Then after that burglar broke in he lost his Uncle. Then he had to find out that he could have stopped the murder but didn’t. At least he learned his lesson from it and became one of the greatest superheroes in the world.
The next day I was at school. During study hall I was telling my friends about how I was now the proud owner of Amazing Fantasy 15. They were all very impressed. One kid who was listening was Harry. Harry was new in school. We had talked before and were on the way to being good friends. After school some of my friends asked if they could stop by and see the book. Most of them lived nearby. Harry heard us and asked if he could come too. I said sure it would be ok.
When we all got to my house was Mom surprised. There was at least a dozen and, much to Mom’s relief, they all said they couldn’t stay long. All of them got to read the Spider-Man story and were amazed that someone had written in the book.
When we were all done everyone left but Harry. He asked if he could get a ride home. It turned out that Harry lived on the other side of town. Dad was home by then and said he would give him a ride. Just before we left Harry asked if he could borrow my book. I didn’t want to seem like a bad friend since our friendship was just getting started so I let him take it home. I went with them and when we got to a stop light Harry got out. Dad stopped him but Harry said “It’s ok!” He pointed to a small dry cleaners with an apartment over it. “We live over that store.” Dad saw that there was no place for him to park so he said ok. The light turned green just as Harry got to the front door. We turned the corner to go home. As I was watching to see where Harry went Dad told me I should never bring home that many friends at one time without notice. I was still trying to see Harry. We were farther away now and I could barely see him but it looked like he didn’t go in. He was walking across the street with my Amazing Fantasy 15.
The next week at school I never got to talk to Harry. If he saw me coming down the hall he would duck into a classroom. If we had a class together he would not sit near me. Finally, I realized unless I did something I would never see my book again. On Saturday afternoon I went to the local drug store to buy my usual comic book, Reese Cup and Coke. Just as I entered the store I saw Harry at the comic book rack. He had not seen me so I went back out. I took my bike and hid in the alley between the drug store and the jewelers. Harry came out and got on his bike. When he was far enough away I started to follow. I was determined to find out where he lived.
I followed for almost 5 blocks when he stopped in front of a white frame house. He went up and opened the front door and went inside. I waited for him to leave. I didn’t have to wait long. I saw his Mom and Dad back their car out of the garage. Harry was in the backseat. They pulled out of the driveway. Then drove up the street. When they turned the corner I ran to the front door. I tried to open it but they locked it before they left. I tried ever door and window till I found a window that would open. I felt like my hero Spider-Man. I was taking action to right a wrong. I was going to be a hero. As I climbed inside I could see that it was the bathroom window. Once inside I quickly found Harry’s room. I searched all around till I finally found the book under his bed. I can’t believe he would keep this under his bed. He didn’t deserve a book such as this.
Suddenly I heard a door open. There were voices coming from the front of the house.
“I can’t believe that I forgot my wallet.”
“Well honey it’s a good thing you remembered before we got too far away.”
“Hey Dad! Can I get something from my room?”
“Well be quick about it. We don’t want to keep your Grandma waiting.”
Oh my gosh they came back and Harry is headed this way. There wasn’t enough time to get to the bathroom window. If I hurry I might have enough time to get out Harry’s window. I quickly remove the latch and push. Oh no! It’s stuck! I keep trying till it budges enough and I can squeeze through. I fall to the ground and start to run but then I hear a sickening sound. From behind me I hear a loud thud followed by breaking glass. Harry’s Mom and Dad asking what was that. I don’t stop to luck I keep running till I get to my bike and then I peddle as fast as I can.
I did it. I got back the book that he stole from me. Then why do I feel so bad?
I stayed home and in my room the rest of the day. For some reason I felt this would give me an alibi. Why should I need an alibi? All I did was get back what was mine.
Later that night we got a phone call. Dad answered the phone and from what I heard it was about Harry and the book. When he got off the phone he just looked at me and I knew I was in trouble.
“David, what happened to that book you let Harry borrow?”
“He…well he…he gave it back.”
“When did he give it back?”
“Today.“
“When did you see him today?”
“When I went to the drug store.”
“Now David you didn’t see Harry at the drug store. He was with his parents at that time.”
“I did too see him at the drug store. He…eh…well he just didn’t see me.”
I told Dad the whole story and boy was he mad. He didn’t yell or scream like he does. He was madder then that. He didn’t say a word and he just stared at me for a minute or two. Those two minutes felt like two years. Then he finally said something.
“Get your coat. We’re going to see Harry.”
As I started to get my coat Dad added something else.
“Don’t forget the book. You’ll have to give it back to him.”
“But Dad…”
“No buts. You broke into his house. You stole what was really his property till he gives it back to you. Then you broke a window on the way out. You could go to jail for that. I could too since I’m your Father.”
I hadn’t thought of it that way. He was right we both were in trouble.
In a few minutes we were at Harry’s home talking to his parents.
“I‘m sorry I broke into your house and stole the book.”
Harry’s Dad looked at Harry.
“When were you going to return his book to him?”
“When I was done with it.”
“Harry you were done reading it a half hour after you got it home.”
“Yeah but I wanted to keep it for awhile.”
“Harry!”
“Alright I wasn’t going to give it back. We move so much I thought we would be gone before anything like this happened.”
Harry’s Dad held his hand out for my Dad.
“Don’t worry about anything we’ll take care of it. Harry is done with the book anyway”
“ We’ll at least pay for the window.”
“No that’s alright.”
“No I insist. David needs to take responsibility for his actions.”
“Well ok.”
As we left I couldn’t believe it. All I had to do was pay for the window and I still got to keep my book.
In the car Dad placed his hand on my shoulder.
“Don’t think you’re going to keep that book.”
“Why?”
“If it makes you act like this you don’t deserve it.”
“You mean I have to throw it away!”
“Get rid of it anyway you can.”
For almost a week I avoided throwing it away or giving it away. Dad must have been getting impatient. Thursday he came home with news for me.
“I sold your book.”
I didn’t understand as the book was still in my room.
“The mailman at our office said his boy was crazy about Spider-Man. I told him about your book and he offered me $5 for it. I took it so I have to give him the book tomorrow.”
I knew better then to ask him for the $5. Almost as if he could read my mind Dad said to me.
"And the $5 is going toward fixing the window you broke."
Dad went into my room and got the book. The next morning he took it to work with him and I never saw that book again. Spider-Man did teach me an important lesson. Like the old saying goes, two wrongs don’t make a right. Posted by Picasa

