Monday, January 13, 2014

Comic Book Quickies #2



Goblins are scary, but fruit pies aren't!

64 comments:

Felix A. Whitehead said...

Highly enjoyable, but you missed an opportunity -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrEnkh5b07Q

Adam said...

I'm glad to see another Comic Book Quickie this year. Cause if we went from Marville to Miller Time, I would have to physically hurt someone. I'm hoping you won't forget the ceremonial burning of all 7 Marville issues. Maybe save that for next weeks All-Star Batman and Robin episode at the end.

I so love the excerpts from The Super Dictionary and the Hostess snack ads. The last one with Captain Marvel (the one from Marvel who is dead but his name now lives on with Carol Danvers) was a doozy. A giant flea that eats flea markets could only come from these Hostess ads. Not to rag on this again, but I wish Marvel would bite the bullet and get back to making these Hostess ads.

As for Johnny Turbo, that was straight up bizarre. I'm surprised you didn't point out the giant ice blue boob in the first portion of Tony's dream sequence. Given the reading material on the book shelf, you wouldn't need Sigmund Freud to figure out the guy has some sexual issues.

Finally, in regards to the Fantastic Four's marriage, I'd like to point out that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby almost attended the wedding of Reed and Sue but were turned out since they were not on the list.

doug.glassman said...

So would the Flea-Market-Eating Flea be a Giant Space Flea From Out Of Nowhere?

Gabriel Godinho said...

Johnny Turbo's long waited return was overshadowed by that FLEA-MARKET-EATING FLEA.

Anonymous said...

WOOT! We get the complete tale of Johnny Turbo! With a story completely unrelated to their Flawed Arguments against the Feka Corporation!
Although, the questions of Jonny Turbo raiding someone’s dreams is kind of disturbing, along with what joy that his Matt Smith Cosplaying Friend has at a Unlockable Game.
Although, I figured Tony spent the whole day in the Kitchen, It was because of what you said at the Live Show with how Tony got stuffed into his own fridge!
Although, what the writers were smoking or if they were doing all of this as a Self-Parody is the bigger question here.

Although, that Giant Flea is confusing. Maybe it actually spawned when Hank Pym was foolish enough to pour his chemicals down the drain at the climax of this Debut Story. Either that or we’re going to need to give Clifford The Big Red Dog a Flea-Bath again!

The World Of Comics certainly is weird. I’m surprised people in the stories still get scared by it.
“Hm? Oh? Another Demi-God has come to wreck havoc on our city? Third time this week…and it’s still Monday Morning…”

Nice Video, Linkara.
Looking forward to Miller Time next week! ;3

Anonymous said...

Well Johnny was on a same kayak with the Thing, so maybe he let him do all the rowing.

And now I'm waiting you Linkara to thank me for ruining your joke =)

Unknown said...

MovieBob claims that the only reason Reed Richards and Sue Storm have been the one consistently held marriage in superhero comics is because they were pretty much already being written as an old married couple with two obnoxious kids (Johnny and Ben) from the very beginning. So the marriage just solidified the team's status quo.

Also, "Flea-Market Eating Flea" ....WHAAAAAAT?

Mattia Garavini said...

I miss Captain Mar-Vell. His storyline with Thanos was awesome.

Anonymous said...

Actually, DC decided to recently change Captain Marvel to Shazam on their own.
Some history: the reason only Marvel are allowed to have a series called Capatain Marvel when Billy Batson came first, is because DC (or Fawcett, its complicated) hadn't published any Captain Marvel comics in years. As such, the trademark voided and Marvel's CM was born.
Even though CM died, Marvel kept relaunching it with different characters, most recently in the succesful Captain Marvel series starring Carol Danvers, to prevent the trademark from voiding.
As such, for years DC has had a character that they could call Captain Marvel, but had to market with a different name.
Recently, Didio and Johns decided in their infinite wisdom to take advantage of the reboot to just rename him because "everyone knows him as Shazam anyway". So it wasn't Marvel's fault, just DC deciding to stick with a more marketable name.

