Reader Appreciation Award!

Longbox Graveyard #82

Last November, Flodo was kind enough to honor me with a Reader Appreciation Award, and it took me all the way to 2013 to finally return the favor!


The Reader Appreciation Award is a blogging chain letter of the benign variety, an excuse to say, “thank you” to blogs you enjoy, and pay your thanks forward with an easy bit of blog fodder for your friends to write about. You can find the details at Flodo’s post, which started this all for me, but in a nutshell, by accepting this award I am compelled to …

1) Thank the blogger who gave me the award (thanks, Flodo!), and link back to their site.

2) Pick a dozen or so blogs that entertain and inspire me and link to their sites, thereby nominating THEM for this same honorific:

Besides good Flodo, of course, in no specific order I count the following comics book blogs among my favorites:

Mars Will Send No More

Dave Olbrich’s Funny Book Fanatic

Diversions of the Groovy Kind


Alan’s Eyes & Ears

We Talk Comics

Proactive Continuity

Mike Deodato Jr.


The Peerless Power of Comics

Stash My Comics

Tom Mason’s Comix 411

Bronze Age Babies

The Marvel Age of Comics

Read Comic Books

The Long Shot


Comic Book And Movie Reviews

Worthy sites all, for reasons too numerous to list … I hope you will include them in your blog rotation! (And apologies if I overlooked your site in my survey).

3) Answer ten questions provided by the blogger who put my name up for the award (which follow below).

4) Add ten questions for my nominees to answer (and here I will lay up and request that my nominees answer Flodo’s excellent questions, just as I have).

5) Include the Reader Appreciation Award Award logo on my site.

Yuck, the logo is horrible. But a deal is a deal:

horrible Reader Appreciation Award logo

If we’re talking flowers, I far prefer …

a Longbox Graveyard kind of flower

Maybe a more Photoshop-savvy blog downstream from me can do something with Mike Zeck‘s Thanos image above so we can send that yellow flower back to whatever Geocities site where it originally bloomed!

6) Get in touch with my own nominees to let them know about the award, and invite them to keep the chain going!

(Which I will do).

And so on to Flodo’s questions!

1. DC, Marvel or Other? Which comics publisher is your favorite?

I am a Marvel guy, I suppose, that is where I started, Marvel books comprise the majority of my Accumulation, and most of my columns here at Longbox Graveyard have concerned Marvel titles. The record is clear! I stand naked before your baleful eye of judgment.

Make Mine Marvel!

2. Who is your favorite writer or artist currently working?

Regular readers of Longbox Graveyard will know that I am stuck in 1978 (though I did recently offer some Best of 2012 praise for Saga). I don’t read a lot of contemporary comics but I am a great admirer of Ed Brubaker’s writing on titles like Captain America, Criminal, Incognito, Catwoman, and Gotham Central.

3. Who is your favorite writer or artist from the past?

Too many to list, but I will try … Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, John Buscema, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Jim Starlin, Alan Moore, Bernie Wrightson, and Will Eisner all deserve spots on my plus-sized comic book Mount Rushmore.

comic book Mount Rushmore

not quite what I had in mind, but it’s a start

But here I am talking pencilers like an amateur, where professionals such as we should really be talking inkers … but that’s a whole different blog, and I’ll save that topic for later.

4. What superhero do you think makes the best team player?

Captain America, of course! The consummate comic book leader … always loved him in 1970s Avengers books.

5. Whose superhero costume do you hate the most, and why?

It’s an obscure thing to hate, but I really dislike the new version of Star Lord from the rebooted Guardians of the Galaxy. He looks like a bellhop with a radiator grill for a face. (And more about Star-Lord shortly!)

new Star Lord

6. If you could bring one title back from comic book limbo what would it be?

For the most part I like the past to remain in the past. I just wrote an appreciation of Captain Marvel that I might have to entirely reconsider if that character was brought back in any meaningful way. If I could grant a blanket amnesty I suppose I’d bring back the entire range of Malibu’s Ultraverse characters, either on their own or as part of the Marvel Universe.

7. What’s the best comic book cover you’ve ever seen?

Trying to pick the “best” is a blog post all by itself (hmm …), but I’ll give you a favorite, and one not often referenced:

Captain America #224

8. Comic book action figures – way cool, or a step too far?

I never got much into them myself, but I write a weekly comic book blog. That’s what’s known as a “glass house” and I ain’t throwing stones at anyone.