A tribute to Amazing Fantasy 15 & Spider-man first in a series

I remember it like it was yesterday. But it was 6 years ago. It was 1962 on a Friday afternoon and my friend Jerry and I were walking home from school. We had just made our usual Friday after school stop at the drug store. There we each bought a comic book and a candy bar. Jerry always bought an Archie comics and Hershey bar. Sometimes I bought an Archie comic but usually I bought Superman or Batman with a Snickers bar. Recently other super heroes started appearing on the stand. Not long ago I started reading a book called Fantastic Four. As good as that one was I spotted a new one that day that excited me even more. The hero was swinging over the city streets. His muscles bulging as he carried the scared villain in his arm. In his red and blue suit covered with webs I was getting my first look at the Amazing Spider-Man on the cover of Amazing Fantasy #15.
When we got to my house our candy bars were already gone. We sat on the front porch and read our comics. As it became our tradition when we both were done we traded and read the others book. Now Archie and the gang can always make me laugh. Today it didn't. I just couldn't get my mind off of Spider-Man. Those wonderful powers of his and sadly how he could have prevented his Uncle Ben from dying but didn't. Was it really his fault. He didn't have to stop that burglar. But if he did he would have not only captured a robber but made sure that a future robbery and murder didn't happen. He would have saved his Uncle's life without knowing it. Spider-Man would have been a hero. Instead the policeman thought he was a jerk. When Jerry was done he gave me the book back. Jerry was like me. A kid with a wild imagination and excited about what he just read.

"Wow! That was a great story."

"I thought you would like it."

"He has powers that I have never thought of a super hero having."

"Yeah like a danger sense and climbing walls."

" Hey! Batman can climb walls."

"I know Batman is your favorite but even he can't climb walls without a rope."

