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Guardians of the Galaxy!

The wait is almost over! The curtain lifts shortly on Marvel’s riskiest movie to date — The Guardians of the Galaxy!

Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m all-in on this one, and will try to see it first weekend, but you can be forgiven if you are skeptical about this picture. After all, who are these guys? The Guardians, by far, are the most obscure characters Marvel has brought to the screen.

To help you brush up on Guardians history, here are several articles I’ve written about the Guardians of the Galaxy!

I wrote about the origins of the Guardians of the Galaxy here … and while these original characters won’t feature in the film, the article still gives you a basis for Guardians lore. Plus, after reading this article, you’ll be equipped to carp about Charlie-27’s omission from the film … you’ll be the envy of your friends!

Marvel Super-Heroes #18, Gene Colan

The present leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy is Star Lord, and that character has interesting origins all his own (and appeared in a terrific solo adventure, too) …

Marvel Preview #4

I’ve also published several Galleries of Guardians of the Galaxy artwork, like my Star Lord Gallery

Star-Lord, by John Byrne & Terry Austin

… and my Guardians of the Galaxy Gallery

Marvel Presents #3

… and don’t forget last week’s Rocket Raccoon Gallery, either! Rocket is going to steal the show, mark my words!

Rocket Raccoon

And for a deeper dive, check out my coverage of the Guardians’ Big Bad, Thanos …

Thanos by Jim Starlin

 

… I’ve got a Thanos Panel Gallery for you, a look at his obsession with the Infinity Gauntlet, and a piece about how ol’ Thanos keeps looking for love in all the wrong places.

Enjoy the movie … and be sure to share your impressions of Guardians of the Galaxy in my comments section, below!

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For Sale Friday: West Coast Avengers!

Welcome to another edition of For Sale Friday, where I offer select comics runs for sale directly to my readers! All lots are sold on a first-come, first-gets-it basis (and if they don’t move in a week, you can find them on to eBay)!

This week’s offering is a big lot of West Coast Avengers!

West Coast Avengers!

 

Back in the bad old 1980s, having more than one Avengers book per month was a special thing … and if the West Coast version of the Avengers never quite lived up to the gravitas of their eastern brethren, well, it wasn’t for want of trying.

West Coast Avengers Lot

 

The lot I have on offer is West Coast Avengers #1-23, plus Annual #1, and bonus issues #50 & 51. This is technically “Volume 2″ of the series, as Volume 1 was a four-issue mini-series of the same name. All books are individually bagged and boarded, and in mid-grade condition or better. Your price for this lot is $20.00, plus postage (U.S. addresses only, please). I will charge you exact postage based on destination — the lot will weigh about five pounds and ship from zip code 92078 in case you would like to log onto USPS.com and run some scenarios.

 

West Coast Avengers #1

If you’d like these comics for your very own, write me — longboxgraveyard (at) gmail (dot) com — and we will work out the details. Think of it as a way of supporting Longbox Graveyard while filling out your own collection with some cool comics!

See you back here next week for another For Sale Friday … and in the meantime, please be sure to check my individual comics issues for sale, and my eBay auctions, too!

 

Rocket Raccoon Gallery

Get ready for Guardians of the Galaxy with my Rocket Raccoon Gallery on Pinterest.

Rocket Raccoon

Read my columns about The Guardians of the Galaxy — Guardians of the Galaxy Gallery, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Lord Gallery, and Star Lord!

(View all Longbox Graveyard Pinterest Galleries HERE).

For Sale Friday: Atari Force!

Welcome to another For Sale Friday! Last week I offered up my Blue Devil collection for sale, and this week, it’s Atari Force!

Atari Force

The product of an odd bit of mid-1980s corporate synergy, Atari Force was an original science fiction epic loosely connected to Atari’s various video game brands. Author Gerry Conway saw the book as license to write star-faring space opera, while artist José Luis García-López offered beautiful pencils for most of the first dozen issues.

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The lot I have on offer is Atari Force #1-12. All books are individually bagged and boarded, and in mid-grade condition or better. Your price for this lot is $15.00, plus postage (U.S. addresses only, please). I will charge you exact postage based on destination — the lot will weigh about two pounds and ship from zip code 92078 in case you would like to log onto USPS.com and run some scenarios.

Atari Force

If you’d like these comics for your very own, write me — longboxgraveyard (at) gmail (dot) com — and we will work out the details. Think of it as a way of supporting Longbox Graveyard while filling out your own collection with some cool comics!

Atari Force

 

See you back here next week for another For Sale Friday … and in the meantime, please be sure to check my individual comics issues for sale, and my eBay auctions, too!

 

Let’s Hear It For The Anti-Heroes!

I churn through a lot of images in my relentless internet search for art to fill my Pinterest Galleries and Instagram photo stream, but something about this particular pinup (source unknown) made me pause and think about my comic book preferences.

my personal (anti) heroes

I love Marvel and DC the way I love Betty and Veronica — it is impossible to choose! The differences between the two groups of heroes is a whole ‘nother column (or a whole blog!), but a big part of that difference comes down to the nature of Marvel’s heroes …

… or, more precisely, Marvel’s anti-heroes.

TV Tropes offers as good a definition of anti-heroes as any — “… an antihero is a protagonist who has the opposite of most of the traditional attributes of a hero. (S)he may be bewildered, ineffectual, deluded, or merely apathetic. More often an antihero is just an amoral misfit.” That description certainly applies to the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, and Sub-Mariner above, all of whom are among my favorite Marvel characters.

melodramatic Ben Grimm

The notion of the anti-hero seems baked into Marvel’s DNA — not surprising, given that so many of Marvel’s heroes were conceived as reactions to those pre-existing DC icons. Marvel’s heroes are not unique in their shades of gray, but the anti-hero trope is too central to Marvel’s heroes to be an accident: Spider-Man was hunted by the police; the Fantastic Four revolved around Ben Grimm’s troubled soul; characters like Hawkeye, the Black Widow, Quicksilver, the Vision, and the Scarlet Witch all began as villains. Luke Cage was an escaped convict. The Defenders boasted Subby, Hulk, and the Silver Surfer as charter members, and prided themselves on being a collection of misfits. Marvel had a whole stock of supernatural characters that weren’t always good guys — Ghost Rider, Werewolf By Night, Morbius, Tomb of Dracula, Son of Satan. The X-Men made being a shadowy outsider their raison d’être, and Marvel is working hard to introduce us to yet another group of roguish quasi-good guys with the launch of their Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Batman -- anti-hero

DC has their anti-heroes too, of course. Batman was an anti-hero well before Frank Miller got ahold of him, and Swamp Thing is the greatest monster comic of all time. Many of Jack Kirby’s DC creations fit the mold — the Demon, and some of the most deeply troubled New Gods. But for the most part, when I think of DC, I think of sunny, Silver Age sentinels like the Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Superman. I love DC’s characters — I just love them differently than Marvel — and didn’t really decode how different they were from Marvel’s core approach until coming across this random pinup …

Tell me about your favorite anti-heroes in the comments section, below!

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