9. What was the best comic book single issue that you read in the last 2 months?

In the last two months? Honestly, it was the Claremont/Byrne/Austin reboot of Star-Lord from Marvel Preview #11, which I will get around to writing about here at Longbox Graveyard sooner or later. Told you I was stuck in 1978! (And now maybe you see why I dislike that new costume).


yep, I said Star-Lord!

10. Finally, the age old question: if you were writing, who would win a fight between Superman and Hulk? What’s your logic?

If I was writing a Superman/Hulk fight I’d write whatever my cruel corporate masters at Marvel and DC told me to write! And then I’d cash that check, baby!

Superman vs. Hulk

Thanks to mighty, green, and amorphous Flodo for thinking of me for this recognition, and thanks to all the worthy comic book bloggers everywhere who provide us with a free flood of love and joy for this art form we all admire.

NEXT WEDNESDAY: #83 Farewell To The King


About Paul O'Connor

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Posted on January 9, 2013, in Announcements and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. awwww, thanks for the mention! Alan’s Eyes & Ears is only half (or so) about comics, and rest covering non-picture books and other mumbo-jumbo, so I greatly appreciate being included.

    I will take this under advisement, and figure out how to work Doctor Doom into my answers for each and every of those 10 questions!

    And yes the cover for Cap 224 is pretty sweet.


    • I do like your site, Prof (and your The Book Guys Podcast, too, which I plug on my upcoming Longbox Graveyard Podcast for January). Have fun with the questions, and I do expect Doctor Doom to feature heavily in your answers.


  2. That Claremont/Byrne Star-Lord Special Edition still makes a great read. We’re on our third copy now, but it has some pages coming loose. Could be time to buy a fourth! Eventually we’ll scan it. Maybe that could be the first Longbox/Mars team up of 2013!


    • I plan to make that Star-Lord story the subject of my Dollar Box column for next month. Should publish on February 6th — if you get the issue scanned by then, let me know and I’ll link you!

      (And consider yourself officially notified of your totally-not-compulsory-to-respond Reader Appreciation Award for Mars Will Send No More).


  3. Nice questions & answers. Regarding great covers, you’ve chosen a nice, understated one. It reminds me a bit of #272. Speaking of great Captain America covers, of course, #300, with Cap battling the Red Skull, is rightly recognized as a great Cap cover. I happen to like #230 quite a bit. #230 might not be a great cover, but it sure makes me want to buy that comic, which is the main purpose of a cover, after all.


    • That Cap cover always stuck with me. I had to go fumbling around to find the number — and as I recall the issue itself isn’t great — but it is a striking cover.

      I will probably indulge in some thematic or favorite covers as gallery features here in the future.


  4. Thanks for the shout-out Paul, appreciated as always!


  5. i had that issue as a kid too. i couldn’t tell you what it was about except i remember Steve had black hair for some reason. i want to say it was slightly like that G.I. Joe episode where Cobra was trying to drive Shipwreck insane and people were melting and whatnot. But i remember that cover for sure! Excellent choice, strong image.


    • What made it stronger was the lack of cover copy. If this had been a Silver Age cover, it would have been emblazoned with bursting text bubbles telling us to “Witness The Death Of A Legend!” and “What Is The Mystery Of The Man In The River?” etc.


  6. Words can’t express how much I appreciate the appreciation of another blogger who’s so appreciated. 😀 I’m going to be sure to check out the other nominees that I haven’t yet visited–it’s always so much fun seeing the talent out there that’s chronicling comics work.

    Being a comics reader/collector, I don’t know why I never segued into collecting action figures. Maybe because the market is so flooded with them, and I didn’t want them to have their own bedroom in my house. 🙂

    I just have one question for Superman, standing so smugly while the Hulk hits him–why didn’t he strike that “nothing can move me” pose while Doomsday was belting him around Metropolis like a soccer ball?


    • For action figures I have a few — very few — and most of them have arrived as gifts. I hope to have the space to display one or two of them in the Fortress of Solitude I am building out in my garage.


  7. Thanks for the love, Paul! I’ll get on the reciprocation of officially appreciating you… but I won’t put that flower on my page.


  8. looovvee comics. not a great collector but have a few “exotic” items in my atic. big fan of marvel and active visitor of comics stores.
    also, totally agree that the logo is oh-so-in need of a makeover.
    congrats on the nomination!


    • Thanks for reading and commenting!

      Was holding out hope Foogos would knock up a new logo for us but I expect he got distracted by less important things (like paying work, the swine).


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