It was Friday and, unlike most kids in our neighborhood, Jerry and I liked to get our homework done that night. That way we had the whole weekend to play and not worry if we would get done on time. So we said our good-byes. I went in and did my homework. Then we ate dinner. It was still light outside. So I asked Mom if I could call Jerry and see if he could meet me across the street to play in the park. She said it was ok. I only heard the phone ring once when he picked up the phone. He had just finished his dinner and was about to call and ask me the same thing.
A few minutes later we were in the park playing Spider-Man on the monkey bars. Well I was playing Spider-Man. Jerry was playing Batman trying to prove that he could beat me. Which he couldn't. The monkey bars was a warehouse where we did our battle. The winner of the first ever battle/team-up with Batman and Spider-Man has never been resolved. It never will be. But we had fun. Out of breath we sat on a bench and talked.

"You know there is a burglar in this area?"

"What! Who says?"

"My Dad. He said that the Smiths up the street came home from work on Wednesday and all their furniture was gone."

"Didn't anybody see anything?"

"Most of them were at work too."

It was getting dark so we said good-bye again for the second time that day. The rest of the weekend was pretty normal. Saturday morning I watched cartoons. Then it was outside to play with Jerry. Sunday morning I was in my best suit and went to church. Then after lunch I quickly changed and met Jer at the park. Monday was different. It was an in service day at school. I didn't really know what an in service day was but I knew I didn't have to go to school. My Mom only worked part-time but she was off work that day. She said it was ok if I wanted to play with Jerry but be back in time for lunch. When I got to his house I found out that he couldn't play. His Mom didn't work out side the house. She was usually at home by herself while her husband was at work and Jerry was at school. She said she wanted to spend time with Jer. That could only mean she was taking him clothes shopping. I missed him but I was perfectly happy to ride my bike by myself as long as I didn't have to go clothes shopping.
As I rode my bike I stayed pretty close to Jerry's house. Just riding around the block. As I did I noticed a moving van with two men carrying furniture out of the house. At first I didn't think about it. Then I remembered that those people only moved in about 2 months ago. So I kept my eye on them. The people who lived there didn't have kids. If they did I hadn't met them yet. Wouldn't their kids be outside playing today if they had any? Maybe they were inside packing. Then I realized there was no car in the drive way. There was always a blue car in the drive way when they were home. This was beginning to look very odd to me. When I came around the corner again I notice the van starting to drive away.
What should I do? I don't know if these men were stealing, but if they were I can't let them get away. But there are no phone booths here and no one at home. By the time I could get home and tell Mom they'll be gone. I remembered how Spider-Man let the burglar get away and then he killed Uncle Ben. If these guys are the crooks I can't let them get away. They may come and steal our stuff and may kill my Mom or Dad. So I decided to do the only thing I could. I rode my bike as hard as I could and followed them.
I rode for what seemed like hours. I thought I had lost them. My legs were ready to give out when just as I turned the corner I saw the van. It was parked outside a warehouse. I set my bike down quietly. Softly I approached the van. I looked in the back window. I saw a couch, chairs and tables. Lucky me the drivers were inside the warehouse. The door was opened just a crack and I could hear them talking.

"This is the best idea we have ever had."

"Yeah robbing during the day when most of them are at work."

"If anyone does see us they just think that the people are moving."

"This is the first day job I've ever had."

I had heard enough. I went to the phone booth across the street and called the police. It was not easy convincing the dispatcher that I wasn't joking. But she seem to believe me when I told her where I lived and how far I rode to this warehouse on Industrial Drive. She sent two squad cars. When the police showed up it seemed a bit strange. They didn't have their sirens on. I told them what I knew. They checked on the van and found out it was reported stolen. They put me in the back seat of one of the cars and got on the horn and told them to come out with their hands in the air. I just thought they would do what the police said. But they started firing. Suddenly the firing stopped and the men came out with their hands in the air. They could have saved everyone trouble if they did that in the first place.
All that happened very early because when the Police took me home it was noon. I was home in time for lunch. Mom didn't know she needed to be worried about me. When the Police told her I solved the burglary case she was so proud. Later that night when the news reported the early morning gun battle she grounded me for a week.
I had to go to court and tell them what I saw and did. The men went to jail for 15 years and all the families got their furniture back. The papers said it was all because of me.
Like I said that was 6 years ago. It's 1968 now. I'm 16 and driving. I want to ask this girl from my history class out on a date. Girls don't date guys who read comic books. I don't need a comic book to remind me how proud I am of that moment and how it showed me the strength and courage I have in me. My memories will last a life time. Comic books won't. At one time I was so proud of my collection that I branded them by writing my name on the front page in the lower left hand corner. So it is with pain and sorrow that I throw my comic book collection to the garbage. After all they aren't really worth anything. Are they?

