Monday, January 31, 2005

Poll Results

Okay, the poll for triggers has seen no activity for the last few days so I hearby declare the poll closed.

Here are the results with percentage - actual # of votes.

All 3 Versions: 41% - 12
Only Condensed: 23% - 7
Both Complete and Condensed: 17% - 5
Both SemiCondensed and Condensed: 13% - 4
Both Complete and SemiCondensed: 3% - 1
Only SemiCondensed: 3% - 1

Total Votes: 30

8 of those only want 1 trigger, the rest (22) want multiple triggers.

I am thinking of creating a simple !posted or !scanlist trigger that will send people a message about the 3 types of completes, like !projects works for projects.

Simply because our topic line is getting kind of crowded and folks won't be able to see them all if we add SemiCondensed to the top.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Erik Larsen disagrees!

A link to the Kirby Case for Spider-Man article was posted on the Savage Dragon message board.

Here is Erik Larsens response from his message board:

"Don't believe everything you read. this "article" is guesswork at best and fiction at worse."

The rest of it is here.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Spider-Man Created By Kirby?

Stan Taylor makes the case here.

Here's a look at Marvel's launch of an Indian Spider-Man.

In short, Devarajan's attempt to transform Peter Parker into Pavitr Prabhakar forces him to confront the age-old challenge of separating the universal aspects of human nature from the particular characteristics of a specific culture. The success (or failure) of Devarajan's effort matters, because it may tell us something important about the validity of Americans' faith in the universality of our most cherished ideals.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Comic Books used to recuit Football Players

Rock 'em, sock 'em recruiting
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Brian Truelove gets letters. Lots and lots of letters. From school after school wanting the 6-foot-2, 267-pound defensive lineman from Georgia to come play football.

Hundreds of letters. So many he gave up trying to organize them. They arrive on official letterhead. They begin, Dear Prospect.

"Just boring looking stuff," Truelove said.

Then, a package from the University of Oregon arrives.

"I get this comic book page and it's got me on the cover, and No. 72 and it says, 'A Hero Is Born,' " he said. "It was like, 'Oh my God, this is crazy.' "

Page by page, players being recruited by Oregon this year have received comic books starring themselves starring for the Ducks, winning the national title, graduating, and moving on to the NFL.

More in that story.

This story is also directly related and it's where the picture comes from.

I figure some of you Football fans would like this :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Questions for the Group about Reprints

I originally included reprints of comics on my list because I was keeping track for my own purposes, not doing a list for the group, and at the time I didn't really care if they were reprints or original because there were so many books out there and so few scanners that it seemed silly to think we'd ever get to the point where it mattered.

But now, of course it does matter. So the questions are as follows:

1. Should comics that have been posted only as reprints be removed from the list? When answering remember that this is not a clean solution either. If we remove issues from the list, inevitably there will be people trying to be helpful who will post the reprint scans as "not on the list" without checking to see that they are reprints.

2. If not, should we maintain a separate list of "reprint-only" books to alert folks to stuff that needs to be rescanned to get the originals?

3. If yes, does anybody have a good list of the comics that should be taken off the list? I have a couple of issues that I know about--several early Flash issues, a couple Green Lanterns, but nailing down all of them is going to be a tricky matter; there are some comics that were scanned as reprints and later scanned as originals so making sure we don't take completed comics off the list may be harder than it sounds.

Thanks for your input!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Gay promo leaves many in wonder
Fiona Hudson, city editor

GIANT banners on Melbourne Town Hall of bearded men squeezed into Wonder Woman costumes have passers-by wondering.

The 4m tall photos, paid for by the city council, are part of the annual Midsumma gay and lesbian festival.

But the images of men and women in ill-fitting superhero costumes yesterday left tennis tourists and locals alike bemused.

One Spaniard, who'd stopped to take a photo, said: "Er, is Wonder Woman, yes? Why so hairy?"

Rest of the story here

That is very strange.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

GA Bid Club Thoughts

Okay, we scored our first big comic in WDC&S #1. I suggested in the chat today that we have two main objectives when getting comics for the bid club:

1. Get low grade. Cheaper, and less likely to be damaged by the scanning effort.

2. Get a bargain. We have a lesser chance of losing money on a transaction if we buy cheap in the first place. Not that there's anything wrong with losing a little in return for filling a hole, but the less we lose, the more we can buy.

Anybody got any other suggestions? Several people indicated that prices are cheap after the holiday as everybody blew their money on Christmas presents, so we should buy now, sell later.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Not comic Book related but Batman related :-)


Sony will release Batman and Robin -- The Series Collection, a two-disc set collecting the 1949 theatrical serial, on March 22.

Here's how Sony describes the set:

"Join superheroes Batman and Robin in 15 action-packed episodes of one of the most thrilling adventure serials of yesteryear. The Dynamic Duo careens from one nail-biting cliffhanger to the next as they combat The Wizard, a villain with all of Gotham City at his mercy. This action adventure was originally shown in movie theaters in 1949, one chapter at a time in weekly installments.

"Batman (Robert Lowery) and Robin (John Duncan) help Commissioner Gordon (Lyle Talbot) battle the Wizard, a villainous madman who steals a top-secret remote device allowing him to control all the moving vehicles in Gotham. Between The Wizard trying to destroy them and Bruce Wayne's love interest Vicky Vale (Jane Adams) working to uncover their identities, The Dynamic Duo careen from one nail-biting cliffhanger to the next as they set out to save Gotham and foil The Wizard's plan for world domination."

