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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope none of your eggs today ended up like this! But this is a nice little metaphor for the rebirth spring brings. And since Chicago made it into the high 70s today, I guess we can count on winter having passed, even if we do end up some more unexpected snow cover before it's all over.

After the year I've had, I'm certainly up for some rebirth. How about you?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Play Ball!

It's finally spring, and here comes the latest baseball season, not a moment too soon. There was concern last week that the White Sox would be opening on a frozen field (appropriately enough, they're playing Minnesota, who might not notice the ice themselves), but everything seems to have thawed just fine. My beloved Red Sox are defending world champions after John Farrell managed them out of the failure of 2012. It'll be interesting to see how he leads from a place of success, instead.

Up above we've got the baseball stylings of Will Eisner, one of comics' all-time greats. Look him up, if you don't believe me. Good luck to everybody! Have a great season!

Monday, March 17, 2014

It's Everybody's Irish Day!

When St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday, it just means that you've got Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to get warmed up for real celebrating on the holiday itself. And by waiting toward the end of a busy day, I can dazzle at least a few of you with the two or even three comics covers you see posted here.

I saw this movie in one of its reissues when I was about ten or so, and I'm not ashamed to admit that the banshee scared the daylights out of me. It probably also gave me a nice, strong underpinning to enjoy the full implications of Siouxsie Sioux and her band when they came on the scene a few years later. Enjoy what's left of your celebrations!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Even the best of us can't avoid it. It's that day when we're reminded that it's good to be in love. Of course, it's good to be in love on other days, as well, and not everyone's in love on this one. But that's life, isn't it? I'm just as happy to stand with Larry Hart, who wrote, "Each day is Valentine's Day" (even though he likely didn't believe that). Enjoy your candy, if you get any.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!

Getting to the blog awfully late today, but given the reputation that last night inevitably carries, I guess that's understandable. . . .

This is good-bye to 2013, and none too soon, if you ask me. It's just one more in a line of far too many years that have more than worn out their welcome by the time they were done. We can only hope that 2014 will be an improvement. If Superman can leap into the new year, then surely the rest of us can enter into it with optimism.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Looks like some people are still trying to get their tree into shape. Marvel Comics didn't tend to go as whole hog on the Christmas covers as DC did. If they had a Christmas story in a regular issue, you might get a hint with a wreath or tree or something somewhere in the background (here are a couple of examples) or sometimes nothing at all. But if it's an oversize Christmas special, well, I guess they had to go all out.

If you're celebrating Christmas, I hope that Santa brought you everything on your list (and that, if he didn't, you have the wherewithal to go out and buy it yourself). And to everyone, I hope you're able to be with the loved ones of your choice. Spread your cheer, everyone!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pace Yourself This Thanksgiving

I'm not sure how many people have Superboy for a brother to dish out the turkey at super speed, but those who don't will just have to be patient and wait a bit longer for their serving. It may be just as well, though, because if you eat more slowly, you give your food more time to digest, and you'll be less likely to overeat. It also allows you a bit more time to reflect on some of the things you may be thankful for this year. Like not overeating. Have a great holiday!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembering War's End

Another Veterans Day, which means it's time for me to trot out the old Armistice Day routine (and the biplane comics cover). I've always been intrigued by the armistice that ended World War I, closing down the hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The agreement had been signed less than six hours earlier, and time was needed to get the news to the front. But who wanted to be in a firefight at 10:59? Apparently Henry Gunther, the last casualty of the war, did. He charged German machine guns against the advice of both his commanding officer and the Germans themselves, who tried to wave him back until he came too close and was firing on them. With a minute to go before the war was officially over, the Germans fired back.

Today happens to be the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War, but we've had too many wars between then and now for Armistice Day to remain just a remembrance of WWI vets. After World War II, the United States changed the day to Veterans Day and expanded the honor to all vets from all wars. The United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations renamed the day Remembrance Day and commemorate it with poppies, inspired by John McCrae's poem, "In Flanders Field." And, quite frankly, that's all the excuse I need to post Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Poppy Day," which also borrows liberally from the poem.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat!

I usually put up comics covers from somewhere in the past, invoking nostalgia, maybe even heading toward camp every now and again, but this year's Halloween cover is completely current, only a week old. But it's just so perfect, isn't it? I don't suspect that these guys are actually trick or treating (and if they are, I hope they're not too disappointed that they've chosen a house that seems more heavily weighted to tricks than treats), but maybe they'll rescue themselves from their current situation and find a nice party where they can bob for apples and carve a pumpkin or two. Have a safe and candy-filled night!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Get the Burgers Grilling for Labor Day!

So that's it? Summer's over? That's what Labor Day usually means. So take the opportunity to join Keith Partridge at the grill to get your own burgers and dogs going while you've still got the chance. And then get ready for autumn. It's been years since I've been in school, but my mind still falls back to September as the beginning of a new year, a time of fresh starts and new opportunities. I'm looking forward to seeing how September 2013 works out in that regard. But for at least one more day, enjoy the summer you've got left!