To be continued... Posted by Picasa

New Archie Andrews Annual

Has anybody, in America at least, ever heard of this Archie Andrews? I have not. While on e-bay I saw this with only the title. I clicked on it thinking it would be of the one from Archie comics. But it was not. It looks to be a book about a puppet. The person selling it is from England. Perhaps the two on the cover of the book were England's answer to Edger Bergan and Charlie McCarthy. If you are interested in it you can click here http://cgi.ebay.com/The-New-Archie-Andrews-Annual-1958_W0QQitemZ6989890857QQcategoryZ63675QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem or click on the title above. Posted by Picasa

Mid-Ohio-Con

Readers of this site know I love comic books. So it should come as no surprise that I will be at the Mid-Ohio-Con today. They hold it every Thanksgiving Weekend. It will only be about the 3rd time I have gone. My wife is going with me but only to keep me company. She is not a comic book fan. Anyway if anything special happens I will let you know. You can check out their site by going here http://www.midohiocon.com/ticketinfoshowhours.shtml or click on the title above. Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 25, 2005

Rest in Peace Pat Morita

The fine actor and comedian Pat Morita passed away yesterday of natural causes. He played many roles but is best remembered as Arnold on Happy Days and as Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movies. He was also Mr. T in the short lived and long forgotten TV series Mr. T and Tina. Here is a link to one of his obits http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051125/ap_en_tv/obit_morita_14 or click on the title above.Posted by Picasa

Christian Comics Clearinghouse

I thought that I had read every english speaking Christian comic book in the world. However, Christian Comics Clearinghouse has proven me wrong. You can check them out at http://www.christiancomicsclearinghouse.com/ or by clicking on the title above. They tell you how you can contact the publishers and buy from them. They have started the ministry in their local area to put Christian comic books into their local bookstores.
Special thanks to D J Hastings at Message From Space for pointing out this site. You can go to his site by clicking here http://messagefromspace.blogspot.com/ Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Archies

As I said before the previous mentioned Ron Dante was the lead singer of the Archies. It was produced by Don Kirshner after he left (was fired) by the Monkees. He got involved with Archie comics to have an outlet for his music after he was fired. As you may know they had a few hits like Sugar, Sugar then Bang Shang A Lang, Jingle Jangle. The above album was a gift to me from my parents. There are no hits on it but the music is very good. The songs are Sunshine, Who's Gonna Love Me?, Mr. Factory, Love and Rock and Roll Music, Over and Over, Waldo P. Emerson Jones, A Summer Prayer for Peace, Dance, Comes the Sun, Suddenly Susan, One Big Family, It's the Summertime great bubblegum music. Again here is the site to Ron Dante http://www.rondante.com/ I don't know that Sunsine is still available but you can search Amazon and see the ones that they have available. Posted by Picasa

Long lost album?

Speaking of bublegum fink http://bubblegumfink.blogspot.com/, I just saw on his site that Davy Jones first album after the Monkees was a long lost album. I must be one of the lucky ones as I have a copy. I didn't know it was rare. So if you have one don't let it go. Posted by Picasa

Archie Andrews solo album

Well at least that is how I jokingly reffered to it. This was not really a group. Neither were the Archies. But Ron Dante was the singer on the Archie albums and he is the singer on this album. It is a really good pop/bublegum album. I am lucky enough to have this album. Bublgum Fink has a good article on this album. You can go to it here http://bubblegumfink.blogspot.com/ but you can also go to Ron Dante's site to see what he has been up to lately. He has sang, written and or produced many songs over the years. He was a producer of alot of Barry Manilow albums. Here is his site. http://www.rondante.com/ Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Jughead and Bingo, that Wilkin boy!!

