Christmas gift ideas for your Twilight Zone-loving friend

One of the most entertaining anthology television series in history is The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, which first aired in 1959. The fantastical stories, many written by Serling himself, took the viewer on a suspenseful ride through science fiction and horror. There has never been another anthology series that has reached the same heights, but fans of The Twilight Zone are always hungry for more. With that in mind, I offer some lesser-known series that may appeal to fans of Serling’s finest work:

Night Gallery Twilight Zone

  • Night Gallery (another excellent Serling series)
  • The Veil (hosted by Boris Karloff)
  • Thriller (hosted by Karloff)
  • One Step Beyond
  • The Outer Limits
  • The Twilight Zone (1980s reboot)
  • Tales from the Darkside
  • Monsters
  • Friday the 13th: The Series (full disclosure: there is no Jason Voorhees in the television series)
  • If you have a fan of The Twilight Zone in your house and you want to score some big points this Christmas, these titles are sure to help you out. Check your friend’s DVD collection and find out what is missing, and be the one to fill that gap.

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Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring Marvel Comics writer/artist

Last week we looked at Christmas gift ideas for the DC Comics lover, so this week we’ll look at the competition: Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring Marvel Comics writers/artists. The first on the list is an all-time classic that is now over thirty years old, while the rest are more recent takes on the “Marvel Way” of comics:Stan Lee

In addition to those volumes by Stan Lee himself, a number of licensed character-specific books are available:Guardians of the Galaxy

Not quite as many selections as available for DC Comics, but that’s not too surprising. It seems that Marvel’s bread-and-butter is on the big screen now, while DC has faltered in that medium. But on paper, DC is still far and away the better comic book maker.

Goodbye, Roy Halladay

(May 14, 1977 – November 7, 2017)

Roy Halladay perished in a plane crash today in the Gulf of Mexico. He was one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation, winning 203 games and striking out 2117 batters in his 16-year career with the Blue Jays and Phillies, 1998-2013. Halladay was an 8-time All-Star, 2-time Cy Young Award winner, and finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young five other times. In 2010, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history as the Phillies topped the Reds in the NLDS.

I like Stranger Things

Possibly worth an entire year’s subscription to Netflix (which is now free on certain T-Mobile plans), the second season of Stranger Things was released just over a week ago. Seriously, this is not just the best show on Netflix. This is the best show period. Nothing else holds a candle to it, except maybe The Goldbergs, but that’s a whole different genre.

Last year, Punk Rock Paint made an awesome set of trading cards for Stranger Things, and he implied yesterday that series 2 is in the works…

I love my set of season 1 cards, and can’t wait for the second series…but I’m very impatient.

So I made my own…

I dropped a few on my Twitter last night…

I have a handful more that I plan to post soon, if there is interest to see them. I’ve tried to keep them spoiler-free, but I offer no guarantees.

ProSet will rock you

ProSet MusiCards

Last week I picked up a wax box of 1991 ProSet Super Star MusiCards at an antique mall for $4. This was the second box I have purchased in the past couple of years. After ripping through all the packs with my wife, I am only eight cards short of a full set of series one cards, but I have hundreds of doubles and triples. If you have any of the cards listed below, I will gladly trade whatever you might want from the stacks of doubles. Soundgarden, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Dread Zeppelin, Janet Jackson…name it, and if I have it, it’s yours!

1991 ProSet MusiCards Series 1

  • 8 Legends: The Doors
  • 26 Paula Abdul
  • 90 The Party
  • 132 Perfect Gentlemen
  • 160 D.A.D.
  • 183 Heart
  • 187 Billy Idol
  • 250 Historic Concerts: Muddy Waters at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, November 4-6, 1966

There are several variations, mostly related to the logo placement. I am not going to chase a “master” set of all the variations; just one of each card is all I want. I will also consider trading for series 2 or cards from the UK set, but I am not attempting to complete those sets yet. Series 1 is my focus. Please shoot me an e-mail if you want to work out a trade for any of the cards listed.

Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring DC Comics writer/artist

Now that Halloween is over, is it safe to start talking about Christmas gift ideas? A couple of years ago I did a series of posts highlighting some ideas that might delight fans of various topics, and one of the most popular posts in that series related to comic book art. That particular post continues to get hits today, so I thought I would follow it up with a more streamlined version: Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring DC comic book writers/artists. Take a look at these titles in this series of “DC Comics Guide” books:
Batman

I have not personally reviewed any of those titles, but they seem to be geared toward an older, more serious dreamer. If your aspiring artist is a beginner, or is just getting his feet wet with sketching, the following books may be more his or her speed:
Wonder Woman

Edgar Allan Poe wantlist

I still haven’t obtained any Edgar Allan Poe cards, but Night Owl’s post today made me aware of two more from 2010 A&G. If I’m going to try to get these, I suppose I need a wantlist, no? So here it is:

  • 1952 Topps “Look ‘n See” #79
  • 1992 Starline Americana #140
  • 2009 Topps American Heritage #4
  • 2009 Topps Mayo “Celebrated Citizens” #CC11
  • 2010 Allen & Ginter “World’s Wordsmiths”
  • 2011 Allen & Ginter “World’s Most Mysterious Figures”: The Poe Toaster #WMF2
  • 2011 Goodwin Champions #183
  • 2011 Obak “Princeton Brothers” #62
  • 2012 Golden Age #1
  • 2013 Garbage Pail Kids “Adam Bombing” #8

There is also a pretty cool Bicycle playing card deck that I may try to add to my currently non-existent collection at some point.

Announcing a new game from Looney Labs: Doctor Who Fluxx!!!

I’m really looking forward to this one! I’ve seen the card list, and it includes the twelve TV Doctors, Sarah Jane, Rose, Martha, and the Ponds!

Doctor Who Fluxx

From the press release:

Doctor Who Fluxx takes Fluxx through Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Join with various regenerations of the Doctor, some companions, Gallifreyan tech, and K-9 (but beware of Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, and the Master) and play the most ever-changingest, timey-wimey version of Fluxx ever created. Doctor Who Fluxx: you’ll play it time after time after time after time…

Doctor Who Fluxx

More Info
Doctor Who Fluxx®
Street Date: November 23, 2017 (54 years to the day that Doctor Who first aired!)
Players: 2-6
Playtime: 5-30 minutes
Ages: 8-Adult
MSRP:$20.00

This game is not yet available for pre-order from Amazon (there is a seller out of Brooklyn selling it for more than $20 and charging an insane shipping fee, so avoid that one). In the meantime, learn more about Looney Labs and their awesome games at this link!

I have a love/hate relationship with Funko Pop

These things are like cockroaches, but some of them are so cute. However, regardless of their cuteness, I refuse to begin another collecting habit. I already have my much-neglected baseball card collection, and my dust-collecting bobblehead collection, and my shelf-breaking book collection (okay, I don’t actually have any broken shelves yet, but some are bowing). I cannot fathom bring myself to start buying these Funko Pop figures en masse.

That said, whenever I see one that I actually like, I find it difficult to resist the urge to add it to my Amazon wishlist. And when the company tweets all of their giveaways, I’m pretty quick to hit that little RT button. I haven’t won anything from Funko yet, but my number has got to come up eventually, right?

Some characters work better in the Funko universe than others. Masters of the Universe characters, as a general rule, look pretty rad. And Cobra Commander—either hooded or silver-masked (or both!?!)—would be pretty cool additions to the collection. Ugh! There’s that word again! Collection!?!?! No! I refuse! I will not give in!

Trap Jaw and Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead Funko

But I did recently. I invited a second Funko Pop figure into my house, and he will never leave. Trap Jaw is now a permanent resident. He joins The Walking Dead‘s Daryl Dixon, which was gifted to me by my oldest son last Christmas. They both look fantastic, and I’m happy to have them. They will likely be joined by others (like this, and this, and possibly this and this, and maybe this) in the near future, but I refuse to collect them.

There are a few characters that have not yet to my knowledge received the Funko Pop treatment that I would likely buy immediately, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Ralph Hinkley (also known as The Greatest American Hero). But still, I will not collect them.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne)

Jeff Lynne Otis Wilbury Traveling Wilburys

The most underrated member of the Traveling Wilburys is arguably Jeff Lynne. He is a producer extraordinaire and excellent songwriter, but was the last of the Wilburys to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His group, Electric Light Orchestra, was finally honored by the Rock Hall in 2017. The band was introduced by Dhani Harrison, also known as Ayrton Wilbury, who played the guitar solo on “Like A Ship” from the vinyl edition of The Traveling Wilburys Collection. Lynne produced George Harrison‘s 1987 album, Cloud Nine, which included the #1 hit “Got My Mind Set On You.” He also produced Roy Orbison‘s 1989 release Mystery Girl, featuring the top 40 hit, “You Got It,” and co-produced Tom Petty‘s Full Moon Fever. And of course, Lynne—or rather, Otis Wilbury—co-produced Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 with George Harrison (er, Nelson Wilbury). The Wilbury’s 1990 follow-up, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, was produced by Clayton and Spike Wilbury (Jeff and George, respectively).

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