Writers included Bob Kane, George H. Plympton, Joseph F. Poland and Royal K. Cole. The series was directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet.

Click on the thumbnails for box art and menus from the DVDs.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Quality Comics Project

BD has posted a spreadsheet to abpc to use as a checklist for Quality Comics. Not too many of these have been posted yet. If anyone has any they would like to scan, please let me know, because I'm compiling a list of what everyone has in their collections.

Also, if anyone has scanned/posted any Quality books in the past, please let me know. I'm also trying to give scanner credits where possible.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

DC Comics 1937-40

For those of us that also download torrents.

There is a torrent collecting:

1937-03 Detective Comics #1.cbr
1938-06 Action Comics #1.cbr
1938-06 Detective Comics #16.cbr
1939-05 Detective Comics #027.cbr
1939-06 Detective Comics #028.cbr
1939-07 Detective Comics #029.cbr
1939-07 Movie Comics #004.cbr
1939-07 Superman v1 #001.cbr
1939-08 Detective Comics #30.cbr
1939-08 Movie Comics #005.cbr
1939-09 Detective Comics #031.cbz
1939-09 Superman V1 #002.cbr
1939-10 Action Comics #17.cbr
1939-10 Detective Comics #032.cbz
1939-11 All American Comics #8.cbr
1939-11 Detective Comics #033.cbr
1939-12 Detective Comics 034.cbz
1940-01 Detective Comics #035.cbz
1940-01 Superman v1 #003.cbr
1940-02 Detective Comics #036.cbr
1940-03 Action Comics #022.cbr
1940-03 Detective Comics #037.cbz
1940-04 Batman #001.cbr
1940-04 Detective Comics #038.cbr
1940-04 Superman V1 #004.cbr
1940-05 Detective Comics #039.cbz
1940-06 Adventure Comics #051 .cbz
1940-06 Detective Comics #040.cbz
1940-07 Action #026.cbr
1940-07 All American Comics #016.cbr
1940-07 All Star Comics #001.cbr
1940-07 Batman #002.cbr
1940-07 Detective Comics #041.cbz
1940-07 Superman V1 #005.cbr
1940-08 Action Comics #027.cbz
1940-08 All-American Comics #17.cbr
1940-08 Detective Comics #042.cbz
1940-09 All-American Comics #18.cbr
1940-09 Detective Comics #043.cbr
1940-09 Superman V1 #006.cbr
1940-10 All American Comics #19.cbr
1940-10 All Star Comics #2.cbr
1940-10 Batman #003.cbr
1940-10 Detective Comics #044.cbz
1940-11 Action Comics #030.cbr
1940-11 All American Comics #20.cbr
1940-11 Detective Comics #045.cbz
1940-11 Superman V1 #007.cbr
1940-12 All American Comics #21.cbr
1940-12 Detective Comics #046.cbz

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

ALL-AMERICAN COMICS, INC. (1938-1946) Posted by Hello

Big Town Want List

Big Town: 2,8,9,11,13,15,27-29,31,33,35,38

I've got #37 coming soon, but don't have any of these missing messages.

Anyone else have any?


Monday, January 17, 2005

Okay, Telsar created a new version of the Condensed List which some folks like better. But having 3 versions of the same list as triggers is getting a bit crazy. I would like to have only one, but I'm all for democracy so I'm putting this to a vote.

View a sample of all three versions before voting.

You seen them? Good!
Vote below, and feel free to lend comments.

What version of the Complete trigger should we use on #ComicBooks?
Only !Complete (longer version by BrainDeth)
Only !Condensed (short version by Telsar)
Only !SemiCondensed (NEW - inbetween by Telsar)
Both !Complete and !Condensed
Both !Complete and !SemiCondensed
Both !SemiCondesed and !Condensed
All 3 versions

Free polls from

Thanks :)

DC Superhero Comics of the 1960s Still Missing

Here are the comics still missing from the DC 1960s Superhero issues. Only 34 missing, 27 of which are the Wonder Woman issues.

(Post amended to delete the two Metal Men issues, three Adventure issues and a Spectre issue, which have been posted)

Book Issue
Batman 3D 1966
Batman Kellogs Giveaway
DC Special 1
House Of Mystery 151
House Of Mystery 160
House Of Mystery 165
Superman Record Comic
Wonder Woman 111
Wonder Woman 112
Wonder Woman 113
Wonder Woman 117
Wonder Woman 118
Wonder Woman 136
Wonder Woman 146
Wonder Woman 147
Wonder Woman 150
Wonder Woman 152
Wonder Woman 153
Wonder Woman 154
Wonder Woman 156
Wonder Woman 157
Wonder Woman 158
Wonder Woman 159
Wonder Woman 160
Wonder Woman 162
Wonder Woman 164
Wonder Woman 165
Wonder Woman 167
Wonder Woman 168
Wonder Woman 170
Wonder Woman 171
Wonder Woman 172
Wonder Woman 173
Wonder Woman 176

Sunday, January 16, 2005

What's the Purpose of the Blog

Anybody who's a member can post articles. email me at Braindeath at to get an invite to the blog; you will have to register with blogger to get an account, but this is fairly painless. Even non-members can leave comments to the blog.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Welcome to the ABPC Blog

This is the first post on the abpc blog!