Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Groundhog Day and Comics Coming

     Hello everyone, I hope all is well.  Groundhogs Day is coming and superheroes don't mind it a bit.  You see, with all of the time traveling they do, they are used to acting like Bill Murray (In that great movie of his named, "Groundhog's Day") and being trapped doing the same thing over and over again.  I'd blame it on Kang, the (Time) Conquerer. 

     But then it hit me, I'm not a comic book super hero and I get caught up doing the same super hero thing over and over myself.  Yep, every Wednesday, which is new comic book day, I go to the comic shop and get my books, week after week after week after...

     But you get the idea.  And strangely enough, I love it, week after week after...

     But you get the idea.  And strangely enough...Okay, enough of that!

     Take care and adopt a comic (but not a time travel one) book today!

Friday, January 16, 2015

More Comic Anniversaries

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  After talking about the 75th anniversary of Batman #1 recently, I thought I'd remind everyone that most of the Justice Society is coming up on #75.  These fellows were the forerunners of the Justice League and appeared in All-Star Comics.  The two biggest guns from that book is Flash and Green Lantern.

     To coincide with this big date, The Alter-Ego magazine is having an in-depth look at the Golden Age, While Back Issue magazine is examining the history of these two heroes in the 70s and 80s.  The mags are coming out in two months, so tell your local comic dealer that you want these magazines, you won't be sorry.

     Take care and adopt a (Flash or Green Lantern) comic today! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Holiday Flu By, Comics Still Here

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Since before Christmas, I've been quite sick with the flu, hence the odd spelling in the title today.  But the good thing is, I spent the last two weeks reading comics and boy was that great!

     There is a new Shield comic out, based on the weekly television show.  Pick it up, it is a wonderful blend of the show and the Marvel line of comics.  Let's hope it stays that way.  Also a new trade paperback collecting all of the Superman two page inserts from the Action Weekly Comics from the mid 1980s just hit the stands.  It's got some of the last Curt Swan art on Superman available before the artist retired and passed away.

     Lastly, there's a new year that popped up last week, putting an end to the 75th anniversary of Batman.  BUT, it also means it is the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman in his own comic book...Batman #1, Summer of 1940.  Yahoo, another whole year of me blogging about Batman.

     Take care and adopt a (Batman) comic today.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Comics and Christmas

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  Today as Christmas day winds down, I hope that you all had a great day, filled with warmth, joy and family. 

     But don't forget about your comics because that's an important part of any collector's life.  I  know I'm going to relax, now that I'm home and go through a few stacks of Archie, Batman, Spiderman and a whole lot more.  So one last time...Happy Holidays to everyone out there.

     Take care and adopt (and hug) a comic book today.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Box of Comics and Signing

     Hi everyone, hope all is well.  I bought an old box of comics yesterday and of course I let my friends pick through it to see if there was anything they might need.  I picked out a few things for myself and had a great time just sifting through books with my buddies.

     Of course, it is that season of giving, so what else could I enjoy doing.  My advice to all of you readers, do something nice for the comic readers on your gift list this season.

     Also, I'll be appearing tomorrow, Dec. 13, at Mentor Barnes and Noble (located in Great Lakes Mall parking lot) signing Mr. Jingeling books and giving away FREE coloring pages for the young kids in your family.  See you there from Noon till 3 or 4pm. 

     Take care and adopt (but keep some for yourself) a comic book today!

Monday, December 8, 2014


     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  I've been having computer troubles lately which have kept me from blogging a lot recently.  Heroes have had troubles with computers.  ok at Ultron-5, the new Avengers movie bad guy.  Isn't he just a computer turned robot?  And Arsenal, from Avengers Annual #9 was a great story (you've gotta find this one and read it) that started as a computer program and ended up bonding with the persona and memories of Tony Stark's dead mother.

     Yes, there's more than one computer gone wrong story, but there's nothing wrong with holding a good old fashioned comic in your hand and giving it a try.  No computer glitch can stop that kind of enjoyment.

     Wednesday, Dec. 10, I'll be at Comics and Friends from 2-7pm (located at Mentor Great Lakes mall, Mentor) right next to Macy's with my cover artist, David Russell.  Our new book, Galaxy Clan II, a great kid's sci-fi adventure novel best for ages 8-12.  Stop by and say hello.  Also, this Saturday, Dec. 13, I'll be at Mentor Barnes and Noble signing a Mr. Jingeling book, "How Mr. Jingeling Saved Christmas."  I'll be there from Noon-3pm.  There will be FREE coloring pages as a handout to the children.  stop by and say hello.

     Take care and adopt a (non-computer, paper) comic today!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  This past week I went to a friend's funeral.  Don Sheppard was a fellow church member of mine, a lunch buddy and the 2nd man across the Remagen Bridge during the Battle of the Bulge.  I asked him the importance of being second, which got him in more than a few papers.

     "I was just trying to duck bullets and stay in one piece." 

     It's a humble line, but many millions like him did more than humble things which allow us 70 years later to enjoy freedom to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving.  I also give thanks to guys like Don that made this country free enough to enjoy trivial things (but  not to me) like hobbies and collecting and...comic books.

     I will remember Don and already have a picture of him and my wife hanging in my den.  Also, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there reading this and stop by the Great Lakes Mall this Saturday, Nov. 29 at Comics and Friends and chat between Noon and 5 o'clock, say hello and maybe pick up my new book..."My Favorite Super Teams."

     Take care and adopt a comic (and hug and say hello to your own friend,  like my Don) today.