Shanethefilmmaker said...

Spider-Man and Mary Jane weren't enough for Jerk Quesada? They have to go after Sue and Reed? Why does Joe hate Married couples so much? Did he go through a nasty divorce? Or does Carlie Cooper not satisfied with dating Peter that she wants all the superheroes? Good god I'm starting to think Joe isn't the bad guy anymore. That said No Canoes is good Canoes. I wouldn't protect fruit pies with my life. Now Cupcakes and twinkies...........just beware!! BEWARRRE!!

Oh god Turbo's witnesses, Sorry but I am sticking to Nintendoanity.

Flea Market Eating Flea!!!? What the hell?! What the actual Hell?!!

Anyone not creeped out when CM said "Offer you can't refuse." I got a mental picture of him putting the flea's head in someone's bed. Though hopefully it's Jerk Quesada.

Good luck with Miller Time. It can't get any worse than Wonder/Supe's moments,


Anonymous said...

I actually heard that John Byrne REALLY wanted to kill off Franklin Richards but editorial wouldn't let him. As such, he wrote a story in which Sue Storm got pregnant but then suffered a miscarriage to vent. Little did he know that years later Marvel would resurrect that baby and Valeria would be born.
They also tried to get rid of Franklin in the 90s by aging him up with time travel and turning him into forgettable 90s character Psi-Lord. He was shortly brought back to normal and nobody has tried to get rid of him ever again (that we know of).
The reason why the Richards are allowed to marry and have kids is because the theme of FF is suposed to be family, whereas Marvel claims that Spider-Man's theme is youth (not power and responsibility aparently). Its this youth theme that prevents the Human Torch from being married, he was once married for 5 years until Marvel decided to retcon his wife into being a Skrull.

KingInYellowTatters said...

Don't sweat the woman's voice in the flea market strip, Linkara. Not every female character in fiction has to have a stereotypical "feminine" vocal tone. Just look at Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (née Girlfriend) from the Venture Bros. She has a "atypical" voice and she's still the very model of femininity. Think outside the box! :)

Bluecho said...

The way it always came off to me, DC wasn't under any particular pressure from Marvel to change their Captain Marvel's name to Shazam. Although Marvel might have asked them to because Carol Danvers' new series. What I assumed happened was that DC had been thinking of doing it for a while anyway, and used the reboot as an opportunity to finally bite the bullet. Then again, I like to think DC and Marvel still have a friendly professional rivalry going on, despite no evidence to support this that I can see.

Although now that we've brought up Marvel's Captain Marvel, you think you'll review one of them? From either the original or any of his successors?

8tailsjinchuuriki said...

Well that was a good fun review. These types of reviews where the contents are just weird or questionable are also fun to enjoy since it gives people a rest from the more painful comics (the reviews of them are not bad just like you said, we need a breather once in a while).

Since you are looking at ASBAR next time, I found this article about issue 10 of it that answers some things but still makes me question what was going on behind the scenes. Here's the address:
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/uncategorized/batman-and-robi/

Falcovsleon20 said...

To be fair, if Captain Mar-Vell didn't stay dead, we wouldn't have gotten his children. And I'll be damned if I live in a world with no Phyla-Vell as Quasar. (Seriously Marvel, why'd you undo that? Her time as Quasar is what got me invested in her character in the first place)

Nate123 said...

Side note the 3 in 1 disk had 4 game gate of thunder bonk bonk's revenge and bomber man as a hidden game

Paul Spaidaman said...

Considering the blond guy considers "American Psycho" to be good reading, maybe Johnny Turbo never existed and the blond guy is just dangerously insane...

Anonymous said...

Talk about literal demonization for Sega.

My theory on the titles in the Turbo comic is that whoever was doing this was doing it deliberately. They probably could not care less about an uninspired failed attempt to save a game system, so they just vented about how they really wanted to make the next The Invisibles.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you could do the Doug Walker route and do regular episodes every two weeks, with the other weeks being maybe one Quickie or maybe ... something else. ;)

Anonymous said...