This caught my eye at the check out counter so I had to buy it. This is the first time that I saw that Bingo was related to Jughead. As the cover says they are cousins. Nice way to set up crossovers for both series. I haven't seen Bingo and the gang around much but they must be planning on bringing him back. At least in this digest. I don't remember if they ever gave Bingo's real name in his series. After all who names their kid Bingo. Well Jason Lee of "My Name is Earl" did name his son Pilot Inspektor Lee. He would have been better off with Bingo. In this digest Bino Wilkin does have his full name revealed. If you want to buy the book I won't tell you here. If you don't want the book but want to know the name then e-mail me or leave me a comment and I will tell you. Posted by Picasa

Seinfeld Live Again

Just in case anyone wants to know. Tomorrow on Regis and Kelley all four of the main cast members will be on the show. In my area it is on at 9am but you may have to check your local listings. Seinfeld was one of my favorites when it was on. The only episode I didn't like was one called "The Contest". Yes I know it was the most popular one but I didn't like it that much. I thought it was embarrassing.Espically for a fine show as this one. I know they are doing it to promote the new DVD release but I think it will be a better reunion then the last one. That one I don't even think they were in the same state. Let alone the same room. So watch Regis and Kelly tomorrow. It should be fun.Posted by Picasa

Another canceled DC comic book

Before on this site I had talked about the DC Implosion of the 70's. Well in the 60's there was a harbinger to the implosion. Great charactors like the Hawk and the Dove, The Creeper and Angel and the Ape. There were probably more but these are the ones that I remember. They were started in a comic book called Showcase. It is another canceled comic book. In the 50's and 60's DC used it to show off charactors that they weren't sure if they should get their own series. Why waste money on publishing 3 or 4 issues to find out that it wasn't selling well. So they would put out one issue of Showcase and if it didn't get a good response then it didn't get it's own book. They must have had alot of faith in Hawk and Dove. At the end of the Showcase book, shown above, they announce that they will have their own book soon. The first team of Hawk and Dove was created by Steve Ditko and Steve Skeates. Two brothers Hank and Don Hall. Hank was Hawk and Don was Dove. The names of the heros were actually reffering to the Vietnam War. If you were for the war you were in favor of the aggression. You were a hawk. If you were against the war then you were a dove. Eventually both creators were unhappy with the direction of the series and left the book. Then after only 6 issues the series was canceled. The charactors were kept around DC as members of the Teen Titans. In the 80's Dove (Don Hall) died a hero's death in Crisis On Infinite Earths. Then a few years later there was a new Dove teaming up with Hawk. It was a good series and lasted longer then the first. However, I still prefer Don Hall as Dove. The 2nd series was eventually cancelled. It was later revealed that Hank Hall was to later become a villan that would take over the world. Later another Hawk and Dove was created. This was a brother and sister. No relation to the previous ones. I don't know much about it as I didn't read this series. Recently I found out that a closer related version to the first two was created. This time it is two sisters helping the JSA and the Teen Titans. But my favorite team will always be the first one. Not long ago they finally animated them and used them in an episode of Justice League Unlimited. It was one of their best. Maybe this will help bring the first team back and get their own book and TV series. If you want to read more about them you can go to this site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawk_and_Dove#Hawk_and_Dove_II:_Hank_and_Dawn Posted by Picasa

Harold J Stone rest in peace

I was just over at the site News from ME and found out that the actor Harold J. Stone died. You can view what he had to say about it here http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2005_11_19.html#010593 I wanted to get a different picture of him to use here but couldn't find one. So I used the same one that News from ME had. My favorite role that he played in was a Twilight Zone episode. I don't recall the name of the episode but he was searching for a missing plane. It was his speciality. He is treating it as if it just happened. By the end of the episode you find out that it happened years ago and it was the only one that he never was able to solve. As News from ME mentioned he was also in X the Man with the X-Ray Eyes. I saw this movie when I was a kid. It was avery good horror film and it scared me to death. So that is what he did for a living. Scare children. Actually he was a great actor and, from what I have read, a very nice man. Posted by Picasa