Like soldiers, old comics never die … they just fade away.
Unless you have amazing comic book friends, that is!
Once again, the mysterious and unfailingly-generous Mars Will Send No More has bequeathed me a care package of comics!
Mars has done this in the past, but opening a package from one of my oldest blogging pals is always a delight. I had a sense that some Defenders books were in the offing, thanks to a comment Mars had left here at the blog, but this thick package promised four-color treasures unknown!
Within … a note!
Sgt. Rock! Yes! I’ve written of Rock with affection, but had only a few Sgt. Rock books in my Accumulation. No longer!
In addition to Sgt. Rock, Mars’ marvelous missive contained a couple Charlton books, an early Shade the Changing Man by Steve Ditko, and a well-loved copy of Marvel Feature #1 — the debut of the dynamic Defenders!
By the weekend I had everything bagged, boarded, entered into my computer database, and filed away in my new longboxes. Yes, my Accumulation is very nearly a Collection, and rather than going atop a stack for later consideration (as has always before been the case), new arrivals of old comics here at Longbox Graveyard Secret HQ are now processed in the blink of an eye! Quite a departure from the jumbled mess of comics I found so burdensome when I started this blog, nearly three years ago!
And so these old comics, about old soldiers, will not fade away, but instead reside in eternal glory at Longbox Graveyard! My sincerest thanks to Mars for his ongoing support and generosity, and to all the many readers who have accompanied me on this comics blogging odyssey! More to come!
The final votes have been cast in the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament, and your champion is …
Bucky rode a wave of last-minute Saturday votes to pull off the upset over the tournament’s top seed, Robin!
It was a see-saw week for Bucky and Robin, with Cap’s sidekick taking an early lead, before Robin settled into a seemingly-comfortable lead by mid-week. But as had been the case in previous rounds, Bucky enjoyed a Saturday Surge … maybe Bucky’s fans are like Winter Soldiers, awakening only once each week to vote for their hero?
Here’s the path Bucky took to the championship:
And so Bucky Barnes rides the perfect storm of circumstances to unlikely victory over Robin, the Boy Wonder. Just think of the odds Bucky had to overcome — from boy hostage to the idol of millions, headlining one of the biggest superhero movies of all time. A punchline no more, Bucky Barnes is the winner of the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament.
All hail the Winter Soldier!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Tournament, both by voting here on the blog, and in stumping for your favorite candidates on Twitter. It was a lot of fun … and we’ll do it again next year, with the Longbox Graveyard SUPER-PET Showdown March Madness Tournament!
(I understand Las Vegas already has Krypto as the prohibitive favorite!)
Was the fix in? Was the tournament fair? Did your favorite candidate get jobbed? Sound off in the comments section, below!
I will be a guest on Voc Nation tonight — Sunday, April 13th — starting at 11:30 PM EST!
Because you have nothing better to do at that hour, you need to listen. Even better, call in with a question or comment … this is a LIVE podcast, and while it will be immortalized in some archive after the show, tonight is your unique chance to call me names before a breathless online audience.
Talk to you soon!
And because it’s Friday, there has to be a Flipagram …
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