Unrelated to the review, but I just want to say - I don't think Quigon was the worst Jedi ever.

He showed compassion and respect to all living things. The other Jedi closed off their feelings.
Quigon was the only one willing to overlook Anakin's age, and treat him with as much respect as any other Jedi. Unfortunately, he died.
The Jedi's unwillingness to use their emotions (for lack of a better phrase) was what ultimately caused Anakin's anger towards them, and his mentor, Obi-Wan agreed with the Jedi Council...

If Quigon had been the one to teach Anakin, I don't think he would have turned to the Dark Side.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot said...

As Nate123 said, the "secret game" on the 3 in 1 CD actually made it a 4 in 1 CD, so it was legitimately secret.

Also, Tony's reaction at seeing Gate of Thunder was perfectly justified; that game was frickin' awesome. Lords of Thunder (its quasi-sequel) also has its fans, but I prefer the original.

rhodoferax said...

Suggestion: You've said that you won't have Snowflame do an entire episode because that would be annoying. However, I think a Comic Book Quickies episode would be the perfect opportunity to let him narrate a comic that wouldn't go on long enough to get obnoxious. Maybe a drug PSA, for thematicality.

Paul Traynor said...

Watched the episode today and didn't see any ads before, during, or after the episode. I've made sure that my ad blocker is disabled on the site, but still didn't see any of the ads. Great episode, especially enjoyed the look at Johnny Turbo comic.

Anonymous said...

Anon, I understand that everyone has their opinions and that in Star Wars there are some very firmly held opinions. But please remember that this is the same Anakin who never bothered to visit the mother he supposedly loved so much he slaughtered an entire tribe over her, was obsessed with a woman that he had only known a few days as a child, whined about not getting his way after he was made a blatant political appointment and helped murder a Jedi Master and then an entire temple of children all on the off-chance that a manipulative old man might (emphasis on might) be able to prevent death.

Looking over what is (as far I as can tell) considered canon I cannot think of anything that Qui-gon would have possibly done that would have differed from Obi-wan when they were dealing with an angry child with way too much power who never seemed to grow up.

So yeah, forget Jar-Jar being responsible for the Empire when he was manipulated into giving a speech. Every Anakin-related disaster from the first movie on would have been avoided if not for Qui-gon Jinn.

Arianne Wingard said...

A breather is good before We have to deal with another installment of Miller time. I can't decide which comic book series I dislike the most Marville or All Star Batman and Robin. It's like being offered your choice of torture. I can't honestly say I'm looking forward to next week, but I am looking forward to getting closer to getting done with All Star Batman and Robin.

Sume Ninjas said...

If "Comic Book Quickies" isn't the name of a kick-ass comic book store it needs to be!

Valter Östberg said...

Accept Johnny Turbo as my lord and savior? LInkara, I am outraged! Have you completely forgotten about the glory and miracle that is Bob Corby?!

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who is seriously fed up with the whole "fruit pie" jokes? While I admit, it was cute the first time, it's just the same joke over and over again. It's just a really boring snack food that comics promoted for some reason. Can't we just leave them alone so we can make room for different and potentially better jokes in the future.

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"Am I the only one who is seriously fed up with the whole "fruit pie" jokes? While I admit, it was cute the first time, it's just the same joke over and over again. It's just a really boring snack food that comics promoted for some reason. Can't we just leave them alone so we can make room for different and potentially better jokes in the future."

See, the thing is, it's not so much about the joke of fruit pies being used to stop villains... it's all the perilous and ridiculous situations built AROUND said fruit pies. The Fantastic Four in full-outfits doing everything they can to protect them while on a canoeing trip but taking no other foods with them.

THE FLEA MARKET-EATING FLEA.

The Trembler said...

Re: Hostess Vs. Nature: To be fair, if anyone would argue that molecules are natural and therefore anything made from them them (such as highly processed food) must therefore be natural as well, it would be Reed Richards.

Doug said...

