Robot Man

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  1. I'm talking about Stan Funsten, not Stanard Ridgeway. Was a long time ago but I can remember a couple... There were a lot of garage bands in the area. We would play back yard parties and high school dances in gymns. Whenever some band needed an extra member or some equipment, we would all help each other out. One night Stan was doing vocals for the Van Halens. Yes, those Van Halens... They were just high school rock gods like us back then. He needed an amp so I lent him my Fender Super Reverb. He brought it back the next day with a couple of blown speakers. It seems they ran a Farfesia organ through it and blew them. He of course "fixed" it with a couple of cheap speakers. Never did sound the same again. He was a hard guy to stay mad at. As you might guess by his later work, Stan was a bit sarcastic and a bit of a rebel. Our school had abolished the dress code in my junior year. Long hair, facial hair, ripped jeans (within the laws of "decency") were pretty much OK. Our principal hated rock 'n roll music though. She was forced to put up with some of it due to student pressure at dances. She, however forbade the wearing of "offensive" T Shirts. She especially hated the ones that pictured things like skulls with knives or swords through them. It pizzed us off. Stan came up with an idea. A bunch of us met at a guy's house each with a white T Shirt. Stan made a stencil with the words "Question Authority" and we all made one. Next day, we all strode into the lunch court and were promptly suspended because we wouldn't change. We were all sent home. Did we go home? No, went went over to a guy's house where his parents wern't home. We went down in the basement and smoked a few funny cigs while listening to some jazz. Well, the kid's mom came home and caught us and told us to go home and tell our parents what happened. When I got home I told my parents (leaving out the basement situation). My mom was pretty cool but my dad blew a fuse and I got grounded. Stan was a real charmer when he wanted to be. He was "dating" a girl who's dad was in the music biz. He convinced the dad to get Steppinwolf to play in our high school gymn. He was one of a kind. Good times!
  2. I have always heard about this store but never visited it because it would be maybe a 45 minute-1 hour drive away. I heard they were a bit pricey as well. I checked their website and didn't see much in my GA wheel house. Do they have much GA? Is it pretty pricey? Would it be worth it for me to make the trek even at 30% off? Always sad to see a comic shop close. Especially a decent one.
  3. I went to high school with Stan and Bill Nowland of Wall of Voodoo. Played in garage bands with them as well. Stan introduced me to jazz. Funny thing. His name then was Stan Funsten and he lived on Ridgeway Drive. Always was a very talented guy. I even dated Bill’s sister for a while. She was a cutie...
  4. Here is the SOTI reference on page 257 and the offending panel. Man the good doctor really hated EC...
  5. I am obviously a fan of the premiums in the Hakes auctions maybe more than the comics. More than anyone else, over the years, he comes up with the rarest of the rare in this category. Comics are everywhere but trying to find rare premiums is the ultimate challenge. I will have to log in and see what he’s got to offer this time.
  6. The SF books might be my least favorite. Science and math were my two least favorite subjects in school. I always felt like I had to think too much to enjoy them. Not that I was lazy or stupid because I always enjoyed the Batman and Detective books as a kid. Trying to figure out the clues Batman used to solve crimes. Just not much of a science guy. I also love the humor stuff. I love to study all the weird things Elder did.
  7. I would agree. There was always such a great mix of different conflicts in every issue. For some reason I like the WWI yarns the best. The writing was incredible and the art was always excellent no matter who did it. I would put the horror and crime titles just slightly below the war titles for fun reading. PCH is my favorite genre. It all depends on my mood at the moment.
  8. I would agree. “Big If” is especially top notch. Yeah, forgot about the SOTI mention. I used to be s big SOTI collector. I will have to look it up.
  9. #2. Have had chances to buy it but other books have gotton in the way. I’m pretty sure I can find the right copy for the right price without much trouble.
  10. A classic for sure. I found one for a buck at an estate sale a couple years ago. Not real easy to find.
  11. And real affordable run as well. You really get your money’s worth on this run. Some of the best war issues in all of comics. I’m still missing one. Just waiting for it to come around.
  12. Nice one and has “Airburst”. Kurtzman’s favorite story.
  13. Probably next to Church copies, the Okajimas seem to be the most popular pedigree right now. It’s all about the stories. And there are a very limited amount of them to go around.
  14. A friend of mine found a Weird Mysteries #4 for $6. At the flea market Sunday. Only comic the guy had. Sometimes the Gods smile down upon you...
  15. No they do not slab pulps yet. Mostly because of the overhang on many of them. I would thing that now that books are held in by pressure, they would be able to. Believe me, if they can figure it out they will be in on it. Too much money not being made. When they do, the pulp market will sky rocket. I kind of hope they don't because I like picking them up a giveaway prices. The idea of pulp paper being inferior to comic book paper is a bit of a misnomer I believe. Sure you run across a fair share of flaky ones. More due to poor storage than the paper itself I think. Most of the ones I encounter as a rule are yellowed to cream and quite supple. Many do have that pesky edge overhang though. Thusly, pulps grade no higher than fine. Believe me, an accurately graded fine can be a sight to behold. So a 6 becomes a 9 in the pulp world. And they are out there. The Shadow pulps are classics but they are only the tip of the iceberg if you like stuff like that. The Spider, Dime Mystery, Terror Tales, Horror Tales and Strange Detective Mysteries are even better reads in my opinion. Some are super creepy and real page turners! Here is a real beater Strange Detective Mysteries. Best, I've been able to find. This one has a story about a guy that rounds up homeless people on the streets and disfigures them. He then sends them back to the streets to sell pencils and panhandle for him. Sick stuff! Now, what would the comic book version of this one go for?
  16. So what books should I be stocking up on? https://dailysuperheroes.com/8-marvel-movies-coming-out-from-2020-until-2022-according-to-disneys-new-release-slate/48127?utm_source=uw&utm_medium=pro
  17. Only one item this time... Postage is free and satisfaction guaranteed. Return gladly accepted if you are not fully satisfied. Circa 1943 Shield G-Man Club Badge from MLJ Comics. It is 1" tall x 7/8" wide. Made of thin celluiod with original pin on back. Clean and like new with no damage. There were three versions of this club. This is the last. It was quickly replaced by the Archie Club. A great piece to wear at a comic show while searching for those elusive Pep comics! First snags this cool item. $100. + FREE postage!
  18. Case in point. What would these be worth if they were comic books?
  19. Pulps are very popular. But they have to the right pulps at the right prices. People buy them for the writers and the covers. I fall into the second category. Many of the covers far rival their comic book counterparts. Many have great interior illustrations as well. They are usually priced much lower than comic books despite the wild off the chart covers. They need to be priced accordingly. The ones you looked at were priced like comics. Thusly, I passed. Pulps are much harder to find as well. One reason is that they are so weakly documentaries. Once a book like the Gerber book comes out and CGC figures a way to grade them, they will probably soar to the levels they should. I still find it a bit odd that in our cover driven comic culture, they are still so cheap. In the meantime, people like me are quietly buying up the good ones with current, proper pricing.
  20. Kind of ironic actually. Many of the early Cap books had a pretty heavy horror slant. Seems a little fitting that he left the same way.