You know Linkara last year around this time the nostalgia critic returned and what would have been a good crossover was if you showed yourself owning 2 comic company's and then the critic coming in and tearing it down. You could still do that just say it happened 1 year ago. What do you think of that idea?

Ave said...

Just wanted to mention, "The Pokey Little Puppy" is a children's book we had in my house growing up. Considering its length, and the width of that spine in the comic, he must have gotten the super-large-print version. Doesn't say much about his intelligence.

PRATN said...

Nice to see another Quickies episode. Much like the Top 15's, you don't know what you may or may not get so you're in for surprises.

Also, regarding Qui-Gon Jinn. No, I think there are still worse Jedi out there. Trust me, the EU does paint him in a much greater light. Considering that George Lucas was a hack who couldn't be bothered to explain plots in greater detail without the EU, it's one of the reasons why the EU is so synonymous with me with the movies at this point.

At any rate, when you do plan to tackle more Star Wars comics? Particularly with Dark Horse losing the license and Marvel getting Star Wars back next year?

Anonymous said...

Honestly, Tony seems more into BDSM thant being gay.

Anonymous said...

the book the feminine mystique is a book by Betty Friedan where she interviewed housewives in the 50s and 60s and showed how unhappy they were and lead to it becoming a influential feminist book so im not sure him having it means he might be gay because it has feminine on the title

Also does anyone feel the characters in this comic talking about fruit pies sound like people in futurama describing hypnotoad

Rich B said...

Keep those Hostess ads coming, I love them they are so crazy!

FugueforFrog said...

Quick thoughts on the quickies:

F4 Fruit Pies: Well they may need their superpowers on the river...what if they meet some kid playing a banjo? Then they really need to get into action! Besides, considering the bizarre types of ships the F4 use usually, a canoe is rather tame...unless Reed put rockets on it or something.

Johnny Turbo: Yeah...his partner really is repressing it, isn't he. BTW: Bomberman is worth celebrating.

Captain Marvel: Yeah, the giant flea that eats flea markets reminds me of Blondie's "Rapture" for some reason. Oh and his entire life story in a nutshell: comes to Earth, weird stuff happens, fights Thanos, more stuff, Thanos again, more stuff, empowers Carol Danvers, still more stuff, dies. (yeah reading about his comics on Supermegamonkey just paints him as a lot of weird things when not written by Jim Starlin)

Polio PSA: So don't do anything and don't get polio. There goes my social life.

Bill said...

I'm tired of fruit pies and Twinkies. Any Ding Dong ads coming?

Tim said...

I hate to be nitpicky about camera angles, but something seemed off in the beginning of this video. Maybe it was because you were leaning forward, but all the extra headroom made you look short or something.

On a positive note, loved getting another round of Comic Book Quickies! I don't care what anybody else says; I will never get tired of having fun with Hostess ads. Though I definitely should not have been taking a drink when the FLEA MARKET-EATING FLEA showed up.

Cat C said...

I love the Super Dictionary, wish I had that for some of my English classes back in college.

Okay though the first thing that stuck out I need to comment on, what in Hell is up with the image of Captain Marvel you showed?? It's certainly possible I'm seeing the image wrong (happens a lot with me) but his chest above his middle is SO bulged out at first I thought he was crossing his arms but they are clearly to the side. It wouldn't look so bad but under that is so pushed back it's like the top part of his chest is going to explode.

I am glad for the Comic Book Quickies before ASsBaR.

And good lord that Johnny Turbo comic was WEIRD. I can't tell if the people making teh comic knew it was goofy so just went all out or if that's what was intended.

I thought everything the Fantastic Four traveled in needed the 4 on it.

Though that comic is slightly funnier to me given I'm playing a Marvel online game where a Spider-Man in a Fantastic Four uniform and a paper bag over his head is a character. (Yes, I got the situation explained to me, it's still damned funny.)

Oh, loved the little Linkara in the Blue Obelisk robe figure by the new Linkara doll, nice.

@dragons_dusk

Anonymous said...

Johnny Turbo sees you in your dreams. Johnny Turbo sees you in your NIGHTMARES.

Also, could the Fantastic Four's sudden obsession with fruit pies be some ploy of Doctor Doom's to make Richards obese, thus so that he can upstage him at the Marvel Genius Awards and laugh at him?

Perhaps Richards can make a deal with Mephisto to swap Sue for an eternal supply of pies, because Joe Quesada would consider that more relatable to his readers, who are all fat lardballs naturally. That's how much he respects them.

Furthermore, the Linkara character needs a GIANT FLEA MARKET EATING FLEA to ride around on. (please)

Jeff Jacobson said...

Isn't that a pair of blue breasts at the top of the first dream panel from the Johnny Turbo comic? (If not, what are those supposed to be?) I can't believe you didn't mention this.

GoldenKing said...

Sue: "No need for super powers here!" Linkara: "Then why were you in costume?"

Clearly, it was a slow day so they went looking for crime by canoe! It makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Well, Franklin is an Omega-class mutant with extremely powerful reality manipulating abilities (one future version of him gets to boss around Galactus), so he could make the fruit pies taste like anything. Fresh picked apples? Easy. Candied bacon? No problem. Grape jelly and mustard? Why the hell not! Cure the ordinary bullet wound of an elderly woman whose nephew might as well be part of your family? ....Whoops.

-WD said...

That's odd, in my dreams the only things that fall out of my head are teeth and eardrums. Never had my eyes fall out, though I have lost my sight it wasn't because my eyes popped out.

Adam said...

I keep waiting for you to do a quickie of the Marvel Zombies fruit pie ad... (you didn't already do that one did you?)

I really liked how the super dictionary excerpts split up the sections, and honestly I wouldn't mind seeing them as bumpers for the regular reviews.

Anonymous said...

Ah, Johnny Turbo. From what I remember reading (feel free to correct me internet) marketing realized the Turbo Duo was dead in the water, so they used the comic to make fun of two developers they didn't like. Also the comics kept advertising the same two (admittedly very good) shooters instead of doing something sensible like licensing Castlevania Rondo of Blood or Snatcher. Oh and making Sega look like the walking dead.

One of these days Tony is going to drug Jonathan and play Huey Lewis and the News. "Hey Jonathan!"

John Teece said...

how come in the titlecard it's Captain America being eaten by the flea, instead of Captain Marvel

...unless Captain Marvel is wearing a Captain America costume he bought at a flea market

Rue Ryuzaki said...

Those were some silly comics, even though I find that psa on polio a bit disturbing.

Yes we must prepare ourselves for the madness of Miller Time.
What will crazy steve do next, is anyones guess.

Hmmm Linkara maybe you should do a poll with the audience, on what happens next in certain areas of the story of a comic your reviewing for a episode. Though this might only work for two parters and the live shows.

Doresh said...

[editor]
Oh, who wants to read about married couples with... CHILDREN?!
No, what we really want is for every superhero to be the same miserable loser that can never be happy. Progress and character growths is for idiots :D !
[/editor]

Though to be honest, I do find it funny how Peter "Mr. Responsibility" Parker is never allowed to have children (something that is quiet possibly the greatest responsibility one can have in real life).

If the really wanted to keep the perpetual young and hip Peter, just give him a sidekick or something. Not only would this allow both kinds of Spider-Man do exist (the young one and the family dude), but having a sidekick is ALSO a responsibility.

Trademarks are weird. Does that mean I could potentially call my hypothetical movie "Starwars"?

Propaganda comics are also weird o_O

Why can't DC reboot the Super Dictionary? I want an entry of the term "internet" with Harvest!

The Flea-Market-Eating Flea should totally be in Avengers 2. Ultron could use it to ride into battle.

I wonder if there are Golden Age comics with "Duck & Cover" PSAs...

N. said...

The include of 'creamed' rather than the more obvious 'cream' filling is because of wildly useless government regulations that permit the word 'cream' only where dairy products are concerned. Twinkies Cakes filling contains no dairy products, only products that have undergone a 'creaming' process.

Of course, this is all a waste of taxes and resources to maintain the integrity of exactly nothing. And, in a better Randian Anarcho-Capitalist state this would all be rendered moot. So, not only can we preserve the English language, but also provide better products and greater wealth.

Adam Graham said...

I'm totally on board with the Hostess Fruit pies ads. I love them and I need laughs when I'm on Stage 1 of South Beach. At least I get carbs from my humor.

I did actually like the Johnny Turbo stories earlier better than this one but that may just be my taste in humor plus the power of the crowd at the live show.

I love the Comic Book quickies and hope they continue. Give us advertisement comics, give us odd comics from anthology books, or little short stories from Marvel annuals. And give us more fruit pies.

The Abominable N. Oremac said...

Bomberman was the fourth game in the "3-in-1" CD...which made it a 4-in-1 CD. Confusing marketing was the order of the day for TTI.

Speaking of which, did anyone ever figure out who "NEAL" was? The prevailing theory is that the Johnny Turbo artist was Neal Adams, which I dispute as 1) the artwork isn't over-rendered, as is his "Crusty Bunkers" house style, and 2) Adams' Continuity Comics was collapsing under the weight of its own early-1990s, gimmick-cover-festooned, clunkily-written attempt to satisfy the speculator boom.

As an aside, you really need to touch on Continuity Comics again, Linkara. It's been five years. Zero Patrol just scratches the surface of Continuity.

Carl said...

It's "Twinkies cakes" because of trademark law. Trademarks have to be adjectives, not nouns. Thus, "Hostess snack cakes" or "BAND-AID brand adhesive bandages." Using your mark incorrectly can weaken it and eventually lose it.

Ming said...

Flea-market-eating fleas . . . Wow, now that's really frakked-up.

Anyway, glad to see you do this incredibly bizarre Johnny Turbo comic. Next week, more of Miller's insanity . . . and the first non-text recap review on Crazy Steve and Dick Grayson Age 12. This . . . will . . . suck . . .

Shaolin Dave said...

If giant flea-market eating fleas existed, I'm pretty sure I'd never go to a flea market again.

Gareth said...

@ Linkara, have you ever thought about reviewing webcomics on your show?

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"@ Linkara, have you ever thought about reviewing webcomics on your show?"

As I stated waaaay back in my Top 15 Comics I'll Never Review, webcomics (with few exceptions) are done by amateur creators for fun and not profit. The format is usually different than what I'm used to for reviews and I see no reason to impose the same standards that I would impose on something that was sold in shops. And the thing about the exceptions who DO run for profit usually got that far BECAUSE they were good, so there's no reason to feature them on a show about bad comics.

le-messor said...

Just yesterday, a colleague told me polio had been eradicated in India. Irrelevant, but kind of cool.
I hope that doesn't mean Indian kids were never allowed to play, go swimming, or make friends.

Shanethefilmmaker: The Richards's marriage is intact. Linkara was joking.

Adam Graham:
Don't worry. After Stage 1, things get better.

~ Mik

Gareth said...

Apologies for asking something that you had answered already, thank you for answering again

Ciaran Hillock said...

He invades your dreams and no Freddy Kruger Joke, I am not impressed. Anyway meh episode with only a couple of laughs, try better next time.

Shanethefilmmaker said...

"Shanethefilmmaker: The Richards's marriage is intact. Linkara was joking." Dude I know he was joking, but that doesn't mean it isn't likely to happen. We didn't expect Doc Ock to swap bodies with Spider-man, but that happened.

le-messor said...

Shane - I didn't get that from your post, sorry.

We also didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition, either.

~ Mik

ThomasMink said...

omg... had to stop the video because... HOSTESS FRUIT PIES! Love the extreme silliness always involved with those things! Glad they were destined to reappear on the show! :D
Too bad Fruit Pie the Magician doesn't appear to aid the heroes. Oh well.

...and I just realized how sad it is that the magic of Hostess Fruit Pies even seems works on me as seen right now......
Right, back to the video.